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Notice how the media isn’t accusing Pelosi of “lying” about SOTU postponement

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Everyone seems to be discussing Nancy Pelosi’s poison pen letter to the President “suggesting” that he postpone the State of the Union address or simply send it to Congress in written form as many of his early predecessors did. While I’m personally all in favor of doing away with this pointless gala as much as the Constitution would allow (and writing a letter to Congress and issuing copies to the press would be fine by me), Pelosi’s motives are more than suspect. But that’s not the real issue I wanted to bring up.

First of all, this wasn’t a “letter to the President.” It was almost undoubtedly leaked out to the press before Trump even saw it. This was a planned media event. Even so, the new Speaker had to give some sort of justification for wanting the SOTU postponed. As a reminder of what she came up with, let’s go back and look at the key portion of the letter where she explains her “reasoning” for writing. (Business Insider, emphasis added)

The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events by Public Law 106-544, December 19, 2000. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now – with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.

Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.

It was all about “security concerns” and shortfalls with the Secret Service. I’m fairly sure we all knew that was horse hockey the moment we heard it, to borrow a phrase from Sherman T. Potter. But the DHS Secretary made it official yesterday. Security is already in place and prepared to keep the event as safe as it ever is. (NY Post)

The Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security said they can handle security at President Trump’s State of the Union address — which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Trump to postpone…

But Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen wrote on Twitter that both agencies are good to go.

“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” she wrote.

So the Speaker of the House wrote an official missive to the President of the United States saying the security was inadequate due to the shutdown. The people in charge of said security forces are prepared to handle the job. So what does that make Pelosi’s claim? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

This morning I was listening to the talking heads on CNN discuss this matter. Pelosi was described as being “cagey.” Another person called the letter “a power play.” (In fact, when teasing the story, CNN used a picture of Pelosi smiling and the chyron simply said, “Power Play?”) It was pointed out that the Speaker was “robbing Trump of the two things he loves most. His wall and a speech before a huge audience.”

At no point did any of them utter the one word they love most when discussing the President. Not one of them suggested that Pelosi had lied. And yet she did. It’s objectively false to say that the Secret Service isn’t ready to keep the SOTU address secure.

CNN, in particular, loves talking about Donald Trump’s many lies. They regularly trot out Victor Blackwell with a table covered in glass jars filled with gumballs, each one representing another Trump “lie.” Of course, they eventually expand the description to include “false or misleading statements.” Even things the President says which have to be interpreted as opinions are added to the total of lies he’s supposedly uttered. (And to be clear, the President has said some outlandish things which clearly are not true. Whether he was knowingly lying or simply didn’t understand the subject matter is up to the observer to decide.)

If it’s so important to keep a running tally of the President’s lies, wouldn’t the same apply to the Speaker of the House, another person in a position of great power and in the order of succession for the presidency? One might imagine so. But if you listen to the mainstream media this week, you won’t hear a peep about Pelosi lying. It’s all just a cagey power play… when a Democrat does it.

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Dan Watkins: Six reasons why the Conservatives deserved to win that no confidence vote yesterday

Dan Watkins was a three-time Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Tooting and now campaigns with Kent Conservatives.

Everything is dominated by Brexit at present, but behind the scenes the Government is still continuing to deliver the Conservative’s domestic policies, much to the benefit of the British people. So here are six reasons why the country should be positive that the Government survived the vote of no confidence.

Tackling the Deficit

We should never forget that when we came to power in 2010, the Government couldn’t afford to pay for its public services and was building up a colossal amount of debt which future generations would have to pay. Years of spending restraint, combined with healthy growth of the economy, mean that Britain’s deficit is less that a fifth of what it was and debt as a share of the economy is coming down every year.
While we remain in power, the public finances stay in balance, reducing debt and allowing us to spend less on interest and more on public services.

Improving School Standards

Through the past eight years we have been reforming teaching, boosting Academies and opening Free Schools. We know these reforms are working because school standards are getting better and better, as measured by Ofsted, as well as international league tables, which we are steadily climbing. This year will see more Free Schools open and more Academies created, ensuring more children go to outstanding schools and receive a world-class education.

Boosting NHS Funding

The NHS is a huge organisation with a huge budget. As the population gets older, the demands upon it increase and the only way we can continue to fund its expansion is by growing the economy and investing those extra tax receipts into it. We have just detailed our Long Term NHS Plan, but it requires an extra £20 billion pa and this is only possible to find if we keep growing the economy. Another Labour-led recession would stop this extra funding dead in its tracks.

Creating an Enterprise Economy

From the moment we took office in 2010, the Conservatives have been making Britain the most business-friendly economy in the world. We have made it easier to start a company and to employ staff, cut business taxes and invested in research and development to support our high growth sectors such as creative, life sciences, automotive and more. Britain has been assessed by Forbes as the best country in the world to start a business. Every year we remain in Government is another year when Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour can’t undo our good work.

Protecting the Environment

Less heralded than other areas perhaps, but the results of our policies in energy and the environment have yielded excellent results. Renewal energy has expanded dramatically, carbon emissions have been slashed, plastic pollution is being tackled with radical action, and animals at home and abroad have won new protections. Michael Gove and DEFRA have more initiatives underway this year which will ensure that we continue to lead the international community on animal welfare and cleaning the environment.

Helping People into Work

Work is the bedrock of living a fulfilling life and this Government has done more than any other to give more people the opportunity to work. While welfare reforms have ensured that work always pays, the National Living Wage ensures that work pays even more.
Record numbers of people have been lifted out of the lowest paid work and the evidence shows that policies like Universal Credit help many more long-term unemployed into jobs. We need to have fully rolled out and bedded-in these initiatives before Labour get to power, so that it is much harder for them to reverse them.

At the present time, it’s not hard to find reasons to be frustrated with the Government, and indeed Parliament more generally, but when we’re out on the doorsteps campaigning, let’s be clear that the Conservatives are still delivering for the British people.

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Mariah Carey’s ex-assistant files lawsuit claiming sexual harassment, battery after blackmailing allegation

Mariah Carey’s former assistant is responding to the pop diva’s recent lawsuit with a lawsuit of her own.

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