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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Monday, November 11, 2019

With The Out Of Control National Debt Now $23 Trillion, Congress Must Freeze Spending

by Rick Manning: While Democrats like to blame the Trump tax cuts for recent deficits, the fact is that federal tax revenues increased in both FY 2018 and FY 2019. Deficits grew because spending outpaced revenue growth. Rather than worsening deficits, the Trump tax cuts might actually have helped prevent larger deficits by averting a recession.

After all, the world economy is slowing; and had the U.S. economy gone into recession, then tax revenues would have almost certainly declined — and the deficits probably would have been larger.

Nonetheless, the rising debt, now $23 trillion, is a threat to our national security and our economy, and it must be addressed. That is why Congress should, at a minimum, freeze spending for the next three years to allow time for revenues to catch up with expenditures.

Nearly two years have passed since the Republican Congress passed Trump’s tax cuts; here are some key numbers from the two fiscal years that have ended since that time. In FY 2018, federal revenues increased by about $14 billion while spending increased by over $120 billion. In FY 2019, revenues increased by over $130 billion while spending rose by nearly $340 billion. So the growing deficits are not the result of federal revenues dropping, but rather Congress’s unwillingness to align spending with income.

With the national debt rising, interest on the debt is rising too. In FY 2019, interest on the debt cost taxpayers over $574 billion. Just how much is $574 billion? It is more than nine different Cabinet agencies are estimated to have spent in the last fiscal year. Those nine agencies are the Education Department, the Energy Department, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior Department, the Justice Department, the Labor Department, the State Department, and Veterans Affairs. Of course, it is important to remember that interest rates are very low right now, but that could change causing interest costs to spike.

The nation’s debt is an existential threat to the nation. Nearly a decade ago, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, declared, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” Obviously, the national debt has only gotten worse in the intervening years. As interest on the debt continues to consume a larger and larger portion of the budget, it will crowd out necessary spending for national priorities, including defense.

High levels of debt also slow economic growth. Part of the reason for this is that when investors put their money into government bonds, there is less money available to invest in new and growing businesses. This phenomenon may help explain why the U.S. economy has not grown faster in recent years in spite of generous tax cuts and regulatory reform.

While the national debt and interest on it is growing, we are also facing a looming gap between the funds available and the funds needed to pay Social Security and Medicare benefits. In fact, according to the latest report from the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, the Social Security trust funds will be depleted by 2035, and the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be depleted by 2026. The Trustees also project that next year, for the first time in nearly forty years, Social Security will pay out more than it will take in.

With the national debt over $23 trillion, Baby Boomers retiring, and Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds running out of money, we simply cannot afford to keep adding hundreds of billions of dollars a year to the debt. To begin to address this problem, Congress should, at least, freeze spending through 2022.
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Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is President of Americans for Limited Government (@LimitGovt).

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Little Sisters’ Battle

Little Sisters of the Poor,
by Penna Dexter, Contributing Author: The Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order that serves the elderly and impoverished, were again in court recently asking for protection from the ObamaCare mandate that tells them they must include contraceptive coverage in their employee health plan.

In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, plus the Labor and Treasury Departments, adopted rules which allowed exceptions to ObamaCare’s mandate that employers provide birth control to their employees as part of their health coverage. Many Christian organizations need this religious exemption including the Little Sisters because they are — well — nuns.

A panel for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 against this exemption, with Judge J. Clifford Wallace writing for the majority that it “contradicts congressional intent.” Congressional intent — that nuns get free contraception?

Senior Circuit Judge Andrew Kleinfeld pointed out in his dissent that “no affidavits have been submitted from any woman establishing any question in this case about whether they will be deprived of reproductive services or harmed in any way by the modification of the regulation.”

The Little Sisters have been to the Supreme Court about this before.

In 2016 the High Court granted the Little Sisters a religious exemption from ObamaCare’s contraceptive mandate. One year later President Trump issued his executive order requiring that HHS exempt the Little Sisters and other religious ministries. Several states challenged this. The California attorney general argued that the exemption allows employers to use religious beliefs to discriminate against employees.

The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan wrote of the good that religious charities like the Little Sisters do for the poor in society. She expressed her hope that this time the Supreme Court “will, please God, affirm, with clarity and force, the constitutional rights without which they cannot exist.”

“Oh Progressives,” she wrote, “if you only had the wisdom to back off, to see your demands as…the opposite of live and let live.”
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Penna Dexter is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network (@PointofViewRTS) and is endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service.

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Experts Back Don Jr, - Not A Crime To 'Out" Whistleblower

by Free Press International News Service: In a heated exchange with Donald Trump Jr., who had named the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower in a tweet, The View co-host Sunny Hosting on Thursday claimed that “it is a federal crime to out a whistleblower. ... My law degree says it is."

Hostin said to former Fox News contributor Kimberly Guilfoyle, who also appeared on the Thursday broadcast, “You’re a lawyer, we know each other, you worked for a prosecutor. I mean, did you advise your boyfriend that it is a federal crime to out a whistleblower?”

“Well it’s not a federal crime. It’s only a federal crime for the IG to do it, that’s in the statute,” Trump Jr. said.

Hostin and her law degree are wrong.

Trump Jr. is right.

If a member of Congress, a news outlet, or member of the public named the whistleblower, no criminal law would be violated.

"There is no overarching protection for the identity of the whistleblower under federal law," Dan Meyer, a lawyer and the former executive director of the intelligence community whistleblower program told NPR. "Congress has never provided that protection."

The federal whistleblower statute requires only the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) keep a whistleblower’s identity confidential, unless the ICIG determines it necessary to disclose.

No one else is required to protect the anonymity of a whistleblower. No such statute exists.

