Mueller Report Due Soon – Trump Says “Make It Public So Everyone Can See It”

He’s not concerned.

Via AP:

President Donald Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous.”

“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump told reporters Wednesday. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.”

Mueller is expected to present a report to the Justice Department any day now outlining the findings of his nearly two-year investigation into Russian election meddling, possible collusion with Trump campaign officials and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Mueller is required to produce a confidential report that at a minimum explains decisions about who was and was not prosecuted. Attorney General William Barr is then expected to produce his own report for Congress and has said he wants to make public as much of Mueller’s findings as he can under the law.

Trump said he was personally looking forward to reading the findings, even as he scorned the fact that Mueller was empowered to write the report in the first place.

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Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw Fighting For Fellow Navy SEAL Being Held On War Crimes Charges

His “crime,” killing an ISIS fighter.

Via Fox News:

A retired Navy SEAL is now leading the charge in Congress for answers regarding the treatment of a fellow SEAL who’s been locked in a brig for months ahead of a controversial war crimes trial.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw — who lost sight in his right eye after being hit by an IED explosion in Afghanistan — and 17 other House Republicans have sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy this week urging him to review the pre-trial confinement of Eddie Gallagher, his office exclusively tells Fox News. The lawmakers are raising concerns that Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, has been receiving limited access to food, medical care and his legal team.

“Chief Gallagher is a decorated warfighter who, like all service members, is entitled to the presumption of innocence while awaiting court-martial,” the Republicans wrote in their letter to Richard Spencer.

“We have received reports that Chief Gallagher’s access to counsel and access to food and medical care may have been restricted,” they added. “As a result, we respectfully request that you review the Navy policies governing pretrial confinement for Chief Gallagher and other service members to ensure compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

The Republicans’ message comes as Gallagher – accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq, amongst other charges – passed the 6-month mark of detention at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California. He is not expected to emerge until the start of his war crimes trial on May 28.

The letter was signed by Crenshaw, Mac Thornberry (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Kelly Armstrong (N. D.), Jim Banks (Ind.), Paul Cook (Calif.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), French Hill (Ark.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Pete Olson (Texas), Guy Reschenthaler (Pa.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Greg Steube (Fla.), Van Taylor (Texas) and Michael Waltz (Fla.).

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Kimmel To Harris: As President, Will You ‘Prosecute’ Trump and ‘Hench Characters?’

Surprisingly, she didn’t take the bait.

HT: NB

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There’s Now Only One Blockbuster Video Left In The Entire World And It’s In Oregon…

One thing I don’t miss… late fees.

Via AP:

There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.

The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix printer broke, so employees write out membership cards by hand. And the store’s business transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can’t be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business.

Yet none of that has kept this humble franchise in an Oregon strip mall from thriving as the advent of on-demand movie streaming laid waste all around it. When a Blockbuster in Australia shuts its doors for the last time on March 31, the Bend store will be the only one left on Earth.

“It’s pure stubbornness, for one. We didn’t want to give in,” said general manager Sandi Harding, who has worked at the franchise for 15 years and receives a lot of the credit for keeping it alive well past its expiration date. “We did everything we could to cut costs and keep ourselves relevant.”

The store was once one of five Blockbusters owned by the same couple, Ken and Debbie Tisher, in three central Oregon towns. But by last year, the Bend franchise was the last local Blockbuster standing.

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Breaking: Last ISIS Stronghold Liberated, The Caliphate Is Officially Beaten

Doing in two years what Obama couldn’t.

Via Fox News:

BAGHOUZ, Syria — The caliphate has crumbled, and the final offensive is over. While the official announcement hasn’t yet been made – Fox News has been told that this village, the last ISIS stronghold, is liberated.

It’s the first time since we’ve been here in Syria for five days that the bombs have stopped dropping and the gunfire has disappeared. We have witnessed the end of the caliphate – the brutal empire that once ruled over 8 million people – is gone.

Troops here are now bringing down the black flags of ISIS. The flags no longer fly over the town, instilling fear.

