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NRA Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:09
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Unhinged CBS: ‘The Statue of Liberty Weeps' at Border 'Child Abuse'

NewsBusters - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:59
<p><em>CBS This Morning</em> co-host Gayle King was absolutely unhinged on Monday, putting aside any pretense of objectivity as she blasted the Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants: King excoriated it as a form of “child abuse,” an indication of “zero humanity” and lectured viewers at the start of the show that the “Statue of Liberty weeps” at the action. </p>

John Kasich Fundraising off Border Children Controversy

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:55
Ohio Governor John Kasich sent out a fundraising email Monday, seeking political contributions in response to the growing controversy surrounding the Trump administration's handling of underage illegal border crossers.

Obama Admin Approved 50,000+ DACA Amnesty Applicants with Criminal Records

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:35
More than 50,000 illegals got DACA work-permits and Social Security Numbers even though they had an arrest record, says a new report by the Department of Homeland Security.

Recent tax cuts will hurt charitable giving. Could new policy re-incentivize donations? - AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:30

While the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was heralded as a Republican legislative victory, the law has the potential to deter charitable giving by increasing the cost of charitable giving acts, therefore slowing donations. This law – which nearly doubles the standard deduction – enables an estimated 27.3 million more taxpayers to claim the standard deduction and not receive a tax incentive for charitable giving. For millions of Americans, giving to charity just became more expensive.

In a just-released report, AEI tax policy expert Alex Brill predicts that the new law will reduce charitable giving by $17.2 billion within a static model, or $16.3 billion assuming modest growth. To offset the decline in giving, Brill explores several legislative options, including an above-the-line deduction and a tax credit.

Key takeaways of the report include:

  • Even among the highest income taxpayers—those in the 95th percentile of AGI and above, where relatively few taxpayers will switch from itemizing to the standard deduction—roughly 60% of the estimated decline in giving is attributable to the increase in the standard deduction.

  • Without repealing any of the recent reforms, additional tax policy changes could reverse the impact of the TCJA on charitable giving. Two options—an above-the-line deduction and a flat-rate, nonrefundable 25 percent credit—have similar revenue losses and similar aggregate effects on giving, which more than make up for the reduction the TCJA induces.

  • An above-the-line deduction with a floor would, while modestly more progressive, most closely match the level and distribution of giving under pre-TCJA law.

Read the full report here: Charitable Giving and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

To arrange an interview, please contact AEI Media Services at mediaservices@aei.org or 202.862.5829.

Shooting Illustrated: Rust-Prevention Tips for Your Guns

NRA Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:29
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NRA Family: 3 Things To Know About Wheelchair CCW

NRA Blog - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:28
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CBS's Gayle King at Texas Border Facility: The Statue of Liberty Is ‘Weeping Right Now’

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:24
Monday at a border patrol facility in McAllen, TX on “CBS This Morning,” co-host Gayle King said the Statue of Liberty is “weeping right now” over the separating of immigrant children from their families. King said “We arrived yesterday afternoon. We went straight to the facility, the location where kids and their parents were reunited. All I can say after talking to the people, watching the people, listening to the people, that the Statue of Liberty I think is weeping right now. It’s unbelievable the stories we’ve heard.” She added, “We’re standing in front of a converted warehouse. This is the first stop for many undocumented families caught at the southern border. It’s where federal officials are trying to weed out criminals. An executive officer at the center told us a 55,000-square-foot facility can hold about 1,500 people. This is a very nondescript building. It’s not marked. And it is deliberately not marked. Yesterday, more than 1,000 people were being processed here. That includes more than 500 families and 197 unaccompanied children.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

U.S. Far-Left Group SPLC To Pay Counter-Extremist Maajid Nawaz $3.3M Settlement Over Anti-Muslim 'Hate List'

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:23
The U.S. far-left "anti-hate" Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has agreed to pay anti-extremist British Muslim Maajid Nawaz a 3.3 million dollar settlement after the group included him in a list of anti-Muslim extremists.

LA Chargers' Pouncey on Trump: 'If He Wants to Talk, We'll Talk'

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:21
Los Angeles Chargers center Mike Pouncey spoke with TMZ Sports over the weekend, telling the reporter he is open to taking President Donald Trump up on his offer of listening to pardon suggestions. The three-time Pro Bowl lineman also shot down the notion of a poor relationship between the president and the NFL. “I don’t think [Trump] has a bad relationship [with NFL players],” Pouncey said. “If he wants to talk, we’ll talk.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

Martel: Colombia's Conservative Heartland Saves Another Election Day

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:16
Colombia's conservative right clinched a decisive victory Sunday, handing the reins of the country over to now President-elect Iván Duque.

