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Trump vs. the media

Howard Kurtz:
Donald Trump is staking his presidency, as he did his election, on nothing less than destroying the credibility of the news media; and the media are determined to do the same to him. This is not just a feud or a fight or a battle. It is scorched-earth warfare in which only one side can achieve victory. To a stunning degree, the press is falling into the president's trap. The country's top news organizations have targeted Trump with an unprecedented barrage of negative stories, with some no longer making much attempt to hide their contempt. Some stories are legitimate, some are not, and others are generated by the president's own falsehoods and exaggerations. But the mainstream media, subconsciously at first, has lurched into the opposition camp and is appealing to an anti-Trump base of viewers and readers, failing to grasp how deeply it is distrusted by a wide swath of the country.

These are not easy words for me to write. I am a lifelong journalist with …

2 days after FBI is capturing texts again Strozk says he doubts Mueller will find Russian collusion

Washington Times:
FBI agent Peter Strzok had doubts about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, said Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican.

Speaking with Milwaukee talk show host Jay Weber, Mr. Johnson revealed disclosed one of the text message exchanges Mr. Strzok sent fellow FBI agent and lover, Lisa Page. In the text, Mr. Strzok appears to express doubt that the Mueller investigation will find anything incriminating and his reluctance to join the probe.

“Strzok says, quote, ‘You and I both know the odds are nothing,’” Mr. Johnson said. “If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my get sense and concerned there’s no big there there.’”

Mr. Johnson said the text was sent on May 19, 2017, two days after Mr. Mueller was appointed as special counsel.

“He doesn’t really want to join [the Mueller investigation] because his gut sense is there’s no big there there,” Mr. Johnson told Mr. Weber.

The …

Supreme Court to give expedited review of lower court DACA decision

Washington Examiner:
The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it would grant the Department of Justice’s request to quickly decide whether it will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a case that halted its phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In a brief order, the justices said they granted the administration’s request to decide whether they should hear the case before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals can do so — a request filed last week by the Justice Department.

The justices could decide whether or not to take the case as early as their Feb. 16 conference.
... This is a ruling that should be overturned and quickly.  It is one that has no legal basis beyond the lower courts animus for Trump policy decisions.

Oops--Brain lock on password delays stopping of false Hawaii attack warning

Hawaii's governor couldn't correct the false missile alert sooner because he forgot his Twitter password  Cybercriminals have certainly complicated life and death notices.  We need a better system that exotic passwords to deal with cybercriminals.

The Resistance was responsible for Democrats embarrassing loss in shutdown

Rich Lowry:
Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn’t finish.

The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump Resistance. He believed any charge could be made to stick to President Trump, no matter how implausible, and chose the dictates of an inflamed Democratic base over common sense.

His embarrassing climbdown after a short, mostly weekend shutdown shows the limits of the Resistance. Yes, an anti-Trump midterm wave appears to be building and Democratic activists — marching in the streets by the thousands and badgering Republicans at town-hall meetings — are energized. But this doesn’t mean that Democrats can act with impunity as long as they are fighting under an anti-Trump banner.

Schumer sought to attach an extraneous matter, an amnesty for so-called Dreamers, on a must-pass government funding bill and when Democrats inevitably didn’t get what they wanted, blame Trump …

Media does not understand bonus strategy of employers?

NY Times:
Will Tax Cuts Mean Pay Raises? Bonuses Don’t Tell Us Much
Companies are announcing bonuses as a result of the tax cuts, but it remains to be seen how much of that money will filter through to workers in the years to come. I was general counsel for a company that gave annual bonuses.  They were always based on profits for the preceding year and went to every employee in varying amounts usually based on their salary.  I saw them not only as a morale booster but also as an incentive to stay with the company.  Future bonuses will and should be based on profitability. 

The tax cuts will certainly be a part of that calculation in the future.  When you reduce the cost of taxes by roughly nine percent you give employers an opportunity to grow their company which will also lead to increased profitability and job creation.

Democrats do not want to negotiate with immigration opponents

Washington Times:
Sen. James Lankford was one of the Republicans seeking a middle-ground deal on immigration last year, joining a series of bipartisan meetings where they tried to figure out how to legalize “Dreamers.”

