End Of Day Report

Friday, January 29, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Media Bias

There is a reason Fox News has been so successful. After decades of domination by left-wing networks, Fox burst onto the scene offering viewers something very different — fair and balanced coverage of the news and current events.

Yet I must confess that, in spite of everything Fox News has done for the conservative movement, I was deeply disappointed by some of last night’s questioning. For example, let’s examine the way the moderators approached two of the most important issues in this campaign: Terrorism and immigration.

These issues top the list of voter concerns and intersected in the wake of the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks. After the attacks, the candidates reacted in varying ways, with Donald Trump getting the most attention for demanding a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration.

Some, including Ted Cruz, argued for a more focused approach — restricting immigration from countries where there is significant support for militant Islam. Other candidates, like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich, aggressively objected to such proposals.

You know my view — terrorism aside, anti-Semitism is rampant in the Muslim world. That is reason enough for not bringing in 250,000 Muslims a year, especially when no effort is made to ascertain what they believe.

What Fox News did last night with the question from Nabela Noor was to pick the “Muslim success story” — the child of an immigrant family, living the American Dream as an up and coming entrepreneur — to shame the candidates who favor limiting Muslim immigration.

It would make just as much sense, if not more, to have someone ask this question:

“I lost my son, not in Afghanistan, but at Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed by a Muslim doctor serving in our military. There were warning signs, but we did nothing because of political correctness. What would you do, Governor Bush or Christie, to prevent Islamists from acting on their radicalism? Why should I vote for a candidate who wants to bring more Muslims into the country, especially when the FBI Director admits they cannot be fully vetted?”
Or they could have had a rabbi ask, “German Chancellor Angela Merkel is warning about a surge in anti-Semitism driven by the massive influx of Muslim immigration. Gov. Kasich, would you support efforts to prevent importing more hate against Christians and Jews?”

Why didn’t Fox News ask those questions? Perhaps Fox has its own agenda. And why on earth is a supposedly fair and balanced news channel allowing a Bernie Sanders supporter to ambush the GOP candidates?

Americans Demand Action

While we’re on the subject of immigration, the government admitted last week that more than half a million foreigners overstayed their visas in 2015.

Who are these people? Where are they now? What are they doing here? These are serious questions that deserve serious attention. Thankfully, some members of Congress aredemanding answers.

And while the Obama Administration and its open borders allies might not be interested in enforcing our immigration laws, the American people are demanding action.

A new Rasmussen poll finds that only 15% of Americans approve of current visa enforcement efforts. But 68% of Americans view visa overstays as a “serious national security risk” and 72% of Americans want those who overstay their visas found and deported.

Is Something Happening?

There have been rumblings for weeks in Washington about the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. It was reported yesterday that the investigation wasn’t slowing down and could result in charges coming later in the year — in the heat of the general election.

While I remain skeptical that the Obama Justice Department would actually prosecute Hillary Clinton, the Washington rumor mill is definitely buzzing. Consider this exchange that took place this morning between MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin:

SCARBOROUGH: To Mark . . . a network executive high up in another network that we all know asked when we were going to start talking about what most of us around this table are hearing from multiple sources and I’m sure you are, too: that the Hillary Clinton investigation by the FBI is far more progressed. . .

Mika and I have been hearing it, from the top officials in the Obama Administration for actually several months now and we can’t go to a meeting in Washington where we don’t hear that. . . All of our sources high up are telling us . . . that this investigation’s far more advanced than we the public know. What are you hearing?

HALPERIN: Well, there are three things people are keying off of, Joe. First of all, there’s a lot of chatter amongst FBI agents. . . a lot of FBI agents seem to be saying something is happening here. Second is, from a legal point of view, you look at some of the recent developments we’ve talked about here on the program, it’s hard to see now how the Justice Department, the FBI, doesn’t want to interview Secretary Clinton.

And that interview alone short of an indictment, short of anything else, that would be a huge political development. It would undermine confidence in some Democrats in the notion of going forward with Secretary Clinton.

And the last thing is there are some people in the White House who are starting to talk about this. It’s not clear to me whether they know what’s happening . . . but the body language among some Obama administration officials is: this is more serious and something’s going to happen. Again, the timing of it could be, if not cataclysmic, pretty bad for Secretary Clinton.
We may be getting some clues as to what Scarborough and Halperin are referring to. The State Department, under court order, is supposed to be making Hillary Clinton’s emails publicly available. It has asked for a delay and may well miss the final deadline. But the State Department may not be the agency responsible for the hold up.

