NEWS: China, Elizabeth Warren, CA Hostage Tragedy


An 8-hour hostage situation ended tragically on Friday when Albert Wong killed 3 employees at a veterans treatment center where he was a former patient. The victims, Jennifer Golick, 42, Christine Loeber, 48, and Jennifer Gonzales, 29, all worked at The Pathway Home helping veterans with PTSD. Gonzalez was 7 months pregnant. The women had been celebrating a happy occasion for one of their fellow employees when Wong burst through the door holding a rifle. California Governor Jerry Brown and President Trump both expressed their deepest condolences. The investigation into Wong’s motive is still ongoing.



During an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Massachussets Senator Elizabeth Warren said she would not be running for President in 2020. The far-left Senator, long viewed as an ally of Bernie Sanders, also addressed the controversy surrounding her heritage. Warren applied for a job at Harvard Law School and cited her Native American family background. Now, people say she might not be Native American at all. Several political opponents have asked Warren to take a DNA test, thinking it could settle the controversy once and for all. Warren told Meet the Press, “That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our mom and our dad, from our grandparents…It’s a part of me and nobody’s going to take that part of me away.”



Riding on the success of the Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk announced plans to send a space vehicle to Mars within a year. The man behind Tesla and SpaceX made a surprise appearance at the South By South West conference on Sunday. Musk wants to build the first human colony on Mars; he aims to send the first cargo mission to the Red Planet by 2022. He envisions a fully functioning city: “Mars will need everything from iron foundries to pizza joints.”

When asked about other people who inspire him, Musk continued to surprise. He named both Fred Astaire and Kanye West as people he admires.



Chinese President Xi Jinping could keep power over the country for life, following a vote by the Chinese legislature to abolish presidential term limits. Though the new rule overturns limits that had been in place for 35 years, it passed without much internal debate. Out of nearly 3,000 lawmakers, only 5 of them did not vote in favor of the new Constitutional laws. Xi now has a pathway to be president for life. In addition to the abolishing of presidential term limits, the Associated Press writes, Xi “wrote his political philosophy into the constitution.”



The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart are embroiled in a legal battle with pop star Katy Perry over the fate of their Los Feliz convent. Katy Perry wants to buy the property, but the nuns did not want to sell it to her. The Sisters have lived on the property for 45 years, and say they have documents that prove their rightful ownership. A prior court ruling stated that the LA Archdiocese could sell the convent to Perry, but the nuns aim to get that decision overturned. Several jurors have reportedly admitted they didn’t know the full story when they ruled against the nuns.

The Sisters have begged the Archdiocese to save their home. Sister Rita Callanan said, “You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. Please archbishop…do what is right in your heart.”

Despite the LA Archdiocese’s actions, the Sisters maintain that they report not to the Archdiocese, but to the Vatican. Callanan says that they have asked Pope Francis for help.

Sister Catherine Rose Holzman worked with Callanan to try to save their beloved home. She told Fox 11 her message for the star: “And to Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people.” Tragically, Holzman collapsed in the courtroom hours after that interview and passed away. She was 89 years old.

Trump Said WHAT About Term Limits?!


President Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s authoritarian power grab at a closed-door fundraiser at Mar-a-lago. Xi Jinping, President of China and head of the Communist Party, recently did away with term limits and effectively gave himself permanent power. Trump told guests, “He’s now president for life…I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”

This has stirred speculation that Trump may not fully understand the Constitution: The 22nd Amendment states that no President may serve more than 2 terms in a lifetime.



Carl Icahn sold off $31.3 million worth of stock in a steel-dependent company only days before President Trump announced upcoming steel tariffs. Icahn is a billionaire investor and a longtime confidante of Trump. This has sparked speculation that Icahn may have had insider information about the steel tariffs. Icahn served as a formal adviser to Trump until August of last year.



Federal immigration authorities arrested 232 illegal immigrants during a sweep of Northern California this weekend. 115 of those arrested had criminal records including violent or serious felonies.

One sanctuary city mayor wanted to keep those violent criminals on the streets. Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, tweeted about the raid before it happened so that illegal immigrants would know to hide. Following the sweep, ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox News that Schaaf’s announcement stopped agents from locating 800 more illegal immigrants.



The Democratic primary for Texas House District 7 got an interesting twist thanks to a recently uncovered piece of writing. In 2014, one of the candidates, Laura Moser, wrote that she would “sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than live in Katy, Texas. The Democractic Congressional Campaign Committee released attack ads against Moser including this quote. The DCCC may be favoring any of the other 6 Democrats in the upcoming primary election



Last night, Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 90th Oscars ceremony. The famed comedian and late-night host called for “a night of positivity” to celebrate the industry’s successes, while acknowledging its failings.

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

Russian Indictments

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.

Olympic Upsets

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

Winter Olympics

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.

Political News

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.

Amtrak Crash

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.

More Memos

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.

Massive Borrowing

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.

Trump, Wynn, DACA, and the Future of Phones

President Trump returned from the Davos Summit following a series of meetings with world leaders. He called for “great prosperity and great peace” among nations. Trump is the first U.S. President to attend Davos since Bill Clinton made the trip in 2000.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn has stepped down as the RNC’s finance chair following a bombshell report alleging that he sexually harassed and assaulted dozens of his employees.

What will become of the DACA program? Illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children may soon have a path to citizenship. Republicans are considering allowing a path to citizenship for 1.8 million people in exchange for $25 billion to fund construction of a border wall.

Do you have a smartphone? Chances are that your cell phone uses the 4G network. Private companies are working on building a 5G network, but a new report claims that the Trump Administration may nationalize the 5G network. This would give the federal government unprecedented control over the nation’s cellular network.

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.

Government Shutdown

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 Backtracks

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.

Hollywood Sexism

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.

Airport Chaos

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.