Monday, March 25, 2019

In New York, Deputy U.S. Attorney Jumps Sinking Russiagate Ship

Robert Khuzami joins many other ‘get Trump’ figures who have one by one slipped away before the final reckoning.

In the wake of the Robert Mueller report’s delivery to Attorney General William Barr, The New York Times revealed another sign that the effort to reverse the 2016 election continues to wind down: Robert S. Khuzami, the deputy U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is departing for personal reasons.

"Trump’s Gravest Threat Yet Rose From Manhattan," we were told by Bloomberg’s Chris Strohm, referring to the Southern ("Sovereign") District of New York. It’s precisely the same location, ironically, the Showtime series "Billions" depicts (reveals?), in which an out-of-control U.S. attorney uses his position to create a bogus investigation into a target’s finances for the sole purpose of tempting some response that can later be prosecuted as "obstruction of justice."

"We know," the semi-fictitious SDNY U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades boasted to his co-conspirator, "that our witness isn’t strong enough to win ‘Case A.’ We’re not trying to win Case A. No. We’re going to get [our target] on trying to stop it."

If you believe in the quaint notion of representative democracy, you might imagine a line of control passing from the ballot box to every corner of government where public officials wield power. It might stretch through layers upon intervening layers, but that golden thread must remain unbroken as the only method by which our Constitution guarantees the ultimate supremacy of the governed over the guys with the guns and badges.

This is why the president, the person through whom that golden thread passes, exercises control over the mighty federal prosecutor. Don’t like what the president does? He stands for an election and you can vote him out. Don’t like what a prosecutor does? You have to write to your president. But what happens when an un-elected second-tier bureaucrat by the name of Rod Rosenstein snips that thread?

Donald Trump did not appoint Khuzami. There was no golden thread tying Khuzami to the ballot box. That thread passed from Trump to Geoffrey Berman, who ascended after President Trump fired Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney. Rather than surrender to the constitutional consequences of the election, Bharara has used his perch outside of his office to publicly trash the president.

To subvert Trump’s (and thus the voters’) control over the Southern District of New York, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein employed the go-to weapon of the deep state: The situational recusal. When the official is a Trump ally, there’s a recusal. When the official can be counted-upon to join the "resistance," no recusal. It’s as simple as that.

Then came the raid on the president’s former lawyer’s office and a subsequent leak of confidential communication between the president and his attorney. We don’t know that the audio recording was obtained in the raid. But it sure seems plausible.

Both Rosenstein and Khuzami signed off on the raid. It remains the most shocking and lawless act in the Russia hoax, and it was clearly designed to do exactly what Rhoades wanted: To provoke a reaction from the real target, a Case B, that could be used to take him down.

As noted by The New York Times, "The investigation into the Trump inaugural committee partly grew out of a recording that F.B.I. agents seized when they raided Mr. Cohen’s home and office. On the recording, Mr. Cohen is heard discussing potential irregularities with one of the main contractors for the inauguration. The Southern District is investigating, among other things, whether the committee made false filings with the Federal Election Commission and received illegal donations from foreign nationals, a subpoena from the investigation shows."

The raid on Cohen should have worked, as media described Trump’s "rage" in reaction to his attorney’s office being raided. But like the target in the third season of "Billions," Trump smelled a trap and withheld the reaction his opponents so desperately sought.

The obstruction trap didn’t work, and it’s apparently time to admit as much. Khuzami joins many other "get Trump" figures who have one by one slipped away before the final reckoning (here, here, here, here, and here, for example). Maybe now the Southern District of New York can move on to something other than acting as a base of operations for the resistance.


BOOM: Trump, Sarah Sanders Join Forces, Go NUCLEAR After Mueller’s Report Vindicates POTUS

President Donald Trump and the White House joined forces on Sunday and went nuclear after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report indicated that there is no evidence of collusion or that the president obstructed justice.

Trump took to Twitter on Sunday and tweeted, "No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!"

Before boarding Air Force One, Trump told reporters: "It was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. There was no collusion with Russia, there was no obstruction."

Trump also implied there should be an investigation into Hillary Clinton and the Democrats for their possible illegal behaviors during the 2016 election.

"Hopefully someone is going to look at the other side, this was an illegal take down that failed," Trump said.

White House Press Secretary Huckabee Sanders also took to Twitter to assist Trump in utterly destroying the fake news media for being proven totally wrong on the Trump-Russia collusion theories.

"The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States," she wrote.

"A great day for America and for President @realDonaldTrump. After two years of wild anti-Trump hysteria, the President and his millions of supporters have been completely vindicated," she added.

Donald Trump Jr., who has been a main target of Democrats in the Russia witch hunt, also released a scorching statement.

After more than 2 years of non-stop conspiracy theories from CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed and the rest of the mainstream media, as well as daily lies and smears coming from Democrats in Washington, the Mueller Report proves what those of us with sane minds have known all along, there was ZERO collusion with Russia.

Sadly, instead of apologizing for needlessly destabilizing the country in a transparent attempt to delegitimize the 2016 election, it’s clear that the Collusion Truthers in the media and the Democrat Party are only going to double down on their sick and twisted conspiracy theories moving forward.

It’s my hope that honest journalists within the media have the courage to hold these now fully debunked truthers accountable and treat them with the scorn and ridicule that they so deserve.

All of this came just days after Mueller submitted his final report to the Department of Justice, which stated that there are no further indictments and the two-year long Russia investigation is officially over.

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr provided Congress with a 4-page document outlining the main takeaways from Mueller’s report.

Barr said that Mueller’s report makes it clear there he found no collusion or evidence that Trump ever committed a crime.

Barr also said the DOJ will not be bringing any charges against Trump for alleged obstruction.

So, Trump has been completely cleared in the Russia probe and there are no charges being brought against him for collusion or obstructing justice.



These Conspiracy Theorist Democrats Refuse to Give Up on the RussiaGate Hoax

Elected Democrats and their media scribes refuse to give up on the Russiagate conspiracy theory. And now they have a new conspiracy theory.

