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Louisiana Gov. Praises ‘Excellent’ Federal Response; Trump ‘Obviously Concerned’ About State

BY JACK DAVIS

When his state dries out, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards may well remember that he does not see eye-to-eye politically with President Donald Trump.

But for now, with Hurricane Harvey having dumped massive rainfall on Louisiana, the liberal governor had nothing but praise for Trump.

Edwards appeared on CNN Tuesday and was asked what his state would need to bounce back from the beating it is taking.

“First of all, let me tell you the federal government has been excellent,” Edwards said. “The president has called twice, he signed the declaration we requested within a few hours of our making the request on Sunday evening. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke has been wonderful, and FEMA administrator Brock (Long) has been great as well.”

 

Edwards made clear in a Fox News interview Wednesday that his comments about Trump reflected his feelings.

“Actually we’ve had two conversations now, and in both of them he was very gracious and obviously concerned about the people of our state,” Edwards said, noting that Trump has not been a stranger to visiting his state when trouble struck.

“He was here last year after record flooding in August and so he wanted to make sure that we had what we need. We appreciate the fact that he very quickly signed the emergency declaration that we had requested. I think we had submitted it late on Sunday evening (and) he signed it before 7 o’clock on Monday morning. So the president has been engaged.”

“Thus far, we’ve had tremendous support from our federal partners and we appreciate it very much in Louisiana,” he said.

Earlier in the week, Trump indicated that he might come to Louisiana on Saturday to get a first-hand look at the damage and galvanize the federal response to Hurricane Harvey. Trump visited hard-hit Texas on Tuesday.

“I’ve spoken to President Trump again and he told me his intention is to visit the state on Saturday, but I don’t know if it’s final,” Edwards said Tuesday.

Edwards said that what he and his state need the most is out of Trump’s control.

”What we need right now is really Mother Nature to cooperate more than anything else. We believe we’re positioned well. We’ve been staging assets and personnel. We’ve got 700 National Guardsmen for example that are working. We’ve got high water vehicles, boats, aircraft staged where we need them. We just need for this storm system to move on through so that question starts to dry out,” he said.

Earlier this month, Edwards was among the governors who participated in a hurricane season briefing with Trump at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“We are entering peak hurricane season, and it’s critically important for everyone – state, local, and federal officials – to be in constant communication and coordinating efforts,” Edwards said at the time. “We know all too well how important it is for state and federal officials to share information when a storm is approaching, and this briefing was extremely helpful.”

RUN THIS FLAKE OUT OF TOWN -Jeff Flake Underwater: Poll Shows Kelli Ward Opening Up More-Than-25-Point-Lead In Senate Race With Year to Go

  • BY: MATTHEW BOYLE
  • WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 03: US Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on U.S. and Cuban relations in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

    “Senator Jeff Flake is done and Dr. Kelli Ward is now in a commanding position in the race.  Furthermore, the notion that the Senator would be in a stronger position to win the general election is simply false.  His inability to motivate Republicans would spell certain doom in that scenario,” – Brent Lowder chief strategist for Dr. Kelli Ward’s U.S. Senate campaign.

    Incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is underwater badly in his home state, with just 21 percent of Arizona Republicans supporting him for reelection against challenger Dr. Kelli Ward—who gets 47 percent support—per a new poll from JMC Analytics.

    The poll, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release by JMC Analytics’ John Couvillon, shows Flake in almost irreparable shape ahead of his reelection bid in 2018. That an incumbent U.S. Senator like Flake could be polling as low as 21 percent in his own primary, while a challenger like Ward has pulled 26 points ahead of him at 47 percent, is almost unthinkable with nearly a full year to go until the August 2018 primary. Three percent of the electorate said they would vote for Nicholas Tutora, another candidate, and 29 percent are undecided, when asked which candidate they would vote for between Ward, Flake, and Tutora.

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    When asked if Flake should be renominated in 2018, an astounding 66 percent said that someone else should represent the Republican Party on the Senate ticket next year while just 22 percent said Flake should be renominated and 13 percent are undecided.

Black Clergy, Activists Defend Trump, Castigate ‘Alt-Left’

Don’t make our commander in chief a villain…”

Rev. Derek McCoy, executive vice president for the Center of Urban Renewal and Education, was among clergy who said claims by liberals and mainstream media that Trump has fostered a spirit of racism miss the point entirely.

