Great: TSA Let Nearly A Dozen People Go Through Security at JFK Without Being Screened

A security breach at Kennedy International Airport allowed 11 passengers to walk through a TSA checkpoint Monday without being screened, the New York Daily News reports.

TSA officials left the checkpoint with the magnetometer and x-ray machine unattended, law enforcement sources told the Daily News. A security camera recorded the passengers walking through the screening lane, setting off the metal detector three times.

Worse yet, TSA agents didn’t notify police about the incident until two hours later. And despite law enforcement flooding the airport looking for the passengers, they were not found.

“What you have is 11 people, unscreened, who boarded unknown flights to unknown destinations,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News. “This is the failure of the TSA to do its job.”

The source said that the TSA tried to first use its own security guards to handle the situation, rather than going to police, which is a “violation of all the protocols.”

The TSA said it was “confident” the security breach posed “no threat to the aviation transportation system.”

“TSA works with a network of security layers both seen and unseen,” the agency said in statement. “Once our review is complete, TSA will discipline and retrain the employees as appropriate.”

Liberals Attack Melania For Reciting Lord's Prayer at Rally

Introducing her husband at Saturday’s rally in Melbourne, Florida, Melania Trump began by reading the Lord’s Prayer, but while the crowd loved it, leftists on social media were not so kind.

Liberals attacked the first lady for everything from her accent and faith to the fact that she read the prayer instead of having it memorized.

“With an hour’s practice I could probably say the Lord’s Prayer better in Slovene than Melania Trump does it in English,” @adrianshort wrote.

@NicoleAngeleen tweeted: “I could recite the Our Father backwards, drugged with a gun to my head. If you need to read this prayer, you’re not Christian (re: Melania).”

“God Bless her, but listening to Melania do 'The Lord’s Prayer' sounds like someone getting cursed to become a 'Dracula,'@carnojoe wrote.

“Melania starts the dictatorship rally with the Lord’s Prayer? NOT EVERY AMERICAN IS CHRISTIAN!!!! Country over party,” tweeted @JaimePrimak.

Some even took personal shots at the first lady, calling her a “whore.”

“…plus melania read the 'our father' like a whore in confession after a night of escorting,” @TrumpUriNation wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.

Stay classy. 

Calls To Boycott Wegmans Backfire As Stores Sell Out Of Trump Wine

File this one under "boycotts that weren't": after calls to boycott the grocery store Wegmans because they sell wines from Trump Winery, the locations that actually sold the wine...sold out of it completely.

"As of late yesterday, we had sold out many varieties in our (Virginia) stores, and in some cases, all varieties," Jo Natale, vice president of media relations for Wegmans, told the Democrat & Chronicle Friday. "For example, our two Richmond stores had completely sold out. Other stores had inventory of some varieties."

A liquor store owner in Henrietta, N.Y., told the newspaper that he was also seeing increased demand: "Some people, sight-unseen, would just buy bottles of it."

Trump Winery is located in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is run by Eric Trump. Its wines have received several awards.

Good on Wegmans for not bowing to pressure like other retailers. Wegmans is still listed on the "Grab Your Wallet" boycott list, but clearly customers care more about the retailer than a single line of products sold at the location.

BREAKING: Milo Disinvited From CPAC After Controversial Video Emerges

According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Alt-Right "fellow traveler" and professional provocateur Milo Yiannopolous will be disinvited as CPAC's 2017 keynote speaker (see update - it's now official).  His initial inclusion sparked a firestorm that, if nothing else, fueled his persona's unquenchable need for controversy and attention. The American Conservative Union's board was reportedly blindsided by the decision, with several members objecting to the selection after it became public.  I'm told that the board members present on a hastily-arranged conference call this afternoon were unanimous in their decision to rescind the invitation, in light of a new video that emerged Sunday in which Yiannopolous appears to defend or endorse sexual relations between grown men and boys in their early teens.  More on that in a moment, but first, some context:

Based on what I've seen and read, Milo is a cynical self-promoter whose only true loyalty is to his own fame.  My general policy has been to ignore him, unless and until outside events have compelled me to speak out.  For instance, I criticized Twitter's decision to ban him based on capricious and unevenly-applied enforcement standards, and I've fiercely defended his right to peaceably address audiences on college campuses in the wake of violent anti-speech riots. Nevertheless, I was dismayed by his CPAC invitation. Until today's about-face, the nation's premiere annual conservative gathering saw fit to showcase his message in their highest-profile speaking slot.  CPAC's organizers -- whom I like and respect on a personal level, and with whom I coordinated on this groundbreaking panel last year -- defended their invitation as a pointed response to the recent Berkeley disgrace.  They oppose the "Alt-Right" and don't necessarily endorse Milo's message, they said, emphasizing that Milo's inclusion should be viewed as a gesture in support of free speech, and against the Left's 'End of Discussion' mob.  Shortly after the (since-reversed) news came down, I reacted on Twitter:

Defending someone's right to speak, and forcefully rejecting those who would silence speech, does not require affording any particular speaker a platform.  CPAC has excluded would-be participants on ideological and identity-based grounds in the past, justifying their (sometimes controversial) inclusions and prohibitions as prudential judgments in pursuit of guarding the conservative torch.  This isn't a 'Republican' conference, they've explained, nor are their values subject to the transient whims of public opinion; CPAC is about conservatism which must mean something.  And then they abortively entrusted their keynote event to a person who just this month declined to claim the mantle of conservatism on Bill Maher's HBO program:

