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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>GEORGE H.W. BUSH: December 7, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Honor, decency, principle, grace, loyalty, optimism, integrity, dignity, honesty, humbleness.<br />\n Those were just some of the character traits, among many others, used to describe former President George Herbert Walker Bush this week &mdash; words that you do not hear much nowadays from the nation&rsquo;s capital about its leaders.</p>\n<p> YET THAT&rsquo;S how his longtime friends, allies, colleagues, family and even some of his political opponents described Bush during two days of tributes as he lay in state in the U.S. Capitol&rsquo;s Rotunda, followed by a moving service at the National Cathedral on Wednesday.<br />\n It is hard to remember a former president who had more political experience and held more prestigious posts before climbing to the presidency: Two-term congressman from Texas, UN ambassador, envoy to China, chairman of the Republican National Committee, head of the Central Intelligence Agency, then vice president under President Ronald Reagan for eight years, until he won the presidency in his own right by defeating Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts.<br />\n Perhaps the most emotional moment at the memorial service in the National Cathedral came when his son, former president George W. Bush, spoke movingly about how his father showed him how to be president, becoming only the second father-son presidents in U.S. history after John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams.<br />\n &ldquo;Of course, Dad taught me another special lesson,&rdquo; Bush said. &ldquo;He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country.&rdquo;<br />\n The younger Bush had sometimes talked about how the Bushes can become emotional to the point of tears, or as he calls them, a family of &ldquo;weepers.&rdquo;<br />\n True to form, George W. Bush briefly broke down near the end of his eulogy as he recalled when his parents lost their daughter Robin at age three, saying that his father is now &ldquo;hugging Robin and holding Mom&rsquo;s hand.&rdquo;<br />\n Over the course of a nearly 50-year career in the news business, I had the pleasure of interviewing George H.W. Bush two or three times in Washington.</p>\n<p> THE FIRST came when he was in the House, and I was working on a piece about the House gymnasium for United Press International. He was helpful, affable and humorous, giving me, as I recall, a few anecdotes about what goes on in the congressional gym, and how he used it to keep fit.<br />\n Some years later, when he was vice president and I was a young political reporter for UPI who had covered the Reagan presidential campaigns, he agreed to an interview about the Reagan-Bush legislative agenda.<br />\n I had also done a lot of reporting about wasteful federal spending programs &mdash; a subject that was one of Reagan&rsquo;s favorite targets during his presidency.<br />\n So much so, that the president began quoting from my book, &ldquo;Fat City: How Washington Wastes Your Taxes,&rdquo; in his 1980 campaign, and after taking office, handed out copies of it to each and every member of his Cabinet at its first meeting.<br />\n My exposes were especially popular among UPI&rsquo;s newspaper clients across the country, and UPI nominated them for a Pulitzer Prize twice during my career there.<br />\n So I queried Bush during the interview about wasteful government spending, mentioning some of my findings, asking what he thought about this and that issue.<br />\n As I recall, he did not seem to warm to the issues I had raised, and didn&rsquo;t appear to be as enthusiastic as Reagan was about cutting government down to size. (I had also interviewed Reagan numerous times, including two one-on-one Oval Office meetings.)<br />\n Then a strange thing happened soon after my interview with Bush went out over UPI&rsquo;s wires. I got a phone call from his press secretary, saying the vice president was very displeased with the story and that he was sending a government agent over to get a copy of the interview tape.<br />\n They got their tape, but I never heard a word more from the vice president&rsquo;s office after that.<br />\n But that&rsquo;s all water over the dam, as they say. Later on, I wrote many columns about his presidency, supporting his actions in the Gulf War and other policies, with differences here and there.<br />\n But through it all, I respected his basic decency, integrity, dignity, tough moral fiber and humility, which all seem to be lacking in our nation&rsquo;s leadership these days.</p>\n<p> FOR MY MONEY, Bush was truly a class act.</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"GEORGE H.W. BUSH: December 7, 2018\" /></p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:0c3cff965d9b77143b2420fb94eed222' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>U.S. MANUFACTURING: November 29, 2018</p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>President Trump&rsquo;s 2016 campaign pledge to bring back U.S manufacturing jobs suffered a big setback this week when General Motors announced it will close five factories and lay off nearly 15,000 workers.<br />\n It was a devastating blow to the president&rsquo;s repeated promises to rebuild the nation&rsquo;s Midwestern Rust Belt factories in what he said would be a renaissance of new economic growth and job creation.