Trans Bathrooms Edict Proves Feds Have Too Much Power

01112014_jefferson-natural-right-nullifyHeartland.org – School Choice Weekly #138

Regardless of one’s views about transgender issues, it’s clear the Obama administration’s edict Friday – requiring all 13,506 U.S. school districts to give transgender children access to the bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, and sports teams of their choice – proves the federal government has too much power over American schools. Evan Wilt reports at World:

‘The federal government is reinterpreting statutes, saying what they mean, with no warrant other than their own political will,’ said Jeremy Tedesco, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. ‘People don’t understand the unprecedented nature of what’s going on and how dangerous it is for freedom.’

Tedesco told me the Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex means biological male and female, or something else. Meanwhile, he said federal agencies continue to abuse their power in an unmatched fashion by forcing institutions to comply with their own interpretation of the term.

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New Book Asks the Question: “Who Needs the Fed?”

Federal-Reserve-SealThe New American – A new book asks the provocative question: What would happen to the economy of the United States if the Federal Reserve were abolished?

Written by John Tammy, the book Who Needs the Fed? lays out the plan for restoring and preserving a potent economy, one without the constant fiddling carried on by the country’s unconstitutional central bank cartel.

Tammy proposes that the nation’s financial wellbeing would begin improving immediately, no longer suffering from the “quantitative easing,” the volatile interest rates, the always looming specter of inflation, etc.

Perhaps one of Tammy’s most interesting speculations is what would happen should the federal government get out of the business of printing money. “Money is merely an accepted measure of value, and absent a central bank, it would still come into existence because it’s so useful,” he writes.

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Senate Plan Would Hike Average Teacher Salary To Nearly $55,000

becoming-teacherCarolina Journal – A Senate plan to modify North Carolina’s current teacher pay system would see K-12 educators reach the top of their earnings potential over a 15-year period, rather than the 33-year timeframe that existed in the 2013-14 school year, Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said at a Wednesday press conference.

Berger unveiled a plan that would increase average teacher pay to nearly $55,000 over the next two years, a $10,000 increase since 2013-14. The plan will be part of the Senate’s budget proposal that will be introduced next week, he said, and should fall within the $22.2 billion General Fund spending limits that Senate and House leaders agreed to in April before the short legislative session opened.

“We think that this is the right plan, particularly for North Carolina at this time,” Berger said. “We think that this is fully within the capacity of the state of North Carolina in terms of feasibility, and we think it sets the right priorities.”

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Outdated government computers waste billions in tech funds

8' flopplyThe American Thinker – The Government Accountability Office says that key federal agencies are using “museum ready” computer systems that the government wastes billions to keep running.

Congress appropriates about $80 billion a year for computer upgrades across the federal government. But much of that goes to maintaining ancient systems – some of them more than 50 years old.

Some shocking examples from the report:

Fox News:

— The Defense Department’s Strategic Automated Command and Control System, which is used to send and receive emergency action messages to U.S. nuclear forces. The system is running on a 1970s IBM computing platform, and still uses 8-inch floppy disks to store data. “Replacement parts for the system are difficult to find because they are now obsolete,” GAO said. The Pentagon told GAO it is initiating a full replacement and the floppy disks should be gone by the end of next year. The entire upgrade will take longer.

— Treasury’s individual and business master files, the authoritative data sources for taxpayer information. The systems are about 56 years old and use an outdated computer language that is difficult to write and maintain. Treasury plans to replace the systems but has no firm dates.

— Social Security systems that are used to determine eligibility and estimate benefits, about 31 years old. Some use a programming language called COBOL, dating to the late 1950s and early 1960s. “Most of the employees who developed these systems are ready to retire and the agency will lose their collective knowledge,” the report said. “Training new employees to maintain the older systems takes a lot of time.” Social Security has no plans to replace the entire system but is eliminating and upgrading older and costlier components. It is also rehiring retirees who know the technology.

— Medicare’s Appeals System, which is only 11 years old, faces challenges keeping up with a growing number of appeals, as well as questions from congressional offices following up on constituent concerns. The report says the agency has general plans to keep updating the system, depending on the availability of funds.

