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Analysis: All Eyes On Iran

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May 14, 2018

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May 13, 2019

BREAKING: U.S. Military Assessment Says Iran Behind Ship Bombings In Persian Gulf, Report Says

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UPDATE: Iran commander calls U.S. military in Gulf a target... 

May 12, 2019: Speaking to CNBC in an interview to be broadcast on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. deployments came in response to intelligence about potential Iranian attacks and aimed both to deter them and to be able to respond if necessary.

"We've seen this reporting," Pompeo said. "It's real. It appears to be something that is current, that is things we're worried about today."

"In the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq or Afghanistan or Yemen or any place in the Middle East - we are prepared to respond in an appropriate way," he said, adding that "our aim is not war."

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UPDATE: Report: 'Extremely Rare' Iran Meeting Held at CIA HQ

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Saturday May 11, 2019National security adviser John Bolton called a highly unusual meeting at CIA headquarters last week with the Trump administration's top intelligence, diplomatic and military advisers to talk about Iran, NBC News reported.

The extraordinary gathering included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, the news outlet reported, citing multiple unnamed sources.

According to NBC News, national security meetings are typically held in the White House Situation Room, and it’s “extremely rare” for such high-level officials to gather at CIA headquarters.

UPDATE: US ready to respond if Iran’s proxies attack the American Al Tanf garrison - 

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May 11, 2019 - US-Iranian tensions this week were ramped up by intelligence of a plot for Iran’s Iraqi proxies to attack the American Al Tanf garrison in E. Syria, which commands the strategic Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border intersection. This intelligence, which reached the head of US CENTCOM, Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, galvanized Washington into action.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hurried over to Baghdad on Tuesday, May 7 with a warning that US punishment would reach Iranian soil and its Revolutionary Guards bases, if US forces came to harm.

Ranged against Iran’s preparations, the Americans have deployed: B-52 bombers to the Al-Udaid Air Base in Qatar; F-35A stealth aircraft to Al-Dhafra base in the UAE; and ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln with strike group take up position in the Red Sea.

UPDATE: Eyeing Iran, U.S. Sending More Patriot Missiles To Middle East

May 10, 2019 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a new deployment of Patriot missiles to the Middle East, a U.S. official told Reuters on Friday, in the latest U.S. response to what Washington sees as a growing threat from Iran. The decision comes after the Trump administration expedited the deployment of a carrier strike group and sent bombers to the Middle East following troubling indications of possible preparations for an attack by Iran.

Eyeing Iran, U.S. sending more Patriot missiles to Middle East
Launch of a Patriot missile in southern Israel. (photo credit: REUTERS)
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UPDATE: Trump says John Kerry ‘should be prosecuted’ for Iran contacts

In September, Kerry acknowledged meeting with Zarif “three or four times” since leaving office, admitting to discussing the scrapped nuclear deal, among other issues. 

“What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

On Thursday, Trump indicated he believes the contact between Kerry and Tehran to be ongoing, accusing Kerry of having “many meetings and many phone calls and he’s telling them what to do -- that is a total violation of the Logan Act.”

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ANALYSIS: Behind apparent military escalation, US and Iran buy 2-3 months’ grace for reassessment

May 9, 2019 

While the US and Iran seem to be on the knife edge of an armed clash, both have taken time-out to reassess their next steps. Iran has given the West 60 days to ease Trump administration sanctions, while the US after slapping sanctions on Iran’s metal experts has allowed 90 days for them to take effect.

It is therefore unlikely that, in the short term, the heightened tension will explode into direct hostilities between the US and Iran, although their proxies and allies are another matter –

like, for instance, the 36-hour Palestinian rocket blitz against Israel on May 4 and 5, which claimed four Israeli lives. That event, too, was cut short. Neither Tehran, while ranged face to face against America, nor Cairo, which is deep in the Libyan conflict, have the time, will or funds to spend on a major clash of arms in the Gaza Strip.

Amid the buildup of US military strength in the Gulf – the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier crossed into the Red Sea on Thursday, May 9 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent no more than four hours on talks in Baghdad on the safety of US troops in Iraq with President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Abdil Abdul-Mahdi on Wednesday.