According to Sean Davis of The Federalist, “Such a requirement would be a blatant violation of the First Amendment as it would be an unconstitutional prior restraint on the freedom of speech and the press.”

That didn’t stop Hostin or other so-called “legal analysts” in the corporate media from claiming that naming the whistleblower is a crime.

CNN “legal analyst” Jeffrey Toobin proclaimed: “Yes, unmasking a whistleblower is illegal, it’s harassment.”

RedState columnist Bonchie noted in a Nov. 7 op-ed that: “Apparently, CNN and others are just fine with lying to their audiences about this, but no worries. No one is going to jail for saying Eric Ciaramella’s name out loud.”

Leftist Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, says he wants to pass legislation to make what Trump Jr. and all others who named the whistleblower did illegal.

“In the future, you will go to jail if you out a whistleblower. Legislation coming,” Swalwell tweeted.

During his appearance on The View, Trump Jr., author of the new book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, noted that news organizations were pursuing a whistleblower who said that ABC had spiked an exclusive story on the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

“ABC is right now chasing down a whistleblower about all of the Epstein stuff because those stories were killed,” said Trump Jr. “What’s the difference? I’m a private citizen putting this out there.”

In another tense exchange, co-host Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, questioned Trump Jr. about his father’s lack of civility.

“A lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family who was a Gold Star family who I think should be respected because of the loss of their son. Does all this make you feel good?” McCain asked, referring to Trump’s criticism of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim-Americans whose son was killed in Iraq, after they appeared at the Democratic National Convention.

Trump Jr. replied by defending the president and pointing to his record in office.

“We have all done things that we regret. I don’t think any of that makes me feel good, but I think we got into this because we wanted to do what’s right for America. My father has been working tirelessly to bring back the American dream. He has brought jobs back,” he said, adding “Part of being president is having a pair that can take whatever he comes towards you. My father’s got a pair. No sitting president has taken the heat that President Trump has.”

Trump Jr. also said to Meghan McCain that President Donald Trump “was under constant attack by the same people. When he’s under attack by the establishment, but the reality is, he’s a counter puncher, and as a conservative, I would hope you would appreciate that conservatives haven’t been known for fighting back for a very long time. We have ceded ground to the liberals and the liberal elite for decades by not actually fighting back. I understand we can keep going back to character. I think he has great character.”

Trump Jr. also caused a stir when he said: “We’ve all done things that we regret. I mean, if we’re talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy, you’ve worn blackface. Whoopi, you said that Roman Polanksi, it wasn’t ‘rape rape’ when he raped a child. So, let’s talk about serious things.”

After the show aired, Trump Jr. tweeted: “I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an interview this much in my life. Guess you could say that I just #Triggered The View!!!”
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Recession Fears Are Fading—and So Are Democrats' 2020 Prospects

President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Dallas, TX 
by Rick Moran: You don't have to have a Ph.D. in political science to know that Donald Trump's re-election prospects hinge on a growing economy. And while it's a myth that Americans only vote their pocketbooks, it certainly doesn't hurt the incumbent president if unemployment is low and economic growth is steady.

In addition to hysterical denunciations of Trump, Democrats have concocted an impeachment narrative that doesn't have a chance in hell of succeeding but will send their base of loony lefties into paroxysms of ecstasy.

They're going to need every single one of those votes.

While the left wallows in impeachment, the rest of America is wondering what all the hub-bub is about. Unemployment is at lows not seen in the lifetimes of many economists reporting on it. Economic growth projections show a steady upswing, consumer and business confidence is high, and the Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low.

This is a recipe for a Trump re-election and Democrats know it.

HousingWire:“Fears about an imminent recession have faded considerably,” the Wells Fargo economists wrote in a report on Wednesday. “The Fed has shown that it will do what it takes to offset the headwinds from slower global economic growth and continued uncertainty around U.S. trade policy.”

The Fed was faced with a delicate task: Cut rates enough to stimulate a slowing economy, while preserving its firepower in case it was needed to render assistance in a more severe downturn. Economists define a recession as two consecutive quarters of GDP contraction.

Even with last year’s series of hikes in the Fed rate that put it at 2.5% in December, that’s a fraction of what prior Fed policymakers had at their disposal to stimulate the economy during previous slowdowns. In other words: The Fed didn’t have a lot of wiggle room.
You may recall last summer it was the end of the world when the Feds' yield curve "inverted" -- short-term bonds were paying more than long-term bonds. "Recession!" shrieked liberal economists. "It's coming!"

In the immortal words of Defense Secretary Nimziki from Independence Day, "That's not entirely accurate."“Worries about an impending recession have diminished considerably since this summer when the yield curve briefly inverted sending financial markets into a frenzy and sparking fears that this record-long business expansion was near its end,” the Wells Fargo report said.

“While data from the manufacturing sector remain weak, the overall macro data have continued to come in slightly better than expected, with job growth remaining strong and real GDP expanding at a 1.9% pace during the third quarter,” it said.
For Trump to lose. history would have to be turned on its head.

Washington Post:

Engulfed in an impeachment inquiry and facing eroding support, Trump has turned to the strength of the U.S. economy as a sign that he is likely to be reelected. Since World War II, no U.S. president has lost reelection when the unemployment rate was below 7.4 percent. No president has even run for reelection when the jobless rate was as low as it is now – 3.6 percent.

