Overnight Open Thread: Fifth Graders Sing For Vets On Honor Flight

Terrific! Fifth graders from the Barstow school of Kansas City, Missouri sing for veterans on honor flight to Washington, D.C.

Poll: More Trust Trump WH Than Political Media

Gee who would think? What a thought that people might not trust such outlets like CNN who make up news all the time?

Via The Hill:

U.S. adults trust President Trump’s White House more than the national political media, according to a poll released Friday.

Thirty-seven percent trust the White House versus 29 percent who favor the political media in the Morning Consult survey.

Thirty-four percent are unsure or have no opinion.

Pollsters found that nearly half believe the national political media is harder on Trump than past presidential administrations.

Forty-eight percent said America’s political journalists are tougher on Trump, compared with 16 percent who say they are easier.

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USDA To Rollback Michelle Obama Meal Standards…

Make food taste like food again.

Via The Hill:

Newly minted Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is expected to unveil a new rule Monday aimed at giving schools more flexibility in meeting federal nutrition standards for school lunches.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will make the announcement at the Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Va., where they are expected to eat lunch with the students.

Republicans have long been trying to dial back the standards that became a pillar of former first lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to curb childhood obesity in the U.S.

Roberts introduced legislation with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) last year to give schools two more years to meet new reductions on sodium, but the bill never passed.

Renewed efforts to ease the federal standards came as disappointing news to some advocates.

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Melania Dedicates New Healing Garden At Children’s National Medical Center

Very nice.

Via Daily Mail:

First Lady Melania Trump dedicated a new garden for patients at one of America’s leading children’s hospitals on Friday as she grows more comfortable in the White House role.

Patients at the Children’s National Medical Center will be able to spend time outside in a healing garden while enjoying views of the National Mall and Washington Monument from the the hospital’s new rooftop.

Melania spent the afternoon working with children as they colored a floral coloring sheet with a pink marker and bonding with a girl who was celebrating her birthday.

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Former Democrat Congresswoman Corrine Brown Ripped Off Own Charity To Fund Lavish Lifestyle

Charity starts at home.

Via Daily Caller:

Prosecutors in Florida say a former congresswoman took money from a charitable foundation for poor children and instead used it to pay for concert tickets and Beverly Hills shopping sprees.

Federal attorneys on Wednesday opened their case in the trial of Corrine Brown, who from 2013 to 2017 was the Democratic representative from Florida’s 5th congressional district. Brown stands accused of multiple fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly funneling contributions from the scholarship charity she started, One Door for Education, to her personal bank accounts.

Between 2012 and 2016, Brown and two close associates raised more than $800,000, much of which they transferred to their personal accounts, prosecutors say. The trio allegedly spent the money on vacations, luxury goods and tickets to a Beyonce concert, among other expenses.

“She knew exactly how to lie to these donors, and knew exactly where the cash money was going,” Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Tysen Duva said in his opening statement.

Brown’s defense team disputed the prosecution’s characterization of Brown as a manipulative, venal politician.

Defense counsel James Smith told jurors that his aging client was swindled by her former chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, the Associated Press reported.

Brown, 70, didn’t know how to email or text, he added, and could not have been responsible for generating the emails cited by the prosecution as evidence of collusion.

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The FBI Is Investigating Bernie Sanders’s Wife Over Sketchy Land Deal

Update to this story. Maybe Bernie ought to spend a little more time at home watching out for what his wife is doing…

Via Daily Caller:

Justice Department officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have investigated the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — and may still be investigating her — over her role in the possibly fraudulent acquisition of nearly $7 million in tax-exempt bonds when she was the president of Burlington College.

An extremely ambitious expansion and fundraising effort spearheaded by Jane Sanders ended up bankrupting the tiny, private and now-defunct school in Burlington, Vermont. It closed its doors — suddenly and permanently — in 2016.

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Watch: College Students Hate Obama’s Policies When They’re Credited to Trump

Socialism doesn’t allow for critical thinking. Credited to Obama- yay! Credited to Trump, who we know we are supposed to hate because our teachers tell us so – boo!

