Special Prosecutor, Grand Jury May Be in Hillary’s Future Given Recent Moves by AG Sessions, New Revelations

By Politico. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is raising the possibility of naming a new special counsel to investigate potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, according to a letter the Justice Department sent Monday to House Republicans.

Sessions has asked top Justice Department prosecutors to look into a variety of allegations that have dominated conservative media outlets in recent months, including suggestions that a U.S. government panel approved the sale of a large uranium firm to Russian interests in exchange for donations to the foundation founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton, the letter to House members says.

“The Attorney General has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in the letter obtained by POLITICO and sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), among others.

“These senior prosecutors will report directly to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation, require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Boyd added. (Read more from “Special Prosecutor, Grand Jury May Be in Hillary’s Future Given Recent Moves by AG Sessions, New Revelations” HERE)


Feds Face New Demands to Probe Hillary Clinton

By WND. . .Two new lawsuits have just been filed demanding answers from the “deep state bureaucracy” to a lot of questions about what went on under the Obama administration.

The lawsuits, one against the FBI and the Department of Justice, and another against the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of State, the FBI and the Treasury Department, were filed by the public interest American Center for Law and Justice.

Citing “an all-too-familiar pattern and practice of failure by several federal bureaucratic agencies to comply with Freedom of Information Act requirements,” the ACLJ said it is suing to get the answers federal law requires those agencies provide.

“We are asking a federal court to order the agencies to issue determinations and produce documents responsive” to the ACLJ’s questions, the organization stated.

The complaints focus on the “sham Clinton investigation” concerning her use of an unauthorized and unsecured computer server for the nation’s classified secrets while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state, and the Uranium One scandal, when millions of dollars came from Russia to the Clinton Foundation just as she was on a committee authorizing Russian ownership of uranium assets. (Read more from “Feds Face New Demands to Probe Hillary Clinton” HERE)


Arkansas and the Clinton Connection

By Judicial Watch. Rumors have been floating up from Little Rock for months now of a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation. John Solomon advanced the story recently in a January report for The Hill. FBI agents in the Arkansas capital, he wrote, “have taken the lead” in a new Justice Department inquiry “into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.” Solomon reports that the probe “may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the foundation complied with applicable tax laws.” Main Justice also is “re-examining whether there are any unresolved issues from the closed case into Clinton’s transmission of classified information through her personal email server,” Solomon notes.

Solomon is not alone. The Wall Street Journal is tracking the story. And earlier this month, investigative journalist Peter Schweizer cryptically told SiriusXM radio that federal authorities should “convene a grand jury” in Little Rock “and let the American people look at the evidence” about the Clinton Foundation.

Judicial Watch continues to turn up new evidence of Clinton pay-to-play and mishandling of classified information. In recent months, through FOIA litigation, Judicial Watch has forced the release of more than 2,600 emails and documents from Mrs. Clinton and her associates, with more to come. The emails include evidence of Clinton Foundation donors such XL Keystone lobbyist Gordon Griffin, futures brokerage firm CME Group chairman Terrence Duffy, and an associate of Shangri La Entertainment mogul Steve Bing seeking special favors from the State Department. Read more about Judicial Watch’s pay-to-play disclosures here. (Read more from “Arkansas and the Clinton Connection” HERE)

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Mike Rowe’s Thoughts on the Florida Shooting Are the Best You Will Hear From Anyone

Mike Rowe shared his thoughts on the recent tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School, and it will blow anything the establishment media has to say out of the water.

Rowe wrote on Facebook, “Evil is real. As long as humans have walked the earth, people have chosen to do evil things. This is what happened in Florida. A nineteen-year old man chose to do an evil thing. He planned it. He executed it. He succeeded.”

Rowe also said that while it’s important to find out the contributing causes of mass shooters, we shouldn’t absolve the killer of responsibility for his actions.

“Should we endeavor to know why? Absolutely. Should we discuss the impact of video games, accessible firearms, single-parents, no parents, powerful medications, social media, mental illness, bullying, or anything else we think might have encouraged him to choose evil over good? Without question.”

