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Iraq: A War in Three Acts
American Greatness, by Brandon J. Weichert

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Posted By:earlybird, 3/20/2017 11:34:38 AM

Americans love a good story. Pop culture is littered with the fictional tales of heroic characters. The majority of stories today still follow a three-act structure that dates back to Aristotle. Epic films start with the hero called to action in the first act; then the tension rises in the second (how will our hero get out of this situation?); and finally, in the third act, a resolution. By the end, the hero will have achieved his victory (normally) but he will also be changed in some fundamental way before the story is over. Unfortunately for us, this reality has followed

      


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Iraq: A War in Three Acts
American Greatness, by Brandon J. Weichert    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/20/2017 11:34:38     Post Reply
Americans love a good story. Pop culture is littered with the fictional tales of heroic characters. The majority of stories today still follow a three-act structure that dates back to Aristotle. Epic films start with the hero called to action in the first act; then the tension rises in the second (how will our hero get out of this situation?); and finally, in the third act, a resolution. By the end, the hero will have achieved his victory (normally) but he will also be changed in some fundamental way before the story is over. Unfortunately for us, this reality has followed

   

 

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US Pays 22.1% of NATO Budget;
Germany 14.7%; 13 Allies
Pay Less Than 1%
CNSNews.com, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/20/2017 9:52:38     Post Reply
While President Trump’s weekend Twitter assertion that “Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO” is disputed by experts – and by Berlin – it draws attention to the fact that Germany, like the majority of the 28 members of the alliance, has yet to meet a NATO-agreed commitment to devote two percent of GDP to defense spending. At the same time, a closer look at NATO funding also underlines that – as is the case with the United Nations – the U.S. contributes more than one-fifth of the direct, collective funding that keeps NATO’s military and civilian operations on track. Member

After Creating Chaos For Brand
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
Steps Down – Preparing For
2020 White House Bid?…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/20/2017 9:42:23     Post Reply
According to a report in the Seattle Times, Howard Schultz, the current CEO of Starbucks, will step down from his role at the coffee chain next month. This comes following the collapsing brand image as a direct result of Schultz’s political virtue signaling to hire 10,000 refugees and avoid hiring Americans. (Snip)However, with the successful installment of Tom Perez as head of the DNC – the timing and political transparency indicate Howard Schultz could also be positioning himself for a 2020 White House run. Schultz has long been a favorite candidate for the professional political donor class within the DNC and

Republicans revamp U.S. health bill,
boost benefits to older Americans
Reuters, by Susan Cornwell and Valerie Volcovici    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/20/2017 8:44:36     Post Reply
U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday. Ryan said Republican leaders still planned to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday. Speaking on the "Fox News Sunday" television program, he added that leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation. Republicans remain deeply divided over the healthcare overhaul, which is President Donald Trump´s

Kellyanne Conway´s husband
expected to be named for DOJ role
CNN, by Ariane de Vogue and Jim Acosta    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:53:58     Post Reply
President Trump is expected to nominate the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, to run the Justice Department´s civil division, two sources familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. If confirmed by the Senate, George Conway would lead an office that would handle legal challenges to major Trump administration initiatives, such as the controversial travel ban. The Wall Street Journal first reported that Conway -- a corporate lawyer -- was expected to be tapped for the position. Conway had previously been considered for the post of US solicitor general, according to sources who spoke to CNN in December.

The King of Hatefacts
Taki’s Magazine, by Gavin McInnes    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:47:08     Post Reply
Oh, no! Steve King gone done it now! He said, “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Then he doubled down by claiming that blacks and Hispanics would be at each other’s throats if whites ever became a minority. When pushed to apologize, he threw in some caveats about how race-mixing doesn’t bother him and you could adopt a black baby if it makes you feel better, but he refused to take back his #hatefacts. The backlash was instantaneous. (Snip)If we were taking in babies who liked us, King’s backlash may have had some credibility. We have hundreds of

   

 

