FOX- Pence, Reinstate; YORK – Justice supports ban; STRASSEL – No TEA Party; Tacopino & Halper: Travel battle; Olemacher – Corporate tax scheme; Drudge Links 4/4/17.
LEADS: HAGELIN – Kellyanne; ROSS – Milo’s mob; GLICK – Trump’s way; SIMON – Iran deal; THORNTON – CalExit fans.
PA: Meehan won’t challenge Casey.
NOTES: BRODY – Perfect asses; BRODY – Superbowl; ZITO – No trust.
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Fox: “Pence: Will use ‘all legal means at our disposal’ to reinstate immigration ban”
“. . .Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that the federal judge who halted President Trump’s temporary immigration ban “made the wrong decision” and vowed to use “all legal means at our disposal” to protect Americans.
“‘From the outset of his campaign and administration, the president of the United States has made it clear to put the safety of the American people first,’ Pence said on Fox News Sunday. ‘We are going to win this argument.’
“Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that temporarily halted immigration from seven mostly Muslim nations and the United States’ Syrian refugee program. The order follows his steadfast argument that radical Islamic terrorism poses a major threat to Americans’ safety.
“On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle imposed a temporary restraining order on Trump’s ban, in response to a case filed last week by Washington state and Minnesota challenging Trump’s constitutional authority to unilaterally impose such a sweeping ban.
“On Saturday night, a federal appeals court denied a Trump administration request to lift the restraining order and allow the immigration ban to continue.
“‘Under statutory law and under the Constitution, that authority belongs to the president,’ Pence also said Sunday. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Justice Department demolishes case against Trump order”
“James Robart, the U.S. district judge in Washington State, offered little explanation for his decision to stop President Trump‘s executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terror-plagued countries. Robart simply declared his belief that Washington State, which in its lawsuit against Trump argued that the order is both illegal and unconstitutional, would likely win the case when it is tried.
“Now the government has answered Robart, and unlike the judge, Justice Department lawyers have produced a point-by-point demolition of Washington State’s claims. Indeed, for all except the most partisan, it is likely impossible to read the Washington State lawsuit, plus Robart’s brief comments and writing on the matter, plus the Justice Department’s response, and not come away with the conclusion that the Trump order is on sound legal and constitutional ground. . . ‘
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “This ‘Resistance’ Is No Tea Party”
“Remember Christine O’Donnell? The Democratic left is trying to emulate her.
“In 2010 Republicans had an unusual opportunity to win the deep-blue Delaware Senate seat once held by Joe Biden. The vessel: GOP Rep. Mike Castle, a popular former governor and the front-runner. Enter Ms. O’Donnell. Fueled by tea-party enthusiasm and money, she trashed Mr. Castle as a liberal and beat him in the primary. After a general election that devolved into debates over gay service members, religion, creationism (and even witchcraft), Democrat Chris Coons blew out Ms. O’Donnell by 17 points.
“The conservative tea-party phenomenon is overall one of the more successful political movements in modern American history. Even the left acknowledges it now. Still, every movement makes mistakes. The tea party—especially in its early years, and given its decentralized nature—has had its share, including Ms. O’Donnell.
“By contrast, the entire concept of a progressive tea party is a mistake. It’s doomed at every level—because it is entirely premised on the O’Donnell model.
“Consider the recent rallying cry of progressive star Markos Moulitsas. “The Tea Party didn’t really become a force until it started ousting Republicans it didn’t feel represented them,” he told the New York Times. “Democrats either need to feed, nurture and aggressively champion the resistance, or they need to get out of the way in favor of someone who will.”
“Message: Get with our agenda, or be purged. The progressives showing up for protests and demanding Supreme Court filibusters are determined to move their party aggressively to the left. Any Democrat who does not sign up for their policies and their resistance will face a primary.
“Perhaps we can forgive Mr. Moulitsas—and much of East and West Coast America—for thinking this is what happened on the right. Democrats never bothered to understand the right’s tea-party movement, and it shows.
