Apparently, the 16 year old girl was being monitored by French police after threats to attack France and leave France to fight in Syria or Iraq. Her boyfriend (aged 20) and two other people were also arrested in the raid (Source: Telegraph.uk)
In the so-called “bomb-making laboratory,” where the four were arrested, explosive materials and computer parts were found. Of these explosive substances was TATP (triacetone triperoxide), the explosive material that was used to create the bombs in the Paris Attacks (Source: Mirror.uk).
This comes at a pressing time for France, as their country has lost 230 of its countrymen after jihadist attacks since the beginning of 2015 (Source: RNZ). The country has been on high alert ever since major attacks on Paris and Nice, as well as more recent attacks, such as the attack at the Louvre just last week.
As of now, it is unknown whether on not the people involved were refugees, or even if the arrested are of Middle eastern origin. This information may or may not be withheld, as the media likes to hide any information that goes against their agenda to prove that the refugees are ‘peaceful.’
The Frenchmen and everyone around the world should be thankful that one less jihadist attack will kill more innocent people, and the French authorities are doing a top notch job keeping their citizens safe.
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump railed against the ideas of free trade and globalism saying that they have “bled our country dry”. Additionally, he said they have forced jobs and economic prosperity out of the United States; but how true are his claims? Mr. Trump has consistently pointed toward the North American Free Trade agreement, or NAFTA as a major cause of job loss in the united states. However, this claim is mostly false. Since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, overall employment did not see any major changes until the financial crisis in 2008. Since 2008 overall employment in the United States has risen and for the most part, has remained steady. There is a considerable amount of data that supports this claim. However, it should be noted that since 1994 U.S. manufacturing jobs have seen a serious decline; you can see that data here. While Trump does make a valid point that U.S. manufacturing jobs have left the United States because of globalist trade deals like NAFTA as well as those with China, it does not necessarily mean that overall unemployment is rising.
The other question that must be answered about Globalism is: “Does it help other countries at the expense of the United States.” The answer: no. According to the World Bank, since 1995 the United States’ real GDP grew on average by 2.55%. During that time the only time the United States saw negative growth was during the financial crisis between 2008 and 2009. Since 1995 U.S GDP per capita grew by $13,707.3, and the United States still has the world’s largest economy by far. Last year the U.S. economy’s overall GDP was 18 trillion dollars while China, the world’s second largest economy, had a total GDP of 11.5 trillion dollars–6 and a half trillion dollars less than the United States. Additionally, U.S. GDP per capita last year was 7 times greater than that of China’s. While China’s economy is growing faster than that of the U.S., the U.S. still remains the dominant force in the global economy, and the average American is much wealthier than the average Chinese citizen.
Donald Trump’s claims that globalism is “destroying” our country are not very accurate, but the facts don’t matter to Trump. Much of Trump’s base is working class white voters, many of whom lost their jobs in manufacturing. These workers hear Trump’s rhetoric about how globalization has “destroyed” our country, and it appeals to working class white voters because, to them, globalization has taken away their jobs and destroyed many of the communities these people live in. Working class voters like the ones who voted for Trump are not concerned with all the positive aspects of globalization and how it has grown the global economy. They want their communities to be restored to a time when well-paying working-class jobs made towns in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania thrive. Unfortunately, many of these working-class Trump voters will likely be sorely disappointed. Trump’s policy of slapping heavy tariffs on companies exporting manufacturing jobs overseas will most likely impact the American consumer. Products from China, and Mexico, which account for a large amount of U.S. imports will probably become much more expensive. Heavy tariffs and protectionist trade policies will likely lead increased prices for consumers, and will not encourage the kind of growth and investment Trump wants. However, only time will tell if Trump can spur economic growth or not.
In the wake of attacks on their citizens, France has taken action and has decided to construct a wall around their biggest and most popular monument, the Eiffel Tower.
After terrorist attacks such as the Paris Attack in Nov. 2015 and the Nice Attack in June 2016, France has been on high alert. Pairing this with the fact that migrants from countries touched by terrorism are still pouring into the country, France has taken any precaution to avoid more deadly attacks. The Eiffel Tower wall is one of these precautions to thwart a possible attack on France’s most popular monument.
