End Of Day Report

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

About That Vote

The 15-to-0 Security Council vote imposing the toughest sanctions ever on North Korea is still reverberating today. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, whom I admire, was asked this morning on Fox & Friends what turned the tide at the U.N. Security Council to get China and Russia on board.

Haley answered, “It was really me saying, ‘How many more ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] tests do we need to have before we do something?”

With all due respect to Ambassador Haley, votes at the Security Council don’t happen because an ambassador makes a really compelling argument. Every ambassador on the council votes as they are directed to do so by their government. The Chinese ambassador wasn’t moved by Nikki Haley. He answered to his bosses in Beijing.

What turned the tide at the U.N. was the tough, behind-the-scenes diplomacy conducted by President Trump, Vice President Pence and their entire team. Ambassador Haley certainly knows this.

Yet she managed to go through an entire seven-minute interview without once mentioning the words “President Trump.” Get ready for tomorrow’s front page New York Times report on Ambassador Haley’s 2020 campaign.

By the way, the last time there was a unanimous vote at the U.N. Security Council on something that mattered was December 23rd of last year. The Council voted 14-to-0 with one abstention (the United States) to condemn Israel and to declare that the Jewish state had no historic claim to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

What a contrast. Under Obama, the United Nations condemned Israel, a free democratic nation. Under Trump, the U.N. condemns North Korea, a brutal totalitarian regime. Now that is progress!

WWKD?

What will Kim Jong-un do next? His Stalinist regime has outmaneuvered three previous U.S. presidents, and he shows no signs of going quietly into the night.

U.S. intelligence has detected evidence that North Korea is installing cruise missiles on patrol boats — a clear threat to the U.S. Navy.

The rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang’s state-run media is even more belligerent than normal. Reacting to the new sanctions, Kim Jong-un’s government warned of a “thousand-fold revenge,” saying, “The unwise conduct of the U.S. will only speed up its own extinction.”

Far more serious are breaking reports that North Korea “has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.”

Yesterday, the Chicago Council Global Affairs released a poll finding that Americans are increasingly concerned about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Here are some key findings:

  • 75% of Americans view North Korea’s nuclear program as a critical threat to the U.S.
  • 62% favor deploying U.S. troops to defend South Korea if it is attacked by the North.
  • 76% support increasing sanctions against North Korea.
  • Only 21% of the public is willing to accept an agreement that legitimizes North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

    President Trump responded this afternoon to Kim Jong-un’s provocative statements, as well as today’s news that North Korea now possesses the ability to arm ICBMs with nuclear warheads. The president said:

    “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening, beyond a normal statement, and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

    Overplaying Her Hand

    The race card is overplayed in society. It is almost universally applied to conservatives and Republicans in order to shut down any argument the left wants to avoid.

    Mitt Romney was accused of being a racist, even though he has a black grandchild. Jeff Sessions was called a racist even though his daughter is married to an Asian man and Sessions has four Asian grandchildren.

    Of course, Hillary Clinton famously condemned half the country as belonging to a “basket of deplorables.” The first adjective she used to describe Trump voters was “racist.”

    Guess who else is a racist? Liberal Harvard Law Professor and Hillary Clinton supporter Alan Dershowitz — at least if you believe Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

    Professor Dershowitz has been critical of the never-ending Russia investigation of President Trump. Referring to the recent announcement that Special Counsel Mueller had impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., Dershowitz said:

    “It gives the prosecutor a tremendous tactical advantage. . . the case now can be brought not in Northern Virginia, which is a swing area, sometimes Democrat, sometimes Republican. . . but the District of Columbia, which is always solidly Democratic and has an ethnic and racial composition that might be very unfavorable to the Trump Administration.”
    This is the exact same point I made in our report last week. Asked to comment on MSNBC, Rep. Waters denounced Dershowitz as “absolutely racist.” I guess Maxine Waters would call me a racist too.

    During a Fox News interview this weekend, Professor Dershowitz hit back, saying:

    “If I had said that race didn’t matter, [Waters] would have called me a racist. She throws around the term so loosely and so inappropriately. . . Would she have called Johnnie Cochran a racist when he obviously understood that the racial composition of the jury in the O.J. Simpson case mattered a great deal? . . .