According to a new report, the intelligence community is objecting to the release of some documents because they are so sensitive, it would be “too damaging to national security” to release them under any circumstances.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Pro-Life Journalists Indicted

A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, has indicted two pro-life journalists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, with the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). As you no doubt recall, CMP is the group responsible for the disturbing undercover videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts.

The grand jury was initially formed to investigate whether a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic had illegally sold fetal body parts. Instead, it cleared Planned Parenthood and somehow ended up indicting the journalists for attempting to illegally purchase baby body parts.

How can someone buy something without a seller? Daleiden faces one year in prison for that alleged offense.

The grand jury also charged Daleiden and Merritt with a second crime — falsifying a government document, which carries a 20-year prison sentence.

The Center for Medical Progress issued a statement denying it broke any laws, saying that it “uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press.”

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups are claiming a moral victory, suggesting that the indictments vindicate their work.

Really? Let’s roll the tape.

Here’s one in which a Planned Parenthood executive talks about how she illegally manipulates abortion procedures so they get the right parts “intact.” “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” the doctor says.

Here’s another video featuring a Planned Parenthood executive haggling over the price of aborted tissue and joking that she’d like a Lamborghini.

Responding to the news of the indictments, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Nothing about today’s announcement in Harris County impacts the state’s ongoing investigation. The State of Texas will continue to protect life, and I will continue to support legislation prohibiting the sale or transfer of fetal tissue.”

Poll Position

We’re just six days away from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, and polling shows the Democrat and Republican contests are neck-and-neck.

A new poll by Iowa State University and WHO-HD finds Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders 47% to 45% among likely Democrat caucus-goers.

The same poll finds Ted Cruz leading Donald Trump 26% to 19% among likely Republican caucus-goers. Dr. Ben Carson was third with 13%, followed by Marco Rubio at 12%. No other candidate received double-digit support.

But there is a big caveat — Iowa voters are notorious for making up their minds late in the game. And this poll found that more than a third of voters were still undecided.

Here’s something else to keep in mind: A key political conservative in the state told me this week that many of the Iowa polls are assuming there will be a huge increase in caucus participation. Those polls tend to favor Donald Trump, while polls that assume a more modest increase in turnout find a slight advantage for Ted Cruz.

Fighting Fraud

Kudos to the Public Interest Legal Foundation. As the 2016 elections begin, the group recently sent statutory notice letters to dozens of local officials in six states demanding that they clean up their voter registration rolls.

Their research found that dozens of counties have “an implausible number of registered voters compared to the number of eligible living citizens.” They are focusing on five counties in Colorado, seven in Florida, two in Nevada, 12 in North Carolina, six in Pennsylvania and five in Virginia.

J. Christian Adams, president of the foundation, warns that “Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud.” For example, if someone casts an absentee ballot for a deceased voter, it is unlikely that the dead person will come forward to complain.

The left mocks the idea of voter fraud and fights popular measures like voter ID laws tooth-and-nail. But the problem is very real and the integrity of our elections deserves serious attention.

Delusional Democrats

CNN hosted a town hall event in Iowa last night with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. Here are the most memorable lines of the evening:

Clinton: “I’m not willing to say it was an error in judgment because nothing I did was wrong,” responding to concerns about the ongoing FBI investigation to her handling of classified intelligence on a private email server. In September she apologized for her “mistake.”

Sanders: “We will raise taxes. Yes we will,” responding to a question about his plan for a government-run, socialist healthcare system.
If Clinton and Sanders keep making comments like this, the GOP should have no trouble winning in November. If the party’s strategists can’t capitalize on these remarks, they should find another line of work.

Terror Mega-Merger

A Sharq al Awsat, a London-based Arabic news outlet, reports that the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and Al Qaeda are considering a “mega-merger” in Libya. The Islamic supremacist groups are attempting to prevent the formation of a unity government as the nation struggles to recover.

Normally, the Obama Administration fights mergers. It remains to be seen whether it will do anything to stop this one. After all, it’s just the JV team merging with a couple of little league outfits. Nothing to worry about here.

In short, the chaos from the Obama/Clinton foreign policy fiasco in the Middle East is far from over. Militant Islamists are gaining power, threatening peace and stability.