Trump will soon test this precedent. His poll numbers remain very weak, and his support in suburbs has eroded steadily. A number of political experts say traditional measures of economic success may not prove decisive enough for voters to give Trump a second term.
No, Trump will not be a shoo-in for re-election. But if the Democrats are eager enough to nominate a candidate who wants to spend $52 trillion over the next 10 years and blow up the American health insurance industry, they're more than welcome to try.
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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and contributor. He is blog editor at The American Thinker. His blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Veterans Day: The Forgotten History of America's Veterans Day and What It Commemorates

by Ammo.com: Veterans Day, celebrated each year on November 11th, was first celebrated on this same date in 1919, under the name of Armistice Day. The holiday was named in remembrance of the temporary ceasefire that brought about the unofficial end to World War I when, the year before, the Allied forces entered into an armistice with the Germans, stopping live battle on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

A year later, and nearly five months after the official end of the First World War (which occurred on June 28, 1918, with the Treaty of Versailles), President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th the first commemoration with the following:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with the gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”He called for parades and public gatherings and a brief moment of silence at 11a.m. Two years later, on November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in what became known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Celebrating America’s Heroes: Armistice Day
It wasn’t just the United States that remembered the end of the great war; countries around the world celebrated Armistice Day in 1919, and many still do today. In Canada, they call it Remembrance Day, and Great Britain celebrates Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday of each November.

In 1926, a Congressional resolution was passed, making Armistice Day a recurring federal holiday, stating that it should be “commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” As a side note, the federal government can’t force the states into celebrating a holiday, as it’s not within its jurisdiction, but most states adopt the federal holiday calendar.

Celebrating America’s Veterans: Veterans Day
Although the ceasefire – believed to have occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 – was the end of the war to end all wars, history has shown the naivete of the era.

Perhaps the Allied forces showed too much sympathy with the Treaty of Versailles. By the time the war-ending document was signed, seven months after the armistice in November, much of the Allied troops had returned home. And no one, not the United States nor Britain nor France, wanted to remain in Germany or Austria to make sure the terms of the treaty were enforced. What’s more, the Treaty did not require an unconditional surrender; the German troops, although defeated, were not disbanded.

As the embittered Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France, supreme commander of the Allied forces, presciently concluded of the Versailles settlement: “This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.”

Foch was right. Twenty years after the 1919 settlement, the German army under Hitler – himself a decorated veteran of World War I who helped to spin the yarn that the German army hadn’t been defeated in the field, but instead betrayed by the Jews at home – invaded Poland to start World War II, which would cost the world roughly four times as many lives as World War I.

This time, over 16 million American soldiers, a whopping 42 percent of war-aged men, headed out to battle. And while we lost over 400,000 to the war, many of those men and women returned home. Shortly thereafter, tension began to rise in Korea, and by 1950, the Korean War began. Another 1.8 million troops were again sent across the sea.

By the end of the summer of 1953, after the Korean War ended, about one in every two service-age men were veterans and it was decided that Armistice Day would be officially be changed to Veterans Day – honoring all veterans from all wars.

Changing Throughout the Years: Veterans Day Today

Throughout the years, Veterans Day has changed, sometimes to its benefit and sometimes not. For instance, in 1968, the federal holiday – along with Memorial Day, George Washington’s birthday, and Columbus Day – was switched to a Monday celebration to help encourage travel and tourism in the country.

A few years later, in the brief period from 1971 to 1975, the date was changed again. Instead of the Monday closest to the original Armistice Day, the government opted to set Veterans Day as the fourth Monday in October.

This change wasn’t joyfully accepted by the American public, as many held emotional ties to the origins of Veterans Day. After a few years, the date was reverted back to November 11th.

Now, a century from the original remembrance of Armistice Day, the holiday is still celebrated on November 11th. If the 11th day of the 11th month falls on a Saturday, the day is observed on the previous Friday. If it falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday.

Different areas celebrate Veterans Day in different ways. Most public schools close (normally on the Monday closest to the holiday), as do all federal buildings, most banks, and many businesses. There are parades and celebrations to honor veterans. Perhaps the most iconic is the annual wreath laying ceremony that happens at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Many areas still observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. to remember all veterans, those that are still here, those that have gone on, and those that never made it home. It’s also not uncommon to see the American flag flown at half mast.

Regardless of political leanings, Veterans Day is about recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of America’s veterans. If you want to show support, attend a parade. Volunteer at your local VFW. Visit a VA hospital and spend some time talking to the men and women who are unable to attend such events. And when you see a vet, shake their hand, and thank them for their service.
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Friday, November 08, 2019

Make No Mistake: Mexican Cartel Murders are Funded by Americans

by Newt Gingrich: The massacre of nine Americans – including six children – in Northern Mexico this week was the latest shocking reminder of a stark reality: Our next-door neighbor has a huge, dangerous organized crime problem.

In response, President Trump was understandably angry, saying: “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth.”

The President’s goal is right, but the target is wrong.

The key to destroying the Mexican cartels is in America not Mexico.

As long as Americans send an estimated $19 billion to $29 billion in drug money a year to Mexico (as estimated by ICE) there will be cartels willing to take it. Kill one generation of cartel leaders, and a new generation will emerge.

Since 2006, an estimated 150,000 Mexicans have been murdered in drug wars, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

The Cartels have so much money and so much organized power that they are virtually a state within a state.

I spoke this week with journalist Sara Carter, who covered the border for years, about how dangerous these cartels truly are. Originally, I was going to reserve the conversation for my Inner Circle subscription service, which I want to invite you to join. But I thought this was so important – and such a timely topic and so central to the future of the United States – that I wanted to share it with everybody here.

According to the CRS, reporters get killed routinely. In 2018 there were 16 journalists killed. Local government officials are equally vulnerable. In 2018 there were 37 local officials and candidates killed.

The Sinaloa Cartel earns more than $3 billion a year, according to the CRS report. As long as that remains true, the cartel’s capacity to kill potential opponents and intimidate Mexicans who would like to live in a safe, law abiding society is massive.

