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What Happened to the Millions of Dollars Raised by Standing Rock Protesters?

Over the past seven months, millions of dollars have poured into online crowdfunding accounts associated with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s unjustified crusade against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  To date, the violence-plagued protest has cost North Dakota taxpayers more than $33 million dollars, and diverted countless resources to assist local law enforcement.

Through February 14, over $13.5 million has reportedly been raised for the protesters through at least 350 different online accounts setup on sites like GoFundMe and FundRazr.  While the list represents some of the more serious fundraising efforts, it's estimated that upwards of 20,000 individual campaigns exist, likely equating to millions in additional income.

So where is all of that money going?  Nobody really knows.…[more]

February 16, 2017 • 06:05 pm

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On Training to Derail Trump:
 
 

"An organization originally created to boost former President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, has partnered with the Indivisible Project to organize national disruptions aimed at derailing President Donald Trump's agenda.

Organizing for Action (OFA), originally named Organizing for America, is training tens of thousands of organizers to engage in protests designed to amplify the size of resistance to Trump's policies. Recently, organizers have focused on disrupting town halls hosted by Republican lawmakers speaking about repealing Obamacare, restricting immigration from terror-ridden nations and building a border wall.

'The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda.'"

 
 
— Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
— Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
Posted February 22, 2017 • 08:03 am
 
 
On President Trump's Media Critics:
 
 

"Clearly in empirical terms, nothing that Trump in his first month in office has done seems to have justified calls for violence against his person or his removal from office. What then accounts for the unprecedented venom?

"As we saw from his recent free-wheeling press conference, Trump's loud, take-no-prisoners style is certainly anti-Washington, anti-media, anti-elite, and anti-liberal. He often unsettles reporters with bombast and invective, when most are accustomed to dealing with career politicians or fellow liberal officeholders who share their same beliefs. As part of Trump's art-of-the-deal tactics, he often blusters, rails, and asks for three times what he might eventually settle for, on the expectation that critics of his style will be soon silenced by the undeniable upside of his eventual achievements. This is a long-term strategy that in the short term allows journalists to fault the present means rather than the future ends. Trump's unconventional bluster, not his record so far, fuels the animosity of elites who seek to delegitimize him and fear that their reputations and careers can be rendered irrelevant by his roughshod populism. He also has reminded the country that some of the mainstream media and Washington-€“New York elite are often mediocre and boring."


Read entire article here

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted February 21, 2017 • 07:49 am
 
 
On the Environental Protection Agency's Rogue Bureaucracy:
 
 

"Before Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator, the New York Times reported agency staff fighting against his nomination. This is highly unusual and inappropriate. It shows not only how difficult his new job will be but also how necessary it is that he succeed. And it shows, too, how great a threat rogue bureaucracy can become to constitutional order.

"EPA scientists, lawyers and experts participated in an influence campaign aimed at senators, urging them to vote against Pruitt as their new boss. Their union's leader, John O'Grady, promised a continuous campaign against President Trump's environmental policies that their tactics would include 'reaching out to NGOs and having alliances with them' and 'working with P.R. firms.'

"It is widely known and understandable that government employees are not Trump's best constituency. But this sort of activism by federal employees, even outside election season, gets into dangerous territory. ...

"The choice of a government career under civil service protections in a democracy includes an implied, and in some cases written, willingness to work for whoever wins the next election. EPA employees may not want to do that, but if so, they should quit or be fired. If they want to make policy they should leave their desk job and run for Congress."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted February 20, 2017 • 07:32 am
 
 
On President Trump's Economic Imperative:
 
 

"... [T]he only sure and lasting way to keep ahead of the lynch mob is by producing results. Success will be Trump's savior.

"And nothing says success like jobs, jobs, jobs. Getting the economy to reach lift-off speed is essential so it can deliver the good-paying jobs and prosperity that he promised and the nation needs.

"While Republican honchos in congress say they're getting ready to move on tax cuts and replacing ObamaCare, nothing will happen without presidential leadership. That means Trump's fate is in his own hands and he must keep himself and his White House team focused on delivering an economic revival.

"If he does that, the lynch mob will be left holding an empty rope."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 17, 2017 • 07:43 am
 
 
On President Trump's Approach to Mideast Peace:
 
 

"Call it the 'whatever' approach to peacemaking.

"At a White House press conference Wednesday designed to display renewed warmth in the US-Israel relationship, President Trump was asked about his approach to Mideast peace. For two decades, the two-state solution has been the preferred approach to dissolving Arab-Israeli enmity. Would Trump stick to it?

"'I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one,' Trump said.

