Victor Davis Hanson – President Nobama; Epstein – China infitrates classrooms.
IMMIGRATION: Williamson – Enforcement w/o apology; Cowan & Cornwell – Dreamers not set; DC Examiner – Dems want a fight.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity Umber Sites
LEADS: Friedman – Soros fights nationalism; Walsh – California?; Durden – Spending deal; Durden – Russian panic; Watson – Schemers won’t believe the medical; Klein – Trump holds back $65M from Palestinians.
RECOMMENDED: Showtimes – Churchill; Mark Levin 01-16-18.
DRUDGE – Harnden – Most powerful journalist; Drudge – Monica!
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “President Nobama”
“Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama’s legacy.
“Donald Trump continues to baffle. Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they loudly insist that his record is already nullified by its supposedly odious author. Or surely it soon will be discredited by the next Trumpian outrage. Or his successes belong to congressional and Cabinet members, while his failures are all his own. Rarely do they seriously reflect on what otherwise over the last year might have been the trajectory of a Clinton administration.
“Contrary to popular supposition, the Left loathes Trump not just for what he has done. (It is often too consumed with fury to calibrate carefully the particulars of the Trump agenda.) Rather, it despises him mostly for what he superficially represents.
“To many progressives and indeed elites of all persuasions, Trump is also the Prince of Anti-culture: mindlessly naïve American boosterism; conspicuous, 1950s-style unapologetic consumption; repetitive and limited vocabulary; fast-food culinary tastes; Queens accent; herky-jerky mannerisms; ostentatious dress; bulging appearance; poorly disguised facial expressions; embracing rather than sneering at middle-class appetites; a lack of subtlety, nuance, and ambiguity
“In short Trump’s very essence wars with everything that long ago was proven to be noble, just, and correct by Vanity Fair, NPR, The New Yorker, Google, the Upper West Side, and The Daily Show. There is not even a smidgeon of a concession that some of Trump’s policies might offer tens of thousands of forgotten inner-city youth good jobs or revitalize a dead and written-off town in the Midwest, or make the petroleum of the war-torn Persian Gulf strategically irrelevant to an oil-rich United States.
“Yet one way of understanding Trump — particularly the momentum of his first year — is through recollection of the last eight years of the Obama administration. In reductionist terms, Trump is the un-Obama . . .”
Ethan Epstein, Politico: “How China Infiltrated U.S. Classrooms
“Even as they face criticism, Chinese government-run educational institutes have continued their forward march on college campuses across the United States.
“Last year, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte made an announcement to great fanfare: The university would soon open a branch of the Confucius Institute, the Chinese government-funded educational institutions that teach Chinese language, culture and history. The Confucius Institute would ‘help students be better equipped to succeed in an increasingly globalized world,’ says Nancy Gutierrez, UNC Charlotte’s dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and ‘broaden the University’s outreach and support for language instruction and cultural opportunities in the Charlotte community,’ according to a press release.
“But the Confucius Institutes’ goals are a little less wholesome and edifying than they sound—and this is by the Chinese government’s own account. A 2011 speech by a standing member of the Politburo in Beijing laid out the case: ‘The Confucius Institute is an appealing brand for expanding our culture abroad,’ Li Changchun said. ‘It has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power. The ‘Confucius’ brand has a natural attractiveness. Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Enforcement, without Apology
“Democrats and Republicans want different things when it comes to federal spending and when it comes to immigration reform. Those two disagreements are interacting in a fairly unpredictable way: Democrats, who are the minority party in Congress, are threatening to force a government shutdown (not that the government ever actually shuts down) if they do not get their way. That’s the leverage the minority party has, and the Democrats believe, based on experience, that the Republicans probably will be blamed for any shutdown.
“Shutdowns are not a new development in American government. There have been 18 occasions upon which federal government funding has expired in the past 40 years, and similar things happen at the state level: Maine, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania all had gaps in 1991 alone. New Jersey and Maine had them last year. Life went on more or less as expected in the Garden State and in the . . . whatever they call Maine.
“Democracy is supposed to be adversarial, and while we may lament the current practice of scorched-earth congressional politics, in which every fleeting parliamentary advantage is exploited to maximum effect (a bipartisan failing), it is natural and legitimate that the minority party relies on the tools with which its members are presented. Our constitutional order assumes negotiation, hostile though it may be, in the interest of protecting the rights and interests of political minorities, including temporary minorities.