Speaking only for myself, as someone who is proudly conservative and also happens to be gay, I'd much prefer it if Milo continued to distance himself from the movement whose principles and integrity I value.  Sometimes it feels as if his schtick is deliberately engineered to perpetuate some of the ugliest stereotypes about both conservatives and gays.  He's welcome to continue doing whatever it is that he does, but perhaps we can mutually agree to keep conservatism out of the crossfire, as he is not a worthy ambassador on its behalf.  Milo's business model does not involve winning converts.  It involves the giving of gratuitous offense (see, for example, this exchange with a lesbian), in order to elicit viscerally negative reactions.  He has the right to operate like this, of course, but that doesn't make it right.  Those concepts are not synonymous.  And conservatives who wish to combat the Left's destructive culture of weaponized political correctness need not debase themselves in that pursuit by becoming advocates or apologists for mean-spiritedness and rudeness.  That said, this flare-up goes well beyond Milo's stylistic modus operandi.  Ben Shapiro, a conservative writer with impeccable anti-PC bona fides, has spoken out on several occasions about Milo's toxic methods:

The point is that even before the new video came to light, there was already a strong case to be made that a Milo CPAC keynote would be tantamount to mainstreaming the bigotry-tinged politics of the Alt-Right, and was therefore deeply unwise. Then this clip from an online chat show dropped, and Milo's CPAC fate was effectively sealed:

Milo defended himself on Facebook, condemning pedophilia and saying that the current "furore" is attributable to selective editing, unfair distortions, and his own "sloppy" verbiage in the offending conversation.  I encourage you to read it and draw your own conclusions.  I'd only note that in the extended clip, Milo bemoans the "arbitrary and oppressive" notion of sexual consent, and makes an amoral case that there's a meaningful distinction between "pedophilia" and sexual conduct with post-pubescent underage children as young as 13.  Despite the ages he cites in his Facebook post (16 and 17), he mentions the age of 13 at least three times in the longer clip, including a hypothetical example of sex between a 28-year-old adult and a 13-year-old child.  "These things do happen, perfectly consensually," he asserts.  Milo can parse and spin until he's blue in the face -- and some of the points he makes are worthy of consideration and even empathy -- but he did mount a public justification of pederasty, which understandably proved to be a bridge too far for the higher-ups at CPAC. Also, Milo's whining about "establishment conservatives who hate Trump as much as they hate me" is myopic and amusingly misplaced.  Donald Trump is now the duly-elected President of the United States who will address CPAC on Friday morning.  I haven't seen anybody -- prominent conservative Trump critics included -- objecting to that. Milo is not Trump, and he's not the victim here.

In short, this whole episode was an unmitigated debacle.  A strong body of evidence against inviting Milo in the first place was evidently ignored, necessitating a frantic retreat when even more of his garbage was exposed.  And now this misadventure will be exploited by bad actors on all sides -- including Milo (the 'courageous martyr' legend serves his business model) and his most fascistic critics (who will point to the CPAC disinvitation to help rationalize future violent disruptions).  The wisest course of action would have been to avoid Milo's carnival act altogether -- but once he was unveiled as the keynote speaker, and the pederasty video started making the rounds, the CPAC bosses found themselves staring at a menu of bad options.  They've likely selected the least bad remaining choice (and I say that as a persistent critic of the "hound controversial speakers" culture), but not before inflicting some damage with a grave, unforced error.  In any case, the Milo-less show will go on, starting Thursday morning.

UPDATE:

Trump Announces Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as New National Security Adviser

President Donald Trump announced on Monday that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new national security adviser. 

"He is a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience, and I have read a lot over the last two days, he is highly respected in the military," Trump said at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Keith Kellogg, who served as interim national security adviser after Gen. Michael Flynn's resignation, will remain the national security team’s chief of staff, Trump also announced. 

This post has been updated.

Flashback: That Time The EPA Ruined A Couple's Retirement For Wanting To Build A House

Scott Pruitt is now heading the agency that he targeted in a lawsuit for regulatory overreach as Oklahoma’s Attorney General: the Environmental Protection Agency. Many think that Trump’s win could spell the end of climate science, with scientists downloading as much data as they could post-election.

I’m sure the Sierra Cub probably had seizures when Pruitt was confirmed to be the next EPA administrator. Besides the issue of climate change, which I don’t really care about—though it keeps numerous liberals from sleeping at night—it’s the regulatory aspect of this agency that has run amok. Harvard lawyer Laurence Tribe even described its mission under the Obama administration as “constitutionally reckless.”

 Let’s not forget that this government agency's regulations have destroyed people’s lives.

Look at Jill and Jack Barron, who had bought a plot of land in Idaho to build a home for their retirement towards the tail end of the 2000s. A blocked drainage ditch caused the area to flood. Jack used his construction equipment to remove the debris blocking the ditch and the water receded. Then, the EPA came in and more or less ruined their lives. The Barrons were targeted by the agency for violating federal wetland laws. The government took him to court for bringing gravel onto his property. Barron won, but the EPA still said he was facing $37,500 in fines per day if he didn’t restore the property to its original state, which again was a flooded  due to a blocked drainage pipe. In the end, the retired couple has pretty much lost everything. They had to sell their other house and spend most of their time in Arizona away from their family. During the summer, they can live on the property, which has a modified trailer home on it, with limited plumbing and no electricity. The government destroyed everything Jack had worked for his whole life. What's maddening is that the country signed off all the Barrons' permits. They noted no zoning restrictions. There was nothing to suggest that this was a wetland…because it wasn’t. During his trial, Mr. Barron had soil scientists and former members of the Army Corp of Engineers testify on his behalf saying that his property was not a wetland.

Prior to being dragged into court by the federal government, Jill Barron said that they did all that was asked of them by the EPA to avoid such a legal entanglement. The government raked them over the coals anyway.

“It’s your worse nightmare to be served a piece of paper that says the United States of America vs. Jack Barron,” said Mr. Barron.

