End Of Day Report

Thursday, April 30, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Strengthen The Iran Bill!

The Senate this week is debating the Corker-Cardin bill, which would require congressional review of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. My friend Bill Kristol, in his capacity as chairman of the Emergency Committee for Israel, issued a statement on the legislation. As director of Christians United for Israel Action, I agree completely with his analysis and want to share it with you.

“The Emergency Committee for Israel supports efforts by several senators to strengthen the Corker-Cardin bill. That the legislation needs to be strengthened is clear from today’s statements by Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, who has obviously been assured by Secretary Kerry that Iran need not worry about the Corker bill in its current form. But if Iran need not worry, then the Corker bill as currently drafted, and the process it envisions, is not only toothless but worthless.

“The Emergency Committee for Israel also strongly objects to efforts by Senators Corker and Cardin to stifle debate and prevent votes on the various amendments that have been offered. Senators Corker and Cardin are engaged in various parliamentary maneuvers to prevent votes on important and germane amendments. What are they scared of?

“And what are the outside groups that support a no-amendments strategy trying to accomplish? Their efforts, if successful, would ensure passage of a bill that both President Obama and the Iranians are confident will have no effect in blocking a bad deal later.

“But passage of a toothless bill is not assured — as is suggested by the desperate efforts of its sponsors, the Administration, and the Iranian government to shut down criticism and debate. It’s understandable that the Iranian government loathes debate and prefers the blocking of votes. It’s unfortunate that the Obama Administration and the sponsors of this bill seem to agree.”

To underscore the urgent need for a serious debate about our Iran policy, Great Britain has notified the United Nations that it caught Iran cheating yet again on nuclear procurement efforts in violation of existing sanctions.

Are we really going to continue this charade of negotiating for “peace in our time” while Iran breaks existing agreements, foments chaos in the Middle East and threatens our ally Israel? The Obama Administration and other world leaders are repeating the worst mistakes of the 1930s. And the result may well be a second holocaust.

The Unhinged Left

In yesterday’s report I mentioned that the Baltimore riots offered a number of teachable moments. I hope you’re paying attention, friends. The left is coming unhinged, and everyone needs to see it.

One of the few encouraging moments was when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake finally called out the rioters. Businesses in her city were being destroyed and looted. Members of the press were being attacked. Families going to a baseball game were assaulted. Patrons at area bars and restaurants were beaten up. There was such mayhem that thousands of fans were confined inside a baseball stadium for their own safety.

The mayor rightfully said that nothing excuses the thugs who were tearing down and destroying her city. Unbelievably, she and the city council president have since apologized for using the word “thug.”

They did so after a member of the city council went on a nationally televised tirade and claimed that “thug” is code for the racial slur “n***er.” That is just nuts. Thugs come in all colors as do people who are good and decent.

Sadly, the mayor beat a hasty retreat. She even went so far as to say there are no thugs in Baltimore. If that’s true, then lay off the entire police force because it obviously is not needed. Who knew Baltimore was such a paradise — free from those who might rob and pillage. Oh, wait a minute — that’s exactly what the thugs just did!

President Obama used the word “thug” too to describe the rioters. He is standing by that adjective — for now.

Baltimore clearly has bigger problems than some rogue police and a lack of job opportunities in some communities. A city whose leaders feel they have to apologize for calling rioters thugs, that praises the Crips and the Bloods, has sunk so deeply into the bizarro world of the left that it is amazing it is being governed at all.

It has been reported that the Crips and Bloods protected businesses from being looted. But NPR this morning reported that black-owned businesses were protected, while Asian-owned businesses were targeted as “payback.”

Is this really progress?

Riot Shaming? You Bet!

In this ever-so tolerant culture, we are increasingly discouraged from making value judgments — from being “judgmental.” Here’s the latest crime in our politically correct culture: “riot shaming.” Ever heard of it? Neither had I — until today.

A civil rights activist from Philadelphia penned a column for CNN in which he blasts “riot shaming.” Consider these excerpts:

“In light of the current unrest in Baltimore, riot shaming seems to be the new fad. Everybody’s doing it. . . . And people have lined up to condemn the riots, the looting, and the violence. For example, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was in front of the cameras Monday night referring to the rioters as ‘thugs.’ . . .