For example, in a recent confrontation in Culiacan, Sinaloa Cartel gunmen overwhelmed a patrol of police and forced them to release their prisoner — the son of the Sinaloa drug lord El Chapo’s son, Ovidio Guzmán López. About the same time, some 55 prisoners were escaping from prison across town, and there was another prison break in another part of the country.

Let me be clear: This lawlessness and violence isn’t being fueled by Mexico. American money and American drug addiction have paid for the growth of huge criminal organizations of extraordinary violence and cruelty.

In the case of heroin, the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates 91 percent of heroin in the US comes from Mexico. Sam Quinones’s remarkable book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic is an astonishingly clear story of the rise of sophisticated modern marketing and organizing by the Mexican pioneers of heroin importation.

The tragic reality is we have been fighting a “war on drugs” since President Richard Nixon declared it in June 1971. For 48 years, the official American position has been to stop addictive drugs. Yet, many of our policies undermine that war and, in fact, guarantee defeat.

Let me share a few examples.

When San Francisco gave out 5.8 million needles in 2018 the city was undermining any effort to stop drugs coming from Mexico. No one considered how much money went to the cartels from the substance that filled those 5.8 million needles.

Everyone who advocates for open borders is advocating for easier access and greater profits for the drug cartels. Everyone who opposes controlling the border is actively making life easier for violent cartels. A controlled border could stop most of the drugs coming north and most of the guns flowing south. So called “sanctuary cities” are in effect “drug trafficker sanctuary cities.”

Anti-police leftists like Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York make life easier for the drug cartels. A demoralized, intimidated police force has no hope of stopping the type of arrogant murderers and torturers who are challenging the Mexican government for control of the country.

Reforming our criminal justice system, which I strongly support, does not mean we have to accept the legalization of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and other deadly drugs. It means we must find economic sanctions – and effective treatment – for drug users while retaining much tougher punishment for those making money while enriching the drug cartels.

We have a deep interest in helping the Mexican government defeat the drug cartels and regaining control over all of Mexico.

We also have a deep interest in starving out the drug cartels before they bring their corruption and their violence further into the United States.

If we are serious about wiping the drug cartels off the face of the earth, the place to start is the United States not Mexico.

If American illegal drug purchases fell radically – even to less than a billion a year – the cartels would collapse because they would not have the money to pay their troops and to support their infrastructure.

Follow the money is a good rule, and in this case, the money is made in America, spent by Americans, and needs to be cut off by Americans. Then, we will have defeated the drug cartels.

The central battlefront in this war is dollars in America – not violence in Mexico.
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Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) is a former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the U.S. House. He co-authored and was the chief architect of the "Contract with America" and a major leader in the Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections. He is noted speaker and writer. This commentary was shared via Gingrich Productions.

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When Erdogan Visits the U.S., He Has Some Explaining to Do

by Arielle Del Turco: As accusations swirl about ongoing Turkish war crimes being committed in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan solidified plans to visit the Oval Office. This came after Erdogan threatened to cancel the meeting over the House of Representatives' passage of a bill recognizing the Armenian Genocide as "genocide" in addition to a bill that would allow for Turkey to be sanctioned. The truth is that Erdogan has no moral standing to cancel a visit to the U.S. because the House moved to formally recognize a century-old Turkish atrocity. Yet, President Trump has every reason to use the upcoming meeting with Erdogan on November 13 to confront him about abuses currently being committed by the Turkish military and Turkish-backed forces.

Dave Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a Christian humanitarian organization used to serving in combat zones, is shocked by the high toll the Turkish incursion into Northeast Syria is having on civilians, despite on-again, off-again claims of a ceasefire. Eubank insists, "There's never been a cease-fire, not one day. Airstrikes by drones, regular airstrikes, artillery, mortars, Turkish tanks. I mean shooting right at us."

The Free Burma Rangers know the imminent danger that civilians face there; that's why they stay to help. Just last week, an FBR volunteer medic and camera person Zhao Sang was killed by Turkish shelling -- during the so-called "ceasefire." Eubank accuses Turkish-backed forces of committing war crimes. "You know we've seen them mutilate girls, torture civilians, yell 'Allah Akbar' just like we saw ISIS do against us. So, I would say they're a wicked scourge being used by Erdogan to torment the people here. And they've got to be stopped." Eubank says the war crimes of Turkish-backed forces include "killing prisoners, killing civilians, chasing people out of their homes, torture."

Religious minorities have specifically suffered from Turkish military aggression in the last month. Turkish air strikes hit Yazidi civilian villages in Sinjar, Iraq just within the last few days. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) pointed out that Turkey has "repeatedly carried out such operations with disregard for vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities." Yazidis were a primary victim of ISIS's attempted genocide of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria -- they shouldn't have to worry about being killed by the government of Turkey today.

It shouldn't surprise us that Turkey has no respect for religious freedom or for the treatment of religious minorities. Last month marked the one-year anniversary of American pastor Andrew Brunson's release from prison in Turkey, where he spent over two years detained on false charges of terrorism. USCIRF has designated Turkey as a "Tier 2" violator of religious freedom over their treatment of religious minorities within their own border.

In Northeast Syria, Christians have been among the first victims of Turkey's military campaign. Turkey has a history (including recently) of "ethnically cleansing" areas of religious minorities, including Christians, and there's reason to believe Turkey will be doing more of the same in Northeast Syria. The historic Assyrian Christian town of Tel Tamer is the latest to be targeted for Turkish aggression. Christians in Tel Tamer are afraid they will be eliminated. Believers there are crying out for help to Christians around the world. As Christians, it is our responsibility to pray for our fellow believers in the persecuted church. As Americans who value religious freedom, it is our responsibility to advocate against genocide and for the protection of all religious minorities everywhere.

