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Corey Lewandowski: Mulvaney’s “In Trump’s Corner”

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Prospective U.S. Senate candidate Corey Lewandowski, the former manager of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, has hailed acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for his work in the administration in a Tuesday op-ed in The Hill. Lewandowski, a Trump loyalist, described Mulvaney as “one of the unsung heroes of the Trump administration” in the op-ed, stressing Mulvaney’s clampdown on leaks and to push the administration towards the anti-establishment policies that characterized the Trump presidential campaign. “Mulvaney isn’t a glorified body man who simply wants to orbit the president, nor does he think his job is to act as a…

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Rep. Massie: Jail Comey And Strzok!

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has called for former FBI Director James Comey and disgraced FBI official Peter Strzok to be jailed following the disclosure by former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne that both were involved in urging him to pursue a romantic relationship with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. “The feds should let Maria Butina out of jail and put James Comey and Peter Strzok in her cell,” Massie wrote on Twitter, before linking to a Fox News interview where Byrne exposes the FBI’s sting operation.

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Former Rep. Joe Walsh Launches Primary Challenge To Trump

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Former U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Sunday announced that he will be challenging incumbent President Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican presidential primaries. “I’m in. We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump,” Walsh wrote on Twitter. “And that’s why I’m running for President.” Walsh is the second challenger to announce his run, following former Governor Bill Weld (R-MA). Two other former Governors, Mark Sanford (R-SC) and John Kasich (R-OH), are also said to be mulling bids. Walsh seeks to differentiate himself from Weld, a centrist, by describing himself as a “contender from the right.”

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Thomas Massie: “180 Degrees Diametrically Opposed” To Amash’s Impeachment Call

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on Monday rejected a call by close ally Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Speaking to the Washington Post, Massie, a supporter of the President’s, claimed to have been blindsided by Amash’s remarks, and clarified that he was “180 degrees diametrically opposed” to them. “When you quote me, just make sure people understand I disagree,” Massie emphasized.

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Establishment Sen. Richard Shelby: Chief Of Staff Mulvaney Is “Dangerous”

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), an establishment stalwart, reportedly described White House Budget Director and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney as “dangerous”, according to a New York Times report on Friday. The remarks came during a check-in session briefing members of Congress on the status of budget negotiations. Shelby, an architect of the bi-partisan deal to end the partial government shutdown, accused Mulvaney of being behind President Donald Trump’s sudden turn against the deal, after initially backing it. He was not the only critic of Mulvaney among the Republican establishment. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Mulvaney of…

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Rand Paul Slams Ultimate Budget Deal As “Massive, Bloated, Secretive”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has expressed his opposition to the bi-partisan deal to keep the federal government open as a waste of taxpayer funds, as well as President Donald Trump’s decision to announce a state of emergency to acquire funds for a border wall. “I’m disappointed with both the massive, bloated, secretive bill that just passed and with the president’s intention to declare an emergency to build a wall,” Paul announced. Although he previously praised Trump’s negotiating prowess in acquiring border security funds, he was dismayed by both the overall level of spending in the final legislation and the procedural…

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Massie Slams House Republicans For Leftward Shift

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) spoke out against House Republicans for shifting away from their principles and towards the ideological center, as a response to their Democratic counterparts embracing far-left ideas, in a tweet sent out on Monday. “Side effect of House Democrats embracing full bore socialism, no borders, 3rd trimester abortions, gun bans, & fiscal insanity: Some House Republicans now feel safer embracing partial socialism, porous borders, 2nd trimester abortions, gun control, & fiscal irresponsibility,” he wrote.

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Rand Paul: Trump’s Wall Deal Is “Big Victory” Over Democrats

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats as a major concession by the opposition to Trump’s drive for border security funding. “I think in the end, Trump won a big victory here, because everybody else had folded,” Paul told Breitbart News. “At Christmastime, everybody else was folding, and just saying, ‘Oh the Democrats gained control of the House, this is the best that we’ll ever do.’ So he got $1.375 billion for border security that wasn’t in there before.”

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Rand Paul Votes Against Trump AG Pick

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted in opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney-General, William Barr, on the grounds that the nominee would not do enough to safeguard the privacy of Americans from government surveillance. “I’m a no,” he told Politico on Monday. “He’s been the chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. I think that the Fourth Amendment should protect your phone calls and your bank information. People shouldn’t be allowed to look at it without a warrant.”

