Broward Sheriff, Ivanka’s Olympic Moment, Feinstein Fumbles
Broward Sheriff Shifts Blame
Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County is under heavy scrutiny for his management of the Parkland shooting. The school resource officer, plus three more armed officers, did not enter the high school during the shooting. Israel refuses to resign. He told NBC News, “I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.” This petition calls for Sheriff Israel to resign.
Olympics Wrap Up
The Winter Olympics ended with a spectacular closing ceremony, attended by Ivanka Trump on behalf of the United States. She thanked President Moon for “a deeply inspiring celebration of global sportsmanship and teamwork.” The next Olympics will be held in Tokyo during the Summer of 2020.
Dems Sour on Feinstein
The California Democratic Party declined to endorse Senator Dianne Feinstein for another term. Feinstein, who has been in the Senate since 1992, received only 37% of the delegates’ votes. Her major primary opponent, Kevin De Leon, did not secure the nomination, but received enough votes to block Feinstein from receiving the party’s endorsement.
Russian Indictments, Parkland Shooting, Olympic Upsets
The Department of Justice handed down indictments of 13 Russian national and 3 Russian entities. These people and groups are accused of illegal meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During and after the election, these Russians pretended to be American activists who organized groups online. The Russians sought to sow chaos by boosting Trump and Sanders. They created content to denigrate Clinton, Rubio, and Cruz, among others. One day in New York City, they organized a rally both for Trump and against him. Russian nationals tried to contact members of the Trump team, but none of the staffers knowingly colluded with them. According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, nothing in the indictments says that the Trump team colluded with Russia.
America Grieves with Parkland
Anti-gun activists are leading students in a mass walk-out planned for sometime in March. This week, organizers will release the official date and time of the protest. Called the #MarchForOurLives, the students – including several survivors of the Parkland massacre – will lead a movement to walk out of their schools to call for stricter gun laws. The NRA provided grant funding to the junior marksmanship program where Cruz practiced shooting. However, that program was a partnership with the Junior ROTC, which is run by the U.S. military. During the shooting, several JROTC members helped their classmates by covering them with Kevlar mats.
Black Panther, a Box Office Blockbuster
Black Panther shattered box office records with a huge debut weekend. The movie raked in $192 million in its first three days in North America, and Disney expects it to bring in $218 million in the U.S. alone throughout the holiday weekend. Marvel’s first film by an African American director has achieved Marvel’s second largest opening of all time. The Avengers, which opened in 2012, still holds the top spot.
It was a weekend of surprises in Pyeongchang, where Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu became the first man to win back-to-back gold in men’s figure skating since 1952. On the slopes, Esther Ledecka of the Czech Republic took the gold in a port that isn’t even hers. The professional snowboarder competed in the Super-G on borrowed skis, and pulled off a surprise win over Austrian skiing superstar Anna Veith. Next, figure skater Adam Rippon will join NBC’s coverage of skating events for the remainder of the games.
North Korea, Fallen Police Officers, and the Iran Deal
The world is watching the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, not only for the athletes but for the international politics. American mainstream media has fawned over North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong. Kim Yo Jong leads the rogue state’s propaganda department. She will spend the Games meeting with foreign dignitaries and leading the “charm offensive.” In addition, North Korea brought a cruise ship full of singers and dancers to perform around the Olympic events.
Red Gerard, a 17 year old snowboarder from Colorado, won Team USA’s first Olympic gold at the games. With Chris Mazdzer winning America’s first ever medal in luge, the medal count for the USA stands at two.
Two Ohio police officers were shot and killed on Saturday while responding to a domestic abuse incident. The suspect, Quentin Smith, allegedly shot Officer Eric Joering and Officer Anthony Morelli. The two officers were longtime veterans of the Westerville, Ohio police department. President Trump and Ohio Governor John Kasich both expressed their deep sympathies to the families and loved ones of the fallen.
Some of the $1.7 billion transferred to Iran by the Obama Administration has ended up in the hands of the terrorist group Hezbollah. Experts believe that Iran used the money to fund Hezbollah in Palestine and its Quds Force, the regime’s major intelligence agency. This puts the spotlight back on the Iran Deal. President Trump may use this example to highlight Iran’s noncompliance.
Infrastructure Week begins today! President Trump will unveil a huge spending bill to upgrade our infrastructure while reducing the deficit.
NEWS: Super Bowl, Amtrak Crash, and #ReleaseTheMemo
Super Bowl LII
Americans enjoyed a protest-free Super Bowl LII last night, and the Philadelphia Eagles took home the famous Lombardi Trophy. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles became the first QB in NFL history to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.
A train collision near Columbia, South Carolina left 2 Amtrak employees dead and more than 100 passengers injured. The train hit a stopped cargo train. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster told reporters that the cargo train was on the correct track, and the Amtrak train made the fatal error. After the crash, Amtrak employees gathered up scattered luggage near the train tracks and tried to rearrange travel plans for passengers. Local businesses stepped up to provide food and drinks for victims of the crash while they waited for later trains.