“President Obama also referred to the riot participants as ‘thugs.’ . . . Gov. Hogan seemed to channel his inner 1950s Southern governor. ‘What we’ve now seen is outside agitators, gangs and just really thugs as the mayor called them, that are out there threatening people, injuring people and destroying property, and we’re not going to put up with it.'”

I don’t think Gov. Hogan sounded like a 1950s Southern governor. I think he sounded more like Martin Luther King, who demanded non-violence of his followers and said people should be judged by the character.

With all the handwringing, furrowed brows and psychoanalyzing on the cable networks about the “root causes” and “justifications,” the pollsters at Rasmussen Reports decided to put the question to the people. Rasmussen asked whether the violence in Baltimore was “primarily legitimate outrage” or “mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation.”

Twenty-five percent of adults said the violence was legitimate, while 63% said it was criminal. Twelve percent couldn’t decide.

Count me among the 63%!

Given all this chaos, Republicans should seriously consider a 2016 campaign theme of “law and order” at home and “peace through strength” abroad. We are seeing the tragic results of projecting weakness, whether it’s in the streets of our cities or on the world stage.

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End Of Day Report

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Better In Baltimore

Thousands of additional law enforcement officers managed to restore relative calm to the streets of Baltimore last night. While the riots have captured the nation’s attention, there is a teachable moment here with many lessons about the left’s failed policies.

  • A senior law enforcement source in Baltimore alleges that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered police officers to stand down Monday night. If there is evidence of such an order, local businesses owners who suffered damage during the riots should sue the mayor.
  • Mayor Rawlings-Blake and City Council President Jack Young apologized for calling the rioters “thugs.” The mayor said, “There are no thugs in Baltimore.” According to Mr. Young, “They’re not thugs. They’re just misdirected” — comments so breathtaking they need no commentary.
  • Fox News reports there is evidence that unknown “professional agitators” who used social media to stoke rioting in Ferguson were doing the same in Baltimore.

    The FBI is sending agents all over the country to investigate local police forces. Is anyone going after the individuals and/or groups who are inciting violence and causing unrest in our streets? By the way, rioting broke out last night in Ferguson. Two people were reportedly shot.

  • Obama finally condemned the rioting as counterproductive, but true to form he also blamed Republicans in Congress for not spending billions more on so-called urban investments. Let me reiterate: Democrats dominate Maryland. The state has had only two Republican governors since 1969. The city of Baltimore has had a Democrat mayor since 1967, a mere 48 years! Virtually every key position in the city is held by a liberal Democrat.

    If lack of “investment” is the problem, reporters should be asking Democrat officials in Maryland, “Why haven’t you made those investments?” The same party, the same ideology has controlled Maryland for decades. The left owns this disaster.

    Who Decides?

    During yesterday’s historic debate, several Supreme Court justices, including Anthony Kennedy, expressed reservations about redefining marriage — an institution that has existed for millennia.

    The left and its media allies insist that public opinion has shifted dramatically. There is some truth to that, but the media’s claims of consensus are exaggerated. Two polls this week indicate that the country remains deeply divided. An Associated Press poll found that only 48% of adults support same-sex “marriage.” A Fox News poll found the same.

    But if opinions are changing so quickly, why not let the process play out in the political arena? As Chief Justice John Roberts said, “People feel very differently about something if they have a chance to vote on it than if it’s imposed on them by the courts.”

    I appreciate the chief’s restraint. The Supreme Court should not be dictating radical social change. Republicans who would prefer to ignore the issue should — at a minimum — oppose judicial activism and demand respect for the will of the people.

    Fighting For Religious Liberty

    As we have seen time and again, the implications of redefining marriage extend far beyond the desires of two adults. Men and women of faith are being fired or fined into bankruptcy. The redefinition of marriage is leading to an attack on religious liberty.

    The AP poll also found that a majority of Americans do not believe that business owners with religious objections should be forced to participate in same-sex weddings. And by a 16-point margin (56% to 40%), Americans said it was more important for government to protect religious liberties than gay rights. But will it?

    That is exactly where this battle is headed, and the left clearly thinks it can force men and women of faith to cave every time. Hillary Clinton said last week that “deep-seated cultural codes [and] religious beliefs . . . have to be changed.”

    During yesterday’s arguments before the Supreme Court, Justice Alito asked if religious universities could lose their tax-exempt status for refusing to offer housing to same-sex couples. Obama’s lawyer, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, answered, “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that.”