That's why President Trump must raise accusations of war crimes to Erdogan when they talk on November 13. This meeting should not be a friendly photo op to imply that the United States is okay with Turkey's actions in Syria and Iraq. Rather, it's an opportunity to set our NATO ally straight, and send home the message that Turkey's abuses against religious minorities aren't acceptable.
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Arielle Del Turco writes for the Family Research Center.

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No "Yes Men" - The Importance of ‘No-Men’

by Cal Thomas: Shortly after Jim Bakker’s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him.

Some background: Bakker and his “Praise the Lord” associates sold $1,000 “lifetime memberships” to people who were promised annual three-night stays at his Heritage USA luxury hotel complex in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

According to what prosecutors revealed at his trial on fraud charges, Bakker sold tens of thousands of these memberships for a hotel that had only 500 rooms planned and was never completed. It was alleged Bakker kept $3.4 million of the money for himself and the rest paid for Heritage USA’s operating expenses.

“When did you start to go wrong?” I asked Bakker.

His answer was instructive: “When I began to surround myself with people who told me only what I wanted to hear.”


I thought of that statement when I read what former White House chief of staff John Kelly told a gathering in Sea Island, Georgia, sponsored by the Washington Examiner. He told President Donald Trump before leaving his position: “I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth–don’t do that, because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.”

The latest White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, sounded like a “yes-woman” when she responded to Kelly: “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.”

The key to great leadership is to not overly regard yourself, to understand you don’t know everything, realize that, like everyone else, you are flawed and can make bad judgments, and to surround yourself with people who think well enough of you to tell you the truth from their perspective, even when it disagrees with yours.

As long as the objective is to help you succeed with your agenda, such advice can be valuable and even humbling, humility being one of humanity’s better characteristics and a grace that appears in short supply in Washington.

Another story along these lines was told to me by one of the late Billy Graham’s associates. After a particularly successful evening during which thousands came forward in response to an invitation to receive Christ as Savior, Graham and his team went back to their hotel room.

The aide said he told Graham, “You’re not as great as they think you are.”

He said Graham responded, “Don’t I know it.”

Some of those evangelical “advisers” to Trump might consider a verse with which they must be familiar. It is from Proverbs 15:22: “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

Israel’s King Solomon is said to have written that and most of the Proverbs, which are as good a guidebook for living (and leading) as has ever been written, even for nonbelievers.

Generals require committed privates in order to achieve success in warfare. Presidents need the same, along with staff who don’t always tell them what they want to hear, but sometimes what they need to hear.
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Cal Thomas (@CalThomas) is a syndicated columnist, author, broadcaster, and speaker with access to world leaders, U.S. presidents, celebrities, educators, and countless other notables. He has authored 12 books, including his latest, “What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America.” Visit his site at CalThomas.com.

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‘Anti-Trump Spreadsheet’: Mike Huckabee Slams Drudge Report for Misleading Polls

by Dominic Mancini: Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is fed up with conservative-leaning news outlets displaying polls with President Trump several points behind the various Democrat presidential candidates.

“I see these polls every day, particularly on Drudge,” Huckabee told Todd Starnes during a recent broadcast of the Todd Starnes Show. “I don’t know what Drudge’s problem with President Trump is, but [Drudge] clearly does not care for him.”

“The Drudge Report has become almost an anti-Trump spreadsheet,” Huckabee said. “I just don’t believe the polls. They were terribly inaccurate in 2016.”

As a former Republican presidential candidate, Huckabee believes pollsters largely ignore Independent voters. “They are all just sampling Democrats.”

“I said Trump is going to win” in 2016, and conservative news anchors told me “there’s no way,” Huckabee continued. And “with all due respect to Fox,” I don’t think their polls are very accurate either, he said.

The former Baptist minister believes Trump voters are reluctant to reveal their political identity because “they don’t want to be called a racist or xenophobe.”

“They don’t want to have someone screaming and yelling at them and throwing them out of a restaurant,” he told Starnes. “A lot of people just will go quietly and vote for President Trump” without announcing it.

Despite polls showing little support for President Trump among minorities, Huckabee believes “they’d be voting against their own interests” by supporting the Democrat nominee in 2020.

“The lowest unemployment numbers ever in the history of the United States for African Americans is under [President Trump].”

Huckabee said the bipartisan First Step Act is a Trump Administration accomplishment that drew support across the political spectrum to uplift racial minorities.

Under President Trump’s leadership, they’re seeing “more jobs created, more prosperity, more money in their pockets.”
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Dominic Mancini wrote Todd Starnes column (@toddstarnes) is A Christian Conservative, the host of Fox News & Commentary and heard daily on 250+ radio stations and on his iTune podcasts.

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Arkansas A.G. Continues Fighting for Human Life in Court

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by Jerry Cox: According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office recently asked the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to let the state enforce some pro-life laws the legislature passed earlier this year.

In June abortionists sued the state over three new pro-life laws:
  • Act 493 of 2019, prohibiting abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
  • Act 619 of 2019, prohibiting abortion of an unborn baby solely because the child has Down Syndrome.
  • Act 700 of 2019, requiring abortion doctors to be board certified or board eligible OB/GYNs.
These laws are designed to do things like ensure abortion doctors are properly certified in obstetrics and gynecology and protect babies from being aborted simply because they have Down Syndrome.

Arkansas abortionists are challenging laws that hold abortion doctors to reasonable standards and prohibit abortion after the eighteenth week of pregnancy.

Over the summer U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker blocked the laws, preventing the state from enforcing them. Now the A.G. is appealing to a higher court.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker has consistently ruled in favor of abortionists like Planned Parenthood, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has a history of overturning her bad rulings.

With that in mind, there’s a good possibility the Eighth Circuit could unblock all or most of the provisions in these pro-life laws.

