Here’s how much the Obama family has spent on vacations over the last eight years – 85 Million

TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts on August 21, 2016 as they depart for Washington after a two-week holiday at nearby Martha's Vineyard. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station in Massachusetts on August 21, 2016 as they depart for Washington after a two-week holiday at nearby Martha’s Vineyard. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama and his family have spent more than $10 million a year for travel and vacations, totaling in excess of $85 million — and the number is still growing.

The numbers were revealed Monday by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The organization has been tracking the president’s travel spending for several years and just disclosed, based on bills it received this week, that the first family spent almost $5 million in taxpayer money for their annual Christmas vacation to Hawaii last year.

The Obamas, who will officially move out of the White House on Jan. 20, are expected to leave soon for their annual Christmas trip, which last year lasted from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.

The exact number for the 2015 holiday trip rang in at $4,823,206.88, which accounted for a robust U.S. Secret Service apparatus, flights and transportation and lodging for the security officials. That number does not include the costs for prepositioning aircraft and ships in the area or much of the necessary communications to protect the president and his family.

“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said in a statement on the matter. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”

From the Judicial Watch report:

According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively.

The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz — 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money.

Reportedly, the Obamas stayed at the Hale Reena Estate, which “rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season.”
The first family also dined at several top-of-the-line restaurants while they were on the trip, which — in addition to the fees for the food — required presidential-level security.

Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the information in January and the documents were released in response to a lawsuit filed on May 6.

Kellyanne Conway Announces ‘HUGE’ New Position Created

Dems are doomed! ‘Republicans have never had this before’ Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said she may head up a group being formed that will provide “a surround-sound super structure” to support the incoming administration’s goals.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Conway told the newspaper the organization needs to be run by someone “close to the president” who understands his priorities.

“He’s going to be a very active president who wants to accomplish things quickly,” she said. “We want to honor that by being ready.”

An immediate goal for the organization, according to the Post, is to defend Trump’s Cabinet nominees if they face confirmation battles.

“We’re fighting and planning how to continue this seismic change and the Trump revolution into the next election, and you’ve got the Democrats literally rehiring the same people [Nancy Pelosi] who failed them,” Conway said. “We’re trying to learn the right lessons from our election.”

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The group is being compared to the pro-Reagan group Citizens for America, aided by the power of social media.

Richard F. Hohlt, a Washington-based Republican consultant and lobbyist, told the Post that will equate to “Citizens for America on steroids.”

“They’re smart enough to know how to harness the movement to their advantage,” Hohlt said. “This is going to be huge. Republicans have never had this before.”

Shinzo Abe to Become First Japanese Leader to Visit Pearl Harbor



Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan after meeting President-elect Donald J. Trump in New York in November. Credit Jason Szenes/European Pressphoto Agency
TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first sitting Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, he said Monday, making a symbolic visit this month to the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that pulled a stunned United States into World War II.

Mr. Abe said in a televised news conference that he would travel to the American naval base with President Obama during a trip to Hawaii on Dec. 26 and 27.

By visiting Pearl Harbor, Mr. Abe will in effect be reciprocating a trip earlier this year by Mr. Obama to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, where the United States dropped a nuclear bomb at the end of the war with Japan in 1945.

“We must never repeat the horror of war,” Mr. Abe said. “I want to express that determination as we look to the future, and at the same time send a message about the value of U.S.-Japanese reconciliation.”

Mr. Abe’s visit will come just a few weeks after the 75th anniversary of the attack, which occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. Carried out by Japanese bombers and fighter planes launched from a fleet of aircraft carriers that had quietly slipped within striking distance of Hawaii, the attack killed more than 2,000 Americans and sank a number of United States warships, including the battleship Arizona, whose wreck has become a memorial to the battle.

Mr. Obama’s trip to Hiroshima in May was also a first: No sitting American president had previously visited the city. In August, Mr. Abe’s wife, Akie, paid a quiet visit to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona memorial, fueling speculation that her husband would follow, although Japanese officials had maintained that there was no plan for him to do so.

In Hiroshima, Mr. Obama spoke of the perils of modern warfare and sought to comfort aging survivors of the atomic blast, which, along with the subsequent bombing of Nagasaki, killed more than 200,000 people, mostly civilians.

Mr. Abe did not elaborate Monday on his plans for the Pearl Harbor visit, which will be carefully choreographed with American officials. He said he hoped to “comfort the souls of the victims.”

The visit will take place in the thick of an American presidential transition that has threatened to inject new instability into international relations in Asia, including questions over the United States-Japan relationship, and has unsettled policy makers in Tokyo.

