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Chicago ACORN Affiliated Group Connected to Barack Obama Shuts Down

A liberal activist group connected to both the disgraced and now defunct group ACORN and Barack Obama is closing its doors in Chicago, citing troubles raising funds. In a public notice, Chicago’s Project Vote informed supporters that it would “suspend operations indefinitely” starting May 31. “The decision was made by the board of directors and management of Project Vote,” the notice read, “and it was not made lightly.” “The funding environment for voting rights and civic engagement work has never been easy,” the statement continued, “and it has grown increasingly challenging over the past few years as foundations have cut back on their giving… competition for limited funding has increased.” The group went on to insist that its lack of a “diverse portfolio of work” has made it practically impossible to raise enough funds to continue its activism. After listing some of its successes, the statement went on to thank its employees and supporters and noted some of the foundations that supported them in the past. The list included the Agua Fund, the Arkay Foundation, CREDO Mobile, the Herb Blok Foundation, and several others. The statement ended on an anti-Trump note saying, “We had hoped to spend this year pushing back against the Trump administration’s inevitable attack on voting rights” and hoped that other groups would continue the fight. Chicago’s Project Vote was part of a series of left-wing activist groups that served to help a young Barack Obama cut his “community organizer” teeth when he first came to the Windy City after finishing his education. Not long after law school, after Obama had moved back to Chicago full time, the future president joined some of the efforts of the ACORN-sponsored Project Vote to being his political career. In 1992 Obama directed a Chicago voter registration drive for Project Vote. The effort served as one of his earliest introductions into Chicago’s liberal establishment and became a stepping stone for his first run for public office in 1996, when he became an Illinois state Senator serving in Springfield, the state’s capital. Project Vote was likely working on some of the same projects with the now defunct ACORN liberal activist group during the time Obama was running his voter registration drive. But the two organizations didn’t become officially associated until a short time after Obama worked with Project Vote. The future president did work with ACORN directly between 1992 and 2004 when he was contracted by the group to help train its employees. ACORN was later disgraced and revealed as corrupt. It closed its doors after Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart, Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, and insider activist Anita MonCreif teamed up to release information, as well as a series of videos, showing ACORN willingly breaking laws to further its left-wing causes. ACORN suspended its operations in September of 2009.

And that’s just the half of it..  As a result of such revelations, the FBI investigated ACORN, for which Obama was it’s general counsel, and ultimately handed down several indictments…which then lead to many of the satellite offices having to close their doors, and many associated with that corrupt organization going to prison.  Yep..  That’s where Obama “cut his teeth” as a community organizer..   Loser..

Trump not swayed by G7 leaders on Paris climate deal

President Trump resisted some intense lobbying by leaders of other industrialized nations Friday to back the Paris climate-change agreement at a G7 summit in Sicily, Italy. After hours of discussions, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters that the U.S. position on the Paris accord remains an “open question.” “All others have confirmed their total agreement on the accord,” he said of the leaders of Germany, Japan, Italy, Britain, France and Canada. Former President Barack Obama signed the Paris agreement to limit carbon emissions in 2015, but Mr. Trump is weighing a move to pull the U.S. out of the deal. He promised to do so during the campaign last year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the group’s discussions with Mr. Trump Friday on the climate-change deal were “controversial” and “very intensive.” The president has said he’ll make up his mind about the Paris accord after returning home from the G7 Summit. White House national economic council Director Gary Cohn said Friday that timetable hasn’t changed. “The leaders did want to know what his time frame was, and [Mr. Trump] said, look, ‘This is something where I want to get to the right decision. I’d rather take my time, I’d rather understand the issues, and I’d rather get to right decision on that,’” Mr. Cohn said. Mr. Cohn said the president’s views “are evolving.” “He came here to learn. He came here to get smarter. He came here to hear world leaders’ views,” Mr. Cohn said. But White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster emphasized that Mr. Trump will ultimately base his decision on “what he thinks is best for the American economy.”