— The Transportation Department’s Hazardous Materials Information System, used to track incidents and keep information regulators rely on. The system is about 41 years old, and vendors no longer support some of its software, which can create security risks. The department plans to complete its modernization program in 2018.

That the safety of our nuclear deterrent is partly dependent on a computer system almost as old as I am (62) is frightening.

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Buncombe County Election Services News – Vote EARLY!

Avoid the lines, vote early!

Early Voting begins Thursday, May 26 at one location only, 200 College Street in Asheville.

Early Voting Dates & Times:

Thursday & Friday, May 26 & 27 from 10AM – 6PM
Tuesday – Friday, May 31 – June 3 from 10AM – 6PM
Saturday, June 4 from 9AM – 1PM

For more information about Elections, call 828.250.4200. Find us online at buncombecounty.org/vote and check out the online app at voter.bncombecounty.org

In February of 2016, the General Assembly enacted S.L.2016-01 and S.K. 2016-02, which redrew districts for the U.S. House of Representatives and established the primary for U.S. House of Representatives on June 7, 2016.

The June 7th primary ballot will contain U.S. House of Representatives candidates based on the new district lines, as well as North Carolina State Supreme Court candidates.

From TTP: Please, vote during the Early Voting Period or on June 7th in the NC Primary ONLY for Conservative Judge Edmunds for the NC Supreme Court. See http://tarheelteaparty.org/?p=20825 for more on Judge Edmunds.

BREXIT THE MOVIE FULL FILM: Masterfully Exposes EU Horror Show

Editor: This video is a WARNING. I highly suggest you watch the full video.

The New American – Pro-Brexit Movie Masterfully Exposes EU Horror Show – There are more than 100 European Union laws that govern pillows. Almost 500 EU laws cover towels. More than 65 EU laws deal with bathrooms. A “mere” 31 EU laws cover toothbrushes, while close to 50 govern toothpaste, and more than 170 deal with mirrors. And that is all just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the super-state’s radical lawmaking. Yet, the people of Europe have no clue what those laws say, how they were made, by whom, or even for what purpose. More importantly, perhaps, they have no way of getting rid of the laws or those who usurped the power to make them.

But now, thanks to the “British Exit” (Brexit) referendum coming up on June 23, the British people have what may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secede from the out-of-control super-state that has taken over their lives. And the new film Brexit: The Movie, which highlighted the dizzying array of EU laws listed here, may be the best resource yet for explaining the necessity of restoring Britain’s independence. Best of all, it is available for free.

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REPORT: Migrants Committing Disproportionately High Crime In Germany While Media And Govt Focus on ‘Far Right’ Thought Crimes

b ukA massive, migrant crime wave is surging across Germany according to figures buried in a new report released by the country’s Interior Ministry. The data reveals that without migrants considered, crime rates in Germany would have remained roughly static since 2014. But, in fact, the country recorded an extra 402,741 crimes committed by migrants.

While much of this criminality concerned illegal border crossings, German authorities instead talked up a “record surge” in crimes by “right wing radicals”.

Concerning statistics from the 135-page report reveal that 70 per cent of pickpocketing, one of the crime types on the rise, was committed by non-Germans. Of this figure, 34 per cent was committed by recent asylum seekers, with the rest committed by “non-Germans”.

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Obama Waging Another Illegal War in Libya

Barack-ObamaThe New American – As if the bloody mess left in Libya by Obama, the United Nations, and al-Qaeda was not already tragic enough, here comes round two. Despite the disastrous consequences of the earlier intervention, which was launched without a shred of constitutional authority, the Obama administration has once again deployed U.S. military forces to the North African nation — again without permission from Congress, much less the U.S. Constitution. Weapons shipments, support for shadowy militia groups, extrajudicial assassinations via drone-fired missile, and more are already under way. And, like last time, various globalist European powers are reportedly helping.