“The tea party erupted for a lot of reasons, but a big one was frustration with Washington business as usual. Activists in the main weren’t demanding the Republican Party become something new, or ultra-right-wing. They were demanding the party—beset at that time by logrolling, earmarks and corruption—simply hold true to its stated and longtime principles of free markets and limited government. It was a quest for a better-quality product, not a different one altogether.
“That’s evidenced by where tea-party activists accomplished most of their successes.. .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Prosecute the Rioters”
“And make sure that we condemn them as well.
“From time to time over the years, the eminent historian Daniel Pipes has lamented that treason, not just as a crime but as a concept, appears defunct in the West. The question of bringing treason charges against jihadists has been raised from time to time. Often its very asking proves Dr. Pipes’s point: Most radical Islamic terrorists are not American citizens; as to them, treason is not a cognizable offense because traitorous conduct is central to the crime.
“Even against American jihadists, a treason charge is of dubious usefulness. The 1996 overhaul of federal counterterrorism law codified crimes tailored to terrorism that are easier to prove than treason. The aim of an indictment in a national-security case should be the surest route to the severest sentence. The point is not to teach a civics lesson, regrettable as our education system’s default has been in that regard.
“Yet what is true of treason is not true of sedition. There are charges to bring against those who would destroy our society. They should be brought. Case in point: the University of California at Berkeley. . .”
Joe Tacopino & Daniel Halper, NY Post: “Judge’s blocking of travel ban sets stage for epic court battle”
“A federal judge in Seattle Friday struck down a week-old executive order that barred all refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States — a dramatic move that set the stage for a contentious battle between President Trump and the courts.
“The ruling by Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, nixed Trump’s order and ruled that travel restrictions across the country should be lifted immediately.
“‘The state has met its burden in demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury,’ Robart said. . .”
Stephen Olemacher, AP: “HOUSE GOP’S CORPORATE TAX SCHEME HAS ITS REPUBLICAN SKEPTICS”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans face opposition to their plan to overhaul the way corporations pay federal taxes from a powerful group of lawmakers – other Republicans.
“‘I’m not very enthused about it,’ said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the chairman of the Finance Committee and the Senate’s top tax writer.
“Another skeptic is John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
“‘The question is, who is going to pay the tax?’ Cornyn asked. ‘Is it going to be our citizens?’
“Seeking to overhaul the tax code for the first time in 30 years, the House GOP plan would scrap the 35 percent tax on corporate profits, which is riddled with exemptions, deductions and credits. It would be replaced with something called a “border adjustment tax.”
“Under the system, American companies that produce and sell their products in the U.S. would pay a new 20 percent tax on the profits from these sales. However, if a company exports a product, the profits from that sale would not be taxed by the U.S.
“Foreign companies that import goods to the U.S. would also have to pay the tax.
“The proposal could help American workers and exporters who are struggling to compete against low-wage workers in other countries. However, it could also drive up prices for imported goods, including automobiles, consumer electronics, oil – and therefore gasoline – and everyday retail items . . .”
Drudge Links (02/04/17)
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Rebecca Hagelin, Washington Times: “Thank God for Kellyanne Conway”
“. . . Kellyanne has always taken her share of unsavory remarks in stride and with tremendous grace. She knows the hypocritical scorn just comes with the turf. After all, how dare a woman speak her thoughts if those views are contrary to what the liberal media think she should be saying?
“But the deeper reason for the particularly venomous attacks aimed at Kellyanne is so simple that it’s sophomoric: The media are professionally embarrassed that “Donald Trump won the election despite their repeated attempts to kill his campaign. So, they have decided to destroy the one who made that victory possible.
“Donald Trump is proving to be a bold, courageous president, the likes of which we have not seen in our lifetime. (When once I seriously doubted him, I now thank God for Donald Trump.)
“Yes, he drew record crowds on the campaign trail and understood the disgust that the ‘forgotten man and woman’ feel for the bureaucratic power brokers who left them, their families and America behind.