End Of Day Report

Monday, January 25, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Cruz For President

As Snowmageddon descended on Washington, D.C., Friday afternoon, I publicly endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for President. I did so because, after having worked with him over the years, I have gotten to know him well and believe he is the most Reaganesque conservative in the race. You can read my statement here.

Over the past several months, I have conducted a number of straw polls among my supporters, and Senator Cruz has consistently come out on top, taking 50% in our most recent survey, with the rest divided among the other candidates.

The Iowa caucuses are coming up next week, and I urge all of our Iowa friends to support Senator Cruz. But most importantly, we need unity to ensure we defeat Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or whomever the Democrats nominate. In the days and weeks ahead, I will be working hard for a unified Republican Party in 2016.

Bloomberg Too?

Think we need another candidate running for president this year? We may get another one!

Various reports indicate that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering a third-party bid for president. If he runs, polling suggests Bloomberg would get about 13% with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton essentially tied at 37% and 36% respectively.

But that really doesn’t tell you much because the presidency is won in the Electoral College, which is based on individual state results. For example, does Bloomberg carry New York, taking that state out of the Democrats’ column?

If Bloomberg does decide to run, it could make an already crazy year even crazier!

Hillary’s Elizabeth Warren Problem

The talking heads on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” were in a tizzy this morning over a report about Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to major Wall Street banks. Goldman Sachs, for instance, paid Clinton $675,000 for just three speeches. According to a recent New York Times report, Hillary Clinton “made more than $2 million in less than seven months” speaking to the big banks.

People who attended her speeches say that, unlike her populist campaign rhetoric today, Clinton was friendly to banks, defending them from the Occupy Wall Street crowd and describing them as partners, not enemies.

Chuck Todd, host of “Meet The Press,” asked Clinton yesterday whether the big banks expected “anything in return” for that kind of money. “Absolutely not,” Hillary insisted.

But nobody believes that. As one former Democratic governor put it, “To people who earn $200,000 in seven years, it looks ridiculous.” Bernie Sanders has made Clinton’s Wall Street ties a major issue in the Democratic primary. Even Donald Trump has raised the issue.

And many pundits have noted that Massachusetts progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren is the only female Democratic senator who has not endorsed Hillary Clinton. (Warren hasn’t endorsed anyone for president yet.)

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is already rallying to Sanders — MoveOn.org and The Nation endorsed him recently. If Warren backed Sanders over Clinton because of concerns about Wall Street ties, it could be a huge setback to Clinton’s campaign.

By the way, it is very telling about the left that mishandling classified intelligence gets a yawn while failing to bash the banks appears to be a cardinal sin.

Graham Tackles Faulty Faculty

You’ll probably recall the recent controversy at Wheaton College, often described as the evangelical Harvard. Dr. Larycia Hawkins, a professor at Wheaton decided to wear the hijab out of sympathy for the plight of Muslims in America. (Muslim women have objected to such displays and the reason may surprise you.)

Wheaton suspended Dr. Hawkins, not for wearing the hijab, but for issuing a statement saying that Christians and Muslims worshipped the same god. As Wheaton noted, the God of the Bible is of a completely different nature than the god of the Koran. The relationship of the God of the Bible to man is a completely different relationship than that of the god of the Koran to mankind.

When Hawkins refused to further discuss the matter with Wheaton officials, the college began the process of terminating her contract. But last week, the faculty council at Wheaton College unanimously voted to support Dr. Hawkins and called on the administration to withdraw its plans to fire her.

Noting that his parents met at Wheaton, Reverend Franklin Graham blasted the faculty council for its faulty reasoning. In a Facebook post Saturday, Graham wrote:

“I’m surprised and disappointed that the faculty council there is now recommending the college drop their plans to terminate a professor who published that she believed Islam and Christianity worship the same God in December. This is no minor issue that should be debated. . . I can tell you — Islam and Christianity clearly do not worship the same God. How the faculty council can now support this professor being allowed to teach students is deeply concerning.”

End Of Day Report

Friday, January 22, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

GOP Blizzard

This is an early “End of Day” today. Apparently a Republican blizzard is about to hit Washington. I say that because it looks like it will shut down the government!

Much of our staff lives miles outside of the capital, and the next few days will be challenging. We hope to be back up and running on Monday. Everybody in the path of the storm should take necessary precautions and stay safe.