There’s also the possibility that these laws could be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which would offer us an opportunity for a good, pro-life ruling that would help undermine Roe v. Wade and shape pro-life laws nationwide.

As I have said before, I don’t know of any attorney general in America who is doing more to fight for the right to life than Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Her team has won some major pro-life victories in the past, and I believe we will see others in the future.
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Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Family Council and the Education Alliance and a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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The Fall & Our Future, The Culture War, More Impeachment Lies, 2020 Update

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by Gary Bauer, Contributing Author: The Fall & Our Future

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I'll never forget the emotion I felt watching that stark symbol of communism come tumbling down.

Young Germans poured out of their homes and overwhelmed the security guarding the piece of concrete that physically and psychologically separated East and West Berlin. They quickly began demolishing it piece by piece.

The seeds of the wall's destruction were planted a couple of years earlier in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan delivered one of his most famous speeches.

Standing before the historic Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Reagan spoke directly to the leader of the Soviet Union and forcefully declared:

"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

While reflecting on this anniversary, I couldn't help but think of a recent poll of millennials. It found that nearly 70% of millennials are willing to vote for a socialist candidate. Even more frightening, a third said they approve of communism.

How is that possible? How can the most highly educated generation of Americans, with Google literally at their fingertips, be so clueless about what life was like under communism?

This is beyond shocking. It's scandalous. It is a damning indictment of our modern educational establishment and the elected politicians who failed to prevent that establishment from becoming an indoctrination enterprise.

Either we haven't taught our children what the Berlin Wall was and why it came down or we have taught them a lie. Sadly, I fear it is the latter.

I suspect most young Americans are being indoctrinated to believe that capitalism and free markets are evil, that America is evil. So evil, that they're willing to embrace economic and political ideas that have resulted in tremendous death and suffering.

My friends, 30 years ago I thought America had won the Cold War. Apparently, the fight against communism still continues. Only today the battlefield isn't West Berlin. The fight is on our high school and college campuses.

The Culture War
The Supreme Court is hearing several cases this term with tremendous implications for religious liberty. Not surprisingly, at least one far-left group is attempting to rig the result by demanding that Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh recuse themselves from these critical cases.

Why? Because they had the audacity to pose for a picture with the president of the National Organization for Marriage, which advocates for the "radical idea" that marriage should be the union of one man and one woman.

This is further evidence of just how extreme the left has become. Not content with having won the battle over the civil definition of marriage, it is now trying to restrict religious liberty across the board.

It has launched an aggressive campaign called "Beyond I Do." The success of this effort could be seriously impacted by the outcome of these pending Supreme Court decisions. Thus the attempt to intimidate Alito and Kavanaugh.

The left lost the fight over Kavanaugh's confirmation, but it never gives up. It wants to disqualify him over a picture. And impeach him if possible.

More Impeachment Lies
Yesterday we noted that the alleged CIA "whistleblower" may have committed perjury by failing to disclose his contacts with Democrat congressional staffers prior to filing his complaint. It seems he isn't the only one.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and an Obama holdover, is widely seen as a star witness in the Democrat impeachment effort. President Trump removed Yovanovitch in May.

Ambassador Yovanovitch testified before Rep. Adam Schiff's kangaroo court last month. Under questioning from Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Yovanovitch said she had ignored messages sent in August from a Democrat staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who wanted to speak with her about "quite delicate/time-sensitive" matters.

The timing of the staffers email to Yovanovitch is suspicious as it was sent just two days after the CIA "whistleblower" filed his complaint.

Yovanovitch told Zeldin that she referred the message to the State Department so that someone in the Legislative Affairs Office could "handle the correspondence."

You can appreciate why State Department officials would be sensitive about handling official business through the proper channels after Hillary Clinton's private server scandal. In fact, Hillary warned State Department employees against using personal email accounts for official business and she even fired an ambassador for doing so.

So kudos to Yovanovitch for following proper protocol. Except she didn't.

Fox News has obtained emails indicating that Yovanovitch did in fact reply to the Democrat staffer using a private email account. It seems that her response to Rep. Zeldin was not entirely truthful.

Responding to this revelation, Rep. Zeldin said, "It is greatly concerning that Ambassador Yovanovitch didn't answer my question as honestly as she should have, especially while under oath."

In related news, Republican senators are stepping up their efforts to expose Hunter Biden's dealings with the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma. It turns out that the company was aggressively lobbying the State Department and using Biden's name to gain access and favor.

2020 Update
The Democrat presidential primary took a bizarre turn today. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork to have his name appear on the Alabama primary ballot, the state with the earliest filing deadline.

Bloomberg's move was motivated by growing angst among establishment Democrats that Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders just can't cut it. In fact, Bloomberg's spokesman said as much, telling reporters that, "Mike is increasingly concerned that the current field of candidates is not well positioned" to defeat Donald Trump.

It is widely reported that Bloomberg is particularly concerned about the rise of the progressive left and the possibility that Sanders or Warren could win the nomination due to Biden's weakness.

But it's not at all clear to me that Bloomberg has any support in today's Democrat Party. In spite of his well-known liberal positions on social issues and anti-Second Amendment activism, 75% of Democrat voters said they would vote for a socialist for president. It seems that Bloomberg lost this fight a long time ago.

Bloomberg may not be the last candidate to jump in. There are reports that former Attorney General Eric Holder may get into the race too.

Meanwhile, President Trump and Vice President Pence are heading to Georgia today, kicking off a major push to attract black voters to the Republican Party.
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Gary Bauer (@GaryLBauer)  is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Will ‘Sexist’ White Males Derail Warren?

by Patrick Buchanan: The three white males are denigrating and piling on the woman who is the front-runner with attacks on her personality for which conservatives, if they used such tactics, would be charged with “dog-whistling” the white working class.

