CLAIM: GOP SENATORS ‘LAUGHED OUT LOUD’ AT PROSPECT OF TRUMP’S WALL

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“They were recently telling that source of mine, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.'”

Steve Watson | Infowars.com – APRIL 26, 2017

While President Trump remains resolute that a border wall will be built in his first term, other sources are less confident, with one declaring that senior Republican Senators consider the idea to be a joke.

Appearing on Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday, Conservative radio host and author Laura Ingraham said that sources told her that senior Republican lawmakers literally ‘laughed out loud’ at the idea a wall would be built.

“One thing I know for sure, Sean, is that we have way too many people on Capitol Hill who are not on the president’s side of this. I’m talking Republicans.” Ingraham stated.

“So I have no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump wants this wall to be built. Congress has to appropriate the money. I heard over two months ago that GOP leadership, the most senior senators on Capitol Hill, and I heard it from someone who was in the room with them, they were laughing at an idea a wall would ever get built. Out loud laughing.” Ingraham claimed.

“They were recently telling that source of mine, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not going to happen.’” the pundit added.

Trump himself stated yesterday that he is confident that construction of the wall will begin soon.

When repeatedly asked “When will the wall get built?” by CBS reporter Major Garrett, Trump replied “It will start soon, very soon,”

“In your first term?” Garrett asked.

“Well it’s certainly gonna — yeah,” the president answered.

“Sure. We have plenty of time. Got a lot of time,” he added.

Trump also took to Twitter and derided the “fake media,” saying that he has not changed his position on the wall idea, and that It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking, etc.,”

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Meanwhile, Democrats continue to deride the idea, with some throwing every conspiracy theory they can think of at it.

The Hill reported Monday:

In a conference call with reporters, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, criticized Trump’s late push for some funding for the wall now, which she said would be wrong if it was budgeted for at the expense of government programs like those that help young people, the elderly and the environment.

“He did not promise that he would take food out of the mouths of babies and seniors and education, clean air, clean water, scientific research off the table in a significant way in order for him to pay for his immoral, ineffective, unwise proposal of a wall,” Pelosi said.

But she said she was open to some technology and other improvements at the border so long as they were not related in any way to the planning, prepping or building of the wall itself.

Ann Coulter cancels Berkeley appearance after safety fears

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Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled a planned speech she was due to deliver at the University of California at Berkeley after the school’s management said they could not provide a safe venue at the campus.

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Coulter was due to speak at the Sproul Plaza on Thursday after being invited by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and BridgeUSA to talk about immigration.

Sproul Plaza is where the Free Speech Movement led by student Mario Savio began in the 1960s.

“There will be no speech,” Coulter wrote in an email to Reuters, accusing the YAF and BridgeUSA of betraying her.

“I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team,” she added.

Some conservatives on Twitter reacted with anger and dismay to the news.

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Even some opponents of Ann Coulter were upset at what they thought was a violation of free speech.

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Police were reportedly bracing for massive protests after Pranav Jandhyala, founder and co-president of BridgeUSA, told university police about Coulter’s plan to speak at the campus.

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“We’re worried about it turning into a huge battle between her security and conservative militia and antifascists and others,” Jandhyala earlier told the Daily Californian, a student newspaper.

“To have that right in the middle of Sproul doesn’t bode well for the image of our school or the city. We’re worried about violence and student safety and our own safety as well. It’s huge safety concern.”

“It’s an issue that hits home for many of our students,” he continued. “Berkeley is a sanctuary city. We have many undocumented immigrant students. That’s why it seemed like a good issue to put on the table.

UC Berkeley can represent the liberal point of view very well. So what we were trying to do with Coulter was bring in an opposing view to have a dialogue about it.”

YAF and the Berkeley College Republicans filed a lawsuit on Monday against several Berkeley administrators, claiming the university was stifling free speech at the school and failed to meet its demands for event logistics and desired safety precautions.

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“Though UC Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas, it had breached this promise through the repressive actions of University administrators and campus police, who have systematically and intentionally suppressed constitutionally-protected expression” by students whose views are similar to those of the plaintiffs, the lawsuit says.

 

Last week, campus administrators proposed rescheduling the Coulter event because of safety concerns and ultimately moved back its invitation to her from April 27 to May 2.
The lawsuit claims that the date coincides with “dead week,” when many students typically leave campus in May before final exams.

“That’s not our experience,” said Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, according to the Washington Post. “It’s not a vacation. We assume students stay and work in the libraries.”

