5 Facts: Jared Kushner Attempted to Set Up a Secret Back Channel Between Trump Officials and Russia

During President Donald Trump’s foreign trip, a huge news revelation hit the United States: his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had attempted to establish a secret back channel between the Trump administration with Russia. Here are the facts of the issue:

1. Kushner is a Top White House Adviser

Jared Kushner, a real estate investor, was added to President Donald Trump’s administration shortly after President Trump’s election. Mr. Kushner is married to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and many believe he received the job (he has no former diplomatic experience) due to his ties to the Trump family.

Mr. Kushner is the head of a government organization created by the President, the White House Office of American Innovation, which uses ideas from the private sector to rework the government.

It is also believed that Mr. Kushner is the primary point of contact for leaders of over two dozen countries, according to the Washington Post. He has already made his way or plans to visit many different countries, including Canada, Afghanistan, and Israel.

Lastly, Jared Kushner is a lead figure in President Trump’s plan to institute peace between the two disagreeing countries of Israel and Palestine. Mr. Kushner, a Jew himself, is expected to use his knowledge of the area to help formulate a plan to bring peace to an area that has been violent for decades.

2. He spoke to Russians about Establishing Secret Back Channel

According to multiple reports from multiple agencies, Mr. Kushner contacted the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, to set up a secret back channel between members of the Trump administration and Russian officials.

3. Who was Mr. Kushner Attempting to Link Together?

The secret channel between the United States and Russia was going to specifically link fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to top Russian military officials.

The main topic of interest has been rumored to have been Syria, a country currently undergoing a huge war and humanitarian crisis. Russia has been a firm backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is known to have committed grave crimes against his own people.

In addition, talks were in place to institute a similar channel between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

It is unknown what topics would have been discussed had the channel been set up, but it most likely would not have varied much from that of Mr. Flynn and Russian military officials.

Although contacts between the countries is not necessarily illegal, the line between the two nations would be secret and also be able to bypass diplomats and intelligence agencies. Considering that the U.S. works on a checks-and-balances system, the “secret” part is the illegal part.

4. His Security Clearance Will be Looked Into

Due to this new revelation, Democratic House leaders are expected to call for another look into the security clearance of Mr. Kushner.

The review will mostly try to determine if Mr. Kushner was truthful in his listings of contacts with foreign officials, but if not, his security clearance and job in the White House would surely be in jeopardy.

Also, it has been revealed that Mr. Kushner has been under FBI investigation for meeting with a few prominent Russians, like the head of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, Sergei Nikolaevich Gorkov.

5. President has called this “Fake News”

After returning from his nine-day overseas trip, President Trump has been adamant in calling this case, the biggest news revelation during his trip, and others “fake news.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has gone against the President in many situations, has called this situation “suspicious” in an interview with CNN.

Sources

Reuters: “Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy – sources”

AP: “AP Source: Kushner sought secret back channel with Russia”

5 Facts: Jacob Schwartz, Young Democratic Operative, Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

Young Democratic Operative Jacob Schwartz was arrested yesterday for his possession of a large database of child pornography on his computer. Here are the facts of the case:

1. He Turned Himself in along with His Child Pornography-Infested Computer

According to the New York Post, Schwartz turned himself in, along with his computer, to the New York Police Department with written permission to search the device as needed.

Because he turned himself in, many close to Schwartz see the action as the beginning of therapy instead of a self-incrimination, despite the fact that the crime he committed was very heinous.

He had Stashed Tons of Images and Videos on His Computer, Purportedly Downloaded from the Internet

Also according to the New York Post, Schwartz had approximately 3,000 images and 90 videos of child pornography on his computer.

According to police, the media shows “young nude females between the approximate ages of 6 months and 16, engaging in sexual conduct… on an adult male.”

The police report also states that the media was downloaded from the internet, but it is unclear whether that was from the highly illegal “dark web,” an area where pedophiles frequently meet.

He Released on Bail Shortly after his Apprehension

After being charged with “promoting a sexual performance by a child” and child pornography possession, Schwartz was released on a measly $7,500 bail.

According to his family, Schwartz is currently in therapy for his sickening actions.

He was a Rising Democrat, Having Served as the President of a Large Democratic Organization

Schwartz was the President of the Manhattan Democrats, a liberal organization that has since removed Schwartz from their list of employees after the charges.

In addition, Schwartz worked with father (next fact), another Democrat operative, in assisting various campaigns, including that of Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama.

For his day job, Schwartz is a computer programmer analyst for the Department of Design and Construction, especially the “Build it Back” program, which deals with rebuilding buildings destroyed by recent Hurricanes along the East Coast.

His Father is a Prominent Lawyer and Democratic Operative

His father, Arthur Schwartz, is a prominent New York lawyer who served as a New York Counsel to the failed Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

The elder Schwartz also recently had a run-in with the law, having been busted for removing surveillance cameras from the apartment of a 93-year-old woman who was, at that time, in a battle with her property owner. He was forced to pay $720 in restitution.