“One thing you need to understand: You are saying that the president is the instigator, and I think that is absolutely wrong. No, it is not disingenuous,” McCoy said.

“The president made his comments and we are not standing up here to say that we are best friends with everything the president does, but he is in an office that we all respect,” he added. “If we are looking about how we can move our country forward, we are trying to make sure that we do that collectively together.”

Some of those who gathered with McCoy at a National Press Club event said the problem is not the president but the media.

“Don’t make our commander in chief a villain when in actuality it is more the villainess (sic) of the media in terms of making something where nothing is,” political activist Corrogan Vaughn said.

Activist Star Parker, who founded CURE, said Trump’s initial statement condemning violence on both ends of the political spectrum was on target.

“I would like for us to finally address the ‘alt-right’ and the ‘alt-left’ — the instigators that continue this discussion that racism is so inherent in our society that they are going to look for it endlessly to then spark the tensions of the ‘alt-right.’ The ‘alt-right’ was sent underground. They have been emboldened because of the ‘alt-left,’” he said.

“We are either going to be biblical and free or we are going to be secular in status. That is the cultural war. There is no need in us denying that we are … in one,” Parker said. “It has been intensifying over time and now it is coming to a culmination that can drag each and every one of us into another civil war. We don’t want that, and the clergy will stand up and support the president in his effort to make sure that we have this discussion and we have it civilly.”

Some speakers said efforts to stifle free speech have come back to haunt America.

“We are saying, ‘You can only have one thought process and that is the only thing that can be allowed within the spectrum of our country.’ I think that is wrong,” McCoy said. “So you do have this ‘alt-left,’ ‘alt-right’ and these factions in society that are happening. But you gotta understand, debate is being shut down and debate is something that has always been on the foundational principles of America, where we can foster, flourish and grow together and learn from each other.”

William Allen, a professor of political philosophy at Michigan State University, said the factors at work behind the violence had nothing to do with Trump.

“I will say this about the repeated ascription of President Trump as the driver of hateful speech in our country: There are two things wrong with that view. The first thing wrong with it is we are pretending to hide behind blaming President Trump for our failures,” he said.

Instead, he said, efforts to suppress unwelcome speech have increased. He noted the contrast between 2017 and 1977, when the American Civil Liberties Union defended the right of Nazi supporters to march through the heavily Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.

“We are no longer celebrating the ‘Skokie principle’ in our country,” Allen said. “We stopped celebrating the ‘Skokie principle’ long before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency.”

“If we have a problem, the problem is that we have lost our way. We have people that are wandering in the desert … who have lost their way,” Allen said. “It is not going to do you much good to blame Moses.

“You gotta ask: ‘Why have the people lost their way, where did they lose their faith and how can it be restored?’”

WikiLeaks Just Revealed Robert Mueller’s True Identity & It’s WORSE Than Ever Imagined

A former Icelandic minister has claimed that the FBI attempted to frame Julian Assange during a mission to Iceland.

So, Julian Assange just issued an earth shattering tweet that shows Mueller is an expert at framing people, including Wikileaks, in order to meet a political agenda! (SEE TWEET BELOW)

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Ögmundur Jonasson, who currently serves as a member of the Icelandic Parliament, said US authorities told him in June 2011 that hackers were trying to destroy software systems in the country.

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The authorities said there was an ‘imminent attack’ on Iceland’s government databases and that the FBI would send agents to investigate.

Jonasson said he was immediately skeptical of the FBI’s intentions.

‘I was suspicious,’ he told Katoikos. ‘Well aware that a helping hand might easily become a manipulating hand!’

The Daily Mail reports,

Jonasson said it was only when a ‘planeload’ of FBI agents arrived in August that he realized the true reason for their visit.

The former minister claims the FBI was seeking Iceland’s ‘cooperation in what I understood as an operation set up to frame Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’.

Jonasson said he immediately told the FBI agents to leave the country.

‘Since they had not been authorized by the Icelandic authorities to carry out police work in Iceland, and since a crack-down on WikiLeaks was no on my agenda, I ordered that all cooperation with them be promptly terminated,’ he said.

‘I also made it clear they should cease all activities in Iceland immediately.’

Jonasson said he also made it clear that when it came to picking a side, he was Team Assange.

