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Tennis: Giant killers Bencic and Zhang tumble back to earth

TownHall - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:26
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Seed slayers Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuai were brought back down to earth at the Australian Open on Wednesday as they both failed to follow up their first-round exploits. Swiss Bencic, who knocked out last year's runne

Obama Officials Defend Navy Dr. Ronny Jackson From Media Conspiracy Slurs Over Pres. Trump Physical

GatewayPundit - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:25

How cray-cray do you have to be to have senior Obama administration officials tell you your anti-Trump conspiracy theories are crazy? Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett and Dan Pfeiffer are among those defending the honor of Navy Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny L. Jackson against reporters and liberals accusing him of lying about the results of the physical and cognitive examinations of President Donald Trump he presided over at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland last Friday. Jackson delivered the results on Tuesday to an incredulous White House press corps.

Dan Pfieffer, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, wrote, “Dr. Jackson is a phenomenal doctor and a really great guy. He and his team took great care of all of us for many years”

Dr. Jackson is a phenomenal doctor and a really great guy. He and his team took great care of all of us for many years

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) January 16, 2018

Pfieffer’s tweet was retweeted by Valerie Jarrett and Tommy Vietor,

Pfieffer and other Obama administration officials retweeted a defense of Jackson by reporter Yashar Ali who wrote, “Dr. Ronny Jackson has been the Presidential physician since 2013. Give the conspiracy theories a rest.”

https://twitter.com/yashar/status/953369542499143680

Alyssa Mastromonaco, former deputy chief of staff for operations, retweeted Ali with her own comment, “there is no one better than ronny. no one. he is a saint and patriot.”

there is no one better than ronny. no one. he is a saint and patriot. https://t.co/rMTFZTdP2s

— alyssa mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) January 16, 2018

Mastromonaco’s tweet was retweeted by Chuck Kennedy, an Obama White House photographer, and Valerie Jarrett.

Susan Rice retweeted Matromonaco and added her own succinct agreement, “True dat”

True dat https://t.co/hfEhLUMATd

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) January 17, 2018

Rice’s tweet was liked by Obama NSC official Michael Ortiz.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, “I worked with Doctor Ronnie Jackson when we both worked for Pres. Obama. Attacking him as a means to lie about Pres. Trump’s health is beyond disgraceful and only serves to show the shallowness and idiocy of the anti-Trump crowd.”

I worked with Doctor Ronnie Jackson when we both worked for Pres. Obama. Attacking him as a means to lie about Pres. Trump’s health is beyond disgraceful and only serves to show the shallowness and idiocy of the anti-Trump crowd.

— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 16, 2018

White House video of the press briefing by Dr. Jackson where reporters asked such questions as, “does the president watch too much TV?”

Here’s conspiracy theorist number one, NY Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

Reminder that earlier physicals decades ago put Trump height at 6’2”. The 6’3” height makes a difference on his BMI from overweight to obese https://t.co/iHIsJjustT

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 16, 2018

Conspiracy theorist number two, Sports Illustrated.

These athletes are the same size as Donald Trump https://t.co/VSRJRh6dR0 pic.twitter.com/Fkysufqw9E

— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 16, 2018

Donald Trump, Jr. gave his take, “Watching media trying to ask the Rear Admiral Jackson (The White House Dr) questions in ways that leaves an opening to attack @realDonaldTrump’s health after an amazing report, cognitive & otherwise, is like watching Dumb & Dumber 1:1,000,000 “So you’re saying there’s a chance!”

Watching media trying to ask the Rear Admiral Jackson (The White House Dr) questions in ways that leaves an opening to attack @realDonaldTrump's health after an amazing report, cognitive & otherwise, is like watching Dumb & Dumber 1:1,000,000 "So you're saying there's a chance!"

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 16, 2018

True dat.

