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March 29, 2017

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Same shtick, different decade:


Al Gore presented a new trailer for “An Inconvenient Sequel” during CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday, a decade after he promoted the original “An Inconvenient Truth.”


The former vice president revealed presented the trailer during the Paramount presentation and was warmly received by the audience. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” opens July 28.


Released in 2006, “An Inconvenient Truth” was a solid performer for Paramount with nearly $50 million in worldwide grosses. “The power of entertainment to inform us has made us more socially aware,” Gore said Tuesday.


This is basically an anti-Trump ad disguised as a “climate change Armageddon” disaster movie (aerial footage courtesy of Leo DiCaprio’s private jet):




Because Gore wanted to insinuate that capitalism is a threat to humanity’s survival while avoiding charges of hypocrisy, the new movie is being released through a little non-profit subsidiary of Viacom called Paramount Pictures. “An Inconvenient Sequel” is expected to be the most-applauded in-flight movie screened on the private jets of rich climate change activists this year.


The movie, a sure bet for two thumbs-up from Michael Moore, is called “An Inconvenient Sequel” because “I Know My Last Movie Made You Think We’d Be Dead By Now But That Hasn’t Happened Yet But Will Because of Trump” wouldn’t fit on the marquee at Cannes.


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Published on March 29, 2017 15:38

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Benjamin Crump: TV’s rising fake news star

by Michelle Malkin

Creators Syndicate

Copyright 2017


He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you.


Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie.


Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice Department concluded that the 22 witnesses who manufactured the Black Lives Matter-promoted narrative were unreliable, inconsistent, self-contradictory, unsupported by a shred of forensic evidence, or outright lying.


In Crump World, anti-police ideology trumps facts. Social justice trumps actual justice. And lying about crime pays. Big time. Crump is going Hollywood.


Next week, the Florida-based legal celebrity will debut as one of six featured attorneys participating in show trials on the new Fox reality series, “You the Jury.” Crump is also serving as host and executive producer of a six-hour miniseries on the A&E Network titled “Who Killed Tupac?” And busy Benjamin is hosting “Evidence of Innocence,” a documentary series that will profile “the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.”


The series will air on TV One. Originally co-owned by Comcast and now controlled by Radio One (a minority-owned company that syndicates racial rabble-rouser, cop-basher and hate crime hoax godfather Al Sharpton), the station claims to reach 57 million households.


This is the same social justice TV network whose liberal anchor Roland Martin fed Democratic debate questions last year to disgraced former CNN contributor Donna Brazile, who finally admitted last week that she leaked the information to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. CNN president Jeff Zucker declared after an internal investigation that the network “would not partner ever again” with TV One.


But not to worry. TV One was happy to partner with Sharpton’s National Action Network to co-sponsor an awards show last fall that bestowed a special civil rights honor on Crump “for historic and transformative service.”


“Transformative service”? Try manipulating reality for political gain. While the network has cast Crump as a champion of the falsely convicted, both are responsible for spreading falsehoods and inciting hatred against a former Oklahoma City police officer whose case is one of the worst miscarriages of justice I’ve ever encountered.


Last fall, TV One’s true-crime hit, “Justice By Any Means,” reenacted the story of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw with blowhard commentary from pundits who had no clue about the actual evidence in the case. “Legal analyst” Tanya Miller, for example, put words in Holtzclaw’s mouth that appear nowhere in the court record, trial transcripts, police reports or interviews.


As I’ve been reporting over the past year, Holtzclaw was arrested, charged and convicted on numerous alleged sexual assaults in summer 2014, during the racially inflamed, anti-cop riots in Ferguson and Baltimore. A circus mob of militant Black Lives Matter protesters gathered at the courthouse, chanting, “Give him life!” during proceedings and drowning out testimony as they demonstrated inside and outside on the streets. Agitators took photos of jurors in defiance of the steamrolled judge’s orders. Riot threats hung over jury deliberations.


Crump now represents nine accusers (all black women from the gritty northeast OKC neighborhood Holtzclaw patrolled) who are plaintiffs in high-dollar state and federal civil rights lawsuits. Those clients include a convicted felon who preposterously described Holtzclaw as a “short, black man” when he’s 6’1,” half-Japanese, and pale and a convicted felon who denied seven times she had been the victim of any inappropriate police conduct — until a sex-crimes detective informed her about the Holtzclaw investigation and she changed her story to claim that he had forced her to expose her breasts.


Crump also represents the troubled young prostitute and drug user with a violent criminal record who called Holtzclaw a “hot cop” before accusing him of rape — months after Jannie Ligons’ charges were publicized and Holtzclaw’s name and face widely disseminated. The teen’s mom had filed a missing persons report and assault and battery complaint against her daughter on the day Holtzclaw encountered her and searched her purse. The Oklahoma City police department’s crime lab identified a minute amount of what it characterized as “epithelial cell” DNA from this accuser on Holtzclaw’s uniform pants — the lone piece of indirect forensic evidence found out of 17 alleged crime scenes, which became the prosecution’s inaccurately portrayed “smoking gun” in the case.