<br />\n &ldquo;If I&rsquo;m elected, you won&rsquo;t lose one plant, you&rsquo;ll have plants coming into this country, you&rsquo;re going to have jobs again, you won&rsquo;t lose one plant, I promise you that,&rdquo; Trump said in October 2016 at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan.</p>\n<p> &ldquo;THEY&rsquo;RE ALL coming back. They&rsquo;re all coming back,&rdquo; the president said at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in July 2017. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t move, don&rsquo;t sell your house. We&rsquo;re going to fill up those factories or rip them down and build new ones.&rdquo;<br />\n But on Monday, GM said it needed to cut $6 billion a year by dismissing employees from management ranks and thousands from its assembly lines in Canada and the U.S.<br />\n The reason: Automobile sales have fallen by one million vehicles since September 2017, and &ldquo;data on retail sales, industrial production and housing all suggest that the economy is tiring,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported Tuesday.<br />\n &ldquo;We&rsquo;d be very surprised to see output growth picking up further from here; all the manufacturing cyclical indicators we follow have peaked, and some are declining,&rdquo; said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist for Pantheon Macroeconomics.<br />\n GM plans to stop production in 2019 at three of its plants&nbsp; &mdash; in Lordstown, Ohio; Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan; and Oshawa, Ontario. It will halt building models at these plants, including the Chevrolet Impala, Cruze and Volt, along with the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse.<br />\n GM is also halting production at transmission plants in White Marsh, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan.<br />\n The specter of plant closings across the Midwest raises profound political questions for Trump two years from now, if he seeks re-election.<br />\n In 2016, he carried four states where the automobile industry is a major employer: Wis., Mich., Ohio and Pa. They account for close to one-quarter of the 270 electoral votes needed to win re-election.</p>\n<p> AND IN A key Republican state like Ohio, the United Auto Workers is a critical voting bloc.<br />\n &ldquo;He came to our community and said, &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t sell your house. These jobs are coming back,&rsquo;&rdquo; David Green, the president of UAW Local 1112, told the Post. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve seen nothing but job losses around here.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump won about 40 percent of Green&rsquo;s UAW members in 2016, but now that vote is in doubt.<br />\n One key economic factor hovering over the automobile industry, and the U.S. economy in general, are Trump&rsquo;s tariffs, which have played havoc in the stock market and with U.S. manufacturers.<br />\n T. Rowe Price&rsquo;s recent fall report warns investors to take &ldquo;a vigilant approach to rising trade tensions.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Managers believe the new trade policies are not likely to derail the U.S. economic expansion, which has seen U.S. equity markets reach new highs this year, but they believe market risks have increased,&rdquo; the report says.<br />\n Alan Levenson, T. Rowe Price&rsquo;s chief U.S. economist, says, &ldquo;Risks could rise substantially if President Trump follows through on threats to impose sweeping tariffs &mdash; as much as 25 percent &mdash; on autos and auto parts.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;That could cause a recession in the auto industry, and we don&rsquo;t know what forms China&rsquo;s retaliation could take,&rdquo; Levenson says. &ldquo;There are no rules in this.&rdquo;<br />\n The U.S. auto industry employs more than 7seven million people. &ldquo;If car volumes were to go down 15 percent to 20 percent, I could easily see 100,000 jobs being lost because of it,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;The economic impact could be so negative that it&rsquo;s hard to fathom.&rdquo;<br />\n But Trump is still threatening to raise tariffs on China and other U.S. trading partners, which would make matters worse. He should read last September&rsquo;s eye-popping article in the conservative Forbes magazine by senior economics contributor Frances Coppola. Here&rsquo;s an excerpt:<br />\n &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s stop pretending. An import tariff is nothing but a tax on consumers and businesses. Not in the exporting country, but the importing one. So the 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese imports that President Trump has just imposed is, in reality, a new tax on Americans. And it will hurt America much more than China.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HE GOES ON to say &ldquo;that if other countries respond in kind to President Trump&rsquo;s tariffs, output in all countries will fall. Trade will shrink, and global GDP will be lower.<br />\n &ldquo;Everyone is a loser in a trade war,&rdquo; he adds.