Fox Business’s John Stossel and Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right On Crime had segments on the Barron’s plight in 2012 and 2014 respectively. So, as liberal whine about Pruitt being the new EPA chief, I say Godspeed, sir. This agency needs to be reined in for a haircut.

NYT: Yep, Liberal Tantrums and Identity Politics Are Helping Trump (Secure That Second Term)

There is an old story in politics from the 1950s, where Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson is approached by a confident aide who tells him that he has the thinking people on his side, to which Stevenson replies, “ah, but I need a majority.” Liberalism is rooted in condescension, which is hidden under the veneer of tolerance and supporting free speech. It is actually remarkable: a group of overly indoctrinated individuals have managed to successfully polish a turd--until now.

For liberals, Hillary Clinton was so amazingly qualified to be president. She could have been the first female president, and she had a long history of public service etc. except no one liked her. No one has ever really liked Hillary except hard-core liberals, and they’re not the majority of the country. She was also dishonest, inauthentic, not trustworthy, and overly secretive. These characteristics were hurled at her in the 1990s, and rehashed when her campaign stumbled endlessly trying to explain how her unsecure and unauthorized private email server was okay for her to use for official business secretary of state. The ethical quid pro quo allegations at the Clinton Foundation were also another source of heartburn for the campaign. Though there was an absence of hard evidence, it appears a pattern as common: good things happened to big donors to the Clinton Foundation. Just take a look at the Rosatom takeover of Uranium One as an example. All feed into the notion that voters couldn’t trust Hillary, that she was in it for herself, and that she was a typical politician: all talk, no action. She lost in one of the biggest political upsets in American history.

As liberals deal with ruins of their movement and the Democratic Party struggles to find its way out of political exile, they’re lashing out at Trump voters, even reluctant ones who they could flip in 2020. Those who out themselves are then besieged by judgment by the urban-based elite, who still haven't noticed that their way of thinking failed to win over voters. In fact, it was the opposite; millions of Obama voters voted for Trump. Talk about compounding the suck that is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

So, as liberals think they’re gaining ground with a Tea Party of their own (i.e. town hall protests) and continue to embrace identity politics because nothing says insanity than smashing your face against the same wall twice for a different result, they also have to know that it’s only emboldening Trump voters. The New York Times had an article that showed how even Democrats from the Clinton era are sick of the progressive antics that have taken over their party, namely that fact that Bill Clinton pretty much reiterated much of what Trump said about immigration. The only difference is that Bill was lauded for it; Trump is smeared as a racist. It also delves into how dating is becoming a game of cloak and dagger for some, with dates lying to their friends about political affiliations to avoid being shunned. While others make it very clear that they’re not interested in Trump supporters. So, in liberal America, your vote is all that defines you. And they say the GOP has an outreach problem.

Via NYT:

Jeffrey Medford, a small-business owner in South Carolina, voted reluctantly for Donald Trump. As a conservative, he felt the need to choose the Republican. But some things are making him feel uncomfortable — parts of Mr. Trump’s travel ban, for example, and the recurring theme of his apparent affinity for Russia.

Mr. Medford should be a natural ally for liberals trying to convince the country that Mr. Trump was a bad choice. But it is not working out that way. Every time Mr. Medford dips into the political debate — either with strangers on Facebook or friends in New York and Los Angeles — he comes away feeling battered by contempt and an attitude of moral superiority.

[…]

Liberals may feel energized by a surge in political activism, and a unified stance against a president they see as irresponsible and even dangerous. But that momentum is provoking an equal and opposite reaction on the right. In recent interviews, conservative voters said they felt assaulted by what they said was a kind of moral Bolshevism — the belief that the liberal vision for the country was the only right one. Disagreeing meant being publicly shamed.

Protests and righteous indignation on social media and in Hollywood may seem to liberals to be about policy and persuasion. But moderate conservatives say they are having the opposite effect, chipping away at their middle ground and pushing them closer to Mr. Trump.

[…]

Conservatives have gotten vicious, too, sometimes with Mr. Trump’s encouragement. But if political action is meant to persuade people that Mr. Trump is bad for the country, then people on the fence would seem a logical place to start. Yet many seemingly persuadable conservatives say that liberals are burning bridges rather than building them.

[…]

It is tempting to blame Mr. Trump for America’s toxic political state of mind. He has wreaked havoc on political civility and is putting American democratic institutions through the most robust stress test in decades. But many experts argue that he is a symptom, not a cause, and that the roots go deeper.

[…]

The Democratic Party has changed so much that I don’t even recognize it anymore,” she said. “These people are destroying our democracy. They are scarier to me than these Islamic terrorists. I feel absolutely disgusted with them and their antics. It strengthens people’s resolve in wanting to support President Trump. It really does.”

Polling data suggest many center-right voters feel the same way. The first poll by the Pew Research Center on presidential job performance since Mr. Trump took office showed last week that while he has almost no support from Democrats, he has high marks among moderates who lean Republican: 70 percent approve, while 20 percent disapprove.

Looks like liberals are doing a bang up job getting Trump that second term, especially those who work in Hollywood.

Bill Maher: Russia Fixing The 2016 Election Is 'The Worst Political Scandal In American History'

There are some things that are admirable about Bill Maher, even though he drives conservatives crazy with his New Rules and special commentaries. He’s pro-free speech; he speaks honestly about the angers of radical Islam, and is not a fan of the politically correct, pro-safe space mindset liberals have adopted towards culture. It’s these reasons why he feels that the American voters view a liberal as an emasculated husband or a whiny schoolgirl. He’s not wrong.