“But we should also stop confusing the influence of such things, with the root cause. Because nothing in this man’s past can possibly explain his decision to kill seventeen people,” Rowe added. (Read more from “Mike Rowe’s Thoughts on the Florida Shooting Are the Best You Will Hear From Anyone” HERE)

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U.S. State to Drop Electronic Voting System

A unique effort is underway in Georgia to safeguard elections by taking voting machines back to the future.

“The most secure elections in the world are conducted with a piece of paper and a pencil,” said Georgia State Rep. Scot Turner. “It allows you to continue into the future to verify the result.”

Turner has proposed a bill that would retire Georgia’s electronic touch-screen voting machines and switch to paper ballots that voters would fill out and then be counted by optical scan machines. The technology has been in use for decades to score standardized tests for grade-school students.

“You can try and hack these machines all day long,” Turner said. “But that piece of paper that you can touch and feel and look at is going to give the voter the confidence that the election is actually being recorded the way it should have been.”

But Georgia’s top election official, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, also a Republican, said the electronic voting machines currently in use in Georgia are accurate and efficient and replacing them with paper would be a step backward. (Read more from “U.S. State to Drop Electronic Voting System” HERE)

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JUST IN: Trump Orders Ban on Bump Stocks

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump announced an order to the Department of Justice to propose a ban on bump stocks, devices which modify semi-automatic weapons to act more like fully automatic weapons. The discussion of bump stocks first hit the press and politicians in October, soon after the Las Vegas massacre where the shooter used such a device to kill over 50 people.

“We can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children,” said Trump at an event to honor law and safety officers at the White House.

“After the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, I directed the attorney general to clarify whether certain bump stock devices like the one used in Las Vegas are illegal under current law,” he announced, according to Real Clear Politics.

“That process began in December, and just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, [by Attorney General Jeff Sessions], very soon,” Trump continued.

“The key in all of these efforts, as I said in my remarks the day after the shooting, is that we cannot merely take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make a difference. We must move past cliches and tired debates and focus on evidence-based solutions and security measures that actually work and that make it easier for women of law enforcement to protect our children and to protect our safety,” the president added. (Read more from “JUST IN: Trump Orders Ban on Bump Stocks” HERE)

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ABC Pays the Price After Host Attacks Christianity on ‘the View’

“The View” co-host Joy Behar’s comparison of Christianity to a mental illness on last Tuesday’s program has prompted over 25,000 calls to flood into the ABC network in protest.

The Media Research Center watchdog group reported that this tally had come in as of Monday morning.

The segment where Behar made the comparison centered around a back-and-forth regarding Vice President Mike Pence’s faith, based on some recent comments made by former White House staff Omarosa Manigault.

“He’s extreme,” Manigault told Vanity Fair. “I’m Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things. And I’m like, ‘Jesus ain’t say that.’”

First, co-host Sunny Hostin observed, “I think what’s interesting is she says that Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.”

“When you have a Mike Pence that now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we’re in a dangerous situation,” she added. “Look I’m Catholic. I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president, um — speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him.”

Behar chimed in, joking, “Like I said before, it’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”

“Exactly. That’s different,” Hostin replied.

“That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct. Hearing voices,” said Behar.

The Bible, in fact, records in the Gospel of John that Jesus said regarding born-again believers, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

He further described Himself as a good shepherd, “And when (a good shepherd) brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Pence responded to Behar’s put down of his faith in an interview that aired on Fox & Friends on Monday.

Host Ainsley Earhardt asked the vice president, “Is it hypocrisy that Liberals, Democrats, mainstream media, they preach tolerance, but yet when someone wants to be a Christian and says that God speaks to them, they have a problem with that?”

Pence responded that he is used to criticism, “But when I heard that ABC had a program that likened my Christianity to mental illness, I just couldn’t be silent.”

He continued, “Look, my Christian faith is probably the most important thing in my life. I do try and start every day reading the Bible. My wife and I try and have a prayer together before I leave the house every morning. But I do think I’m a very typical American.”