</p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9945d79814208ea0e52c5243692240e0' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ATTORNEY GENERAL: November 22, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>If you are having a hard time keeping track of special counsel Robert Mueller&rsquo;s investigation into Russia&rsquo;s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you are not alone.<br />\n When President Trump got rid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month by forcing his resignation, it left him open to pick Matthew Whitaker (who was previously Sessions&rsquo; chief of staff) as acting attorney general.<br />\n Whitaker was chosen by Trump primarily because he has criticized Mueller&rsquo;s investigation and thinks it has gone on long enough. That was music to the president&rsquo;s ears.</p>\n<p> SESSIONS HAD no role in the investigation, because he recused himself from any oversight role in Mueller&rsquo;s probe at his Senate confirmation hearing, admitting he had lied about talking to the Russian ambassador to the U.S.<br />\n That left Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in charge of the investigation, and he appointed Mueller in May 2017, who then hit the ground running.<br />\n Since then, Mueller&rsquo;s team of investigators has charged four Americans who were part of Trump&rsquo;s campaign or his administration with various offenses, plus 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers and three Russian companies, among others.<br />\n Throughout the investigation, convictions, guilty pleas and other court actions, Trump continued to insist &mdash; and still insists &mdash; that Mueller and his team were conducting &ldquo;a witch hunt,&rdquo; and that the whole story about Russia&rsquo;s cyberwar interference in the 2016 election was &ldquo;fake news.&rdquo;<br />\n Since Trump appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general, there has been a growing number of suspicions, rumors and assorted reports that he would call an end to Mueller&rsquo;s remaining investigation.<br />\n The president appeared to be promoting that outcome when he said on &ldquo;Fox News Sunday&rdquo; that he would not interfere if Whitaker were to bring a halt to Mueller&rsquo;s investigation. &ldquo;Look, it&rsquo;s going to be up to him (Whitaker). I would not get involved.&rdquo;<br />\n He said that he didn&rsquo;t know about Whitaker&rsquo;s criticisms of Mueller&rsquo;s investigation before he appointed him. So much for thorough vetting of his administration&rsquo;s officials.<br />\n Trump also appeared to shut the door on sitting down with Mueller&rsquo;s team to answer their questions.<br />\n &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt, and the answer is probably: We&rsquo;re finished,&rdquo; Trump said, adding that he had given &ldquo;very complete answers to a lot of (their) questions.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BUT THAT&rsquo;S not the message Mueller&rsquo;s team laid out in a court filing on Monday, explaining that Whitaker will have no authority over the investigation.<br />\n That was the response from the special counsel &ldquo;to an inquiry from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a case brought by Andrew Miller, an associate of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported Tuesday.<br />\n After hearing oral arguments earlier this month, a three-judge panel is facing separate court challenges about the validity of Whitaker&rsquo;s role in the investigation.<br />\n &ldquo;The designation has no effect on the case,&rdquo; Mueller&rsquo;s team said of Whitaker&rsquo;s new position, according to the Post. &ldquo;The validity of the special counsel&rsquo;s &lsquo;appointment&rsquo; cannot be retroactively affected by a change in the official who is serving as the acting attorney general.&rdquo;<br />\n If this sounds like Trump is operating on shaky legal grounds in his attempt to bring Mueller&rsquo;s work to an end, read this:<br />\n &ldquo;In recent rulings, two district court judges in Washington &mdash; one nominated by a Democrat, the other by Trump &mdash; have upheld the constitutionality of Mueller&rsquo;s appointment,&rdquo; the Post reported.<br />\n A growing number of other legal officials also question Whitaker&rsquo;s authority to run the Justice Department or to restrict the parameters of the special counsel&rsquo;s investigation.<br />\n Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, said in a court filing last week that until Whitaker is confirmed by the Senate, he does not have the legal authority to run the Justice Department.<br />\n So far, special counsel Mueller has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Kremlin was waging a massive, divisive cyberwar campaign on our elections, with the help of American political operatives, to poison our free democratic process.</p>\n<p> NOW WE are waiting for Mueller to name names &mdash; to show how far up the ladder this politically criminal plot went during the 2016 presidential election.</p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9196e865760fe1f9e5e977b2d442de1e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>TRUMP PRESIDENCY: November 15, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Things haven&rsquo;t been going well for President Trump since last week&rsquo;s disastrous midterm elections when the Democrats won majority control of the House.