Where he did run aground was when he declared on his show Real Time last Friday night that the alleged Russian collusion to fix an election was “the worst political scandal in American history” (via The Hill) [emphasis mine]:

OK. Let's talk the Russians. I do feel an obligation ... to put the facts ahead of the entertainment. I always try to get both in. But I feel like our country is hanging by a thread right now,” the “Real Time” host said on his show.

"Stop looking at the distractions and the clown show, and look at what matters. Which is, I would say, this is the worst political scandal in American history, and it's not going away.

"The crime is treason. The crime is colluding with Russia to fix an American election!”

Well, that’s quite the allegation. I think Andrew Jackson would disagree after John Quincy Adam and Henry Clay screwed him out of the presidency in 1824. Watergate was worse because it was an actual scandal. The compromise of 1877 (one of three of the corrupt bargains in our history) ushered in Rutherford B. Hayes as president, all but ended Reconstruction, which led to the withdrawal of all federal troops from southern states that formerly made up the confederacy. Republicans and Democrats struck a deal, with the latter provision being part of the compromise that sought Democrats wouldn’t make a mess of things since Hayes won the Electoral College, but lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel Tilden. The result was widespread disenfranchisement of black voters for decades, along with the periods of terror committed against black communities by white supremacist organizations, namely the Ku Klux Klan. And yes, there’s Nixon.

The point is these things actually happened. We don’t know if Russia colluded with the Trump campaign. We know that the Kremlin had a concerted interference campaign in the form of state-funded media pumping out propaganda nonsense, along with deploying an army of social media trolls. That’s not hacking. Did it play a pivotal role in the election? No. Was it effective? No, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said the fake news stories that were peppered all over the social media platform did not sway the election.

Again, this isn’t a hack. This isn’t messing with vote tallies, which is what a majority of Democrats erroneously believe the Russians did on election night. The Obama White House accepted the results, saying it reflected the will of the people. And the Department of Homeland Security saw no spikes in malicious cyber activity that would suggest the nation was under attack on election night. Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson also mentioned the improbabilities that this election was hacked, namely that it would suggest these phantom hackers knew in advance that tens of thousands of Trump supporters would vote for Hillary Clinton. Moreover, these hypothetical hackers pulled off something that is impossible: they knew that the leaked Wikileaks transcripts would end with a popular vote victory for Clinton, but an Electoral College win for Trump—the latter of which is the only contest that matters. Lastly, Philip Bump and Amber Phillips at The Washington Post also reported that there’s no chance that Russian could hack our election.

But what about the DNC hacks? Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says his source isn’t Russian. He could not vouch for who is giving information to hacker Guccifer 2.0, however. Hacks happen. It’s part of the 21st century geopolitical world. When news of the DNC hacks broke, even then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reacted with a shoulder shrug. In July of 2016, Clapper said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado "I'm shocked someone did some hacking. That's never happened before." Catching onto the sarcasm there. He also said that Russia hacks us all the time, though because Clinton lost—it’s a big deal. Nevertheless, Clapper did say that the Russia ran an interference campaign prior to leaving his post.

The New York Times recently reported that a year before the election Trump aides had contact with the Russian intelligence, but no evidence of collusion were found. Moreover, the Times admitted that these associates have done business in Russia, in which you most certainly go through the FSB. It’s not unusual:

Several of Mr. Trump’s associates, like Mr. Manafort, have done business in Russia. And it is not unusual for American businessmen to come in contact with foreign intelligence officials, sometimes unwittingly, in countries like Russia and Ukraine, where the spy services are deeply embedded in society.

So, where’s the hard evidence of treason? Where’s the collusion? Where’s the proof that shows the Trump campaign ordered the hacks? There’s none. All we know is that the Left is giving RT way too many influence points, and that they’re sour that Twitter trolls ruined Clinton’s presidential chances. Actually, Clinton ruined her own chances to be president by thinking that her emails were not a big deal. Voters felt she was inauthentic, dishonest, and untrustworthy. Hey, when you have an unsecure and unauthorized email server that you used to conduct official business as secretary of state and then lie repeatedly about the circumstances concerning the establishment of that server—you might kill you own numbers on character. Also, calling tens of millions of Trump supporters deplorable—that was another colossal error. She also ignored tens of millions of white working class voters, instead trying to carry a win solely off the backs of overly indoctrinated post-graduate students and urban-based elites. And even with young voters, she wasn’t as strong as Obama. Clinton was a terrible candidate and the Obama coalition simply didn’t buy into her candidacy. It’s time liberals accept defeat, admit she was awful, and stop this ‘Russia hacked the election’ nonsense to justify not acting like an adult in the Trump era.

This is a scandal, Mr. Maher? I admit that it’s disconcerting. Congress’ respective intelligence committees should look into it. But I see how this could be the worst political scandal in our history, where there’s no evidence that our election was hacked or that there was collusion between the president’s campaign and Russian intelligence. There’s a lot of allegations and innuendo. That’s not evidence.

Also, RT helped swing this election towards Trump? C’mon, guys.

Last Note: Also, where was the freakout when China hacked the OPM and stole the sensitive personal information of over 21 million former and current government employees in 2015? Oh, right--Obama was president. And that was an actual hack that led to U.S. spies being pulled out of China over the breach. 

Thousands to Protest Trump at 'Not My Presidents Day' Rallies Across US

Thousands of protesters will gather in cities across the nation Monday to protest President Donald Trump on Presidents Day.

“Donald Trump stands against the progress we have worked hard to enact,” Facebook descriptions of the events read. “He does not represent our interests. He was voted in by a minority of the American public but governs as if there's no resistance. But there is — and on February 20th, we will honor previous presidents by exercising our constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest everything Donald Trump stands for.”

More than 47,000 people said they were interested in attending the New York City event Monday, while tens of thousands of others said they would be going to protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, among other cities.  