    Verrilli is the same lawyer who told the justices in the Hobby Lobby case that the government could force businesses to pay for abortions.

    The left has little respect for religious liberty and believes faith must bend to the dictates of big government. If the tax-exempt status of religious universities is at risk, then the tax-exempt of faith-based charities and churches is also at risk.

    Scandal Update

    The Treasury Department’s inspector general recently informed Congress that it has recovered thousands of additional emails to or from Lois Lerner that congressional investigators may not have seen. At least 650 messages are from the crucial time when Lerner was directing the IRS’ scrutiny of Tea Party groups. This latest discovery is part of the inspector general’s on-going criminal investigation into whether the IRS deliberately withheld emails from Congress.

    Bloomberg reports that the Clinton Foundation failed to disclose more than 1,000 foreign donors to the foundation’s Canadian affiliate in spite of a written agreement with the Obama Administration promising disclosure and transparency. Foundation executives claim that Canadian law prevents such disclosure.

    But as usual, the Clintons seem to be struggling with the truth. Len Farber, a former director of tax policy at the Canadian Department of Finance, told Bloomberg, “There’s nothing that would preclude them from releasing the names of donors. It’s entirely up to them.”

    GOP Congress Fights For Life

    In January, the House of Representatives was poised to vote on legislation stopping abortions after 5 months of pregnancy (20-weeks). But the vote was abruptly cancelled when several Republican congresswomen protested certain provisions in the bill. The debacle left abortion advocates emboldened and pro-lifers wondering how Republicans had managed to botch a vote on a bill that enjoys the support of two-thirds of Americans.

    Last week, Republicans seemed to rediscover their courage when it comes to defending unborn human life, even when confronted with cowardly attacks by Democrats. You can read more in my most recent op-ed at The Christian Post.

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Burning Baltimore

    We reported yesterday that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said something extraordinarily stupid over the weekend about giving “those who wished to destroy space to do that.” Her office is still trying to clarify exactly what she meant.

    But as the rioting raged last night, it was increasingly obvious to everyone that her “hands off” policy was doing just that — giving thugs the space to destroy.

    I was stunned as I watched dozens of policemen retreating early in the day when confronted by a mob of teenagers. Those images signaled that there was no serious effort to stop the rioting. They stoked the flames and inspired others to take to the street.

    As of this morning, at least 15 policemen had been injured, six seriously. More than 140 cars were set on fire, at least 15 buildings were burning and more than 200 people had been arrested.

    Classes were cancelled today. A curfew is now in place. Governor Larry Hogan has mobilized the National Guard and is temporarily moving his offices from Annapolis to Baltimore.

    During a press conference last night, Governor Hogan said that President Obama called him. “He [Obama] said, ‘I assume that you and your team will be exercising due restraint,'” Governor Hogan said. “I assured them that we were. . . . but I also assured them that we weren’t going to standby and allow our City of Baltimore to be taken over by thugs.” Good for him!

    The Left Has Failed

    Here’s something to ponder: For more than half a century, the ideas of the left have prevailed when it comes to how best to help minorities and deal with poverty. Virtually every big city is run by the left and has been for decades.

    Conservatives have put ideas on the table — from educational vouchers to enterprise zones to programs that rebuild minority families. In almost every case, the left has rejected such ideas, frequently labeling those suggesting them as racists.

    The bromides being offered on most networks this morning were more of the same failed liberal policies or worse. There was the usual bashing of police. (By the way, a majority of Baltimore police officers are minorities.)

    There were calls to end enforcement of drug laws, which many commentators said result in minority youth developing criminal records. But allowing more kids to get hooked on drugs will not help them or society at large.

    And, of course, there were calls to throw more of your hard-earned tax money at the problem.

    But virtually nobody brought up the things that could make a real difference. How about pursuing policies that hold black men responsible for the women they impregnate and the children they father?

    Ironically, the Supreme Court heard arguments today on whether men should marry other men, while a major problem bedeviling our cities is men failing to marry women. The research is clear that children raised in fatherless homes are at greater risk for behaviors counter to a stable, healthy life.

    Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts urged parents to “Take control of your kids.” One mother has become an instant celebrity for attempting to do just that.