And if Trump uses that as the “base” for “his decision,” he’ll follow through on that campaign promise to pull out of that job-killing, worthless agreement.  On the other hand, if he caves to the pressures of our friends in Europe, the dominantly liberal mainstream media, and the political elite…then he’ll have to answer to the voters who put him into office based on certain campaign promises like pulling out of this nonsense.

Greg Gianforte Stuns Media, Democrats in Montana House Win

Republican Greg Gianforte won Thursday’s special election for the U.S. House in Montana, defeating Democratic challenger Rob Quist despite being charged with misdemeanor assault the day before. Gianforte will now take over former Navy SEAL Ryan Zinke’s House seat. Zinke vacated the seat when he accepted the post of Secretary of the Interior in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The election results — with Gianforte winning over 50% of the vote and leading by a seven-point margin — were a major blow to Democrats’ anti-Trump efforts, and to the media’s expectations, after Gianforte had allegedly “body-slammed” a reporter before his final campaign event on Wednesday. Montanans are “sending a wake-up call to the Washington D.C. establishment,” Gianforte told a jubilant crowd outside his campaign headquarters, after multiple outlets called the race. Democrats had hoped to turn the race into an early referendum on President Trump’s performance in the White House and the GOP’s health care bill, which passed the House and is now being considered in the Senate. But despite national attention and considerable outside funding, as well as Trump’s recent controversies in Washington D.C., Democrats were unable to turn the anti-Trump “resistance” into a concrete victory at the ballot box — a bad sign for Democratic chances in the 2018 midterms. Democrats had also been handed the gift of a last-minute controversy when the UK Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was allegedly assaulted by Gianforte. Jacobs said the entrepreneur had “body-slammed” him in response to questions about the Congressional Budget Office score of the GOP health care plan. Fox News’ Alicia Acuna also supported Jacob’s account saying Gianforte grabbed Jacobs “by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.” An audio recording released by the Guardian showed Jacobs asking Gianforte a question, before a loud crashing noise was heard, followed by Jacobs saying Gianforte had attacked him and broken his glasses. Gianforte’s campaign pushed back against Jacobs’s claims, saying that the reporter entered the office without permission and “aggressively shoved” a recorder in the candidate’s face. An official campaign statement said Jacobs had been asked to leave and to lower the recorder (neither of which was heard on the recording). Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault and appeared to go dark Thursday, canceling interviews with both Fox News and NBC’s Meet the Press. At least three newspapers, the Helena Independent Record, the Missoulian, and the Billings Gazette, pulled their endorsements of Gianforte, while Democrats seized on the alleged assault, with both MoveOn.org and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launching ads that played audio of the incident. Democrats were also hoping that Trump’s time in the White House would motivate their base in the election, and would give them a win that would point toward a big victory in the 2018 midterms, in the same way President Barack Obama motivated the Republican base in the 2010 midterms. Despite all those factors in Democrats’ favor, it seemed that Gianforte’s win was a comfortable one. When The Associated Press called the race, Gianforte was leading Quist by approximately seven points. In his victory speech, Gianforte appeared humbled by the recent controversy, and apologized to Jacobs for the incident that had at one point appeared to doom his campaign. “Last night I made a mistake and I took an action that I can’t take back,” he said. “I should have not responded in the way that I did. And for that I am sorry.”

To see a video of Congressman-elect Gianforte’s speech, click on the text above.  Clearly he was wrong for how he handled an obnoxious punk millennial reporter who very likely provoked the incident.  And, Gianforte was properly charged with a misdemeanor assault charge for which he’ll probably pay a $500 fine (he won’t do any jail).  Additionally, the Republican-controlled house should officially reprimand him.  But, that’s where it should end.  The Dems, and the liberal media, didn’t get their scalp.  By contrast, the good people of Montana gave the Dems, the liberal media, and the establishment of BOTH parties the finger in this election.  This special election kept the seat GOP, and was HUGE win for Pres. Trump…and the people of Montana know that….and voted accordingly.