10 Facts of the Trump/Russia Investigation

Here are the facts of the recent Trump/Russia investigation:

Trump-Russia Issue Started with the DNC

On October 7, 2016, the website WikiLeaks released a batch of emails from the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Named the ‘Podesta Files,’ these documents detailed the Democratic National Convention’s doings and forced the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Immediately after the leaks, the Democrats were quick to blame Russians hackers, despite a lack of evidence to prove their claim truthful. Then, rather randomly, came up with the belief that the Russians were aiding the campaign of Donald Trump in hopes of his victory.

However, WikiLeaks denied getting the email messages from the Russians, and implied it was someone from inside the DNC. While the name of the leaker is unknown (they went by the username ‘Guccifer’), some reports state that the leaker may have been Seth Rich, a DNC employee surrounded by a mysterious death.

Even though WikiLeaks firmly stated that the Russians were not the suppliers of the information, the Democrats began to push this Trump-Russia collusion narrative.

Mike Flynn is at the Center of the Controversy

During their first meeting (11/10/16) after Mr. Trump’s victory, then President Barack Obama warned Mr. Trump about the potential conflicts of interest of Michael Flynn, a retired general and a Trump supporter. In 2014, President Obama had removed Mr. Flynn from the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Later evidence proved Mr. Flynn had contacted the Russian ambassador (he contacted the ambassador five times in one day) to discuss the relief of tough sanctions levied against Russia by President Barack Obama.

Because of his involvement with Russia, documents pertaining to Mr. Flynn have been subpoenaed. Although the documents have not been provided by Mr. Flynn, he is expected to cooperate, as opposed to the past reports that he was not going to cooperate.

As for now, Mr. Flynn has been the poster boy for Democrats to prove that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, despite the fact that President Trump has not followed through on any of the things Mr. Flynn discussed with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Several in Mr. Trump’s Admin have Russian Ties

Several members in President Trump’s current Administration have ties to Russia:

    • Michael Flynn, who we discussed in the prior point. Mr. Flynn had also been a frequent commentator on the Russian state-run website RT.com and had also been paid to visit Russia.
    • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Mr. Tillerson, once the Chief Executive Officer of the gas company Exxon Mobil, had a friendly relationship with the Kremlin in order to further the business’ ventures. Tillerson is also a good friend with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and received the Order of Friendship medal from Mr. Putin himself.
    • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Mr. Ross had part ownership of the Bank of Cyprus, a bank that a clientele of Russian oligarchs and has allegedly harbored laundered Russian money. Mr. Ross has since stepped down from the bank.

Other members in Trump’s campaign for President did have ties to Russia, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Russia advisor Carter Page, and Roger Stone.

Mr. Trump’s Team did Contact the Russians

A recent Reuters report has shown that members of the campaign team of President Donald Trump had contacted the Russians at least 18 times during the last six months of the campaign, including at six contacts made by Michael Flynn.

However, the report also uncovers that the calls, email, or other forms of communication were legal and no wrong was done in the conversations, dispelling the left’s narrative that the calls involved collusion between the two parties.

Mr. Trump Gave Classified Information to the Russians

On May 10, 2017, President Donald Trump had a closed-door meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak.

In the meeting, in which no media outlets were allowed to sit-in on, it has been reported that Mr. Trump and Mr. Kislyak spoke about highly classified information regarding ISIS’ development of lethal bombs that fit inside of a computer.

Again, there was no wrongdoing in the conversation, as President Trump is allowed to declassify any information as he sees fit (a law signed by President Barack Obama).

In addition, if this information was in fact “classified,” it was the worst kept secret ever. Almost every single mainstream media website had reported on the possibility of ISIS using computers as bombs on planes over a month before the meeting took place.

Therefore, this meeting could not be used as a basis for impeachment, instead, experts are saying the worst “crime” you could charge the President with is negligence.

CIA/NSA/FBI Reports

Separate CIA, FBI, and NSA reports concluded that Vladimir Putin had influenced the election in favor of Donald Trump.

However, the reports stated that Russia interfered in the United States election via WikiLeaks, the website that had released incriminating emails from the Democratic National Convention, despite WikiLeaks consistent appeals that their source was not Russia, but instead a leaker inside the DNC.

As Donald Trump has said, these same agencies also concluded that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, when in fact he did not.

FBI Director Comey’s Involvement

In a Congressional Hearing in late March, FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI was indeed investigating the Trump-Russia issue, especially Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor.

On May 9, 2017, President Trump fired Mr. Comey, leading to a wave of cries of “cover up” from the left. However, shortly after announcing the firing, Trump’s team revealed the reason they fired Mr. Comey: he was ineffective and had failed to properly investigate many cases, including that of Hillary Clinton.

A few days later, Mr. Comey released a memo stating that, in a private conversation, Mr. Trump had asked him to end the Mike Flynn investigation. However, the date of the memo was after the date in which the FBI ended the Flynn case, proving that

A Special Council has Been Formed to Investigate

On May 17, 2017, the U.S Justice Department, due to rising pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, named former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any linkage between the administration of President Donald Trump and Russia.