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Dirks previously said that he fully supports the right of students to host the speakers of their choice.

“When Young America’s Foundation confirmed Ann Coulter would speak at UC Berkeley… we assumed UC Berkeley would take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students attending the educational event,” YAF said in its statement, according to the Daily Californian. “Berkeley should be ashamed for creating this hostile atmosphere.”

The campus has become ground zero for confrontations between far-left and far-right supporters since President Donald Trump’s election win in November.

Earlier this month, the university cancelled a speaking event by conservative writer David Horowitz. Horowitz is the founder of the Freedom Center, which has become identified as a supporter of anti-Muslim rhetoric, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“It’s absolutely deliberate,” Horowitz told Newsmax in an interview. “What they’ve done is they’ve taken the security issue, which is a responsibility of their police department, and thrown it on to the College Republicans.”

The university recently hosted former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who spent much of his speech bashing President Trump.

Last weekend saw another violent clash between far-left supporters and free-speech activists in the city, as anarchists attacked the ‘Patriot’s Day’ rally organized by Trump supporters.

The rally was a follow-up to the ‘March 4 Trump’ last month, which also witnessed violence from anarchists, leaving multiple Trump supporters injured.

In February, a speaking event by controversial right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos on the Berkeley campus was cancelled after protesters began throwing firebombs, assaulting attendees, and vandalizing the area.

The problems are not exclusive to Berkeley.

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A day after Yiannopoulos appeared at Berkeley, 11 people were arrested outside New York University’s student center during violent protests over a speech by conservative commentator Gavin McInnes, as students and ‘antifa’ protesters clashed with Trump and McInnes supporters.

Last week at Auburn University in Alabama, a fistfight broke out during protests when white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke on campus.

Earlier this year at Middlebury College in Vermont, an angry mob of hundreds surrounded conservative author and scholar Charles Murray after he tried to give a lecture about his most recent book. Protesters, some wearing masks, climbed on the hood of his car and pounded on the windows as he tried to leave.

Murray, a libertarian, has attracted controversy due to his 1994 book The Bell Curve, in which he argued with Richard J. Herrnstein that intelligence is a better predictor of many outcomes in life like financial income, job performance, unwed pregnancy, and crime than education level or parents’ socioeconomic status.

Republicans to Fund PLANNED PARENTHOOD… But NOT border wall?

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By Terence P. Jeffrey

When Donald Trump stood in the lobby of Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 and announced he was running for president, he told all who listened to “mark” his words.

“I would do various things very quickly,” Trump said.

“I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare,” he said.

“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border,” he said. “And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.

“Mark my words,” he said.

Fifteen months later — after he won the Republican nomination and less than two months before his general election showdown — Trump released a letter to pro-life leaders.

“As we head into the final stretch of the campaign, the help of leaders like you is essential to ensure that pro-life voters know where I stand, and also know where my opponent, Hillary Clinton, stands,” Trump wrote.

“I am committed,” Trump said, “to: … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”

In his inaugural address, Trump did not back away from his pledge to secure the border.

“We will bring back our borders,” he vowed.

Three days later, he used executive authority to reinstate the Mexico City policy, which denies federal funding to organizations that provide or promote abortions abroad.

But he needed congressional action to defund Planned Parenthood at home, and a congressional appropriation to begin building the wall he said would ultimately be funded by Mexico.

A week after Trump’s inauguration, Vice President Mike Pence told the March for Life that Trump would keep his pro-life promises — with the help of the newly elected, Republican-majority, pro-life Congress.

“Life is winning again in America,” Pence said.

“That is evident in the election of pro-life majorities in the Congress of the United States of America,” he said. “But it is no more evident, in any way, than in the historic election of a president who stands for a stronger America, a more prosperous America, and a president who, I proudly say, stands for the right to life — President Donald Trump.”

“I like to say that over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we are in the promise-keeping business,” said Pence.

“That’s why on Monday, President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy to prevent foreign aid from funding organizations that promote or perform abortions worldwide,” said Pence. “That’s why this administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, and we will devote those resources to health care services for women across America.”

In 2011, after Republicans won back control of the House in the 2010 election, then-Rep. Pence introduced an amendment that would, as Pence put it, “deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates for the rest of the fiscal year.”

“I rise tonight because I also believe it’s morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use it to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion — like Planned Parenthood of America,” Pence said when his amendment was considered on the House floor.