‘I also made it clear at the time that if I had to take sides with either WikiLeaks or the FBI or CIA, I would have no difficulty in choosing: I would be on the side of WikiLeaks’.

Despite the fact that this happened five years ago, and was heavily reported about in 2013, this appears to be the first time Jonasson has publicly claimed the US was trying to ‘frame’ Assange.

When the story first broke, Jonasson told the New York Times that ‘eight or nine’ FBI agents had arrived to gather material on WikiLeaks.

The former minister said he had asked the agents to leave because ‘they had misrepresented the purpose of their visit’.

In fact, it later became known that the FBI’s Iceland operation was part of a ‘wide-ranging investigation’ into WikiLeaks and Assange for releasing hundreds of thousands of military documents in 2010.

WikiLeaks itself provided information about the incident, claiming the FBI had sent agents to interrogate an 18-year-old Icelandic citizen.

The individual had allegedly worked as a volunteer for WikiLeaks and had visited Assange that summer.

That same citizen later deceived a Canadian volunteer who wanted to raise funds for ‘WikiLeaks merchandise’, having them send the money to his personal bank account rather than the organization.

WikiLeaks makes no mention of the FBI trying to frame the organization or Assange, and Jonasson offered no evidence to support his new claims.

The former minister said he believes its ‘very important’ that whistleblowers are protected, saying: ‘We owe a lot to Edward Snowden. We owe a lot to Assange. We owe a lot to WikiLeaks’.

‘I look at what [Assange] stands for and that is where I side with him; his endeavors to open the secret world of the military and of power-politics’.

Assange is currently at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he is avoiding extradition to Sweden on rape and molestation charges.

Soros and Media Matters used the Same Women – Anti-Trump Bill O’Reilly Accuser Is The Professor Now Accusing Eric Bolling Of Lewd Texting

On Friday, the Huffington Post reported FOX News host Eric Bolling sent photos of his genitalia to multiple female co-workers. FOX News suspended Bolling on Saturday and has launched a full investigation into the matter. One of the accusers is a left-wing anti-Trump professor named Caroline Heldman.

Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling’s first public accuser is a major left-wing activist who held a protest sign at President Trump’s inauguration accusing the president of being a rapist.

Caroline Heldman, an Occidental College professor who appeared on Fox News, reportedly “filed a sexual harassment complaint just hours before Fox News announced O’Reilly’s departure,” according to People magazine.

Now, she is back to accuse Eric Bolling, a major Trump supporter at the network. Here is Philly.com’s report:

Hours after Fox News announced it was suspending Bolling, Caroline Heldman, a politics professor at Occidental College and frequent guest on the network from 2008 to 2011, claimed the Fox News host made an unspecified number of unsolicited sexual advances to her.

“[Bolling] said he wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have ‘fun.’ He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go,” Heldman wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex.”

Bolling’s team is denying the accusations. Heldman’s social media profiles show her to be a staunch left-wing feminist activist.

 

Many brought up in response to my “good people don’t vote for rapists” sign at Trump’s inauguration.

SOROS GETS THEM ONE BY ONE -Another Fox News Host Suspended: This Time Over Lewd Texting Allegations

IT‘S ALL HERE SAY AND ANONYMOUS SOURCES

Fox has moved quickly in response to the reports accusing another news anchor involved in sex scandal.  Huff Po broke the report from ‘anonymous sources’ earlier on Friday.

News anchor Eric Bolling is accused of having sent genitalia pictures to female co-workers at Fox years ago.

“Mr. Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”

Bolling, through his lawyer, denied the allegations.

The investigation is being conducted by the law firm of Paul, Weiss. They also looked at prior allegations involving Fox.

Bolling finished his show ‘Cashin In’ but he is pulled while the investigation is going on from his shows.

BUSTED: Trump Tricks John Podesta Into Accidentally Incriminating Himself

 

(Christian News Alerts) – Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, John Podesta, continues to blame Trump, Russian hacking, and everyone else he can for Hillary’s loss — except for himself.

While visiting Germany recently for the G20 summit in Hamburg, President Trump brilliantly baited Podesta on the matter, tweeting, “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!” As part of several tweets, Podesta admitted that his emails were so hurtful to Hillary that it cost her the election, saying that “… the Russians committed a crime while they stole my emails to help get you elected President.”

In a series of seven tweets, John Podesta attempted to insult the President but ultimately offered the first public admission that the emails published by Wikileaks came from his private account. His tweets are also staggering because Podesta admits that he cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 election.