Mr. Mueller’s powers include charging anyone with criminal charges and subpoenaing any necessary people or items that would be pertinent to the investigation. However, Mr. Mueller must run any “significant” actions by the Attorney General before carrying them out.

Mr. Trump is calling the Investigation a “Political Witch Hunt”

As he frequently does, President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to protest the investigation, calling the probe a “political witch hunt.”

Judging by the definition of witch-hunt – “campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views” – the Russia/Trump investigation could definitely be called a political witch-hunt as a way to impeach Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has Lifted Zero Sanctions

Although people from the left have pushed that Mr. Trump will work to lift sanctions with Russia and ultimately use his influence to support Russia, the President has shown no inclination to do either.

On April 21, 2017, President Trump blocked Exxon Mobil, the company in which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the CEO before taking his job in the White House, from drilling in Russia due to the current sanctions.

So, despite what the Democrats are trying to push, President Donald Trump has not aided Russia in any way and does not look like he will.

25 Facts: The Truth About Illegal Immigration in the United States

Here is the truth about illegal immigration in the United States in 25 facts:

There are 11.1 Million Illegal Immigrants in the United States:

Pew Research Center has reported that there is a total of 11.1 undocumented immigrants in the United States as of 2014, which constitutes about 3.5% of the total population in the U.S.

Net Migration has Been Negative:

In the past few years, the number of illegal immigrants heading back to their home country is greater than the number of illegal immigrants entering the United States. Surprisingly enough, this trend starting happening during the immigration-friendly Obama administration.

Illegal Immigrants Cost Taxpayers $113 Billion per Year:

A study by FAIRUS (Federation for American Immigration Reform) of the financial burden of illegal immigrants has shown that illegal immigrants cost taxpayers about $113 billion per year. Much of this burden is put on state and county taxpayers for local programs that illegal immigrants use, such as public schooling.

Illegal Immigrants Cost Each Native, Tax-Paying Household About $1,117:

Would you be willing to write a large check for someone who has committed a crime by coming to country illegally? According to experts, each native, tax-paying household contributes about $1,117 of their own money to support illegal immigrants throughout the country.

Illegal Immigrants Cost Taxpayers $52 Billion to Fund their Education:

The largest burden illegal immigrants are putting on tax-paying citizens is in the education. Laws like the Dream Act have allowed many undocumented students to remain in the United States to further continue their education, putting more strain on local resources to pay for an illegal immigrant’s education that the illegal children are receiving for free.

Illegals Cost the Government $20,000 more than They Pay in Taxes:

A study by the Heritage Foundation has shown that low-skilled immigrants (both legal and illegal) cost the Government $20,000 more than they pay in taxes. Since illegal immigrants were included in this study, it shows that many are paying far less than they should and placing the burden upon legal taxpayers.

Illegal Immigrants Receive a Combined $1.6 billion in Unemployment Insurance Each Year:

David North from the Center of Immigration Studies estimates that illegal immigrants receive about $1.6 billion in Unemployment Insurance every year. This serves as a reason for illegals to stay in this country even if they happen to lose their job.

Cost $1.4 to $2.1 Billion per Year on Food Stamps:

A Washington Examiner report has found that illegal immigrants cost the federal government about $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion yearly in food stamps cost. These illegals receive these benefits despite their ineligibility for the program.

Many Illegal Immigrants Simply did not “Jump the Border:”

A report by The Week has shown that many of the illegal immigrants currently in the United States are simply not Border Jumpers. Instead, about 40% of these undocumented immigrants have overstayed their visa. While officials may be able to identify a person with an overstayed visa, the person is still undocumented and still illegal.

Nationalities of Illegal Immigrants:

The Week has reported that about 5.5 million of the 11.1 million illegal immigrants are from Mexico. This comes as no surprise since the United States and Mexico share a border. Other countries that illegal immigrants have come from are a host of Central American and Southern American countries.

Illegal Immigrants Generate $500 Billion In Economic Output per Year:

A study by the Morning Call shows that illegal immigrants generate about $500 billion in economic output per year by taking on low-skilled jobs. This does not mean that these illegals pay taxes on their salaries , but only that they do have a positive effect on the economy. However, they obtained a job in violation of U.S. laws.

Illegal Immigrants Reduce Wages:

A study by Michael McDonald, PhD, Assistant Professor in Finance at Fairfield University, has shown that as soon as a few illegal immigrants take a job in a certain field in a certain area, wages are reduced in that field in that area. Much of this stems from the illegals’ willingness to take a lower salary as compared to a native worker. This can negatively affect an area, as an individual would be less likely to move to an area for work when wages are lower across an entire field.

Illegal Immigrants Strain Police Forces:

Having a large amount of illegal immigrants in a town could put a huge strain on local law enforcement, as illegal immigrants are more likely to commit a crime as opposed to a native born (Source: Fox News). Also, providing extra security along borders is a bill that ends up being footed by local forces and requires large numbers of police officers to guard the border from illegals.