This time, rather than supporting al-Qaeda and other jihadists against a former U.S. terror-war ally, as the Obama administration did in round one, Obama purports to be doing the opposite. According to media reports, Obama has deployed American Special Forces to prop up the unstable “transitional” regime that claims authority to rule Libya. The administration is also reportedly helping to battle the “Islamic State,” or ISIS, as well as showering weapons on one of Libya’s self-styled governments — the one backed by the UN.

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Target Suing Man Who Saved Teen Girl from Stabbing in Its Store

target stockBreitbart – In 2013, everyone agreed that Michael Turner saved the life of a teenaged girl who was attacked in a Pennsylvania Target store. Now, Target is suing him.

When she was sixteen, Allison Meadows was shopping in an East Liberty, Pennsylvania, Target store when Leon Walls rushed into the outlet and stabbed her.

With the assistance of surveillance video, Walls was convicted of attempted homicide for his attack on the girl.

The only reason the girl did not suffer more injuries is because Michael Turner interceded and, along with several other men, confronted Walls. Turner himself chased Walls out the store with a baseball bat.

Unsurprisingly, Meadows was extremely thankful for Turner’s efforts.

“I thank him,” Meadows has said. “I thank him every time I see him.”

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Click here to read: Target boycott has directly cost company $9.2 billion in market cap to date.

New Evidence Emerges in Non-Citizen Voting Case

Voter_Integrity_Project_NCMay 25, 2016 (Raleigh) — The Voter Integrity Project, today, has found new evidence, unknown before the dismissal of the case against Moore County resident, Damien Omar Sullivan, a Jamaican citizen who admitted to illegally voting twice in NC. It could lead to the prosecution of certain DMV employees.

We learned from a record request to Glenda Clendenin, Moore County’s BOE Director, of two election-related documents, both signed “under penalty of perjury,” by Damien Omar Sullivan and both falsely attesting to his US Citizenship. One of them implicates the DMV.

The first time Sullivan appears to have lied about his citizenship was on his Aug 1, 2005 application to register. Question 1 of the form, asks, “are you a United States Citizen?” The “yes” block was checked and the form was signed by Sullivan.

Also on the form was a large, bold-letter notice: “Warning! If you sign this card and know the information provided to be false, you can be convicted of a Class i Felony.”

The second time Sullivan appears to have lied about his citizenship was when he changed his address while in the act of voting, on May 6, 2008. The form, titled, Provisional Ballot Registration/Update Form,” was signed by Sullivan, even though he again checked the “yes” block and falsely attested to his citizenship “under penalty of perjury.”

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The Hill’s Overnight Regulations

Sen. Mike Lee unveiled legislation Wednesday that would force the president to draft a separate annual budget request for regulations.

Under the Regulatory Budget Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, Congress would be required to approve a budget specifically for regulations. The act would set caps on regulatory costs in tandem with the fiscal budget.

The bill, backed by Reps. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Dave Brat (R-Va.), would, for the first time, require Congress to vote on the total regulatory costs each agency is allowed to impose on the economy.

The legislation is part of Lee’s Article I project, an initiative he’s undertaken to reassert Congress’s powers under Article I of the Constitution. The project covers the regulatory and budget process as well as civil service reforms.

“Earning back the American people’s trust is the chief objective of the Article I Project’s agenda to re-empower Congress,” Lee said during an event at the Hillsdale College Kirby Center on Wednesday.

“And it’s why today we’re introducing the Article I Regulatory Budget Act – a bill that will put the Legislative Branch back in charge of lawmaking and, by extension, put the American people back in charge of Washington.”

FreedomWorks lauded the legislation, saying it will help rein in the regulatory state.

“This legislation needs to become law to help combat the regulatory state, hopefully resulting in its reduction and eventual elimination,” FreedomWorks’ Director of Government Relations Neil Siefring said in a statement.

