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  • Mark Meadows Draws Line in Sand: No DACA Amnesty in Spending Bill

    01/03/2018 8:05:17 AM PST · by Cheerio · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Jan 2018 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, on Tuesday said there should be no Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty deal contained within the government funding bill coming up in January. The important move by Meadows aims to take government shutdown leverage away from Democrats in the upcoming DACA battles — something that President Donald Trump alluded to on Tuesday morning on Twitter when he bashed Democrats for not being serious about DACA solutions.
  • Tax bill: States look for ways around the new SALT deduction cap

    01/03/2018 7:57:03 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 50 replies
    Curbed ^ | Jan 2, 2018 | Jeff Andrews
    The new tax bill President Trump signed into law last month hits high-tax, politically blue states like New York and California especially hard because of a new cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. But the states hit hardest by the change are already exploring ways around it. The new law puts a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions. Previously, there was no cap on SALT deductions, which helped high-tax states raise revenue without taxpayers having parts of their income taxed twice, once at the state level and again at the federal level. The new cap means states might have...
  • Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans

    01/03/2018 7:38:52 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 52 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | 1-2-2018 | Brendan Bakala
    Land of leaving: Moving companies rank Illinois No. 1 for outbound vans Studies by two major American moving companies rank Illinois as the top “outbound” state of 2017. On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017. In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s...
  • It’s Not Just ‘Tone’ and ‘Style’ [NeverTrumper Romney Sycophant]

    01/03/2018 7:16:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | January 2, 2017 | David French
    Is it time for conservative skeptics and opponents of Trump to stop worrying and embrace the president? Hasn’t the last year proven that our worst fears were unfounded? And, really, aren’t our remaining concerns merely trivial and possibly even elitist differences of taste and manners? Those are the questions conservative Trump skeptics face nearly every day. They’re the foundation of an argument that calls us back to our “team,” to the partisan battlefield that seems to define our time.
  • Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book

    01/03/2018 6:33:59 AM PST · by be-baw · 91 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 3, 2018 | David Smith
    Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian. Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.” Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in...
  • James Clapper: ‘Reprehensible’ For Trump To Call The Justice Department ‘Deep State’

    01/03/2018 6:12:42 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 77 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/02/2018 | Justin Caruso
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during a CNN appearance Tuesday it was “reprehensible” and “disturbing” for President Trump to refer to the Justice Department as the “deep state.” Clapper said, “I think it’s reprehensible to use that phraseology. I guess who that refers to is the career civil servants who are patriots dedicated to the country. I’d point out that when you take the oath of office as a civil servant you swear to uphold the Constitution.” He continued, “It doesn’t say anything about pledging loyalty to this president or any other and if not doing so...
  • Renters Win in Tax Law; Dems Lie About It

    01/03/2018 6:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | January 3, 2017 | Betsy McCaughey
    Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone, including renters, footed the bill for these deductions by paying higher rates. The new tax law at last begins leveling the playing field between renters and homeowners. Millions of New Yorkers and Californians reap the benefits, because these states have among the lowest rates of homeownership in the nation, and renting is...
  • California Has the Most Foreign-Born Residents

    01/03/2018 4:34:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    SiliconValleyOneWorld ^ | April 20, 2016 | Sharon Simonson
    With 27 percent of California’s total population foreign-born — or not quite 10.5 million people — the state has more immigrants numerically than any other state and the greatest proportion of its total residents who are immigrants.One in five people (or nearly that many) living in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Nevada also are foreign-born. West Virginia has the lowest portion of foreign-born people at 1.4 percent of the state’s total 1.8 million residents, Pew reports.
  • Fairfax Co. registrar to deny voter registrations over concerns with Va. system

    01/03/2018 4:17:54 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 22 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 3, 2018 4:21 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    "I’m going to deny the transfer, I’m going to inform the voter that they’re still registered in [their previous jurisdiction], and I’m going to send them an application so they can fill that out,” Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Sasnett said in an interview. (WTOP/Max Smith) WASHINGTON — Thousands of people who recently moved to Fairfax County from other parts of Virginia are set to receive notice in the next week or so that their voter registration requests have been denied. This move follows concerns about the way a state Department of Elections system handles requests submitted through the Department...
  • Ark. DOT studies possible first toll road for state

    01/03/2018 4:16:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | December 26, 2017 | Don McLoud
    A future Interstate 49 and whether it will become Arkansas’ first toll road are being considered, with public meetings likely coming in early 2018, reports KFSM news station.The interstate section being considered would stretch from Barling to Alma over the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Department of Transportation has commissioned a study on charging tolls on the future highway section.The study is scheduled to be completed next fall, and public meetings are expected at the first of 2018 to get public input on the project, the station reports.Interstate 49 would eventually stretch from New Orleans to Canada. Portions of the highway...
  • Congressman King seeks citizenship question on U.S. Census form

    01/03/2018 3:30:55 AM PST · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | January 2, 2018 | O. Kay Henderson
    Republican Congressman Steve King says census-takers in 2020 should ask if people living in the United States are citizens. “We need to be counting citizens instead of people for the purposes of redistricting,” King says. “That’s going to take at a minimum a statute and it may take a constitutional amendment and so in this upcoming Census, I want to count separately the citizens separate from the non-citizens, the lawfully present Americans separate from the illegal aliens that are here so that America can see how bad this is.” King says if the Census is conducted as he proposes, Iowa...
  • The Road Ahead: Congress Stares Down Its To-Do List