Strain Medical Providers – and You:

Under Obamacare, every American is required to have health insurance. The same rule does not apply to illegal immigrants. The Law allows illegal immigrants to receive emergency medical care without having an insurance plan, essentially passing the bill onto those citizens with health insurance. The Federation for American Immigration Reform ran a test in Texas to determine the actual burden illegals are putting onto Texans and found that medical care for illegal immigrants costs about $12.1 billion per year of taxpayer money, or about $1,200 per household. Ultimately, the burden gets passed onto the Texan people to pay for people who should technically be in this country.

Illegal Immigrants Do Pay Taxes:

An Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy study revealed that illegal immigrants paid approximately $12 billion in state, local, and sales taxes in the fiscal year 2012. That’s great, but that $12 billion pales in comparison to the $113 billion spent annually on illegal immigrants. However, a conflicting report by CNS News shows that although about half of illegals file their taxes, many do not pay them. Instead, they are given refundable tax credits, a form of cash welfare.

Removing Each Illegal Would Cost from $400 Billion to $600 billion:

The Week has reported that forcibly removing illegal immigrants by use of the National Guard or ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would cost a grand total of $400 billion to $600 billion. President Donald Trump has said that he wants to round up and deport every illegal, but this makes no financial sense as the price tag is astronomically high.

There are 1.2 Illegal Immigrants at Large:

An ICE report shows that there are at least 1.2 million illegal immigrants at large in the United States. These illegals are at large for crimes other than the crime of illegally living the United States. Some quick math shows that about 10% of illegal immigrants in the United States are at large for some type of crimes.

27% of Prison Population:

A Heritage Foundation study has shown that approximately 27% of the prisoners in United States prisons are illegal immigrants. This number is higher in states along the Mexican-American border, such as New Mexico, where a little under half of prisoners are illegals. A separate study shows that these illegal alien criminals in prisons cost the Government about $1.6 billion a year.

Illegal Immigrants are Prosecuted on 75% of Drug Charges:

The United States Sentencing Commission has reported that of the 2,200 drug possession charges filed in 2014, 75% of the charges filed were against illegal immigrants. Considering that many of the countries illegals are leaving to head to the United States are overrun by drug cartels, this comes at no surprise.

Illegal Immigrants are 3X More Likely to Commit a Crime:

A Fox News report shows that a disproportionate number of criminals are coming into the United States. The same report shows any given illegal immigrant is 3X more likely to commit a crime as opposed to a legal citizen.

High Crime Rates Along the Border:

The Mexican-American border has become a hotbed for crime, led by the host of  illegal immigrants entering the area. Judicial Watch has stated that about 40% of federal offenses involved immigration, with about 22% of these crimes involving drugs and about 20% involving violent crime.

3/4 of Most Wanted Criminals are Illegal Immigrants:

3/4 of the most wanted criminals in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal immigrants. Both LA and Albuquerque are sanctuary cities, meaning that illegals can live in this city without fear of deportation.

Forming Gangs:

The most potent gang in California, MS-13, is comprised almost completely of illegal immigrants. The crime syndicate has consistently looked to bolster its ranks by recruiting more and more illegal immigrants to carry out their highly illegal crimes.

Deportations have Continued to Drop:

An ICE report has shown that deportations fell dramatically from 2012-2016: (picture). Surprisingly enough, deportations were on the rise during President Barack Obama’s first term in office before falling off a cliff during his second term. This number is expected to rise to never-seen-before levels during the Trump Administration.

The Current Administration has Aimed to Fix the Illegal Immigration Problem:

The Trump Administration has made it a main goal to fix the illegal immigration problem in the United States. Whether it is planning to defund Sanctuary Cities, planning to build a wall, or mentioning rounding up all illegals and deporting them, President Trump has been attempting to quell the flow of illegals into the country, as the above facts prove that they are both a financial burden and many commit serious crimes.

10 Facts of North Korea’s Failed Missile Launching

Here is everything there is to know about North Korea’s Failed Missile Launching:

1. Medium-Range Missile

The missile that was fired from the mainland was only a medium-range missile. “Only” meaning that it was non-nuclear and did not have the capability to reach the United States.

2. Failed Upon Launch

Officials are reporting that the missile “blew up almost immediately” after launch. Multiple reports have put the time before explosion at 4-5 seconds, meaning it did not travel far before premature detonation.

3. Day After Major Parade

This failed launch came a day after the highly publicized military parade in the North Korean capital. The event has been called the “Biggest Propaganda event” in North Korea in which the military and North Korean inhabitants celebrate the birthday of Kim II Sung, the founder of the DPRK and Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, with a grand display of the active members of the military and any major weapons the government is in control of.

4. Launched from City of Sinpo

The missile was launched from the eastern port city of Sinpo, the site of an earlier failed missile launching:

5. Second Fail… In a Month

This recent missile launch was the second of its kind out of Sinpo. Earlier this month, Kim Jong Un authorized a missile that exploded prematurely and ended up in the Sea of Japan.

6. Former UK Foreign Minister: It was Hacked

Although not quite a fact, Ex-British Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifkind thinks the missile failed due to a United States Hack. He told the BBC: “It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US – through cyber methods – has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail.” Mr. Rifkind presented no evidence for his claim and the United States government has not responded to this claim. As of now, it is considered a far-reaching claim and even conspiracy.