President-elect Donald J. Trump often took aim at Japan during the campaign, on issues including trade and defense. Mr. Abe’s visit to Mr. Trump’s New York penthouse last month — Mr. Abe was the first foreign leader to meet with him after the election — looked to many like a pre-emptive effort to soothe the bilateral relationship.
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Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD

Ben Carson, who took Donald J. Trump on a tour of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit during the presidential campaign, including his boyhood home, has been chosen by Mr. Trump to oversee one of the government’s main efforts to lift American cities as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was an early endorser of Mr. Trump after ending his own presidential bid.

“Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Mr. Trump said in a statement Monday morning. “We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities.”

“Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans,” he added. “He is a tough competitor and never gives up.”

With no experience in government or running a large bureaucracy, Mr. Carson, 65, publicly waffled over whether to join the administration. He will oversee an agency with a $47 billion budget, bringing to the job a philosophical opposition to government programs that encourage what he calls “dependency” and engage in “social engineering.”

He has no expertise in housing policy, but he did spend part of his childhood in public housing, said a close friend, Armstrong Williams, and he was raised by a dauntless mother with a grammar-school education. In his autobiography he stressed that individual effort, not government programs, were the key to overcoming poverty.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees programs that provide vouchers and other rental assistance for five million low-income families, fights urban blight and helps struggling homeowners stave off foreclosures.

Housing policy was rarely mentioned on the campaign trail by candidates in either party. When Mr. Trump spoke of “inner cities,” he painted with a broad brush to describe the lives of poor blacks and Hispanics as “a disaster,” pleading for their votes by asking, “What do you have to lose?”

In an opinion article in 2015 for The Washington Times, Mr. Carson compared an Obama administration housing regulation to “the failure of school busing” because it would place affordable housing “primarily in wealthier neighborhoods with few current minority residents.”

The rule, known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, was years in the making and designed to end decades-old segregation by offering affluent areas incentives to build affordable housing. Critics, including Mr. Carson, called it government overreach.

Barbara Sard, a former official at the housing department during President Obama’s first term, said Mr. Carson’s view was a misunderstanding of the regulation and its origin in the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The rule also included development funds for poor neighborhoods.

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“He doesn’t seem to understand that extending access to opportunity includes improving conditions in racially concentrated neighborhoods,” said Ms. Sard, now vice president for housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

In a recent television interview, Mr. Carson said that he was prepared to lead the agency because he grew up “in the inner city” and because as a physician in Baltimore he has “dealt with a lot of patients from that area.”

“We cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” Mr. Carson told Fox News. “We have to get beyond the promises and start really doing something. The amount of corruption and graft and things, shell games that are played — we need to get rid of all that stuff.”

Born into poverty, Mr. Carson was awarded a scholarship to Yale, and by age 33 he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He became an author, a philanthropist supporting scholarships for young students, and a conservative star after attacking Mr. Obama’s health care law.

During his campaign, he expressed a sweeping opposition to many government programs devised to end poverty, which he said had replaced church-based and other community initiatives. “We the people have the responsibility to take care of the indigent in our society,” he said at a Republican town hall-style event in February. “It’s not the government’s job.”

When he gained on Mr. Trump in polls last year, Mr. Trump attacked his rags-to-riches biography. Mr. Trump ridiculed his rival’s account of how he nearly committed a stabbing as a youth, a pivotal moment in Mr. Carson’s life story that led to prayer and a calmer temper. “How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?” Mr. Trump asked at a rally in Iowa.

But after Mr. Carson dropped out of the race in March, he reconciled with Mr. Trump and became a frequent surrogate on television for him. A key moment of building trust, Mr. Williams said, was at a debate in February when Mr. Carson missed his cue to take the stage, and Mr. Trump walked out with him to ease the awkwardness.

“They both have grown,” Mr. Williams said. “Dr. Carson has tremendous respect for this man.”

“These guys have been friends, like brothers, forever,” he added.

Weeks ago, as Mr. Carson seemed reluctant to join the administration, Mr. Williams was quoted as saying his longtime friend did not want to get in over his head.

Trump Invites Foreign Leader Who Bashed Obama To The White House

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte received an invitation to visit President-elect Donald Trump in the White House sometime next year, according to a report from Reuters.

Duterte is best known in the United States for lashing out at President Obama earlier this year and calling him a “son of a whore.”

Trump spoke with Duterte over the telephone Friday in what an aide to the Philippines president called a “very engaging, animated” conversation.

A Duterte adviser said the call lasted just over seven minutes.

According to the Associated Press, the adviser released a video in which the Philippine leader is seen smiling during the conversation with Trump and saying, “We will maintain … and enhance the bilateral ties between our two countries.”

Duterte was one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate Trump on his election victory. The two have often been compared because of their outspokenness.

