Both first Daughter Ivanka Trump and her now White House staffer husband, Jared Kushner, joined President Donald Trump on his first trip overseas as president of the United States of America this past weekend.
After a brief visit to Saudi Arabia over this past weekend, they arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel where they were met by Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and his wife Sara. After some brief fanfare, they rapidly got on Marine One for the short trip to Jerusalem. Which is probably the next location for our embassy. And it’s about damn time.
First order of business for the first lady Melania Trump and President Trump was to visit what is considered the holiest site in the Christian religion, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
After that, they quickly went sped off in the presidential motorcade to meet Ivanka and Jarred at the Western Wall. When they arrived there both sexes were separated and each visited the area of the wall which the Jewish Religion allows. Seems archaic, but it has been a tradition for over 5000 years.
But what was perhaps was the most striking part of this whole episode was how Ivanka Trump was able to look so stunning in a traditional Jewish Orthodox modest outfit. She wore a long-sleeve top that covered her arms and shoulders. And a long flowing skirt that covered her knees as Orthodox Jewish Law requires. She completed her outfit with black high heeled shoes.
You just can’t get classier than this. but I’m sure the Lame Stream Liberal Media and the Scumbag Liberals will find a reason to criticize her because we all know that’s all they can do. Meanwhile, they never said a word about the way any of the Obama family dressed. Especially First Lady Michele Obama who used to get her dresses made at a potato sack factories, while the Liberal left applauded and marveled at her lack of style and class. I guess they felt like she was one of them.
Ivanka Trump is a lot of things–she’s a mom, business mogul, and fashion designer. And, of course, Donald Trump’s daughter. Often times, she’s described by the media as “poised and savvy,” and said to “have it all.” However, the 34-year-old Jewish mom balked at the idea that someone can truly have it all, in a recent interview with
Trump appears to straddle both worlds of mother and business mogul seamlessly, as if it’s no effort at all. Currently, she’s the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, and owner of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry and the Ivanka Trump Collection. Yet, her family life is visible in her Midtown Manhattan office–in photos of her 2009 wedding to Jewish real estate developer Jared Kushner, and their two children, 4-year-old Arabella and 2-year-old Joseph.
In the interview, she’s honest about how being a working mom means she can’t be present at all of her children’s functions, adding that it’s impossible for anyone to ‘have it all’:
“I abhor this question of ‘having it all.’ People talk about balance. Balance is an awful measure of things, because it implies a scale that inevitably tips. I like to look through the filter of ‘Is the life I’m leading consistent with my priorities?’ For me, my family is the ultimate litmus test. Do I feel I’m giving my children what they need?
But I don’t do everything. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do professionally if I did. I don’t go to the afternoon classes. I don’t take my son to the sports playgroup in the middle of the day. For some people that’s a compromise they aren’t willing to make, and I respect that…Everything you choose to do outside of being with them has an opportunity cost that’s much more real than the choice of hanging out with your girlfriends after work.”
In September, Trump announced she was pregnant with her third child. One of the most striking parts of her interview is the fact that she feels women should be “architecting” the lives they want to live, as opposed to falling into roles they feel they should take. And, naturally, she wants to change the narrative:
“One of my goals is not to preach how to live a great life. I’m not saying that if you’re working at home, raising a family, that’s not work. I want to disrupt the narrative around what it means to be a woman who works. The whole point of my brand is that women should be architecting the lives they want to live.”
Of course, the interview would not be complete without mention of her famous father, to whom she is remarkably loyal. She speaks diplomatically, saying that she does sometimes disagree with her father, because as she explains, it would be “a little strange if I didn’t.” But she also does stand by the fact that he “100 percent believes in equality of gender.”
Either way, it’s hard not to be won over by her ability to navigate life as a working mother so successfully that it doesn’t seem like work. Of course, let’s not forget that being insanely wealthy–and having a famous dad whose connections enable you to get started in business–give her the privilege to straddle these worlds at all.
Ivanka Trump Truly is the American Dream. A successful Wife, Mother, and businesswoman!