    There is no discussion of the culture many young people are immersed in — a culture that promotes violence and objectifies women. And, of course, no one dares to say that for the last six years we have had political leadership that appears to fan the flames of racial tensions rather than appealing to our better angels.

    Does President Obama feel no responsibility, as the first man of color in the White House, to appeal to minority youth to stop destroying the few businesses that exist in their communities?

    Of course, we are also living in a time when the left regularly tries to guarantee that no one is exposed to Judeo-Christian ideas in the public square. If Martin Luther King, Jr., were alive today and wanted to tell children in a public school that they were all created in the image of the God of Abraham, there would be lawsuits from radical secular groups.

    Some wise sage said many years ago that what prevents men from acting like animals is the fear of punishment in this life or in the next. The mobs in the streets of Baltimore last night clearly thought they had no reason to fear either.

    Marriage On Trial

    The meaning of marriage — and who decides that meaning — was on trial this morning at the United States Supreme Court. The justices allotted more than twice the usual amount of time for oral arguments — attesting to the serious nature of the subject at hand.

    There is every indication from their questioning that four justices on the Supreme Court are ready to find a fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution. Several thousand years of Western Civilization and nearly 250 years of American history could very well be wiped out by the edict of the high court.

    That very issue seemed to be giving Justice Anthony Kennedy, the likely deciding vote, some heartburn. The definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman “has been with us for millennia,” Justice Kennedy said. “I think it’s very difficult for this court to say we know better.”

    Unfortunately, that is exactly what Justice Kennedy has repeatedly done in previous decisions on related matters. Given his very broad rulings in Romer, Lawrence and Windsor, it is almost inconceivable that Kennedy would come down on the side of normal marriage in this case.

    Justice Antonin Scalia expressed concerns about what the redefinition of marriage would mean for the future of religious liberty in America. He is right to be worried.

    On Friday Christian bakers in Oregon were fined $135,000 for refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding. The intolerant left is forcing its morality on the nation.

    The court will likely issue its decision in June. The battle for religious liberty is quickening.

    End Of Day Report

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Clinton Cash Criminal?

    The fundraising scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundation and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominated the Sunday talk shows. National Journal’s Ron Fournier summarized the consensus of opinion when he said:

    “You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist . . . to know that foreign companies hope to buy influence. You don’t have to be a lawyer to know that [the Clintons] violated ethics laws. You don’t have to be an historian to know they have the history of having an ethical blind spot.”

    The scandal is clearly having an effect. As I noted in Friday’s report, multiple polls show that voters do not believe Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy. A new poll in the swing state of Virginia finds that Clinton is locked in a dead heat with virtually all of the leading GOP contenders. Just two months ago, she was beating them by double digits.

    One left-wing mega-donor who raised money for Barack Obama has backed away from helping Hillary. According to the Washington Times, Jon Cooper said, “There are some valid questions that are being raised by good people, and I think we need to have better answers to some of these questions.”

    Mr. Cooper is right to be concerned. Think about this, folks: The former governor of Virginia and his wife are in jail because he periodically promoted a friend’s vitamin company while at the same time receiving gifts from that friend. Hillary and her husband helped the Russians buy 20% of America’s uranium production!

    One Washington D.C. attorney who handles financial and public integrity cases told Fox News, “There’s certainly smoke there. . . . I think there is going to be a high, high likelihood of additional scrutiny, either from Capitol Hill or from the Department of Justice itself.”

    The Washington Post editorial board blasted these latest Clinton fundraising scandals. In an editorial Saturday, the paper wrote:

    “The questionable transactions involving the foundation and Bill Clinton’s big speaking paychecks offer fresh evidence of how the Clintons skate close to the edge of propriety. . . . There may not be illegality, but there are legitimate doubts about [Hillary Clinton’s] judgment.”

    Anarchy In Baltimore

    Freddie Gray’s funeral took place today in Baltimore. The 25 year-old black man died on April 19th from injuries sustained while in police custody. Currently there is a state criminal investigation into the officers’ conduct and a federal investigation by the Justice Department. But left-wing radicals did not bother to wait for the results of either investigation.

    After several days of peaceful protests last week, they turned violent this weekend. Police cruisers were destroyed. Rocks were thrown at officers. Six were reportedly injured. Rioters threw bottles and trash cans, and randomly attacked customers at area bars and restaurants.