– As of now, a metal fences have guarded the Eiffel Tower, first put up before the Euro 2016 Soccer Championship (Source: CNN Money) The glass wall is a direct replacement for the fences.
– Viewing the tower will become a tougher task. Anyone wanting to view the Tower will have to pass thorough security checks, and the entry points for those wanting to climb the tower will also be altered(Source: TheLocal.fr).
A wall around this popular monument is a step in the right direction, but hopefully the French government has more plans to secure their nation and avoid other Paris-like and Nice-like assaults upon their citizens.
Yet another U.S. company is moving their manufacturing back to the United States.
Today, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced he would invest $7,000,000,000 into a factory in Arizona, citing a strong business environment that has emerged after the election of Donald Trump as President.
Some facts on the investment:
– The investment will go into an unfinished semiconductor plant in Chandler, Arizona. An investment into this factory has been considered for some time, but the plan was quickly accelerated after the election (Source: New York Times). Also, the plant has been left vacant since 2014 (Source: Business Insider).
– The plant will take three to four years to complete (Source: Wash Post), and will create 3,000 “high-tech, high-wage Intel jobs for process engineers, equipment technicians, and facilities-support engineers and technicians” (Source: Intel). Intel also estimates an additional 10,000 long-term jobs, as well.
– Intel actually opposed Trump’s immigration ban (Source: CNBC), but now are meeting to discuss business. This shows Intel is separating politics from business, and are willing to work out a deal to help the American people and economy, despite their beliefs.
– 44th President Barack Obama paid a visit to the Chandler Factory in 2012 to commend the opening of the plant. He had the same vision as Trump, stating “Let’s stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas,” adding “Let’s reward companies lie Intel that are investing and creating jobs right here in the United States of America” (Source: ABC).
– Of course, Trump made a tweet about the deal (including a video of the announcement):
The two most controversial Trump nominees are Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos. Despite the Democratic opposition, they are expected to pass, thanks to the Senate Nuclear Option.
Typically a filibuster needs a Senate majority of 60 votes for legislation, but thanks to a rule created by Democrats in 2013, DeVos and Sessions can be confirmed with just 51 votes. As long as all of the Republicans and eight Democrats are present, both Sessions and DeVos can be confirmed with just 51 votes.
DeVos’ vote is expected to be close. All 48 Democrats are expected to oppose her as the Secretary of Education, as well as Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, leaving an expected 50/50 tie. But, because of his Vice Presidential powers, Mike Pence will cast the deciding vote. And with a expected ‘yes’ vote from Pence, Betsy DeVos should be confirmed, barring a surprise.
Jeff Sessions’ hearing will come after DeVos’, mostly to make sure they get a sure ‘yes’ from Sessions in the confirmation hearing. Without Sessions’ vote, DeVos would most likely not be confirmed.
Jeff Sessions, Nominee for Attorney General
Sessions has faced sharp criticism for anti-immigration votes, racism, and climate change denial. Because Democrats are so loving of all people (despite the multiple Trump supporters of multiple races that they have attacked, verbally and physically) and believe in science (despite their thought that a baby in the womb is not a person, although it is scientifically proven) they oppose Sessions. As of now, there are no Republicans who are certainly voting against Sessions, so he is expected to pass.
After issuing an executive order barring anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S., President Donald Trump had to expect sharp criticism, especially from the left. He got it, as many took to the streets to (so far, peacefully) protest the bill.
There was widespread acclaim and protests against the Executive order. Paul Ryan and Mike Pence (despite disagreeing with a similar ban before becoming V.P.) have both applauded the bill, while most Democrats and Republican senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain have criticized the order. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was caught crying while discussing the ban (despite multiple reports stating that he considered one in 2015).
