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Norma Goss

Norma Goss
A native of Richmond, VA, Norma Goss a long-time contributor to Citizen Action, but considers her full-time job being a stay-at-home mom to her four daughters. She's a lifelong advocate for conservative policies.

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Establishment Media
You the failing New York Times is failing when...

With such a remarkable description of the Alexandria shooting incident, it was obvious The New York Times would come under fire, but while progressives are quick to come to the defense of left-wing news outlets, this time even they admitted their own editorial board had crossed the line.

The piece that immediately became the center of controversy for The New York Times, “America’s lethal politics,” was published on Wednesday.

Unsurprisingly, the article called for increased gun control. However, it was the description of the motivation behind the attacks that actually caused the backlash against the left-wing news outlet.

“Was this attack evidence of how vicious American politics has become?” the article asked. “Probably. In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized crosshairs.

“Conservatives and right-wing media were quick on Wednesday to demand forceful condemnation of hate speech and crimes by anti-Trump liberals,” it continued. “They’re right. Though there’s no sign of incitement as direct as in the Giffords attack, liberals should, of course, hold themselves to the same standard of decency that they ask of the right.”

However, by every possible standard, there’s a lot more evidence that James Hodgkinson, the seemingly left-wing attacker, was more motivated by politics than the mentally deranged Jared Loughner from the Gifford attack in 2011.

In what appears to be a revisionist history, conservatives were quick to downplay the role of progressive politics in the horrific attack on Republican congressmen.

While the suspect, James T. Hodgkinson, was shot and killed at the scene of the shooting by Capitol Police officers, a deeper look into social media activity shows a long trend of hatred towards Trump and Republicans. He attacked Congress members practicing for a charity baseball match scheduled for Thursday.

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was shot in his hip and sustained severe injuries. He is now in critical condition. Four others, including two Capitol Police officers were injured in the attack.

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Planned Parenthood
"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it." - Founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger

Several Republicans have hinted that they may be willing to give in to Democrats on funding for Planned Parenthood, if that could help the GOP repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a Fox News reporter.

The House of Representatives, dominated by Republicans, has already passed its version of the legislation known as the American Health Care Act, which will essentially repeal and replace Obamacare. It is now up to the Senate, also led by Republicans, to pass the legislation. However, that may not be as easy; getting both moderate and conservative Republicans on board the same bill could prove to be a tough challenge.

The House passed the AHCA by a narrow margin in May, with a vote of 217-213. While 20 Republicans joined the Democrats in opposing the house bill, it effectively pulled out federal funds from Planned Parenthood, however, the bill did go on to give states the authority to give the abortion services provider federally allocated money.

Nevertheless, it now appears that Senate Republicans may be more likely to directly fund Planned Parenthood in return for major health care reforms. Fox News reporter Chad Pergram says that some Senate Republicans have indicated that they are more “willing to ‘give’ on social issues like abortion if it meant they could pass health care.”

On Monday, Fox News also reported that Senate Republicans have sent various health care proposals to the Congressional Budget Office to determine the cost and impact it could have on the health insurance industry. Additionally, Fox News reported that the GOP has still not submitted its complete and final draft to the Congressional Budget Office; and it’s still unclear what the complete version contains since no Republican is ready to release it.

According to Axios, a Republican has said regarding the decision to release the final draft: “We’re not stupid.”

The Congressional Budget Office could take up to two weeks to release the score on the bill.

According to Business Insider, Senate Republican leaders expect that some form of health care legislation will move out of the upper chamber before the recess begins on July 4.

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Loretta Lynch
Obstruct Justice! Who? Me?

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (Cali.) in an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Sunday, said that the Senate Judiciary Committee should look into the recently dismissed FBI Director James Comey’s accusations that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the seriousness of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday, Comey said that the former attorney general, who led the Department of Juctice under Obama, told him to call the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s email scandal not as an “investigation” but as a simple “matter.” According to Comey, the directives concerned and confused him. He also said that the way Lynch asked him to downplay such a matter, made him “queasy.”