Hundreds of Turkeys Die From Smoke Inhalation Due to Gaza Terror Balloons

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:13
TEL AVIV - Hundreds of turkeys in a kibbutz near the Gaza border on Sunday died from smoke inhalation as a result of fires sparked by so-called attack balloons flown over from the coastal enclave.

20 Questions for IG Michael Horowitz

The Stream - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:10

A while back, when everyone was caught up in the debate over whether President Trump should sit down for questioning from Robert Mueller, I suggested a list of questions that Mueller should be asked by Trump. Now that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is about to sit for questioning by congressional committees, I thought I'd be similarly helpful with a list for Congress to use. Devin Nunes surely doesn't need my help on this, but, just for fun, here goes…

1. Soon after Peter Strzok was named head of the FBI's Trump/Russia probe, he texted Lisa Page that Trump won't be President and that "we will stop it." Did you infer that he meant they'd stop Trump from getting elected, or did you think he might have meant something else, such as, "We will stop meeting for five-hour lunches"?

2. When some of the Strzok-Page texts were made public, Strzok was demoted and now works in Human Resources. He also maintains his security clearance. If his appearance of bias was so detrimental to the FBI that he had to be removed from his job, do you see any irony in the fact that he's now in Human Resources? And what about the "appearance" of his continued security clearance?

3. How did you even get those Strzok-Page texts when the FBI told Congress they were not obtainable? Did you hire a family of Pakistani IT professionals to hack them?

4. According to the report, Hillary's classified emails were obtained by foreign governments and intelligence entities. How many consecutive life sentences would be given to a submariner whose personal pictures on board his sub were similarly compromised?

5. Peter Strzok was in charge of the FBI's investigation of Trump "collusion" for its first nine months. If bias is not to affect the eventual determination by the special counsel -- or the public’s perception of that determination -- shouldn't the work of the team led by Strzok be tossed out?

6. You say that there is no evidence in your report that anyone's bias affected the conclusions reached by the FBI. Question: Have you read the report?

7. How did Peter Strzok get the job of lead investigator in the Hillary email case? Was Hillary herself not available to run it?

8. Will Strzok finally be fired from the FBI by Christopher Wray, or will he be kept on and offered the exciting new anti-bias "training"?

9. When "Agent 1" texted "Agent 5" the message "I'm with her," did you infer that he was talking about Hillary Clinton, or did you think he might have been talking about some other female presidential candidate, such as Carly Fiorina, Geraldine Ferraro or Roseanne Barr?

10. Why was no recording or transcript made of Hillary's FBI interview? Given the large budget for the FBI, couldn't they have laid in a supply of pens and paper or found just one recording device? Will there be "training" for office supply managers?

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11. Why was Hillary never asked about Bill's meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac five days before her interview? Were investigators simply hesitant to ask her about ANY private meeting Bill had with ANY woman?

12. If Comey was acting entirely on his own in being "insubordinate" and deciding not to charge Hillary, why was his statement to that effect passed around for editing and tweaking by numerous other FBI officials before she was interviewed? Do you see this as collusion against Trump or simply a commendable display of teamwork?

13. As you know, the DOJ and FBI have refused to give Congress key documents related to the FISA applications and spying on Trump campaign associates, even though they've been under subpoena for many months. We know you’re looking into that now, so have they given you access to those documents?

14. If so, have you read them?

15. Um, what do they say?

16. Please, can you print us a copy?

17. If you saw Strzok's "we'll stop it" text a month ago, why did you keep it from Congress all this time? Were you concerned we might somehow conclude Strzok WAS trying to stop it, before we could see from your report that he really wasn't?

18. You worked hard on this report, and it is very long. But its conclusion is so preposterous that even Trey Gowdy has come back to life. Have you thought about entering one of the healing professions?

19. Since you have condemned James Comey for "insubordination," and we know he has lied and leaked to the media, do you think he's a good star witness in Mueller's case against Donald Trump, or in any case against anyone at any time?

20. You wrote, "We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations; rather, we determined that they were based on the prosecutors' assessment of the facts, the law, and past department practice." May we at least conclude from that sentence that the prosecutors might want to plead insanity, as they can’t tell right from wrong?