Many politicians and leftist media types who peddled an implausible conspiracy theory for more than two years are now unwilling to accept the findings that President Donald J. Trump won the 2016 election without "colluding" with Russia.

Instead, these Democrat RussiaGate hoaxers have begun peddling a new conspiracy theory: that Attorney General Barr was selected for precisely the purpose of throwing water on what they thought would be an explosive Mueller report.

One of those RussiaGate hoaxers is 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who refused to accept Attorney General William Barr’s Sunday findings that there was no evidence of wrongdoing on behalf of the Trump campaign.

"Let’s speak truth, that the American public deserves transparency, and accountability and the Mueller report must be made public for a full accounting of what happened," Harris told a crowd at a campaign rally. "And the Attorney General of the United States must be required to come and testify before Congress instead of just submitting a four page memo of what happened."

Harris is one of many on the political left still irresponsibly dangling a shred of hope in front of easily-duped leftist rubes, suggesting that Trump is an asset of a hostile foreign power.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is in the same camp as Harris. Nadler has already called for Barr to testify in front of Congress. He was also hilariously heckled during a press conference on the subject Sunday.

"You guys lose again, Nadler," the heckler could be heard saying. "Good job, dirt bags."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement vowing to continue the fight, and claiming that Barr is biased in favor of Trump.

Chuck and Nancy claim the Attorney General cannot be trusted to interpret the very same report they’ve heralded every day for two years.

"Given Mr. Barr’s public record of bias against the Special Counsel’s inquiry, he is not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report," they said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also refused to accept Barr’s findings, citing the Media Matters-approved talking point that Barr was "handpicked" by Trump, and thus unreliable.

"Congress voted 420-0 to release the full Mueller report. Not a ‘summary’ from his handpicked Attorney General. AG Barr, make the full report public. Immediately," she said on Twitter.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), and Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson, all Trump haters and collusion truthers, all used the same lingo to push the conspiracy theory that the Attorney General was selected for the purpose of spiking the Mueller report, and that he therefore doesn’t have the ability to interpret the Mueller report.

Former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova has called RussiaGate a "hoax perpetrated on the American people."

Despite a Mueller report that has widely been described as a "nothingburger," RussiaGate hoaxers on the political left insist that their fight to send their newest conspiracy theory into the mainstream is just beginning.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Newly Uncovered Clinton Email Exchange Describes Plan To Thwart U.S. 'Jewish Leadership'

"The bad cop must be a political appointee, Jewish, considered the true friend of Israel..."

On Thursday, Judicial Watch released what it says is likely the "final batch" of emails recovered or found by the FBI among the 33,000 emails Hillary Clinton tried to "delete or destroy" from her unsecured private email server. Among the emails highlighted by the government watchdog are five email exchanges Judicial Watch determined to contain classified information. The organization has also drawn attention to a few notable email exchanges, including one lengthy memo from Sid Blumenthal to Clinton warning about an effort "coordinated by Jewish institutional leaders" designed to undermine an Obama appointment and laying out a plan to thwart that alleged effort.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

REPOST: The Historic Results of President Donald J. Trump’s First Two Years in Office

"Together, we are building a safe, strong, and proud America."
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
IGNITING A HISTORIC ECONOMIC BOOM: President Trump’s pro-growth policies are unleashing economic growth and providing opportunities to workers across the country.
•Due to President Trump’s pro-growth policies, real gross domestic product (GDP) growth exceeded 3 percent over the last four quarters. •Real GDP grew at annual rates of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018 and 4.2 percent in the second quarter.
•More than 5 million jobs have been created since President Trump’s election and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent. •This is the eighth time this year that the unemployment rate has been below 4 percent.
•Prior to this year, the unemployment rate had fallen below 4 percent only five times since 1970.
•The unemployment rate for African Americans in May fell to 5.9 percent, which is the lowest rate on record.
•Asian and Hispanic-American unemployment rates have reached record lows this year.
•Initial weekly jobless claims have hit a nearly 50-year low under President Trump.
•Under President Trump, job openings outnumber the unemployed for the first time on record.
•Recently, more than two-thirds of Americans rated "now" as a good time to find a quality job, tying a record high in a poll by Gallup.
•Americans are seeing more money in their pockets thanks to the booming economy. •In recent months, workers have seen their largest nominal year over year wage growth in nearly a decade.
•In 2017, real median household income rose to a post-recession high.
•President Trump’s policies are helping to lift Americans out of poverty. •African-American and Hispanic-American poverty rates reached record lows of 21.2 percent and 18.3 percent, respectively, in 2017.
•Since the election, 4.6 million Americans have been lifted off of food stamps.
•Consumer confidence has soared under President Trump, recently reaching an 18-year high.
•President Trump is delivering on his promise to bring back American manufacturing. •The National Association of Manufacturers’ Outlook Index had the highest annual average in its history over the past year.
•Manufacturing added 284,000 jobs in 2018, the most added in a year since 1997
•Small Business optimism jumped to a record high under President Trump, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). •The NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index broke a 35-year record in August.
•President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, ushering in the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history.
•These tax cuts are delivering real results for American families and workers. •More than 6 million workers received tax cut bonuses and benefits.
•More than 100 utility companies have announced lower rates.
•President Trump is ensuring American workers receive the training and education they need to compete in today’s economy. •President Trump signed an executive order establishing the National Council for the American worker.
•More than 185 companies and associations have signed our "Pledge to America’s Workers," promising more than 6.4 million new training and career opportunities.
•The President signed legislation that reauthorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, making more than $1 billion available for career education programs.
•President Trump has prioritized the economic empowerment of women. •The women’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest rate in 65 years.
•The Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more in capital to women-owned businesses in 2017 compared to 2016.
•The Administration helped launch the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, which could leverage more than $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs.