“Congress needs to reclaim its constitutional role as the lawmaking branch of the federal government and take back its powers from progressive regulators who are working around Congress. It can do that by passing the Regulatory Budget Act.” http://bit.ly/2483oaa

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HB2 versus the Champions of Social Chaos, Common Sense to Prevent Economic Catastrophe by Mike Scruggs

Mike ScruggsThose who bewail and constantly parrot the possible economic losses from event cancellations and boycotts that might result from the North Carolina General Assembly’s continued resistance to the LGBT social chaos agenda are ignorant of the far greater economic penalties and dangers that would result, if North Carolina’s legislators caved in to such insanity. The LGBT bullying lobby and their media friends  seem to have no common sense understanding or concern that allowing possible sexual predators into women’s restrooms, dressing rooms, and showers would certainly expose females of all ages to significantly higher probabilities of assault, harassment, and embarrassment, robbing them of privacy, dignity, and a feeling of safety.

What happens to communities where women do not feel safe using the restrooms in shopping areas, or feel safe using restrooms at the workplace, or feel safe to visit restrooms during community events?  What happens to communities where children and young adults do not feel safe in the restrooms and dressing room showers at school? What happens to communities that become unfriendly to family values? Nobody outside of a madhouse can possibly think that  government regulations that rob women and girls of their privacy and feeling of security will be good for the economy. Neither will manly husbands and fathers allow their wives and children to be endangered by thoughtless politicians, no matter how fashionable sexual perversion might be to the liberal establishment and media. The LGBT agenda would be ruinous to business and the economy. People do not buy homes, and businesses do not buy commercial real estate in communities that will not defend the people’s safety and privacy. Families, businesses, and taxpayers flee such irresponsible communities.

The left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP) estimated that North Carolina would lose $87 million because of cancelled conventions (13) and concerts (12) this year. The liberal Time Warner Network (TWC) estimated somewhat lower at $77 million. Some LGBT activists made hysterical predictions of economic doom, if North Carolina does not join Obama’s latest fashionable cause. Most of the cancelled conventions and events besides Springstein, however, were small, and some were tenuous. PayPal cancelled 400 jobs planned for Charlotte. That could reduce the state’s GDP perhaps $20.0 million. One thing liberals do not seem to be good at, however, is math. Economic analysis of more than one step is beyond them. Based on my past observations of how liberal math compares to reality, these estimates seem considerably inflated and would dwindle rapidly after 2016.  For the sake of argument, however, let’s round up their most inflated estimate to $90 million. This $90 million estimate, however, would be trivial compared to the multi-billion dollar economic disaster that would result from implementing Charlotte’s LGBT agenda over the State of North Carolina.

But before we look at the substantial economic downside of implementing the LGBT agenda in North Carolina, let’s look at what the American Family Association’s public boycott is doing to LGBT agenda enthusiast, Target Stores. As of April 18, 1.3 million social conservatives had pledged to boycott Target. At the end of April, YouGov Brandindex, a market research company, found that daily surveys of Target brand name favorability dropped nearly 10 percent in one week, a significant negative shift, causing an alarming downtrend in the stock price, which has dropped from $84 to $69 (18 percent) as of the close on May 25. Target stockholders have lost over $7.0 billion dollars, and angry Target stockholders are threatening to sue Target’s clueless management. This should be sobering news for corporations that go along with leftist bullying or want to become the leading edge of radical social change. Even fashionably liberal corporations have accountants that can do simple accounting math, and they know a billion is 1,000 times a million. Look for a sharp drop off in corporations backing LGBT business insanity.

Let’s look at some numbers that give us some perspective on North Carolina’s economy. In 2014, North Carolina had an annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $482 billion and is now one of the fastest growing state economies in the U.S. The state’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year is approximately $22.2 billion. The point here is that any damage to the North Carolina economy from cancelled conventions and events or left-liberal boycotts is likely to be small compared to the very high cost of caving in to radical social agendas. Caving in to radical agendas could turn the relatively glittering metropolitan prosperity of Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, or Asheville into the likes of Chicago, Detroit, or Baltimore. Radical economic or social policies severely hinder population growth and destroy businesses, property values, jobs, safe schools, and hope.