<br />\n It&rsquo;s bad enough Republicans lost the lower chamber, but &ldquo;almost half the 30-plus seats Democrats won came in Republican-held districts where President Trump prevailed in 2016, and with ballots still being counted in several more races, that share might grow,&rdquo; Washington Post reporter Paul Kane wrote Tuesday.<br />\n Democratic leaders lost little time sending signals that they are going to aim their newly won investigative power on the White House and the Trump administration.</p>\n<p> DEMOCRATIC Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, who will become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, plans to call acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to testify about his &ldquo;expressed hostility&rdquo; toward special counsel Robert Mueller&rsquo;s investigation into Russia&rsquo;s covert interference in the 2016 presidential election.<br />\n Nadler said he will subpoena Whitaker if that becomes necessary.<br />\n Meantime, Demcratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who will become chairman of the Intelligence Committee, says he will launch a full-scale investigation into whether the president used &ldquo;instruments of state power&rdquo; in order to punish companies connected with news media firms such as CNN and the Washington Post that have been critical of Trump and his administration.<br />\n Schiff raised this issue Sunday in an interview with the Post, noting that Trump had attempted to block AT&amp;T from buying Time Warner, the parent firm of CNN, and sought to hike U.S. Post Office shipping costs on Amazon, whose founder, Jeffrey Bezos, owns the Washington Post.<br />\n Schiff said that such an investigation would probably be undertaken by either the House Oversight or Judiciary committee.<br />\n At the same time, a House Oversight Committee aide said that panel plans to investigate Trump&rsquo;s role in hush-money payments to women who allegedly had affairs with him before he won the presidency.<br />\n Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who is poised to chair the committee, sent a letter to the White House and the Trump Organization a month ago, seeking documents related to the payments, according to the Wall Street Journal.<br />\n To date, however, there is no serious talk about the biggest investigation of all, which, under the Constitution, can only be conducted by the House: impeachment. Democratic leaders are holding off on that until Mueller&rsquo;s lengthy investigation has concluded, and reveals evidence leading to the president.</p>\n<p> THERE IS very strong support among the Democrats&rsquo; political base for impeachment, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll released last week. Sixty-four percent of Democratic voters in the midterm elections said Congress should begin impeachment proceedings. But party leaders are urging calm until the Mueller investigation is concluded.<br />\n Meantime, Senate Democrats are urging the passage of legislation that would prevent Whitaker from interfering with Mueller&rsquo;s investigation.<br />\n But Trump seemed to have other things on his mind over an angry, five-day, controversy-strewn, tweet-laden weekend trip to Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.<br />\n He was to have made a 50-mile trip from Paris to honor the U.S. military&rsquo;s sacrifice in the Great War at an American cemetery, via helicopter, but canceled the trip, apparently due to &ldquo;bad weather.&rdquo;<br />\n But that didn&rsquo;t play well in the newscasts, where other dignitaries and world leaders were seen arriving at other cemetery sites outside Paris, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.<br />\n Then came a biting address near the Arc de Triomphe by Macron, described by the Post as &ldquo;a forceful rebuke against rising nationalism, calling it a &lsquo;betrayal of patriotism.&rsquo;&rdquo;<br />\n Macron&rsquo;s speech was clearly aimed at Trump, who recently declared himself a &ldquo;nationalist.&rdquo;<br />\n Macron also suggested that there may be a need to create a &ldquo;European defense force&rdquo; in the wake of Trump&rsquo;s threats to sharply reduce U.S. financial support for NATO.<br />\n Meanwhile, the president was preparing a shake-up in his administration, again, to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and is &ldquo;seriously considering&rdquo; replacing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, according the Post.<br />\n If that wasn&rsquo;t enough, Trump was berating British Prime Minister Theresa May for not doing enough to contain Iran, and questioned her judgment on Brexit and trade policy, as well as attacking Macron for having &ldquo;a very low approval rating in France.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> TRUMP GOT at least one tweet in return for his no-show at the cemetery to honor WWI soldiers. Former secretary of state John Kerry said: &ldquo;President @realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops?&rdquo;</p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:29c9f79be9ce9512b2fbc68de1b17375' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>DEMOCRATS: November 8, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>When Democrats took control of the House in Tuesday&rsquo;s midterm elections, two things were certain: President Trump&rsquo;s remaining legislative agenda is dead, and the chamber&rsquo;s Judiciary Committee is ready to combat any White House attempt to meddle in or obstruct special counsel Robert S. Mueller&rsquo;s investigation into Russia&rsquo;s interference in the 2016 presidential election.