House/Senate Tax Bills Compared; Trump Courageously Recognizes Jerusalem Reality. Helena’s News Roundup.

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Second Lady Karen Pence Unveils Christmas Decorations at Vice President’s Residence

Beautiful Christmas Decorations at the home of the Pences!! “Such wonderful displays of festivity at the VP’s residence – President Trump was right when he said we’d be saying “Merry Christmas” again!”

 

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in policy shift that could spark unrest

Wow! “Trump Wed plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and order the relocation of the US Embassy to that city, a decision that could derail the White House’s peace efforts and spark regional unrest.Trump will make his pronouncement in a speech… White House aides emphasized that Trump will sign another six-month waiver maintaining the embassy’s current location in Tel Aviv because the process of moving it will take at least 3-4 years.Without the waiver, which has been signed by every president for more than two decades, crucial State Dept funding to the embassy would be cut off.The president began informing his counterparts in the region of his decision Tues, prompting warnings from several countries that the move would inflame Muslims and disrupt progress toward a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

 

Another One! Mueller Deputy Was Personal Attorney of Ben Rhodes, Represented Clinton Foundation

On Fox Tues, Laura Ingraham reported that yet another one of Mueller’s deputies in his Russia investigation is compromised due to her track record as a blatant partisan. Jeannie Rhee, hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation. “This information will put further pressure on Bob Mueller to resign.”Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan. Two other members of the team have been revealed as highly questionable hires in recent days as well-Peter Strzok, an anti-Trumper who helped exonerate Hillary, and Weissmann, an unscrupulous prosecutor who told outgoing acting AG Sally Yates in an email that he was “proud” of her for defying Trump’s travel ban. As bad as Strzok and Weissman are, Jeannie Rhee takes the cake.”

 

Double-crossing FBI agent must be held accountable

Powerful info against Strzok!! “Peter Strzok not only let Hillary off the hook, he may have used Democratic Party opposition research as an excuse to spy on Trump campaign advisers. Strzok became such a political liability that Mueller had to boot him off the Russia case. Mueller made the move after the DOJ’s IG pointed out text messages Strzok sent to a mistress, who also worked for Mueller, exhibiting a strong anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias.His misconduct has sent shock waves through Washington because in July 2016, just days after closing the Clinton e-mail case he led, Strzok signed the document that opened the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. His fingerprints are all over both cases, one widely criticized as a whitewash and the other condemned by the president and many in his party as a witch hunt.”

 

High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Make Florida No. 1 ‘Judicial Hellhole’

Wow!! FLorida is ranked as having the worst Judicial hellhole!! “As bad as Fl’s reputation has been over the last decade and a half as a lawsuit-happy state, a new report says we’ve “risen” to a new low: “Enough shade has been cast on the Sunshine State to rank it as the nation’s worst Judicial Hellhole,” says the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) in its latest report.The Fl Supreme Court, all on its own, was ranked fourth in ATR reports for the past two years — for the torrent of liability-expanding decisions it issued, many over vigorous dissents. But for 2017-2018, we’re No. 1 overall for the first time in the 16 years ATRA has been ranking lawsuit abuse. Read the executive summary and full report here.”

 

Ex Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Fraud

Justice! “Corrine Brown, a former Fl representative from Jacksonville, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for fraud and other charges related to a fake charity she used to put money in her own pocket while serving in Washington. A federal judge sentenced Brown, 71, to five years in prison and she was ordered to turn herself in to federal authorities no later than Jan. 8. First elected to the House of Representatives

in 1993, Brown, a Democrat, served the Jacksonville area until 2017.Brown was indicted on federal corruption charges in 2016 for stealing money from a fake charity organization, One Door For Education, created to give scholarships to poor children but instead was used as Brown and her friends’ personal slush fund… Prosecutors said only one scholarship — for $1,200 — was given out from 2012 to 2016, with the other $800,000 going to Brown, Wiley and Simmons.”

 

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

Great Supreme Ct Ruling! “The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the US by residents of 6 mostly Muslim countries.The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Mon that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts. The action suggests the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced in Sept…. Lower courts had said people from those nations with a claim of a “bona fide” relationship with someone in the US could not be kept out of the country. Grandparents, cousins and other relatives were among those courts said could not be excluded.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would have left the lower court orders in place.”

 

In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills

Great Chart on Tax bill! “The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.Both bills are a big improvement to America’s out-of-date tax code and could boost the economy by almost 3%, leading to more jobs and higher wages for working Americans. Both bills cut taxes for individuals and businesses, largely repeal the state and local tax deduction, and allow businesses to invest more in the American economy through temporary expensing. The bills now head to a conference committee where a unified bill will be crafted. Here are some of the major differences you need to know about:”

 

‘Hope Over Reality’: Dershowitz Doesn’t See Obstruction of Justice Case Against Trump

Dershowitz defends Trump! “Dershowitz disagreed with claims that there is an obstruction of justice case against Trump, calling it “hope over reality” from some Democrats. Feinstein said that a Senate investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election has revealed possible obstruction.”I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the tweets. And I see it with the firing of Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to ‘lift the cloud’ of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice,” Feinstein said. Dershowitz countered that Trump had the constitutional power to fire Comey and to tell the DOJ who to and who not to investigate.”If Congress were ever to charge him with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional authority under Article II, we’d have a constitutional crisis,” Dershowitz said.”