Most people with minimal economic education and common sense know that businesses need safe environments for their employees and customers to prosper. The keys to economic prosperity are safety, privacy, social comfort, and responsible civic and political leaders. I would be surprised if implementing the Charlotte/ Obama directive LGBT policy over the state only did one percent damage to North Carolina’s economy, but that would amount to $4.8 billion per year. All the hysteria over perhaps $90 million from losses in cancelled events scarcely lasting through 2016 is by logical comparison absurd.  The Charlotte/Obama LGBT agenda could easily lead to economic devastation beyond imagination.

The safer, the more secure, and the more comfortable the environment, the more freely people will do business, play, and enjoy a productive day at work.  The safety of homes, schools, shopping, and recreational events is a major factor in population growth and a growing economy. It is especially important for women and children. No responsible parent will willingly expose their children to unnecessary dangers or social embarrassment, or significant impediments to their growth in learning or character. No respectable husband with love for his family will fail to guard carefully the safety and happiness of his wife and children.

Anything that disrupts the safety and comfort of a community inevitably has a punishing effect on the economic viability of that community. Good government policies promote growth and prosperity. Radical social agendas destroy communities. The ideological Left is notoriously incapable of recognizing logical error or ideological failure. They just go on making things worse, continuing resolutely to economic and social collapse. Meanwhile, businesses and families make silent decisions about their prospects for safety, social comfort, and prosperity. Those residents and business that are able to flee, do so, and few have reason to take their place. Social radicalism is a not a policy that fosters economic growth.

The North Carolina legislature did the right thing in keeping Charlotte from economic suicide. States that protect their women and children will prosper. States and communities that blindly follow the latest unexamined liberal fashion will see their problems multiply. Simple economic good sense will profit North Carolina a Hundred or a Thousand times what we might miss from politically correct boycotts and misguided event cancelations. North Carolina must not yield to corporate bullying, Federal tyranny, analytically negligent economic calculus, and the hysterical champions of moral depravity. The North Carolina legislature was right on HB2, and Governor McCrory is right and courageous to defend it.

Update on NC Gadsden Flag License Plate – 5/8/16

Subject: Sponsors: Whitmire; Presnell; Speciale; (Primary) -Possible amendment to Bill H 690 for the “Dont Tread on Me” Gadsden Flag NC Auto License plate
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 14:06:28 -0400
From: Fremont V. Brown III <fremont@tarheelteaparty.org>
Reply-To: fremont@tarheelteaparty.org
Organization: TarheelTeaParty.org
To: Chris.Whitmire@ncleg.net <Chris.Whitmire@ncleg.net>, Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net <Michele.Presnell@ncleg.net>, Michael.Speciale@ncleg.net <Michael.Speciale@ncleg.net>

I wish to thank all of you for being primary sponsors of HB 690 for the “Dont Tread on Me” Gadsden Flag NC Auto License plate. We are finding it very hard to get 500 orders for this plate using methods available to us. We wonder if it would be possible to amend the bill to include wording that would allow DVM to put the license plate for sale on their website with all of the other vanity plate with a notice that the license plate will be issued only after 500 orders are received for said license plate? I think that orders will be more likely forthcoming if the license plate is listed on their site for sale.

Many thanks for your time and trouble in this matter.

Fremont V Brown III
TarheelTeaParty.org
1434 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 777-5326


The legislation (bill) will direct funds to vocational text and supplies if authorizing the plate passes.  The Tarheel Tea Party receives NO FUNDS from the plate.

The Tarheel Tea Party, LLC is taking orders for a possible NC Gadsden Flag License Plate. 500 orders and payment of $30.00 per license plate needs to be received by February 15th, 2016 in order for this possible plate to be issued.   If, a total of 500 orders are not received by February 10th, 2016 the bill for the plate is dead. We will STOP taking orders Feb. 2nd.  If,  you order the NC Gadsden Flag License Plate once it is issued it will replace your existing NC License Plate.   *Orders for Custom or Personalized plates will not be accepted.

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**The above art is an approximate sample of the Gadsden Flag License Plate we are pursuing; actual plate art may look different.

Please, print mvr-27ppa and fill out all of the form but the top section and mail form and check for $30.00 to: Tarheel Tea Party, LLC, Attn: Fremont V. Brown III, 1434 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 (Phone 828-777-5326) so we receive them by February 10th, 2016 (SOONER IS BETTER!).