On Sunday, CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Feinstein: “He felt clearly that Loretta Lynch was giving cover to the Clinton campaign. Was she?”

“I can’t answer that,” Feinstein replied. “I would have a queasy feeling too, though, to be candid with you.”

The senator said, “I think we need to know more about that and there’s only one way to know about it and that’s to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.”

A ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein pressed that any investigation into Loretta Lynch’s alleged requests to Comey should be kept separate from the probe into Russia’s meddling with the 2016 presidential elections and any collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

“I don’t think we should mix the two,” she said.

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Will Trump Testify
"How many times do I have to walk you guys through this?"

On Sunday, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.), while talking to Chris Wallace of Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday,” said that President Trump shouldn’t be giving any testimonies to the Congress as it could create issues of separation-of-powers.

During the interview, Reed said that if Trump is actually questioned by Congress, it will go on to “raise the issue of separation of powers.”

“That raises the issue of separation of powers, frankly,” Reed said. “At that point, history would suggest that’s not done often.”

“The special prosecutor, Mr. Mueller, is charged to conduct this investigation, and I believe he’s the appropriate person to conduct this investigation,” Reed said.

However, it is to be noted that Reed’s pretty straightforward statement may be much more complex than it seems. If the congress gets Trump to testify under oath, they could force him to answer all kinds of questions by congressmen, some on whom may be tempted to take down the president. Furthermore, if Trump falters on even one of the statements, he could be guilty of perjury.

The incident could also set a precedent in which Congress would expect any president to come before it and answer all their questions whenever they want. Obviously, this would give the Congress significant authority and power over the president, whose authority is to counter the legislative branch’s powers. Secondly, it’s the executive branch of the government that is in charge of conducting criminal investigations.

Nevertheless, Reed still wants Trump to testify, under oath. According to him, it would be better, and he hopes too, that Trump testifies under oath, but instead of the Congress, it should special prosecutor Robert Mueller who should do the questioning.

“The American people deserve to hear directly from this President, under oath, about his charges with respect to Mr. Comey,” Reed said. “President Trump must also be truthful about what he knows about Russian interference in the election, as well as General Flynn and Attorney General Sessions’ contacts with the Russians. The FBI and the special prosecutor are trying to connect the dots related to Russian meddling in our democracy. If the President wants to cooperate and speed the process along, he could testify under oath about what he knows.”

In a press conference on Friday, Trump claimed he is “100 percent” willing to testify under oath to refute some of the claims made by former FBI Director Comey on Thursday.

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the esteemed Ex-Marine and current Secretary of Defense, is quite popular for his brutally honest quotes about war and also for his overall effectiveness as a military leader. His popularity and reverence can be judged by the fact that upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Times named him the “most revered Marine in a generation.”

On Sunday, during an interview with John Dickerson, host of CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mattis further personified his reputation.

Mattis and Dickerson, during the wide ranging interview, discussed a number of issues, more importantly the threats currently facing the US, including the unrest in the Middle East, North Korea, and ISIS.

However, when Dickerson asked Mattis what keeps him up at night, he didn’t hesitate with his response.

“What keeps you awake at night?” Dickerson asked.

With absolutely no hesitation, Mattis replied: “Nothing. I keep other people awake at night.”

Mattis was indeed, dead serious.

Like mentioned earlier, the 4-star Marine general is renowned for his quotes. Here are some of his most memorable ones.

“Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

“I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word.”

“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f*ck with me, I’ll kill you all.”

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.”

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Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has called for a probe into “potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations” made by a Chinese company, that is openly promoting investments in property which are partly managed and operated by the family company of White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Reuters has highlighted that Grassley cited one of its news reports in a letter on May 25, to the Department of Homeland Security and the Securities and Exchange Commission calling for the investigation.

The Republican senator is asking the two agencies to review claims made by Qiaowai, the Chinese firm involved, in the marketing and promotion of the One Journal Square project in Jersey City, New Jersey, to potential investors from the Chinese market.