Glenn Greenwald Reminds Fellow Journalists That the Obama Admin Was the One to Declare War on Them

Believe it or not the war between the White House and the Fourth Estate did not begin with the Trump administration, at least according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. The current editor-in-chief for The Intercept who gained recognition for his series on Edward Snowden's NSA files in The Guardian, says the bitterness the media feels toward 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue began during President Obama's tenure. 

“If you look at the last eight years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, but also journalists, implemented by not Donald Trump but by the Obama administration,” Greenwald said during an appearance on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.

During the Obama years, Greenwald explained, journalists like himself were working in fear, constantly bullied with threats of subpoenas. To put it in perspective, Greenwald explained that more sources were prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act under Obama than in all previous administrations combined. 

What's more, the Obama White House set a record of failing to file FOIA requests. Hardly the "transparent" administration that the 44th president promised.

Sure, Obama's press conferences may not have been as combative as Trump's have been with the press corps and Obama didn't tweet that the press is the enemy of the American people, but the statistics show his administration was anything but friendly to the media.

Trump may be blunt, but he at least answers questions.

President Trump Clarifies Sweden Comments

President Donald Trump has clarified the comments he made on Saturday at a rally concerning terrorist activity in Sweden. According to Trump, he was not actually referencing a particular attack, but rather a report from Fox News concerning increased violence from immigrants in the country.

Regardless, the hashtag "#LastNightInSweden" trended on Twitter, with people describing various "attacks." There were many references to IKEA, the furniture chain.

Iran Launches Advanced Rockets During Major Military Exercise

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard held military drills on Monday, despite sanctions and deterrence from the United States.

The Islamic military launched "several sophisticated rockets during military exercises," according to the Associated Press.

The launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came during a three-day drill which began on Monday in Iran. "The maneuvers called 'Grand Prophet 11' will start Monday and last three days," General Mohammad Pakpour said.

According to the report:

The Islamic republic said the exercises were aimed at demonstrating Iran's "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions" from Washington.

Since the beginning of 2017, Iran's leadership has threatened the United States on a weekly basis.  

Most recently, an Iranian filmmaker announced the release of a full-length animated movie in which the Iranian government destroys a U.S. Navy fleet with ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads. 

"They all sink and the film ends as the American ships have turned into an aquarium for fishes at the bottom of the sea," Director Farhad Azima said.

Confirmed: Trump to Speak at CPAC

President Donald Trump will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday at 10 a.m., the event organizers just confirmed. 

Other high profile figures to speak at the annual gathering include Vice President Mike Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among others. 

Medal of Honor Recipients Slam Sen. Blumenthal Over His 'Stolen Valor,' Hypocrisy on Gorsuch

President Trump isn’t the only one calling out Sen. Richard Blumenthal for lying about serving in Vietnam—14 medal of honor recipients have joined the bandwagon and are using it to point out the senator’s hypocrisy on Judge Neil Gorsuch.

In an open letter published on The Washington Examiner, the Vietnam veterans write that by calling on his Senate colleagues to subject Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to “extreme vetting,” the Democratic senator from Connecticut is opening the door for Americans and veterans to “scrutinize [his] hypocrisy in doing so.”

“The fact you repeatedly and consistently claimed to have served in Vietnam is a gross case of stolen valor in our opinion. You obtained at least five military deferments between 1965 and 1970, at least two of which were seemingly political favors to you so that you could avoid joining us in a war zone,” they write, before listing examples of when the senator ‘inflated’ his record of service.

Speaking at a rally supporting troops overseas in 2003, Blumenthal said, “When we returned, we saw nothing like this.”

The New York Times also reported in 2008 that he said "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam” and that he remembers “the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse” from having “served during the Vietnam era.”

Blumenthal’s duties during the war appear to have consisted of recycling efforts, Toys for Tots campaigns, and aiding in the improvement or construction of facilities. These services, the veterans wrote, are nothing to be ashamed about.

“You should be proud that you shared a uniform with so many brave souls who endured the hardships of war,” they note, “but instead you chose to attempt to deceitfully and craftily join their ranks with your intentionally vague statements and false claims. Quite simply, it is impossible to "misspeak" about having seen a war.”

Circling back to Gorsuch, the medal of honor recipients explain that concerns about any appointee are “honest and legitimate,” but Blumenthal is “neither.”

“If you ever had a sense of duty, if ever you respected the service and sacrifice of others, then please recognize your duty now: Sen. Blumenthal, "take your seat"!” 

After Confrontation at D.C. School, U.S. Marshals Are Now Guarding Betsy DeVos

On February 10, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ meeting at the Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington D.C. was met with resistance. Some protesters temporarily blocked her from entering the building, but she eventually got inside. DeVos predecessor, Arne Duncan, said that regardless of differences of opinion; the new education secretary shouldn’t be prevented from doing her job.

Even the teachers unions weighed in, namely American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who said that while she supports the protests—she doesn’t condone violent acts. She wants DeVos to visit public schools. This came after she heard from fellow activists at the school on the day of the protest that one zealous DeVos protester almost knocked her down. Now, the U.S. Marshal Service is handling her security (via WaPo):

The U.S. Marshals Service says it is providing security for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after a handful of protesters prevented her from entering a D.C. middle school.

The move is unusual for the Education Department, which typically has a team of civil servants guarding the secretary, and for the marshals, law enforcement officers who are generally responsible for protecting federal judges, transporting prisoners, apprehending fugitives and protecting witnesses.

The last Cabinet member protected by marshals was a director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the Marshals Service. That office ceased to be a Cabinet-level position in 2009.

Donahue said that for security reasons, she could not provide any information about the number of marshals assigned to DeVos or say whether they are providing round-the-clock protection. It is unclear how long the arrangement will last.