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Rand Paul: Trump “Steadfast” In Support For Troop Withdrawals

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Sen. Rand Paul firmly rejected reports that we are set to see a shift from President Donald Trump on withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan during Wednesday’s State of the Union address during an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Thursday. “I talked to the President last night and I think the President is steadfast that we need to do things differently, that the foreign policy swamp that says we should stay forever in Afghanistan, that they’re wrong,” Paul said.

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Rand Paul Slams McConnell On Afghanistan, Syria

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had a scathing response to a resolution by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rebuking President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. military presence from Syria and Afghanistan. “The United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and … the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security,” the McConnell resolution states. Rand Paul clapped back in an interview with Bill Hemmer on Fox News, making clear that he is more in agreement with the President than his senior…

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Rand Paul Feared Leftist Assailant Would Kill Him During Attack

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the sole Republican who had earlier opposed President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, tells the Senate Foreign Relations Committee he is changing his vote to yes, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the jury at the Warren Circuit Court during a testimony on Monday that he feared Rene Boucher, a left-wing extremist, would attack him during Boucher’s brutal attack on Paul last year, according to reports by the Associated Press and the Bowling Green Daily News. Paul claimed he was disembarking his riding mower while wearing noise-canceling headphones when Boucher came up behind him and forcefully tackled him down a slope, sending both men through the air for 5 to 10 feet and leaving Paul face down on the floor. “At this point, I thought, ‘I can’t…

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Rep. Massie “Very Proud” Of Nick Sandmann, Offering Him Internship

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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Nick Sandmann, the Trump supporting Covington High School student who was confronted by a left-wing Native American activist following this week’s March for Life. Sandmann is a constituent of Massie’s in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district, where the school is located. “I’m very proud of Nick,” Massie said when asked by TMZ whether he supported Sandmann’s behavior. “I’m glad he stood there because the instigator was looking for somebody to instigate something with and if he hadn’t found Nick he might have found somebody who wasn’t as equipped to answering,” he added.

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Rand Paul Attacker On Trial Next Week

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Rene Boucher, the radical leftist responsible for the brutal attack on his neighbor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to go on trial next week in Warren County Circuit Court, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. A Clinton-appointed judge gave Boucher a lenient sentence of a mere 30 days for the attack, which left the Senator hospitalized with broken ribs and a hernia, and left him with likely life-long breathing problems. Consequently, Paul is now pursuing civil action against the violent extremist. Paul’s lawyer, Tom Kerrick, is requesting $500,000 in compensatory damages for the pain and suffering Paul has endured so…

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New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Moves To Legalize Smokable Medical Marijuana

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that he intends to end the state’s prohibition on smokeable medical marijuana, FOX 35 Orlando reports. “I’m announcing today is the lawsuit that’s challenging the smoking ban, we’re going to be filing a stay of decision on that till mid-March,” he declared.

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Rand Paul Hits Back Against Media After Misleading Canada Surgery Reports

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has hit back against a flurry of misleading reports in the liberal media which suggested that he was a hypocrite for seeking medical treatment in a clinic based in Canada, which has a system of socialized universal health care, despite being an opponent of introducing such a system in the United States. “Funny thing is people who have an agenda tried to attack me, said, ‘Oh you’re going to use socialized medicine,’” he told WAVE 3 News. “I’m actually choosing capitalistic medicine because they only take cash from foreigners.” As Paul correctly notes, Canada’s socialized medicine…

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Massie Backs Steve King: “Not Ready To Censure A Man Based On A New York Times Article”

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Libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in the wake of racism allegations made against King following a controversial interview King had with the New York Times. “I know Steve King personally, I’ve known him for 6 years. In my presence he’s never said anything racist and I’m not ready to censure a man based on a New York Times article,” Massie told Fox Business’ Kennedy. “I know that they’ve printed enough fake news not to take them completely seriously.” He suggested that King’s words had been manipulated by the Times journalist interviewing him, and proposed a solution.

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Massie Bravely Resists Efforts To Pay Bureaucrats For Doing Nothing

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UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 26: Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., speaks at the House Triangle during the Coal Caucus' news conference on the EPA's recently proposed greenhouse gas standards for new power plants on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was one of 7 Congressmen to vote on Friday against the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for federal bureaucrats after the end of the ongoing partial government shutdown. “When you pass a law to pay ALL FUTURE government salaries regardless of whether the government is funded or not, then you’ve effectively moved the entire government payroll from discretionary to non-discretionary spending,” Massie wrote on Twitter “Today’s bill was fundamentally flawed and dangerous.” “This bill makes it MORE likely that we will have MORE shutdowns. That’s why I voted No,” he added.