ROLLING BACK RED TAPE: President Trump is rolling back costly regulations that have burdened hardworking Americans and stifled innovation.
•President Trump has followed through on and exceeded his promise to roll back two regulations for every new one created. •President Trump’s Administration surpassed the 2:1 ratio in 2018, eliminating 12 regulations for every new one in 2018.
•In 2017, the Trump Administration eliminated 22 regulations for every new one.
•Since taking office, President Trump’s deregulation efforts have achieved $33 billion in regulatory savings. •In 2018, these efforts alone delivered $23 billion in benefits to American families and business owners.
•President Trump has signed 16 Congressional Review Act resolutions into law, eliminating burdensome Obama-era rules and regulations.
•President Trump announced U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, which would have harmed America’s economy and cost American workers millions of jobs.
•President Trump signed an executive order to streamline the permitting process for infrastructure projects with a goal of cutting approval time from up to 10 years to an average of 2 years.
•President Trump signed legislation to roll back burdensome Dodd-Frank regulations that harmed community banks.
NEGOTIATING BETTER DEALS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump is negotiating fair and balanced trade deals that protect American industries and workers.
•President Trump negotiated a new trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico to replace the disastrous and outdated North American Free Trade Agreement. •Once enacted by Congress, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) will better serve the interests of American workers and businesses.
•USMCA will incentivize billions of dollars in auto and auto parts production in the United States and create a freer and fairer market for American agriculture.
•USMCA also includes the strongest-ever provisions on labor, environmental, digital, and intellectual property protections to reflect the realities of the 21st century economy.
•The President renegotiated the United States–Korea Free Trade Agreement to preserve and grow jobs in the American auto industry and increase American exports.
•The United States and Japan are set to begin negotiations on a United States–Japan Trade Agreement.
•President Trump is establishing a new trade relationship with the European Union (EU), working toward the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to transatlantic trade.
•President Trump has established a Trade and Investment Working Group to lay the groundwork for post-Brexit trade with the United Kingdom (UK) and has notified Congress of his intent to negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK.
•This year, President Trump filed a withdrawal notification with the Universal Postal Union, launching a one-year negotiation to secure fair international postal rates for American mailers.
•President Trump has expanded market access for American agricultural producers. •Argentina has opened to American pork and beef, Brazil to American beef, Japan to lamb and Idaho chipping potatoes, South Korea to American poultry, and more.
•The Administration authorized $12 billion to aid farmers affected by unfair retaliatory tariffs.
•The Trump Administration has begun the process to expand the sale of E15, or gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, to year round.
•Under President Trump, the United States will no longer accept bad trade deals and unfair trade practices that harm American workers and industries. •One of the President’s first actions after taking office was withdrawing the United States from the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership, which incentivized outsourcing.
•In 2017, the Administration oversaw 82 antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
•President Trump is holding China accountable for its unfair trade practices, such as the theft of intellectual property, by imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods. •Following President Trump’s successful meeting with President Xi in Buenos Aires, both agreed to conduct negotiations over 90 days to address the United States concerns.
•American steel and aluminum jobs are coming back following President Trump’s tariffs to protect domestic industries that are vital to national security.
•President Trump imposed tariffs to protect American-made washing machines and solar products that were hurt by import surges.
UNLEASHING AMERICAN ENERGY: President Trump is rolling back costly and burdensome regulations to unleash America’s incredible energy resources.
•After years of stifling regulation under the last Administration, President Trump is unleashing America’s energy potential.
•America is the largest crude oil producer in the world and production has hit a record high.
•President Trump’s policies are helping to boost American energy exports. •The Administration has streamlined Liquefied Natural Gas terminal permitting.
•In 2017, the United States became a net natural gas exporter for the first time in 60 years.
•American coal exports increased by more than 60 percent in 2017.
•President Trump is expanding access to our country’s abundant natural resources. •The President signed legislation to open up energy exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
•In July 2018, the Department of the Interior announced it would hold the largest oil and gas lease sale in history.
•In 2017, the Administration approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and the cross border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
•The Administration issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will export American petroleum products to Mexico.
•The President has ended the war on coal, cutting Obama-era regulations such as the "Stream Protection Rule" which was estimated to cost industries $81 million a year.
•President Trump is replacing the Clean Power Plan, a flawed Obama-era regulation that the Supreme Court ordered halted.
•President Trump rescinded the hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the oil and gas industry $32 million per year.
•The Trump Administration curbed the burdensome Obama-era rule on methane, saving American energy developers hundreds of millions of dollars in regulatory costs.
EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE: President Trump is expanding access to affordable healthcare choices and taking action to lower drug prices.
•President Trump’s Administration is working to provide Americans with affordable alternatives to Obamacare.
•The Administration expanded short-term, limited duration health insurance plans that are expected to be nearly 50 percent cheaper than unsubsidized Obamacare plans.
•President Trump has expanded association health plans, allowing more employers to join together across State lines and affordably offer coverage to their employees.
•The Administration proposed a reform to Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) regulations that will give consumers more freedom to purchase benefits that fit their needs. •Roughly 800,000 employers are expected to provide HRAs for more than 10 million employees once the rule finalized.
•Americans have more healthcare freedom thanks to the President signing legislation that ended Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.
•While healthcare premiums had been steadily increasing as a result of Obamacare, the average benchmark exchange premium will decline for the first time in 2019 thanks to President Trump’s policies. •Next year, Americans will benefit from more insurer participation on the exchanges.
•Medicare Advantage plans offer more benefit options than ever before, and average premiums in 2019 will be 6 percent lower than in 2018.
•President Trump launched an unprecedented campaign to drive down drug prices, leading more than a dozen drug manufactures to enact price freezes, reductions, or rollbacks. •In 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a record number of generic drugs, breaking the previous record set by the Administration in 2017.
•The FDA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 generic drug approvals are expected to bring nearly $9 billion in savings in 2017 alone.
•President Trump signed legislation eliminating contractual gag clauses that stopped pharmacists from informing patients about lower drug prices.
•The President put forth an initiative to stop global freeloading that drives up prices for American patients.
•The Administration provided Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans with new negotiating tools to drive down drug costs for American patients.
•The Administration implemented reforms to the amount Medicare pays hospitals for drugs that are purchased under the 340B program, saving seniors $320 million in 2018.
•President Trump signed "Right to Try" legislation to expand access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients.
FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE CRISIS NEXT DOOR: President Trump mobilized his entire Administration to combat the opioid crisis that has devastated communities across the country.
•President Trump launched an Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to confront the driving forces behind this crisis.
•The President signed the landmark SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, the largest and most comprehensive legislative package addressing a single drug crisis in history.
•The President helped secure a record $6 billion in funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
•The Administration provided more than $2 billion in grants in 2018 to help States, territories, tribes, and local communities prevent and treat opioid abuse.
•The Administration pursued scientific solutions to prevent and treat addiction through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative.
•The President launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction and youth opioid usage.
•Last year, President Trump created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, which recommends ways to tackle the opioid crisis.
•The Administration declared the opioid crisis a nationwide Public Health Emergency in 2017.
•President Trump is working to cut off the flow of deadly opioids into our country and to disrupt the networks that distribute them to our communities. •The Administration secured first-ever indictments against Chinese nationals for fentanyl trafficking.
•The Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a surge to target fentanyl and heroin dealers in the districts with the most severe overdose death rates.
•The DOJ formed a Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement team and shut down the biggest Darknet distributor of drugs.
•Last year, the DOJ announced the largest healthcare fraud takedown in history, arresting more than 120 defendants with opioid-related crimes.
•The President launched a Safer Prescribing Plan that seeks to cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years.
•The Administration has led four National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, collecting a record-breaking 1,837 tons of expired and unneeded prescription drugs.
STANDING UP FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: The President is committed to defending the right to life and religious liberty.
•Shortly after taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy.
•President Trump defunded a United Nations (UN) agency for colluding with China’s brutal program of forced abortion and sterilization.
•The Administration withdrew guidance that constrained State’s ability to exclude family-planning providers that provide abortion services from the Medicaid program.
•The Trump Administration proposed new regulations to ensure Title X family planning funding does not go to projects that perform, support, or refer patients for abortion.
•The Trump Administration issued regulations establishing new or expanded exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.
•In 2017, the President issued an executive order to promote free speech and religious liberty.
KEEPING AMERICAN COMMUNITIES SAFE: President Trump has made clear that his first responsibility is to protect the safety and security of Americans.
•Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows violent crime decreased under President Trump’s watch in 2017, following two consecutive years of increases.
•United States Attorneys indicted the most violent criminals on record last year.
•Last year, the DOJ announced nearly $100 million in grant funding to hire hundreds of additional law enforcement officers.
•President Trump is cracking down on the vile MS-13 gang that has brought violence to communities across the country. •In 2017, the DOJ worked with international partners to arrest and charge approximately 4,000 MS-13 members.
•Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations arrested nearly 800 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
•President Trump signed an executive order to restore State and local law enforcement’s access to surplus equipment that can be used to help keep our communities safe.
•President Trump enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
•The DOJ announced the creation of the National Public Safety Partnership in 2017, launching a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crime.
•President Trump signed legislation to improve the Federal firearm background check system and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.
•President Trump signed the First Step Act, which includes bipartisan reforms to make our Federal justice system fairer and our communities safer. •The First Step Act will help prepare inmates to successfully rejoin society, reducing recidivism and improving community safety.
•This legislation includes commonsense sentencing reforms that will make our Federal justice system fairer while keeping violent criminals and sex offenders off our streets.