Crump falsely claimed on TV One that the crime lab found “DNA evidence inside” her “panties” and “vaginal DNA material on the inside of (Holtzclaw’s) trousers” that “matched the DNA of the 17-year-old.” But the crime lab expert admitted on the stand that she had not tested any items for vaginal fluid, observed no suspicious stains, and acknowledged the possibility of innocent DNA touch transfer. More facts: The girl’s underwear was never obtained as evidence and skin cell DNA from several unknown individuals — including at least one unknown male — was found on Daniel Holtzclaw’s pants.


I’ve reached out to Crump to explain his egregious falsehoods and omissions. But the fake news rising star may be far too busy to bother with facts that undermine the lucrative social justice racket. Damn the truth. It’s showtime!



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Published on March 29, 2017 07:58

**Written by Doug Powers


President Donald Trump has signed orders overturning Obama’s climate change polices, and you know what that means? We’re dooooomed!


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Moore would give an exact date of the human race’s Trump-induced extinction but he doesn’t want to appear to be exaggerating. What was keeping humanity from extinction before Obama and his pen & phone took office is anybody’s guess.


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March 28, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers


Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions triggered progressive mayors everywhere with this announcement:


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After that announcement, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court said that enforcing federal laws at the local level is a threat to the rule of law, or something:


California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye did not mention President Trump by name in her annual State of the Judiciary speech Monday, but she blasted federal actions on immigration and warned that the rule of law in the state is under threat.

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“Simply put, the rule of law means that we as a people are governed by laws and rules, not by a monarch,” she said.


People take the rule of law for granted until it is under threat, she added.


“I submit to you today that the rule of law is being challenged,” she said. “We are living in a time of civil rights unrest, eroding trust in our institutions, economic anxiety and unprecedented polarization.”


Justice Cantil-Sakauye, a Republican who was nominated in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said she’s not necessarily against enforcing those federal laws, but argued that… well here, read it for yourself:


She argued that sweeps by immigration authorities had already created tension between the judicial branch and government agencies. Courthouses, she said, should be treated like hospitals or churches – places where immigration enforcement is “the exception, not the practice.”


Cantil-Sakauye told legislators: “I am not saying, ‘Do not enforce the federal law.’ I am saying, ‘Please don’t do so at, or in, California state courthouses.'”


“You can’t enforce that law in here, this is a courthouse” can now replace “you can’t fight in here, this is the war room” on the top shelf in the Museum of Satire.


Judge Cantil-Sakauye also complained to the state legislature that the courts are underfunded — apparently all that not enforcing some laws is a strain on their current budget.


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Published on March 28, 2017 11:09

**Written by Doug Powers


Make some popcorn before reading this one:


Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he doubts Neil Gorsuch will get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and that he is bracing for Republicans to go for the so-called nuclear option to push the Trump administration’s pick through without any support from Democrats.


“I think this is tragic,” Coons said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the nuclear option that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he may employ to get Gorsuch on the bench. “And on talking to friends on both sides of the aisle, we’ve got a lot of senators concerned about where we’re headed. There’s Republicans still very mad at us over the 2013 change to the filibuster rule, we’re mad at them for shutting down the government, they’re mad at us for Gorsuch, and we’re not headed in a good direction.”


I don’t recall any Dems telling Harry Reid he was “not headed in a good direction” when he did this:


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Harry’s now retired, but he lives on in the Senate chamber where the exercise bands of his legacy continue to snap and injure his own party.


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Published on March 28, 2017 09:19 • 2 views

**Written by Doug Powers


First off, the gist of the story:


A Washington State woman under a court order to stay away from the area of the White House was arrested for the third time in a week overnight after she scaled a fence at the nearby U.S. Treasury, the Secret Service said Sunday.


Uniformed Secret Service officers arrested the woman after an alarm was sounded about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the agency said. The woman had successfully scaled the fence at the Treasury’s southeast corner, at 15th Street NW a block east of the White House, the agency said.


She was charged with unlawful entry and contempt of court, said the Secret Service, which confirmed that she was the same woman who was arrested Tuesday night after she was left dangling on the inside of a fence at the White House when her shoelaces got tangled up in the fence.


The three-time attempted White House fence-jumper is obviously part of the “bridges, not walls” crowd.


With that in mind, here’s the CNN take after running it through the passive headline generator:


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“Mean president repeatedly refuses visit from downtrodden citizen.”


And yes, the ten-thousandth person to make a Hillary joke out of that story might win a prize.