    “You know, being black doesn’t give you a license to call people racist any more than being Jewish gives you license to call people anti-Semitic. . . She tossed it around and targeted me for no good reason. She ought to be ashamed of herself.”
    A lot of so-called progressives should be ashamed of themselves for constantly overplaying the race card. But they aren’t because they keep doing it. Sadly, they will continue doing it because they are exploiting the common decency of the vast majority of Americans and no one wants to be called a bigot.

 

End Of Day Report

Monday, August 7, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

15-To-0

The United Nations Security Council voted 15-to-0 this weekend in support of tough new sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions, drafted by the United States, come in the wake of repeated ballistic missile tests that have revealed shocking advances in the Stalinist regime’s capabilities.

The sanctions hit North Korea’s “primary exports” — coal, iron and seafood. According to various estimates, they could reduce North Korea’s trade revenues by more than a third.

A statement from U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley described the sanctions as “the strongest . . . ever imposed in response to a ballistic missile test.” That means these sanctions are stronger than anything imposed by the Obama Administration, stronger than anything imposed by the Bush Administration and stronger than anything imposed by the Clinton Administration.

The fact is North Korea has been engaging in nuclear blackmail for decades and administrations of both parties have failed to deal with it. Meanwhile, it has been unnerving to read quotes from intelligence officials who claim to be astonished by North Korea’s advances. Perhaps if there were less surveillance of Trump officials and more surveillance of North Korean officials, our experts wouldn’t be so surprised.

There’s no guarantee these sanctions will succeed in changing North Korea’s belligerent behavior. Odds are they won’t. But this was a necessary step that had to be taken before the administration can begin to develop a consensus on the need for military action.

Every day since the inauguration, the left has been trying to weaken President Trump politically in order to drive him from office. Progressives have accused the president of destroying America’s credibility around the world, isolating us from allies and prohibiting any chance of building an international consensus.

Yet with little fanfare, the Trump Administration succeeded in producing a unanimous Security Council vote Saturday, with China and Russia supporting these tough new sanctions. I looked but could not find a single analyst who said it was time to reevaluate criticism of President Trump’s leadership.

Ready For 2020?

I know, I know. . . We just had a presidential election last year, and there are mid-term congressional elections next year. But apparently some progressives just can’t get over the fact that Donald Trump won and they are already fantasizing about 2020.

Last week, Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) threw his hat into the ring. Not for governor or senator next year, but for president . . . in 2020. That led Politico to run an amusing column headlined, “What Is John Delaney Thinking?”

Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a bizarre story suggesting that Vice President Mike Pence was gearing up for his own 2020 presidential campaign, along with the other GOP figures like Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

The assumption behind the Times report was that President Trump may be forced from office or will refuse to seek a second term.

The story is just more fake news based on left-wing wishful thinking. Vice President Pence and other political figures aren’t doing anything unusual.

They are attending events and raising money for what is expected to be a tough election cycle next year. Big deal. Desperate to improve its circulation figures, the New York Times is taking run-of-the-mill political activity and jumping to all kinds of sensational conclusions.

Vice President Pence blasted the Times report as “disgraceful and offensive.” He labeled the story as “categorically false” and “just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration.”

The vice president is right to be outraged. One thing the Times fails to mention is that the biggest Pence fundraiser was headlined by Ivanka Trump. And the first contribution that Pence made from this leadership fund went to the president’s re-election effort.

End Of Day Report

Thursday, August 3, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Miller Gets “Acosted”

Trump Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller stepped up to the podium yesterday in the White House Briefing Room to answer questions about the RAISE Act, legislation reforming the nation’s legal immigration system. He ended up getting accosted by a left-wing “attack dog” from the Clinton News Network, Jim Acosta.

Their epic exchange is a perfect example of the division between left and right. It is also clear evidence that many so-called “journalists” are not unbiased reporters of facts, but active combatants on one side of America’s culture war.

It is worth noting here that Stephen Miller was a top aide to former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who led the conservative resistance to previous amnesty bills in Congress. Miller knows immigration policy like the back of his hand. In this battle of wits, Acosta showed up unarmed.

Here’s how Acosta started his questioning:

“The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to be free.’ It doesn’t say anything about speaking English. . . Aren’t you trying to change what it means to be an immigrant coming into this country, if you are telling them you have to speak English?”
Miller noted that poems don’t make policy and that current policy requires English proficiency for naturalization. Unfortunately, previous administrations of both parties have ignored the law. That is why we have to print ballots in dozens of foreign languages. The Trump Administration should start enforcing the English requirement for naturalization ASAP.