Al ran for the California State Assembly in his home district in 2010 and garnered more votes than any other Republican since 1984. He’s worked on multiple political campaigns and was communications director for the Ron Nehring for California Lt. Governor campaign during the primaries in 2014. He has also held multiple positions within his local Republican Central Committee including Secretary, and Vice President of his local California Republican Assembly chapter. While also being an ongoing delegate to the California Republican Party for almost a decade.
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Alabama Republican Senatorial hopeful Roy Moore is keeping the dream alive for supporters in the hotly contested Alabama Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones. Moore told his base the ‘battle is not over’ despite President Donald Trump and others calling on him to concede. Moore lost to Jones on Tuesday night by some 20,000 votes – 650,436 votes, or 48 percent, to 671,151, or 50 percent.
Moore is not ruling out asking for a recount in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate though but that does not mean it will happen or even be allowed in this instance.
Moore sent a fundraising email to supporters asking for contributions to his “election integrity fund” so he could investigate reports of voter fraud, telling supporters – “I also wanted to let you know that this battle is NOT OVER!”.
On Tuesday Jones was announced as victorious by about 20,000 votes, or 1.5% according to unofficial returns. But Moore has not yet conceded the heated Alabama race to fill the seat that previously belonged to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore has refused to concede the race to Jones, saying he will wait until all provisional and military ballots are counted and the race is certified.
Moore told supporters that the race was “close” and some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted. Those are expected to be counted next week. Moore has also said his campaign is collecting “numerous reported cases of voter fraud” to send to the secretary of state’s office.
“Realize when the vote is this close, it’s not over and we still got to go by the rules about this recount provision. It’s not over, and it’s going to take some time.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says it is unlikely that the last-minute ballots will change the outcome of the election or even trigger a recount. The margin must be under 0.5% in order to trigger an automatic recount and in this instance, the state would pay for it roughly to the tune of a cool $1 million in taxpayer money. The results of Alabama’s Senate race will be certified between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3 after counties report their official totals.
Merrill stated –
“I know a lot of people would say it’s never over until it’s over, but the margin of victory for Doug Jones at this particular time looks like a very difficult amount of votes to overcome as the remaining votes that are out there to be counted next week begin to be considered at the local level.”
Merrill has also stated his office has investigated reports of voting irregularities, but have not discovered any that have been proven factual in nature. President Trump has endorsed Jones’ win, calling to congratulate him as well as calling on Moore to concede the race.
If Jones’ margin of victory ends up being more than 0.5% then things get a little dicier for a recount option.
“It’s our contention the votes can be recounted,” John Bennett, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State’s office told AL.com. “We contend that authority is there.”
Bennett said, however, that the office will not make a determination on a recount until after the ballots are certified.
“We’re not at that point,” he said.
If Moore is allowed to request a recount, it will be at his expense and that could be considerable.
Merrill told Fortune the cost of recount would be between $1 million and $1.5 million and the total amount must be put up when the request is made. Moore’s most recent financial report showed he had about $636,000 cash on hand.
It’s also unlikely the Alabama Republican Party – which backed Moore even after the national GOP temporarily suspended its support – would be willing to help fund a recount.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issue a statement after Jones’ win saying “the race is over.”
“While we are deeply disappointed in the extremely close U.S. Senate election results, with our candidate Judge Roy Moore, we respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers,” Lathan said.
It is important to note that Merrill and others are missing that there were some rather significant irregularities in the Jones/Moore Senatorial election in Alabama as just even a cursory search of the internet reveals.
Thousands of felons may have registered to vote in the weeks leading up to the Alabama Senate election on Tuesday, in which Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a surprise victory.
Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, who spearheaded the effort, said on the November 27 registration deadline that at least 5,000 to 10,000 people statewide had registered that month.
“I’ve got people all over the state registering people,” Glasgow, who is president of The Ordinary People Society (TOPS) advocacy group, told AL.com at the time. “With my TOPS branches in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery, Enterprise, Dothan, Abbeville, Geneva, Gordon, Bessemer, we have a lot.”