Let’s hope that other school visits on DeVos schedule occur with less drama.

Chris Christie Reportedly Taking A Job In The White House

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has told his staff that he will be taking a job at the White House, the New York Post is reporting. Christie's role, if it actually comes to fruition, has not yet been fully defined. According to the New York Post, Christie would not be replacing Reince Priebus as chief-of-staff.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is telling friends and staff he is taking a role with the Trump administration, according to a source close to the White House.

The GOP governor’s position has not been worked out, but he would not replace ­Reince Preibus as the president’s chief-of-staff, the source said.

“Trump told him to be patient,” the source said. “Christie will only take something where he is answerable to the president.”

Christie's spokesperson has denied any of these claims.

Christie was the first 2016 candidate to throw his support behind Donald Trump after exiting the primary.

Oof: Dave Rubin Makes Claim That Jesus "Was Around A Lot of Muslims" Because He Was In The Middle East

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report may want to pick up a history book before trying to make claims about who Jesus Christ hung around with or would have approved of. In a rather hilarious clip, Rubin, speaking with comedian Trae Crowder, made the curious claim that Jesus hung around with a lot of Muslims, because he was in the Middle East.

Islam, of course, wasn't founded until the early seventh century. It would have been quite hard for Jesus to have hung around with Muslims, given that they did not exist yet.

Under Armour CEO Apologizes For...Saying Something Nice About Trump

About a week ago, Under Armour's CEO Kevin Plank committed a mortal sin and said that President Donald Trump was a "real asset" for the country. People called for a boycott. Some of the athletes Under Armour sponsors were outraged. In response to all of this, Plank took out a full-page advertisement in The Baltimore Sun to "clarify" and explain his comments. Plank reiterated his opposition to the travel ban and reaffirmed Under Armour's commitment to diversity.

The ad:

While I guess it's nice that he did this, it's still entirely unnecessary because the act of saying something kind about the leader of the country should in no way be a career-ender or trigger calls for boycotts. Take a deep breath, America.

Right now, it seems as though American society is obsessed with finding ways to declare people to be "problematic" and worthy of being shunned. This isn't productive nor should it be encouraged. Donald Trump won the election, and it's perfectly okay to support some of his policies while disagreeing with others. (I know I certainly do.) This "out for blood" approach is only going to continue to divide the country further.

New Poll: President Trump More Trusted Than the Media

According to a new poll, Americans trust President Donald Trump to tell the truth more than reporters who cover his administration.

Nearly a majority of registered voter said that they have greater trust in the Trump administration while only 42 percent believe in reporters.

In a poll released on February 9th, President Donald Trump gained the trust of nearly half of America with 49 percent calling him truthful.  At that time, the media had a 53 percent disapproval rating from Americans

The poll also found that over 9-in-10 Republicans consider the media to be untruthful.

And contrary to many reports, Americans overwhelmingly support President Trump's executive order on immigration.

America Is “Fed Up” With The Fed!

From Wall Street to respected columnist to fed adviser, Danielle DiMartino Booth discusses her new book, Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve Is Bad for America. In our exclusive author interview she details her nine years as a senior financial analyst with the Federal Reserve of Dallas and how she saw the 2008 financial coming before most.

Her conclusions on the Fed are very interesting in how the Trump administration should handle the Fed moving forward.  Americans are “fed up” with the Federal Reserve's corruption and incompetence, and Danielle DiMartino Booth exposes the entire rotten operation.

Listen to our interview with her to learn more!

Learn more about Danielle DiMartino Booth and her new book "Fed Up" at the Conservative Book Club!

Mike Lee: Tax Reform Is Key For Creating A Principled Populist Agenda

The 2016 election is over. Donald J. Trump is now president. Yet, he’s not a conservative Republican.The man is a right-leaning populist. He’s open to government-funded childcare, he wants a health care program that covers everyone, he’s not a free trade advocate, and he’s not afraid of infrastructure spending.

Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt discussed ways how Trump populism and conservatism could meet in the middle and produce tangible wins to campaign on for the 2018 and 2020 elections. For starters, allow the infrastructure spending to be allocated to the local municipalities so they can spend it on whatever is necessary for their respective communities. Hewitt added that Trump has known these people for decades. Both of these parties know how to build things.

On taxes, Hewitt noted that the wealthy don’t want a tax cut, but they do want simplification. Concerning tax cuts, give most of it to the middle class, which is where Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) comes into the discussion. The Tea Party insurgent, who came to Washington in 2010, has argued that his party needs to reconnect with the “forgotten man.” In a speech to the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, Lee said, “Four years ago, I first came to the Heritage Foundation and urged conservatives to reconnect with the working families and struggling communities our party had too long ignored. And I spent the bulk of my first term in the Senate advocating for policy reforms to help and empower the “Forgotten Americans” that Washington’s broken status quo was leaving behind.”

Lee also admitted that conservatism’s somewhat slow response to the needs of working people is rooted in the movement’s greatest weakness, which is “its difficulty realizing when societal problems can and should be addressed through public policy.” The senator also acknowledged that globalization as a force ultimately leaves American workers behind. Lee noted that reforming our insane tax code is a way to make globalization work for the American worker and push us towards a principled conservative and populist agenda. Below are excerpts from his address:

The temptation – both on the Right and Left – is to try to resist those natural forces [globalization]. But public policy cannot pick a fight with human nature and hope to win. The Wright Brothers did not fight the laws of gravity and aerodynamics to fly – they used them. In the same way, whenever we can, policymakers should embrace human nature and harness it to society’s ends. The way to put Americans First is not to fight against the global economy, but to put it to work for American workers.

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A simple but powerful two-step federal tax reform would go a long way toward accomplishing this goal.

