• These Countries Also May Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

    These Countries Also May Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

    Many U.S. allies roundly criticized the Trump administration’s move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but America doesn’t stand alone on the white-hot issue.

    “President Trump has planted the seeds of this long overdue shift,” @PastorJohnHagee says.

    In fact, the Czech Republic appeared to jump at the opportunity to say that it already considered Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv, to be the capital of the Jewish state.

    The Czech foreign ministry announced:

    The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967. … The ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world. READ MORE...

  • Political Journalists Have Themselves To Blame For Sinking Credibility

    Political Journalists Have Themselves To Blame For Sinking Credibility

    “Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good,” legendary reporter Carl Bernstein told CNN’s Brian Stelter over the weekend. Pretty good? If there’s a major news story over the past 70 years that American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, I’d love to hear about it.

    This week alone, four big scoops were run by major news organizations — written by top reporters and presumably churned through layers of scrupulous editing — that turned out to be completely wrong: Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and others reported that the special counsel’s office had subpoenaed Donald Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank. They weren’t. ABC reported that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didn’t (as far as we know). The New York Times ran a story that showed K.T. McFarland had acknowledged collusion. She didn’t. Then CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails before they were published. READ MORE...

  • White House Ties New York Terror Attack to Immigration Reforms

    White House Ties New York Terror Attack to Immigration Reforms

    President Donald Trump pointed to Monday morning’s terrorist attack in New York as a clear demonstration of the need for tougher immigration laws–specifically family based immigration.

    “Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended-family chain migration, which is incompatible with national security,” Trump said in a formal statement issued late in the day by the White House, adding:

    Congress must end chain migration. Congress must also act on my administration’s other proposals to enhance domestic security, including increasing the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, enhancing the arrest and detention authorities for immigration officers, and ending fraud and abuse in our immigration system. … READ MORE...

  • Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump

    Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump

    More black and Hispanic Americans are getting jobs on President Donald Trump’s watch, the latest employment numbers show, although critics accuse him of ignoring such minority populations.

    The White House, not surprisingly, is happy to tout the results.

    Unemployment among blacks declined from 8 percent one year ago to 7.3 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Blacks’ labor force participation rate rose slightly over the past year, from 61.9 percent in November 2016 to 62.2 percent last month. READ MORE...

  • Seniors Face Return of Obamacare Tax in 2018

    Seniors Face Return of Obamacare Tax in 2018

    The clock is ticking for the return of an Obamacare tax that opponents say will hit older Americans on fixed incomes particularly hard, costing them an extra $500 per couple.

    “For seniors on fixed incomes, my heavens, it’s a real problem,” @60PlusAssoc says.

    Congress hasn’t taken action to delay or eliminate the tax before Jan. 1, when a moratorium on it expires. In 2015, Congress acted on a bipartisan basis to postpone the tax, which dates to President Barack Obama’s second year in office. READ MORE...

  • Conservatives Push for 20 Percent Corporate Tax Rate

    Conservatives Push for 20 Percent Corporate Tax Rate

    Following a report suggesting that the corporate tax rate in Republicans’ final tax reform bill could be higher than 20 percent, some conservatives are making the case again for the 20 percent rate.

    “If we want to see wage growth to help America’s families, a rate reduction on employers has to be part of the picture,” Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, said in a conference call Monday.

    The Hill reported that as lawmakers in the House and Senate work in conference to resolve their differences, the 20 percent corporate tax rate could be in jeopardy. READ MORE...

  • Support Grows for Air Force Colonel Suspended Over Religious Beliefs on Marriage

    Support Grows for Air Force Colonel Suspended Over Religious Beliefs on Marriage

    When Heather Wilson was picked to be secretary of the Air Force, she told the Senate: “Air Force policy must continue to ensure that all airmen are able to choose to practice their particular religion.” Now, she has a chance to prove it.

    On Wednesday, the Family Research Council’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin and Travis Weber gave Wilson 77,024 reasons to reconsider the action taken against Col. Leland Bohannon.

    A distinguished combat pilot, Bohannon has served his country for more than 20 years. In May, the reputation he’d built in the Air Force came crashing down when his superiors decided that the colonel’s decision not to sign a “certificate of appreciation” for a same-sex spouse was enough to suspend him from duty. READ MORE...

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