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  • Senator Jeff Sessions Confirms Prior Appointment of “DOJ Prosecutor” to Parallel IG Horowitz..."

    03/08/2018 3:21:41 AM PST · by Freedomlibertyjustice · 42 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 8, 2018 | Sundance
    ...AG Jeff Sessions revealed tonight in an interview with Shannon Bream, that he previously appointed a DOJ official to investigate the issues delivered by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (House Judiciary), prior to receiving the request for a Special Counsel from Chairman Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy.
  • Is Secession Legal: An Open Letter to Attorney General Sessions

    03/07/2018 9:14:46 PM PST · by huckfillary · 68 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | March 7, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    No, Mr. Attorney-General, secession and nullification are not settled law. Laws against nullification and secession are the illegitimate offspring of the War of Independence. The Founders were secessionists, no, Mr. Sessions? Were you asleep during your 6th grade history class as much you are today? Every government that exceeds its constitutionally mandated powers is illegitimate. As such, the states are free to go. Haven’t you noticed that the federal government has completely trashed the Tenth Amendment guaranteeing the states and the people the power of authority over those powers not granted the federal government under Article 1, Section 8? When...
  • 20 Years, Just Saying!

    03/07/2018 7:11:40 PM PST · by Sawdring · 130 replies
    Minnesota Born | 3/7/2018 | Sawdring
    My FreeRepublic born on date is 20 years old today, may FR last another 20 years!
  • 'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

    03/07/2018 6:46:00 PM PST · by null and void · 103 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 5, 2018 | Adam Winkler
    Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How exactly did corporations come to be understood as “people” bestowed with the most fundamental constitutional rights? The answer can be found in a bizarre—even farcical—series of lawsuits over 130 years ago involving a lawyer who lied to the Supreme Court, an ethically challenged justice, and one of the most powerful corporations of the day.
  • Trump to pay first presidential visit to California amid immigration 'war'

    03/07/2018 6:18:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 41 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 7th, 2018 | By Anita Kumar, Emily Cadei And Anita Chabria
    President Donald Trump will soon make his first trip to California, a state that resoundingly rejected him at polls and whose elected officials have sparred with him in an escalating verbal and legal battle over federal immigration policies. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Trump would make the trip to California next week. She did not provide details and the White House did not immediately answer follow-up questions. Trump is expected to visit the San Diego area to inspect prototypes of the wall he seeks to build along the border with Mexico, according to a...
  • George Wallace, Jerry Brown: Same States’ Rights Struggle!

    03/07/2018 6:14:51 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    “States rights” was a curse in the mouths of liberals when it came to condemning southern segregationists in the Jim Crow era. But for liberals today, the right of states like California to defy federal immigration law has suddenly become a hallowed principle. Take Joseph Alioto Veronese, candidate for San Francisco DA. On his Fox News show tonight, Tucker Carlson challenged Veronese: “it is now illegal for private citizens in California to assist federal law enforcement authorities [regarding illegal immigration] . . . how is that different from what happened in the South in the ’50s and ’60s?” Responded Veronese:...
  • Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel

    03/07/2018 5:01:37 PM PST · by bitt · 51 replies
    WASHINGTON — The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which President Trump asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators, according to three people familiar with the encounters. In one episode, the president told an aide that the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, should issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January. The article said Mr. McGahn told investigators that the president once asked him to fire the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Mr. McGahn never released a statement and later had to remind...
  • California governor says Trump administration waging war against state

    03/07/2018 3:18:52 PM PST · by mandaladon · 107 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7 Mar 2018 | Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump’s administration of declaring war on the most populous U.S. state, after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. The Democratic governor made the charge shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions intensified the Republican administration’s confrontation with California. In a speech in the state capital, Sessions accused California of obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts and vowed to stop the state’s defiance. Sessions addressed a law enforcement group in Sacramento, a day after the Justice Department filed suit against California, Brown and the...
  • Videos: How to Bumpfire Effectively without a Bumpfire Stock!