But Mr. Lankford said every time he raised the other side of the issue — enforcement or limiting the chain of family migration — he was put off. Until finally he was just cut out of the meetings altogether.

“We literally stopped getting invited. I raised it every meeting for several meetings, and after that it was literally ‘You’re no longer invited.’ Even when our staff contacted them and said when’s the next meeting — no response,” said the Oklahoma lawmaker.

Now, as Congress puts a government shutdown in the rearview mirror and begins to figure out how to return to the immigration issue, who’s actually in the negotiating room has become a major sticking point.

A number of different negotiating teams have emerged in recent months.
But Democrats have said some of t…

And this is not counting the five missing months of FBI text messages

Fox News:
More than 50,000 texts exchanged between FBI officials Strzok and Page, Sessions says I am pretty sure I have not had that many text messages in total in my lifetime.  I suspect there are a few thousand more in the missing texts messages.  There have been conflicting stories on whether the IG had access to the missing messages.

 AG Sessions says they will get to the bottom of the missing messages.  I think they should start by taking the phones of Strzok and Page and see if they may have been saved on the device.  They should also seize their private phones to see if they had "secret society" messages about their attempt to stop Trump on there too.

The FBI should also contact the cell phone provider to see if they retained copies of the text messages.

Mexican national voted for ten years in US

Thomas Lifson:
Wrist-slap sentence for Mexican national who voted for ten years using a fake birth certificate

A Mexican national who bought a fake birth certificate for $50,000 and has been voting in American elections for a decade has been sentenced to time served – just over one year in the county jail. Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois reports....
... I suspect the Democrats got some of the benefits of his $50,000 investment.  Also suspect that this is one of the reasons they keep saying vote fraud is not a problem, at least not for them.

North Korea orders troops to steal food from farms

Red States:
The communist nation of North Korea is so without food that it can’t even feed its troops. Thus North Korean officials have ordered troops to steal the meager scraps of food rural farmers have grown for themselves.

According to DailyNK, this order to raid farms comes weeks after the North Korean military was given a month off to scrounge for food to feed themselves with. The shortage of food is due to a sub-par harvest, and farmers who didn’t deliver the quota given to it by the North Korean government will now find themselves giving up food for their private use.

“We are suffering because collective farms in our region did not have a good harvest last year and so we were unable to fulfill the mandatory quota for military provisions. All individuals who weren’t able to meet the demands have been receiving additional assignments since the very beginning of January,” the anonymous source told the DailyNK.

Another source told the DailyNK that this isn’t necessarily an uncomm…

Turkey is coordinating its attacks on the Kurds with Iran and Russia

Eli Lake:
Syrian Kurdish forces were given an ultimatum over the weekend: Leave your positions to the Syrian regime or face the wrath of Ankara. They chose to stay. Then came Turkey's assault, on the northwestern city of Afrin.

That is what Nobahar Musrafa, a representative of the foreign relations committee for the Syrian Democratic Council, told me in an interview Monday from Washington. The council is the political wing of the Kurdish-dominated forces fighting in northern Syria.

She said representatives of the Kurdish "people's protection group," known as the YPG, met with Syrian regime officials at the Russian airbase of Hmeimim on Saturday.

There the Syrians conveyed the threat. "They offered to hold our areas and let YPG surrender the area to protect Afrin from Turkey," Musrafa said. "We told them, 'We will not save our people from the Turkish butchers to give them to the Syrian and Iranian butchers.'"

The backstory on the latest con…

FBI couples text about 'secret society' to work against Trump gets Congress's attention

Real Clear Politics:
Reps. Trey Gowdy and John Ratcliffe join FNC's Martha McCallum to talk about another newly released text message between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. This time, Strzok implies a "secret society" of federal agents worked to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

"It is possible these text messages that are missing, perhaps they really were lost. Perhaps it is another strange coincidence," Ratcliffe said. "It is harder and harder for us to explain one strange coincidence after another."

"We know that Strzok and Page had an intense anti-Trump bias," he said. "And that's OK, so long as they check it at the door and do their job. We learned today in the thousands of text messages we have reviewed, that perhaps they may not have done that. We know about this 'insurance policy' that was referenced trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president."