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AP-Scorecard

TownHall - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:25
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Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions, following 'White House instructions' (Ben Jacobs/The Guardian)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:25

Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Bannon refuses lawmakers' questions, following ‘White House instructions’  —  Democrat says Bannon's lawyer said former strategist, facing subpoena, would otherwise have been willing to respond  —  Steve Bannon refused to answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session …

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s risque film roles have conservatives questioning his congressional candidacy (Seema Mehta/Los Angeles Times)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:25

Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Antonio Sabato Jr.'s risque film roles have conservatives questioning his congressional candidacy  —  Antonio Sabato Jr. is best known as a soap opera star and Calvin Klein underwear model.  But parts of his acting career are raising eyebrows among some conservatives as the Republican …

Former Facebook execs call company a 'crime scene'

Daily Mail - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:14
Tech insiders Sandy Parakilas (center), Roger McNamee (left), and Tristan Harris (right), said Facebook cares more about making money than about user safety.

DACA deal on sidelines as GOP floats new short term funding plan to avoid shutdown

JamieDupree - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:09

Waving off a push by Democrats to force action this week on a compromise over the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Republicans in Congress said they wanted to wait for further negotiations on DACA, as House GOP leaders unveiled a short term funding plan that would keep the federal government running into mid-February, but that measure faced resistance from some more conservative Republicans.

“There is no reason why Congress should hold government funding hostage over the issues of illegal immigration,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said a resolution on DACA could wait until February or March.

But even without DACA in the mix, a new temporary funding plan unveiled by House Republican leaders last night got a tepid embrace from GOP lawmakers, frustrated by the lack of an overall budget agreement for 2018.

THE CHORUS FROM H GOP on another CR: "it's better than shutting down government"

— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) January 17, 2018

The biggest red flag came from more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, who argue the GOP should forge ahead with a plan to fully fund the military for 2018, while leaving all other government operations on a stop gap budget.

After a meeting Tuesday night, Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) made it clear that the group was not ready to endorse the GOP funding plan, which would keep the government running through February 19.

The goal is to use that extra time to reach a broader budget deal with Democrats, allowing the Congress to then approve a larger “Omnibus” funding plan for the 2018 budget year – which began back on October 1, 2017.

Question now is will this resistance hold

“Currently, just based on the number of “nos” and “undecideds” in the Freedom Caucus, there’s not enough support to pass it with GOP-only votes,” Meadows told reporters about short-term CR

— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) January 17, 2018

It was a replay of a familiar scenario on Capitol Hill, where House Republican infighting might lead to a shutdown at the end of the week.

“It’s a possibility, yes,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), when asked about the chances of a shutdown.

“But I don’t think it’s really going to happen,” Inhofe told reporters. “Nobody really wants it on either side.”

The new GOP stopgap budget unveiled on Tuesday evening included a few sweeteners, as leaders added to the funding plan a provision that reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2023.

“Without immediate action to fund CHIP, millions of low-income children will receive notices in the coming weeks that they might lose their health coverage,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX) in a statement.

While the CHIP extension had been expected, the GOP stopgap budget included something else that was a big surprise – as the bill would suspend three different taxes from the Obama health law.

While Republicans try to find the votes to support that plan, a bipartisan group of Senators will unveil the final details of their DACA compromise on Wednesday, in hopes of stirring more support.

“I don’t know how this movie ends,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who very publicly said he thought the President had signed on to the compromise DACA plan last Thursday, but then had his mind changed by immigration hard liners in the White House, and the Senate.

One of those opponents is Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who bluntly told the DACA group of six Senators not to even try to push ahead with their plan.

“Might as well roll it straight into the trash can,” Cotton said of the DACA deal, which he has labeled a mass amnesty.

Meanwhile, Democrats were hoping for a budget impasse, as they argue that a resolution on DACA could still be added into the mix this week.

The ball is in the Republican Party’s court. They control the White House, Senate & House. Will they shut down the government to deport hundreds of thousands of our brothers & sisters? A deal is on the table. https://t.co/K1UHB5vWDf

— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) January 17, 2018

Many Republicans say they also want action on DACA, but they understand in the current environment, after the blow up over what the President said – or did not say – last week, that no agreement can happen right now.