It wasn’t long before Acosta started pontificating about “the wall,” even though the issue at hand was reforming our LEGAL immigration system. Miller asked, “Do you really at CNN not know the difference between [legal immigration] policy and illegal immigration?”

Acosta then returned to harping on the bill’s English requirement, asking, “Are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?” Miller unloaded with both barrels:

“I have to honestly say I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree. . . Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
Predictably, Acosta played the race card, saying the legislation was “trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country through this policy.” Miller fired back:

“Jim, that is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant, and foolish things you’ve ever said. . . the reality is that the foreign-born population into our country has quadrupled since 1970. That’s a fact. . . The people who have been hurt the most by the [open borders] policy you’re advocating are immigrant workers and minority workers and African American workers and Hispanic workers.”
You can watch their exchange here.

Once again, I was struck by just how out-of-touch the left is with Main Street. Polling shows that more than 80% of Americans support English as our national language. But many immigrants are not learning English, even those who have been here for a decade or more.

It is telling that on everything that defines a nation, the left and our elites see these fundamental values as a hindrance to their radical agenda, an agenda which the American people reject.

Those Canadian Bigots

Not surprisingly, House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi is no fan of the RAISE Act. Pelosi parroted Acosta’s criticism, blasting the legislation as “hateful” and “senseless,” claiming that it “instills fear in our communities, weakens our nation, and dishonors our values.”

Responding to Ms. Pelosi’s criticism, Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a sponsor of the RAISE Act, said, “Anytime a liberal politician starts fear mongering, you know you’re on to something good. We’ve modeled this after Canada, for goodness sake!”

That’s right. Our progressive northern neighbors have a much more conservative, commonsense immigration policy than we do.

Thankfully, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue have at least started a desperately needed conversation. Please call them at (202) 224-3121 and thank them for their leadership.

The Case For A Special Prosecutor

A strong case is being made for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and I don’t mean the media’s obsession with Russia. As for Robert Mueller, my good friend Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) makes a very compelling case for why Mueller should resign.

We need a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch has discovered yet another trove of Clinton emails, this time from Hillary’s top aide, Huma Abedin. The fact that we are still finding Hillary’s emails proves that James Comey’s investigation was incomplete at best, if not incompetent.

According to Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch’s president, these new emails reveal patterns of “Pay to play, classified information mishandling, influence peddling [and] cover ups.” Fitton continued, “It’s hard to tell where the Clinton State Department ended and the Clinton Foundation began. It was almost like a seamless operation.”

On Fox & Friends this morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that the statute of limitations has not expired and Hillary could still be prosecuted. He suggested that information be presented to a grand jury and let’s see what happens.

Kudos To Rubio

As the Senate attempts to pivot from health care reform to tax reform, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is pushing hard to incorporate policies that put America’s working families first. Specifically, Sen. Rubio wants to increase the per-child tax credit to $2,500.

You can read more about Rubio’s pro-family tax policies here.

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

America First

President Trump today announced his support for the RAISE Act, legislation reforming the nation’s legal immigration system. The RAISE Act is co-sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA).

If enacted, the measure would reduce legal immigration by 50%. That may sound like a lot because it is a lot.

Current levels of immigration are at historic highs, and it is having a tremendous impact at all levels of government. The cost of educating non-English speaking students is vastly greater than the cost of educating native-born students.

More importantly, the legislation would dramatically transform current immigration policies from a family-based, “chain migration” system to one that is based on merit and skills.

It is based on a fundamental economic principle — supply and demand. It seeks to balance the needs of industry and a growing economy without creating an oversupply of workers, which suppresses wages of U.S. citizens.

That may seem like an obvious thing to do, but we’re not doing it. According to Politico, “Those admitted to the U.S. on the basis of merit have accounted for less than 10 percent of all legal immigrants over the past 15 years.”

Speaking at the White House this afternoon, President Trump declared that this immigration reform bill “will reduce poverty, increase wages, and save taxpayers billions and billions.” Here’s a brief excerpt of the president’s remarks:

“This competitive . . . process will favor applicants who can speak English, financially support themselves and their families, and demonstrate skills that will contribute to our economy. The RAISE Act prevents . . . new immigrants from collecting welfare, and protects U.S. workers from being displaced. . .

“This legislation will . . . restore the sacred bonds of trust between America and its citizens. This legislation demonstrates our compassion for struggling American families who deserve an immigration system that puts their needs first and that puts America first.”