Conservative Magazine Hits Trump

National Review, a respected publication founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., is widely read by conservative activists and intellectuals in Washington. Today it released an extraordinary edition with dozens of articles by conservative leaders explaining why Donald Trump, in their view, is not a conservative.

If you are interested, click here to read more.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether this will have any real impact on the race. The latest CNN poll in Iowa shows Trump opening up an 11-point lead.

The Cruz campaign is skeptical of the poll, as am I, taking comfort in the fact that when you limit the results to regular caucus-goers, the race is essentially tied.

So we are back to the great unknown of this campaign: Can Donald Trump inspire new people to show up on a cold, blustery night in Iowa for what can be an intimidating caucus process? We will find out in nine days.

Achilles Heel Politics

Whatever you think of Donald Trump, and conservatives are divided over his candidacy, there is a growing consensus that he has a remarkable instinct, which, quite frankly, has been missing in the Republican Party for decades. Trump has an uncanny ability to identify an opponent’s “Achilles heel” or greatest weakness and, in short order, attack that stop.

With one theme — low energy — he convinced the great bulk of the GOP electorate that Jeb Bush was not up to the challenges of the times. But his ability to do this is not limited to Republicans.

Many Washington insiders, including Democrats, are saying that Trump, not Sanders, is responsible for Hillary’s recent collapse and is also responsible for the loquacious Bill Clinton suddenly being so silent. When Hillary attempted to slam Trump as a sexist, Trump did what virtually no other politician has done – he brought up Bill Clinton’s sad history with women and threw it back at Hillary for trying to destroy his female victims.

Whatever you think of Trump, the idea that he would be easy to beat in a general election I think is more of a liberal hope rather than reality.

The Big Picture

Charles Krauthammer, insightful as always, has a must read column in today’s Washington Post, pointing out the historic shift that took place in the Middle East last Saturday, January 16th — “Implementation Day” for President Obama’s nuclear deal. Consider this excerpt:

“In a stroke, Iran shed almost four decades of rogue-state status and was declared a citizen of good standing of the international community, open to trade, investment and diplomacy. . . On Saturday, the Iranian transport minister announced the purchase of 114 Airbuses from Europe. This inaugurates a rush of deals binding European companies to Iran, thoroughly undermining Obama’s pipe dream of ‘snapback sanctions’ if Iran cheats.

“Cash-rich, reconnected with global banking and commerce, and facing an Arab world collapsed into a miasma of raging civil wars, Iran has instantly become the dominant power of the Middle East. . .

“In 1938, the morning after Munich, Europe woke up to Germany as the continent’s dominant power. Last Sunday, the Middle East woke up to Iran as the regional hegemon, with a hand — often predominant — in the future of Syria, Yemen, Iraq, the Gulf Arab states and, in time, in the very survival of Israel.”

Defending Life

Hundreds of thousands of Americans came to Washington, D.C., today for the annual March for Life. They came in spite of blizzard warnings. They came in defiance of the left’s scorn. That speaks volumes of their dedication. This morning I met with pro-life activists, leaders and members of Congress. I am confident we will win this battle.

The march marks a tragic anniversary in America — the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing most abortions nationally. Since that ruling 43 years ago, more than 57 million innocent lives have been sacrificed in the name of choice.

We fought a civil war to settle the question of whether some men could be considered property, possessing no rights we were bound to respect. In keeping with our founding principles, we rightly determined that every life has dignity and is worthy of respect.

Roe v. Wade is an injustice based on the same misguided philosophy as Dred Scott — that some humans are not “people” for the purposes of our Constitution. But I have confidence that this good and decent land will someday once again live up to its image as a “shining city upon a hill,” when every child is welcomed into the world and protected under the law.

A lot of people come to Washington every day, often to lobby for some kind of self-interest. What is striking about the March for Life is that the people coming to Washington today are here to lobby on behalf of others who can’t even thank them. In return for their selfless efforts, they will be called “fascists” and “extremists” by those on the left. They will be accused of turning the clock back on women’s rights.

But it is the left that wants to turn back the clock. Modern technology allows us to see into the womb, making it virtually impossible to deny the humanity of the unborn child. The science of conception is settled! Those who deny the reality of life are the true deniers of science.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Rioting Refugees

Muslim migrants at a French refugee camp in Calais are rioting and, for the past two nights, they have literally burned the camp to the ground. Why would they do that?