First, we should eliminate the federal corporate tax altogether. And then we should raise the rates on investment income – dividends and capital gains – to treat it like ordinary income.

This would accomplish three things.

First, it would liberate the workers’ share of the corporate tax. Economists differ on the precise ratio, but the consensus is that lost wages make up between one-quarter and one-half – or sometimes more - of corporate tax revenue. Whatever the proportion, we know that eliminating workers’ share of that tax would redirect billions of dollars from the IRS into workers’ paychecks, in every industry across the country.

Second, it would level the playing field between American workers and American investors. In a pre-global, national economy, it made sense for the federal government to tax investment income at special low rates, on the logical assumption that dividends and capital gains would be reinvested somewhere in the United States. But in a global economy, where American investors’ best returns might be found on the other side of the world, that logic no longer holds. Globalization has been disproportionately beneficial to American investors compared to American workers. The tax code should not unfairly compound that inequity.

And third, and perhaps most importantly, this new tax framework would actually tilt the playing field in the global economy in favor of the United States. Rather than compete against foreign tax havens, the United States would become the world’s tax haven. For foreign investors, this tax reform would be an offer they couldn’t refuse: zero tax on profits produced by American-based companies and jobs.

And even for American investors, this framework would offer a better deal than they could get anywhere else. Today, the United States’ 35 percent corporate tax rate, 20 percent rate on capital gains and dividends, and the 3.8 percent Medicare surtax add up to a 50 percent real top federal tax rate on investment income. After eliminating the corporate tax, we could raise tax rates on capital gains and dividends all the way up to the current top labor income rate of 39.6 percent, and investors could still come out ahead – so long as they invest in the United States.

Wealthy Americans would still be free to send their capital abroad. They would just have to start paying the same tax rates all other Americans pay. No more would they receive preferential incentives to create jobs in other countries.

Concerning trade policies, Lee said that we should have a zero corporate rate, which would, shocker, create a better job creating and investing climate for businesses and benefit workers. Concerning immigration, the Utah senator mentioned that the influx of low-skill labor is killing Americans working class. It’s one of the reasons why organized labor—unlike the rest of their liberal allies—have typically been against illegal immigration, as they reduce costs to the point where various job bids from their fellow unionized affiliates are lost. At the same time, business conservatives like the reduction in the overhead, which pits them against the emerging populist wing of the GOP. It’s a basic overview, but one that shows that there are factions within both the conservative and liberal movements that have made progress towards reform a tortuous one.

There’s a new sheriff in town with Donald Trump. And while the new raids that have rounded up close to 700 illegal aliens over the past few days had its roots in the Obama administration—it’s a taste of what is to come concerning enforcement. For starters, Trump promised to boot criminal illegal aliens, 75 percent of those arrested had criminal records. This isn't a controversial position

Lee also mentioned a reform with legal immigration from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), which limits it to only nuclear and not extended families. Also, focus on high-skilled labor from immigrant groups to help build an economy for the 21st century. In short, this aspect is a rehashing of the Barbara Jordan commission’s recommendations on immigration reform from the Clinton administration, where she emphasized that there should be a reduction in legal immigration by one third, and a shift towards high-skill labor. If Jordan, a Black Democrat, who passed away in 1996, said this today—she would have been chewed up and spit out by the progressive attack machine. 

Tax reform at home and a return to enforcing our immigration laws appear to be the first salvos some Republicans want to take concerning protecting the forgotten Americans that ushered in the Trump era. And it’s not an insane proposal.

Bill Maher And Breitbart Editor Agreed That Liberals Take The Bait, Which Was Confirmed When Liberal Guest...Took The Bait

[Warning: Post contains some strong language

Okay—so it wasn’t an explosive interview. There wasn’t much drama. Nothing was set on fire. And no lives were lost. It was a cordial discussion between two people with opposing views. HBO host Bill Maher invited Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, where the discussion was mostly rooted in both men’s support for free speech rights. Maher also said that he cared about the "environment and living" as well, taking a swipe at the conservative movement’s aversion to supporting policies to combat climate change.

The comedian brought up that both of them were run out of the Berkley campus, albeit the reaction to Yiannopoulos led to violet protests, $100,000 in property, and an FBI investigation into the matter. Milo later noted that Bill literally is the only good liberal left that respects free speech rights and discusses Islamic extremism honestly.

Milo noted how the Democratic Party and the liberal movement has gone insane, Lena Dunham is the face of the party—which he notes will only lead to that party getting less votes (one could hope) in future elections.

“Let’s not pick on fellow HBO stars,” said Maher.

Yet, another area they found agreement was comedy and humor, which has become a victim of the political correctness police. Milo noted that this form of progressivism is wholly authoritarian, hence they must more or less silence humor because it’s unpredictable. They hate that. Maher agreed. 

“And also because when people laugh, they know it’s true,” he said.

As we wrote previously,  The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill was booked for Friday’s episode of Real Time, but backed out when he found out Milo was a guest. Yiannopoulos aptly noted that when you don’t show up, you lose the debate—which drew applause from the audience. Maher had issued a statement defending his booking of Milo, noting that these anti-free speech antics is one the reasons why liberals will keep losing elections.

“And also stop taking the bait, liberals,” said Maher. “The fact that they all freaked out about this little impish British fag, you fucking schoolgirls. You schoolgirls.” Of course, Milo relished this, agreeing with the HBO host with chuckles of laughter.“It’s so ridiculous,” he replied. 

Yet, Maher and Milo disagreed about the Black Lives Matter movement, Twitter trolls, and other comedians, namely Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer, but closed his interview by saying that Mio should get off the Trump train.

“For a guy who loves free speech, you picked a weird boyfriend, my friend,” said Maher. Milo tried to defend the president, but they were out of time.