The last five days, Fox News has witnessed the last major offensive up close -– with U.S.-backed SDF forces attacking ISIS from three sides, pushing the fighters back, house to house, then tent to tent, against the Euphrates River.

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Economic Models Indicate Trump On Track To Win Re-Election In ‘Landslide’: Report

Democrats and media will do all they can to try.

Via Fox News:

Despite low approval ratings and the cloud of the Mueller probe, President Trump would easily win a second term in office if the election were held today, according to economic models with a history of correctly picking presidential victors.

According to a report in Politico, a flourishing U.S. economy – featuring low unemployment numbers, cheaper gas prices and rising wages – paired with the historical advantage that incumbent presidents enjoy give Trump a strong shot at winning a second term in a “landslide.”

“The economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it,” Donald Luskin, the chief investment officer of TrendMacrolytics, a research firm that predicted Trump’s 2016 win, told Politico. “I just don’t see how the blue wall could resist all that.”

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Iowa Taxpayers Billed Thousands For Defense Of Illegal Alien In Mollie Tibbetts Murder Trial

Taxpayers have to pay for his defense, with even more likely to come.

Via The Gazette:

MONTEZUMA — A judge ruled Wednesday that the state will pay a $3,200 stipend for an expert witness to assist the man accused of fatally stabbing Mollie Tibbetts last summer.

Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, who is charged with first-degree murder, said the stipend is needed to hire a forensic expert with Criminal Case Consultants in Buffalo, N.Y. The expert can provide insight on interrogation techniques and analytical investigative methods given the “length, context, language barriers and other factors involved in the police interrogation” of Rivera, Chase Frese, Rivera’s lawyer, said in the motion.

The stipend is required for the expert to begin looking into those issues but doesn’t cover costs of testimony at trial or travel expenses, Frese said in the motion. The defense will make separate requests for those funds if necessary.

Eighth Judicial District Judge Joel Yates approved the stipend Tuesday, saying a financial affidavit filed with the court shows Rivera is indigent and qualifies for public funds, which will be paid by the state. If additional funds are needed, the defense will have to obtain court approval, the judge added.

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Biden Considering Choosing Stacey Abrams As Running Mate So Voters Don’t Think Of Him As Just “An Old White Guy”

That wouldn’t help.

Via Daily Caller:

Former Vice President Joe Biden is considering naming Stacy Abrams as his running mate for a potential 2020 presidential bid, according to a report published Thursday.

Biden’s top advisers have discussed adding Abrams to the top of the ticket in an attempt to show Americans that the former vice president “isn’t just another old white guy,” reported Axios.

After her unsuccessful run for governor in 2018, Abrams has openly mulled a second run for the position when Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s term expires in 2022. However, she is also considering a run for Senate against Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020.

Abrams is well-known for her consistent accusations of widespread voter suppression during the 2018 election cycle, which she further claims is racially motivated. Following Abrams’s loss, she appeared regularly on cable news shows and at private events repeating those assertions. There has been no evidence to corroborate Abrams’s claims.

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Beto Refuses To Endorse Bill That Would Ban Infanticide

Vile.

Via Daily Caller:

Former Democratic Texas Rep. and current presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke refused to say if he’d support a bill that would ban infanticide while speaking Wednesday afternoon at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

A student asked O’Rourke how he’d vote on the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would provide babies who survive an attempted abortion with medical care and legal protections equivalent to other had it passed in the Senate last month.

“I wanted to ask you about a recent bill that just went through the senate about two weeks ago and the bill was that if an abortion was performed on a viable fetus and the fetus survived the abortion, the doctor would then be compelled to give that living baby the same care as any other pregnancy baby that came out and put that baby through the care,” the student asked. “Would you support this bill that does not in any way limit abortion? It simply seeks to keep babies alive that have been born alive.”

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Ocasio-Cortez Makes Cover Of ‘Time’

So have other infamous train wrecks. And still spreading the story about the poor “working class” kid from the Bronx (whose father was the CE0 of his own architectural firm).