“Given all of these concerns, a closer look at Qiaowai Group and the U.S. Immigration Fund are clearly warranted, as reports suggest both companies have long employed questionable practices,” Grassley wrote.

Kushner Companies and Qiaowai are seeking investors to finance a couple of luxury apartment buildings for what appears to be a part of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Through this program, immigrants can get US visas in return for a $500,000 investment in a business in the US.

According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Chinese company bragged about its connections to President Donald Trump and promised investors that Trump would make sure their visas will be approved.

Earlier this month, Nicole Meyer, Jared Kushner’s wife came under fire for allegedly using her brother’s position in the White House to attract potential investors.

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The shave helped.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) discussed the earth shattering report from the New York Times concerning a memo that former FBI Director Comey drafted documenting the suggestion that President Trump made for him to drop the investigation into Mike Flynn.

Gowdy stated that a conviction against Trump is a long way from a headline by the New York Times.

“I read the story, obviously I wanna see the memo,” Gowdy said, “Obviously I want to talk to Director Comey to determine how contemporaneous his recording of the conversation was. But also importantly, not just what was said, but what did Director Comey hear. How did he take it? That can only be done, with all due respect to the New York Times that can only be done by looking at the memo and talking to Director Comey.”

“If you go back to criminal procedure,” he explained, “which is my background, there’s a doctrine called the ‘rule of completeness.’ Whenever part of a document is introduced you gotta be able to look at the entire document. Your viewers and my fellow citizens deserve to see the entire context of whatever conversation may or may not have taken place.”

“And quite frankly,” he continued, “Director Comey deserves the opportunity to come tell us how he heard it, what he heard, how pervasive it was, and how much of the conversation that segment consumed. So we have a story, there’s a reason newspaper articles are not admissible in a courtroom in the United States. I’m not knocking the reporter, the reporter does good work. But we’re a long ways from a conviction, the fact is we simply have a headline in the New York Times.”

Anchor Martha MacCallum asked Gowdy if the report would actually help promote the need of a special prosecutor to be appointed to the Russian investigation.

“I have been resistant in the past but I have been open-minded,” Gowdy answered. “Special counsel is only appropriate if there’s an allegation of a crime. And there are several crimes, potentially at play here. The hacking of the DNC is a crime, I don’t hear people talking about that much. The dissemination of classified information is a crime. General Flynn’s comments to the FBI may or may not constitute a false statement to a law enforcement official. And I’ve heard allegations that this rises to the level of obstruction of justice.”

“So you do have sufficient evidentiary basis for a crime,” he concluded, “but the other half, the other half of the equation is whether or not the Department of Justice or any of the 94 U.S. attorneys can do the job themselves, and I have not been persuaded that all 94 U.S. attorneys, in our country, many of whom are women and men who have nothing to do with politics are incapable of adjudicating this fact pattern.”

The report by the New York Times has put the White House under the spotlight, as Democrats and other critics demand investigations.

Senator Angus King (I-Maine) said that if the report was in fact true, it could lead to Trump’s impeachment. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), on the other hand, sent a letter to the FBI on Tuesday demanding that they hand over all communications between Comey and President Trump to the House Oversight Committee.

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Fox News co-host Meghan McCain bashed feminist organizers behind the Women’s March on “Outnumbered,” and refused to support their cause; especially if they continue to advocate for the defunding of the U.S. military.

On the show this Tuesday, McCain and her co-hosts discussed whether or not the protesters were out of touch with most of America. McCain bashed the protestors by saying, “The problem with the modern Women’s March — feminist agenda or whatever is that it’s so wrapped up in the extreme left — not just on things like abortion but things apparently like defunding the military as well.”

On Monday, around 80,000 activists joined hands with the Women’s March and signed a pledge demanding reparations for African-Americans, and called for the defunding of the military. The pledge also included a part where they pushed for a left-wing agenda that included open border immigration policies and staging sit-ins across the country. Under the banner of “Pledge of Liberation,” the organization affiliated with the Women’s March and called to put an end to “gender norms, expectations, stereotypes,” and the legalization of abortion.