But according to Merrill, that’s not worth noting??
Then there was the eleventh-hour court order that gave election officials the green light to NOT preserve electronic ballot records which would form the basis for any recount effort in the first place.
A court in Montgomery, the state capital, issued an injunction on Monday afternoon ordering election officials around the state to preserve digital images of the ballots cast by Alabama voters in the hard-fought contest between controversial Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
Then there was the enthusiastic volunteer that announced to one and all that people came from “all over the country” to Alabama to vote for Jones.
Newly-revealed documents obtained by Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal ever more of the dastardly deeds of former Secretary of State, two-time presidential loser, Hillary Clinton and her sidekick, Huma Abedin.
Through the course of a lawsuit filed in response to the failure of the Department of Justice to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for all forms authorizing the removal of “personal papers and non-record materials,”, Judicial Watch has obtained records demonstrating the swamp is as just as deep as we have long suspected, and likely a whole lot deeper. The duo was allowed to remove highly sensitive documents not made readily available to the public.
Judicial Watch received the records on Thursday in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that sought all DS-1904 forms completed by or on behalf of Former Secretary Hillary Clinton, Former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin, and Former Deputy Chief of Staff Jacob Sullivan.
Hillary and Huma were permitted to remove both electronic and physical records, under the guise of the claim “they were ‘personal’ materials and ‘unclassified, non-record materials,'” of which included files of Hillary’s calls and schedules. While not classified, these documents carry a special notation that they were not to be made public under the normal FOIA process. The special notation was included as part of an addendum signed by Clarence N. Finney Jr., then-director of the Office of Correspondence and Records, who reviewed the records.
The Obama State Department allowed former Hillary while she served in her former capacity of Secretary of State and Huma Abedin in her capacity as Hillary’s top aide to remove call logs, scheduling documents and files described as “Muslim Engagement” from government premises by labeling the records “private.” These newly obtained records also show that Huma was directly authorized to remove five different boxes of “physical files” that include documents described as “Muslim Engagement.”
Also among the recent discoveries revealed by these most recent documents is the revelation that Hillary removed the physical file of “the log of the Secretary’s gifts with pictures of gifts.” This could and very likely would further expose just how deeply involved in “pay for play” the State Department was under Hillary’s leadership. It would also likely further expose the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative along with Hillary herself, causing the whole Clinton house of cards to tumble down. But will Attorney General Jeff Sessions address? Or will he continue to ignore is the question…
As a result of these findings, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is demanding answers. He said in a statement –
“”We already know the Obama State Department let Hillary Clinton steal and then delete her government emails, which included classified information but these new records show that was only part of the scandal. These new documents show the Obama State Department had a deal with Hillary Clinton to hide her calls logs and schedules, which would be contrary to FOIA and other laws.”
Non-record copy of a log of calls the Secretary made since 2004.
Official and personal copy of the Secretary’s “call grid” which is a running list of calls she wants to make.
Physical records Clinton was allowed to remove:
16 boxes of personal schedules from 1993-2008 (prior to her becoming Secretary of State).
29 boxes of miscellaneous public schedules ranging from her time as FLOTUS all the way up to her appointment at the State Department.
1 box of personal reimbursable receipts.
1 box of personal photos.
1 box personal schedule.
Daily file binders.
Electronic records Abedin was allowed to remove:
Physical records Abedin was allowed to remove (5 boxes):
Muslim Engagement Documents
Gift Archive Binder
FLOTUS “Courtesy Storage/Box Content List” Binder
CODEL Trips Binder
Menu Cards & Table Arrangement Binder
Personal Event Planner (2001 thru 2011)
Judicial Watch states of the documents –
“The originals of some Clinton documents were retained, such as the call logs and schedules. For other records, including material that predates Clinton’s tenure, there is no indication that a copy was made. The most significant of these are her personal correspondence and gift binders, which could reflect Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative ties.”
After this latest bombshell revelation Fitton demands to know the obvious question – “When are the American people going to get an honest investigation of the Clinton crimes?”