    03/07/2018 2:00:45 PM PST · by 2harddrive · 66 replies
    Videos: How to Bumpfire Effectively without a Bumpfire Stock! No need for a Bumpfire stock. Amazingly fun! Accuracy is naturally compromised, though. Short handgun cartridges have the highest cyclic rate, since less bolt travel is needed. Bumpfiring is 100% legal, and safe in a properly maintained modern sporting rifle. Some gun ranges do not like it, though, because they feel you don’t have adequate control of the firearm. I am sure that could well be the case of you bumpfired a cartridge anywhere from .308 NATO on up.
  • Democrat Obstruction Leads to More Court Vacancies Than When Trump Took Office

    03/07/2018 1:40:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 3/7/18 | Fred Lucas
    President Donald Trump had a successful year in seating appeals court judges, but it is lower-level federal courts that have blocked much of his policy agenda, including withholding funds from sanctuary cities and restricting travel from some nations. Trump came into office in January 2017 with 108 vacancies on the federal bench. Despite rapidly moving to fill the seats, he now has 178 current and known future vacancies, according to the Judicial Crisis Network. The conservative group reports 146 current vacancies on federal courts and 32 known future vacancies, meaning judges who have announced they will retire. Of the total...
  • In Defense of 'Gunsplaining'

    03/07/2018 12:34:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 6, 2018 | Christian Britschgi
    <p>Pedantry may be annoying, but sloppy firearms legislation is a lot worse.</p> <p>"Fish oil or omega-3 supplements won't help people with heart disease," writes nutritionist Alice Callahan in Lifehacker. Her source is a recent JAMA Cardiology meta-study that looked at 10 trials with a total of 77, 917 participants and found that "supplementation with marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids for a mean of 4.4 years had no significant association with reductions in fatal or nonfatal coronary heart disease or any major vascular events."</p>
  • Sessions unloads on California Dems for ‘radical, open borders agenda’

    03/07/2018 12:26:57 PM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-7-2018 | Adam Shaw
    Sessions spoke at an event for California law enforcement and a day after the Justice Department announced it was filing a lawsuit against the “sanctuary city” state over three pieces of legislation that it said interferes with federal immigration policy. ~~~~~~~~~ Sessions said that while America admits the highest number of legal immigrants in the world, the American people deserve a legal, rational immigration system that protects the nation and preserves the national interest. “It cannot be the policy of a great nation to reward those who unlawfully enter its country with legal status, Social Security, welfare, food stamps, and...
  • Judge Denies $1 Million Funding in Sanctuary Cities Case

    03/07/2018 12:00:25 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 13 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | 3/5/2018 | Helen Cristophi
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal judge on Monday refused to order the Trump Administration to pay California $1 million in delayed law enforcement funding it withheld to punish it for becoming a sanctuary state. U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled in an afternoon order that it was too soon to tell which party’s interpretation of laws governing cooperation between state employees and federal immigration authorities would prevail. Because “the amount of money at stake is small compared to the state’s budget,” he concluded, California hadn’t shown it would suffer irreparable harm without the $1 million while the case is...
  • It’s time to give socialism a try

    03/07/2018 11:31:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 87 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2018 | Elizabeth Bruenig
    In the United States, we’ve arrived at a pair of mutually exclusive convictions: that liberal, capitalist democracies are guaranteed by their nature to succeed and that in our Trumpist moment they seem to be failing in deeply unsettling ways. For liberals — and by this I mean inheritors of the long liberal tradition, not specifically those who might also be called progressives — efforts to square these two notions have typically combined expressions of high anxiety with reassurances that, if we only have the right attitude, everything will set itself aright. Hanging on and hoping for the best is certainly...
  • Trump administration quietly makes it legal to bring elephant parts to the U.S. as trophies