“Unfortunately, about every time we get close to putting our toes in the water, something happens,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

The tentative plan is for the House to try to vote on a stop gap budget on Thursday. The Senate could then pass the same measure before a Friday night shutdown deadline.

The computer menu design that led to false missile alarm

Daily Mail - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:04
The computer menu design behind the accidental missile alert that caused chaos across Hawaii Saturday has been revealed.

New California Declares Independence From Rest Of State (CBS13 | CBS Sacramento)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:00

CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
New California Declares Independence From Rest Of State  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With the reading of their own version of a Declaration of Independence, founders of the state of New California took the first steps to what they hope will eventually lead to statehood.

Fine, Trump Doesn't Have Dementia. He's Just a Moron. (Jonathan Chait/New York Magazine)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:00

Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Fine, Trump Doesn't Have Dementia.  He's Just a Moron.  —  A recent Washington Post story chronicled the rise of Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, who has gained special influence with President Trump.  McCarthy's methods include obsequiousness, attention to detail …

Ex-CIA agent in China arrested for possessing unauthorized classified info

UPI - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:55
A former CIA agent who worked for the agency in China was arrested on suspicion of possessing unauthorized information, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

A window inside Trump's morning 'executive time' (Kaitlan Collins/CNN)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:55

Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
A window inside Trump's morning ‘executive time’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump rises around 5:30 a.m. and begins making his first calls to aides and lawmakers as early as 6.  He's dressed in his signature dark suit by 8 a.m. at the latest …

Daredevil dives into the ocean to pet four large sharks

Daily Mail - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:53
Spear fisherman Rob, from Ningaloo in Australia's north west, dove into the ocean with four feeding Silky sharks for 'fun' during a fishing trip off the coast on Saturday.

Navy charging five officers over multiple ship disasters

Daily Mail - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:51
Five officers involved in two Navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday.

Jeff Sessions: "What Good Does It Do To Bring In Somebody Who Is Illiterate In Their Own Country?"

RealClear - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:51
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed by FOX News' Tucker Carlson about DACA, DREAMers, chain migration, and standards for immigration. "When we admit people to our country, we should be like Canada," Sessions said. "We should evaluate them and make sure they are going to be lawful. They are not threats to us. They have the education and skills level to prosper in America. That's good for them and good for America." "President Trump has said we need -- we have immigration," Sessions said. "We want immigration. But we want to vet these people. We want to know who they are and make sure they are going to be productive people. People who are flourish in America, who are going to not be terrorists, not be criminals. And that's exactly correct for America." Sessions called for a "good debate" on immigration and asked what good does it do the U.S. to admit people with no skills and that are illiterate. "A good debate needs to be happening this year," he said. "The president is right on the lottery. That's ridiculous. How absurd is that for a policy for a great nation." "What good does it do to bring in somebody who is illiterate in their own country, has no skills and is going to struggle in our country and not be successful?" Sessions asked. "That is not what a good nation should do. And we need to get away from it." TUCKER CARLSON: So, apparently, here are features of the proposal we are now looking at. It would fund about 10 percent of the proposed border wall, about 70 miles out of 2,000. No enforcement basically, can't deport anybody. It would expand chain migration. Dreamers could bring their relatives. It makes diversity lottery more unskilled. It did doesn't seem like it's moving in the right direction. SESSIONS: Totally unjustifiable. That cannot be. That is not a proposal that has any prospect of success. They need to look at the proposal at House Judiciary Committee that Congressman Goodlatte has proposed. That will work. It will end the illegality, make a tremendous toward ending illegality and make the system work better. That's what the American people want. And the objectors, the sanctuary cities, the New Jersey policy you just talked about, those are policies that favor illegality. They subsidize illegality. They encourage illegality. The American people are sick of that. It's time to end it. The choice is clear and it's going to be even clearer this year. We're going to have some votes in Congress. People need to be held to account or you are going to fix this system, create a system that protects America. We know that as you said, 73 percent of the people who have been arrested for terrorism came here were born abroad. So, if they had been properly screened and rejected, we wouldn't have had these attacks in our country. CARLSON: So, someone I spoke to with direct knowledge said in his meeting on immigration, Lindsey Graham summed up his closing argument by reciting Emma Lazarus' poem from the Statue of Liberty. Not really a case you would expect Republicans to be making. Why aren't there more articulate Republican members of the Congress making the case that you just made? SESSIONS: Well, I wish there were, actually. I think people need to get focused on this. We are not against immigration. The president is not against immigration. What the American people want, have a right to, and what's good for America is a lawful system of immigration. And when we admit people to our country, we should be like Canada. We should evaluate them and make sure they are going to be lawful. They are not threats to us. They have the education and skills level to prosper in America. That's good for them and good for America. What good does it do to bring in somebody who is illiterate in their own country, has no skills and is going to struggle in our country and not be successful? That is not what a good nation should do. And we need to get away from it. A good debate needs to be happening this year. The president is right on the lottery. That's ridiculous. How absurd is that for a policy for a great nation. We need to tighten up on our admission of people from dangerous areas of the globe where we can't vet, where we have high numbers of terrorists that live in those areas. We should certainly be more careful and limit that kind of immigration. CARLSON: Yes. Mr. Attorney General, when you left the Senate, it lost maybe its best voice on this. So, thank you very much for that. SESSIONS: Thank you.