    Families attending the Orioles-Red Sox game were assaulted. The baseball stadium Camden Yards was put on lock down and thousands of fans were ordered to remain in the stadium for their own safety.

    At a press conference following the violence, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that [the protestors] were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

    The mayor’s office is now claiming she misspoke. But whatever she was trying to say, she accurately summed up the result of the left’s politically correct policies. The liberal governor of Missouri initially refused to deploy the National Guard into the streets of Ferguson and, as a result, he gave space to those who wished to burn, loot and riot.

    The Obama White House sent several officials to attend today’s funeral to show its support for the victim and his family. Fair enough. But what about the rest of the community?

    In the days ahead, public officials, beginning in the Oval Office, must condemn this violence and demand respect for the rule of law and public safety.

    There is disturbing news this afternoon that gangs in Baltimore, including the Black Guerilla Family, have “entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

    This is an extraordinarily serious threat. You may recall that Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who assassinated two New York City police officers in December, was a member of the Black Guerilla Family, a notorious gang that literally took over a Baltimore jail.

    Conversations With Bill

    As many readers know, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and I are good friends. We worked together in the Education Department when Bill Bennett was Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education.

    Bill Kristol and I sat down recently to tape an in-depth discussion of political history, insider stories and conservative ideals for a new, on-line series produced by The Foundation for Constitutional Government.

    Called Conversations with Bill, these discussions provide the stories behind the history. Click here to watch my interview with Bill and be certain to check out his other interviews with Charles Krauthammer, Bill Bennett, Newt Gingrich and many others.

    End Of Day Report

    Friday, April 24, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Iran Surrounding Israel

    One of the most illogical positions held by President Obama is his insistence on not conditioning the Iranian nuclear negotiations on changes in the regime’s behavior. Recognizing Israel’s right to exist, for example, ought to be the starting point for any talks with Iran.

    Does anyone lose sleep at night over the fact that France and Great Britain have nuclear weapons? Of course not. Those nations are stable, peaceful democracies.

    But past behavior is often the best predictor of future behavior. And there is nothing in Iran’s behavior to suggest that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism can be trusted with the world’s most destructive weapons. Iran is fomenting chaos throughout the Middle East, and it is moving aggressively to surround Israel.

    The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Iran was “rekindling its relationship with Hamas.” At first glance, that might seem unlikely given the Shiite (Iran) / Sunni (Hamas) Muslim divide.

    But Western intelligence reports indicate that in recent months tens of millions of dollars have been transferred from Iran to Hamas “on the direct orders of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force.” Hamas is using the money not for schools, hospitals or job training programs, but to rebuild its terror-tunnel network.

    What is this all about? Consider this excerpt from the Journal’s report:

    “The Revolutionary Guards are eager to revive their relationship with Hamas because it gives them access to Israel’s southern border, in addition to the northern border with Lebanon, where Iran funds Hezbollah militants. Tehran is also willing to set aside its sectarian differences with Hamas because its Palestinian militants share the same long-term objectives as the ayatollahs: the complete destruction of the state of Israel.”

    Vatican Attack Foiled

    Italian authorities launched a massive counterterrorism sweep this morning. Arrest warrants were issued for 18 members of an Al Qaeda cell that was operating mainly on the island of Sardinia. Nine suspects are in custody, while another six are thought to be in Pakistan.

    One Italian official said that today’s operation was “one of the most important ever conducted” in that country. Some of the suspects were reportedly very close to Osama bin Laden. Two are believed to have been bodyguards for bin Laden, and one “boasted that Bin Laden sent him personally to Italy.”

    The terror cell is believed to be responsible for an attack in Pakistan that killed more than 100 people and for a failed plot to attack the Vatican in 2010. The cell was also involved in smuggling individuals out of Pakistan by “helping them fool immigration officers into thinking they were political refugees.”

    I hope U.S. authorities are paying attention. It would be foolish to assume that radical Islamists are not attempting to exploit our own lax immigration policies.

    Immigration Up, Wages Down?

    A new report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service suggests that high levels of immigration could be having a negative impact on the wages earned by American workers.

    According to the report, which was requested by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the foreign-born population in the United States increased by 325% from 1970 to 2013. During that same 43-year period, tax data indicate the income of the bottom 90% of Americans fell 8%, while at the same time the share of income held by the bottom 90% of Americans fell by 16 percentage points.