“I think (Behar’s comment) is evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people,” Pence stated. (For more from the author of “ABC Pays the Price After Host Attacks Christianity on ‘the View'” please click HERE)

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These States Pay the Most in Taxes

Each state government decides how much taxes to collect every year and the amount of money each American pays annually varies from state to state.

“Facts & Figures 2017: How Does Your State Compare,” provided by the research organization Tax Foundation, details the tax burden of residents in each state.

About 78 percent of taxes go to Americans own state and local governments, according to USA Today.

Taxes are paid out of state when Americans travel, invest in other states and even fill up their cars at gas stations.

Here are the ten states where Americans pay the most taxes as a percentage of their income, without including federal taxes.

People living in New York pay the largest percentage of their income in taxes at 12.7 percent.

In Connecticut, people pay 12.6 percent of their income in taxes. The Constitution State also has the highest income tax collections per capita at $2,279.

12.2 percent of New Jersey resident’s income is paid in taxes. Additionally, the Garden State collects $4,065 in property tax per capita, the highest in the country.

California taxpayers pay 11 percent of their income in taxes, but pay the fourth highest income tax per capita at $1,991.

People living in Illinois pay 11 percent of their income in taxes, but they are the 17th lowest state in general sales tax collections per capita.

In Wisconsin, people also pay 11 percent of their income in taxes. The Badger State has the 12th highest income tax per capita at $1,225.

10.9 percent of Maryland resident’s income is paid in taxes, though the state also has the fifth highest income per capita at $58,052.

Rhode Island taxpayers pay 10.8 percent of their income in taxes, and also pay the seventh highest property tax per capita at $2,307.

People living in Minnesota pay 10.8 percent of their income in taxes, but they are the fifth highest state income tax collections at $1,889.

In Massachusetts, 10.3 percent of resident’s income is paid in taxes. Residents also pay $2,133 in income tax, the third highest in the U.S.

Rounding out the list is Vermont whose residents pay 10.3 percent of their income in taxes.

The states with the lowest tax burdens — Alaska, Wyoming and South Dakota — do not collect income tax.

According to the director of state projects at the Tax Foundation, Scott Drenkard, “There are some states that offer really high taxes and really great public services.” (For more from the author of “These States Pay the Most in Taxes” please click HERE)

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Don’t Tell the Left, but Knives Are Used in Far More Murders in the U.S. Than Guns

Knives kill far more people than rifles each year in the United States, according to the FBI.

The agency reported that 1,604 people were murdered by “knives and other instruments” and 374 were murdered by rifles in 2016.

Handguns far-and-away were the weapons used most often in incidents of murder.

However, there does not seem to be a correlation between the number of handgun murders and strict gun control laws.

According to FBI data, there were 7,105 murders involving handguns in 2016. Of those, 1,658 took place in the two states of California and Illinois, which have some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, the Federalist noted.

That amounts to 23 percent of the total handgun murders in the country, while those states only make up a combined 16 percent of the nation’s population.

Democrat lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, have called for greater gun control measures to be implemented nationally in response to last week’s Florida high school shooting.

Feinstein tweeted that she has introduced legislation to impose a new assault weapons ban, pointing out that the shooter used an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic rifle that would be covered by the bill.

Dudley Brown, president of the National Association of Gun Rights, in a statement to The Western Journal, said, “The 10-year Feinstein ban (passed in the mid-1990s) on so-called ‘Assault Weapons’ and normal capacity magazines did nothing to reduce mass shootings or crimes, and was roundly dismissed as a failure, even by gun control fanatics.”

The Columbine High School shooting in Colorado — one of the most high profile of these terrible incidents, resulting in the deaths of 13 people and 21 injured — occurred in 1999 while the assault weapons ban was in effect.

The shooters used a combination of shotguns, handguns, and semi-automatic weapons. They also had knives and improvised explosive devices in their possession, but the IED’s were not detonated.

As to the prevalence of privately owned weapons in the U.S., Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro tweeted a chart following the Las Vegas shooting last October showing that the murder rate has been trending down for decades in the U.S., despite gun ownership increasing significantly.

Notably, the rate remained low and then decreased further after the assault weapons ban, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, expired in 2004.