Infiltration Fears

President Trump recently said that his administration “inherited a mess” from Obama, including “many problems across [the] government.” Here’s one example.

Alarm bells are going off at the Pentagon over an Obama-era program that allowed non-citizens to serve in the military. In exchange for their service, they were put on a fast-track toward citizenship. Sounds good, but. . .

A recent report from the Pentagon’s inspector general has members of Congress demanding answers. Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK), endorsed by CWF, said, “The program has been replete with problems, to include foreign infiltration. So much so that the Department of Defense is seeking to suspend the program.”

Another member of Congress said some enlistees under this program have gone missing. He asked, “Where are they? What do they know? Where are they serving? What are their numbers?”

Insufficient vetting appears to be a major concern. Other lawmakers briefed on the inspector general’s report said that some of the program’s enrollees came from “countries of concern,” meaning nations known to be hotbeds of jihadi sentiment.

Restoring The Rule Of Law

While we’re on the subject of immigration, federal agents staged a series of raids last week which resulted in the arrests of 650 illegal immigrants. According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security, “All of the individuals targeted during this operation had been issued a final [deportation] order . . . by a federal immigration judge.”

Twenty percent of those arrested had criminal convictions for “DUI, assault and battery, drug possession, domestic abuse and sexual assault.”

Thankfully, the Trump Administration is sending the message loud and clear that the Obama-era tolerance of illegal immigration is over.

Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reiterated the Trump Administration’s commitment to law and order. Director Homan said, “I urge anyone considering making the dangerous and unlawful journey to the United States: Please do not take this risk. . . you will be identified, apprehended and returned to your home country.”

What a contrast to Barack Obama, whose policies actively encouraged illegal immigration!

By the way, two disturbing cases this week are exposing the political malfeasance of left-wing policies. In the sanctuary city of Portland, Oregon, an illegal immigrant with a lengthy rap sheet raped a 65 year-old woman.

And in Burien, Washington, Salvador Diaz-Garcia, one of Obama’s so-called “Dreamers,” brutally attacked a 19 year-old woman and a 14 year-old girl. Reacting to Donald Trump’s election, Burien, a suburb of Seattle, passed a “sanctuary city” law in December.

Once again, we see how progressive politicians are more concerned with protecting illegal immigrants than they are with protecting their fellow citizens. Sadly, there was no sanctuary for these victims of the progressive agenda.

Scandal Update

Yesterday, I wrote extensively about the Obama Administration’s abuse of our national security apparatus and the “unmasking” of American citizens caught up in intelligence intercepts. One of the individuals specifically mentioned in a bombshell report Monday was former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

Rhodes was a key figure in selling Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Last year, he openly bragged to the New York Times about how the White House manufactured a false narrative regarding the Iranian regime and fed disinformation to left-wing groups and willing accomplices in the media.

I am pleased to report that the House Intelligence Committee is now zeroing in on Rhodes and his role in the unmasking scandal. The committee is demanding the National Security Agency turn over all unmasking requests made by Rhodes from January 1, 2016 to January 20, 2017.

That is a good start. But given his role in the Iranian nuclear deal, the committee should demand all of Rhodes’ records going back to 2013 to see if he was spying on members of Congress and groups opposed to the deal.

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Clapper Controversy

A big story broke in the last 24 hours. This story it has far greater implications than anything else the left-wing pundits are talking about, but you won’t hear about it from the mainstream media. It goes straight to the question of whether Barack Obama weaponized America’s intelligence agencies against Congress and perhaps even the Supreme Court.

The story revolves around the Obama Administration’s monitoring of conversations by his political opponents combined with strategic “unmasking” of individuals and leaking of those conversations to damage his political opposition.

Just to refresh your memory, “unmasking” is Washington jargon that refers to the process of exposing an American citizen’s identity in intelligence reports. As you know, the government has the authority to monitor conversations of foreign citizens for national security reasons. But, in the process, it routinely picks up conversations of U.S. citizens.

Constitutional protections demand that the names of U.S. citizens incidentally intercepted not be disclosed except under the most extraordinary circumstances. That disclosure is referred to as “unmasking.”

Now to the bombshell development which big media are ignoring.

It has already been widely reported that the Obama Administration relaxed rules governing the sharing of classified information during its final days in power. This rules change made it easier for members of the intelligence community to leak sensitive information to the media.

