Breaking: Antifa Attacked Multiple Trains Near Amtrak Derailment In Washington

As speculation rages over the cause of a train derailment in Washington state that has left at least six dead, recent Antifa activity in the area is causing controversy.

Just a few weeks ago, an Antifa affiliated camp was raided by police after they attacked a train in Washington during a fracking protest. They also targeted another train earlier this year.

According to Gateway Pundit:

“Police have raided an Antifa encampment in Olympia, Washington, following a train being sabotaged by anti-fracking activists — but the anarchists claiming credit for the act have vowed to continue until “every officer is down.”

The train was reportedly shorted using jumper cables, causing the train to stop.

Since November 17, dozens of anarchists have been camping on the tracks to prevent trains from transporting fracking supplies from the Port of Olympia — however, railroad companies have stated that there were no such shipments scheduled.

On Wednesday, Union Pacific Railroad officers were met by 20 to 30 masked protesters as they cleared out the encampment and swept it for bombs. Four of the people who were camping on the tracks refused to leave and were subsequently arrested, as were eight others on suspicion of obstructing a law enforcement officer.”

In addition to the November assault, the Antifa group also attacked a train with concrete in April of this year.

After that incident, an Antifa webpage that was recently deleted even instructed people how to attack trains, encouraging more people to do so.

InfoWars was able to access a cached version of the page, which said in part:

“We need a diverse and vibrant resistance composed of more forms of destruction, mutual aid and solidarity than we can yet imagine.

This action and actions like it are quite easy to do yourself. This only took a few hours and a little bit of planning. The hardest part was calming our nerves. Particularly easy was placing wire on the tracks to send a signal to the train company that the tracks were blocked. This action can and has been easily repeated wherever train tracks are. For more info on how to do this check out this explanatory video.”

“Police have raided and cleared most of the . There are also reports that the train has left the Port. This is still a victory as we have cost the Port, Halliburton and Rainbow Ceramics thousands of dollars,” the group bragged on Twitter.

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Breaking: Disgraced Obama AG Eric Holder Threatens Trump, Calls For Huge Street Protests If Mueller Is Fired

Former Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Americans to take to the streets in large numbers to protest if President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

According to Gateway Pundit:

“Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder called for mass protests if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. This is the second warning Holder has issued this week in respect to rumors about President Trump relieving Mueller of his duties as special counsel.”

In a Twitter statement, Holder says firing Mueller would cross a “red line,” perhaps a poor choice of words given President Obama’s past comment. 

“ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office,” Holder said. “If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative.”

Holder is lucky he is not the subject of a Special Counsel investigation himself over his actions in the Fast and Furious scandal that left Americans dead, he should probably stop threatening our President.

Controversial Muslim Activist Linda Sarsour Allegedly Enabled Sexual Harassment Of Women

Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim activist, is under fire after allegations she enabled sexual harassment of women when she was the Executive Director of the Arab American Association have surfaced.

You won’t see this covered by the liberal media… 

According to the Daily Caller:

“Allegations of groping and unwanted touching were allegedly brought to Sarsour during her time as executive director of the Arab American Association. In response, Sarsour, a self-proclaimed champion of women, attacked the woman bringing the allegations, often threatening and body-shaming her, these sources alleged. […]

“She oversaw an environment unsafe and abusive to women,” said Fethelbab, a former employee at the Arab American Association. “Women who put [Sarsour] on a pedestal for women’s rights and empowerment deserve to know how she really treats us.”

Liberals Furious After Doug Jones Says President Trump Shouldn’t Resign

 Doug Jones hasn’t even been sworn in as Alabama’s new Senator yet, but he is already upsetting fellow Democrats.

Jones said in an interview Sunday that he doesn’t think President Trump should resign over sexual harassment allegations because voters already had a chance to decide the issue last November.

It could be an indication that Jones will govern in the mold of a conservative, “blue dog” Democrat as he faces a tough re-election battle in 2020.

According to CNN:

“The senator-elect also said he doesn’t agree with some in his party who say President Donald Trump should resign from office over the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against him, which Trump has denied.

“(T)hose allegations were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election,” Jones said.”

Democrats Backtrack on Sen. Franken Resignation

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, Democrats are now backtracking and calling on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) not to resign his seat in the Senate. The Washington Times, Politico, and The Daily Wire are all out with the story and analysis this morning.

Many power players on the Democrat side had previously pressured Franken to resign after allegations emerged about inappropriate misconduct in his past, including a widely-publicized and shared photo of him groping a woman.

It is blatantly obvious now that Democrats only did so in order to take a supposed moral high ground against Republicans, in particular Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore. Moore just barely lost to Democrat Doug Jones in the special election just last week while under a dark cloud of harassment allegations of his own. But now, of course, with no tight election in the foreground, it appears some Democrats are changing their tune.

It’s more than enough to make one wonder how serious their claims of standing with victims of harassment and rape are.

A fellow Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has even called out the hypocrisy, Politico reports:

“Manchin was among the few Democrats who did not call for Franken’s resignation. The West Virginia senator stressed that he believes it would be appropriate for Franken to step down if the allegations are proved true.