The United States government has known for more than thirteen years that the mission of Muslim Brotherhood was and is to destroy Western civilization from within by their own hands. As a result, no rational thinking person that loves America should have or would have allowed these Sharia-supremacists anywhere near our government if we hoped to retain our republic.
So, the question begs to be asked in 2012 when then-Rep. Michele Bachmann and four of her colleagues asked the State Department demanded answers about the ties its Deputy Chief of Staff, Huma Abedin, had with the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood, why were her concerns not given careful scrutiny? Why was Bachmann instead vilified as an “Islamophobe” while those very valid questions were left unanswered?
With this latest revelation from Judicial Watch, inquiring minds now want to know – did Huma actually enable the Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration demonstrating yet another betrayal of our national security by Hillary Clinton and her merry band on sycophants?
Today Republicans in the house unveiled the final text of their tax-reform bill, which will officially lower the tax rate for most Americans by almost three percentage points and slash the corporate tax rate by 14 percent. From a current 35% to a 21%.
But most importantly for people like myself who have suffered under Obamacare premium hikes and mandates, the bill also completely repeals ObamaCare’s notorious individual mandate that requires all Americans to have health insurance.
In a statement, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that repealing the mandate, which wouldn’t take effect until 2019, will cause premiums to increase by 10 percent and cause 13 million more people to be uninsured over a decade. But those numbers are highly disputable because what will really happen under the mandate repeal is insurance companies will see themselves forced to lower their premiums in order to attract customers to stay in business, which was the case before Obamacare took effect.
I know Chief Justice John Roberts is considered a villain but we can all thank him for this. The moment he forced the Obama Administration and the then huge Democrat majority Congress to reclassify the so-called Mandate Fee as a Tax he alone saved us. If it would have remained as a fee it would have taken a straight repeal to get rid of it, which thanks to Republicans like Senator John McCain from Arizona is impossible to do.
Thanks to this new tax bill we now have to sit and wait until Obamacare falls under its own weight. Something that was going to happen anyways but now will take a lot less time to do so.
One day in October, Arkansas senator Tom Cotton approached Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor to pitch the majority leader an idea: In the tax reform bill, Republicans should repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate, the tax penalty most Americans lacking federally approved health insurance must pay. “I’ll just say he was hesitant after two bites at the apple went down on health care reform,” Cotton said in a December 6 interview with The Weekly Standard.
Indeed, after several GOP health care bills had failed over the past year—from “repeal and replace” to “repeal and delay” to “skinny repeal” to “Graham-Cassidy”—many of Cotton’s GOP colleagues felt the same way: “They all believed that ‘you can’t do health care on the tax bill,’ and ‘you can’t make the tax bill harder to pass.’ ”
“My immediate standard response was: It doesn’t make the tax bill harder to pass,” says Cotton, “it makes the tax bill easier to pass.” When the Senate voted on tax reform in the wee hours of December 2, that analysis was proven right: The bill included repeal of the individual mandate, and it passed, 51-49, with the vote of every Republican but Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Why now, after so much failure, are Republicans on the cusp of repealing a significant part of Obamacare? Repeal of the individual mandate was, after all, the centerpiece of the modest eight-page bill (known as “skinny repeal”) that Republican senators John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine killed at the end of July. Yet all three senators voted for the tax reform bill that would kill the individual mandate.
There were some important differences between the “skinny repeal” health care bill and the tax bill. When senators voted on the “skinny repeal” bill, they did so with the explicit understanding that it wasn’t supposed to be a final product—that they were just moving the process forward so the House and Senate conference could negotiate some bill that would be put up for final passage in Congress. Also, the process was different: The “skinny repeal” had been made public just hours before senators voted on it, while the idea of repealing the individual mandate had been discussed and debated for weeks.
“As a matter of principle, I’ve always supported individual liberty and believe the federal government should not penalize Americans who cannot afford to purchase expensive health insurance,” John McCain said in a November 30 statement. “By repealing the individual mandate, this bill would eliminate an onerous tax that especially harms those from low-income brackets. In my home state of Arizona, 80 percent of people who currently pay the individual mandate penalty earn less than $50,000 per year.”