Intel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony (Katie Bo Williams/The Hill)

Memeorandum - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:50

Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Intel Dem decries White House ‘gag order’ after Bannon testimony  —  The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday night slammed what he described as a “gag order by the White House” following testimony from President Trump  —  's former chief strategist Steve Bannon

Lindsey Graham on DACA: "Mr. President, Close This Deal"

RealClear - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:46
During DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham took a few minutes to address President Trump directly regarding the debate over DACA and illegal immigration. "Obama couldn't do it, Bush couldn't do it, and both of them to their great credit tried. Do you think President Trump can do this?" Graham wondered, about making a bipartisan immigration deal. "So Mr. President," he said. "Close this deal." SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Do you understand leverage? KIRSTJEN NIELSEN, DHS: Yes, sir. GRAHAM: Do you think the president understands leverage? NIELSEN: Yes, sir. GRAHAM: So here' what I would suggest to you. Phase one: To expect my friends on the other side to go comprehensive for us, and DACA for them, is not going to happen. I'm telling my friends on the other side, DACA and nothing else is not going to happen. The sweet spot is DACA-plus, more than the DACA kids. And making down payments on border security. Moving slowly but surely towards a merit-based immigration system, to be followed by Phase Two. Will you allow me to describe Phase Two? NIELSEN: Yes, sir, please. GRAHAM: Phase Two as I see it: As we move further towards border security in its full sense, that we begin to find a pathway forward for the eleven million not included in phase one, who are not crooks, drug dealers, rapists, felons (which is the overwhelming majority of the eleven million). Once we get a glide path for them, I expect in return that when they're through the system, we'll have a merit-based immigration system, based on the economic needs of the country. That we'll have a secure border, and we'll increase legal immigration, so people in the future don't have to cheat? Does that sound pretty reasonable? NIELSEN: It sounds like a phase two. GRAHAM: So, I'm going to try to get you through Phase One. If the president is watching, I'm still int he phone book. So don't give my number out, but call me. This has turned into an S-Show, and we need to get back to being a great country, where Democrats and Republicans can work together to do something that we should have done years ago. To the 700,000 young people, some young some older, we're not going to leave you behind. I don't know how this movie ends, but you're going to be taken care of. To those want to begin to fix our broken immigration system, you're going to get something too. I don't know how we right this ship. Dr. King said something pretty poignant about us. He said we came on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now. So here's my hope, that we can find through Phase One a reasonable down-payment on border security, begin to correct some of the problems when it comes to chain migration, deal with the DACA population fairly and with a sense of compassion, and set up Phase Two and, all I have to say Madam Secretary is we need your help... And to the country at large, things are going to get better. It is not going to end this way. The president ran hot. I think I know why. Something happened to him between Tuesday and Thursday, and we'll get to the bottom of that. And quite frankly, I got pretty passionate and I ran a little hot too. Somebody needs to fix this problem. Obama couldn't do it, Bush couldn't do it. And both of them, to their great credit, tried. Do you think President Trump can do this? NIELSEN: I think he wants to do it, yes sir. GRAHAM: I think Dick Durbin has been one of the best people you could ever hope to work with, that he is a decent honest man, a liberal Democrat, yeah he said yeah, and I'm a conservative Republican, but on this and other things we can find a way forward. So Mr. President, I'm going to end today where I ended Tuesday. Close this deal.