ENFORCING OUR LAWS AND SECURING OUR BORDERS: From the first day of his Administration, President Trump has worked to uphold the rule of law and secure our borders.
•President Trump released an immigration framework that would fix our broken immigration system through merit-based reform and provide the resources needed to secure our border. •This includes closing the legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, ending chain migration, and eliminating the visa lottery.
•President Trump secured funding to begin building the wall and construction has already begun in areas along the southern border.
•President Trump deployed the military to assist in securing the southern border.
•President Trump and his Administration took action to require aliens seeking asylum to go to a port of entry to make their claim.
•Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 17,256 criminals and 1,019 gang members in FY 2018.
•ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 158,581 aliens in FY 2018, an 11 percent increase from FY 2017. •90 percent of those arrested had criminal convictions, pending charges, or had been issued final orders of removal.
•ICE ERO increased removals by 13 percent in FY 2018 to 256,086, the majority of whom were convicted criminals. •Removals of convicted criminal aliens increased by 14 percent from FY 2017.
•Nearly 6,000 known or suspected gang members were removed in FY 2018, a 9 percent increase from FY 2017.
•The Department of Justice prosecuted a record number of criminal immigration offenses in FY 2018, and increased the number of prosecutions for illegal entry by 84 percent over FY 2017.
•Immigration courts are now completing more cases than at any point since 2011
•President Trump kept his promise by launching the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) within the Department of Homeland Security.
•The Administration has more than doubled the number of jurisdictions participating in the 287(g) program, which enables State and local law enforcement to aid immigration enforcement.
•President Trump has made our country safer by ordering the enhanced vetting of individuals entering from countries that do not meet our security standards. •These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court ruling.