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Pompeo Publicly Backs Syria Withdrawal: Troop Presence “No Longer Makes Sense”

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demonstrated his loyalty to the President by publicly backing Trump’s Syria withdrawal, despite reportedly privately disagreeing with it beforehand. “The U.S. efforts under President Trump in Syria have had extraordinary success. We’ve taken away more than 90 percent of the ISIS caliphate. … We will continue to keep the homeland safe from the threat from ISIS,” Pompeo told KMUW Wichita Public Radio. “But it no longer makes sense for there to be 2,000 soldiers stationed there.” “We’ve achieved that mission and now it’s time to make sure that we continue to fight ISIS – they…

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Trump Signs Major Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Wins Praise From Black Leaders

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President Donald Trump has signed the groundbreaking FIRST STEP Act into law, and the black community is elated. At the signing ceremony, former Obama aide Van Jones hailed Trump’s success and praised the movement for freedom behind Trump. “The freedom of the people who are trapped in a broken system, the freedom of people who are trapped in addiction, the freedom of people who are trapped in poverty, those are the people that your opportunity zones are targeted at, your opioid policies are targeted at, and your criminal justice policy is targeted at,” Jones declared. “And when you’re trying to…

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Did Justin Amash Want Brett Kavanaugh’s Life Ruined By Leftist Witch Hunt?

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While Republicans everywhere were cheering and pounding brews following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court last week, the Queen Cuck of the Never Trumpers – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) – was whining alongside the liberals. The former Ron Paul revolutionary turned sniveling Jeff Flake Republican took to Twitter to whine following Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Republican establishment actually found its backbone and stood up for due process against a leftist witch hunt that would have shocked George Orwell himself, but the self-centered Amash is crying about being overshadowed. The GOP Establishment has been more powerful and more dominant in the…

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Leftist Protesters Harass Rand Paul At DC Airport, Bizarrely Accusing Him Of Sexual Violence

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) endured a confrontation by aggressive left-wing demonstrators earlier this week, when a mob showed up to harass the Kentucky Senator at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. over his decision to support the nomination of Brett Kavanuagh to the Supreme Court of the United States. In a video released by the Center for Popular Democracy, the George Soros-backed organization behind many of the recent anti-Kavanaugh protests, Paul is shown being chased down by a group of protesters. “Women deserve better than silence, Sen. Paul,” a protester said. “Was Clarence Thomas not enough? Now we have…

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Rand Paul’s Wife Calls Out Democrats For Leak Of Senator’s Private Cell, Aggressive Harassment

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The wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelley Paul, has called out Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his recent vocal endorsement of aggressive intimidation of Republican politicians by left-wing activists, in an op-ed for CNN. “I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.” She reminded readers that her husband has been the victim of two left-wing assassination attempts last year, including a mass shooter at a congressional baseball practice, and a local brute who left Sen. Paul hospitalized for…

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BREAKING: White House Concludes There Is No Corroborating Evidence In FBI’s Latest Kavanaugh Report

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After reviewing interview reports from the FBI’s investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, the White House found no corroboration of any allegations of sexual misconduct. The FBI report may do little to provide clarity, and essentially leave the issue in the same state as it was last week: two witnesses giving different accounts of what occurred. The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford is still left with no collaborating witnesses or evidence to support her allegations. Late Wednesday, attorneys for Ford slammed the FBI background investigation after it was revealed that the agency’s probe appeared to be over.

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Opinion: Christine Blasey Ford May Have Type 1 Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder causes mood swings that vary between depression and mania. Those with type 1 bipolar disorder will have very extreme manic episodes that may be accompanied by psychosis. If anyone has had experience with an adult family member who developed bipolar disorder type 1, they would know of the issues associated with how it may cause a person to hallucinate things happening, or even believe things happened from the past that never occurred. This is prevalent in people who go untreated for their disorder or those who will refuse to regularly take their medication. Recently, with the controversy over…

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Rand Paul Calls For Lie Detector Tests To Identify Deep State NYT Op-Ed Writer

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) participates in a discussion about legislation to halt the sale of some weapons to Saudi Arabia at the Center for the National Interest September 19, 2016 in Washington, DC. After the Department of Defense announced the sale of $1.5 billion of arms to Saudi Arabia, Senators Paul, Chris Murphy (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are attempting to block the sale by using a provision of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976 that "provides for special procedures whereby a senator can force a vote on an arms sale by the president." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has called for lie detector tests in order to identify the author of an anonymous New York Times op-ed, who claimed to be a senior administration official working to undermine President Donald Trump from within his own government. “It’s not unprecedented for people with security clearances to be asked whether or not they’re revealing things against the law under oath and also by lie detector,” Paul said. “We use the lie-detector test routinely for CIA agents and FBI agents. If you have a security clearance in the White House, I think it would be acceptable to use…