 

Trump announces plan to shrink two national monuments

Good! “Trump is announcing plans to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, responding to what he has condemned as a “massive federal land grab” by the government.Trump is traveling to Salt Lake City Mon to outline his intention to shrink the Bears Ears and the Grand-Staircase Escalante nat’l monuments spanning millions of acres in Utah. The two nationall monuments were among 27 that Trump ordered Interior Secretary Zinke to review earlier this year. Utah’s Republican leaders pressed Trump to launch the review, saying the monuments declared by Obama and Clinton locked up too much federal land. In Dec shortly before leaving office, Obama irritated Utah Republicans by creating the Bears Ears Nat’l Monument on 1.35 million acres of land sacred to Native Americans and home to tens of thousands of archaeological sites, including ancient cliff dwellings.”

 

NEW MAP: The Cost of Illegal Immigration, By State

Wow!!”A new map posted by HowMuch.net breaks down the economic toll of illegal immigrants state by state, and their findings are extremely troubling.Using information gathered from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, How Much’s map shows how much money illegal immigrants cost American taxpayers on a state-by-state basis. CA is most devastated by the heavy toll, with a whopping $23 billion in that state alone. States closer to the Mexican border are most affected, but several states throughout the country still pay billions to support illegal immigrants through education, welfare, law enforcement, and medical care.”

 

Charlie Crist’s, Mario Diaz Balart’s Odds Improve for 2018

Concerning! “A prominent national pundit is giving the Democrats a good chance of flipping the US House next year–but doesn’t see many opportunities for them to pick up seats in FL. This week, the University of VA’s Center for Politics released its latest “Sabato’s Crystal Ball” and gave the Democrats a good chance to take control of the House from the GOP as it changed the odds of 25 different congressional seats. In the latest round of rankings, Kondik, editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, upgraded the chances of two Fl congressmen to win reelection next year. Kondik moved Crist’s race for a second term from “Leans Dem” to “Likely Dem.” Rep. Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., also saw his odds for another term improve from “Likely Repub” to “Safe Repub….” Primarily, though, we’re moving these seats because of Trump; they’d be more like Toss-ups if Clinton were pres.”

 

Rick Scott Takes Double-Digit Lead Over Bill Nelson in 2018 Poll

Great News! “With 2018 right around the corner, new poll results should give Gov. Scott a reason to smile. Fri, St Leo Univ Polling Institute released a survey which found the Fl governor growing in popularity, and Scott is leading Bill Nelson ahead of next year.The most recent numbers of the online-only poll show Scott with a double-digit lead over Nelson, taking 41.8% to Nelson’s 31.6%.That figure is a significant jump over the last 9 months — Scott was behind Nelson by four points in March. When it came to how voters viewed Scott, over two-thirds — nearly 61% — said they viewed the governor either somewhat favorably or very favorably, an increase from 55% who said the same in March this year. Nelson and Scott’s potential matchup numbers look less and less rosy for Nelson, who nearly 39% of likely voters supported in March.”

 

Federal College Aid Programs Are A $150 Billion Disaster — But There Is Hope

Needs to be done!! “Thanks to years of extremely bad public policies, the federal higher education programs dump tens of billions of dollars a year in grants and aid, only to produce an ocean of debt and millions of graduates ill-suited for the workforce. House Republicans are set to introduce a sweeping reform plan that would start to repair this wreckage.The House Republican reform plan, previewed by The WSJ on Wed, would revamp the student loan program by among other things capping loans, putting colleges on the hook for defaults, and removing various Obama-era loan forgiveness programs. Community colleges would also get more funding to better coordinate courses with job requirements, and the bill would expand apprenticeship programs.”

 

How Ten Dem (Dumb) Members of Congress Encourage the Use of Child Terrorists

Wow! “Palestinian terrorist leaders often use teenagers to commit acts of terror because they know that the Israeli legal system treats child terrorists more leniently than adult terrorists. Now ten members of the “progressive caucus” of the Democratic Party are trying to give these terrorist leaders another reason for using even younger terrorists to kill even more innocent civilians. On Nov 14, Rep McCollum introduced legislation co-sponsored by 9 other “progressive” members of Congress — calling on the State Dept to “prevent US tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children…”It is well established that recruiting and using young Palestinians to wage terror on Israeli civilians is part of the modus operandi of Palestinian terrorist leaders.”

 

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