Ratcliffe continued: "We learn…

Democrats miscalculated on DACA and it cost them in shutdown

David Drucker:
Senate Democrats reluctantly voted to reopen the government on Monday after badly misjudging the political fault lines of a partial shutdown instigated to secure immigration concessions.

Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York led his troops into a battle Friday. Democrats were encouraged by President Trump’s low approval ratings and penchant for off-message tweeting, the Republicans’ zero batting average in past shutdown fights, and a liberal base demanding action for “Dreamers.”

But five Senate Democrats up for re-election in red states immediately defected, a split in the party’s ranks not seen in years. They voted with Republicans — against leveraging their support for a must-pass spending bill for legislation preventing the deportation of at least 800,000 illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children through no fault of their own.

With public polling showing middling support, at best, for the minority’s strategy, Republicans’ confidence in their position went…

Pipeline expands capacity to get crude from Permian Basin to Corpus Christi

Fuel Fix:
Houston's Plains All American Pipeline said it has secured enough customers to start construction on its Cactus II Pipeline, connecting West Texas' booming Permian Basin with the crude oil export market in Corpus Christi.

Cactus II will be a combination of new and existing pipelines, and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019, the company said in a statement. It would add two pipelines to Plains' existing Cactus network, expanding the system's crude capacity from 390,000 barrels a day to up to 575,000 barrels.

Plains is also soliciting customers for a second open season for Cactus II, the company said.

The original Cactus Pipeline is the only major oil pipeline connecting the Permian to Corpus Christi. But there are several other Permian-to-Corpus projects in the works, including projects from Houston's Phillips 66 and Canada-based Enbridge.
... Midstream providers are competing to deal with the continued expansion of production from Permian wells in…

Searching for angst in Indiana and finding something else

‘Trump hasn’t just done a good job, he’s done a great job' – the view from Muncie, Indiana You have to dig halfway through the story to find the quote supporting Trump.  The first half is liberals talking about the downside for them of the Trump presidency.  Most of the current Trump supporters did not support him in the primaries.  Some are still taken back by some of the things Trump says.  But those who do like him do so because of his policies and not his persona.

What I found most interesting is how little they are concerned by most of the complaints pushed by the media.  Like me, they see that as noise that does not have that much to do with what is happening as a result of Trump's policies.
They blame a lot of the negative coverage not on Trump, but on the media. They give him a pass on much of his bloviation and bluster on the grounds that “he’s not a politician”. Indeed that’s ultimately what they like about him. “President Trump is a disrupter,” says Bak…

Memo on federal law enforcement abuses could be released in about three weeks

Fox News:
House Republicans are hopeful that a four-page memo allegedly containing "jaw-dropping" revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses will soon be made public.

Rep. Dave Joyce, a Republican from Ohio, told Fox News on Monday that the intelligence committee plans to work on releasing the document but warned that once Americans see it, they’ll “be surprised how bad it is.”

The process of releasing the memo could take up to 19 congressional working days which puts its release around mid-March. The document’s release would first need approval from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who can decide to bring the committee back together for a vote. If the majority of the committee votes to release the memo, it would then be up to President Trump.

If he says yes, the memo can be released.

Joyce said he’s personally read the memo twice and “it was deeply disturbing as anyone who’s been in law enforcement and any American will find out once t…

Renewable Fuel Standards cause refinery bankruptcy?

Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, said on Monday its plan to get out of bankruptcy hinges on whether it can shed existing biofuel costs under the country’s renewable fuel laws.

The plan revives a debate between U.S. refiners and ethanol producers over renewables policy, and could spur actions from other struggling refiners should the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration allow PES to reduce its biofuel obligations.

The Trump Administration could also wade deeper into the fray should the Pennsylvania refinery, which has some 1,100 workers, face closure.

PES told its employees on Sunday it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, pinning its financial difficulties on renewable fuel laws, Reuters reported. In its bankruptcy filing on Monday, the company said it does not have enough cash to comply with the laws for 2016 and 2017.