7. The President Has Not Directly Responded Yet

Secretary of Defense James Mattis commented on the incident, stating that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident but has no furthur comment. The President, despite having tweeted about other topics, did not send out a message on his Twitter about the failed launch.

8. Pence in Town

This failed launch came the day Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Seoul, South Korea to discuss defense against North Korea with the South Korean President. Mr. Pence was quickly briefed on the incident and has been in contact with the President.

9. No Military Action… Yet

President Trump has made no plans to fight back against North Korea’s latest attempted missile launch. It had been rumored that the United States was planning a strike similar to the one in Afghanistan on North Korea’s nuclear facilities, but either the government is being hush about any plans or there are no plans to bomb the nuclear facilities.

10. Tension

This failed launch comes at a time when it seems like every country in the world is against North Korea. China, the DPRK’s only major ally, has agreed to help the United States conquer the threat that Kim Jong Un poses on the world.

Sources:

1. Fox News: North Korea missile test: Latest launch ‘blew up almost immediately’

2. NY Post: Ex-British Foreign Minister thinks US hacked North Korea Missile

3. CNN: North Korean missile test fails, US and South Korea say

4. Reuters: U.S., allies weigh options after North Korea’s missile test: Trump adviser

5. USA Today: North Korean medium-range missile test fails, U.S. says

“Battle of Berkeley:” 10 Facts of the Event

The so-called “Battle of Berkeley” took place on April 15, 2017 between President Donald Trump supporters and protestors. Here are 10 Facts of the event:

  1. Originally Started as a Pro-Trump Rally: A group of young Pro-Trump activists had originally planned this event to be a rally in support of the newly-elected President in the highly liberal city of Berkeley. It was decided well before the event was to take place that this was going to be a provocative event that would face much leftist opposition.
  2. Previous Berkeley Rallies: A Pro-Trump rally that had taken place in Berkeley a little over two months before the latest rally, dubbed the “First Battle of Berkeley,” featured a major fight between Trump supporters and Trump protestors. Berkeley was also the location where a speech to be given Conservative Activist Milo Yiannapolos was cancelled due to leftist opposition that included smashing windows and lighting trash on fire on the University of California-Berkeley campus.
  3. Police Beefed up Security Prior to the Event: Due to the past violence at the previous Pro-Trump rallies, the local police force bolstered their numbers by requesting more officers from local forces. The New York Post has also reported that police put up “makeshift barrier of plastic orange poles and orange fence mesh to separate both sides.”
  4. Leftist Groups Planned to Attend the Event: ANTIFA, the self-proclaimed “Anti-Fascist” group, had urged its supporters to attend the Pro-Trump rally to protest against the so-called “Fascist” President and his supporters. Some of the leaders of the ANTIFA group had also urged their followers to incite violence against the peaceful Trump supporters.
  5. Banned Items: According to the Berkeley Patch, police released a list of banned items prior to the event in anticipation of the leftist protestors bringing harmful weapons. Some included items were baseball bats, metal pipes, and bricks, all used in the first Berkeley riot to cause harm to Pro-Trumpers. Multiple sources have reported that the leftists continued their propensity to break law by bringing these items anyways.
  6. Number of People at the Rally: The New York Post has reported that there were at least 200 people from both sides at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. Exact numbers of people on either side are unknown.
  7. A Battle Breaks Out: A shouting match between Trump supporters and protestors turned violent when the protestors attack the Trump supporters with anything they had in their hands – sticks, pepper spray, and other items that could cause minor harm. The Trump supporters, many only armed with their signs, were forced to fight back with their fists.
  8. Police attempted to Break Up the Fight: Although they were rather slow at it, the large police force stationed at the event attempted to break up the fight by use of tear gas. They were eventually successful.
  9. 21 Arrested: In the aftermath of the battle, a grand total of 21 people were arrested from either side of the riot, including many of which were arrested for suspected assault with a deadly weapon.
  10. 11 Injured; 1 Stabbed: 11 people were injured at the end of the battle according to the LA Times. 6 were taken to the hospital, including one person who sustained a stab wound (weapon unknown). None of the injured persons are in serious condition.

Fact Sheet: 5 Facts of the Nuclear Option

A major argument has ensued over the nomination of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Justice by President Donald Trump. With only a 52-48 majority in the Senate, Republicans have faced a tough time getting Gorsuch confirmed in a timely manner. Due to a recent Democratic filibuster, Republicans have brought up the Democrats’ worst nightmare – the Nuclear Option.

We compiled five fasts facts about the so-called Nuclear Option to determine exactly what it is and how it will shape not only Mr. Gorsuch’s confirmation, but the future of American Politics:

1. Definition

From Wikipedia: “The nuclear option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority.”

Basically, the party with the Majority in the Senate is afforded the power over the Minority party if they do happen to have less than 60 members in the Senate. A “simple majority” will allow a single party to pass a bill or confirm a cabinet/SCOTUS nominee. Here’s what the Majority party needs:

2. Requires only 51 Votes

In the eyes of the Nuclear Option, the “simple majority” means 51 members out of 101 (including the Vice President) must vote in favor of a nominee or bill in order for it to pass. Typically, a nominee or bill would need at 60 votes to pass through the Senate.