“Every day at our daily lunches I was pushing it very hard,” says Cotton, who, along with Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, reintroduced a bill targeting the mandate in October. The measure got a boost after Cotton discussed it with President Trump the last Sunday in October. The president “said that he loved it and wanted to do it,” says Cotton. “It was really that week around Halloween that it kind of caught fire inside of the conference.” By the first week of November, Mitch McConnell was pushing for repeal of the mandate.
The biggest reason why mandate repeal survived in the Senate’s tax bill is that it allowed Republicans to pass a bigger tax cut. Republicans had passed a budget resolution that allowed their tax cut to increase the deficit by no more than $1.5 trillion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). And the CBO estimates that over 10 years, repeal of the individual mandate will save the government over $300 billion because millions of Americans will not participate in federally subsidized health insurance if the government doesn’t fine them. The theoretical savings achieved by repealing the mandate allowed the Senate to create a bigger child tax credit and keep more tax breaks than the House bill did. The rules under which the tax bill was considered also prohibit any increase to the deficit beyond 10 years, so repealing the mandate, which would save money for years to come, allowed Senate Republicans to make more of their cuts permanent.
Of course, conservatives and Republicans have long argued that the CBO has overestimated the power of the mandate to force people to buy health insurance. “The downside of that for Republicans is that they’re not likely to have the cost savings CBO is promising them as a result of getting rid of the mandate,” says Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “On the upside, you’re not likely to have the [health insurance] coverage losses that CBO projects either.”
The CBO estimated in November that without the mandate 13 million fewer people would be covered by health insurance in 10 years. According to the CBO, 5 million people who qualify for Medicaid, which is free to them, would no longer sign up for it if they were not threatened by the IRS with a fine. Another 2 million, according to the CBO, would lose or drop their employment-based coverage, and another 5 million in the individual market would go without insurance.
“It’s fake money, but the mandate is where CBO keeps its fake money, and [lawmakers] needed the fake money to make the math work on the tax bill,” says Levin. Some Republicans have argued that because tax reform will spur economic growth, the bill won’t add to the deficit, but no analysis has found that. One of the rosier studies that took economic growth into account found the bill would still increase the deficit by $500 billion over 10 years.
What the likely repeal of the mandate means for the future of health care in the United States is a matter of debate. At the very least it will provide a tax cut to the six million Americans who would otherwise be paying the fine, which in 2017 equals $695 or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever is greater. Many of those paying the fine do so because they can’t afford Obamacare’s high premiums or deductibles, so mandate repeal will provide relief to many working-class and middle-class families.
With fewer young, healthy people buying health insurance, that could increase premiums. “The risk it runs is that it could destabilize some of the state individual markets, and it could leave fewer people with coverage than otherwise would have it,” says Levin. “But the mandate hasn’t been very effective, and so its removal isn’t likely to be enormous and dramatic in its effects.” Levin notes that the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis is starting to reflect this reality: “CBO now says that [elimination of the mandate] would increase premiums by 10 percent. Three months ago they said 20 percent.”
Tax reform is of course not a done deal yet: The Senate and House need to agree on a final package. But it appears very likely to include repeal of the mandate. Maine’s Susan Collins has pushed for other legislation to prop up health care insurance markets, but she hasn’t made it a precondition to vote for final passage of the tax measure. With the opposition of Tennessee’s Bob Corker, Republicans have one vote to spare and still get tax reform through. That means a loss in the December 12 special election in Alabama by itself wouldn’t be fatal to tax reform.
“It’s essential to making the budgetary picture work, and it’s extremely popular,” Cotton says of repealing the mandate. “Those two things combined, I’m pretty confident we’re once and for all going to take the beating heart out of Obamacare.” That may overstate the importance of the mandate to Obamacare, but repealing it is no small thing either.
Healthcare should be an open market where you are allowed to buy coverage across state lines and where you can get together with different groups in order to get a better deal on your insurance, not only if you work for a big corporation.
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