“It also relies on the rule of law. . .”
Richard Cowan & Susan Cornwell, YAHOO!: “House Republicans mull funding extension; ‘Dreamer’ deal not set”
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the U.S. government through Feb. 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats’ demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.
Partisan finger-pointing over immigration policy on Tuesday left Congress and the White House stumbling closer to a possible federal government shutdown by the end of the week.
Republicans who control Congress are expected to try to push another stopgap funding bill and get it to President Donald Trump’s desk before a midnight Friday deadline when existing money for federal agencies expires.
The bill would not include protections for the young people described as “Dreamers,” Republican Representative Mike Simpson told reporters after his party’s closed-door meeting.
Washington Examiner: You think Democrats want to fix immigration? Dream on!”
“Illegal immigrants brought to America as children through no fault of their own, the so-called “Dreamers,” have never been closer than they are now to securing a lawful, permanent deal that would allow them to stay.
Democrats, however, are doing their darnedest to prevent it.
“The reason won’t be discussed on CNN or Univision. It is much easier to point to President Trump’s crude comments on immigration than it is to handle the truth, which is that his opponents want an argument rather than action. In an election year, immigration is far more powerful for Democrats as a political issue than it is as an accomplishment in the rearview mirror. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
“Josh Umber free market program: Standard fee: $50/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a 90% discount.
“The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,). Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC. Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded! I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.
Victoria Friedman, Breitbart: “Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against ‘Dominant Ideology’ of Nationalism, Says EU ‘on Verge of Breakdown’”
“The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”.
Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda.
Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà vu all over again with one big change — the dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism… It’s the EU that’s the institution that’s on the verge of a breakdown.
“And Russia is now the resurgent power, based on nationalism,” Soros said.
Michael Walsh, PJM: “What’s the Matter with California?”
“. . . Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).
“The Left’s first, last and only instinct is to throw more money at the problem, but
“It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. “Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and ‘other public welfare,’ according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
“The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
“The progressives who control every aspect of the state’s government are not necessarily stupid people, but they are malign. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Republicans Struggle to Strike Spending Deal with Shutdown Looming”
“After a tentative deal struck by a bipartisan group of senators unraveled last week amid reports that President Donald Trump had referred to El Salvador, Haiti and a host of African countries as “shitholes”, odds of a government shutdown climbed dramatically as many observers now believe the Republican majority won’t be able to cobble together a compromise in time for the Friday at midnight deadline.
“On Wednesday morning, both Republicans and Democrats were polling their caucuses after Republican leaders presented a one-month spending “stopgap” bill hoping to extend government spending until Feb. 16, thereby kicking the can yet again.
“According to the Washington Post, the bill would extend existing spending levels through Feb. 16 and include an extension of a popular children’s health insurance program – aimed at winning Democratic votes – while delaying several taxes included in the Affordable Care Act. Few lawmakers were enthusiastic about the legislation, but several described it as “a necessary evil” to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013. Though according to Politico Republicans likely wouldn’t be able to secure passage in the House without Democratic support.
Democratic and Republican party leaders had aimed to strike a long-term spending deal – what would be the first for the Trump administration – on Friday before the deadline at midnight. But Democrats have resisted striking a deal to raise spending caps unless Republicans agree to enshrine protections for young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as minors.”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “Putin Pals Panic Over US “Corrupt Oligarchs” List, Begin Liquidating Assets”
“As we reported last Friday, Russian oligarchs are growing increasingly nervous over the U.S. Treasury’s upcoming “Official Oligarch” list, which is being created pursuant to an Aug. 2, 2017 law requiring that the Treasury and State Departments identify officials and oligarchs as determined by “their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth” in order to penalize the Kremlin for its alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
“The report, due in two weeks on January 29, must include “indices of corruption with respect to those individuals” and any foreign assets they may have. And according to Bloomberg, Russian businessmen are scrambling right now to protect assets and avoid the list. . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “CONSPIRACY THEORISTS: CNN REFUSES TO BELIEVE DOCTOR WHO SAID TRUMP IS PHYSICALLY FIT”
“Brian Stelter, who literally rolled his eyes at questions over Hillary’s health, just won’t let it go
“Having demonized anyone who questioned Hillary Clinton’s health as she coughed and stumbled her way through the campaign trail as ‘conspiracy theorists,’ CNN is now taking on that very role by refusing to believe a doctor whose tests found Donald Trump to be in perfect physical and mental health.