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Thomas Massie Backs Trump On Bilateral Trade: “His Intuition On Some Of These Things Is Right”

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Although Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) strongly disagrees with some of the Trump administration’s trade policies, he was quick to point out some areas of common ground in an interview with Reason on Wednesday, particularly with regards to the World Trade Organization. “His intuition on some of these things is right,” Massie said. “I do not like the fact that Congress is now subservient to the World Trade Organization. Everything that you purchase has a country of origin label on it … but we were told in Congress a few years ago that the World Trade Organization had ruled and we were going…

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Freedom Caucus’ Jim Jordan Running For Speaker In 2019

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a leading figure within the libertarian-leaning Freedom Caucus, will run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, according to a letter he sent to colleagues on Thursday. “Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives,” Jordan wrote. “President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people. Congress has not held up its end of the deal, but we can change that. It’s time to do what…

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McCain Booed At Turning Point Event After Being Called Out By Rand Paul

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Neoconservative Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a nemesis of President Donald Trump, received boos at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit when his name was mentioned by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as an individual who derailed Trump’s Obamacare repeal efforts. “The reason we didn’t repeal is because we have six or seven Republican senators who got cold feet,” Paul stated. “Let’s just say, John McCain, and a few others.” McCain’s mention immediately received boos from the strongly pro-Trump audience. McCain’s decision last year to abandon his campaign promises and vote against every one of the Trump administration’s repeal bills prominently…

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Rand Paul Traveling To Russia To Continue Trump Administration’s Russia Outreach

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In the wake of the Trump-Putin summit, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has announced in a Politico op-ed that he will be making his own trip to Russia in order to further improve its relations with the United States. “In just a few weeks, I will take my own trip to Russia in an attempt to discuss common ground with their leaders and help prevent further, unnecessary escalation of tensions,” he wrote. “We will discuss trade, cultural exchanges and how to better work for peace and prosperity in the world.” The trip will not be in isolation, however. Paul has made…

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Southern Poverty Law Center Targets Anti-Establishment Leftists In Russia Conspiracy Theory

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Leftist-anarchists in the US, apparently displeased with mainstream liberal Russia conspiracies, have decided to aid the western intelligence agencies by concocting an even more outrageous ‘Russian plot.’ On Friday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the liberal go-to non-profit for “tracking hate groups,” published a piece by red and black anarchist author and geography lecturer Alexander Reid Ross titled “The Multipolar Spin: How Fascists Operationalize Left-Wing Resentment.” The piece, which has since been removed (you can still read it here) after “receiving some concerns” about claims made concerning independent journalist Max Blumenthal. For those who didn’t see the piece, Ross…

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Can Populism Be The Savior Of Conservatism?

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Raucous cheers of “USA, USA, USA,” flowed through the crowds at President Donald Trump’s Saturday-night rally to support Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The speech was quintessentially populist, or rather, “Trumpian,” free flowing, direct, braggadocious, and sometimes quite humorous. Trump then took time to critique a recent piece by Peggy Noonan which ridiculed his demeanor and deemed it as not “presidential.” Trump mocked Noonan’s concept of what it means to be presidential. The enthralled crowd chuckled as Trump imitated a stiff, tight-lipped, rank-and-file politician.  Noonan, Trump added, “is writing like I’m some kind of Neanderthal.”

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Wakanda Forever!

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Marvel’s Black Panther is smashing box office records left and right, due in no small part to the mainstream media’s dogmatic marketing campaign, while triggering strong emotions left and right, if you catch my drift. There has been much talk of the politics of this movie and yet they cannot be overstated. Set in an “Afro-futurist” world unencumbered by white influence or oppression, but somehow light-years ahead of the Western world in technology and sophistication, the isolationist nation of Wakanda is led by King T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther. It exists beyond an invisible barrier or wall separating…

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Metal-import Taxes Will Make America Rusty Again