***If, for some some reason the NC General Assembly does not authorize the Gadsden Flag License Plate your money will be returned.

****The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words “Dont tread on me”.  The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag. – from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag

Please, vote June 7th in the NC Primary ONLY for Conservative Judge Edmunds for the NC Supreme Court

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   VOTE ONLY FOR  JUSTICE ROBERT (BOB) EDMUNDS.

     He is the only conservative running against 3-liberal judges.

  

We MUST retain a conservative majority on our NC Supreme Court.

Learn about Judge Edmunds – http://www.justiceedmunds.com/experience#fair

Please, pass on to all on your email list before June 7th, Thanks.
 

UN Official: We Should Make Every Effort To Depopulate The Planet

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JewsNews – Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, recently stated in an interview that the Earth is already over burdened with people and that we should look at depopulating the planet.

“There is pressure in the system to go toward that; we can definitely change those, right? We can definitely change those numbers,” Figueres stated.

“Really, we should make every effort to change those numbers because we are already, today, already exceeding the planet’s planetary carrying capacity.” she claimed.

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Bill Would Reallocate Bond Money For Transportation

road-703804_1280-1024x681Carolina Journal – State Rep. Chris Millis, R-Pender, believes voters were misled into believing the $2 billion Connect NC bond referendum passed in March mainly will finance roads and bridges, and has introduced legislation to strip $490 million of bond funding from state universities and reallocate it for roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure.

House Bill 1106 is now before the House Finance Committee. If passed, it would go to the Appropriations Committee.

“I’ll definitely be advocating for a hearing very soon,” Millis said. “I’ve heard nothing from leadership as of yet, but again I haven’t approached them yet as well.”

“The Millis bill is not going to disrupt anything” regarding the bond in its current makeup, said state Budget Director Drew Heath. “I don’t see any way that bill could move forward.”

But Millis contends the measure is gaining steam.

“I’m really hoping that from the momentum that it’s gaining from throughout the state, and hopefully throughout the legislature, that we’ll have an opportunity to have this bill heard, and let the voters decide,” Millis said.

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FreedomWorks Happening on the Hill: May 16, 2016

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Schedule

The House and Senate are both in session this week.

House

This week, the House will be working on legislation related to Zika, defense, and appropriations:

H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), will be considered by the House. The bill would facilitate the use of certain pesticides by removing them from Clean Water Act requirements for permitting.
The House will also consider Zika funding legislation. According to the House Appropriations committee, the bill “provides $622.1 million for domestic and international efforts, fully paid for with existing federal funds.” A vote on the measure is expected later in the week.
H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 will be debated and potentially voted on by the House this week. The legislation would authorize the government to spend $603.3 billion on defense-related programs. There have been nearly 400 amendments filed on the bill. FreedomWorks is reviewing the amendments and the bill.

Senate

This week, the Senate will continue working on the appropriations process:

The Senate will consider the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development spending bill and the Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs spending bill. The plan in the Senate is to combine the two spending bills into one bill, called a minibus. The bills have been combined by Senate leadership in order to get as many of the 12 spending bills passed by the chamber as possible.
Zika funding remains a priority for the Senate. This week, the Senate will be considering three alternatives to funding the response to Zika. The options before the Senate are: 1) An amendment by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to fully fund President Obama’s request for $1.9 billion in funding for Zika; 2) An amendment by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to provide $1 billion in funding which would be offset through spending cuts to Obamacare’s Prevention and Public Health Fund; and 3) An amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo) that would fund $1.1 billion for Zika response.

The House Freedom Caucus Is Trying to Be Reasonable on the Budget

itsjustmoney-headerGovernment Executive – Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want you to know that they are not the bomb-throwing, gridlocking, bash-and-slash anti-government zealots that their reputation suggests. Okay, maybe they are in general. But when it comes to this year’s budget circus, they insist that reports of their intransigence and irrationality have been greatly exaggerated.

