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The church bombings in Egypt last week, on Palm Sunday, are sadly far from uncommon.  Raymond Ibrahim of PJ Media documents multiple attacks on Christian churches in Egypt, called for by the Muslim leaders of that country.  ISIS, of course, has targeted Christians in Syria, Iraq and other countries.  Persecution of Christians continues in Africa, Asia, South America and even in Europe.  A report by Release International predicts a rise in violence against Christians around the world.

 

The President’ budget proposal appears true to his campaign promises and includes the following elements:

Budget Blueprint for 2018:
• provides for one of the largest increases in defense spending without increasing the debt;
• significantly increases the budget for immigration enforcement at the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security;
• includes additional resources for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, immigration judges, expanded detention capacity, U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Border Patrol;
• increases funding to address violent crime and reduces opioid abuse; and
• puts America first by keeping more of America’s hard-earned tax dollars here at home.

You can read the full budget proposal here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/2018_blueprint.pdf

According to the New York Times – yes.  Here are excerpts from an article published in the NYT on 1/19/17:

WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.

and

The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.

and

It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself.

Note the language: “intercepted communications” and “some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”  This certainly warrants (no pun intended) an investigation into the Obama Administration’s actions.

 

 

 

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In celebration of Presidents’ Day, C-Span has released a survey of historians (academics), journalists and lawyers who ranked Presidents from best to worst.  It was pretty much how you’d expect historians (academics), journalists and lawyers to rank Presidents.  (See chart below.)  But it does raise some interesting questions.

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Jenna Ellis at the National Review has an excellent essay explaining that the government does NOT grant rights – it protect them.  (Or should protect them.)

Unalienable rights are endowed by our Creator upon every human by virtue of being human, and privileges are given by our American government to a specific group of people — Americans. The U.S. Constitution is only five pages. It’s not complicated. That’s because it doesn’t grant rights to the American people, it grants specific, limited powers to the federal government to operate in accordance with the Declaration’s mandate: preserving and protecting the rights we the people already possess.

Read more from Jenna Ellis here.