The camp they are at now is not exactly the most welcoming place. Known as “The Jungle,” it’s essentially just a tent city housing about six thousand people. Crammed into such squalid conditions, you might expect people to get upset.

So the French government, at a cost of more than $21 million, built better temporary housing with heat, showers, beds and electricity.

As French authorities prepared to relocate migrants to the newer and nicer facilities, they had just one condition: The migrants had to be fingerprinted. That’s when things got ugly.

“Personally, I wouldn’t go because they are requiring fingerprints,” said one Iraqi migrant.

Now why on earth would that be a problem? In the wake of the Paris attacks and the Istanbul bombing, not to mention our own experiences, you can certainly appreciate why European officials would want fingerprints. Refugees looking for a better life should welcome the opportunity to cooperate with authorities. But not those in The Jungle.

By the way, we told you yesterday about the assaults by migrant Muslim men against Muslim women and children refugees. It turns out that German authorities are having to create separate housing facilities for homosexual and transsexual migrants because of widespread violence from Muslims migrants.

First it was rapes. Now it’s riots. Will anything wake Europe from its slumber and convince the bureaucrats to take control of the borders and defend Judeo-Christian civilization?

2015: A Record Year

It was virtually impossible while browsing the news yesterday to miss what a record year 2015 was. Here are few headlines:

“2015 Was Hottest Year Ever”Fox News

“A ‘Scorcher’: 2015 Shatters Record As Warmest Year”National Public Radio

“2015 Is Warmest Year On Record”CNN
That sounds ominous, doesn’t it? But let’s put that term “on record” in its proper context.

Consider this excerpt from a report about the temperature in Orlando, Florida, last year: “Orlando’s highest average yearlong temperature reached 75.5 degrees, or 2.7 degrees higher than normal based on records dating to 1892.”

Did you get that? The “record” is only 124 years. That’s not even a blip in geologic terms.

Go back a few thousand years, long before the industrial age and the use of fossil fuels, and studies indicate the earth was hotter than it is today. But I digress.

While the media were hyperventilating over global warming, it was somewhat hard to find stories about another record: 2015 was a record year for Christian persecution around the world.

According to the latest report from Open Doors, 2015 witnessed an “unprecedented escalation of violence against Christians, making this past year the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history.”

North Korea’s Stalinist regime once again topped the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. But the report found that “Islamic extremism is by far the most significant persecution engine” and “40 of the 50 countries on the World Watch List are affected by this kind of persecution.”

Explaining Trump

As Donald Trump continues to dominate Republican primary polls, pundits are scrambling to explain the attraction of someone who is routinely described as “arrogant,” “bombastic,” and “a blowhard.” Rush Limbaugh offered this interesting take on Trump’s appeal:

“What’s happening here, nationalism, dirty word, ooh, people hate it, populism, even dirtier word. Nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism in terms of appeal. . . ‘Where is conservatism in Washington?’ they’re asking. Where is it? The Republican Party isn’t conservative. . . They don’t see it.”
Rush went on to suggest that many conservatives feel the GOP has failed to adequately respond to Obama, so voters are looking elsewhere for an anti-Obama. And while Trump may be running as a Republican, he is not a politician and is certainly not someone generally associated with the GOP establishment.

In fact, it is easy to question Trump’s conservative credentials. But his major themes — securing our borders, defending our culture and restoring America’s greatness — are wildly popular. For some conservatives, that may be enough in this post-Obama era.

In the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Trump is getting just over a third of the Republican primary vote. That means about two-thirds of Republicans are looking elsewhere.

Many voters not sold on Trump like what he has to say about border security but they also want a candidate who can be trusted on judicial appointments and values issues. I think these voters will continue to gravitate toward Senator Cruz.

Cruz In The Crosshairs

With just days left before the first votes in Iowa and New Hampshire, the GOP establishment clearly has got Senator Ted Cruz in its crosshairs. We told you yesterday about Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s smear of Ted Cruz. He wants Cruz defeated in Iowa and doesn’t seem to care who beats him.

Now former President Bob Dole has weighed in. Oh, that’s right — Dole ran such a weak campaign he never got to be president, giving us the curse of Monica Lewinsky!

I guess Dole is trying to curse us again with another Clinton in the White House. He told the New York Times that a Cruz nomination would be “cataclysmic” for the Republican Party. The establishment said the same thing about Ronald Reagan too.