Trump kicks CNN’s Jim Acosta out of the Oval Office

Daily Mail - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:46
Donald Trump was with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan when he made the jab, which came after Jim Acosta asked a question relating to his 's***hole countries' issue.

Unhinged MSNBC ‘Investigative Journalist’ Calls on Trump to Step on Scale in Public to Prove His Weight

GatewayPundit - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:44

On Tuesday Dr. Ronny Jackson conducted a physical exam on the President and declared Trump to have excellent cognitive health and attributed it to incredible genes “it’s just the way God made him”.

But this wasn’t enough for the liberal media.
They were outraged that Trump was not ruled unhealthy and senile by the former Obama doctor.

One NBC reporter took it to the extreme.

NBC reporter Ken Dilanian called on President Trump to step on a scale in public to prove his weight to the nation.

Seeing a lot of skepticism over the idea that @realDonaldTrump weighs only 239 pounds. Would he step on a scale in public to prove it?

— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) January 16, 2018

Dilanian then compared President Trump to an NFL player of similar size?

Of the final four NFL teams remaining, here's the player that has the most similar reported height/weight of POTUS: https://t.co/K3UZHSDKal // Trey Burton and POTUS w/similar physiques?

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) January 16, 2018

Wow this

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Gang of Six to Roll Out Amnesty Plan Tomorrow… Senator Tom Cotton Tells Them to “Roll it Straight Into the Trash Can”

GatewayPundit - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:43

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) blasted the ‘bipartisan’ DREAM deal being rolled out Wednesday. Cotton said the deal might as well be ‘rolled straight into the trashcan’.

Tom Cotton also said the deal grants amnesty far beyond DACA, offers fake border security and no end to chain migration.

DACA is unconstitutional. Why are we even having a debate over it?

Senate reporter for Politico, Seung Min Kim tweeted out the summary of the Senate bipartisan deal that is being rolled out tomorrow.

Summary of Senate immigration bipartisan deal being rolled out tomorrow pic.twitter.com/XxyPA7s1Jn

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 16, 2018


Screenshot of ‘Confidential DREAM DEAL SUMMARY’ below via Kim Twitter:

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) blasted the ‘bipartisan’ DACA deal.

“Might as well roll it straight into the trash can … mass amnesty far beyond DACA, fake border security, no end to chain migration,” Tom Cotton tweeted in response to Kim.

Might as well roll it straight into the trash can … mass amnesty far beyond DACA, fake border security, no end to chain migration. https://t.co/pkpCrJxXfa

— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 17, 2018

A leaked memo reveals Democrats absolutely need DREAMers in order to have future electoral success.

This is why Democrats are fighting like hell for DACA recipients.

Not only do these illegal aliens cost the American taxpayers billions of dollars, they are incredibly dangerous as well. Just like the Syrian ‘refugees’, we don’t know who they really are.

The median age of a DACA recipient is 23 years old. They are not hopeless babies and toddlers like the media would like you to believe.

Many DREAMers are of voting age and WILL VOTE DEMOCRAT. The ones who have yet to be of voting age will most certainly vote Democrat and permanently entrench the Democrat party.

President Trump MUST keep his campaign promise and deport DACA recipients or we can say goodbye to our voices.

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