The Nuclear Option heavily favors the majority party. It’s a known fact that the nation has been highly divided along party lines for over a decade. Also, no party has had over 60 party members (the required number of votes to pass a bill) in the Senate since the 95th Congress (1977-1979). Put two and two together and it is nearly impossible for any one party in the Senate to successfully pass a bill or confirm a nominee. Insert the Nuclear Option here. Here are two instances where the Nuclear Option was used.

3. Used by Dems in 2013

In 2013, Democrats were having an extremely tough time confirming many of President Barack Obama’s nominees. Therefore, they aimed to ban the filibuster that the Republicans were using to deny many of Obama’s nominees.

However, just like when they were casting their confirmation votes, the Dems did not have enough votes to pass the bill that would outlaw filibusters on cabinet members and allow them to confirm many of President Obama’s nominees.

Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) led to push to use the Nuclear Option in this situation. He was successful, as the Democratic-majority Senate was able to pass the bill that would ban filibusters on cabinet nominee votes by a 52-48, much lower than the required 60 votes without the Nuclear Option but more than the 51 votes required when using the Nuclear Option.

4. Used by Republicans in 2017

The Republicans in 2017 are facing the same issue the Democrats faced in 2017: struggling to confirm many of the President’s cabinet nominees. Just as the Dems did in 2013, the Republicans in the Senate decided to use the Nuclear Option to confirm some of President Trump’s more controversial nominees.

For example, both Rex Tillerson and Betsy DeVos were confirmed by way of the Nuclear Option. Tillerson, the Secretary of State nominee, was only confirmed by a 53-46 vote. DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education, was confirmed on a 51-50 vote in which Vice President Mike Pence casted the tiebreaking vote.

5. Origins of the Nuclear Option

Here are some facts about the origin of the concept and name of the Nuclear Option:

1. The Nuclear Option traces its roots all of the way back until 1917, when Senator Thomas J. Walsh threatened to use an action similar to today’s Nuclear Option, stating that the Constitution gave the Senate power to overrule laws created by previous Senates with only a simple majority of votes.

2. In 1957, while a Senator, President Richard Nixon wrote an opinion piece stating that the Senate could override Senate laws with only a simple majority of votes.

3. The term “Nuclear Option” was first coined by Senator Trent Lott (R-Mass.) in 2003. Lott linked the aggression of the majority party in the Senate to the aggression of a country dropping a nuclear bomb. He also linked the potential retaliation of the minority party to that of the country that is getting a nuke dropped on them.

5 Facts of the Rockville Rape Case

Over the span of this week, a monumental incident has taken over the national stage without any reporting by the mainstream media – the Rockville Rape Case. In short, two 17+ year old students raped a 14 year old in a school bathroom. Here are the rest of the facts to fill in the gaps:

Both Students Are Illegal Immigrants

Both of the older teenagers were illegal immigrants, having crossed the US/Mexican Border at some point in 2016. However, they are both now from Mexico, instead from different Central American countries. After illegally crossing the border, they were each detained by federal border agents, but then allowed to meet up with their family in Maryland. Henry E. Sanchez Milian, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, were both enrolled in the local high school shortly after as freshmen, despite their older age.

They Savagely Raped a 14-Year-Old

The two teenagers were reported to have seen the 14-year-old girl in the hallway and asked her first for a hug, then sex. After she said ‘no’ to both, they forced her into the bathroom and proceeded to take turns raping the young girl in a bathroom stall in the middle of the school day, despite her cries to stop. Police has since found blood in the bathroom, most likely from the girl.

The Illegals Were Arrested

The two illegal immigrants-turned-rapists were arrested after the incident at the school. How exactly they were found out to have done this heinous crime is unknown, but it is sure good to have them locked up behind bars. They have each been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual assault, both of which combine to form a life sentence. To further humiliate the students, the crime was announced over the loudspeaker, of course only naming the two boys.

Maryland is Currently Pushing to become Sanctuary State

In our illegal immigration article, we discussed what exactly a sanctuary state is. In short, it protects illegal immigrants from arrest. According to the Washington Examiner, Maryland was making a strong push to become a sanctuary state, having a 83-55 vote in favor of sanctuary status. The chances of this horrific rape case having any effect in the voting is slim-to-none, sadly.

The White House has Taken Note

In his daily press conference, Press Secretary Sean Spicer spoke on this issue, saying that this incident is why Donald Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration. Spicer also noted the rapist’s ages, saying that 17 and 18 year olds shouldn’t be in their freshman year of high school. And, when the White House discusses this subject, you know it’s serious.

Conclusion

This is another case of an illegal immigrant (who shouldn’t be here in the first place) committing a heinous crime. However, it hasn’t been covered a ton, because networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS have gone out of their way to censor this story while bringing up fake rape accusations from three years ago. At least we have a President who is willing to fight for the 14-year-old who will have to live with the terror for the rest of her life.