Elizabeth Warren Jokes About Wanting to ‘Cut Open’ Republican ‘Bodies’

Warren on the warpath, looking for scalps…

Via Free Beacon:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) joked last week that she hoped Republicans donated their bodies to science so she could “cut them open” when they died.

“I hope they leave their bodies to science. I would like to cut them open,” Warren said during an event in Chicago on Saturday.

Warren was discussing the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare and seemed to suggest their position on healthcare was unfathomable.

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President Trump Tosses Obama’s Offshore Drilling Limits: ‘We’re Opening It Up’

Production and revenues from federal onshore and offshore leases fell dramatically during Obama’s 8 year assault on the energy industry. Trump is putting an end to that war and opening up federal lands to drilling. Drill, baby, drill.

Via Washington Times:

Reversing yet another of his predecessor’s actions on energy and the environment, President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that paves the way for a massive increase in offshore oil-and-gas drilling.

In brief remarks at the White House, Mr. Trump said the order — which is likely to result in new energy exploration in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico — will boost the nation’s economy and directly create jobs. The order undoes former President Obama’s ban on new offshore drilling leases in the Atlantic and Arctic, which was put in place during the final weeks of his term.

It also directs Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a more thorough review of the nation’s entire offshore drilling policy.

“We’re opening it up,” the president said. “Today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs. Our country is blessed with incredible natural resources, including abundant offshore oil and natural gas reserves … This executive order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration. It reverses the previous administration’s Arctic leasing ban, so hear that — it reverses the previous administration’s Arctic leasing ban, and directs Secretary Zinke to allow responsible development of offshore areas that will bring revenue to our treasury and jobs to our workers.”

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Documents Tie Berkeley Riot Organizers To Pro-Pedophilia Group, NAMBLA

Via Daily Caller:

The left-wing activists behind the anti-conservative riots at Berkeley have ties to one of the nation’s most prominent pro-pedophilia organizations.

The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights, and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary — more commonly referred to as By Any Means Necessary or BAMN — is one of the militant leftist groups waging a campaign against conservatives and Trump supporters in Berkeley. The group’s planned aggressive demonstrations against conservative commentator Ann Coulter and the students coming to hear her talk led to the cancellation of Coulter’s speech this week due to safety concerns.

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Trump To NRA: “I Will Never, Ever Let You Down”

Trump has not been shy in his support for the NRA and makes it very clear to them in this speech.

Via Daily Caller:

Donald Trump championed gun rights and promised to respect the Second Amendment in a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting Friday.

On his 99th day in office, he became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the NRA. He thanked gun owners for their support in the election and promised to “never, ever let them down.”

“Let me make a simple promise to every one of the freedom-loving Americans in the audience,” Trump said in Atlanta. “As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never, ever. Freedom is not a gift from government. Freedom is a gift from God.”

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Guess How Much Money Antifa Supporters Have Raised To Get Out Of Jail In Berkeley?

Not only didn’t they raise any money, they got fun comments from people that basically told them to go pound sand.

Sorry guys, as you’ve found anarchists and communists are some of the least charitable people on the planet, despite demanding that we all share everything.

BREAKING: North Korea Ballistic Missile Test Fails: Report


North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea’s military.

Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed.

One U.S. official confirmed to NBC news that there was a test, but that it was not nuclear.

The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation.

In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from missile attack, and it could be operational as soon as summer 2017.

On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the United Nations to take new sanctions against North Korea.

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Saudi Arabia Sentences Man To Death For Being An Atheist…

Replace Saudi Arabia with ISIS and nobody would think twice.

Via Daily Mail:

Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al-Batin.

Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and blasphemy.

After a lengthy appeal process, the country’s Supreme Court ruled against him this week, effectively sending him to his death.

In the original case against Mr Shamri, his legal team said that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and therefore technically insane, according to Erem News.

Strict laws in the kingdom mean citizens turning their back on Islam can find themselves punished by harsh prison sentences.

Flying Jihadis: ISIS Fighters Ejected From Vehicle After Rocket Strike…

15 second mark, straight out the front window.

House Dems Go To Extreme Lengths To Hide Report Detailing Party’s 2016 Election Drubbing…

As if it’s some big secret.

