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Federal shutdown begins after lawmakers fail to reach deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A partial federal shutdown took hold early Saturday after Democrats refused to meet President Donald Trump’s demands for $5 billion to start erecting his cherished Mexican border wall, a chaotic postscript for Republicans in the waning days of their two-year reign controlling government.

Vice President Mike Pence, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney left the Capitol late Friday after hours of bargaining with congressional leaders produced no apparent compromise. “We don’t have a deal. We’re still talking,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters.

Late Friday, Mulvaney sent agency heads a memorandum telling them to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.” He wrote that administration officials were “hopeful that this lapse in appropriations will be of short duration” — an expectation that was widely shared.

With negotiations expected to continue, the House and Senate both scheduled rare Saturday sessions. House members were told they’d get 24 hours’ notice before a vote.

The gridlock blocks money for nine of 15 Cabinet-level departments and dozens of agencies, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Interior, Agriculture, State and Justice.

The lack of funds will disrupt many government operations and the routines of 800,000 federal employees. Roughly 420,000 workers were deemed essential and will work unpaid just days before Christmas, while 380,000 will be furloughed, meaning they’ll stay home without pay.

Those being furloughed include nearly everyone at NASA and 52,000 workers at the Internal Revenue Service. About 8 in 10 employees of the National Park Service will stay home and many parks were expected to close.

The Senate passed legislation ensuring workers will receive back pay, which the House seemed sure to approve.

Some agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, were already funded for the year in agreements reached earlier, and they will operate as usual.

The U.S. Postal Service, busy delivering packages for the holiday season, will not be affected because it’s an independent agency. Social Security checks will still be mailed, troops will remain on duty and food inspections will continue.

Also still functioning will be the FBI, the Border Patrol and the Coast Guard. Transportation Security Administration officers will continue to staff airport checkpoints and air traffic controllers will also remain at work.

Trump has openly savored a shutdown over the wall for months, saying last week he’d be “proud” to have one and saying Friday he was “totally prepared for a very long” closure. While many of Congress’ most conservative Republicans were welcoming such a confrontation, most GOP lawmakers have wanted to avoid one, since polling shows the public broadly opposes the wall and a shutdown over it.

Initial Republican reaction to the shutdown was muted. Among the few GOP lawmakers who issued statements as it began were Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who expressed disappointment at the lack of a deal, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. “This is a complete failure of negotiations and a success for no one,” Alexander said.

“Instead of honoring his responsibility to the American people, President Trump threw a temper tantrum and convinced House Republicans to push our nation into a destructive Trump Shutdown in the middle of the holiday season,” said a joint statement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

Despite saying last week he’d not blame Democrats for the closure, Trump and his GOP allies spent the last two days blaming Democrats anyway. Trump said now was the time for Congress to provide taxpayers’ money for the wall, even though he’s said repeatedly that Mexico will pay for it — something that country has repeatedly rebuffed.

“This is our only chance that we’ll ever have, in our opinion, because of the world and the way it breaks out, to get great border security,” Trump said Friday. Democrats will take control of the House January 3, and they oppose major funding for wall construction.

Looking for a way to claim victory, Trump said he would accept money for a “Steel Slat Barrier” with spikes on the top, which he said would be just as effective as a “wall” and “at the same time beautiful.”

Trump called GOP senators to the White House Friday morning, but Republicans said afterward that the session did not produce a strategy.

Early this week, the Senate approved a bipartisan deal keeping government open into February and providing $1.3 billion for border security projects but not the wall. In a GOP victory Thursday, the House rebelled and approved a package temporarily financing the government but also providing $5.7 billion for the border wall.

Friday afternoon, a Senate procedural vote showed that Republicans lacked the 60 votes they’d need to force that measure through their chamber. That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House.

Republicans conceded that one of their biggest hurdles was Trump’s legendary unpredictability and proclivity for abruptly changing his mind.

“The biggest problem is, we just don’t know what the president will sign,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

The White House said Trump did not go to Florida on Friday as planned for the Christmas holiday.

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Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.

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Sheila Jackson Lee tells bald-faced lie about AR-15s to mislead her constituents

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Reactions to Representative Sheila Jackson Lee’s statement about the AR-15 she supposedly held in her hands have been almost certainly incorrect. Conservatives have said she must be extremely misinformed about firearms to so blatantly mischaracterize them, going so far as to invoke armor-piercing .50 caliber ammunition as the rounds fired by the “scary” weapon.

Many on the right are laughing after she said these rifles weigh as much as 10 moving boxes. They chuckle because they believe she simply lacks the intelligence to properly describe what she allegedly experienced and to confuse a very small round, the .223, with the big daddy round, the .50.