But PES has also seen its debt grow after its backers took out a $550 million loan used for dividend-sty…

Forget about ice melting in the Arctic, how about Montreal?

Washington Post:
The Navy built a ‘fast, agile’ warship for $440M. It’s been stuck in ice since Christmas Eve.

The newly commissioned USS Little Rock got trapped by ice near Montreal on its maiden voyage to Florida. How fast can it be if it can't outrun a new ice age?  Whose idea was it to send it on this mission without checking the weather forecast?  Was the Navy just banking on Al Gore weather projections?

Poll shows Americans rejecting chain migration, visa lottery and want legal immigration cuts too

Washington Times:
Americans strongly back giving illegal immigrant “Dreamers” a pathway to citizenship — but a new poll found they also strongly back the other changes President Trump is pushing to build a border wall system, eliminate the visa lottery and curtail the chain of family migration.

The Harvard-Harris Poll, taken in the run-up to the government shutdown, even found huge support for cutting the level of legal immigration, which stands at more than 1 million a year, to less than half that.

The findings challenge the Gang of Six immigration deal Democrats and some Republicans tried to push through the Senate last week, only to see their efforts derailed by Mr. Trump.

That plan, authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, and Richard Durbin, a Democrat, called for a generous legalization for Dreamers, a small downpayment on Mr. Trump’s border wall and no significant changes to chain migration. The plan would have eliminated the visa lottery, but pumped those visas back int…

Why should GOP trust Democrats on immigration?

NY Times:

Shutdown’s Crux: Democrats’ Deep-Rooted Distrust of G.O.P. on Immigration

After decades of fruitless efforts to overhaul immigration, Democrats simply do not believe Republicans will follow through on the issue. Democrats want an immigration policy that allows them to import dependency and new Democrat clients for welfare and they wonder why Republicans are suspicious of their motives?  Democrat in private have been saying they need immigrants to remain viable as a party because they have alienated so much of their original base.  Some of them openly talk about waiting for older white people to die so they can regain control of the government.  Yet this headline suggest that the GOP is the problem.  They are the problem only to the extent that many in the GOP do not want to be suckers for a bad deal that will harm the country.

AG Lynch was part of the scheme to let Hillary Clinton off for her mishandling of classified material?

Sharyl Attkisson:
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey's 2016 press conference that he would recommend against charging Hillary Clinton, according to information turned over to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday. The revelation was included in 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it significantly diminishes the credibility of Lynch's earlier commitment to accept Comey's recommendation — a commitment she made under the pretense that the two were not coordinating with each other. And it gets worse. Comey and Lynch reportedly knew that Clinton would never face charges even before the FBI conducted its three-hour interview with Clinton, which was supposedly meant to gather more information into her mishandling of classified information. On July 1, 2016, as the Lynch announcement became public, Page texted Strzok: Page: And yeah, it’s a real profile in couragw [sic],…

People in California forced to sleep in their cars as housing is unaffordable

Income inequality in California is getting worse.

In affluent areas such as Santa Barbara, the cost of living continues to rise while wages stay stagnant, leaving residents struggling to make ends meet. Even many of those with jobs can barely afford to stay in the city they've called home for years, and more of them are now forced to live out of their cars.

"It's a kind of middle-class homelessness," writes Steve Lopez in an article on the issue for the Los Angeles Times.

One local organization taking aim at the problem is the New Beginnings Counseling Center, which runs Safe Parking, a program that matches approved clients with monitored parking spots in lots near churches, government offices and nonprofits, where they can stay overnight.

The Safe Parking program has been around since 2004 but, just in the past 18 months, it has expanded from 20 lots to 23, according to the L.A. Times. There's also a waiting list of more than 40 families.

Of the program…

Obama's strategic mistake in Afghanistan has prolonged the war

Seattle Times:
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he argued against President Obama’s Afghanistan war strategy that set dates for the drawdown of U.S. troops. He supports a decision by President Donald Trump to end such timelines.

In an interview with The Seattle Times, Gates said the policy ‘basically told the Taliban how long they had to wait. I think it was a big mistake.’ He said that a decision by President Donald Trump to deploy more troops in an open-ended engagement could eventually prompt the Taliban to negotiate.