You may recall the Evelyn Farkas interview in which the former Obama official admitted that she and her colleagues were trying to get intelligence information regarding Donald Trump out to as many places as possible before he took office.

We are now learning that in March of 2013, James Clapper, Obama’s director of National Intelligence, dramatically changed the rules governing surveillance to make it easier to unmask members of Congress and their staff.

The implications are obvious, particularly as a web of facts begin to take shape — facts which strongly suggest that the Obama Administration, which had already politicized the IRS, was in the process of weaponizing the national security apparatus of the United States against its political opponents.

One intelligence official with knowledge of Clapper’s rules change said, “We understood we were more than doubling the universe of those who could make special requests outside the [normal] process.”

Why would Obama want to make it easier to spy on Congress?

March of 2013 just happens to be the same month that the Obama Administration began secret meetings with the Islamic Republic of Iran, meetings which ultimately led to Obama’s nuclear deal with the ayatollah.

Obama knew his nuclear deal with an avowed enemy of America — the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, an enemy with the blood of American soldiers and citizens on its hands, an enemy that has repeatedly promised to wipe Israel off the map — would be extremely controversial. It seems he wanted to stay one step ahead of his political opponents. And that is exactly what happened.

Think about that. Obama submitted the deal to the United Nations, while doing everything he could to prevent a vote in the U.S. Senate.

This deal has had only two “successes” that we know of: It successfully eliminated many of the strongest sanctions against Iran which had been painstakingly developed over many years by our allies and us. And it successfully provided billions of dollars to a rogue regime. The Islamic Republic won big.

In a world so concerned about foreign governments interfering in our politics, how does one meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and a Russian lawyer rise to the level of “treason” and impeachable offenses compared to Obama’s Iranian sellout?

“A Grave Threat”

Since 9/11, the greatest advocates for robust monitoring of communications in a world of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc., have been strong national security conservatives. I proudly count myself among them.

We have argued with our libertarian brethren about this issue because they felt that the risk of abuse by an overpowering federal government was greater than the risk we face from radical Islam. With each new disclosure of what the Obama Administration was up to, the libertarian argument becomes more compelling.

Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

The path the Obama Administration was on is the path often traveled by authoritarian regimes. A good example is Venezuela, where a republic is being fundamentally transformed into a socialist dictatorship. All the power of the government is being brought to bear against the political opponents of the Maduro regime.

On Fox & Friends this morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano warned that this abuse of our intelligence community is “one of the gravest threats to democracy in the modern era.” Judge Napolitano also said that Justice Antonin Scalia once told him that he believed the private deliberations of the Supreme Court justices were also being monitored.

Scalia was a brilliant man. If he had reason to be suspicious, I am concerned. This news is likely to set off another round of speculation regarding Chief Justice John Roberts’ inexplicable Obamacare ruling.

We know the Obama Administration unmasked members of Congress. We know it spied on journalists. We know it unmasked members of the Trump campaign. Months ago I asked, “Why should we believe that only Donald Trump was monitored?” Senators Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham believe they have been monitored. Was Mitt Romney’s campaign monitored?

Were Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton aware of these tactics? What was the role of former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Attorney General Eric Holder and other top Obama officials? Who in the intelligence community cooperated with this scheme and is still there?

Attorney General Sessions should appoint a second special counsel to conduct an open-ended investigation of the political abuse of our national security agencies. Such an appointment is desperately needed and would level the playing field that exists right now.

Tisha B’Av

Today a record number of Jews went to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to observe Tisha B’Av. It is a day of mourning and repentance commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as “a list of catastrophes so severe it’s clearly a day set aside by God for suffering.”

Jews throughout history have understood the meaning of this day. One way to understand the evil times we are in is to consider that bureaucrats at the United Nations and Palestinian mobs in Jerusalem deny that there ever were temples there to be destroyed.

One mark of authoritarian regimes is that they not only try to destroy their enemies, but they often attempt to erase any history of their enemies’ existence. That is why Jewish cemeteries or Christian holy sites are at risk in areas that fall to Islamists.

As always, I stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters on this day of mourning and repentance.

End Of Day Report

Monday, July 31, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

BREAKING NEWS: President Trump has fired White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

After a tumultuous ten-day tenure, sources say President Trump was not happy with Scaramucci’s vulgar rant that appeared late last week in The New Yorker. Rarely has a new hire made such a big mistake so quickly. And for a communications director, it was a whopper.