So, I ask you a few things before you brush this story aside: what if that was you? What if that was YOUR Daughter? Would your opinions be the same about illegals if this happened to someone close to you?

10 Facts of the British Parliament Attack (Facts/Summary)

Earlier today, there was an attack on the British Parliament. For the first time in a while, the United Kingdom was attacked in what is now considered a terroristic act. It also happened in one of the most historic and busy places in London, in front and in the Parliament, and overlooking many historic buildings like “Big Ben.” Here are eight facts you need to know about the British Parliament Attack:

The Attack Started with a Vehicle

First, the attacker drove his car into a large group of people on the Westminster Bridge, injuring at least ten and fatally injuring two. One woman ended up in the Thames River, also, but was recovered alive and is expected to make a full recovery. The others may not be as lucky, because many of the others who were hit have very serious, possibly life-threatening injuries.

The Attacker Entered the Parliament

Surprisingly enough, the attacker exited his vehicle and was somehow able to bypass the front door security to the Parliament. The terrorist was also able to bypass the regular security staff inside of the building, who notably do not carry guns.

The Attacker Proceeded to Stab People

The terrorist, after he exited his car, deployed a knife and entered the building. He stabbed one police officer, fatally injuring him. It is unknown whether any other people were stabbed at this point, but there is only one death by knife so far.

Four Dead

As of now, there are a total of four people dead. One policeman has died from a stabbed wounded, two pedestrians died from getting hit by the attacker’s car, and the attacker is dead, having been shot shortly after entering the Parliament.

Full House – Including PM May

Today was a full house at the British Parliament, full with all of the lords, lawmakers, other staff, and the most important person in British politics – Prime Minister Theresa May.

Although the attacker did reach the inside of the Parliament, he was not able to reach any of the lawmakers. However, the Prime Minister was only about 40 yards away from the attacker while he was on a stabbing rampage – meaning she could have been involved in the attack had it happened a minute or so later.

Immediately after the initial breech, the entire Parliament went on lockdown, but has since been open to allow the lawmakers to leave the building.

The Attacker was a Muslim Jihadist

It is now confirmed that the attacker and terrorist was a British-born Muslim named Khalid Masood. He was under MI5 investigation for some time for religious extremist sentiments, but was never formally arrested. Also, a house in his town was raided last night, showing that the intelligence agencies were aware of someone in Masood’s town, but were just a tad late in stopping the attack.

ISIS has Claimed Responsibility

Simply put, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. This comes at no surprise, since the attacker was a known Muslim and a known religious extremist, and the attack was very close to other ISIS-inspired attacks.

More Arrests Were Made Afterwards

An overnight raid by British police netted eight more people in London and Birmingham. It is unknown as to whether or not these eight people were connected to the terrorist or not, but they certainly have some link to terrorism.

Britain was Already on Watch for Terrorism

The United Kingdom had already been on high alert, as the threat level for international terrorism was listed as severe before the attack, meaning an attack was imminent.

1 Year Anniversary of the Brussels Train Station Attack

Although the two terrositic attacks seem to be disconnected, today (March 22), is the one year anniversary of the Brussels airport and subway station attack(s) that claimed the lives of 32 people.

Donald Trump’s 2018 Proposed Budget (Facts/Summary)

“A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority – because without safety, there can be no prosperity.” – President Donald Trump on discussing his “America First” budget plan.

Summary of Donald Trump’s 2018 Proposed Budget

Just today, Donald Trump released a part of his proposed 2018 budget. While he is not on his final draft quite yet, his partial outline gives the public a glimpse at what Trump is planning to do.

Just as the quote states, Trump is going big on defense, most notably the military, homeland security, and veterans benefits. And, just as promised, Trump is cutting many environmental agencies, science-based agencies, and many of the most notable agencies, like Commerce and Labor.

The Specifics of Donald Trump’s 2018 Proposed Budget

Here is a brief outline of each of Donald Trump’s cuts and increases in spending for each of the major government agencies, including notable quotes from either his campaign or after the election:

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency – 31% Cut

During his campaign, Donald Trump was a firm critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, even going as far as to say that he would abolish the EPA. Although he is not quite on that step yet, he cut the EPA’s budget 31%. The official proposal is a budget of $5.7 billion for the EPA, as compared to about an $8.3 billion budget in 2017.

These cuts will hit the Environmental Protection Agency hard, as the New York Times reported that this proposal will eliminate about 3,200 jobs, about a fifth of their department. The cuts mainly effect the climate change branch of the EPA, like the Clean Power Plan, which goes against Trump’s plan to revive the coal and other fossil fuel industries. However, Donald Trump is planning to actually increase the budget for the branch of the EPA that deals with ensuring that communities have clean drinking water.

State Department – 29% Cut

The State Department has the largest net decrease in their budget of all of the programs in Donald Trump’s 2018 Proposed Budget. Although the percentage, 29%, is a bit lower that the cut the EPA will get, the State Dept. gets a funding drop from about $38 billion to $27.1 billion.