Gates’ comments offer a sharply different take than he expressed just two years ago in his 2014 memoir, “Duty.” That book offers an often harsh assessment of Obama but a resolute defense of the timeline policy that he helped to carry out as he sent troops off to war.
Asked about the difference between the book’s account and his remarks to The Seattle Times, Gates said the book reflected his public policy statements while leading the Pentagon. “I think yo…

The biggest scandal in US history being largely ignored by mainstream media--Are they co-conspirators?

Melanie Phillips:
If you are in Britain and relying on the BBC and mainstream media for your information, you probably won’t know that a political scandal has been developing in the Washington swamp which has the potential to make Watergate look positively puny by comparison. You probably won’t know that what passes for the accepted wisdom about President Trump may be in the process of being turned on its head.

The reason there’s been no no coverage is that it suggests Trump has been not the instigator but the target of collusion – between the FBI, the Justice Department, the Democratic party and the Russians, first to prevent him from being elected US President and then to lever him out of office.

Last Thursday, some Republicans in Congress who had seen a secret memo, apparently compiled by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and fellow Republicans on the panel and which involved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, (FISA) were so disturbed by what it contained that…

Turkish tanks and 'Free Syrian Army' allies attack Kurds

Turkish troops with thousands of allied fighters from the Free Syrian Army launched a long-awaited ground offensive against the Kurdish-controlled region of Afrin yesterday, sending in tanks and shelling what had been the last city in Syria to not be bombed.

Both Turkish and Kurdish sources reported the start of what Ankara is calling Operation Olive Branch, which it says is necessary to clear its border of “terrorists” and to liberate the self-governing region from its “repressive” rulers. However, the assault was criticised around the world. The United States and Russia urged restraint on President Erdogan of Turkey while a group of western academics, supportive of the left-wing Kurdish movement that runs Afrin, published an open letter of condemnation.

The two sides gave differing accounts of the outcome of the early skirmishes. Turkey’s allies, former brigades of the Free Syrian Army, said they had captured four villages and strategic hilltops in the north and west of the r…

The case for a merit based immigration system

Jeff Sessions:
For decades, the American people have been begging and pleading with our elected officials for an immigration system that is lawful and that serves our national interest.

That’s not just because immigration is an economic issue. It’s also because it’s a matter of public safety and national security. If we can’t control — or even know — who enters this country, it’s much harder to keep people safe.

This is not a hypothetical matter. A new report from the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security reveals that nearly three out of every four people convicted of international terrorism-related offenses in federal courts since 9/11 were born outside of this country. Terrorists and their sympathizers shouldn’t be allowed in this country, and yet this report shows that hundreds of them have endangered the lives of the citizens we work for.

The report goes on to state that over the same time, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has removed more than 1,70…

Former prosecutor says investigation of Clinton was a farce

Daily Caller:
A former federal prosecutor says the truth is starting to seep out about the Obama Administration’s “brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton” and “frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy,” according to an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Joe diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, connects the dots on former Obama administration Justice Department and FBI officials who may have “violated the law, perhaps committed crimes” to politicize law enforcement and surveillance against political opponents.

He says former FBI Director James Comey conducted a fake criminal investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they “followed none of the regular rules, gave her every break in the book, immunized all kinds of people, allowed the destruction of evidence, with no grand jury, no subpoenas, no search warrants. That’s not an investigation. That’s a Potemkin village. It’s a farce.”

DiGenova condemned the FBI for working s…

FBI can't find internal text's messages from Dec. 14 until Mueller's appointment May 17

Washington Post:
FBI did not save officials’ texts during key time for Trump probe, senator says

The five-month gap ended the same day Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel over the Russia investigation, according to a letter sent from Sen. Ron Johnson — chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee — to FBI Director Christopher Wray. Well, isn't that convenient?  During the early days of the coup attempt after Trump won the election key evidence is missing.  I think it requires further investigation.

 In a message to Sen. Ron Johnson, the FBI spokesman said, “The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI’s technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page.”

Fusion GPS, Democrats claim scoops for material found on internet

Rowan Scarborough:
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson is defending the Democrat-financed Russia dossier by crediting its author with turning up facts that can be found on the Internet.