I don’t believe she was being ignorant. I refuse to believe that anyone elected to Capitol Hill can be that unintelligent. Therefore, I firmly believe she is telling these bald-faced lies willfully and with the intention of misleading her constituents for the sake of gun control. She isn’t stupid. She just believes her voters are stupid. That’s the only logical explanation for this:

We must accept that anything spoken by certain Democrats (most of them, in fact) has a high degree of likeliness of being an outright lie. They do not believe in the truth because the truth doesn’t match their agenda.

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Why isn’t ‘Beto’ doing better?

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Gun confiscation is all the rage according to the left, so why isn’t Robert Francis O’Rourke surging in popularity?

According to Robert Francis and his merry band of liberty busters, patriots around the country cannot wait to shred and burn their Modern Day Muskets in a funeral pyre worthy of a Viking princess. AR-15’s are stacking up like cord-wood in Walmart dumpsters or sinking to the depths of lakes everywhere.

Good people are giving up their guns at will because it will have the magical effect of having them disappear from the hand of criminals. Innocent folks are disarming themselves because they know that the miscreants of our society will also do the same.

The inestimable logic of ‘Beto’ O’Rourke

Everyone knows that common sense civil liberties are easily negated by teenagers crying on the tele; that’s the fine print in the Constitution everyone misses. We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable human rights* [But only if absolutely no one in the country is afraid of anything for at least 10 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes last] That’s the fear clause that’s tucked in behind commerce, the constitutional Swiss army knife.

One can easily envision people approaching politicians in a restroom to tell them of a lifelong desire to rid themselves of an inalienable human right. Then there are those who dream of a SWAT team to breaking down their door at 3:00 AM to seize their hard-earned property at gunpoint. Even better are those looking forward to a sweet $100 gift certificate in exchange for an $800 Rifle with a $600 optic.

The logic being that when it comes to self-preservation, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Why defend yourself when you can wait a lifetime for the coroner to draw a chalk outline around your lifeless body?

‘Beto’: Let’s confiscate all the guns

In the world of the authoritarian socialist left, taking private property is very much like eating potato crisps – you can’t confiscate just one. Once they taste the visceral thrill of subjugating their political enemies and taking their property they can’t help themselves. The Associated Press has already produced articles on the subject: In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons? Proceeding from a standpoint that it’s perfectly acceptable to deprive people of their inalienable human rights.

As reported by the Daily Wire, Robert Francis O’Rourke has signaled that he is open to Confiscating ALL Semi-Automatic Firearms. His stated plans include a national buyback program for banned assault weapons and handguns  Since there is no set definition of the term ‘assault weapon’ this could mean anything that could be used as a weapon to assault someone.

These things begin with the what has been demonized the most, then they move on to everything else. The liberty grabbing would start with AR-15’s and as noted in the Daily Wire article, would expand to all semi-automatic firearms. Then they will want all handguns – revolvers included. Then anything else they want to define as being an ‘assault weapon’.

Why isn’t ‘Beto’ doing better?

Thus we return to our central question. According to polling from the national socialist media, supposedly, 90% of the country is fully on board with gun confiscation accompanied with every ancillary control scheme imaginable. Given that supposed environment, a candidate espousing such rhetoric should be soaring in the polls. NRA members should be hoisting the man on their shoulders as a national hero who was willing to speak to what everyone desires.

But that isn’t taking place is it? The innermost statist desires of one Robert Francis O’Rourke have failed to bring him up in the polls. Worse yet, while his comrades of the national socialist left didn’t object to his viewpoint, they haven’t exactly embraced it either.

While Robert Francis did his best to push the Overton window as far as it would go, we are seeing that such things have their limits. Patriots of the pro-liberty right can now point to his actions as undeniable proof of the left’s final solution to the liberty problem. Halting their little game incremental moves in liberty control, to evince a design to reduce the country to absolute despotism. The liberty grabber leftists were able to claim victory in Colt temporarily stopping production on AR-15’s, leaving only 278 producers of ARs, but they will take any victory against freedom they can take.

The bottom-line

If everyone in the country, including the estimated 120 – 130 million gun owners, really wanted the government to take private property by force, ‘Beto’ should be doing better, his polling should have a positive upward trend and he should be the talk of the nation.

That isn’t the case. In fact, he has been roundly condemned by his fellow socialists while being inadvertently praised by many on the pro-liberty right. The exact opposite of what would have been predicted by the polling data.

This is clearly a case where most people have finally seen that the left has dropped the mask and has gone full authoritarian. Gun confiscations are just one manifestation, but it is giving everyone pause on just who they people truly are with the exposition of their extremist views. This is why we are answering NO on any more erosion of our inalienable human rights. This is why we are rejecting their socialist national agenda.