Former Miss Ohio Madison Gesiotto — who was a law student at Ohio State University in Nov. 2016 when a terrorist used his car and a knife to attack students — told The Western Journal that “the loss of a life is extremely tragic for all involved, regardless of the instrumentality used in the murder.”

“Knives and guns do not kill people. People kill people,” The Washington Times columnist added. “Passing unreasonable legislation that encroaches on our 2nd Amendment rights will not solve the urgent problem we have in this country with violence.”

President Donald Trump stated on Tuesday that he has directed the Department of Justice to propose regulations that would ban bump stocks, The Hill reported.

The device, which was employed last October in the Las Vegas shooting, effectively turns semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, into fully automatic.

“We can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children,” Trump said during the announcement at the White House.

“That process began in December, and just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” the president stated.

Trump also signaled this week he would support legislation aimed at implementing stricter background checks for purchasing firearms and improving security at schools.

The chief executive has given no indications he would support reimposing an assault weapons ban. (For more from the author of “Don’t Tell the Left, but Knives Are Used in Far More Murders in the U.S. Than Guns” please click HERE)

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Father of Florida School Shooting Victim Harassed on Twitter for ‘Trump 2020’ Shirt

The father of a Florida school shooting victim was lambasted on Twitter after he was photographed wearing a “Trump 2020” shirt while he searched for his daughter, whom he later found out had died in the bloodbath.

Andrew Pollack was first pictured last Wednesday as he frantically searched for his daughter, Meadow, hours after gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Pollack found out the next day that his 18-year-old daughter had died.

But when a photo of him wearing the “Trump 2020” shirt began circulating on Twitter, several people spewed hateful comments about the grieving father, with no show of remorse.

Other people said they felt “empathy” for Meadow Pollack dying, but turned on the father for voting for Trump. One user said Andrew Pollack should have “thought twice” before casting his vote during the 2016 election . . .

Despite the hateful comments, many users also expressed their condolences and condemned others for politicizing a woman’s death. Some said they were “heartbroken” by the loss and urged people on social media to support Pollack during the difficult time.

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Dems Fume as Trump Pushes Low-Cost, ObamaCare Alternative Health Plans

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to allow health insurers to sell lower-cost, less-comprehensive medical plans as an alternative to those required under ObamaCare – in a plan that drew swift protest from congressional Democrats.

The proposed regulations would allow insurers to sell individual consumers “short-term” policies that can last up to 12 months, have fewer benefits, and come with lower premiums.

The plans also would come with a disclaimer that they don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protection requirements, such as guaranteed coverage. Insurers could also charge consumers more if an individual’s medical history discloses health problems.

But at a time of rising premiums, Trump administration officials touted the option as a boost for those who need coverage but don’t qualify for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies and would otherwise face paying the full premium cost.

“We need to be opening up more affordable alternatives,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters. “It’s one step in the direction of providing Americans with alternatives that are both more affordable and more suited to individual and family circumstances.” (Read more from “Dems Fume as Trump Pushes Low-Cost, ObamaCare Alternative Health Plans” HERE)

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Michael Moore Attended Anti-Trump ‘Not My President’ Rally Allegedly Organized by Russian Operatives

Hollywood director Michael Moore has bashed President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2017. He regularly accuses Trump of having “colluded” with the Russians to win the White House.

But now it appears Moore has a much stronger connection to Russian activities meant to undermine American democracy . . .

Special counsel Robert Mueller announced last week the indictment of 13 Russian nationals who ran the Internet Research Agency, a shell-company used to sow political discord and undermine American democracy. The agency originally sought to discredit Hillary Clinton, but after Trump won election, the agency worked to undermine him.

The agency did most of their work online, but they also helped organize rallies nationwide. Authorities believe Moore was a part of one those rallies, an anti-Trump rally in November 2016.

According to Fox News, the government said the Russian operatives organized the Nov. 12, 2016, “Trump is NOT my President” rally in New York City. Mueller said the goal of the rally was to “sow discord in the U.S. political system.” (Read more from “Michael Moore Attended Anti-Trump ‘Not My President’ Rally Allegedly Organized by Russian Operatives” HERE)

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