"At first glance, a glib, shallow answer. But the self-styled artist of deals has long championed noncommitment and unpredictability as a bargaining tactic. Why stake out a firm position when a nonchalant 'whatever' would do?

"Especially if in doing so, Trump is able to thaw the icy treatment his guest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, got from President Barack Obama and, earlier, Bill Clinton."

 
 
— Benny Avni, New York Post
— Benny Avni, New York Post
Posted February 16, 2017 • 08:00 am
 
 
On the Months-Long Campaign to Oust Michael Flynn:
 
 

"The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

"The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes -- the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber -- included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility, multiple sources revealed.

"The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration's efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration."


Read entire article here

 
 
— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
— Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon
Posted February 15, 2017 • 07:50 am
 
 
On Why President Trump Let Michael Flynn Go:
 
 

"Trump's decision on what to do with Flynn was not easy, according to several people who spoke with him about it. The president values loyalty perhaps more than anything, and Flynn had been one of his most staunch surrogates on the campaign trail. The president saw Flynn as a fellow outsider who had a good sense of the national security challenges. 'Trump liked the way he talked to him,' one adviser said. 'He thought Flynn knew what he was doing.'

"But Trump became increasingly convinced that the question of Flynn's contact with Russia wasn't going away. His top aides and advisers distrusted Flynn, according to senior White House officials and others who spoke with Trump, and Trump was concerned that the intelligence and national security community would always oppose Flynn, sources said. ...

"One person who frequently speaks to Trump said the president was reluctant to ditch Flynn because he doesn't 'like to fire people who are loyal.' Even Monday evening, Trump was still pondering the decision, the person said.

"'He has this reputation of being a "you're fired" kind of guy, but he really didn't want to have that conversation,' the person said."

 
 
— Josh Dawsey, Alex Isenstadt and Tara Palmeri, POLITICO
— Josh Dawsey, Alex Isenstadt and Tara Palmeri, POLITICO
Posted February 14, 2017 • 07:49 am
 
 
On Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Teachers Unions:
 
 

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'€™ nomination and approval certainly riled up teachers unions across the country, causing panic that their power over education policy may finally be challenged.

"DeVos has made clear that advocating for school choice will be a central part of how she approaches her job, something that evidently unnerves the education establishment. ...

"Perhaps what threatens teachers unions the most is the prospect of a renewed focus on accountability, competition and choice in education. Parents want the best education for their students. Whether education is made available via traditional public schools, charter schools or private schools, what ultimately matters is whether students actually receive the best education they can get."

 
 
— The Orange County Register Editorial Board
— The Orange County Register Editorial Board
Posted February 13, 2017 • 07:59 am
 
 
On the Ninth Circuit's Ruling Upholding the Travel Ban Stay:
 
 

"It's often said that bad facts make bad law. In the case of the Ninth Circuit's just-issued ruling continuing the nationwide injunction against Donald Trump's executive order pausing immigration from seven jihadist or jihad-torn countries, it's necessary to amend that saying. Bad facts combined with superheated politics can make terrible law."

 
 
— David French, National Review
— David French, National Review
Posted February 10, 2017 • 07:51 am
 
 
On Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Status Quo:
 
 

"Democrats claim to stand for the poor, immigrants and nonwhites. Yet given a chance to actually support someone who is dedicated to improving education for all America's children, especially those trapped in failing urban schools, the Dems said no, hell no.

"Joined by two Republicans, they stood in the schoolhouse door to block vital change, casting their lot with teachers unions that fear reform the way a vampire fears garlic.

"Throw away all the subtexts and subterfuge, a defense of the rotten status quo is the only explanation for the bid to block DeVos. The teachers unions pulled the strings, and the political puppets danced to their masters' tune.

"DeVos survived because President Trump is determined to deliver a government that shatters the insiders' perks and privilege and opens the door to new ways of doing things. In education, that means giving more parents the power of school choice and taking power away from the union establishment."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted February 09, 2017 • 07:59 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following former U.S. Presidents and his First Lady embarked on a lengthy road trip months following the inauguration of his successor?
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"An organization originally created to boost former President Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, has partnered with the Indivisible Project to organize national disruptions aimed at derailing President Donald Trump's agenda. Organizing for Action (OFA), originally named Organizing for America, is training tens of thousands of organizers to engage in protests designed to amplify the size of…[more]
 
 
—Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
— Martin Walsh, Lifezette.com
 
Liberty Poll   

U.S. stock indexes have jumped to record highs since President Trump was inaugurated, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 20,000. Where would the Dow be if Hillary Clinton had been elected president?