McCain argued that she wouldn’t consider herself a feminist, even though the common practice is that she “should” and stated that her beliefs in no way align with those of the leftist Women’s March movement.

“A person like me,” she continued, “even though I guess on paper I should consider myself a feminist, I won’t touch that. If that includes defunding the military, you know where you can go.”

It was only in February McCain was seen expressing her Democratic opposition to the appointment of Betsy DeVos to the secretary of education post. McCain had said, “The vitriol at her is shocking in a way that I cannot believe. And I don’t throw this around, I find it a little sexist.”

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Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time” faced major backlash after he made a vulgar joke regarding President Trump and his daughter.

Maher, while talking to New York Magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, was noted to have joked about Ivanka’s attempts to “humanize” her father that have supposedly lead him to believe that they have some abnormal social behavior going on behind the scenes.

“A lot of us thought: Ivanka is gonna be our saving grace,” Maher said. “When he’s about to f**kin’ nuke Finland or something, she’s gonna walk into the bedroom and, you know, —‘Daddy, Daddy.’” Maher even went on to mimicked Ivanka pleasuring with her father by making disgusting hand gesture and saying, “‘Don’t do it, Daddy.’”

Sherman, on the other hand, appeared to be extremely ashamed and uncomfortable. Sherman tried to make efforts to steer away from the conversation, but much of the damage was already done.

“I think, again, she’s on the margins trying to save us — to the degree that she can — but Donald Trump doesn’t listen to anybody, including his own family,” Sherman answered.

Maher went on with his jokes, “Be nice to Ivanka, she’s our only hope — because she seems like she actually knows rationality, but she’s [Trump’s] kid, and she’s the only one who can get to him, and you know he loves her. If he’s going to do something nutty, we’re going to depend on Ivanka going into that bedroom.”

Maher then, took another stab at mimicking Ivanka, “‘Daddy, you have to apologize for that tweet where you called Angela Merkela a ‘c**t.’ You have to apologize, Daddy!”

The public was fast to show their response to Maher’s action and took matters to Twitter.

A series of tweets surrounded the Internet, some of which were:

“Bill Maher incest “joke” about Ivanka Trump sick. Just shows everyone how deranged Maher truly is to even think of such crap.”

“@seanhannity the incest joke bill maher made about ivanka and our president was repulsive. imagine someone said this about Obama !!”

“#UNACCEPTABLE Bill Maher, accused of crossing the line with tasteless incest joke about Ivanka Trump … @realalexjones”

“Bill Maher is smart and incredibly talented. But the incest joke about Ivanka Trump was way over the line,” said David Shuster.

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Hillary Clinton

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stated, “If the election had been on Oct. 27, I would be your president.”

During an interview on Tuesday with CNN at the “Women for Women International” conference in New York, Hillary Clinton was seen blaming her loss in the presidential election due to “intervening events” in the final 10 days of the campaign.

Clinton emerged from her political hibernation and declared herself as “part of the resistance” to Trump’s presidency and went on to spread the blame for the reason why she is not sitting in the Oval Office right now.

Although, she acknowledged that her campaign did make some mistakes; “Of course, I take absolute personal responsibility…… Oh my gosh, yes, you’ll read my confession and my request for absolution,” she said with a reference to a book she is writing. She then went on to add, “But the reason why I believe we lost were the intervening events in the last 10 days.”

She talked about how she was very confident in winning the elections until two events that supposedly reversed her course. “I was the candidate,” she said.

“I was the person who was on the ballot,” she stated and then went on to blame WikiLeaks and the FBI Director James Comey that caused her the defeat. “There was a lot of funny business going on,” she said.

“It wasn’t a perfect campaign, there is no such thing, but I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off. The evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive, and so we overcame a lot in the campaign,” Clinton said.

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