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Gorsuch has a Chance to Redeem Himself

After disappointingly siding with four liberal justices on immigration and deportation, Gorsuch appears to be leaning toward allowing Trump’s travel restrictions.

from One News Now:

Report: Gorsuch, others ‘leaning’ toward Trump’s travel restrictions

Gorsuch taking oathSo how did Justice Neil Gorsuch – the newest face on the Supreme Court – do in Wednesday’s arguments over President Trump’s “travel ban”? OneNewsNow sought answers to that question.

“Neil Gorsuch asked some very pointed questions of [lead Hawaii attorney and former acting solicitor general of the United States] Neal Katyal,” says John Malcolm of The Heritage Foundation. Malcolm was present in the courtroom for Wednesday’s proceedings. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Trump’s Space Force

President Trump has reawakened the idea of a US military "space force," despite congress already discussing...
President Trump has reawakened the idea of a US military “space force,” despite congress already discussing the issue extensively last year(Credit: sgtphoto/Depositphotos)

In a speech delivered to US Marines today in San Diego, President Donald Trump declared support for the United States developing a new space-based branch of the military, called the “Space Force.” read more

If You Want the Money, You’ll Have to Work for It

Our government places conditions on all the money and aid they dole out – education, healthcare, State aid, everything. Why not this?

from IBD:

Why Does The Left Oppose Work Requirements For Welfare?

Attacks on President Trump’s push for work requirements to get welfare benefits fall into two categories: Either the work rules are pointless, or they are inhumane. Neither is correct.

For some on the left, the only measure of whether a poverty program is working is the number of people enrolled. They considered ObamaCare a great success, for example, precisely because it added millions of able-bodied adults onto this welfare program. They cheered the sharp rise in food stamp enrollment under President Obama as an economic stimulus. read more

Trump Says Troops on the Border – Not in Syria

from Conservative Review:

Our border is a better place for our military than the Middle East

The purpose of the military begins with homeland security.

The U.S. - Mexico border

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Yesterday, the president took us one step closer to reorienting our national security priorities by announcing his intention both to withdraw our troops from Syria in the near future and send National Guard troops to our own border. Isn’t it time to guard our sovereignty rather than the “sovereignty” of Islamic tribal factions in nation-states that no longer exist?

A much stronger case for using our military on our own border than in Syria read more

Say Goodbye to the Obama Era

from IBD:

Trump Dismantles Another Obama ‘Achievement’ — Just One More To Go

This week, the Trump administration announced that it would revise President Obama’s draconian auto fuel economy mandates. That alone is big news. But it marks the near total reversal of Obama’s anti-growth domestic policies. That’s bigger news.

EPA head Scott Pruitt said Tuesday that the administration would rewrite Obama’s fuel economy standards starting with model year 2022. Obama’s plan was to mandate that all cars sold average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, up from 38.3 mpg this year.

As we have repeatedly explained in this space, Obama’s fuel economy mandate was little more than a thinly disguised electric car mandate, since hitting that level would have required a substantial increase in plug-in sales. As it stands, there are only a handful of powered cars that can go more than 54 miles on a gallon of gas.

Pruitt said that, instead of trying to force consumers into more expensive cars that environmentalists like, the focus at the EPA will be “on making cars that people actually buy and that are efficient.” read more

Group Wants Trump to Disqualify Haspel for CIA Chief

from Conservative Review:

Shadowy pro-Russia advocacy group behind attacks on CIA’s Haspel

It all started with a mysterious trip to Moscow.

A shadowy organization that is overtly sympathetic to the Russian government — and which was originally formed by anti-war activists — has emerged as one of the foremost critics of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) — a group made up of self-proclaimed whistleblowers, conspiracy theorists, and disgruntled former government employees — released a statement earlier this week opposing Haspel on the grounds that she is alleged to have had a major role in the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program.

“With respect, we veteran intelligence officers from CIA and other agencies urge you to withdraw the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA director. From what is already known of her leading role in CIA torture 16 years ago, she has disqualified herself,” VIPS wrote in a memorandum addressed to President Trump. read more

Podcast – Let’s Not Read the Bill – Let’s Just Pass it

by Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Ah – the Omnibus spending bill. I guess they have to call it that instead of using its proper name. The all-you-eat crap sandwich bill. Or maybe they could’ve gotten more creative and use the old Army slogan: “Be – all that you can be.” Something like: “Spend – all that you can spend.” Unless it’s for a border wall or increased security. Then – tough luck.

The government loves their acronyms. No body likes “omnibus.” Instead of omnibus, why didn’t they use something like:

Creative Revenue Appropriations Proposal, or its acronym: CRAP.

Fact is, Congress and the Senate are just criminals – thieves on the grandest scale. They steal our tax dollars, for all intent and purposes, at gun point, and give it away as they see fit, explaining that is not theft because they are using it for the good of society.

That’s like crooks stealing your car to use as a getaway vehicle for a bank robbery, but it’s all right, because once they’re in the clear, they promise to donate your car to charity… read more

Has the Tariff War Begun?

from Zero Hedge:

Here It Comes: China About To Launch “Tens Of Billions” More In Tariffs

This morning the market has been on edge over, and traders are obssessed with just one question: how will China retaliate to Trump’s trade war and tariffs… further. After all, the initial response of a modest 15-25% tariff on $3 billion in 128, mostly agricultural, products, seemed laughably small and appeared to be more of a warning shot than a real response to Trump’s $50BN in Section 301 tariffs.

One answer was revealed moments ago when as we reported that China’s ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai did not rule out the possibility of scaling back purchases of Treasuries in response to Trump’s tariffs. read more

The Border Wall Works – Let’s Build It

from Constitution.com:

Trump Gets Amazing Proof of Just How Effective Border Walls Can Be

There is an old saying that good fences make for good neighbors and during his recent trip to California, President Donald trump learned how effective even a makeshift border wall can be.

Trump got some shocking news when he visited the southern border near San Diego, California, on Tuesday, March 13. Not only did he learn that a border wall can be highly effective, but he found out that there doesn’t even have to be some elaborate, high-dollar system to make it effective for stopping illegal border crossings.

Trump headed to the People’s Republic of California this week in part to view some border wall prototypes. read more

Apparently, Loyalty is not Part of the Secretary of State’s Job

From Breitbart and the Common Constitutionalist

Fmr CIA Director Brennan: I Think Tillerson Was Fired for Being ‘Far Too Principled,’ Haspel ‘Should Be

Don’t Let the Door Hit Ya

Confirmed’

Under the Constitution, the legislature, the Congress and Senate, are in charge of domestic policy. The President of the United States effectively sets foreign policy. That’s the way it designed to work.

Therefore the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, gets to appoint the Secretary of State, his chief foreign affairs adviser. One would naturally assume that anyone the president chooses would be on the same page, as it were. After all, it’s the Secretary’s job to implement the President’s foreign policy designs. It is certainly not the job of him or her to develop or attempt to implement his or her own policy. The State Department is there to do the president’s bidding. In other words, one might say that the Secretary should be “sufficiently loyal” to the President.  read more