“Long live Mr. Trump!” Duterte declared when Trump won the presidency. “I don’t want to quarrel anymore, because Trump has won.”

Tension between the United States and the Philippines has been brewing for some time, primarily revolving around the Obama administration’s criticism of Duterte’s drug war.

“Mr. Obama, you can go to hell. … The EU better choose purgatory,” Duterte said in October, adding that he wouldn’t stop his anti-drug crackdown “until the last pusher is taken out of the street.”

“In this venue, I announce my separation from the United States both in the military … not social, but economics also,” Duterte announced later that month. “America has lost. I have separated from them so I will be dependent on you [China] for a long time, but don’t worry, we will also help.”

Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered in Nevada


Report: Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered in Nevada

by Jim Hoft
Guest post by Joe Hoft

Massive voter fraud in the 2016 Presidential election has been uncovered in Nevada. Megan Barth from Newsmax said

Well it appears Nevada, which has voted for the winner of the Presidency for the past 108 years may have been stolen and must be investigated by the Feds. Not Obama feds but incoming Attorney General Jeff Session must investigate this issue.

Barth interviewed Republican Assembly Candidate for District 15, Stan Vaughan, who had actual proof of the massive voter fraud in his Clark County district. A total number of 17,086 votes were cast in the District for both Republican and Democrat candidates. However, when confirmation letters were sent to the voters in the District, the US postal service returned mail from 9,200 of these voters.

Vaughn found that many of the people who are listed as deceased are still on the active voter rolls. Many of the returned mail came back with 5 people living in a vacant lot with no mail receptacle. Edward Snowden, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and dozens of movie stars were registered to vote in District 15 according to Mr. Vaughan.

Vaughan tested a sample of 200 people of the 9,200 return mail and found that 185 of those had indeed voted. According to Mr. Vaughan, there were other serious voting system irregularities he documented.

President-elect Donald Trump lost by only 27,000 votes statewide in Nevada. So 9,200 fraudulent voters in one small Assembly district is more than 1/3 of the total margin that Trump lost by.

It was previously reported that Nevada poll workers wore defeat-Trump t-shirts at the polls during the election which was against the law and Hillary supporters were caught breaking the law before the election when registering people to vote as well.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has asked for recounts in three states won by President-elect Donald Trump in this year’s election (Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania). Her rationale for requesting these recounts was voter fraud. However, there is no indication Stein will request any recounts in Nevada.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper sat down with Kellyanne Conway and Robby Mook to discuss the Trump’ election victory. The discussion consisted mostly of Robby Mook ranting about how the election was won because of all the “fake news” circulating the Internet; especially from publications like Breitbart. Kellyanne wasn’t having any part of that…
and shut him down with one statement on “Fake News”

“I think the biggest fake news was that Donald Trump couldn’t win,” Kellyanne told Mook and Tapper.

Kellyanne did what she has done the entire campaign and cut right through the liberal bias and self denial. She will be a great asset to Trump’s administration

Trump’s Charm of Not Being Obama

Updated Dec. 3, 2016 8:47 a.m. ET
Barack Obama will retire a president personally popular with the American people yet who served them (and himself, and his party) badly.

He fretted in 2012 that he would lose the election just in time for Mitt Romney to get credit for an Obama recovery. That long-delayed recovery is finally coming in the last months of his administration—the economy finally broke 3% growth in the third quarter—and now Mr. Trump will get the credit.

He may even deserve a bit, witness the outbreak of Trumpian optimism in the stock market and small-business hiring plans.

Mr. Obama came in saying fossil fuels were running out and prices were destined to rise, and instead got the fracking revolution, whose related employment boost was arguably a factor in his re-election victories in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Yet he couldn’t stop looking this gift horse in the mouth.

Unshrewdly, in the name of satisfying his climate-change constituents, he needlessly launched a regulatory war against coal as cheap natural gas was already doing the job for him. Result: Democrats became the enemy in coal country.

He pandered to his green friends on the Keystone XL pipeline. Result: Mr. Trump is inheriting a rebound in natural gas fracking and an associated infrastructure boom that is just now heating up again in time for an incoming administration to get credit.


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Natural gas fracking (far more than Trumpian trade policy or browbeating of companies like Carrier) is the force reawakening manufacturing opportunity in the Rust Belt, timed perfectly for Mr. Trump’s arrival.

Holding back development was not the depressed gas price—that’s what attracts manufacturers—but the lack of infrastructure, specifically pipelines, to get the gas to prospective plant sites. Blame Mr. Obama and his Keystone theatrics.

A Brazilian company, Braskem, just opted to build a $500 million plastics plant in Texas, not Philadelphia—home to 85% Obama voters—for one reason only: lack of pipeline infrastructure.