‘The View’ Bashes Trump as Unpresidential for Calling Terrorists ‘Evil Losers’

Following the horrific terror attack in Manchester, England, President Trump slammed the terrorists behind the bombing, calling them “evil losers.” On “The View” on Tuesday, some of the co-hosts took issue with Trump’s remark. Sunny Hostin said using the term “evil losers” was not presidential. “Harkening back to President Obama, who talked about the victims and didn’t talk about the bombers necessarily … and talked about how we as a society have to come together. I was expecting something like that,” Hostin said. Whoopi Goldberg agreed, saying she wants the president to be “one step above.” “I want him or her to be one step above and I don’t want them talking like I would talk,” Goldberg said. “When it comes down to it, if you’re the president of a country, you have to speak for that country.” On “Outnumbered” today, Harris Faulkner asked if it was presidential for Obama to dub ISIS a “JV team.” Herman Cain said he agrees with Trump calling terrorists “losers,” because they attack innocent people who can’t defend themselves and because their culture and way of life has lost to ours. “That’s what they have lost. And their only solution is: try to wipe us out,” Cain said. “So they’re losers for two reasons.” Meghan McCain pointed out that many national security analysts say that this type of rhetoric minimizes and takes power away from terrorists. “Never underestimate how much attention these losers and cowards are paying to their reaction in the media,” McCain said. “Because they are.”

Personally, I kinda like that we have a President who just calls it as he sees it, and calls these disgusting, barbaric, Islamic wackos “evil losers.”  Harris nailed it when she asked if it was “presidential” for Obama to call ISIS the “JV team.”  Exactly!!  On the one hand we had for 8 years a President who was a measured, polished, and a very calculating lawyer who downplayed the threat of ISIS; a group he essentially created by his foolish actions in Iraq..  Then, on the other hand, we have a new President who isn’t as polished, and is a New York businessman..and he just calls these maggots “evil losers.”  At least he gets it!  As for Whoopi and the other ladies on The View..  I think that if Trump had found the cure for cancer, they’d find some way to criticize him.  They need to grow up, get the heck over the fact that their gal lost in November..and when Trump attacks these Islamo-fascists, they should support him…or just shut the hell up.  They’re just making fools of themselves.

Analysis: Does it matter? No evidence of Trump ‘collusion’ with Russia as media shift focus

The headline in the Washington Examiner was rather eye-catching: “At This Rate, It Won’t Matter If Trump Colluded with Russia.” Huh! Won’t matter? Hasn’t that been the subject of a huge swath of media coverage for many months now? Turns out the piece contained astute observations by Byron York, a Fox News contributor, on how the focus of all the journalistic digging and investigative machinery has shifted. I’ve long cautioned that, though we don’t know for sure, there may be no there there when it comes to these murky allegations about Donald Trump having “colluded” with Russia. That doesn’t mean that, say, Michael Flynn, who just invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying on the Hill, doesn’t have problems related to past payments from the Russians. But Trump himself? Not so far. As York puts it: “The problem, for the confederation of Democrats, pundits, Obama holdovers, and NeverTrumpers who hoped to see that result, has been that so far, after a lot of investigating, no evidence has emerged that collusion actually occurred.” If you stop and think about it, the flood of leaks to the press over the last 10 days have mainly involved allegations and suggestions of the president trying to derail the investigation. That’s pretty much been the narrative since he fired Jim Comey. As York writes, “More and more, day after day, Trump’s adversaries believe that, when it comes to bringing down the president, it might not matter if collusion occurred or not. A cover-up would be enough to do the job.” This sounds rather counterintuitive. Doesn’t there have to be an underlying crime? In legal terms, no. Lots of people are prosecuted for obstruction of justice, or lying to investigators, regardless of whether they committed any other crime. But politically, the failure to document any “collusion” with Russia—that wonderfully ambiguous word—would enable Trump to say that his detractors had come up empty. The latest Washington Post scoop is in the coverup vein. The story says the president “asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.” Trump spoke to Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, according to the piece, and they refused to comply. “Pushing back” may not look good, but also wouldn’t necessarily be illegal. Critics say Trump would not be applying such pressure if he had nothing to hide—but that is an assumption, and not based on evidence. At a House hearing yesterday, former CIA director John Brennan said he was concerned about “contacts and interactions” between the Trump associates and Russia and questioned whether they cooperated wittingly or unwittingly, but he would not elaborate in open session. No one knows what the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller will turn up. But we seem to be moving away from the heart of the matter: the notion that Trump was somehow in Putin’s pocket.