    03/07/2018 11:05:22 AM PST · by Simon Green · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03/06/18 | Eli Rosenberg
    The Trump administration will allow Americans to bring tusks and other elephant body parts back to this country as trophies, in a pivot away from the support President Trump voiced last year for an Obama-era trophy ban. The decision, announced quietly in a March 1 memorandum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, withdrew previous rulings on trophy hunting and said the agency would allow sport hunters to receive permits for the trophy items on a “case-by-case basis.” The move contrasts sharply with the position taken by Trump in November. After the Fish and Wildlife Service announced a repeal of...
  • U.S. Steel to Restart Illinois Plant Operations Amid Trump’s Tariff Plans

    03/07/2018 10:53:50 AM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Updated March 7, 2018 11:35 a.m. ET | By Allison Prang and Bob Tita
    The company plans to call back about 500 employees United States Steel Corp. X +4.25% said it would restart a blast furnace in Illinois to handle the higher demand it expects from President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on foreign steel. The steelmaker said it also plans to call 500 employees back to work at the Granite City mill. U.S. Steel idled its blast furnaces there two years ago as a flood of cheap imports pushed down domestic steel prices. Steel producers have been hurt in recent years by increasing competition from foreign competitors, particularly China, that have ramped up production...
  • Democrats Pitch Bill Creating 50 Percent Tax On Gun, Ammo Sales

    03/07/2018 10:54:46 AM PST · by Simon Green · 52 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 03/06/18 | Tom Knighton03/0
    We all know by now that the average Democrat doesn’t seem to like guns. That’s fine, of course, because most gun owners don’t particularly like Democrats. It’s only fair. However, it also seems that Democrats are afraid someone might forget they don’t like guns, which is why they make some of the most brain-dead proposals I’ve ever seen. For example, take the latest effort. A group of House Democrats has introduced a bill that would up the taxes on firearms and ammunition to pay for research on “gun violence and its prevention.” The measure, H.R.5103, was introduced last week by...
  • Washington latest state to ban bump stock devices

    03/07/2018 10:36:02 AM PST · by Simon Green · 16 replies ^ | 03/07/18 | Chris Eger
    Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat who was among the first to call for a ban on the devices last year, signed legislation Tuesday to outlaw bump stocks in Washington. Inslee applied ink to SB 5992, which makes it illegal to manufacture or sell a bump stock in the state after July and sets a one-year “buy back” program into effect before possession of such devices would become unlawful. The bill passed the Democrat-controlled Senate 31-18 and the House 56-41. “Devices that turn legal guns into weapons of war have no place in the hands of civilians in Washington state, and...
  • Florida Republicans Caving on Gun Control

    03/07/2018 10:33:36 AM PST · by Simon Green · 15 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 03/07/18 | Luis Valdes
    Since February 26, 2018; I’ve been on the ground here in Tallahassee fighting the forces of civilian disarmament. It’s been an uphill battle thanks to the Florida Republican Party. On Feb. 21, SB 7026 was introduced to the Florida Senate. It’s a wicked piece of legislation. It makes anyone that possess a bump stock or similar accessory a felon. It completely violates the due process of gun owners through Gun Violence Protection Acts, it strips the Second Amendment from all Floridians under the age of 21, makes a three-day waiting period mandatory for all gun purchases, and it pushes the...
  • Dems on Capitol Hill continue gun control push as rhetoric simmers

    03/07/2018 9:25:08 AM PST · by Simon Green · 15 replies ^ | 03/07/18 | Chris Eger
    Dems on Capitol Hill continue gun control push as rhetoric simmers (VIDEOS) 3/07/18 | by Chris Eger In addition to pending legislation, Democrats in the House and Senate are advocating further conversation on gun control to include bans, limits and mandatory secure storage laws. “There’s so much we can do,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif, in the party’s weekly address. “We just need the willpower and intestinal fortitude to take on the NRA and get something done for the safety of the men, women, and particularly the children in our schools of this country.” In addressing the Senate Judiciary...