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President Trump deserves applause for boosting the prospects for this county’s forgotten manufacturing workers, notably in steel and aluminum. Democrats lately have neglected these Americans. Hillary Clinton barely campaigned among them in Michigan in fall 2016, and she thoroughly ignored them in Wisconsin. Alas, Trump is doing this all wrong. He likely will hurt the very middle class that he has championed since his escalator ride onto the political stage. Trump aims to protect U.S. metal makers with new taxes of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10 percent on overseas aluminum. “Tariffs” is just a jumped-up word for taxes on…

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Against Free Trade Dogmatism

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President Donald Trump announced last week that he plans on slapping a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Everyone seemingly lost their minds in response. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, and the mainstream media all had the same reaction: they universally opposed it. Where’s the other side to this story? The fact that no mainstream media outlet, politician, or think tank “economist” is willing to even mention the other side of the story will raise questions in every critical mind. Clearly the political and media establishment are all on-board for free trade. But…

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The Liberty Conservative Endorses Rick Saccone In PA-18 Special Election

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Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Rick Saccone and his wife Yong Saccone chat with supporters at a fundraiser at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Pa., on Feb. 28.

The Liberty Conservative has announced its endorsement of Pennyslvania State Rep. Rick Saccone in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district. Saccone, who served as a principled conservative and a champion of limited government in the state legislature, defeated two establishment Republicans opponents to clinch the nomination, and now faces Clinton ally Conor Lamb. While Saccone boasts the backing of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Club for Growth, Clinton-connected megadonors are pouring millions of dollars into Lamb’s candidacy, hoping to inflict a blow to President Trump before the mid-term elections. Although Lamb masquerades as a moderate…

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There Are Fewer School Shootings Now Than During The 1990s

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Now that I have several children, I’m often in the company of other parents who talk about the way things “used to be.” When the issue of child safety comes up, I hear parents sadly shake their heads and say things like “it’s not like it was when we were kids … the world is so much more dangerous now.”  Usually, the sentiment behind this idea is that there are more murders now than there used to be.  Now, I’m not exactly known for being a Pollyanna, but I am willing to admit when things are not, in fact, getting…

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The Myth Of America’s “Stingy” Welfare State

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According to the usual news sources, Donald Trump’s new budget proposal “envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net” and will “gut social programs.” Most of the cuts were proposed to pave the way for more Pentagon spending.  In truth, Trump’s proposal doesn’t matter, and Congress will set to work piling on more deficit spending for both social programs and for the Pentagon.  But, the debate of “gutting” social programs will no doubt be used to perpetuate, yet again, the myth that the United States is ruled by libertarian social Darwinists who ensure that no more than a few pennies are spent via…

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CPAC’s Foes Hurl Fake Racism Charges At Right’s Venerable Gathering

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American Conservative Union communications director Ian Walters, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp, and the ACU-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are being accused of racism due to Walters’ comments at last Friday’s Ronald Reagan dinner. These phony charges deserve rejection and scorn. I attended that banquet and watched Schlapp invite Walters to the stage for an unexpected honor — a sort of lifetime-achievement award that startled Walters and surprised the crowd. Visibly stunned, Walters observed that conservatives struggled to respond to Obama’s election in 2008. “That was a hill we got over,” Walters ad-libbed, “and it was something we were all…

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What’s Next For Gun Policy Reform?

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With pressure on both the administration and congressional leaders to move forward with gun policy reforms, it was no surprise that Monday’s White House Press briefing received a myriad of questions regarding President Trump’s position on various gun policy proposal. President Trump has met with students and parents of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, state Governors, and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre to discuss the initiation of safer schools and communities. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, the goal of the administration is to “protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, while keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a…

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Freedom Caucus Candidate Prevails In AZ-8 Special Election Primary

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Former State Sen. Debbie Lesko prevailed on Tuesday in the Republican special election primary to succeed outgoing Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) in Arizona’s 8th congressional district with 35.8% of the vote, beating her nearest challenger, former State Sen. Steve Montenegro, by 11 points. Lesko had been endorsed by Freedom Caucus leaders Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), as well as Arizona Caucus member Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and the Caucus’s political arm, the House Freedom Fund. She was known for her fiscally conservative record during her tenure in the Arizona state legislature, but was criticized by opponents for directing…

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Profit And Pleasure: The Tragedy Of Human Trafficking And The Power Of Pornography

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“The problem of child sex slavery is 100 percent the societal consequence of our pornographic world,”

It was a small solemn room in which many were seated with serious expressions. Around me sat clergy of many faiths, from Nuns to Coptics to Evangelicals. All gathered to hear a panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in DC centered around on a little recognized epidemic. The daunting discussion was on the Human Sex Trafficking of young women, girls and boys across the United States and the world, paramount to a new sexual slave trade ensnaring millions. The stories shared brought shock or sadness to some and seething anger to others. A Coptic Orthodox Priest with a…

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Where Are All The Right-Wing Intellectuals In Academia?