    Currently, the U.S. admits one million legal immigrants each year, plus 700,000 guest workers, 500,000 foreign students and 70,000 refugees. Meanwhile, many families have yet to recover from the Great Recession and the economy remains relatively weak.

    Adding insult to injury, we know current immigration policies are costing some American workers their jobs. Not surprisingly, a January Gallup survey found that 60% of Americans were dissatisfied with current levels of immigration. By a nearly 3-to-1 margin, frustrated Americans said we should decrease immigration levels.

    2016 Update

    Two polls released this week find Florida Senator Marco Rubio leading the Republican presidential primary field.

    A Fox News poll essentially shows a tie between Senator Rubio (13%) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (12%). They are followed by:

    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (10%)
    Former Governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee (9%)
    Senator Ted Cruz (8%)
    Governor Chris Christie and Dr. Ben Carson (6%).

    All other candidates were below 5%.

    A Quinnipiac University poll found Senator Rubio leading with 15%, two points ahead of Jeb Bush (13%). Governor Walker was third with 11%, followed by:

    Cruz (9%)
    Paul (8%)
    Christie and Huckabee (7%).

    All other candidates were below 5%.

    Both polls found former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominating the Democratic primary with at least 60% support, 50 points ahead of her closest rival.

    But both polls also found significant doubts about Mrs. Clinton’s character. For example, 51% of voters in the Fox poll and 54% of voters in the Quinnipiac survey said Hillary Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.

    Who is your favorite for 2016? If you haven’t participated in our poll yet, click here to cast your vote.

    Flag Follow-up

    Yesterday I told you about the demonstration that took place last week at Valdosta State University in which radical students desecrated an American flag.

    Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart attempted to rescue the flag, but was instead arrested and banned from the campus. The organizer of the demonstration is wanted by the police for bringing a gun on campus and threatening fellow students.

    Today, the university abruptly cancelled all classes. Here’s why: Nearly 4,000 people indicated that they planned to attend a counter demonstration this afternoon showing their support for Old Glory!

    Tune In Tonight

    Tune in to the Fox Business Network tonight. I’ll be on John Stossel’s show at 9:00 pm ET.

    Our interview was supposed to be about the influence of a candidate’s faith. But John quickly jumped off that topic, and we spent most of the time debating marriage, abortion and drug legalization. I think I held my own. Tune in and let me know what you think.

    End Of Day Report

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Kudos To Michelle Manhart

    Many of you probably heard the recent stories about Michelle Manhart. She is an Air Force veteran who attempted to rescue an American flag last week that was being desecrated by radical demonstrators at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

    She got into a scuffle with one of the protestors, Eric Sheppard, Jr., and resisted arrest by the campus police. She was briefly detained, banned from campus by the university, but Mr. Sheppard declined to press charges.

    For several days Ms. Manhart made headlines, usually being mocked by the left-wing media for trying to suppress the demonstrators’ free speech. But the story has taken a dramatic turn in the past 48 hours.

    Mr. Sheppard — the demonstrator Ms. Manhart struggled with — is now wanted by the police. In the days following the demonstration, Sheppard became increasingly hostile and reportedly threatened students on campus. He posted a video explaining that in his view, the American flag represented “white supremacy and racism.” But there was more.

    In another video Sheppard said, “I’m a terrorist towards lies. I’m a terrorist toward liars and those who are weak. So yes I am a terrorist toward white people.”

    During a confrontation with police Tuesday morning, Sheppard dropped a backpack. They let him go, but later retrieved the backpack. Inside they found a gun and two clips of ammunition.

    A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Mr. Sheppard disappeared. Police say he is on the run and considered armed and dangerous. Yesterday afternoon, his father issued a public plea to turn himself in.

    Who knows what Eric Sheppard was planning to do. It seems to me that Ms. Manhart deserves some credit. By drawing attention to this protest and to Mr. Sheppard she may well have prevented a slaughter on Valdosta State University.

    In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, there were the usual calls for a national dialogue about race and police brutality. Fair enough. But perhaps we also need a national dialogue about the poison the radical left is feeding the youth of this country. The Occupy Wall Street movement was prone to violence and developed a lengthy rap sheet.

    How many Eric Sheppards are there on our university campuses? Where are they learning this hatred for America?