After celebrating Tuesday’s takeover of Virginia’s legislature and the Kentucky governorship, the liberal establishment appears poised to crush its biggest threat: the surging candidacy of Elizabeth Warren.

From the tempo and tenor of the attacks, establishment fears of Warren’s success are real — and understandably so.

Two Wednesday polls show Warren running even with Joe Biden nationally. And a new Iowa poll shows Warren in front of the field with 20%, and Biden falling into fourth place with 15%.

The danger for Democrats: While Warren is now the party’s front-runner, they fear she’s a sure loser to Donald Trump in 2020.

And, again, with reason. A recent poll of six battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, showed Trump beating or tying Warren in all of them except for Arizona.

Nightmare scenario: Warren wins the nomination, but when her neo-Marxist agenda is exposed, Middle America recoils in horror.

The economic elite is already sounding the alarm.

Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase says Warren “vilifies successful people.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates says her proposals would imperil “innovation” and “capital formation.”

Writing in The New York Times, Obama adviser Steven Rattner describes a Warren presidency as “a terrifying prospect.”

Warren would “extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even Franklin Roosevelt dreamed of (and) … turn America’s uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste European-style system.”

“If you want to live in France” — where half the GDP is controlled by the regime — says Rattner, “Warren should be your candidate.”

What finally shocked anti-Warren liberals into action was her recent revelation of how she intends to pay for her “Medicare for all” plan.

Warren’s plan would require at least $23 trillion more in federal spending over a decade. Other experts say the added costs could run to $32 trillion, raising the U.S. government’s share of the GDP by one-half and abolishing the private health insurance plans of 156 million Americans.

“Many of America’s global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered,” writes Rattner, “Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs.”

Beyond “Medicare for All,” Warren has other plans. Universal child care and free schooling from pre-kindergarten through college and the cancelation of student loans, plus a new look at reparations for slavery.

How would President Warren pay for all her “plans”?

She would raise the corporate rate to 35% from 21%, and slam a 40% tax on the profits of companies that try to flee the country.

She would raise the capital gains tax, impose new estate taxes, raise Social Security taxes on folks with higher incomes, and confiscate 2% of the wealth of those with $50 million in assets and 3% of the wealth of those with $1 billion, every year.

Writes Politifact: “All told, we counted $7 trillion in new spending over a 10-year period, and that’s without Medicare for All. On the flip side, Warren offered specific tax proposals that came to $4.55 trillion.”

Still, Warren’s socialism is not what her main rivals, all white men, are zeroing in on. They’ve decided to play hardball.

Thursday, under a headline, “Warren Faces Accusations that She’s ‘Angry,’ Which Supporters Say is Sexist,” The Washington Post reported:

“Two of the leading male candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race — Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg — have escalated separate lines of attack as they attempt to counter the field’s most prominent woman: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is antagonistic and angry.”

Warren has a “my way or the highway” approach, said Buttigieg, she is “so absorbed in the fighting that it is as though fighting were the purpose.”

Biden says Warren, who has a real shot at taking the nomination, reflects “an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics.”

This is “treacherous,” warns the Post, “given that many Democrats remain upset over what they view as the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton, the party’s last nominee.”

The Democratic Party today defines itself as an inclusive party of women, gays, Hispanics, African Americans and other people of color.

Yet three months out from the decisive early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the party is going into the semifinals of its contest for a leader and future president without a single person of color in the final four.

Moreover, the three white males are denigrating and piling on the woman who is the front-runner with attacks on her personality for which conservatives, if they used such tactics, would be charged with “dog-whistling” the white working class.

When one looks at the approval-disapproval rating of the president, re-election appears problematic. When one looks at the Democrats’ agenda and field of candidates, the odds of Trump’s re-election seem a good deal better.

This thing is by no means over.
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Patrick Buchanan (@PatrickBuchanan) is currently a blogger, conservative columnist, political analyst, chairman of The American Cause foundation and an editor of The American Conservative. He has been a senior adviser to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000.

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One In Four

One Of Every Four Circuit Judges In The Country Has Been Nominated By President Trump And Confirmed By The Republican Senate

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “This president and this Senate have prioritized confirming impressive men and women to these lifetime appointments. Talented individuals who believe in the quaint notion that the job of a judge is to apply our nation’s laws and Constitution as they are actually written, not as they might wish they were written. At the close of business today, it so happens, one in every four judges on the federal courts of appeals will have been nominated by President Trump and confirmed by us here in the Senate.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 11/07/2019)
  • SEN. McCONNELL: “Every American should be proud of this. Citizens deserve a judiciary of fair-minded men and women who don’t confuse their jobs with the job of a legislator. Every member of this body should be proud to confirm federal judges who understand that our job is to make the laws, and their job is to apply them fairly. If the concept of faithful judges fulfilling their proper role strikes anyone as a partisan development, or a threat to their political agenda, I would suggest it is their agenda that needs modifying and not the judicial branch that our founders intended.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 11/07/2019)
‘With Another Flurry Of Senate Judicial Confirmations This Week, The Trump Administration Will Have Placed … 
One-Quarter Of All Appellate Court Judges’

Authorized Circuit Court Judgeships: 179
Circuit judges confirmed by 115th – 116th Congresses: 45
Percentage of all authorized circuit judgeships nominated by President Trump and confirmed: 25%
(“Judicial Vacancies,” United States Courts Website; Congress.gov, Accessed 11/07/2019)

“With another flurry of Senate judicial confirmations this week, the Trump administration will have placed 45 conservative judges on the nation’s appeals courts — the federal courts where most final rulings are issued. The tally means one-quarter of all appellate court judges will have been installed by Mr. Trump.” (“Trump And Senate Republicans Celebrate Making The Courts More Conservative,” The New York Times, 11/06/2019)
“McConnell’s pace of filling federal court seats has been eye-popping, especially on the powerful appellate circuits.” (“McConnell's Laser Focus On Transforming The Judiciary,” Politico, 10/17/2018)