JUDGE SUSPENDS BILL
But, the protestors won out. Judge James Robart of Washington state issued a restraining order, officially suspending the Immigration ban indefinitely. As he usually does, the POTUS took to Twitter to call Robart a “so-called Judge” and saying that the judge opened the country to “potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart” and stating that “Bad people are very happy!”
At the end of the day, the judge issued this order, and it must be followed. Therefore, the President has to accept the results (unlike the Democrats after the election) until this goes to the courts. Despite this, Trump has continued to ridicule the Judge’s decision through a devotion of seven tweets to the issue.
Until then, Trump has instructed “Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY.” Of course, the POTUS took a jab at the courts, saying that they are “making the job very difficult!”
The big issue now is whether or not this issue will go to the Supreme Court. With two unrelenting parties arguing the issue, the chances of this matter reaching the Supreme Court are fairly high. With a Supreme Court short of one member, this will BE highly contested and the debate could go on for a while. Anything could happen on this case.
There is no doubt that the formerly suspended visa holders will flock into the country. While the visa process is fairly thorough, we could see potential terrorists enter the United States. For now, we have to trust Homeland Security and hope that the worst does not happen.
With a 98-1 vote, Former General James Mattis was confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense. President Donald Trump made the strategic decision to choose “Mad Dog” as the new SecDef, and here are 5 reasons why James Mattis will be the Perfect Secretary of Defense:
1. He has Experience – Former Four Star General
After enlisting into the Marine Corps in 1969, Mattis has shot of the ranks of the Corp, retiring as a Four Star General. He has fought in two separate wars – the Persian Gulf War and the War in the Middle East. He has won multiple awards for his role in the wars – most notably the Bronze Star for Valor and the Edson’s Eagles award.
Who better to lead the defense of the U.S. than a former general?
Having someone so qualified in this position of such high authority will pay off. His experience will be a blessing for our nation, and there are few who are more qualified to defend our nation than Mattis.
2. He is a Scholar of War – a “Student of History”
Mattis had owned 7,000 books at one time. 7,000! Mattis loves to read, and has a propensity to read history books, especially books about war. Former undersecretary of defense Michèle Flournoy called Mattis a “student of history.”
Even in his retirement, General Mattis studies current national security issues, especially the Middle East, and he also studies the use of military.
Having a SecDef that is this self-educated is a huge plus. His knowledge of history and warfare will aid him in his quest to keep the United States safe, making him a perfect Secretary of Defense.
3. Understands the Problems in the World
Mattis has studied the Middle East, heck, he’s even fought in the Middle East. Since it’s the biggest threat right now to our national and the international security, we want the Secretary of Defense to understand the problems currently affecting the world.
The perfect SecDef better know about the greatest issues facing the world right now, and Mattis knows these problems better than the grand majority, if not all, people considered for the job.
4. He has Strong Support
As evidenced by his bipartisan support in his Senate vote (in which many nominees have faced difficulties from Democrats), General Mattis has the support of the people. Some reports have said that Mattis would have been Hillary Clinton’s choice for SecDef as well.
With so many of President Trump’s nominees have faced sharp criticism from the left, but Mattis has been one of the few to have Democratic support. This is great, because unlike Trump’s other choices, it looks like Dems might work with Mattis to ensure American security.
5. He’s (In)Famous
Mattis, despite the popular support, is controversial. He has made statements saying that “it’s fun to shoot some people” and saying Afghani men “ain’t got no manhood left.” Of course, this will not go over with the left, but it shows that Mattis is not afraid of controversy, but is still respected by the wide majority of people.
Mattis is also famous for his nickname “Mad Dog,” given to him for his unrelenting fighting style and military strategy. At this point, most people just refer to him as “Mad Dog Mattis.”
His popularity is a positive, meaning many people know about him and ultimately respect him.
Conclusion – He’s the “Real Deal”
When announcing Mattis as his choice for Secretary of Defense, President Donald Trump called Mattis the “real deal” and called him “great.” Unlike the Obama regime, whose common answer to threats was drone attacks, Mattis will face the greatest conflicts of tomorrow head-on, ensuring us, as the American People, security from problems like ISIS and other global threats.