Both are in touch with the Iranian Al Qods chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Pompeo asked them to convey to Tehran the message that if US forces or its allies in the region came to harm, the Trump administration would respond with direct military action on Iranian soil.

Because the dialogue he initiated with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is in crisis, President Trump felt obliged to show he is not shy of using military muscle in pursuit of his sanctions against Iran. Kim has broken off diplomacy with Washington after complaining in vain to Chinese and Russian leaders that Trump and Pompeo were too tough. Kim watches every US move on Iran’s nuclear program like a hawk, just as the ayatollahs keep track of Washington’s handling of North Korea. 

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President Trump is right. This is a witch hunt.

William Barr is the latest target of Democratic misinformation

"Sadly, the Democrats are not about to abandon their disinformation tactics — even now that the Mueller report has been released to the public, discrediting the falsehoods they’ve been spinning for more than two years. In fact, the criticism of Barr and President Trump has only intensified, suggesting that the witch hunt is far from over."

Why Americans hate the swamp

The White House • May 8, 2019

Today is an example of why Congress' approval rating is 20 percent.

It doesn't take a polling expert to tell you that a majority of Americans want Washington to work on solving problems that make their lives better, not on advancing their own Beltway careers through noisy, never-ending spectacles of partisan theater.

Americans know the drill by now: Careerist politicians yell. They hold hearings. They call on witnesses. They make themselves look busy. And then they do nothing of actual substance to help the very people who elected them in the first place. 

No ordinary citizen thinks for a second that Congressional Democrats are making a principled stand for a Constitution they readily ignored through eight years of Obama Administration executive overreach. Voters see how the political establishment treats the Constitution as a tool of convenience—useful to praise at times, then easily ignored when it gets in the way. Everyone knows today’s performance is about one thing only: power.

Congressional Democrats don't even pretend to care about governing anymore. Not fixing our broken immigration system. Not rebuilding infrastructure. Not jobs. Not trade. Not manufacturing. Not anything the American people want and need Washington to help fix.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement today in response to House Democrats’ ongoing refusal to accept the conclusions of the Mueller Report—and, by extension, their refusal to accept the legitimacy of the 2016 election. It reads in part:

The American people see through Chairman Nadler’s desperate ploy to distract from the President’s historically successful agenda and our booming economy. Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands . . . The American people deserve a Congress that is focused on solving real problems like the crisis at the border, high prescription drug prices, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and so much more.

Donald J. Trump is President largely because Americans couldn’t stand another minute of Washington’s do-nothing, business-as-usual, insider political circus. Today, in the halls of the United States Congress, the swamp proved that it hasn’t listened to a single word of it.

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Remember the gun running to Mexico disaster known as Operation Fast and Furious?

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to find Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress because .. well, just because.

Attorney General Eric Holder actually was held in contempt of Congress on 6/28/2012 after he refused to provide subpoenaed documents re: the gun running to Mexico disaster known as Operation Fast and Furious. It was the first time in our history that such an action was taken against a member of the president's cabinet. Remember the media firestorm that lasted for months afterwards?

Do you remember that this botched operation put American guns in the hands of drug runners and resulted in the murder of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry? Remember the media outrage?

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Do you remember the calls for President Obama's impeachment when he subsequently declared Executive Privilege for his AG, in effect ending the Fast and Furious investigation? Remember the media's accusations that this constituted obstruction of justice?

Do you remember AG Holder resigning in disgrace, being stripped of his security clearance and denied his federal pension?

No, you don't remember any of that because it never happened. What did happen when the House voted 255 - 67 to hold AG Holder in criminal contempt, was Nancy Pelosi and dozens of other Democrats abstaining from the vote and walking out of the House chamber. Many of them shouted “shame! shame!" during their dramatic exit.

The shame belongs, then and now, to the Democratic Party .. but somehow they never feel any.

 

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TRUMP’S POPULARITY SURGES - DEMOCRATS GET EVEN CRAZIER

Gallup reports President Trump’s approval rating is higher than Barack Obama’s was at this same point in his first term. This is a result of the conclusion and release of the Mueller Report and Americans realizing they’ve been lied to for 2 years. With that cloud gone, people are noticing just how well the economy is doing – much better than Democrats insisted it could ever do again.