“After weeks of media speculation that Trump had ‘dementia,’ or was in some other way unfit to be president, a long shot narrative that some on the left hoped would lead to his removal under the 25th amendment, Dr. Ronny Jackson put paid to all that yesterday by revealing that Trump performed ‘exceedingly well’ in a cognitive test.
“Jackson added that the test wasn’t even required and that Trump himself insisted upon taking it before achieving a perfect score.
“The doctor’s report couldn’t be attacked for being biased or partisan either, given that he has been a White House physician to both George W. Bush and Barack Obama. . .”
Aaron Klein, Breitbart: Trump Withholds $65 Million from U.N.’s Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency”
“The Jerusalem Post reported:
“Trump heeded the advice of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster— in addition to that of the Israeli government— and agreed to deliver $60 million in US assistance to the UN body for now, as opposed to cutting all aid outright. But the remaining pledge— $65 million— has been withheld “for future consideration,” according to a letter sent to the agency. . .”
Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”
Regal show times at https://www.regmovies.com/movies/darkest-hour/B00472806”867
Mark Levin, 1-16-18
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The Democrats and media are waging a nonstop campaign to convince the American people that President Trump is somehow mentally unfit for his position. Sen Cory Booker should receive Golden Globe for being the greatest mental patient, after his performance attacking Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Booker lashed out at Nielsen during a hearing, accusing her of being complicit in the president’s alleged remarks that have caused a media frenzy. The Democrats always demagogue race because they cannot debate the issues. Booker’s showmanship is simply part of a plan to position himself to become president one day.
“After that, the President’s doctor, Ronny Jackson not only did a physical exam but a mental exam on Trump as well. There is nothing wrong with Trump and the media are very disappointed. They want him to be mentally ill, physically ill, racist and to have colluded with the Russians. The media have destroyed themselves and are just an intellectual mob. What the media is doing to Trump is the same thing they did to Barry Goldwater. Goldwater like Trump today was the target of a venomous campaign. The Lyndon Johnson campaign wanted to paint Goldwater as an extremist, mentally unstable and they pushed those narratives as hard as they could.
“Finally, Anthony Davenport calls to talk about his new book, Your Score.”
Toby Harnden, UK Telegraph: “Matt Drudge: World’s most powerful journalist”
“Ten years ago, he was a reclusive, pasty-faced 31-year-old who, bashing away on his laptop in his grungy Hollywood apartment, shot to prominence when he threatened to bring down Bill Clinton’s presidency by breaking news of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
“Now, Matt Drudge owns a luxurious Mediterranean-style stucco house on Rivo Alto Island in Florida’s Biscayne Bay, a condominium at the Four Seasons in Miami and is said to drive a black Mustang. He remains an elusive, mysterious figure but the internet pioneer is arguably the single most powerful journalist – though his detractors even deny that is his occupation – in the world.
“Drudge is still an outsider, contemptuous of the cosy relationships and closed-door deals that keep the ordinary person from being privy to the secrets of the Establishment. . .”
HISTORY: DRUDGE REPORT – Monica. . .
|Web Posted: 01/17/98 23:32:47 PST — NEWSWEEK KILLS STORY ON WHITE HOUSE INTERN
BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: 23-YEAR OLD, FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN, SEX RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESIDENT
At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States!
The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of her life, the President of the United States, since she was a 21-year-old intern at the White House. She was a frequent visitor to a small study just off the Oval Office where she claims to have indulged the president’s sexual preference. Reports of the relationship spread in White House quarters and she was moved to a job at the Pentagon, where she worked until last month.
The young intern wrote long love letters to President Clinton, which she delivered through a delivery service. She was a frequent visitor at the White House after midnight, where she checked in the WAVE logs as visiting a secretary named Betty Curry, 57.
The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that tapes of intimate phone conversations exist.
The relationship between the president and the young woman become strained when the president believed that the young woman was bragging about the affair to others.
The White House was busy checking the DRUDGE REPORT for details.