    Obama Soft On Iran

    As nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers resume this week in Switzerland, a new Fox News poll finds that Americans disapprove of Obama’s outreach to the Islamic regime. The president earns negative scores for his handling of major issues, but one issue stands out:

  • 45% of registered voters approve of Obama’s handling of the economy.
  • 43% approve of his handling of health care.
  • 40% approve of his handling of terrorism.
  • Only 32% approve of Obama’s handling of Iran, while 57% disapprove. Last May Obama’s numbers on Iran were 48% to 40%.

    Asked if Iran “poses a real national security threat to the United States,” 65% of voters said yes, while only 29% said no. (Rand Paul, are you paying attention?)

    By a margin of 50% to 40% voters said that negotiating with Iran over its nuclear weapons program was the wrong thing to do because the regime cannot be trusted. Moreover, a majority of voters (51%) said Obama was being “too soft” on Iran during the talks, while 34% said he was “striking the right balance.”

    The voters are right. Yesterday Stephen Rademaker, a former senior State Department arms control official, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Here’s how he summarized the nuclear negotiations so far:

    “If you look at the declared red lines on our side and on the Iranian side at the outset of these negotiations, and when you look at what appears to be emerging as the final agreement, the final agreement is pretty much consistent with the Iranian red lines and bears little relationship to the red lines that were declared on our side going in.

    “So, what that tells you is that during the course of the negotiations, on issue after issue, the Iranians prevailed and we backed down. . . . And I’m not sure we’ve seen the last of the retreats on our side in the negotiations, regrettably.”

    Clinton Cash Becomes Radioactive

    I’m not predicting that Hillary Clinton will lose the Democratic nomination or the White House next year. But if she does, historians may look back and say that this was the day it all started to unravel. A tip of the hat to Jonathan Chait for summarizing the headlines:

    “The New York Times has a report about the State Department’s decision to approve the sale of Uranium mines to a Russian company that donated $2.35 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, and that a Russian investment bank promoting the deal paid Bill $500,000 for a speech in Moscow.

    “The Washington Post reports that Bill Clinton has received $26 million in speaking fees from entities that also donated to the Clinton Global Initiative.

    “The Washington Examiner reports, ‘Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation.’

    “And Reuters reports, ‘Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.'”

    The first story is by far the most damning and it demands a thorough congressional investigation. It is also the most difficult to explain.

    What the summary above leaves out is this: The Clintons gained much more than just a couple million dollars — $100 million was pledged to a Clinton Foundation initiative by the man at the center of this uranium deal. Far worse, the New York Times reports that “the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.”

    Ask yourself this: Would such a deal have happened without a former president greasing the skids and his secretary of state wife signing off on the deal? Watch this Fox News report to get a better understanding of this emerging scandal.

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    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    To: Friends & Supporters

    From: Gary L. Bauer

    Jihadist Targets Churches

    Sunday, French authorities captured Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24 year-old jihadist from Algeria. He is suspected of killing Aurelie Chatelain, who was shot while sitting in her car Sunday morning. She was reportedly “riddled with bullets.” This seemingly random attack isn’t the real news.

    A few hours after Chatelain’s murder, police found Ghlam bleeding heavily. Evidently, he shot himself in the leg and called for an ambulance. Authorities searched his apartment and discovered an “arsenal containing weapons of war,” “jihadi flags and literature,” and “plans for attacks on one or two churches in the Paris area.”

    According to one report, Ghlam had been in contact with jihadists overseas, most likely in Syria. His overseas contact “explicitly asked him to target a church.” French authorities suspect he was in the process of carrying out that attack when he murdered Aurelie Chatelain and accidentally shot himself.

    You may recall that I expressed concerns in Monday’s report that radical Islamists would begin attacking churches in the West. Churches are frequent targets in Africa and the Middle East. It is only a matter of time before it happens here.

    You may also recall that after the assault on the Charlie Hebdo offices, Jews at a kosher deli were attacked. Whether we want to admit it or not, the radical Islamists have declared war on Christians and Jews.

    The West had better snap out of its denial. You cannot defeat an enemy you refuse to identify. You cannot win a war you pretend doesn’t exist.

    Obama’s Mixed Messages

    It’s an understatement to say that tensions are high in the Middle East. But the stakes were raised in recent days when an Iranian armada set out to resupply rebels in Yemen who recently toppled the country’s pro-Western president. Tehran’s provocation is a direct violation of a unanimous U.N. Security Council resolution imposing an arms embargo against the Yemeni rebels.