Manchin ripped into the members who issued statements insisting that Franken resign — only to gather on the Senate floor the next day to watch him announce he was doing just that.

“The most hypocritical thing I’ve ever seen done to a human being — and then have enough guts to sit on the floor, watch him give his speech and go over and hug him? That’s hypocrisy at the highest level I’ve ever seen in my life. Made me sick,” Manchin said.

He added, “Here’s a man, that all he said [was], ‘Take me through the Ethics Committee. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I’ve had while I was here. But you find out if I’m a predator.'”

Manchin said he hopes Franken reverses his decision, but even more that the senators who led the charge against him reconsider and call for the two-term senator to stay until the ethics process is complete.

“I hope they have enough guts … and enough conscience and enough heart to say, ‘Al, we made a mistake asking prematurely for you to leave.'””

Dems Win in Alabama – Not Just a Headline From 1999

The Briefing, Vol. V, Issue 52 – This Week:

  • Alabama loss is the least of Republicans’ problems in 2018
  • A hugely successful tax reform might be the party’s best political hope
  • Republicans may soon face another difficult House special election.

Outlook

Alabama earthquake? Well, this comes as a bit of a shock. Although it was not considered impossible, it as widely believed that Republican Roy Moore would hang on and ride into the U.S. Senate in last week’s special election, despite credible allegations he had fondled teenage girls decades ago. Instead, Democrat Doug Jones pulled out the narrowest of wins in deep Red Alabama.

Was the outcome spectacular? Absolutely. Was it an earthquake like people are saying? Well…not quite.

And here’s why: No matter how spectacular the outcome was, it remains a sui generis event. It is perhaps the one out of many adverse events in 2017 that Republicans don’t need to be especially worried about.

The obvious point of comparison is to the January 2010 Senate special election in Massachusetts, in which Republican Scott Brown defeated Attorney General Martha Coakley And picked up the former seat of Jeff Sessions’ arch-nemesis, Ted Kennedy.

In contrast, the Alabama vote to replace Sessions was an election where there really was only one lesson to be taken, and it doesn’t transfer well to other states, races or cycles. Namely: If you don’t want to lose, don’t nominate Roy Moore or anyone tainted by the accusations that were credibly lodged against him.

The losing candidate this time was not just a bland and uninspiring candidate, like Coakley had been in 2010. Rather, Moore was a candidate whose alleged moral vices were so immense as to wipe completely from the race any consideration of parties, ideas, ideologies or cultural differences. For the median voter who decided this race, the only issue that mattered was whether you believed Moore or not, and if not, whether you were willing to hold your nose and vote for him anyway.

In the end, not enough voters were willing.

To be sure, there was already ample indication that Republicans will get shellacked in 2018 before this happened. The Left is clearly energized, based on turnout figures from other special elections. Trump is unpopular, Republicans have barely squeaked by in a number of House special elections, and midterms are notorious for punishing the president in power.

In the House, Republicans are especially vulnerable, and plans by Speaker Paul Ryan to quit next year reflect the excellent chance that he will be replaced by a Democratic speaker. In the Senate, Republicans are fortunate to have few vulnerable seats up for grabs in 2018, but the Alabama race also puts Democrats one step closer to a majority than they were before.

But the Alabama loss should not be taken as an especially alarming event for the GOP. And depending on what happens this week with the tax vote, it may not have any big policy implications for several months, if at all.

Tax reform: Whatever happens this year, there will be plenty of complaints about congressional Republicans. But if Republicans manage to pass their tax reform bill — and as of Sunday night they appeared on track to do so — a lack of accomplishments won’t be one of those complaints.

The package they appear ready to pass is politically appropriate for the moment because, with some exceptions, its provisions actually do a lot more for lower and middle-income families than they will for the wealthy.

Democrats have attacked the bill with their boilerplate rhetoric about tax cuts for the rich. But all of their specific objections — for example, over the loss of deductions for state and local taxes and the new limits on mortgage deductability — pertain overwhelmingly to rich taxpayers. People who take the standard deduction (most of them lower-income) will be markedly better off, especially if they have children.

On the corporate side, the tax code has been such a mess that there has been bipartisan support for reform ever since the Obama administration. But Democrats are not interested in giving Trump a win there anyway, and in any event they would have liked a rate higher than the 21 percent that the Republican proposal settles on.

Trump’s and the Republican Party’s future look bleak at the moment. Both may hinge on the effectiveness of this tax plan. If it really works as intended, and companies really do reinvest in the U.S., the economy could be doing considerably better by next fall. In that case, the political conversation could have changed as well, as could Trump’s popularity.

And that is the Republicans’ last best hope for maintaining control of Congress in the coming midterm. It isn’t a pretty though to believe that they face such a Hail Mary situation, but consider this: Democrats had a similar opportunity in 2010. They expected (or at least hoped) the stimulus would produce “Recovery Summer.” If it had, their fortunes might have turned out quite differently.

Republicans now face a reckoning which, unlike most of American political life today, depends on a straightforward policy question. Is tax reform really as badly needed as everyone thought? And will its effects be as widely felt and beneficial as all the theory predicts?