</p>\n<p> FEW, IF ANY, House Democrats were publicly using the &ldquo;I&rdquo; word after the Republicans&rsquo; devastating political losses in what the Founding Fathers called &ldquo;the people&rsquo;s house.&rdquo; But the threat of impeachment was on the minds of many Democrats after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday and appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker was Sessions&rsquo; chief of staff and has been sharply critical of Mueller&rsquo;s investigation.<br />\n A legal policy commentator before he joined the Justice Department, Whitaker has publicly mused how Sessions&rsquo; replacement might shrink Mueller&rsquo;s budget &ldquo;so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.&rdquo;<br />\n In a column he wrote in August 2017, Whitaker said that Mueller had &ldquo;come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.&rdquo;<br />\n The Washington Post reported Wednesday that &ldquo;Trump has told advisers that Whitaker is loyal and would not have recused himself from the investigation, current and former White House officials said.&rdquo;<br />\n More important for the president, Whitaker &ldquo;would assume final decision-making authority over the special counsel probe instead of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein,&rdquo; the Post said.<br />\n Rosenstein has, until now, overseen the investigation and given Mueller the support he needs. That appears to be coming to an end now that Whitaker has entirely taken over that role.<br />\n Trump had no sooner announced that Whitaker was in charge at Justice than rank-and-file House Democrats began setting off alarm bells, saying that it was a clear attempt to shackle Mueller&rsquo;s investigation.<br />\n &ldquo;Congress must now investigate the real reason for this termination, confirm that ... Whitaker is recused from all aspects of the special counsel&rsquo;s probe, and ensure that the Department of Justice safeguards the integrity of the Mueller investigation,&rdquo; said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.</p>\n<p> BUT THAT was not the view of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who on Wednesday warned House Democrats that any investigations of the president by their new majority in the ensuing two years &ldquo;might not be smart strategy.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting,&rdquo; McConnell told reporters, when asked what Senate Republicans would do if Democrats attempted to obtain Trump&rsquo;s tax returns.<br />\n &ldquo;I remember when we tried it in the late &lsquo;90s. We impeached President Clinton. His numbers went up and ours went down, and we underperformed in the next election,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So the Democrats in the House will have to decide just how much presidential harassment they think is a good strategy. I&rsquo;m not so sure it&rsquo;ll work for them.&rdquo;<br />\n The cagey Kentucky lawmaker cautioned that he was simply making a &ldquo;historical observation&rdquo; that when the GOP launched its impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton&rsquo;s sexual escapades, &ldquo;it improved the president&rsquo;s approval rating and tanked ours.&rdquo;<br />\n Nevertheless, I&rsquo;m sure that more than one Democratic lawmaker this week was looking up Article 1, Section 2, Clause 5 in the Constitution, which says, &ldquo;The House of Representatives shall [choose] their Speaker and other Officers, and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> IN A LITTLE less than two months, the Democrats will be in charge of the House, Nancy Pelosi will be speaker and wielding a heavy gavel, and Trump will still be their archenemy.<br />\n &ldquo;There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: This is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the president,&rdquo; Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York said in a statement. He&rsquo;s set to become the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would conduct any impeachment proceedings, if it comes to that.</p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:212309396541f87436d51f0502745441' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>14TH AMENDMENT: November 2, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Less than a week before the midterm elections, President Trump is betting that one issue above all others will decide whether Republicans keep control of Congress: Immigration.<br />\n That was Trump&rsquo;s dominant issue in 2016, and he is playing the immigration card again to bring out his political base &mdash; threatening to sign a dubious executive order to curtail birthright citizenship, sending 5,200 more troops to the Mexican border and other politically honed actions to deal with a caravan of Central American refugees heading toward the U.S.</p>\n<p> INFLAMMATORY language is being used to describe the situation &mdash; Trump is calling it an &ldquo;invasion&rdquo; and defining these migrants as prospective &ldquo;illegals&rdquo; who are bringing criminals &mdash; and worse &mdash; with them.<br />\n The truth is these migrants do not intend to sneak across the border under cover of darkness, but plan to present themselves to U.S. border officials, pleading for asylum in the U.S. from crime, oppression and violence.