Tiger Woods was awarded the highest civilian honor the country can bestow- the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Liberals are outraged that Woods would accept this honor from Trump in spite of their constant cries that the President is a racist. Woods has known Trump for decades, he knows the man, but liberals don’t care about the truth, they care about their narrative.

Joe Biden has a huge lead in the Democratic primary – 32 points over Bernie Sanders. It’s that “new candidate smell” and the massive name recognition advantage he has over his competitors. But Biden’s biggest problem has always been his own mouth, and over the weekend he inserted his foot into it again, referring to “the hood” and black women who learned to code in Detroit. If he were a Republican he’d be crucified, but he’s not, so it was ignored.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg either doesn’t understand was is meant by “make America great again” or is hoping his supporters don’t. Like many other Democrats, Buttigieg says American was never all the great and that President Trump wants to “turn back the clock” on history. That’s as silly as it is stupid,

Michael Cohen, one of Donald Trump’s former personal attorneys, began his 3-year sentence in federal prison yesterday. Before surrendering, Cohen made a final statement to the press. He claimed he has more stories to tell. But part of his deal with prosecutors was that he tell them everything, so his statement seemed more directed toward book publishers than anyone else. Cohen will have 3 years to think about it.

Derek Hunter is a columnist and contributing editor for The Daily Caller

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Israel Attacked: Ongoing Palestinian barrage reaches 690 rockets in two days.

  

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 The last 48 hours in Israel:

 690 rockets fired from Gaza at Israeli civilians
 240 Iron Dome Aerial Defense System interceptions
 210,000 children had school cancelled
 4 Israeli civilians killed

 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced after the security cabinet meeting that he had ordered the IDF to expand its counter-terror operations in Gaza and further build up infantry, artillery and armored forces in the Gaza sector.

Israeli emergency personnel evacuate a wounded woman from the site of rocket attack.


  A car bursts into flames after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod

 

 

 


The Israeli man who was killed earlier today when an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip hit his car has been identified as 67-year-old Moshe Feder.

Trump tells Gazans rockets will bring nothing but ‘more misery’

US President Donald Trump reiterates that the US supports Israel 100% and warns Gazans that the rockets will only bring them more misery.

“Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens."

“To the Gazan people — these terrorist acts against Israel will bring you nothing but more misery. END the violence and work towards peace – it can happen!”

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21st Century space race is on — and Florida should lead

By Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL.CD6)

   

The average American interacts with satellites 36 times a day. Every time you check the weather, search for a spot to grab your morning coffee or send a text message, you're getting hands-on with the space industry.

Space doesn't just impact our personal lives though – it affects our national security too. Our banking, stock market and modern global logistics systems – not to mention the military – are all dependent on space assets.

Here in Florida, we've seen the impacts of space firsthand. Our Space Coast was the home of the first American suborbital flight. We were also home to the first American to orbit the earth. In 1969 – 50 years ago this summer – our astronauts blasted off from Cape Canaveral and landed on the moon. For 30 years, America was a force to be reckoned with in space. In 2024, we're going back to the moon.

Florida universities like Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, here in Daytona Beach, lead the world in training premier aviation and aerospace talent. This talent which is incredibly in demand considering the Federal Aviation Administration anticipates 44 space launches in 2019 and one a week (56 annually) by 2021.

Unfortunately, the U.S. space program has fallen behind. It drastically stalled under President Obama and where the U.S. lagged, adversaries like Russia and China moved in, making significant investments to militarize their space programs – all with the goal of dominating America in space.

These countries are treating space as a war fighting domain. We must take meaningful action to do the same.

Our state – specifically Volusia and Flagler counties – is positioned to play a critical role in this next space race. Space commerce should be a welcomed economic driver considering recent U.S. Census data shows booming population growth to our north and south and consistent growth in Volusia and Flagler. That's why the first bill I introduced would establish a U.S. Space Command and strengthen my bipartisan efforts to headquarter Space Command in Florida. It's also why I fought hard to win a seat on the House Armed Services and Space Committees with oversight of both military and civilian space programs.