REBUILDING AMERICA’S MILITARY FORCE: President Trump is rebuilding our military and defending America’s interests across the world.
•President Trump ended the devastating defense cuts of the past Administration and has secured historic investments to rebuild our military. •President Trump signed legislation providing $700 billion for defense in FY 2018 and $716 billion in FY 2019.
•President Trump is supporting America’s men and women in uniform, securing the largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
•The President issued a new National Security Strategy to keep America safe from all threats. •The Administration has also released new strategies specific to cybersecurity, biodefense, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction terrorism.
•President Trump directed the first whole-of-government assessment of United States manufacturing and defense supply chains since the Eisenhower Administration.
•President Trump initiated the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, improving United States deterrence policy and existing capabilities to counter nuclear threats.
•President Trump empowered our military commanders with broad authority in order to take the fight to ISIS, and the results are clear. •ISIS has lost nearly all of its territory, more than half of which has been liberated since President Trump took office.
•All of ISIS’ territory in Iraq was successfully liberated.
•ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city Raqqah has been recaptured.
•ISIS’ territorial caliphate has been defeated and President Trump has announced that he is bringing America’s troops in Syria home.
•President Trump announced a new Iran strategy to confront all of Iran’s malign activities and withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran nuclear deal. •All sanctions that had been lifted or waived under the Iran deal have been reimposed.
•The Administration has sanctioned more than 160 individuals tied to the regime’s support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and more.
•President Trump took decisive military action to respond to the barbaric use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. •President Trump directed strikes in response to the regime’s chemical weapons attacks in April 2017 and April 2018.
•The Trump Administration has also rolled out sanctions targeting those tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
•President Trump is strengthening America’s cyber defense and directed the elevation of the United States Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
•The President announced that the Department of Defense will work to create a Space Force to serve as an independent branch of the United States military.
RESTORING AMERICAN LEADERSHIP ABROAD: President Trump is restoring American leadership on the world stage and advancing an America first agenda.
•President Trump held an historic summit with Chairman Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. •Since the summit, the leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both countries have met.
•Because of the President’s actions, North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
•The remains of POW/MIA service members from the Korean War are being returned to the United States.
•Prior to the summit, President Trump’s leadership helped secure the passage of historic UN sanctions on North Korea.
•President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy there.
•President Trump withdrew the United States from the UN Human Rights Council due to its bias against Israel.
•The Administration made clear that it does not accept the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over Americans and will continue to protect America’s sovereignty.
•President Trump has successfully advocated for cutting waste at the UN. •Changes made to the organization’s structure allowed the UN to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from their budget, while making the organization more efficient.
•The President’s leadership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has encouraged members to increase their defense spending and realign the Alliance’s priorities. •In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending among NATO allies.
•President Trump convinced the Alliance to strengthen counterterrorism activities, and NATO formally joined the coalition to defeat ISIS.
•President Trump’s Administration is working to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific through investments and partnerships.
•President Trump has imposed tough sanctions on the corrupt regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
•President Trump has taken tough action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including Russia’s efforts to undermine United States elections. •The Administration has imposed sanctions on more than 200 individuals and entities related to Russia’s destabilizing activities.
•The Trump Administration has enhanced support for Ukraine’s defense by stepping up sales of weapons to its military.
•The Trump Administration has secured the release of numerous American citizens held abroad, including Pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkey, Josh Holt from Venezuela, and more.
•President Trump attended G20 summits in Argentina and Germany, where he promoted American First policies and encouraged closer cooperation.
•In 2017, President Trump conducted tours through Asia to promote America’s interests.
HONORING AMERICA’S COMMITMENT TO OUR VETERANS: President Trump is honoring America’s commitment to our veterans by ensuring they receive the quality care they have earned.
•President Trump secured a record $73.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide quality medical care for our veterans. •This funding included $8.6 billion for mental health services, $400 million for opioid abuse prevention, $206 million for suicide prevention, and more.
•The President signed the VA MISSION Act, revolutionizing that VA healthcare system and reforming numerous services for our veterans. •This legislation will consolidate and reform existing programs to give eligible veterans better access to healthcare providers in their communities.
•Thanks to this legislation, eligible veterans will have access to walk-in community clinics that offer immediate, local care.
•President Trump and his Administration have expanded access to telehealth services for veterans, including through the "Anywhere to Anywhere" VA health care initiative.
•President Trump issued an executive order requiring the Administration to improve access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources for veterans.
•President Trump signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, making it easier to fire failing employees and protect whistleblowers. •Under President Trump, the VA has removed, demoted, or suspended more than 4,300 employees for poor performance.
•President Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, streamlining the process used by veterans when appealing benefits claims.
•President Trump fulfilled his promise to create a new White House VA Hotline to provide veterans with 24/7 support.
•The VA is providing veterans with online access to wait time and quality of care data.
•The President signed the Forever GI Bill, providing veterans, service members, and their families with enhanced education benefits.
•Last year, programs at the VA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development helped more than 51,000 veterans find permanent housing and access supportive services.
TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT: President Trump has followed through on his pledge to transform the Federal Government and increase accountability and transparency.
•President Trump’s Administration submitted a plan to reorganize the executive branch in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
•In a historic show of transparency and accountability, the Trump Administration completed the Department of Defense’s first ever audit.
•The President implemented a five-year ban on lobbying for White House employees and a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign countries.
•Each quarter since taking office, President Trump has donated his salary, fulfilling a promise he made to the American people.
•President Trump is reshaping our Federal judiciary, appointing judges who will follow the Constitution as written. •The President has appointed Circuit Court judges at a record pace.
•President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court justices, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.


Hundreds of motel guests were secretly filmed and live-streamed online

Seoul (CNN)About 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in motel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday.
Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.
In South Korea, small hotels of the type involved in this case are generally referred to as motels or inns.
Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.
The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upward of $6,000.
"There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet," police said.
South Korea has a serious problem with spy cameras and illicit filming. In 2017, more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police, compared to around 2,400 in 2012.
Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to protest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan "My Life is Not Your Porn."

Man takes steer into Petco to test new Texas leash policy

ATASCOCITA (KXAN) — A Texas rancher found a unique way to test out Petco's “all leashed pets are welcome” policy. He took his African Watusi steer, Oliver, into the store.

Vincent Browning's goal was to see if the company stands by its claim. The pair walked into the store, and Oliver was greeted by employees without a problem.

Browning said on Facebook that the Atascocita Petco was by far his and Oliver's favorite by far.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ilhan Omar represents Hamas in Congress? Laurie Cardoza-Moore makes claim

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, has accused Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of being a "Hamas plant" in Congress.

"Ilhan Omar covertly represents Hamas in the US Congress. We need to act now before this blows up in our faces," she said in a statement.

Cardoza-Moore made the comments after it was reported that Omar will speak in March at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) fund-raiser in Los Angeles.

CAIR is known for supporting terrorist organizations that have acted against Israel and the United States, including Hamas and Hezbollah.

FBI investigators uncovered evidence establishing CAIR’s place in the "Palestine Committee," which was a Muslim Brotherhood-created network aimed at helping Hamas in the United States, according to a report by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. In 2009, US District Court Judge Jorge Solis ruled that there is "at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas."

Moreover, the group was officially designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014, placing it in the company of al-Qaeda, Islamic State and others.

"CAIR and Hamas are one in the same," Cardoza-Moore claimed. "Ilhan Omar openly fund-raising for CAIR means she is not just a rabid antisemite, but a real threat to our national security."