During Overtime, which airs online after the show, comedian Larry Wilmore, who was a panel guest, took the bait, telling Milo to “go fuck himself” over his opinion about Leslie Jones, the star of the disastrous Ghostbusters remake, and for calling him, along with former intelligence operative Malcolm Nance, another guest—awful and stupid. Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was the conservative guest for the show’s panel, but more or less opted to let Milo, Bill and Larry go at it.

The question that got caused the tension centered on the Breitbart editor going after a transgendered person at a college, who he says fought for the right to use the women’s locker room after this person had left the school.

“I don’t have a problem with it [a biologically born male thinking he’s female], but I think women and girls should be protected from having people—men who are confused about their sexual identities in their bathrooms,” said Milo.

“That’s not unreasonable,” replied Maher.

So, at the beginning of the show, where Milo and Maher talked about liberals taking the bait, Larry Wilmore took the bait.

Donald Trump Addresses Rally in Florida; Says Obamacare Replacement Coming

Speaking to a crowd of 9,000 at an airplane hangar in Melbourne, FL, President Donald Trump gave a recap of his first month in office and offered a preview of his upcoming policy proposals.

Trump also took a few shots at the "dishonest media," saying that they continuously write fake stories and tell falsehoods. Trump repeatedly said that the media was refusing to accurate report his administration and that he would continue to work to "expose" them.

On upcoming issues, Trump said that he would have a replacement bill for Obamacare "within a couple of weeks." He also took the judges who overturned his immigration executive order to task, saying that they were not properly doing their jobs.

Trump also invited a supporter on stage to give a brief speech.

Trump repeatedly promised to make America great again, and drew loud cheers when he discussed how drug dealers and criminals were being deported from the United States.

Overall, the speech resembled a typical Trump stump speech, except now he's the president and not a candidate. While it was interesting to see Trump rev up a crowd like he was doing regularly months ago while on the campaign trail, it was still a rather unusual Saturday afternoon activity.

Whiny Liberals: New York City Moms Kill Skating Party Because Trump Renovated The Rink

A group of liberal moms at an elite New York City school torpedoed an annual ice-skating party because Donald Trump rebuilt the rink in the 1980s. The Dalton School said that the event was shelved due to low participation, though reported anti-Trump sentiment is said to be the real reason. When The New York Post asked the school's parent association president about the allegation, she refused to comment:

Dalton’s PA president, LaMae DeJongh, declined to comment — but sources said the low attendance was due to rampant anti-Trump sentiment at the elite prep school, which boasts alumni such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“I think it is completely insane,” said one Dalton parent who disagrees with the protest. “Like him or not, it feels like a strange place for New Yorkers to protest. And sad that kids now have no skating party.”

Before Trump took over the project in the 1980s, the Wollman Rink in Central Park was a symbol of government incompetence. The rink’s repairs and renovations went $12 million over budget, contractors botched the amount of concrete needed, and for six years the incomplete rink served as a lightning rod for the press to remind the Ed Koch administration how untamed things were in the city, according to Bloomberg. When Trump finally took it over, he finished two months ahead of scheduled and $775,000 under budget:

The rink was an emblem of civic dysfunction. Formerly a jewel in the crown of Central Park, a supporting star in films like Love Story and half a dozen others, Wollman Rink had fallen into disrepair. And what was worse was that the city seemingly had no idea how fix it. Shuttered for repairs in 1980 by the Koch administration and set to be restored at the cost of $4.7 million, by 1985, the rink was $12 million over budget and still not ready.

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The renovation of Wollman Rink had begun poorly and turned disastrous. Rather than using brinewater as a coolant to freeze the rink, the parks commissioner elected to use Freon, a chemical used in air conditioning units and now widely banned for its ozone-depleting properties. It was an immensely complicated operation, and one the city was incapable of properly completing. A subcontractor underestimated the amount of concrete needed to pour the rink's floor and so was forced to dilute the mixture. Design flaws meant that one part of the rink was six inches lower than the rest. There was an ongoing feud between the Parks Department under the mayor’s control in Manhattan and its capital projects bureau in Queens, still staffed with loyalists to Robert Moses who saw the construction of an ice rink as a frivolity. The project’s lead contractor was officially ruled to be in default, but by that point the principal of the company that was originally building the rink had been killed in a car accident en route to a company-wide getaway to Atlantic City, and the company subsequently disbanded.

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The Koch administration, meanwhile, was being consumed by a massive corruption scandal involving a kickback scheme in its parking violations bureau, a scandal that led to the suicide of the Queens borough president, a close Koch ally. And the city’s comptroller, Harrison Goldin, was eyeing his own mayoral challenge to Koch and held up any further work on the rink. Turning the project over to Trump was a way to break the political logjam and to rid himself of the cascading bureaucratic mishaps, even as Trump released a letter he wrote to Koch decrying “incompetence” that ''must be considered one of the great embarrassments of your administration.” (Koch meanwhile railed to anyone who would listen that Trump was a “blowhard” and a “supreme egotistical lightweight,” according to Soffer, his biographer.)

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Trump had Wollman Rink up and running by November 1, two months ahead of schedule and $775,000 under budget. Skating stars like Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Dick Button, and Aja Zanova-Steindler glided across the ice at the ribbon cutting, with Button declaring the new rink to be like skating on velvet.

CPAC Keynote Speaker Announced

It was announced on Saturday that Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos will deliver next Saturday's keynote address at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Reports that he will be the keynote speaker leaked early Saturday morning on The Hollywood Reporter.

The American Conservative Union released a statement saying that they are aware of Yiannopoulos' provocative nature and that they "look forward" to hearing him speak with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Other speakers at CPAC include VP Mike Pence, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sean Hannity.