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Impeachment obsession reveals Democrats as the snake-oil salesmen they are

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The state of the Democratic Party is unlike anything we’ve seen in most of our lifetimes. Despite having control of the House of Representatives and over a dozen radical progressives running for president, they’ve partially adopted a strategy that has individual members and small factions moving in very different directions and at completely different speeds. The strategy they’ve chosen is impeachment, but the message is so disjointed it’s becoming difficult to keep up with the various paths they’re traveling.

Whether Democrats support Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of pushing out information until the people start calling for impeachment, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s strategy of ready, fire, aim, or anywhere in between, it’s all coming down to a series of sales pitches. Representative Adam Schiff has a sales pitch. Representative Jerry Nadler has a different one. Others are scrambling to join whichever camp seems to be most conducive to making sure they get reelected in 2020, which all depends on how radical their constituents are.

They tried to get it done without impeachment through the Mueller investigation. When that failed, some decided to push the Russia story even further as the basis for impeachment, claiming President Trump obstructed an investigation into collusion that never happened. That didn’t pick up steam among the people, especially after their big gun failed to save them; Mueller’s testimony before Congress should have been the nail in the coffin of impeachment discussions.

Alas, they continued searching for something else to stick. They even brought in Cory Lewandowski in hopes his unpopularity would be the launching point through which they could coax people into believing their impeachment narrative. It didn’t work. Few watched. The pundits who did weren’t impressed. It was another notch in their belt of failure.

Now, they finally have something they think can stick. The Ukraine whistleblower story is the smoking gun they think will finally get them the traction they need with the people who are growing increasingly disenchanted with all the impeachment talk. But along the way, they’re actually drawing more attention to their electoral Trump-killer’s own credibility problems.

Left scrambles to downplay Biden’s words, ‘If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money’

https://noqreport.com/2019/09/23/left-scrambles-downplay-bidens-words-prosecutors-not-fired-youre-not-getting-money/We all know Joe Biden is a gaffe-machine. We also know he was involved in many of the scandals and foul play that were littered throughout President Obama’s time in the White House. Now, we’re learning that Biden used his power as Vice President to pressure the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor who was investigating a firm that employed Biden’s own son, Hunter.

This didn’t come from a FOIA request or deep investigations into Biden’s past. It came from the clumsy presidential frontrunner’s own mouth. While speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations, Biden discussed his dealings with Ukraine, including the threats he made if the prosecutor wasn’t fired.

“If the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden said. “Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.”

Every major progressive media outlet is doing the Democrats’ bidding by attempting to make this story the talk of the nation. But in their zeal to take down the President, the narrative is confusing at best. Someone who may or may not have heard the President make an offer to the Ukrainian government for something or another in exchange for dirt on Joe Biden has come forward and, despite the DoJ hearing it and thinking it’s a nothingburger, the Democrats are now screaming at the top of their lungs for transparency.

It’s turning into such a debacle that some are speculating the whistleblower is actually working on behalf of the White House to make Democrats and the media scramble to grasp a story that isn’t really there. I don’t believe this is the case, but I do know one thing. Whatever the President promised, it’s not going to get average Joe Citizen crying for impeachment alongside AOC any time soon. If anything, it’s news to most Americans that a President isn’t supposed to make promises to foreign leaders. After all, we were told before that telling a world leader the president will have more flexibility after an election was perfectly okay.

Ask Americans on the street if the President should be impeached, and most would say ‘no.” Ask those who say “yes” for their reasoning behind wanting him impeached, and none would be able to give a reasoned response with actual impeachable offenses cited. The reason: There are none. Impeachment is the greatest hoax the new Democratic Party has attempted to sell. They are very well aware they have no real grounds for pursuing it, but in an effort to save face after the Mueller debacle, they feel they must do something or people will realize they’ve done nothing with their control of the House.

They’ve gone too far and most of them know it. But instead of pulling back carefully or even reversing course, they’ve decided to double-down. Some know impeachment would be the death of their party’s chances in 2020. They know they’ll definitely lose any hopes they had at the White House. They’ll almost certainly be unable to take control of the Senate. Impeachment may even be enough to make them lose control of the House of Representatives. It’s a dangerous game they’re playing, but thanks to the radical indoctrination that’s rushing through the party like a fast-moving plague, they don’t see any other options than to move forward with it.

The specter of impeachment says much more about the state of the Democratic Party than it does about the President. As they try to sell nothing as something to the American people, they’re demonstrating that lies are all they have left in the tank.

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