Earlier this month, after Omar tweeted what was considered by politicians and leaders on both sides of the aisle to be an antisemitic statement, Cardoza-Moore launched a petition to oust the Islamic congresswoman from office. So far, thousands of Americans have signed the petition.

Cardoza-Moore said that PJTN, a 501c3 nonprofit that was established to educate Christians about their "biblical responsibility to stand with their Jewish brethren and Israel," would continue to "wage our national campaign to unite American patriots against this dangerous phenomenon.

"We the people demand that members of a subversive antisemitic organization, with close ties to terrorist groups, not be made welcome in our Congress," she continued.

After Omar tweeted her antisemitic comment accusing AIPAC of paying politicians to support Israel, she issued an apology. However, many politicians and Jewish leaders considered her retraction inauthentic. President Donald Trump called on Omar to resign.

Then, days later, Omar again came under fire for agreeing to speak at an Islamic Relief USA event alongside Yousef Abdallah, who has advocated for violence against Jews and expressed antisemitic sentiments on his social media pages. But, as media reports surfaced, Abdallah’s name was removed from publicity for the event.

The CAIR talk, scheduled for March 23, is the latest in the controversy surrounding Omar. Hassan Shibly, the chief executive director for CAIR-Florida, will also be speaking at the event. Shibly has stated that Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, according to multiple reports.

Furthermore, a CAIR representative defended Omar’s antisemitic tweet.

According to the website Citizen Truth, Robert McCaw, director of government affairs for CAIR, said that the organization does not see Omar’s pointing an accusatory finger at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as antisemitic, adding that the organization is paying politicians to be pro-Israel.

"CAIR supports Representative Omar and her efforts to highlight the lobbying efforts of [AIPAC]," McCaw commented. "CAIR does not feel there was any antisemitic meaning in her tweet, but due to the brevity some took it as such."


AOC Booted From Board Over Payment Scandal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is embroiled in multiple scandals. She is making news for all the wrong reasons.

She was caught up in a scandal involving her boyfriend and then a swampy super PAC. Look, this is what is so hard for the glass house democrats – they complain about the system and the swamp and super PAC’s but they, like all politicians, use them liberally.

They complain about how the game is played and trash their opponents while doing the same thing behind closed doors – that is why we rejected Hillary Clinton and if the left keeps doing it it will doom them forever.

From Fox News: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., reportedly has been de-listed from the board of left-wing activist group Justice Democrats, following legal and ethical questions about her affiliation with the group.

The Daily Caller reported that Ocasio-Cortez, along with chief of staff and former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti, have been removed from the board of the political action committee after previously holding "legal control over the entity" in late 2017 and early 2018.

The Daily Caller had reported earlier this month on Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti’s role with the PAC, noting that the congresswoman never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that they "controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign." Former FEC officials said at the time this could represent violations of campaign finance law.

It was Justice Democrats that helped catapult Ocasio-Cortez from obscurity to an upset primary win over then-Rep. Joe Crowley to an election win in November. The group runs a recruitment program by which activists can nominate grassroots candidates for office to challenge incumbent Democrats, and Ocasio-Cortez gave her support to that push in a video in January. The group has also backed her on issues such as "Medicare-for-all" and the Green New Deal.

The Caller reports that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti took control of Justice Democrats in December 2017, until Ocasio-Cortez was removed from the board in June 2018 — though she was kept on as an "entity governor" until last week. Both Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were only officially removed from the board on March 15, according to documents obtained by the outlet, almost eight months after attorneys had said she was removed.

The development is the latest in the controversy surrounding the left-wing firebrand’s campaign. Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were accused in an FEC complaint of violating campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from PACs, including Justice Democrats, to private companies also controlled by Chakrabarti.

Although large financial transfers from PACs to private LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the "extensive" scheme was seemingly to dodge detailed reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.


Million Illegal Immigrants Ordered to Be Deported May Wait Years For Removal

Illegal immigrants already slated for deportation remain for years in the country before they are finally removed, government data shows.

There were more than one million illegal aliens with final orders of removal in the country as of June 2, 2018, according to data obtained through a freedom of information request from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), an anti-mass immigration advocacy law firm.

While there are 11 million and perhaps many more illegal immigrants in the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only arrests and deports small percentage of them—less than 260,000 people in fiscal 2018 (pdf).

This means even when a person is ordered to be deported, it would still take ICE about four years, on average to actually remove him or her from the United States.

In addition, there are more than 1.1 million people who have a pending final order, Conservative Review reported, meaning they’ve been slated for deportation but have likely appealed their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the immigration court system.

About two thirds of those with final or pending removal orders hail from four countries—El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

The first three countries in the Central American triangle have very much become the leading source of illegal immigration. Around one million of their citizens have been apprehended by Border Patrol, and caught trying to enter the country illegally since 2013 (pdf).


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

6 Christians Killed, 470 Flee in Congo Attack

Open Doors USA) Six Christians, including three women and a 9-year-old child, have died in an attack in the largely Christian village of Kalau near the city of Beni in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The attack that sent almost 500 Central Africans fleeing for their lives lasted four hours from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

According to field sources, the attackers–part of the Allied Democratic Forces–pretended to be security agents when they arrived in the village. By the time they reached the village center, some youths became suspicious and raised the alarm. Militia then fired indiscriminately at villagers. The ADF was created in 1995 by Ugandan Muslim rebels to oppose the government after they were forced out of Uganda by the army.

A nurse in the Nyankunde hospital in Beni told Open Doors by phone that the attackers then proceeded toward the house of the village head. When they shot dead the guard dogs, the gunfire sent people running. Two villagers attempting to flee were killed.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Jon Stewart Shocks The World By Giving Trump Some MAJOR Kudos; “Doing An Excellent Job…”

Jon Stewart, a long time comedian and reliable harsh critic of President Donald Trump, stunned the world this week by giving the president some major kudos for how he has handled one particular issue.

During an interview Sunday with The New York Daily News, Stewart praised the Trump administration’s handling of a program that provides funds to ailing and injured responders and families during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"The Trump Justice Department is doing a good job running the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund," Stewart said.