<br />\n Their numbers are made up to a substantial degree by women and children, and by law, their petitions for asylum are supposed to be heard by U.S. judicial officials.<br />\n On Tuesday, Trump threw another political bomb into the midterm elections, suggesting that he could, with the stroke of a pen, sign an executive order that would nullify the 14th Amendment to the Constitution allowing birthright citizenship.<br />\n Where did he get such an idea? Well, he said in an interview on Axios that was released Tuesday as part of a new HBO series, &ldquo;It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don&rsquo;t,&rdquo; Trump said.<br />\n When told that his view is widely disputed, the president insisted, &ldquo;You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they&rsquo;re saying I can do it with an executive order.&rdquo;<br />\n But Constitutional experts and other legal analysts said the president has no such powers to change the nation&rsquo;s founding document.<br />\n &ldquo;Legal experts have debated for years how to interpret the citizenship clause of the Constitution&rsquo;s 14th Amendment, but the consensus is one-sided: Most agree with the long-held tradition that it grants citizenship to those born on U.S. soil,&rdquo; writes Robert Barnes, chief Supreme Court correspondent for the Washington Post.</p>\n<p> DESPITE TRUMP&rsquo;S belief that he has the power on his own to rewrite the Constitution, all of the leaders in Congress agree that he does not, including those favorable to Trump, like House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.<br />\n The 14th Amendment states in part: &ldquo;All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.&rdquo;<br />\n Even conservative legal analysts favored by Trump say that the 14th Amendment&rsquo;s &ldquo;grant of citizenship is beyond dispute,&rdquo; Barnes writes, adding that James C. Ho, &ldquo;a conservative recently nominated by Trump and confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, is among them.&rdquo;<br />\n In a 2006 essay, Ho wrote that &ldquo;Birthright citizenship is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. ... That birthright is protected no less for children of undocumented persons than for descendants of Mayflower passengers.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump is widely known for playing fast and loose with the facts, and making things up as he goes along.<br />\n But in the Axios interview, he let loose with a walloping falsehood, declaring that the United States is the only country that offers birthright citizenship.<br />\n NumbersUSA, which conducts polling on immigration issues, says that at least 33 countries grant citizenship to anyone born in their country. The list includes Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and other countries in Central and South America.<br />\n Why Trump is spearheading this birthright issue is a mystery, because polls show that changing the 14th Amendment is very unpopular.<br />\n In 2015, a Pew Research Center poll taken soon after Trump launched his presidential campaign found that 60 percent opposed the change. Only 37 percent said they supported ending &ldquo;birthright citizenship.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> I DON&rsquo;T know who&rsquo;s advising Trump on this issue, but he&rsquo;d better get rid of them. They&rsquo;re feeding him fake news.</p>\n<p> Donald Lambro has been covering Washington politics for more than 50 years as a reporter, editor and commentator.</p>\n', created = 1573994241, expire = 1574080641, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:fa259ac506165a3e17995411326570cf' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Donald Lambro

12/07/2018 - 1:33pm
GEORGE H.W. BUSH: December 7, 2018 Honor, decency, principle, grace, loyalty, optimism, integrity, dignity, honesty, humbleness. Those were just some of the character traits, among many others, used to describe former President George Herbert Walker Bush this week — words that you do not hear much nowadays from the nation’s capital about its leaders. YET THAT’S how his...
12/01/2018 - 4:09pm
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11/26/2018 - 1:46pm
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11/17/2018 - 4:39pm
TRUMP PRESIDENCY: November 15, 2018 Things haven’t been going well for President Trump since last week’s disastrous midterm elections when the Democrats won majority control of the House. It’s bad enough Republicans lost the lower chamber, but “almost half the 30-plus seats Democrats won came in Republican-held districts...
11/12/2018 - 2:43pm
DEMOCRATS: November 8, 2018 When Democrats took control of the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections, two things were certain: President Trump’s remaining legislative agenda is dead, and the chamber’s Judiciary Committee is ready to combat any White House attempt to meddle in or obstruct special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s...
11/03/2018 - 7:53pm
14TH AMENDMENT: November 2, 2018 Less than a week before the midterm elections, President Trump is betting that one issue above all others will decide whether Republicans keep control of Congress: Immigration. That was Trump’s dominant issue in 2016, and he is playing the immigration card again to bring out his political base —...
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