Mr. Obama, notice, pays this price for climate gestures that were purely symbolic, having no impact on climate, and especially purblind given gas’s role in reducing U.S. CO2 emissions.

His climate gestures were destined not to survive his presidency in any case. All he did was shoot himself, his party and American workers in the foot.

Mr. Obama paid lip service to tax reform, the giant dividend from which will now be collected, yes, by Mr. Trump.

His Iran deal was supposed to reveal Mr. Obama as a bold, creative, unblinkered foreign-policy innovator. Yet, for better or worse, Mr. Trump is already on a path to revise America’s relations with the world in far more daring fashion.

One dividend may already be coming in, judging by Saudi Arabia’s surprise decision this week to wave the white flag in its price war against fracking. America is no longer a country that benefits from low oil prices. All the indicators are turning up: rig count, “frac sand” prices, the share prices of domestic energy pioneers like Chesapeake and Oneok.

A Rust Belt renaissance that might have recaptured for Democrats the lost love of the American worker will become a halo for Team Trump instead. Shell is going ahead with a $6 billion petrochemical plant on the site of an old zinc smelter on the Ohio River in hard-hit Appalachia.

The plant, known as Shell Appalachia, will generate 6,000 construction jobs for several years, plus 600 full-time plant jobs, plus thousands more jobs indirectly for companies that make plastics, steel pipe, sound proofing for gas compressors, pickup trucks, housing etc., etc.

A Thai company is eyeing a second giant ethylene plant nearby in eastern Ohio. Guess who will get credit for lifting the fortunes of a region presidents have been promising to help since Kennedy?

Mr. Obama was too blinded by his shibboleths, his own brand of political correctness, to let good things happen in a way that would let him take credit for them.

He failed to lean in favor of things that were working—like fracking, like corporate America’s steady effort to encourage more consumer involvement in disciplining health-care costs, which ObamaCare might have borrowed from.

Mr. Trump can still screw things up. His trade-war talk, his eagerness to meddle in plant-siting decisions, could be poisonous to a gas-fueled manufacturing boom conspicuously linked to the world.

Fully 60% of the $170 billion in planned petrochemical investments tied to fracking now in the works are funded by overseas investors. These investors come because they think of America as a lawful, trustworthy place to do business.

But Mr. Trump, our new dealmaker-in-chief, also has a pragmatic streak as big as Manhattan’s Trump Tower. He will make mistakes but here’s betting they won’t be Mr. Obama’s mistakes of smug obliviousness.

Donald Trump Targets Second Indiana Plant Over Plans to Shift to Mexico

Dec. 3, 2016 12:18 a.m. ET
Donald Trump took aim Friday at a second U.S. manufacturer that plans to move jobs from Indiana to Mexico, a day after he threatened consequences for business that shifted American jobs abroad.

“Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers,” Mr. Trump wrote at 10:06 p.m. on Twitter. “This is happening all over our country. No more!”

Rexnord, which is based in Milwaukee, intends to move production of industrial bearings from Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico, according to the employee union. The move, expected by the middle of next year, would eliminate about 300 jobs.
The company, which didn’t respond to requests for comment on Thursday, couldn’t immediately be reached late Friday. Shares of Rexnord have tumbled more than 10% from Wednesday’s close.
After criticizing Carrier during his campaign, Mr. Trump on Thursday celebrated a deal with the air conditioner and furnace maker that will keep about 800 jobs in Indiana in exchange for $7 million in tax breaks. Carrier, a unit of United Technologies Corp., still plans to shift 1,300 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers local that represents Indianapolis workers at both Carrier and Rexnord, said Friday he was grateful for President-elect Trump’s intervention but he isn’t optimistic other companies will shelve plans to move manufacturing abroad, even if they are offered state or federal incentives.

“There’s not enough taxpayer money to reward companies not to leave the country when we’re competing with $3-an-hour wages in Mexico,” said Mr. Jones. He said Rexnord appears determined to leave and the union is negotiating over severance benefits.

The steelworkers union said Rexnord rejected the union’s proposals for wage freezes and other concessions to lower costs. The union said the hourly wages at the plant, which currently range from $18.82 to $30.81, would have to drop below the U.S. minimum to match the company’s estimated costs savings in Mexico.

Rexnord’s products include ball bearings, industrial chains and gears. It had 7,700 employees, including 4,200 in the U.S., as of March 31.

Deane Dray, an analyst for RBC Capital Markets, said many large industrial companies already have complex global manufacturing networks that aren’t likely to be dismantled under pressure. “These are not U.S.-centric companies,” Mr. Dray said. “They’re manufacturing everywhere.”AMERICAN JOBS