President Trump's leadership has reignited American space competitiveness and I'm proud to support his efforts to establish a U.S. Space Command — and to create a sixth branch of the military known as the Space Force.

I'm also thrilled to see the private sector taking such a groundbreaking role in this exciting new sector of our economy. Its involvement and success in commercial space has energized the STEM community, driving us to a new space renaissance.

While the private sector has galvanized a renewed interest in space, the government must also allow for innovation and keep pace by updating commercial regulations and providing adequate guidance.

This administration understands the stakes. It has acted accordingly, proposing rules for "Streamlined Launch and Reentry Licensing Requirements" through the FAA.

Space is expected to be a $2.7 trillion industry by 2045. As this effort moves through the Congress and the Pentagon, we cannot allow party affiliation to distract us from the serious defense needs that impact all of us. We must understand space isn't a partisan issue — it's a national security issue.

As threats to our networks increase, space development is essential for the United States to remain competitive. This is an opportunity for us to continue to lead. I know we have the intelligence, willpower and drive to make that happen.

Florida also has the opportunity to excel. Gov. Ron DeSantis, Space Florida, the President, our congressional delegation and local officials are all working together with the President and NASA to ensure Florida is a key player in the space race. Our district – specifically Volusia and Flagler counties – is also destined to play a big role in the space race. We have the talent, institutions, expertise and infrastructure to seize the moment.

The 21st-century space race is on and with strong leadership, Florida will lead the way.

President Donald Trump signs Space Policy Directive-4 in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 19, 2019. SPD-4 directs the Pentagon to establish a Space Force.

President Donald Trump signs Space Policy Directive-4 in the Oval Office of the White House on Feb. 19, 2019. SPD-4 directs the Pentagon to establish a Space Force.
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May The 4th Be With You: Volusia County Turns Red .. Two Years Ago Today

Thursday May 4th 2017: 'Trump Talk Live' producer Vic Baker was preparing for our REC's weekly 7pm radio show. As always he checked the homepage of Volusia County Department of Elections http://www.volusiaelections.org/

What he saw was history: For the first time since the 1870's (maybe ever) Volusia had more registered Republicans than Democrats.

 

Upon hearing of the county’s shift from Democrat to Republican, Kit Martin, a longtime Daytona Beach resident who was involved in organizing local GOP clubs as early as the 1964 election, had a two-word reaction. “Happy day,” she said.

She recalled the day when she, newly arrived from West Virginia, went to register to vote. She told the elections supervisor’s clerk her party choice. “Are you sure you want to register Republican?” came the response.

“I said, ‘What is your name? I think it is illegal to try to influence my registration,’” Martin responded.

Tony Ledbetter, the Volusia County Republican chairman, said the party remained almost 3,000 voters behind Democrats on Jan. 1. He attributes the closed gap to a backlash to negative mainstream media coverage of Trump.

Ledbetter views Volusia as a harbinger of Florida, which still tilted Democratic by about 330,000 voters out of a total of 13 million, as of Dec. 31, 2016. “We have a campaign push all over Florida, all 67 counties,” he said. “We’re working to make Florida red.”

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AMERICA IS BACK

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Sanctuary city ban passes Florida Legislature

The Florida Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that bans state and local government agencies from adopting so-called “sanctuary” policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The bill is believed to be the first time in recent decades that Florida has adopted legislation cracking down on illegal immigrants.

 

 

 

 

 

Senate bill sponsor Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, was able to overcome opposition in his chamber and usher the legislation to DeSantis’s desk. “It’s about making sure we keep our communities safe,” Gruters said Thursday.

Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff, R-DeLand, responded that “this bill isn’t anti-immigrant and it’s dangerously disingenuous to suggest otherwise. We are a nation of immigrants, proudly so,” Fetterhoff said. “But we are also a nation of laws.”

The bill cleared the House 68-45 Thursday and now goes to DeSantis, who made the issue a top campaign pledge and is eager to sign the legislation.

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America: One Nation Under God

President : “Today we give thanks for this magnificent country, and we proudly come together as one Nation under God.

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Be Inspired .. Make America Great Again

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