This is the second time this month that Stewart has praised the Trump administration’s handling of the 9/11 program.

While speaking before Congress last Monday, Stewart said the claims filed by 9/11 responders and their families has been "moving through faster, and the awards are coming through" since Trump took office.

Stewart also slammed the media for not covering the 9/11 program and urged Congress to make the Victim Compensation Fund permanent.

Speaking directly to reporters Stewart predicted that "tomorrow the 24-hour cycle will move on and you’ll be discussing the body language of Kim Jong Un."

"I want to beg you, when we’re done here, anybody who is with a media outlet, anyone here who is a writer or has a platform—don’t talk to us, talk to the men and women who are sick and suffering right now," he said, again lashing out at the media.

"You can amplify their stories," he implored the media. "You can get their stories out to the American people, because trust me, if the American people in their busy lives had any sense that these shenanigans were going on, they would be outraged."

Stewart went on to say that "we can cut through the nonsense," adding that the bill would pass if just "12 Republicans on the Senate side, that’s all this is. You get 12 Republicans on the Senate side and this bill goes through."

"This is nonsense," he added. "You guys know it, I know it. This is theater. We’re all down here today. There’s no reason to have dragged these people down here. There’s no reason to have to have these conversations. This is bullsh*t."

At the end of his press conference, Stewart made sure the cameras were on him before he said, "The Trump Justice Department is doing an excellent job administering this program."

"I don’t know about anything else, I’m not going to comment on anything else," he said.

Stewart continued, "But that’s why we’re in problem we’re in is the program works exactly like it’s supposed to. Now it’s Congress’ job to fund it properly and let these people live in peace."

Wow, that’s a powerful endorsement of Trump’s efforts.

While many don’t agree with Stewart constantly bashing the president, he certainly showered the Trump administration with praise for prioritizing the 9/11 responders and their families.



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Jeanine Pirro off air at Fox News one week after making controversial comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar

Did Fox News fire network host Jeanine Pirro?

Did Fox News fire network host Jeanine Pirro?


That's the question many of Pirro's fans were likely left asking themselves after tuning into Fox News at 9 p.m. Saturday evening — the typical time Pirro hosts her weekly show — only to find that Fox News was airing a re-run of the documentary "Scandalous."

What's going on with Pirro?

According to CNN, all indications suggest that Fox News has suspended Pirro. However, if Fox News suspended Pirro, they are not publicly admitting as much, telling CNN, "we are not commenting on internal scheduling matters."

Pirro has not tweeted since last weekend, nor did she announce a vacation.

Pirro's absence comes one week after she controversially questioned the patriotism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). While mocking Omar for wearing a hijab, the traditional Islamic head-covering, Pirro suggested that Omar's Muslim faith is responsible for her anti-Semitic sentiments.

"Think about it: Omar wears a hijab," Pirro said on her show. "Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?"

In response, Fox News publicly condemned Pirro.

"We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro's comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly," the network said.

Has Fox fired Pirro?

While the circumstances suggest she has been suspended, there is no indication that she has been fired. After all, Pirro is one of the highest-rated weekend cable news hosts on TV.

It is unclear when Pirro will return to air.


Trump attacks John McCain a SECOND TIME after Meghan defends her dad in wake of president ripping late senator for leaking the 'dirty' Steele dossier


President Donald Trump attacked John McCain again on Twitter Sunday to complain about the late senator's ties to the infamous Steele dossier 

  • On Saturday Trump said John McCain leaking the 'dirty dossier' was 'dark stain' on his legacy
  • Meghan McCain trashed Trump on Saturday after he dissed her late father
  • Meghan blasted back that he will never be loved as John McCain is
  • She has vowed never to squash her beef with the Trump clan in longtime feud 
    Earlier in the morning he tweeted a report from 'Fox and Friends' that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who researched and wrote the dossier, used information obtained from CNN in compiling the material. 
    'Report: Christopher Steele backed up his Democrat & Crooked Hillary paid for Fake & Unverified Dossier with information he got from “send in watchers” of low ratings CNN. This is the info that got us the Witch Hunt!,' the president wrote. 
    The hosts on 'Fox and Friends' on Sunday morning said that Steele used CNN's I-report to obtain some of his material. I-report is the news' organization's citizen journalism section. The hosts didn't give the source of the report against Steele.
    On Saturday, Trump said John McCain leaking the 'dirty dossier' was 'dark stain' on his legacy.
    Meghan McCain slapped back at the president, saying he will never be loved.
    'No one will ever love you the way they loved my father.... I wish I had been given more Saturday’s with him. Maybe spend yours with your family instead of on twitter obsessing over mine?' the View co-host tweeted on Saturday.
    Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to rip her father, the Arizona Republican Senator John McCain.
    'Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain,”' Trump wrote, attributing the quote to, Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation led to Bill Clinton's impeachment. 
    Trump continued, referring to John McCain's vote on Obamacare: 'He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!' 
    After Trump was elected, John McCain was tied to the leak of British ex-spy Christopher Steele's 'dirty dossier' on Trump, which contained salacious and unsubstantiated allegations.
    Former State Department official David Kramer, an executive at the McCain Institute, met with BuzzFeed reporter Ken Bensinger on December 29, 2016 and passed the information in the dossier, according to court documents.
    Two weeks later, Buzzfeed published the dossier, which landed like a bombshell just days before Trump's inauguration. 
    It is just one incident in the ongoing feud between the McCain family and Trump clan, a dispute that Meghan McCain said last month that her father's death in September had done nothing to quell.
    'The Trumps had beef with me then, and in the words of Cardi B, they're gonna have beef with me forever, and I'm not gonna forget,' she said in an appearance on the Late Show, referring to the rapper's lyrics in the 2016 song Foreva. 
    John McCain died at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer. He made explicit his desire that President Trump not attend his funeral, and also dis-invited his 2008 running mate, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
    His beef with President Trump dates at least back to the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump criticized him for being taken prisoner in Vietnam. 
    'He's not a war hero,' Trump said in July 2015, sarcastically quipping: 'He's a war hero because he was captured.' 
    Then, he added, 'I like people that weren't captured.'   