I admire Bob Dole for his service in World War II. He is a very pleasant man, too pleasant to run the kind of campaign that we needed to win in 1996. In short, he is the kind of Republican liberals love — the kind that fights conservatives more vigorously than Democrats, and loses general elections graciously.

Folks used to say that endorsements mattered. I’m beginning to think that “unendorsements” may matter more. Branstad and Dole are making it clear that the GOP establishment prefers anybody but Ted Cruz, and that speaks volumes.

End of Day Report

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

March For Life

The March For Life will take place this Friday, January 22nd, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The annual march memorializes the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision 43 years ago in Roe v. Wade forcing every state in the union to permit the destruction of innocent unborn children.

After more than four decades of marching year after year in the bitter cold and snow, some might ask, “Nothing is changing. Why keep doing it?” Many Americans said the same thing about slavery after the Supreme Court’s horrific Dred Scott decision. Thankfully, men and women of faith in 1800s persevered and slavery was abolished.

When it comes to attitudes about abortion today, hearts and minds are changing. A recent poll by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion finds that Americans overwhelmingly reject the extreme abortion-on-demand agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Here are some key findings of the survey:

  • 81% of Americans support some restrictions on abortion. Only 12% say a woman should be able to abort her child at any time during her pregnancy.
  • 60% of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong.
  • 68% of Americans, including 69% of women, oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
  • 61%, support banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except to save the life of the mother.

    My friends, we are winning the debate!

    We are just one or two Supreme Court appointments away from restoring some legal protections for children in the womb. The stakes in the 2016 election could hardly be greater. Who wins the presidency is literally a life and death decision for millions of unborn babies.

    Stand with CWF. Help us elect pro-life conservatives to the White House and Congress!

    Iowa Endorsements: Mystery & Outrage

    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump yesterday in Iowa, leaving a lot of conservative leaders scratching their heads. The race in Iowa is neck-and-neck, and many grassroots conservatives are trying to decide between Trump and Ted Cruz.

    Both Palin and Cruz are closely identified with the Tea Party movement. Palin has a long relationship with Cruz, who is much closer to her on values issues than Trump. Nevertheless, Cruz was magnanimous about the endorsement, saying that he and Palin will always be great friends.

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad also weighed in yesterday with an outrageous “Anybody but Cruz” endorsement. The governor, citing the senator’s support from the oil and natural gas industry, said that he wanted to see Cruz defeated in Iowa.

    Well, of course, Ted Cruz has support from oil and natural gas companies. He’s from Texas! He has a conservative energy policy. I think Branstad’s action has nothing to do with energy companies and everything to do the party establishment trying to stop a movement conservative.

    The race is extremely close in Iowa, and it remains to be seen whether these developments will swing voters one way or the other.

    One place where the race no longer seems close is the Democrat primary in New Hampshire. A WMUR/CNN released late yesterday finds Bernie Sanders surging to a whopping 27-point lead over Hillary Clinton. The race has swung 17 points in the past month, giving Sanders a 60% to 33% lead.

    Kasich’s Left Turn

    Speaking of New Hampshire, a new GOP primary poll finds Ohio Governor John Kasich moving into second place in the Granite State. How is Kasich standing out in New Hampshire?

    According to the Wall Street Journal, he is running an “unorthodox campaign” and embracing many liberal positions, “backing such issues as the Iran nuclear deal and campaign-finance reform.”

    In short, Kasich is running to the left, hoping to capitalize on support from independents and Democrats. He is not being coy about this. Kasich’s New Hampshire strategist told theJournal that they hope to get “at least one-third of his primary votes” from independents.

    And it may be working. One college administrator interviewed for the story said she voted twice for Obama, but is torn this time between Bernie Sanders and . . . John Kasich.

    The Evil Of Radical Islam

    While the political left in America hyperventilates over the imagined intolerance of Christians who believe in normal marriage or that unborn baby girls have a fundamental right to life, it largely ignores the rampaging evil of radical Islam around the world. Today brought more news that should galvanize Western Civilization to defend Judeo-Christian culture.

  • The Taliban attacked a university today in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 19 people. This same Islamic supremacist group slaughtered more than 130 children during an attack on a school in 2014.
  • In Europe, a new report by Amnesty International (AI) finds that the sexual assaults committed by Muslim migrants against European women on New Year’s Eve were not isolated events. Rapes are taking place all along the refugees’ migratory path.