Mr. Simpson’s testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence follows a pattern by fans of the dossier commissioned by Fusion and written by former British spy Christopher Steele.

Some committee Democrats have credited Mr. Steele with first disclosing events that actually had been reported previously in the open press. One network news site applauded him for disclosing that Donald Trump looked at possible real-estate deals in Russia. Yet Mr. Trump’s failed attempts to build a hotel in Russia over three decades have been chronicled in the press and by the president himself.
Mr. Simpson was asked how he corroborated Mr. Steele’s series of charges. He gave two examples. The examples did not outright prove illegal conduct by Trump associates. Instead, they were comprised of Mr. St…

Exposing the corruption of liberals in the media

Michael Goodwin:
James O’Keefe is bringing back the best practice of journalism
That gets me to another reason for my changing view of O’Keefe — the reprehensible conduct of so-called legitimate news organizations. They, too, are guilty of deception by pretending to offer straight news when they function more like propaganda outlets for the Democratic Party.

O’Keefe’s deception is not materially different from theirs. In fact, he’s more honest, admitting he has a conservative agenda to expose the lies of powerful liberal organizations.
He accused mainstream journalists of “groupthink,” saying they “move in packs . . . like blackbirds on a telephone wire. They’re all talking about the same thing.”

His goal is to “dent the fortress and crack the dam” so the public knows who is abusing power.

O’Keefe has a passion for gathering facts and sharing them that recalls the best journalists I have known. And he is right that journalism history was written by people who went undercover to…

Schumer is risking losing seats in states that supported Trump with the shutdown scheme to get bad immigration policy

Washington Post:
Shutdown could hurt Democrats seeking reelection in Trump states
Some Democrats concede that the stalemate — if it is seen as a fight over immigration — holds risks for vulnerable senators, even if they voted to keep the government open. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania faces a likely GOP opponent who claimed that the Democrat “put illegal immigrants over health insurance for our kids.” Casey's opponent is right.  Democrats deserve to lose for attempting extortion to get their bad immigration policy passed.  It looks like a scheme to import Democrat voters to pump up their shrinking base.

The con job that collapsed an Iranian bank and caused losses for many Iranians

NY Times:
Ponzi Schemes by Iran’s Banks Unleashed Public Outrage
Thousands lost their savings in the collapse of shady banks, part of a broader economic system plagued by insider dealing, mismanagement and inefficiency. Iran's economy is run by the mullahs and those with connections to them.  They are responsible for this mess which also led in part to the demonstrations against their corrupt regime.

Democrats' insistence on a bad immigration policy is cause of shutdown

NY Times:
The President Finds Himself Mired in a Familiar Crisis
Immigration policy, the issue that propelled President Trump’s political rise, snarled negotiations to avert a government shutdown.Mr. Trump cast blame on Democrats, accusing them of playing “shutdown politics” on the anniversary of his inauguration. If this were just about DACA the Democrats could have had a deal despite the fact that many in this country also oppose that too.  It was their insistence on adding chain migration to DACA and keeping protected status for many that caused the deal to be rejected.

They were warned that that aspect of their proposal was unacceptable and tried to push it anyway and then did their typical "He's a racist" dance when their proposal was rejected.  It was a bad faith negotiation ploy that deserved to be rebuked.

The Democrats are trying to whole the country hostage to their bad immigration policies which are not germane to the budget.  They own this shutdown and should b…

Solar project headed for West Texas land not suitable for much else

Energy Fix:
California-based 174 Power Global is breaking ground Thursday on the largest utility-scale solar project in Texas, the company said.

The project is on 1,500 acres of private land in Pecos County, in West Texas, and area that has become a hub of utility-scale solar projects. It's 236 megawatt capacity can power 50,000 homes a year, and all of its power will be sold to Austin Energy, a utility for the city of Austin. The project will cost $260 million.

174 Power Global is a subsidiary of South Korea's Hanwha Energy.

174 Power Global has focused on developing solar projects on land without competing interests. The project in Pecos County, for instance, has not oil and gas development and the salinity of the property's water prevents it from being used for livestock or agriculture.