The House passed Pence’s 2011 amendment, including it in the first funding bill approved by the then-new House Republican majority. But then-House Speaker John Boehner subsequently cut a spending deal with the Democrats in the Senate and the White House that did not include Pence’s amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office determined that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates received $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements in both federal and state dollars in 2012. Planned Parenthood affiliates, according to GAO, also spent $64.35 million in federal Title X funding in 2012.

When the House Republican leaders this year put together their weak and redistributionist reconciliation bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, it included language that would have denied Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood — for just one year. But it would not have denied Title X money to Planned Parenthood — because reconciliation bills do not deal with discretionary spending like that doled out under Title X.

When principled House conservatives opposed that Obamacare bill, the Republican leadership did not bring it up for a vote.

Now, Congress faces an April 28 deadline to pass a new government funding bill.

There is currently no talk that it will include language to prohibit funding of Planned Parenthood.

But there is talk that it will not include the language that President Trump has requested to provide $1.4 billion to begin his project to build “a great, great wall on our southern border.”

The Republican House can pass and send to the Republican Senate a bill that funds the border wall but not Planned Parenthood. Or they can pass one that funds Planned Parenthood but not the border wall.

The former course of action would fulfill the campaign promises that got their president elected. The latter would appease congressional Democrats and the liberal press.

So, which will it be?

KIM READIES FOR WAR

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North Korea held massive live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military

By Ekin Karasin

Kim Jong-Un‘s army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea‘s ‘largest ever’ live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.

Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.

Kim saluted the military as he watched the exercises on Tuesday, which involved the firing of more than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces and included submarine torpedo-attacks.

Just one day later, South Korea conducted joint military live-fire drills with the US at Seungjin fire training field in Pocheon, South Korea, near the border with North Korea.

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Leader Kim Jong-Un saluted his military from the top of a private car as they drove through the demonstration

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More than 300 large-calibre artillery pieces were fired in the drill, called a ‘Combined Fire Demonstration’

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The exercises involved submarine torpedo-attacks on mock enemy warships, causing huge explosions

Screenshot 2017-04-26 15.41.19Hundreds of weapons were fired across the sea in Wonsan, North Korea, in the military demonstration

And in a defiant bit of timing, South Korea have announced that key parts of a contentious US missile defense system have been installed.

The South’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered US military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing.

On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.

And the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is also headed toward the peninsula for a joint exercise with South Korea.

The exercise took place as a US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles program.

Speculation had mounted that the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.

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Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength celebrating 85 years since the North Korean army was created

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North Korea fired dozens of missiles across the sea to mark the anniversary of the military’s creation

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Hundreds of flag-bearing soldiers saluted as they stood next to weapons

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The Korean People’s Army positioned tanks along the coast as planes soared overhead

The South’s Yonhap news agency cited a government source as saying the exercise was the North’s ‘largest ever’.

Meanwhile, a senior analyst warned that the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea could cause a needless stumble into war.  

On Monday, President Donald Trump said dictator Jong-Un isn’t as strong as he claims to be, and he blamed the international community for not doing more to rein him in.

The ‘status quo’ on North Korea is ‘unacceptable,’ Trump told members of the United Nations Security Council at the White House.

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Senior analyst, Jonathan Pollack, at the Brookings Institution says the back-and-forth threats between the US and North Korea ‘raises the stakes’, according to CBS.

‘We could stumble needlessly into what would be the biggest crisis in East Asia since the United States intervened in the Korean War in 1950,’ Pollack warned.

‘The situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the US imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression,’ Gen Pak Yong Sik told a meeting of thousands of senior military and civilian officials.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was closely watching North Korean military action in the Wonsan city area, where it said the drills were being held.

The exercise involved 300 to 400 artillery pieces, but an official from Seoul’s Defense Ministry couldn’t confirm the details.

Flower-laying and bowing at statues and portraits of the leaders is a regular routine on major anniversaries. People also gathered in open spaces to take part in organized dancing, another common way to mark holidays.

‘Our great leaders founded and wisely led our revolutionary army, and just like that, now our respected Marshal Kim Jong-Un is leading wisely, so even though the situation is tense, we are celebrating the day,’ said Choe Un Byol, who came with his family to the bronze statues of the former leaders.