This is not a sign of chaos. Quite the opposite. Additional reports suggest that Scaramucci’s abrupt departure was an early marker of new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s authority, not to mention Marine-like discipline and efficiency.

Kelly In Command

The dramatic announcement late Friday evening that General John Kelly was leaving the Department of Homeland Security to become President Trump’s new White House chief of staff dominated political news.

Kudos to Reince Priebus for demonstrating tremendous class as he left. He played a significant role in transforming the Republican National Committee and in the historic 2016 Trump victory. He is a good and decent man.

In my view, the appointment of Gen. Kelly is a grand slam home run. My hope is that he will be given full authority to coordinate access and communication to the president, and will help the administration focus its message and achieve its big goals.

Of course, his new assignment raises an obvious concern: Will the president be able to find someone of equal caliber to replace Gen. Kelly at the Department of Homeland Security?

The appointment of a general as White House chief of staff is causing some on the left to meltdown. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) condemned Kelly’s appointment, alleging that President Trump is “militarizing the White House” and “putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist.”

Gen. Kelly is an American hero. He lost his son in Afghanistan. He believes in secure borders. He fought for the president’s policy of temporarily suspending immigration from six jihadi countries known to be hotbeds of terrorism. He was confirmed 88-to-11 to his previous position as secretary of Homeland Security.

But to Ms. Lee that looks like extremism because she is committed to gutting the defense budget and to open borders.

New Korean Crisis

The danger from North Korea continues to grow. Friday the Stalinist regime test-fired a ballistic missile which experts say puts “Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago well within [North Korea’s] range.” Some fear New York City and Boston could also be hit.

While there is great concern, virtually nobody in the media is addressing the elephant in the room: How did we get into this position? The answer is Barack Obama’s neglect and worse.

It’s not just that Barack Obama did nothing for the past eight years. It’s that he made the situation worse.

Obama made a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran to supposedly stop the mullah’s nuclear program. That deal ended sanctions against Iran, giving it billions of dollars. Some was even delivered in cash and gold by plane in the middle of the night.

It is possible some of that money is in the hands of North Korea. The two nations are allies. There is tremendous cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang in nuclear and missile technology. It wouldn’t be surprising if Iran bought technology it didn’t have from North Korea.

The payoff to Iran agreed to by Obama, and unanimously supported by the media and much of the foreign policy establishment, was surely noticed in North Korea. Kim Jong-un is undoubtedly asking where’s his bribe to “stop” his nuclear program. Eight years of appeasement has consequences.

We conduct surveillance on nations like Iran and North Korea with satellites, spy planes and the monitoring of electronic communications. Yet time and again, Iran has surprised us. We would find out, often from Israeli intelligence, that there was another hidden nuclear site or another underground facility.

The odds are overwhelming that even under Obama’s deal, the Islamic Republic is secretly working on its nuclear program. It is making no effort to hide the fact that it is furiously working on its ICBM program. And the only reason you need ICBMs is to carry nuclear weapons.

During the Obama years, officials repeatedly told us that North Korea was years away from being a serious threat to the United States. Recent North Korean missile displays have surprised Western experts. What a shock that the regime was hiding its work from us.

Now we have yet another test demonstrating even more advanced abilities, and the new consensus says we may have a year at most.

And yet not one major media outlet is asking the obvious question: Why did the Obama Administration ignore this threat for eight years?

Trump Not Giving Up

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to throw in the towel last week, saying it was “time to move on” after losing the vote on the so-called “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill. President Trump, however, isn’t giving up.

The president met Friday with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (D-NV) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) to discuss legislation to transfer Obamacare’s funding and responsibility to the states. President Trump also harshly criticized the GOP’s slavish adherence to arcane rules that allow the minority to control the agenda.

But that’s not all. President Trump warned that he might end Obamacare’s bailouts to insurance companies as well as the exemption given to members of Congress.

Polling in 2013 found that more than 90% of voters objected to the congressional exemption from Obamacare. I doubt opinions on this matter have changed much. It seems reasonable to most Americans that if they have to live with Obamacare, so should those who passed it and refuse to repeal it.

End Of Day Report

Friday, July 28, 2017

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Every Democrat & Three Renegades

That’s who dealt a terrible blow last night to millions of Americans who have been shafted by Obamacare. The media, the entire Democrat Party and three renegade Republican senators — McCain, Murkowski and Collins — once again demonstrated why it is virtually impossible to get rid of entitlement programs.