Wikileaks has a 100 percent verification rate for all the material they have published to date. The authenticity of the emails was never seriously doubted despite the attempts of the Democrats to cast suspicion over the publication. Fortunately, Podesta’s admission undermines the efforts of his party and guarantees the veracity of the emails.

According to USA Today, the John Podesta email leaks revealed that former chair of the Democrat National Committee and CNN contributor Donna Brazile abused her privileged position and leaked debate questions to then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The debate question fiasco verified the concerns of many conservatives that CNN was biased towards Democrats. However, it also cast doubt on the integrity of the Democrats primary process. Hillary Clinton received debate help from Donna Brazile, while her opponent Bernie Sanders was mocked in internal emails.

The Clinton campaign also drew heat for the offensive language Podesta used to reference the American people. Top campaign officials insulted conservative Catholics referring to them as a “bastardization of the faith.” Even liberals were insulted when Podesta referred to a group of Hispanic politicians as “needy Latinos.”

The Podesta emails are important because they offer a rare insight into the minds of top Democrat politicians and officials. We typically rely on polished public statements and carefully crafted narratives, while the Wikileaks publications allow us to hear what the political elite really think of us.

Multiple intelligence agencies investigating the leak have determined that Russian affiliated hackers from Fancy Bear were behind the hack and eventual leak of Podesta’s emails. In his tweet, Podesta appears to agree with that narrative.

Democrats, including John Podesta, have proven themselves shady, if not criminal, politicians.

However, Wikileaks denies that any state was behind the March email leak. “We can say, we have said, repeatedly over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party,” Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The authenticity and source of the hacked emails have been questioned for over a year. Luckily, in a rare moment of outrage, John Podesta ended the debate by admitting that the emails were his after all.

Trump Administration Expediting Border Wall Construction

Despite opposition from the media, Democrats and RINO Republicans, President Trump is moving forward with construction of the border wall. U.S. officials will begin easing environment laws for the border near San Diego.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it would waive environmental and related laws in order to expedite building security-related barriers and roads along the nation’s border with Mexico near San Diego.

The projects would focus on about 15 miles (24 km) of the frontier extending eastward from the Pacific Ocean as part of President Donald Trump’s planned wall between the United States and Mexico, the DHS said in a statement. It said the area is one of the busiest U.S. border sections.

“The sector remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to improve current infrastructure and construct additional border barriers and roads,” the DHS said.

The department will oversee the installation of extra barriers, roads, lights, cameras and sensors on the border under the authority of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, the statement said.

The act grants the secretary of homeland security authority to waive requirements to comply with various laws to ensure the building of barriers and roads, while being mindful of cultural and environmental impacts, the statement said.

It’s no surprise the mainstream media has not yet figured out President Trump is a keen strategist with his eye always on the prize. And that prize, is the wall.

A recent report shines light on the behind-the-scenes battle over border wall funding and how today’s banning of transgenders in the military all ties together.
POLITICO reports:

House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico.

But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn’t give them.

They turned to Trump, who didn’t hesitate. In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.

Trump’s sudden decision was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat, numerous congressional and White House sources said.

The president had always planned to scale back President Barack Obama-era policies welcoming such individuals in combat and greenlighting the military to pay for their medical treatment plans. But a behind-the-scenes GOP brawl threatening to tank a Pentagon funding increase and wall construction hastened Trump’s decision.

Numerous House conservatives and defense hawks this week had threatened to derail their own legislation if it did not include a prohibition on Pentagon funding for gender reassignment surgeries, which they deem a waste of taxpayer money. But GOP leaders were caught in a pinch between those demands and moderate Republicans who felt the proposal was blatantly discriminatory.

Recently, House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows revealed plans to force a government shutdown if border wall funding is not included in future federal spending budgets.

Breitbart News reports:

In a phone interview on Monday morning, Meadows—the chairman of the most influential group of House conservatives in Congress, the House Freedom Caucus—said that there are enough members in Congress to hold the line against any funding bill that does not explicitly provide for the beginning of construction of President Trump’s border wall. What’s more, Meadows says, his conversations with President Trump indicate that the president is supportive of such efforts and would veto—or refuse to sign—any government funding bill that falls short of the commitments necessary to begin construction on the border wall.