    01/03/2018 2:57:12 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Haley Byrd
    Lawmakers in the Senate will return to Washington from a three-week break on Wednesday; their House counterparts return next week. Awaiting members is a lengthy to-do list for the coming months, with several key deadlines rapidly approaching. First, Republicans will have to work alongside Democrats in both chambers to pass a spending bill. Congress managed to do the bare minimum—keeping the government open a couple more weeks before taking their Christmas break—in December. But that short-term funding bill is set to expire January 19. Defense spending will be in the spotlight this time around: Republicans hope to pass a hefty...
  • California's 2018 Ammo Restrictions Act as Backdoor Gun Ban

    01/03/2018 1:12:43 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 68 replies
    newsmax ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | John Cylc
    This morning on Facebook, I saw a post from a Walmart store stating that due to administrative delays by the state of California, they are temporarily unable to sell ammunition. On January 1, a new California law took effect requiring all ammunition to only be sold in person, and only through a licensed vendor. The law required the Department of Justice to implement new regulations before July 2017. However, those regulations were delayed and will likely not take effect until mid-January at the earliest. That means there is now a gap in which law-abiding citizens cannot buy ammunition from many...
  • Immigration complicates Trump's spending negotiations with Congress

    01/02/2018 11:07:53 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Sarah Westwood and Gabby Morrongiello
    Key Trump administration officials are set to huddle with the top two congressional leaders from each party on Wednesday to hammer out a spending deal that keeps the government open past Jan. 19, when the temporary government funding Congress passed just before Christmas will run dry. Their conversation could also turn to immigration, as lawmakers face a March deadline to legislate protections for undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” before the Obama-era program currently protecting them winds down on Trump’s orders. Some Democrats have pushed to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program...
  • 'CA Better Hold On Tight': ICE Dir Promises Doubling of Officers After 'Sanctuary' Law Signed

    01/02/2018 10:52:54 PM PST · by Revel · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-2-18 | From Neil Cavuto
    Right to good part. Video at link too... _________________________________________________ "Homan said illegal alien smuggling organizations will use the California law as a "selling point" and that Brown "bit off a lot more than he can chew." Homan said that Brown and other sanctuary-jurisdiction leaders may have violated 8 U.S. Code § 1324 - relating to "harboring certain aliens." He said he hopes the Justice Department will look into whether officials can be criminally charged under the statute. According to text of the federal law cited by Homan, any person "knowing... the fact that an alien has come to... the United...
  • Border Patrol lacks technology to detect, stop drones carrying drugs

    01/02/2018 10:23:39 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Border Patrol agents are increasingly worried about the threat from drug-cartel-flown drones, after agents spotted 13 drones suspected of carrying drugs across one section of the U.S.-Mexico border in just one four-day period in November. Cartels are aware that the U.S. lacks the ability to detect the drones, much less to interdict them, making them a choice method for smuggling high-dollar hard drugs into the country, agents said. They said the fact that they even spotted the 13 drones was serendipitous and only hints at the scope of the real problem. “We’re seeing an uptick. We flat-out just don’t have...
  • Trump ICE pick: Politicians who run sanctuary cities should be charged with crimes

    01/02/2018 10:07:36 PM PST · by bitt · 40 replies ^ | 1/2/2018 | Brandon Conradis
    President Trump's pick to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday called for a crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, saying politicians who help run them should be charged with crimes. In an interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said the Department of Justice needs "to file charges against the sanctuary cities" and "hold back their funding." Homan, who was announced in December as President Trump's pick to permanently run the agency, went on to say that politicians enforcing sanctuary city policies need to be held "personally accountable." "We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court,...
  • Support the Protests in Iran

    01/02/2018 10:00:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | Jan 02, 2018 | National Review Editors
    Protests have erupted across Iran. From the country’s relatively modern cities to its more remote, fervently religious areas, Iranian citizens are challenging the despotic theocracy that rules over them. The protests began as dissatisfaction with a faltering economy bubbled over. They have since mushroomed into large-scale demonstrations for political freedom, demands for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s head of state, and even expressions of nostalgia for Reza Shah, the founder of the old secular Pahlavi dynasty. The protests are different in origin from the Green Movement in 2009, which broke out when, after the systematic election-fixing the regime...
  • One Year in Office: Trump Keeps Defying His Critics

    01/02/2018 9:49:06 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 13 replies ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    Since the day Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history. Some $6 trillion of wealth has been created for Americans -- which is very good news for the 55 million Americans with 401(k) plans, the 25 million or so who have IRAs, and another 20 million with company pension plans and employee stock ownership plans. The left was certain exactly the opposite would happen with a Trump presidency. To borrow a recent phrase from...
  • GOP President and Congress Still Funding Planned Parenthood

    01/02/2018 9:44:50 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 12 replies ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Terry Jeffrey
    Two months before his upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump made an unambiguous commitment that helped rally pro-life Americans to his cause. He promised to defund Planned Parenthood. Now, almost a year into his presidency -- during which time the Republican Party has controlled both houses of Congress -- he has not delivered on that promise. "I am committed to: Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women," Trump wrote in a September 2016 letter to...