    AI interviewed dozens of women and children fleeing the Middle East, and many reported being victimized by the Muslim men traveling with them throughout the entire journey into and across Europe.

    A spokesman said, “These women and their children have fled some of the world’s most dangerous areas and it is shameful that they are still at risk on European soil.” But these women and children are not at risk from Europeans.

    What is truly shameful is that Europe’s left-wing politically correct culture prevents authorities from acknowledging the source of that risk — the mentality in traditional Islamic societies that treats women like property.

  • In the Middle East, the Islamic State’s genocide against the region’s ancient Christian community continues unabated. Satellite photos show that St. Elijah’s Monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq, has been pulverized into “a field of grey-white dust.”

    The monastery stood for more than 1,400 years. But like hundreds of other historic religious sites, it has been demolished by Islamic radicals.

    Looking at photos of the devastation, Father Thabit Habib said, “Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled. We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land.”

    Sadly, he is right. It is nothing short of genocide. But Obama claims his strategy to defeat these barbarians is working and we just need to be patient. Given the way things are going, I fear the Middle East may run out of Christians before Obama runs out of patience with the Islamic State.

 

End Of Day Report

Friday, January 15, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

A Tale Of Two Nations

The Obama Administration must be disconnected from reality. Consider these statements regarding the same event — Iran’s seizure of our patrol boats and sailors.

Secretary of State John Kerry: “I want to underscore how pleased I am that our sailors were safely returned into the United States’ hands this morning. . . I also want to thank the Iranian authorities for their cooperation and quick response. . . And, in fact, it is clear that today this kind of issue was able to be peacefully resolved and officially resolved, and that is a testament to the critical role that diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong.”

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Arachi: “This shows Iran’s internal power as we powerfully seized the military vessel of the world’s big military power. . . This is a sign of our might.”
In addition, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy committee, wrote a letter to Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the head of Iran’s navy, congratulating him for the “brave” actions of Iranian Navy. According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Boroujerdi added that the encounter sent a clear message to regional countries “that the Islamic Republic of Iran feels responsible for the security of the Persian Gulf.”

The Iranians think they forced the U.S. Navy to back down and retreat. They are telling the entire Middle East that they are in charge of the region. And we are thanking them and patting ourselves on the back for a great diplomatic success.

By the way, a lot of questions are being asked about how our sailors were treated, why they didn’t resist and whether they were ordered to comply with the Iranians. We notified the Iranians that a search and rescue operation was underway, yet they seized our sailors anyway.

An Iranian official said that they had targeted the USS Harry Truman with radar systems and were prepared to fire. If true, that would be an extraordinarily hostile act that would ordinarily justify taking out those radar instillations.

Some pundits are suggesting that we stepped back from the brink of war. I disagree completely. Based on the Iranian reaction and their interpretation of events, I think war is more likely. Read more in my opinion piece at the Washington Examiner.

Debate Night Fight

If you were looking for a substantive debate on key issues, with a few jabs, punches and sharp elbows thrown in, then last night’s GOP debate did not disappoint. At this point in the race, it seems we are really down to a four-way contest between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and perhaps one of the other top-tier governors — Bush, Christie or Kasich.

Many voters agree. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Trump, Cruz and Rubio leading the race, attracting two-thirds of the GOP primary vote between them.

Here’s another interesting result from the poll: In a three way race with just those candidates, Trump leads with 40% over Cruz (31%) and Rubio (26%). In a two-man race between Trump and Rubio, Trump again prevails, 52% to 45%.

But in a Trump/Cruz contest, the Texas senator beats the New York billionaire 51% to 43%.

A Great Pro-Life Opportunity

The influence of presidential spouses is undeniable. Referring to his wife, Hillary, Bill Clinton said throughout the 1992 campaign that if Americans elected him to the White House, “You get two for the price of one.” Once Bill was in the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton led the White House’s efforts to take over our healthcare system.

It would be foolish to think that the wives of Republican presidents had no influence on their husbands. But it is a sad fact that the wives of previous Republican presidents have often disagreed with their husbands on the fundamental issue of abortion.

When it comes to the sanctity of life, 2016 could be a year of profound change. As the field of Republican candidates narrows, two candidates with great chances to win the nomination — Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — both have unapologetically pro-life wives.

You can read more in my latest column at The Federalist.

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