    In response, the Obama Administration deployed several naval vessels to the Arabian Sea. NBC News reported Monday that “American warships are prepared to intercept a convoy of Iranian ships suspected of carrying weapons to Houthi rebel forces in Yemen.” President Barack Obama went on MSNBC to make his case.

    “What we’ve said to [the Iranians] is if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that’s a problem,” Obama said in an interview that aired yesterday. “We’re not sending them obscure messages, we send them very direct messages about it.”

    One of those “very direct messages” was the additional deployment two days ago of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and a guided-missile cruiser to the area. But is the Obama Administration really sending a signal of strength or is this more of his smoke and mirrors foreign policy?

    During her daily press briefing at the State Department yesterday, spokeswoman Marie Harf was asked whether the Roosevelt’s deployment was “a message to Iran in any way.” Harf’s answer: “No.”

    Incredulous reporters kept pressing the issue. “Why don’t you want to send a message to the Iranians that they should abide by the Security Council resolution?” one asked. “Has the administration decided that it is not going to participate in enforcing this . . . resolution?”

    A flustered Harf said, “I want to be very clear — just so no one has the wrong impression — that [U.S. naval vessels] are not there to intercept Iranian ships. . . . The purpose is not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships.”

    So have U.S. ships been deployed by Obama just so they can watch Iranian ships deliver their weapons?

    The editors of the Wall Street Journal doubt that Barack Obama is willing to risk his nuclear deal with Iran over Yemen. They write today:

    “The Iranians surely doubt it, which is why they are now testing the U.S. at sea. A U.S. carrier battle group is a formidable display of power, especially when wielded by a president with credibility. The reason so much of the Middle East is in flames is because no one believes Mr. Obama would use this military power.”

    Liberals Love Taxes, Right?

    Left-wing politicians rarely meet a tax hike they don’t like. Joe Biden loves taxes so much he even equates them with patriotism. Somehow I suspect most Americans don’t feel like saluting when they write out checks to the IRS.

    Apparently the left-wing talking heads at MSNBC don’t either. Our friends at National Review report that four MSNBC hosts have been slapped with tax liens.

    Joy-Ann Reid owes nearly $5,000 in taxes.

    Toure Neblett reportedly owes more than $59,000.

    Melissa Harris-Perry, who once praised Obama’s philosophy of “spreading the wealth around,” owed nearly $70,000. When the news of her tax debts broke, she quickly wrote a check for $21,000 and is working on the rest.

    Then there is Reverend Al Sharpton, who owes something in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. Reverend Al should be in jail and Rep. Charlie Rangel should be his cellmate!

    What is going on at MSNBC? Maybe they all borrowed Timothy Geithner’s copy of TurboTax. Maybe if the IRS wasn’t so distracted harassing Tea Party supporters and Christian ministries, we could get some of these unpatriotic left-wing tax cheats to pay up!

    Comrade Clinton

    Desperate to avoid being outflanked on her left again, Hillary Clinton is going to great lengths to channel her socialist instincts.

    The New York Times reports that while on the campaign trail this week, Mrs. Clinton is “embracing the ideas trumpeted by [Elizabeth] Warren.” Campaign aides are reminding reporters that Hillary was “the original Elizabeth Warren,” and “had this reputation as being the very left-wing, liberal, Elizabeth Warren type.”

    In fact, during the 90s, “Economists in the Clinton administration referred to the first lady and her aides as ‘the Bolsheviks.'”

    Hillary was certainly doing an impressive Lenin impersonation earlier this year. The Times tells us that during a meeting with economists to discuss income inequality, “Mrs. Clinton . . . said the economy required a ‘toppling’ of the wealthiest 1 percent.”

    Her choice of words is telling. The left doesn’t wake up in the morning thinking about how it can topple the Islamic regime in Tehran. No, it is focused on “the real enemy” — tearing down those in America who have worked hard to create products and services valued by our fellow citizens, not to mention many jobs in the process.

    I know it is popular on the left to condemn the rich, but the politics of redistribution are the politics of greed and envy. Those corrupting sins will destroy our free market economy, which has done more in less time to lift more people out of poverty than in any time in human history.