Well said, Howard.  Veteran political journalist Howard Kurtz is responsible for that piece.

Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country. Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 persons who were caught crossing the border. “CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said. The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America. Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S. Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting. Mr. Johnson revealed the documents at a hearing on the dangers posed by MS-13.

White House Budget Cuts Entitlements $1.7 Trillion, Slashes EPA 30%

The White House will release its “taxpayer-first budget” on Tuesday, which includes $1.7 trillion in cuts for entitlement spending and a 30 percent reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget. The Trump budget proposal will balance over the next ten years by cutting both mandatory and discretionary funding for agencies such as the EPA and State Department. The budget proposal assumes that the economy will grow at three percent compared to the 1.6 percent growth that America experienced in 2016. White House staffers explained that the proposal is a “post-policy” budget, meaning that the budget assumes that Trump signed the health care overhaul known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and tax reform into law. The budget proposal will make substantial cuts into four entitlement programs, SNAP (food stamps), CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and SSDI (Disability Insurance). The Trump budget assumes that the AHCA becomes law, which would roll back Medicaid expansion. White House staffers told Axios that the budget would cut entitlement costs through an “emphasis on work requirements for able-bodied people.” The Washington Post’s Damian Paletta stated, “The White House also will call for giving states more flexibility to impose work requirements for people in different kinds of anti-poverty programs, people familiar with the budget plan said, potentially leading to a flood of changes in states led by conservative governors.” Josh Archambault, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability, explained that giving states the flexibility to impose work requirements could to lead to significant changes to programs such as Medicaid or public housing assistance. “One of the encouraging things about putting this in the budget is that states will see if it works,” Archambault said. “States will try it.” Michael Tanner, a welfare expert at the Cato Institute, admitted that despite the United States spending roughly $700 billion a year on entitlement programs, the country does not experience significant reductions in poverty. Tanner said, “We’re not seeing the type of gains we should be seeing for all that spending, and that would suggest its time to reform the system.” Although the budget will include cuts to food stamps and disability insurance, President Donald Trump told his budget director Mick Mulvaney that he does not want any cuts to Medicare or Social Security. President Donald Trump’s budget would also cut the EPA’s budget by a third and slash the agency’s operational budget by 35 percent. The budget would reduce environmental grant programs by 35 to 40 percent. The proposed budget for the EPA would limit the EPA’s budget to $5.7 billion from roughly $8 billion. Trump’s budget cuts for the EPA coincide with the EPA’s $12 million buyout and early retirement plan to reduce the agency’s workforce under the Trump administration. Trump made campaign promises to eliminate the EPA, and has already taken great strides to limit the agency’s workforce. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed half of the scientists on its Board of Scientific Counselors earlier this month. White House staffers told Axios that the Trump budget proposal will be a victory for conservatives, much to the chagrin of moderates and Democrats. “Conservatives will love it; moderates will probably hate it.”

And, unfortunately, it is those moderates and Dems who make up the majority of votes in the House and Senate.  Already today, RINO (Republican in Name Only) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared this budget “dead on arrival.”  Way to be a team player, John!  Tool…