Via Fox News:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has reached another impressive milestone in her young political career.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is set to be the cover star of Time Magazine’s April 1 edition, with a story titled: “’Change Is Closer Than We Think.’ Inside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Unlikely Rise.”

The freshman Democrat, described as “The Phenom” on the famed magazine’s cover, has been ever-present since she beat longtime congressman Joe Crowley in the 2018 elections.

“This is the daily reality for America’s newest human Rorschach test. Wonder Woman of the left, Wicked Witch of the right, Ocasio-Cortez has become the second most talked-about politician in America, after the President of the United States,” the story, written by Charlotte Alter, reads.

“Ocasio-Cortez represents one vision of the Democratic Party’s future. She’s a young Hispanic woman, three cornerstones of the party’s electoral coalition. She’s a democratic socialist at a time when confidence in capitalism is declining, especially among progressive millennials.

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Islamic Militants Kill 6 Christians In Congo, 470 Families Flee Violence: Report

People talk about New Zealand, as they should. But there’s been continual attacks by Islamists that go unreported in broader media because the attacks have become too commonplace, particularly with the continual killing of Christians in Africa.

Via Christian Post:

Six Christians, including a 9-year-old child, were reportedly killed in a recent attack in a predominantly Christian village in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo.

Open Doors USA, a Christian persecution watchdog nonprofit active in 60 countries, reports that nearly 500 families fled from their homes when rebel forces attacked the largely Christian village of Kalau near the city of Beni in DRC’s North Kivu province.

The attack reportedly lasted about four hours and is believed to have been perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces, a militant group active in the North Kivu province of the DRC and Uganda.

Launched in the mid-1990s by Ugandan Muslim rebels forced out of Uganda, the ADF has become the conflict-stricken DRC’s most active and violent rebel group over the past two years.

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Unmarried Couples Whipped For Adultery In Indonesia…

Business as usual in Islamic countries.

Via Yahoo:

A group of unmarried couples were whipped in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Thursday after they were caught behaving amorously — a crime under the conservative region’s Islamic law.

Flogging is common for a range of offences in the region at the tip of Sumatra island, including gambling, drinking alcohol and having gay sex.

It is the only province in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law.

The five couples flogged Thursday received between four and 22 strokes from a rattan cane outside a mosque in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, after they served several months in prison.

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Fawns: Obama Is The Most Significant President Since Lincoln…

Put the crack pipe down and back away slowly.

HT: NB

California National Guard To Leave Border To Help Fight Wildfires…

Via KTLA:

California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city of Paradise last fall.

It’s pulling the troops away from President Donald Trump’s border protection efforts and devoting them to fire protection, another area where Trump has been critical of California’s Democratic officials — even repeatedly threatening to cut off federal disaster funding.

Starting in April, 110 California National Guard troops will receive 11 days of training in using shovels, rakes and chain saws to help thin trees and brush, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Mohler said.

They will be divided into five teams that will travel around the state working on forest management projects, mainly clearing or reducing trees and vegetation in an effort to deprive flames of fuel.

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Video: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Uses Her Platform As ‘News Anchor’ To Push Left-Wing Gun Control Activism

Baldwin doesn’t understand that the United States has the Second Amendment and New Zealand doesn’t.

Judge Temporarily Halts Drilling On Wyoming Public Lands Over Climate Change

Judge temporarily halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change

Bogus ruling by an Obama-appointed judicial activist. The plaintiffs, in this case, are two advocacy groups, WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility. How did the court decide that those groups have standing to bring this case?

Via The Hill:

A federal judge late Tuesday temporarily blocked oil and gas drilling on thousands of acres of public land in Wyoming, ruling that the Trump administration failed to “sufficiently consider climate change.”

The decision by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of drilling on the roughly 300,000 acres by not studying how each proposed drilling project could contribute to overall U.S. carbon emissions.

The ruling marks the first time the Trump administration’s energy agenda has been halted for not considering climate change.

“Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” he wrote.

An assessment of how drilling affects the environment is required under the National Environmental Policy Act. The lack of specificity in the bureau’s environmental assessment made it inadequate, Contreras, an Obama appointee, said.

“Climate change, and humanity’s ability to combat it, are increasingly prominent topics of public discourse. This case concerns the attention the government must give climate change when taking action that may increase its effects,” he wrote in his opinion.

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BREAKING: New Zealand To Ban All “Assault Weapons,” Will Institute Forced Gun Buyback…

Via CNN:

All military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in New Zealand following the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday.

“On 15 March our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern said at a press conference in the capital Wellington.

The announcement came after the country’s cabinet agreed to overhaul the law and ban military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles 72 hours after the Christchurch attacks.
“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern continued, adding that she hoped the law would be in place by April 11. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.”

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Deployed Dad Gives Son Surprise Of A Lifetime During Taekwondo Practice

Via Daily Caller:

A deployed father of six gave his youngest son, Luca, the surprise of a lifetime Monday.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Rob Cesternino, who had been serving a 10-month deployment with the Tennessee National Guard in Kuwait, Jordan, and southern Syria since May of 2018, arranged to surprise his nine-year-old son four days before he was expected home, WSMV News reports. Cesternino says he’s talked to Luca every two weeks since being deployed.

At Luca’s taekwondo practice session Monday night, the nine-year-old was told he would be sparring with three different instructors while blindfolded. What he didn’t know was that while he was sparring with the third instructor, his dad would jump in and take the instructor’s place.

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Ocasio-Cortez Attends Event Encouraging Eliminating Private Ed, Boycott of Standardized Tests, Gets Caught Lying

Figures she’s against the one thing that helps minorities with poor public schools free themselves. And she lies about being a victim.

Via Free Beacon:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) spoke Saturday at an event focused on eliminating private education and boycotting “racial” and “gender-biased” standardized testing.

The “Education Town Hall” organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools included a medley of New York’s progressive organizations. NYC Opt Out, New York State Association for Bilingual Education, Network for Public Education, Class Size Matters, Alliance for Quality Education, and Allies for Public Education participated.

During the event, Diane Ravitch, professor at New York University and former U.S. assistant secretary of education, spoke with the others opposing private and charter schools, Jacobin magazine reported. Ravitch characterized support for private education as “anti-democratic efforts to privatize public goods,” according to the democratic socialist publication.

In response to New York’s practice of evaluating candidates for top schools through standardized tests, Ravitch called for parents to boycott the tests. Likewise, Opt Out, which had a representative on the panel, seeks to “organize a boycott of the annual state tests.” It has called standardized tests “destructive” and “flawed.” Panelists claimed the tests were biased against women and racial minorities. Some singled out the Specialized High School Admissions Test, the SHSAT, which the city uses to place top students at more advanced schools.

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Watch: Feminist Caught Stealing Crosses From Pro-Life Display. Then The Cops Show Up.

Caught in the act.

Via Daily Wire:

On Friday, a feminist tried to steal crosses from a pro-life display organized by Students for Life at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, before police officers stepped in.

The unidentified female abortion activist (it’s unclear if she is a student), is seen picking up pink crosses in a display known as the Cemetery of the Innocents; the crosses commemorate the lives of babies killed by abortion.

“The pink crosses,” notes the Students for Life website, “are part of the spring #PlannedParenthoodTruth Tour on campus, where Students for Life groups are exposing the truth about Planned Parenthood’s poor track record on helping women.”

“Students for Life set up the 1,000 crosses around 9 AM, with permission from the school, on the Diag on campus and throughout the day pro-abortion activists, presumably students although that is unclear, kept pulling crosses out of the ground, placing them in trash bags, or putting them on top of trash cans,” reported the pro-life organization on Friday.

Kaylena Wiederhold, Students for Life’s Michigan regional coordinator, confronted the activists vandalizing the display on an area of campus the students responsibly obtained a permit for.

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