In Less Than Three Years, The Senate Has Confirmed The Most Circuit Judges In A President’s First Term Since 1980

President
Years
Circuit Court Judges Confirmed
Donald Trump
2017-2019
45
Barack Obama
2009-2013
30
George W. Bush
2001-2005
35
Bill Clinton
1993-1997
30
George H.W. Bush
1989-1993
42
Ronald Reagan
1981-1985
33
("Biographical Directory of Article III Federal Judges, 1789-present," History of the Federal Judiciary, Federal Judicial Center Website, Accessed 11/07/2019)

“The results have been striking. Mr. Trump has seated about a dozen more appellate court nominees than his most recent predecessor and the most since 1980, when President Jimmy Carter expanded the courts.” (“Trump And Senate Republicans Celebrate Making The Courts More Conservative,” The New York Times, 11/06/2019)

‘Trump Chips Away At Liberal U.S. Appeals Court Majorities’

“Aided by fellow Republicans in the Senate, President Donald Trump is rapidly filling vacancies on U.S. appeals courts, moving some that had liberal majorities closer to conservative control in an ideological shift … These 13 courts wield considerable power, usually providing the last word on rulings appealed from lower courts on disputes involving federal law.” (‘Trump Chips Away At Liberal U.S. Appeals Court Majorities,” Reuters, 9/20/2018)

“[O]ne federal appellate circuit has been flipped from a majority of judges nominated by Democratic presidents to a majority selected by Republicans. A second is about to become majority Republican nominees. The partisan divide has also been significantly narrowed on other circuits, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on the West Coast …” (“Trump And Senate Republicans Celebrate Making The Courts More Conservative,” The New York Times, 11/06/2019)

3rd CIRCUIT: Working with President Trump, Senate Republicans have flipped the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals from a majority appointed by Democratic presidents to a majority appointed by Republican presidents. ("Biographical Directory of Article III Federal Judges, 1789-present," History of the Federal Judiciary, Federal Judicial Center Website, Accessed 11/07/2019)
2nd CIRCUIT: Working with President Trump, Senate Republicans have taken the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals from a majority appointed by Democratic presidents to an even split between appointees of Democratic and Republican presidents. (Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Ed Whelan, @EdWhelanEPPC, Twitter, 11/06/2019)
11th CIRCUIT: Working with President Trump, Senate Republicans have taken the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals from a majority appointed by Democratic presidents to an even split between appointees of Democratic and Republican presidents. (The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim, @seungminkim, Twitter, 11/06/2019)
9th CIRCUIT: President Trump has nominated and Senate Republicans have confirmed more appointees to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals than to any other circuit court. ("Biographical Directory of Article III Federal Judges, 1789-present," History of the Federal Judiciary, Federal Judicial Center Website, Accessed 11/07/2019)
‘President Trump And Senate Republicans Are Leaving An Ever-Expanding Imprint On The Judiciary’

“With another judge confirmed Tuesday by the Senate, President Trump and Senate Republicans are leaving an ever-expanding imprint on the judiciary, nudging powerful appeals courts rightward through a determined effort to nominate and confirm a steady procession of young conservative jurists.” (“Trump Is Putting Indelible Conservative Stamp On Judiciary,” The New York Times, 7/31/2018)
‘McConnell And Trump Are Having Their Biggest Impact On The 13 U.S. Appeals Courts, Which Have Tremendous Influence’

“McConnell and Trump are having their biggest impact on the 13 U.S. appeals courts, which have tremendous influence. While the Supreme Court decides fewer than 70 cases a year, appellate courts ruled on or dismissed 48,515 cases for the year ending March 31, 2019, according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington.” (“McConnell, Eyeing Legacy, Turns Senate Into Machine for Conservative Judges,” Bloomberg News, 8/12/2019)
“Aided by fellow Republicans in the Senate, President Donald Trump is rapidly filling vacancies on U.S. appeals courts, moving some that had liberal majorities closer to conservative control in an ideological shift … These 13 courts wield considerable power, usually providing the last word on rulings appealed from lower courts on disputes involving federal law.” (‘Trump Chips Away At Liberal U.S. Appeals Court Majorities,” Reuters, 9/20/2018)

‘The Trump Administration’s Indispensable Partner In Seating Two Supreme Court Justices And [Numerous] Lower-Court Judges,’ ‘McConnell Is Giving The Nation’s Federal Courts A Facelift’

“[Q]uietly and methodically, McConnell is giving the nation’s federal courts a facelift … [a] silent but incredibly consequential judicial overhaul …” (“McConnell’s GOP Haters Are Overlooking His Greatest Achievement,” The Daily Beast, 5/11/2018)

“The judicial renaissance, led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, has energized a party wowed by the number of judges placed on the federal bench … Mr. McConnell has come to define his legacy by his ability to transform the judiciary, calling the confirmations ‘the most significant, long-term contribution we are making to the country’ in an interview with a Kentucky radio station last week.” (“Trump’s Judicial Nominees Take Heat but Largely Keep Marching Through Senate,” The New York Times, 12/11/2018)
  • “[McConnell] was the Trump administration’s indispensable partner in seating two Supreme Court justices and [numerous] lower-court judges: a generational remaking of the courts that has made McConnell, ‘in my view, the most consequential majority leader, certainly, in modern history,’ says Leonard Leo, the conservative legal activist who serves as executive vice president of the Federalist Society and as an adviser to the Trump administration on the court appointments.” (The New York Times Magazine, 1/22/2019)

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