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The USS Michigan (pictured), a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan in what was described as a routine visit to rest the crew and load supplies. Cmdr Jang Wook from South Korean navy public affairs said there was no plan for a drill

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Levin – Leadership, Not Art Of The Deal, GOP Has All 3 Branches Of Govt – Build The Damn Wall

By Rick Wells

Mark Levin believes there’s no excuse for what the Republican Congress is doing. He says, “There’s no excuse for what Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell are doing or not doing.  There’s no excuse for the fact that the President doesn’t yank them into the Oval Office and read them the riot act.  Levin says he’s talking about the priorities the President ran on and the priorities that matter to us. “

Levin points out that, “Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, their predecessors and their successors, do not have permanent control over the treasury of the United States, to reward their favorite constituent groups and donors and to redistribute wealth. And the only way to address this is the way that it was addressed during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan.

He continues, “And yes, be prepared to have a showdown. Be prepared to have a showdown and the competency  in the articulation as the Republican Party that controls all the damn elected branches in Washington DC, to make the case to the American people, that it is the despicable snake oil salesman, Chuck Schumer, and the despicable failure, Nancy Pelosi, who are destroying this economy, who are driving up the debt and that we have a President who wants to do something about both.”

“We have a President that was elected,” says Levin, “to fund border security. It was always preposterous when he said that Mexico was going to do it, and I told you that. And I don’t care about that. Build the damn wall! You’ve got the House, you’ve got the Senate, you’ve got the Presidency, you’ve got the bureaucracy. The art of the deal? Screw the art of the deal, it should be the art of victory.”

“It’s time to roll Schumer, it’s time to roll the Democrats,” says Levin. ” He points out that 11 years ago Chuck Schumer voted in support of the same border security measures he’s opposing now. Levin says, “If we cannot turn this issue around on closing the federal government, we can never win. Number one, the government is never closed. Number two, when they say it’s closed, do you understand that maybe 17% of the government actually closes?” Paul Ryan told him that little tidbit. “Number three, taxes keep coming in, whether they spend or not. Your income taxes, corporate, individual, excise taxes, tariff taxes, they keep flowing into the federal treasury, whether they spend a dollar or a trillion dollars.”

“The federal government will not default,” Levin notes, “because it can pay monies to pay bills. We’re talking about prospective spending when we’re talking about a continuing resolution. So cuts can be made. It happens over and over and over again. Once, twice, three times during a presidential term. You would think the Republicans had their arguments ready. You would think the Republicans would position themselves. You would think they would know how to drive an agenda.”

He asks if anyone  would like to know why, despite the GOP controlling all three branches of government the Democrats win the battles. He says it’s because the Republicans believe in big centralized government – he said the Republicans. “As frustrated as you are, as stressed as you are  about what you see, they are not.”

White House Begins Release of Tax Plans: Simplify, Eliminate AMT, Death, Obamacare Taxes

By Michelle Moons

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Details of the Trump Administration tax reform plans began trickling out Wednesday, revealing plans to massively simplify the tax system, adjust tax rates for individuals and businesses, and eliminate several taxes including the AMT, inheritance, and specific Obamacare taxes.

During the 1:30 p.m. White House press briefing, a document was provided to journalists with the following Trump Administration tax reform framework:

2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs

The Biggest Individual and Business Tax Cut In American History

Goals For Tax Reform

  • Grow the economy and create millions of jobs
  • Simplify our burdensome tax code
  • Provide tax relief to American families—especially middle-income families
  • Lower the business tax rate from one of the highest in the world to one of the lowest

Individual Reform

  • Tax relief for American families, especially middle-income families:
    • Reducing the 7 tax brackets to 3 tax brackets of 10%, 25% and 35%
    • Doubling the standard deduction
    • Providing tax relief for families with child and dependent care expenses
  • Simplification:
    • Eliminate targeted tax breaks that mainly benefit the wealthiest taxpayers
    • Protect the home ownership and charitable gift tax deductions
    • Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax
    • Repeal the death tax
  • Repeal the 3.8% Obamacare tax that hits small businesses and investment income

Business Reform

  • 15% business tax rate
  • Territorial tax system to level the playing field for American companies
  • One-time tax on trillions of dollars held overseas
  • Eliminate tax breaks for special interests

Process

  • Throughout the month of May, the Trump Administration will hold listening sessions with stakeholders to receive their input and will continue working with the House and Senate to develop the details of a plan that provides massive tax relief, creates jobs, and makes America more competitive—and can pass both chambers.

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In a Monday interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Roger Williams referenced his own tax plan, which calls for elimination of the inheritance “death” tax. Williams also emphasized the importance of cutting tax rates and possibly using repatriation to help pay for the cuts. Williams also heavily emphasized the importance of letting Main Street America run with the tax cuts and put government to task, cutting back on massive federal government spending.

This story is developing.