The controversy over the Nunes memo continues to heat up. Democrats now plan to release their own memo, written by Chuck Schumer. According to the Nunes memo, the FBI knew that the Trump-Russia dossier was opposition research authored by Michael Steele. However, the FBI did not tell the FISA court about the source of the dossier. The FISA court granted the FBI a warrant to spy on certain members of the Trump team.
The Treasury Department announced that the U.S. federal government will borrow almost $1 trillion this year. The $955 billion in expected borrowing is nearly double the amount of borrowing done by the government last year.
Did FBI Plan to Let Hillary Off Without Charges?
The federal government has lost 5 months’ worth of text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI employees who oppose Donald Trump and engaged in an extramarital affair. The FBI removed Strozk from the Trump-Russia probe when text messages revealed Strozk’s personal dislike of Trump. The missing text messages begin in mid-December 2016 and end on May 17, 2017 – the exact date that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to manage the investigation. In one of the recovered text messages, the FBI employees appear to know that Comey would not press charges against Hillary Clinton, before the FBI even interviewed her.
In one of the text messages, Page wrote about Bill Clinton’s infamous tarmac meeting with A.G. Loretta Lynch: “It’s a real profile in couragw [sic] since she [Lynch] knows no charges will be brought.” Page sent the text message on July 1, 2016. The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton several days later.
A federal government shutdown began at midnight on Friday night and continues today, following failed late-night negotiations between Senators. Democrats refuse to support a Continuing Resolution to fund the government unless it also includes a plan for DACA recipients. The DACA program will end in March unless Congress chooses to extend it. Democrats favor legal status, and potentially amnesty, for illegal immigrants who came here as children. What do you think the government should do about DACA? Start your petition today.
California House of Horrors
Investigators are scouring the Turpin family’s Perris, California home for further evidence that the parents mistreated their 13 children. Authorities discovered 12 children, shackled and malnourished, when a 13th sibling escaped and called 9-1-1. David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, the parents, are currently in jail. Authorities say that the children’s journals may contain crucial evidence to indicting, and later convicting, the parents.
Monday Morning Memo: Stephen Miller’s Explosive Interview, Golden Globes, and More!
Miller Versus Tapper
White House senior adviser Stephen Miller appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show on Saturday, ostensibly to defend President Trump from salacious stories in the new book Fire and Fury. Miller quickly became frustrated and called the book “nothing but a pile of trash.” He slammed Steve Bannon and Michael Wolff, all while praising Trump’s intelligence. Trump took to Twitter, where he called himself “a very stable genius.”
Bannon tried to do damage control from his statements accusing Donald J. Trump, Jr. of treason. He called the President’s son “a patriot and a good man,” and said he intended the “treason” comments for Paul Manafort, not Trump, Jr.
The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Sunday night, before a crowd of A-listers who dressed almost entirely in black. The black attire was meant to show support for victims of sexual misconduct. Several acceptance speeches called out Hollywood’s culture of misogyny. Elisabeth Moss spoke out for women, leading many to call out her hypocrisy (Moss is a Scientologist, a religious group that covers up the crimes of powerful men). Debra Messing called out E! during a red carpet interview with the network. She stated that E! pays its female stars less than their male counterparts.
JFK airport near New York City suffered severe damage from harsh winter weather. Delays kept arriving passengers stuck on planes for hours, and in some cases, almost an entire day. A water main break in Terminal 4 delayed hundreds of flights and cancelled 143 of them.
Monday Morning Memo: Mueller, UFO, and Hezbollah Edition
Mueller Takes Trump Transition Emails
Robert Mueller has obtained a trove of documents produced by Trump’s Presidential Transition Team. The documents contain emails from the accounts of 12 high-level officials, and Mueller is using them as basis for questioning witnesses in his investigation of potential collusion with Russia. Though Trump’s lawyers contest that Mueller got the emails unlawfully, Trump himself told reporters that he does not plan to fire Mueller.
DOD UFO Project
The Department of Defense finally acknowledged the existence of a secret program to research the existence of UFOs. The program, which ran from 2007-2012, received $22 million in funding each year. It worked by identifying space objects that moved in ways that seem impossible based on the laws of physics. The Pentagon refused to comment on whether or not the program still exists.
Obama Looked Away from Hezbollah Drug Trafficking
The Obama Administration purposefully hindered a law enforcement program, allowing Hezbollah to continue shipping cocaine into the United States. The program, called Project Cassandra, traced money from Hezbollah to cocaine shipments around the world. Before Obama’s Iran Deal, the State Department, Department of Justice, and the Treasury Department all tried to block and delay parts of Project Cassandra.
McCain Recovers in Arizona
Senator John McCain has returned to Arizona to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy. McCain entered Walter Reed Hospital last Wednesday for treatment related to a viral infection. Days later, the hospital discharged him to recover at home. McCain will miss the highly-anticipated tax bill vote. President Trump spoke with the McCains to express compassion and well-wishes.