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War Casualties in Afghanistan Hit All-Time High as Country Stands on Brink of Collapse

Share Tweet Email US army soldiers walk as a NATO helicopter flies overhead at coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar / Getty Images BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0April 30, 2017 11:59 pm As America’s $117 billion war in Afghanistan enters its sixteenth year—making it the longest war in U.S. history—conflict casualties have hit an all-time high, calling into question the U.S. strategy in the country, where Taliban terrorists still control a third of the nation and corruption runs rampant. President Donald Trump will face tough decisions about how to proceed in Afghanistan, where rebuilding projects have repeatedly failed and been hindered by corruption among Afghan nationals and U.S. contractors. Military leaders have already begun calling for an increased U.S. troop presence in the country, which could anger Trump’s voting base. U.S. taxpayers paid $48 million in the last year alone to fund ammunition for Afghan security personnel, and have paid $32.3 billion total on governance and economic development as of March 2017. The United States has spent more than $11 billion so far on other weapons, communications, aircraft, and vehicles for the struggling Afghan forces. The cost to U.S. taxpayers is unlikely to diminish over the coming years, as Taliban forces continue to control a large number of key territories. Civilian casualties resulting from the war rose to 11,418...

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Waters: Trump’s Comments on Illegal Immigration Are ‘Racist,’ ‘Dog Whistling’

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Sam DormanApril 30, 2017 11:50 am Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) responded on Sunday to President Donald Trump’s recent comments about illegal immigration, describing them as “racist,” “dog whistling,” and designed to instill fear in his constituents by mentioning Latinos. MSNBC’s “AM Joy” played a clip of Trump decrying a “surge” in illegal immigration, saying despite voters’ concerns, the federal government didn’t enforce immigration laws. “Year after year, you pleaded for Washington to enforce our laws, as illegal immigration surged, refugees flooded in and lax vetting threatened your family’s safety and security,” Trump said at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday. “That is absolutely racist. That’s dog whistling,” Waters told host Joy Reid, before arguing that Trump used Latinos to “create fear in his constituency.” Waters further described Trump’s comments as “absolutely divisive” and said “no leader, no president should be saying and doing the kinds of things he’s doing.” This entry was posted in National Security and tagged Donald Trump, Illegal Immigration, Maxine Waters, MSNBC. Bookmark the...

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Chris Matthews: Democrats Have Moved Too Far Left on Cultural Issues

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: David Rutz Follow @DavidRutzApril 30, 2017 11:46 am MSNBC host Chris Matthews said the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left on cultural issues during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Host Chuck Todd spotlighted Washington Free Beacon editor Matthew Continetti’s Friday column about the Democratic Party’s struggles in the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Continetti’s piece discussed the party’s current weak governing position and lack of an agenda beyond opposition to President Trump. It ended by stating: What the Democratic Party has yet to understand is that its social and cultural agenda is irrelevant or inimical to the material and spiritual well being of their former constituents. And until the Democrats recognize this fact, their next 100 days will be no better than their first. Todd said he felt Matthews, the longtime liberal host of “Hardball” and a former Democratic aide, would agree with Continetti’s sentiment. Matthews pointed to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s shift to the left on abortion rights as something that alienated more moderate voters in states like Pennsylvania. “A lot of it’s cultural, not just economics,” Matthews said. “I think that the position Hillary Clinton, for example, took, on abortion, late-term abortions … get rid of the Hyde Amendment, pushed too far. I think a lot of the people [who] came out and voted in...

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Chris Wallace Challenges Schumer on Leading ‘First Partisan Filibuster’ Against Gorsuch

Share Tweet Email [embedded content] BY: Sam DormanApril 30, 2017 11:27 am “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace challenged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on his attempted filibuster of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during his nomination process, pointing out that Schumer “led the first partisan filibuster in the history of Supreme Court nominees.” Schumer led a Democratic effort to block cloture on Gorsuch, leading Republicans to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and change the vote threshold to end debate from 60 to 51. Gorsuch was then confirmed by a 54-45 vote. “That doesn’t sound like cooperation,” Wallace charged on Sunday, after mentioning that the American Bar Association and liberal legal scholars described Gorsuch as in “the judicial mainstream.” Schumer defended himself by arguing that Gorsuch was “so far to the right” ideologically and “nurtured” by conservative groups. The two men talked over each other repeatedly during the contentious segment. “He’s no further to the right than Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Sonia Sotomayor are to the left,” Wallace argued, in reference to the two current Supreme Court justices nominated by Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Schumer responded by citing analyses from independent experts hired by The Washington Post and The New York Times. Those analyses placed Gorsuch further to the right on the ideological spectrum than other Supreme Court justices. “You’ve got to consider the sources,” Wallace said. “This is...

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Washington Free BeaconPelosi Prays for George W. Bush to Be President Again Instead of TrumpPelosi Grades Democrats ‘100 Percent’ on Unity in Trump’s First 100 DaysSamantha Bee Doesn’t Think America Has a ‘Smug Liberal’ ProblemElizabeth Warren Not Amused When Bill Maher Calls Her ‘Pocahontas’Indicted Fmr Dem Rep. Corrine Brown Spent Campaign Cash After Primary LossSixpence None the Richer are the Beatles of Christian Pop-RockA City Is BornBill Nye the ‘Science’ GuyPolitico Poll of White House Press Corps Includes Grand Total of Three RepublicansIRS Tax Fraud Prevention Program Costs Taxpayers $18.2 Million, But Doesn’t Work http://freebeacon.com Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:56:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 http://freebeacon.com/politics/pelosi-prays-for-george-w-bush-to-be-president-again-instead-of-trump/ http://freebeacon.com/politics/pelosi-prays-for-george-w-bush-to-be-president-again-instead-of-trump/#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:49:43 +0000 http://freebeacon.com/?p=764659 The post Pelosi Prays for George W. Bush to Be President Again Instead of Trump appeared first on Washington Free Beacon. ]]> House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) prayed during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that former President George W. Bush was in the White House instead of President Donald Trump, suggesting that Democrats were able to cooperate with Bush better than with Trump. Pelosi appeared to start making a comment about Trump and how his priorities were different than the country’s, but accidentally said “President Bush.” “I’m so sorry President Bush. I never thought I’d pray for the day that you were president again,” Pelosi said, in an apparent dig at Trump. “You’re praying for the day...

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