"Solar is the highest use for this particular site selected," said Deborah Reyes, senior director of development for 174 Power Global in the eastern part of the U.S.

Although s…

Trump is a man who is true to his words on the campaign trail

One year of Trump's America: He has his critics, but the President has kept his biggest promises to supporters

Even when his efforts have stalled, Trump has consistently played to those who put him in the White House This is a liberal British paper saying this.  Even the NY Times has had to admit that unlike past Presidents Trump keep's his word to supporters on policy issues.   The Washington Post "fact checker" has been keeping a running list of things Trump says that it disagrees with, but they are mostly gotcha type complaints caused by Trump's unscripted remarks.  On the big things, he has kept his word and that may be the most frightening thing to Democrats.

Bad news for Democrats--This is not a trickle down economy as people on the low end see biggest gains

Power Line:
We’ve seen already the news of the growing number of companies citing the corporate tax cut as the trigger to give bonuses, raises, and announcements of significant new domestic capital investment, which is ruining the Democrats’ day. Wait till they get a load of this news, from the Wall Street Journal this morning: Less-Educated Workers See Biggest Weekly Pay Bumps Americans with only a high-school diploma are seeing faster earnings growth than their highly educated counterparts, as employers in low-wage industries hungrily search for workers to fill job openings. In the fourth quarter of 2017, median weekly earnings for workers 25 years and older with only a high-school diploma rose 2.3% from the same period a year earlier, new Labor Department data show. Meanwhile, pay for Americans carrying a bachelor’s degree edged up just 0.8% from the fourth quarter of 2016. The trend has been ongoing, with year-over-year wage growth for high-school graduates outpacing wage growth for co…

German city bans refugees because of violence

An eastern German city has imposed a temporary ban on new refugees in an effort to stem a number of recent violent incidents.

Cottbus, about 120 kilometres southeast of Berlin, has been rocked by violence from refugees and right-wing extremists since the start of this year.

Earlier this week, Brandenburg state police reported that two male Syrian teenagers were arrested under the suspicion of injuring a German teenager in the face with a knife.

The 16-year-old sustained non life-threatening injuries in what started as an altercation between Syrian and German school acquaintances near a tram station.

The incident happened just days after a group of three Syrian asylum seekers, aged 14, 15 and 17 years old, attacked a man and his wife outside a shopping centre, according to a police statement. The 15-year-old was handed a “negative residency permit” by authorities, effectively ordering him and his father to leave the city.

Cottbus, a small university centre with a population …

Democrats are out of touch

Adriana Cohen:
Only an out-of-touch 1 percenter like Pelosi -- a well-known multimillionaire -- could dismiss thousands of dollars in working families' pockets as mere "crumbs." To the contrary, for 99 percent of the population, it's significant.

Notwithstanding, Apple announced this week that it's going to invest $350 billion in America. This investment includes expanding existing campuses and building new facilities, as well as creating 20,000 jobs. The maker of the iPhone also said it's giving the majority of its employees $2,500 in stock options.

But that's not all.

Apple's CEO told his employees in a letter: "I'm happy to announce that starting immediately and running through the end of 2018, Apple will match all employee charitable donations, up to $10,000 annually, at a rate of two to one. In addition, Apple will double the amount we match for each hour you donate your time." So the charity sector will also benefit from the GO…

Linking a non budget issue to force a shutdown is a mistake the Democrats made

James Robbins:

This government shutdown differs from previous ones because the direct cause of the impasse has nothing to do with the budget. Democrats are attempting to use the process to force a decision on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that affects 800,000 immigrants. Polls show majority support for resolving DACA as a standalone issue. However, a CNN poll released Friday showed that a majority of Americans think that keeping the government open is more important than fixing DACA by 56% to 34%. The poll also showed blame for the shutdown somewhat evenly distributed between Democrats in Congress (31%), Republicans in Congress (26%) and President Trump (21%). Ten percent blame all three.

Linking a non-budget issue to force a shutdown shows how dysfunctional the system has become. And since the deadline to resolve DACA is not until March, there is no pressing reason to force a crisis over it now. “We believe strongly in immigration reform,” New…