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

    Americans are moving away from these cities at an alarming rate, so we took a look at why.

    They're the metro areas that Americans are more interested in moving from than moving to.

    We adhere to strict standards of editorial integrity to help you make decisions with confidence. Please be aware that some of the products and services linked in this article are from our sponsors.

    When Americans browse home listings online, a quarter of them are considering moving to a new city, says the real estate website Redfin.

    They might want to trade an expensive, crowded, crime-ridden metro area for a place where buying a home is easier on your finances, traffic isn't a nightmare, and streets are safer. Or, they're eager to flee a city with high unemployment for one with lots of cool opportunities.

    We count down the 20 cities home shoppers are most eager to bolt from, according to Redfin's migration report. They're the places where people looking to leave most outnumbered people who were considering moving in during the final months of 2018.

    20. Columbia, South Carolina

    Since Columbia is at the bottom of the ranking, there's only slightly more interest in leaving the South Carolina capital than in relocating here.

    The metro area offers loads of jobs in state government, education (the University of South Carolina is here) and health care. Columbia's drawbacks include the hot, sticky summers and a relatively high crime rate.

    Redfin describes the local real estate market as "very competitive": Homes are selling for an average $139,000 and are typically snapped up in a little over one month.

    19. Syracuse, New York

    Buffalo may have more of a reputation for unrelenting winters, but this city 150 miles to the east takes the trophy as America's snowiest. Syracuse gets an average of more than 10 feet of snow every year.

    That could be a major reason why people who live here are inclined to hunt for houses elsewhere — maybe places where you wouldn't need to keep a snow blower in the garage.

    If you'd like to move to Syracuse, you won't need much money to buy a home: Sale prices have been averaging just $105,000. And the local unemployment rate recently fell to an 18-year low of 3.7%.


    Ilhan Omar Tweets Allahu Akbar 2 Weeks After Benghazi Attack

    Unbelievable! When will our federal agencies start enforcing our laws against our enemies and illegal politicians!

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Wells Fargo of Being Involved in ‘Financing the Caging of Children’

    Its CEO fired back at her for that inaccuracy — and others

    Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan fired back at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a contentious hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, after the freshman legislator accused the bank of "financing the caging of children" and suggested it should bear financial liability for everything from oil spills to climate change.

    Ocasio-Cortez’s inquiries come as activists increasingly seek to "deplatform" political opponents by cutting off their funding from banks and other financial services providers — a concerted effort that conservatives and libertarians have said threatens free speech.

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) brought Sloan before the panel Tuesday as part of a broad, four-hour inquiry into widely reported fraudulent misconduct in recent years by Wells Fargo employees.

    But in questioning Sloan, who faced bipartisan criticism during the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, quickly went much further.

    "Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?" Ocasio-Cortez asked at one point, in an apparent reference to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which resulted in increased separations of parents suspected of criminal activity from the minors who accompanied them.

    The White House has pointed out that images widely circulated on social media showing migrant children in large, fenced-off detention rooms were taken during the Obama administration.

    Sloan responded simply, "I don’t know how to answer that question, because we weren’t."


    "You were financing, involved in debt financing, in CoreCivic and GEO Group, correct?" Ocasio-Cortez pressed, referring to two companies that manage private detention and rehabilitation facilities, on her way to implying that tort liability should be drastically expanded.

    In a statement to Fox News, a CoreCivic spokesperson rejected Ocasio-Cortez’s insinuations: "We don’t provide housing for any children who aren’t under the supervision of a parent," the spokesperson said. "We also don’t operate shelters for unaccompanied minors, nor do we operate border patrol facilities. Any assertions to the contrary are patently false and misinformed."

    "For a period of time, we were involved in financing one of the firms, we are not anymore. I’m not familiar with the specific assertion you are making. We were not involved in that," Sloan said.

    Ocasio-Cortez went on to ask whether the bank was "responsible for the damages incurred by climate change" because of its financing of fossil fuel companies, such as reinvestment costs.

    "I don’t know how you’d calculate that," Sloan retorted.

    The progressive firebrand from New York, pressing on, raised the prospect that Wells Fargo could face liability from any environmental disaster involving the Dakota Access pipeline, which runs 1,200 miles through the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois.

    Wells Fargo was one of more than a dozen financial institutions to contribute financing to the project, which has been attacked by its critics as environmentally unsafe and an encroachment upon Native American lands. Conservatives have maintained that the project has significant economic benefits.

    "Hypothetically, if there was a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline, why shouldn’t Wells Fargo pay for the cleanup of it, since they paid for the construction of the pipeline itself?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. (In 2017, the Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation.)

    Ocasio-Cortez interrupted to ask why Wells Fargo would consider lending money to a project criticized widely on environmental grounds.

    "Because we don’t operate the pipeline," Sloan responded, apparently surprised by the question. "We provide financing to the company that’s operating the pipeline. "Our responsibility is to ensure that at the time that we make that loan, that that customer — we have a group of people in Wells Fargo, including an environmental oversight group."

    Ocasio-Cortez interrupted to ask why Wells Fargo would consider lending money to a project criticized widely on environmental grounds.

    "Again, the reason that we were one of the 17 or 19 banks that financed that, was because our team reviewed the environmental impact," Sloan said. "And we concluded it was a risk we were willing to take."

    Concluding the hearing, Waters suggested that Wells Fargo should be broken up. Waters also asked Sloan if the bank had become "too big to manage."

    "This hearing has revealed Wells Fargo has failed to clean up its act, it’s too big to manage and the steps regulators have taken to date are wholly inadequate," Waters said.

    Republicans, too, laid into Sloan, although they did not go as far as Waters or Ocasio-Cortez.

    "Each time a new scandal breaks, Wells Fargo promises to get to the bottom of it. It promises to make sure it doesn’t happen again, but then a few months later, we hear about another case of dishonest sales practices or gross mismanagement," said North Carolina Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, a Republican.

    "Every single member of this committee has constituents in their state who were impacted by Wells Fargo," he added. "Our constituents should be able to trust their own bank."