“There is nothing more critical that has to be funded than funding the border wall for two reasons,” Meadows, a key ally of President Trump, said in his phone interview with Breitbart News. “One is it is a commitment that the president made to the American people and one that he intends on keeping, but the second part of that is for our national security we must secure our borders. And the American people will accept no less.”

The current government funding bill runs out at the end of September, and there will be a government shutdown if the Congress does not pass—and President Trump does not sign into law—a new funding bill by the end of the fiscal year. Meadows told Breitbart News there are enough Republicans in Congress who will block any bill that does not fund the wall construction.

Intel Chief Makes The Case For Trump Tax Reform Plan

“3,000 high-tech jobs and an additional 10,000 jobs in support of the operation…”

As Congress and the Trump administration pivot to address tax reform, a flashback to an Oval Office meeting in February is in order.

On hand were President Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Within days of Trump taking office, Krzanich called the new chief executive to say he wanted to make an important announcement about his company from the White House.

The announcement turned out to be a great boon for Arizona and a vote of confidence in the United State economy overall: Intel will be investing $7 billion in a facility in Chandler, just outside of Phoenix, creating 3,000 high-tech jobs and an additional 10,000 jobs in support of the operation.

The facility, known as Fab 42 , will come online in the next three or four years.

According to Krzanich, it will produce the most powerful micro-processing chips in the world, using the 7-nanometer manufacturing process.

The shell for Fab 42 was built years ago, and in fact President Barack Obama made a speech in front of the building in 2012. “The factory being built here behind me is an example of an America within reach,” he said, “an America that attracts the next generation of manufacturing jobs.”

Intel’s decision, Krzanich said, “is in support of the tax and regulatory policies that we see the administration pushing forward that make it advantageous to manufacture in the U.S.”

Intel reiterated this point in an email to employees explaining that it has maintained its “U.S.-based manufacturing even though approximately 80 percent of our product is sold outside the United States — we’re one of the top five exporters and top two R&D spenders in the U.S. — and despite the fact that from a tax and regulatory position we have been disadvantaged relative to the rest of the world where we compete.

“That’s why we support the administration’s policies to level the global playing field and make U.S. manufacturing competitive worldwide through new regulatory standards and investment policies. Government policies play a critical role in enabling and sustaining American-driven innovation.”

Intel has a worldwide network of factories including in Ireland, Israel and China, in addition to Oregon and New Mexico and facilities it already has online in Chandler.

Intel cited proximity to the corporation’s R&D facility in Oregon and the talented workforce available in the U.S. as reasons it prefers to manufacture in America, despite the economic disadvantages.

Intel is the top private job provider in Arizona, employing more than 10,000 people.

Garrick Taylor, with for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Western Journalism that Arizona is doing everything it can to help companies like Intel chose the state.

Intel’s decision to expand in Chandler is a “huge sign of confidence in the Arizona jobs landscape.”

Taylor said Arizona is actively trying to create an environment that encourages healthy job growth through its tax and regulatory policy.

He noted a report released in July that forecasts the Arizona economy to grow faster than the national average at 2.6 percent in 2017 and 2.8 percent in 2018.

Susan Marie, spokesperson for the Arizona Commerce Authority, agrees. “When an industry giant like Intel chooses to continue investing in Arizona, it also sends a signal to other global leaders that our state should be top of mind when they are considering expansion,” she said.

Arizona State University, which is located nearby Intel’s Chandler facility, works closely with the corporation to ensure the school’s computer science and engineering courses are relevant to the industry, ASU spokesperson Hermina Rincon told Western Journalism.

“Intel has a close working relationship with our engineering faculty, is a member of several research centers and programs, and for many years has hired more graduates from ASU than any other university (as reported by Intel recruiters),” she added.

Additionally, the Chandler Chamber has created an Education Workforce Coalition that is “dedicated to ensuring Intel, and similar companies based in technology, will have a local workforce ready to go to sustain their success,” said Terri Kimble, president of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

While an educated workforce and good tax and regulatory policy at the state and local level are important, that is not enough, according to Taylor; the federal government must act.

The stock market has soared to record heights on the hope and the promise of pro-business and pro-job growth reforms, but it is incumbent upon the Trump administration and Congress to come through.

“Having the highest (corporate tax rate) in the world is not something you want on the cover of your economic development brochure,” Taylor said.

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