The basic contours of the budget stalemate between House Republicans seem pretty straightforward: On one side, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Co. are pushing a blueprint based on the $1.07 trillion in discretionary spending (commonly referred to as “the 10-70 number”) that Boehner and other congressional leaders hammered out last October. On the other, Freedom Caucusers are rejecting any budget that busts the $1.04 trillion (or “10-40”) top line set by sequestration—and political difficulties be damned.

But, caucus members insist, there is so much more going on behind the scenes! Yes, they desperately want spending levels to come down. They need them to, in fact—both on principle and for political reasons. “One hundred and fifty three Republicans voted against the 10-70 number last year,” says Representative Dave Brat, who serves on the budget committee. “There would be tremendous political pressure to explain to voters why, if we voted no last year, we then voted yes this year.”

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Obama Administration Goes “All In” With Radical Open Bathroom Policy

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Just days after filing legal action against North Carolina for the recently enacted bathroom safety and privacy law, House Bill 2, the Obama Administration is attempting to force its “All In” bathroom policy on EVERY STATE in the nation. A joint press statement issued by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education today seeks to provide “guidance” to all public schools, colleges and universities across the U.S. In the statement and related documents, the Obama Administration seeks full implementation of its radical and unlawful attempt to redefine the word “sex” in federal laws and regulations to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The document verifies that “gender identity” is entirely subjective when it states that the Departments of Justice and Education, “interpret Title IX to require that when a student or the student’s parent or guardian, as appropriate, notifies the school administration that the student will assert a gender identity that differs from previous representations or records, the school will begin treating the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. Under Title IX, there is no medical diagnosis or treatment requirement that students must meet as a prerequisite to being treated consistent with their gender identity.”

The document also states that public schools, colleges and universities must permit: click here to read more.

Congressman: Classified Details of Iran’s Treatment of U.S. Sailors Will Shock Nation

Credit-Twitter-user-Hassanvand-copyThe Washington Free Beacon – The classified details behind Iran’s treatment of several U.S. sailors who were captured by the Islamic Republic during a tense standoff earlier this year are likely to shock the nation, according to one member of the House Armed Services Committee, who disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon that these details are currently being withheld by the Obama administration.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R., Va.) told the Free Beacon in an interview that the Obama administration is still keeping details of the maritime incident under wraps. It could be a year or longer before the American public receives a full accounting of the incident, in which several U.S. sailors were abducted at gunpoint by the Iranian military.

“I’ve had a full classified briefing” from military officials, Forbes told the Free Beacon. “It could be as long as a year before we actually get that released.”

Details of the abduction are likely to start an uproar in the nation and call into question the Obama administration’s handling of the incident, which many experts say violated international and maritime law.

“I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it,” Forbes disclosed. “I think that’s going to be huge cause for concern for most Americans. That’s why I’ve encouraged members of Congress to get that briefing so they do know exactly what did take place.”

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Time to Leave UNESCO – Again

UN FLAG Take It DownGatestone Institute – UNESCO’s poisonous, fraudulent resolution is not only biased: it is negationist. All traces of Jewish presence in Jerusalem and Judea in ancient times are eliminated at the stroke of a pen.

Only six countries voted to reject the resolution: the United States, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. France, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia accepted the text and voted yes. The resolution was presented with the support of several Muslim countries — some often described as “moderate”: Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.

UNESCO is a branch of the United Nations, and the UN is an organization where democracies are in the minority, surrounded by a huge majority of ​​dictatorships and authoritarian regimes imbued with hatred toward the West. Israel is virtually the only country designated as guilty of violating human rights by the so-called Human Rights Council, and where, in 2009, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was welcomed as a hero.

On April 11, 2016, the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted a resolution called “Occupied Palestine.” The title immediately exposes it as a biased document. That is not surprising. All the texts adopted by UNESCO concerning the Middle East are biased.

However, those who read it carefully can see that a further step was taken.

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22 Percent of Resettled Refugees in Minnesota Test Positive for Tuberculosis

Somali-Minnesota-AP-640x480Breitbart – One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health.

Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

The April 2016 edition of the Refugee Health Quarterly, published by the Minnesota Department of Health reports that:

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