“But it was Kellyanne’s expertise in helping Mr. Trump hone his message as a candidate, encouraging him along the way to “tell it like it is,” that provided the margin of victory he needed to win. . .”
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Look Who Funds the Group behind the Call to Arms At Milo’s Berkeley Event”
“The left-wing group that helped organize the violent shut down of the Milo Yiannopoulos event at the University of California, Berkeley on Wednesday is backed by a progressive charity that is in turn funded by George Soros, the city of Tucson, a major labor union and several large companies.
“The Alliance for Global Justice, based in Tucson, is listed as an organizer and fiscal sponsor for Refuse Fascism, a communist group that encouraged left-wingers to shut down the Yiannopoulos event.
“The call to arms succeeded. Yiannopoulos’ talk was cancelled after demonstrators lit fires, vandalized businesses, and assaulted Donald Trump and Yiannopoulos supporters. . .”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “The Trump Way of Winning the War”
“The PLO is disoriented, panicked and hysterical. Speaking to Newsweek this week, Saeb Erekat, PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s chief conduit to Israel and the Americans, complained that since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, no administration official had spoken to them.
“I don’t know any of them [Trump’s advisers]. We have sent them letters, written messages. They don’t even bother to respond to us.”
“The Trump administration’s shunning of the PLO is a marked departure from the policies of its predecessor. For former president Barack Obama, together with Iran, the Palestinians were viewed as the key players in the Middle East. Abbas was the first foreign leader Obama called after taking office.
“Erekat’s statement reveals something that is generally obscured. Despite its deep support in Europe, the UN and the international Left, without US support, the PLO is irrelevant.
“All the achievements the PLO racked up under Obama – topped off with the former president’s facilitation of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 against Israel – are suddenly irrelevant. Their impact dissipated the minute Trump took office.
“Israel, in contrast, is more relevant than ever.
“While Trump occasionally pays lip service to making peace in the Middle East, his real goal is to win the war against jihadist Islam. And he rightly views Israel as a woefully underutilized strategic ally that shares his goal and is well-placed to help him achieve it. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Time for Trump to Release Full Details of the Iran Nuclear Deal”
“Does anyone know what’s really in the Iran nuclear deal with all its unpublished side agreements and secret verbal pledges?
“Certainly not the American public, on whose behalf it was putatively negotiated. And probably not most, if not all, members of Congress who were bypassed in its negotiation and “signing” in a manner that doesn’t seem remotely constitutional.
“Despite the yeoman efforts of Jay Solomon, Omri Ceren and others, the full extent of the deal is still a mystery. We don’t know in anywhere near full detail what Obama and Kerry, with the aid and comfort of wannabe fiction writer Ben Rhodes, hath wrought, though we do—pace Solomon, Ceren, etc.—have some sense that where compromises were made they almost universally favored Iran. Obama, for reasons again mysterious, seemed desperate to get a deal.
“We also know that Iran has already broken at least one U.N. resolution:
“The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles before exploding, in a failed test of a reentry vehicle, officials said. Iran defense minister Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqan said in September that Iran would start production of the missile.
“U.N. resolution 2231 — put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed — calls on the Islamic Republic not to conduct such tests. However, this is at least Iran’s second such test since July. The resolution bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015
“Some Iranian officials claim that Obama & Co. gave them verbal permission during the negotiations to test missiles up to 2000 kilometers, enough to reach Israel, but not Europe. That’s nauseating, if true. Again, we don’t know, although we do know the Iranians insist they will continue with their tests. . .”
Paul Thornton, LA Times: “Out-of-state conservatives are some of Calexit’s biggest fans”
“Great news: California might secede. It doesn’t get any better than this.
“I have some advice to the sane citizens of California: Members of the middle class should start planning their own exit. When California loses all those billions from the federal government, the politicians are going to need to find money elsewhere, and you know Hollywood’s millionaires aren’t going to provide it. They’ll move to their mountain homes in Wyoming or elsewhere.