This debate has been dominated by talk about those potentially uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. Forgotten in all the sturm und drang were the millions of Americans whose lives were turned upside down by Obama’s quasi-socialized healthcare scheme. The entire law was built on lies.

Obama said you could keep your insurance. That was the “Lie of the Year.”

Obama said you could keep your doctor. Millions couldn’t.

Obama said premiums would go down. They skyrocketed.

Countless small business owners, hanging by a thread after the Great Recession, were pushed over the edge. One reason Obama never achieved 3% economic growth during his presidency was because of the crushing weight of Obamacare’s taxes and regulations on job creators.

I know it is tempting to be angry at the Republican Party. I confess that I am not very happy with the GOP right now. That said, another circular firing squad would cause even more cheering from the left.

Forty-nine Republican senators — 94% of GOP Senate caucus — did the right thing. All of the Democrats did the wrong thing. Unfortunately, it only took three GOP renegades to kill our chances.

The solution in my view is obvious: We must elect more conservatives!

McCain’s Legacy

Senator John McCain said that the worst thing about Obamacare was the way it was passed — “rammed through Congress . . . on a strict-party line basis.” He’s wrong. The worst thing about Obamacare is the way it hurt so many people.

McCain went on to say that Obamacare should not be repealed in the same way it was passed — on a strict-party line basis. He added that the Senate must return to “regular order.”

This is why Republicans have not been able to stop the constant drift toward bigger government. The left changes the rules to accomplish its goals, while our party gets hung up on the process.

I don’t know if any Republican could have won in 2008. But John McCain surrendered any chance he had when he decided it would be too divisive to make an issue out of Barack Obama’s attendance at a church led by an America-hating, bigoted pastor. That decision guaranteed Obama’s election and the senator has now guaranteed that Obama’s legacy will survive.

I will continue to pray for Senator McCain’s victory over brain cancer, but his illness does not change the reality that his vote last night was a major victory for the big government left.

Is Top FBI Lawyer A Leaker?

Circa reports that the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, is the subject of a criminal investigation for leaking classified information to the media. Baker is reportedly a “close confidant” of James Comey.

We will see where this investigation goes. But I was amused by the fact that not one of the major left-wing media outlets reported this news. I guess they were too busy obsessing over Russia and reporting fake news.

Another Hero Falls

Lt. Aaron Allen responded to a car crash yesterday afternoon. As he approached the vehicle, which had flipped over, someone inside the car opened fire. Allen, 38, was hit multiple times and killed.

Nicknamed “Teddy Bear,” Allen was a beloved figure in the community. He had 20 years of law enforcement experience and had wanted to be a police officer since he was five years old. In 2015, Allen was recognized as the “Officer of the Year” by the Southport Indiana Police Department.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett praised Lt. Allen, saying he “was doing what officers do each day: responding to the scene of an accident to help someone in their time of need.”

Once again, a community has lost a dedicated public servant and a family has lost a loved one who devoted his life to protecting us. This is what the sick, anti-law enforcement atmosphere generated by left-wing academics, organizations and politicians has led to. Our police officers deserve so much better.

Please join Carol and me in praying for the family of Lt. Aaron Allen.

Trump Honors First Responders

At a White House ceremony yesterday, President Trump honored the first responders who saved the life of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, as well as the lives of other members of Congress, during last month’s assassination attempt at a northern Virginia baseball field. I am pleased to report that Rep. Scalise was released from the hospital this week.

President Trump presented the Medal of Valor — the nation’s highest award for a public safety officer — to Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, and to Alexandria Police Department Officers Nicole Battaglia, Kevin Jobe and Alex Jensen.

Here are some of the president’s remarks:

“These officers saved the lives of every innocent person on the field that day — many of them friends of [Vice President Pence] and myself. They are American heroes and we salute them. . .

“The assault on June 14th reminded us that evil exists in this world. But it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst, that love triumphs over tragedy, and that our resolve is stronger than ever.

“We praise America’s law enforcement . . . for doing the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs, and sometimes [a] thankless job with tremendous integrity, devotion, and courage. So I just want to thank law enforcement generally. Thank you. . .

“When our human instincts tell us to run — there’s danger — our police and first responders run straight at it, standing in the breach, protecting the innocent, and keeping our loved ones safe. . . Congratulations to all of you. We are forever in your debt. Thank you. . . God bless our truly amazing law enforcement.”