21. (Bonus question) When you wrote that sentence, were you high?

 

Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com and is reprinted with kind permission.

Ben Sasse Condemns 'Wicked' Border Law Enforcement

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:07
Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) condemned the Trump administration's immigration enforcement as "wicked" in a lengthy Facebook post this Monday.

Toxic Avenger: Aquaman Villain Will Be ‘Kind of an Eco-Warrior’

NewsBusters - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:06
<p>The <em>Aquaman</em> movie will turn the typical Hollywood environmental themes on its head — with a villain at war with mankind over pollution. On June 15,<em> Entertainment Weekly </em>reported that actor Patrick Wilson would play Aquaman Arthur Curry’s antagonist and half-brother King Orm in the movie which will be in theaters in December.</p>

Jay-Z, Beyonce Slam Trump, NFL, Grammys, and Spotify in Politically Charged Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:06
Hip-hop mega-couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé released a politically charged album over the weekend, in which the pair take turns torching President Donald Trump's tweets, the NFL's anthem fiasco, music streaming giant Spotify, the Grammys, and the police.

Watch: Israeli Teen Stabbed by Palestinian Gives Thanks For Prayers

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:06
TEL AVIV - An Israeli teen who was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist last week said it was a “miracle” she was still alive and on Sunday thanked the Jewish people for their support and prayers.

South Korea Lowers Bar on North Korean Trade Sanctions Relief After US Demands Full Denuclearization First

The Stream - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:01

The Trump administration has made it clear that there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it completely denuclearizes, but some countries are setting the bar a little lower.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed last week that the U.S. will not lift sanctions on North Korea until it sees complete denuclearization. His comments came amid much speculation that President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would weaken efforts to put pressure on the North. Pompeo's South Korean counterpart seemed to give credibility to such concerns on Monday.

Dozens of South Korean companies are reportedly eager to do business with the North, but sanctions make any such engagements difficult, if not impossible.

"Our stance is that the sanctions must remain in place until North Korea takes meaningful, substantive steps towards denuclearization," South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters, appearing to indicate that the easing of sanctions could occur if North Korea began to take concrete steps in the right direction on the denuclearization issue.

In the immediate aftermath of the summit, there was a great deal of confusion concerning sanctions, as North Korean state media claimed that Trump had offered to lift sanctions. The Trump administration quickly moved to set the record straight. "President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearization and relief from the sanctions," Pompeo said last Thursday. "We believe that Chairman Kim Jong Un understands the urgency of the timing of completing this denuclearization, that he understands that we must do this quickly and that sanctions relief ... cannot take place until such time as we have demonstrated that North Korea has been completely denuclearized."

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Dozens of South Korean companies are reportedly eager to do business with the North, but sanctions make any such engagements difficult, if not impossible.

The South Korean foreign minister's statements come on the heels of a suggestion by China last week that sanctions on North Korea be eased as a reward for Pyongyang's commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

"The U.N. Security Council resolutions that have been passed say that if North Korea respects and acts in accordance with the resolutions, then sanction measures can be adjusted, including to pause or remove the relevant sanctions," a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said last Tuesday. "China has consistently held that sanctions are not the goal in themselves. The Security Council’s actions should support and conform to the efforts of current diplomatic talks towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and promote a political solution for the peninsula."

Prior to the summit, the Trump administration applied a "maximum pressure" strategy to North Korea. The president no longer uses this term, but the administration intends to continue to pressure North Korea until it completely denuclearizes. It is unclear if the U.S. will be able to maintain this policy if the North's neighbors start to cave.

 

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Pollak: Trump-Hating Beltway Pundits Insult Jews by Invoking Holocaust to Criticize Border Enforcement

Breitbart News - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:53
Beltway pundits who dislike President Donald Trump seem to agree that the Holocaust is now fair game when it comes to attacking the administration's immigration policies.

Charitable Giving and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - AEI - American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

American Enterprise Institute - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:44

Abstract

This paper investigates how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects household charitable giving in the United States. We find that the law will reduce charitable giving by $17.2 billion (4.0 percent) in 2018 according to a static model and $16.3 billion assuming a modest boost to growth. Four-fifths of this decline is driven by an increase in the number of taxpayers who claim the standard deduction. We also investigate two policy options that could boost total giving above previous levels: an above-the-line deduction and a tax credit.

Charitable Giving and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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