“You think all those new billionaires in Silicon Valley will eagerly part with their money? “Think again. They’ll hide their wealth in tax shelters.
“The refugees and illegal immigrants on the receiving end of California’s generous benefits aren’t going to provide needed tax revenues, so the politicians will target the middle class.
“You think it’s expensive in California now? Just wait until secession. . .”
AP/Washington Times: Meehan won’t challenge Casey for Senate in 2018”
“PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A spokesman says U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan will not be challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Casey next year and will instead focus on winning re-election.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2kCQmWw ) reports that spokesman John Elizandro said Saturday night that the GOP congressman plans to focus on his work in the U.S. House.
“Elizandro said Meehan’s seat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee enables the congressman ‘to play a critical role in the most important coming legislative debates: health care, tax reform and trade.’
“Casey, a Democrat, has said he plans to run again in 2018 on a message of ‘standing strong against terrorism’ and working to protect the economic interests of middle class people. . .”
Brody: ObamaCare and Perfect Asses
I often breakfast at McD’s, one of a crowd of old guys. The radio urges us to get our prostates checked and three in our crowd are doing exactly that. I think of Cloward-Piven: Make a crisis and grow some government! It’s happening again!
Brody: Superbowl . . .
I nodded off, on my couch and under my cat. The score was 28-3 and Lady Gaga, photographed by drones, performed brilliantly. I woke again about 10:15: Brady and his team had tied the score and in overtime marched the Patriots to one more touchdown. His wife, Giselle, jumped and spun by her seat, making selfies of her joy. And Donald J watched from his home as his friend, Tom, reminded Donald how to come from behind. . . One casualty: someone at the game stole Tom’s jersey!
Salena Zito, Washington Examiner: “Americans don’t trust anymore, and that’s a big problem”
“. . . Last week as the Capitol Express was once again making its way from Chicago to its final destination in Washington D.C., a homemade sign, barely visible in the freshly fallen snow, reading “In God We Trust” caught the glare of the lights of the train.
It also caught the eye of a lone woman peering out the window of the glass domed sightseer car.
“‘Trust, something lost and rarely found in this country,’ she said out loud to no one in particular as she braced herself in the observation car as it chugged the precipitous hills and curves.
“The woman’s chance glimpse of a sign unknowingly answered the increasing problem facing our culture and society: Whom do we trust? The answer, it appears, is no one.
“Well, that’s not entirely true. We trust our military, and in fact that trust has grown, said Richard Edelman, CEO of one of the world’s largest public relations consultancies. ‘Outside of that we are in such a crisis with trust that our faith and connection with the integral parts of our society is in collapse,’ he said.
“The answer to that is complicated, long and crosses all sections of society. It didn’t happen overnight and was likely unavoidable to a certain extent.
“First of all, our technological advances have placed society in a position that has destabilized our institutions’ relationship with the people. In short, to win elections or to encourage you to purchase something, they are promising you either that good jobs are coming back or that you’ll feel better when you use their product.
“The truth is the jobs aren’t coming back because that company that makes you feel good is creating automation that will eliminate a lot of the jobs of the people who work in your community by the next presidential election.
“They might even be after yours as well.
“Think about this: 20 percent of men in this country make their money by driving something that takes you from one place to another. In four years we will be well on our way to eliminating their jobs.
“Don’t think they don’t know this, and don’t think that instability is not on their minds daily.
“And think about the institutional fractures in our communities; how much lead is in our water? Is that bridge I cross everyday safe to use? Why are our school systems failing our children? Why are my healthcare costs so high? Why has no one in the Catholic Church faced crime and punishment for their actions? Why do CEOs get paid so much money as their workers lose their jobs? Why do banks get bailouts but we don’t?
“Our local newspapers are closing rapidly, leaving no one to hold local governments accountable. And our national media has lost our trust because it is all centrally located in nine of the 10 wealthiest counties in the country, and everyone they know sees the world the same way they do.
“We feel destabilized, uncertain and disillusioned by everything that was supposed to lift us up. . .”