The cuts mainly deal with globalist programs like the United Nations, the World Bank, and foreign military aid. To be more specific, Trump is planning to reduce funding to the U.N., especially the climate change programs that President Obama had promised to pitch in on and U.N. peacekeeping accounts. Also, this cut hits the World Bank hard, as the $560 million budget over three years dedicated to this bank will be completely cancelled. Lastly, this cut is partially fueled on the idea of the United States cuts foreign aid to some low strategic value countries.

Both the Fulbright Program and Israel’s military aid will remain at their current budgets.

Labor Department – 21% Cut

The President’s proposed cut to the Labor Department includes the elimination of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (train poor seniors for job opportunities), centers for Job Corps (job-training for disadvantaged youth), and grants to nonprofits for use in the training employees in safety and health. But, just as he promised, Trump is putting more money in order to reduce inaccurate payments to those on unemployment benefits.

Veterans’ Affairs – 6% Increase

Following major scandals, including many in which veterans have died while waiting for care, Donald Trump is increasing the budget for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The VA is planned to receive an increase of about $4.4 billion, which will go to filling many direly needed job openings as nurses and doctors at VA hospitals and increasing the funding to a program that allows veterans to see their own doctor.

Transportation Agency – 13% Cut

President Trump’s cuts to the Transportation Agency mostly deal with getting the government out of local Transportation. First, the plan is to take air traffic control out of the hands of the government. Second, these cuts eliminate a large scale and expensive project to build long-distance rails and other new transit projects. Lastly, Trump made over a half of a billion dollars in cuts to subsidies to airports, roads, and other projects.

Education Agency – 14% Cut

Although the Education Agency will take a budget hit, funding for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ school choice plan will be increased. The massive cuts come from after school programs and government grants to financially poor students. After meeting with many leaders of historically black colleges, Donald Trump has decided to keep the funding for these schools at the same amount as 2017.

Housing and Urban Development – 12% Cut

President Trump is following the lead of HUD Secretary Ben Carson, whose plan to help the urban poor is to provide them with jobs and get them off of welfare. Therefore, Trump has proposed a 12% cut to the Housing and Urban Development Agency, which includes major slashes to the budgets of the Community Development Block Grant (funds local anti-poverty programs) and cuts rental assistance and home ownership initiatives.

Commerce Department – 16% Cut

After choosing billionaire Wilbur Ross to lead the Commerce Department, Trump is proposing to cut the budget of the Commerce Department. Nothing that relates to Ross is being cut, instead many Commerce Department-led climate change initiatives are being slashed, including the Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s grants.

Energy Department – 6% Cut

In short, Trump is cutting funding to many clean energy initiatives, and increasing funding to nuclear energy projects.

Nuclear projects like the Yucca Mountain project and the National Nuclear Security Administration will receive huge increases of $120 million and $1.4 billion, respectively. Both have been instrumental in the construction of the nuclear arsenal, which the President has promised to expand.

Many climate change and science initiatives are being either completely eliminate or will have their funding cut. For example, the Office of Science will lose $900 million of its yearly funding, and the Energy Star, Weatherization Assistance Program, ARPA-E, and Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program all will be completely eliminated. However, there is bipartisan support for many of the proposed eliminations, so this part of the budget will most likely not pass.

Treasury Department – 4% Cut

The $500 million cut to the Treasury Department deals mainly with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which will again have its budget cut.

NASA – 1% Cut

Donald Trump’s plan to refocus NASA to other planet exploration is shown in his budget cuts, as many Earth exploration projects that deal with climate change have been cut. Also, the Office of Education and Robotic Refueling Mission are getting fairly large funding slashes.

Arts and Culture Agencies – 100% Cut

Donald Trump has had many feuds with both Hollywood and the Media, but it is unknown whether or not this had to do with the complete elimination of many Arts and Culture Agencies. The combined $971 million budget will fully be cut, and almost half of that budget currently goes to funding public broadcasting like PBS and NPR, who, as you could have guessed, have responded negatively to this proposal.

Small Business Administration – 5% Cut

For the first time in a few years, Small Business owners are highly confident for the future. President Trump knows this, and his budget proposes cutting many grants to small businesses.

Homeland Security – 7% Increase

Much of the increase to the Homeland Security budget will be to protect the border. A little bit over half of the increase ($1.5 billion) will go to the removal of illegal immigrants. Another part of the increase goes to hiring about a thousand new border security agents.

Interior Funding – 12% Cut

Many of the cuts to this area of the government concern wildlife funds and the fund that deals with acquiring new federal lands. Funds that deal with programs that drill for oil and gas receive increases, just as Trump has consistently said he would do.

Health and Human Services – 16% Cut

The majority of the about $12.1 billion cuts deal with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the National Institutes of Health. The newly-signed Cures Act (funds biomedical research) will receive a large uptick in funding.

Military – 10% Increase

The President has promised to build up the military to levels not seen since the Ronald Reagan era. This 10% increase goes to increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps, increasing the magnitude of the fight against the Islamic State, and manufacturing more fighter jets and naval ships.

Sources:

NYtimes.com

WahsingtonPost.com

NPR