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You might have had the privilege of taking a course on Friedrich Nietzsche or Martin Heidegger in the Philosophy Department here at Cal – or perhaps you had the good luck of studying H. P. Lovecraft or D. H. Lawrence in an English course. If you were lucky, you might have heard tell of Arthur Schopenhauer or Oswald Spengler’s influence on these writers and philosophers. Undoubtedly their politics came up in passing – and certainly you heard them dismissed as racist, nativist, sexist, and every other slur under the sun. But did your professor or graduate student instructor have you…

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Annihilation Movie Review: Has The Left Officially Ruined Science Fiction?

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Believe me: I’d love to write a movie review of director Alex Garland’s brand-new sci-fi flick Annihilation where I could address its retro-futuristic score, kaleidoscopic graphics, and thought-provoking ideas – but instead of judging the film based on its artistic merits, I’m forced to take a skeptical look at its politics. Alex Garland had shown himself to be something of an ‘indie’ director with his debut film Ex Machina (2015), which was well-received by critics for its exploration of the subject of artificial intelligence. So I wasn’t expecting a radical departure from his independent cast of thought and an excessive…

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Making Of a Tragedy: The Cowards Of Broward County

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In the wake of all mass shootings, the predictable exhortation from the conservative corner of our national discourse is to wait before injecting politics into the discussion. It’s out of respect for the dead, it’s an instinct to not use these tragic victims as political footballs. This isn’t a competition between dueling ideologies. The Left has no such qualms about instantly leaping to their emotionally charged conclusions and maybe they have a point. Maybe it’s more disrespectful to the victims to not politicize their untimely deaths. Maybe the most respectful thing we could do is to leap directly into action.…

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Slam The Brakes On Proposed Gas-tax Hike

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Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans are on a roll. So, why is President Donald Trump praising a gas-tax hike to finance his infrastructure plan? Despite House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi’s complaints that the GOP tax-rate reductions are “Armageddon, “crumbs,” and — as of Tuesday — “unpatriotic,” Americans are growing fond of tax reform. Tax-relief promises helped boost GDP growth from 2016’s 1.5 percent (under Obama) to 2017’s 2.3 percent (under Trump). Unemployment is just 4.1 percent. And some 3.8 million Americans at 377 companies are enjoying bonuses, higher wages, lower power bills, and other post-tax-cut benefits. Survey Monkey has watched the tax cut’s popularity…

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Stop Blaming Mexican Violence On American Guns

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2017 may have been the worst year for homicide in Mexico since the government began keeping track in the 1990s.  It’s a safe bet that the homicide rate isn’t coming anywhere near what it was in the years surrounding the revolution. But it may be the worst rate in several decades. 

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Assault Weapons: America’s Final Barrier To Tyranny

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In what has become a grim routine, some sickeningly look to capitalize on the mass outpouring of anger and grief following mass shootings to push a political agenda – namely, the implementation of so-called “common-sense” gun control. Debates on the issue, much like the recent town-hall discussion hosted by CNN, regularly devolve into kangaroo courts where those who oppose “common-sense” reforms are interrogated, bullied, and demonized. “If you’re not with us, you’re with the child murderers,” is their slogan of choice.

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Ajit Pai Receives NRA Award, Slams Big Government Intrusion Into The Internet

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received the NRA’s ‘Courage Under Fire’ award on Friday during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for his work in repealing the net neutrality rules instituted under the Obama administration. “The FCC is at its best when it unleashes the entrepreneurial spirit of markets as opposed to the all-knowing vortex of government,” Pai stated during the panel. “That means getting internet into rural areas, empowering entrepreneurs in all kinds of places to pursue their dreams, and giving people the ability to educate their kids, get healthcare, do all the things that…

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Marion Le Pen Draws Parallels Between Conservatism And Nationalism In CPAC Address

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Marion Le Pen, niece of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen, spoke before the CPAC audience today in National Harbor, MD. She drew parallels between conservatism and nationalism during her speech, and gave an international touch to the ethnocentric affair. “Our freedom is now in the hands of the European Union,” Le Pen said. She framed the French struggle in terms that Americans could understand. “Let me be clear here. I am not offended when I hear President Trump say America First. In fact, I want America First for the American first. I want Britain first for the British…

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