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Hillary fund-raiser busted
for cheating workers
Donsurber.com, by Don Surber    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:32:37     Post Reply
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, hosted a fund-raiser for Hillary during the Democratic National Convention last summer. His company just got busted for cheating 16,339 minimum- and low-wage employees.First, from the Hollywood Reporter last summer: "Disney´s Bob Iger Among Hosts of Hillary Clinton Fundraiser at Haim Saban´s House (Exclusive)." Next, from the Orlando Sentinel on Friday: The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to provide $3.8 million in back wages to thousands of hotel- and timeshare-resort workers after the U.S. Labor Department investigated violations of minimum wage, overtime and record keeping rules. Disney will pay back wages to 16,339 employees. That

Judge Allows Class Action Lawsuit
Against City of San Jose by
Attacked Trump Supporters…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:28:12     Post Reply
Last year hundreds of Donald Trump supporters were attacked in San Jose California as the local law enforcement stood back and watched. Many attendees and victims stated the police actually facilitated the attacks by funneling the rally crowd directly into the path of an unchecked mob. Last week a judge approved the class action lawsuit continuing… SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A federal judge is giving Donald Trump supporters the green light to pursue their lawsuit against the city of San Jose. The plaintiffs accuse the city for not protecting them during a campaign rally last year. The Trump supporters in this

Trump Supporters Get Unexpected
Surprise Visit With President
Trump in Mar-a-Lago…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:23:02     Post Reply
Too cool. President Trump and Vice-President Pence were both in Palm Beach Florida Saturday, leading to multiple motorcades. Groups of President Trump supporters gathered along the route as President Trump’s motorcade passed by. A small group had lined up on Bingham Island with signs and flags. According to one supporter: “We waved to him, the cars went by really fast, and we were just sitting down talking about the events of the day,” said Valeria Bianco. The long-time Trump supporter said no one expected what happened next. Bianco said a member of the President’s team came back, “And invited us to go

Government of Laws, Not Men
American Greatness, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 5:07:57     Post Reply
I suspect that nearly all readers of American Greatness are familiar with John Adams’ famous statement about the rule of law in his Constitution for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, approved by the voters in 1780. “In the government of this commonwealth,” Adams wrote, “the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men.” Adams

What 2 Obama Judges Got Wrong in
Striking Down Travel Executive Order
Daily Signal, by Hans von Spakovsky    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 12:30:15     Post Reply
Two federal judges, both nominated by President Barack Obama, have issued injunctions against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily restricting travel from six terrorist safe havens in the Middle East and Africa. (Snip) These rulings ignore or misinterpret federal immigration law that gives the president the clear authority to act and prior Supreme Court precedents that support the legality of the president’s actions. Watson issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement of Section 2 and Section 6 of Executive Order 13,780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” These are the provisions that would have suspended

   

 

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Was Obama Involved in Pre-Planned
Judicial Block of Trump Travel Ban?…
Conservative Treehouse, by Sundance    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/19/2017 12:19:10     Post Reply
* On Monday March 13th former president Barack Obama unexpectedly flies alone to Hawaii (link) Obama returned to one of his regular stops for dinner, Buzz’s Original Steak House in Lanikai. The former president was seen with a much smaller entourage than his last visit, though it still includes a Secret Service detail. (link) *On Tuesday March 14th Obama played golf and went to dinner: “Tuesday evening, the former president dined with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and friends in a private room at Noi Thai Cuisine at Royal Hawaiian Center.” (link) * On Wednesday March 15th – Hawaii’s U.S. District Judge Derrick



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Daily Mail (UK), by Cheyenne Roundtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/19/2017 8:23:54 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Ribicon- 3/19/2017 2:45:14 PM     Post Reply
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Daily Mail (UK), by James Wilkinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/18/2017 10:35:49 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: greggojo- 3/18/2017 4:14:37 PM     Post Reply
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Palm Beach Post, by Kristina Webb    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/19/2017 7:04:16 AM     Post Reply
SATURDAY UPDATE: The White House said President Donald Trump held a meeting to discuss the Department of Veterans Affairs while at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night. “This evening President Trump had another meeting, including dinner, concerning the Department of Veterans Affairs and how to turn it around for the benefit of our great veterans,” the White House said in a summary of Trump’s day. “Great progress is being made and will be reported on in the future.” Trump had said Friday that the meeting was scheduled for that evening at his “Southern White House.” A White House spokeswoman later told The Palm Beach Post

   

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