Senate 2018

Minnesota: Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s impending resignation will create a vacancy, and a special election to serve out the remainder of the second term he won in 2014.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced last week that he is appointing Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a former Planned Parenthood lobbyist. Smith will have the inside track in the Democratic primary. Already, Congressman and DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison has made clear that he is not running.

Republicans could make a real go at this seat — although again, it looks like the conditions this cycle will be far from ideal. Former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty , R, is apparently considering the race, and issued a non-denial denial when asked about his interests. Recall that in 2002, his original intention had been to run for U.S. Senate against the late Sen. Paul Wellstone before Karl Rove managed to steer him toward the governorship and Norm Coleman (whose intentions remain unknown) toward the Senate race. Both men narrowly won their respective races.

Missouri: In case another confirmation of this was this was needed, you can take it to the bank that there won’t be any ugly primaries in Missouri next year. The Senate Conservatives Fund, which never met an establishment candidate it wasn’t willing to run a primary challenger against, has joined the Club for Growth, President Trump, and the entire Missouri Republican establishment to back Attorney General Josh Haley in his challenge to Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

This, one of Democrats’ most vulnerable seats in 2018, highlights the importance of last week’s race in Alabama. McCaskill’s position is incredibly weak, and before the Doug Jones victory a loss by her would have meant Democrats had to pick up at least four Republican seats to win a majority. Given the composition of this year’s Senate class, that would have been nearly impossible.

But now they can lose McCaskill and they still only need to win three seats currently held by Republicans. This is far more realistic — for example, if they can win in Arizona (open) and Nevada (Dean Heller), and then pick off one other apparent longshot (say, Texas or Tennessee).

House 2018

Pennsylvania-15: Rep. Charlie Dent, R, the moderate who replaced now-Sen. Pat Toomey, R, in this Allenton-area seat, is talking about resigning his seat early, possibly to take a TV gig. If he does this, Republicans will face a serious challenge hanging on to this very swing-y blue-collar district. President Trump carried it by 7 points in 2016, Mitt Romney by only three points in 2012.

 

Lean Machine

Meuller’s team has made over $60,000 in political donations in the last 30 years. Of those donations, “$62,043 went to Democrats and $2,750 to Republicans,” Politifact reports.

According to CNN, at least 5 of mullers team have donated to Democrat candidates and causes:

  • One has donated “$33,000 to political campaigns over the years,” including “Democratic presidential candidates Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
  • Another gave donated $12,700 to the Obama and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns.
  • Two donated the legal maximum $2700 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

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Developing: President Trump May Pardon General Flynn

President Trump has indicated he is opening to pardoning General Mike Flynn, but he’s not ready to talk about the issue just yet.

Trump also noted that people are “very, very angry” at the FBI and Justice Department.

According to The Daily Mail:

Donald Trump said Friday that he’s not ready ‘yet’ to talk about a possible presidential pardon for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn…

Flynn pleaded guilty last month to a charge of lying to the FBI about his pre-Inauguration contacts with Russia‘s ambassador to the U.S.

I don’t want to talk about pardons with Michael Flynn yet. We’ll see what happens,’ the president said as he left the White House for a speech to FBI agents in Virginia.

‘When you look at what’s going on with the FBI and the Justice Department, people are very, very angry,’ he added.”

 

Welfare Reform a 2018 Resolution for Republicans?

Cleaning up our welfare system is a perennial resolution for Republicans. But, there is talk they may actually take at least some action on it next year.

According to The Hill, “President Trump is also preparing an executive order on welfare that will spell out the administration’s priorities while encouraging Congress to act.”

Creating work, education, or training requirements for those who receive money from government programs, such as Medicaid, is a likely goal.

Real entitlement reform—cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—is a deeply unpopular but inevitable move that the federal government will have to make at some point. That’s what keeps it feeling like most of those January resolutions we all make . . . we’ll believe it when we see it.

Ohio Votes 20 to 12: No Targeting Down Syndrome Kids for Abortion

“The GOP-led Ohio state Senate on Wednesday passed a ban on abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, and Republican Gov. John Kasich has sent signals that he will soon sign the measure into law,” Fox News reports.

“Lawmakers voted 20-12 in favor of the ban, which would prohibit doctors from performing an abortion if doctors know that it is being sought, ‘in whole or in part,’ to avoid a Down syndrome pregnancy.

“Doctors who violate the ban would lose their medical license and face a fourth-degree felony charge, including up to a $5,000 fine and 18 months in prison. Mothers would not be punished by the law.”

Ohio’s law, and to an extent the United States as a whole, stand in strong contrast to some other countries’ policies and practices. Earlier this year, CBS reported that Down syndrome has almost entirely disappeared from Iceland’s population due to the abortion of pre-born children who receive the diagnosis. In Denmark, there are reports that only 4 children with Down syndrome were born last year. And in France last year, a video campaign suggesting parents ought not to fear a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was censored by the French government.

This past October, before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Frank Stephens gave a powerful and widely-shared statement on the value of his life as a man with Down syndrome, and called for greater scientific research on the condition.