Via Politico:

House Democrats are going to extreme lengths to conceal a report on the party’s problems.

After nearly five months, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) will present his investigative report to lawmakers during a members-only gathering at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee headquarters Thursday night.

But members are not allowed to have copies of the report and may view it only under the watchful eyes of DCCC staff.

Some Democratic lawmakers and staffers think the cloak-and-dagger secrecy is overblown and actually makes the findings look worse than they are. But the DCCC is sticking by its strategy.

“Like any healthy organization, the DCCC always works to evolve and grow after each election cycle, and we were happy to have Congressman Maloney as part of that effort this year,” spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said.

Mexico Assembles Team For All-Out Legal Assault On Border Wall…

Will Mexico tear down its southern wall?

Via CNS:

Mexico’s foreign secretary is planning an all-out legal assault on any future construction of a border wall by the U.S., to include filing suits in U.S. and international courts over possible environmental, human rights and international treaty violations.

Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray told congressional leaders here that Mexico will neither pay for nor cooperate with the wall proposed by the Trump administration, under any circumstances.

He called the wall proposal a “profoundly unfriendly” and “hostile” act.

“We won’t contribute in any manner, directly or indirectly or financially or in any other form to the continuation of a construction of a wall or any other type of physical barrier between our two countries,” Videgaray told members of the congressional foreign relations committee.

He said his office has assigned “significant human resources” to assemble a plan to fight the wall on every single possible violation of international treaties.

If the U.S., in the process of building a wall, violates any treaties including environmental treaties, Videgaray said Mexico would exercise it’s legal rights to the maximum, including filing suits in U.S. and international courts.

He cited specifically treaties pertaining to the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.

Videgaray listed potential rights violations the construction of a wall might entail, including private property, cultural, human, and anti-discrimination rights.

His remarks contained additional warnings about future bilateral relations.

Any attempt by the U.S. to tax remittances sent home by Mexicans in the U.S. would threaten negotiations on any other matters, Videgaray said.

“Remittances are not only a flow of foreign exchange from the macroeconomic point of view, but as we all know it is a fundamental support for many families, particularly low-income families,” he said, adding that a tax on the payments would be a “breaking point in any dialogue on other issues.”

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Who Doesn’t Want To See The First GOP Millennial Female Latina Beat The Pants Off Of de Blasio For NYC Mayor?

Historic and unprecedented.

Via BPR:

The latest entry into the New York City mayoral race should finally put to rest that old saw that the GOP is a party comprised of old white men.

New York Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Latina, threw her hat into the ring Tuesday, determined not only to be the Big Apple’s first millennial mayor, but to also break the stranglehold the Democratic Party has on big cities in the U.S.[…]

She’s the only woman running in the 2017 election for the post to date and is also believed to be the first female Republican to run for mayor.

So far, Malliotakis, 36, is the fourth Republican candidate to announce an intention to square off against current Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

But she shouldn’t be dismissed just because she’s young and Republican. She overtook an incumbent lawmaker by double digits to wrest his state Assembly seat from him in 2010, in a swing district that includes Staten Island.

Four years later she turned her district from purple to deep, deep red by holding on to her seat with 73 percent of the vote. Two years later, Democrats knew better to challenge her and she ran unopposed.

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Former Obama Advisor Slams Trump For Keeping His Campaign Promises…


CNN President Complains: ‘Journalism Is Threatened’ By Trump Administration

CNN hasn’t done journalism in years. What they do is political advocacy for democrat causes and politicians.

Via Daily Caller:

CNN president Jeff Zucker thinks journalism is in danger.

Speaking at an awards gala on Thursday, Zucker told attendees that “journalism is threatened by senior officials in our own government.”

The remark appears to be a jab at the Trump administration, if not the president himself, whom Zucker has taken shots at in the past.

Trump has had a hostile relationship with CNN and Zucker.

Trump, for his part, has repeatedly railed against CNN, calling the network “fake news” and “very fake news” — a term that Trump has been successful in using to get under reporters’ skin.

In February, the president claimed that “The FAKE NEWS media” — which he said included CNN, The New York Times, NBC, ABC and CBS — “is the enemy of the American People!”

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