(h/t Twitchy)


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Published on March 28, 2017 08:00 • 2 views

March 27, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers


Just because Joe Biden is out of office doesn’t mean he’s retired from the zinger game:


“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” he said. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won.”


“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” Biden continued.


Biden explained that he didn’t regret the time he was able to spend with his son Beau Biden, who later died after battling cancer.


“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” Biden said. “I was the best qualified.”


Ouch! By “best qualified” Joe might mean that he knows where Wisconsin is. In any case, so much for Biden being chosen to be future Dem presidential nominee Chelsea Clinton’s running mate.


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To make Hillary’s day even worse, Disney World is installing “mechanical Trump” in the Hall of Presidents:


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Rumor has is Disney World’s constructing a “mechanical Hillary” that will wander around Enchanted Forest.


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Published on March 27, 2017 14:30 • 5 views

March 26, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers


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Here’s the fuse lighting on another March Madness edition of the Sunday open thread, and what better way to tip it off than with some good, old fashioned rich liberal hypocrisy, California-style!


The city of Malibu voted last week to be a “sanctuary city” for illegals:


The idea was inspired by one of the town’s many famous residents: actor Martin Sheen. In December, he grabbed the lectern during a City Council meeting and — as if conjuring his inner President Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” — urged the city to become a sanctuary city.


Like many sanctuary city resolutions, Malibu’s is largely symbolic. Backers said the move, which passed on a 3-2 council vote, is a chance for Malibu’s privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population.


And by “vulnerable” they mean people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to work for rich & famous progressive hypocrite ‘living wage’ proponents for crappy pay:


Everyone agrees the city has workers who are not authorized to be in the United States, and they tend to serve the food at upscale eateries, clean the beachside mansions, look after children and keep the landscaping looking lush.

[…]

Lifelong Malibu resident Mikke Pierson, 57, a supporter of the resolution, said it’s hard to imagine a Malibu without the many immigrants who toil there. That why expressing support for people who are in the country illegally is so important, he said.


“Heck … we would be paralyzed and no one’s houses would be cleaned,” the former surf shop owner said.


Now imagine the reaction of Malibu if Trump said that.


Sheen, who led the “sanctuary city” effort in Malibu, is a big “living wage” supporter — unless it’s going to impede some rich lefty’s ability to have dinner served or the laundry done in a manner that won’t break the bank by paying California labor union rates.


They’re all about helping the little people!


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My proposal to change Malibu’s name to Hypocrite City probably won’t go anywhere with the council.


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This is nothing short of maddening:


18 year-old Henry Sanchez Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano, are both facing first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense charges in Maryland after being accused of raping a female classmate in the high school bathroom.


“Victim A was holding a sink to avoid going into the bathroom when Montano grabbed her hand and pulled her into the stall,” police said in a report. According to investigators, Sanchez then joined then in the stall to take part in the rape.


According to local reports, Sanchez Milan crossed the border last August, and was detained for 12 days at a refugee settlement. Apparently, he was released and given notice to appear in court but a date wasn’t set at the time because he wasn’t a priority case as he didn’t have a criminal record or gang affiliation.


Oh, and the well-compensated school superintendent responded to the concerns of parents with a lecture about racism.


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After the GOP’s health care bill was pulled, Nancy Pelosi celebrated the saving of the law that contributed to the Dems’ demise:




I haven’t seen Nancy that happy for “the children” since Planned Parenthood announced they exceeded their baby parts quota.


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Hmmm:


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Your “Hillary coming out of the woods” jokes here: _____________


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After the London attack last week, police arrested around a dozen people, and some were later released. However, about four people remain in custody, meaning it was far from premature to use the media and liberal politicians’ favorite kneejerk cliche: “lone wolf.” The New York Times reports that “some believe it is unlikely that Mr. Masood acted entirely on his own.”


Before any facts were known and as the investigation was just getting started, the media narrative machine was nevertheless humming at 100 percent capacity not long after the attack:


The Sun:


London attack lone wolf terrorist Khalid Masood ‘was on WhatsApp’ just TWO minutes before unleashing Westminster terror


CNBC:


London police have released the name of the man who killed three people and injured 40 before he was shot to death in a suspected lone wolf terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.


:


At least 50 people were hurt in the London attack, thought to have been carried out by a “lone wolf” attacker known as Khalid Masood, though Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Scotland Yard said Friday they now know Masood’s birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.


Reuters:


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Daily Mail:


English teacher Khalid Masood, 52, a ‘lone wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes.


Daily Beast:


“He’s older than one would expect, most of these attacks are slightly more youthful, hot-headed guys who perhaps have a bit less to lose,” Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, author of Twenty-First Century Jihad, told The Daily Beast. “Perhaps it’s slightly more difficult to manipulate and guide a 52-year-old than a teenager or someone in their early twenties, so he could genuinely be a lone wolf who just went off the rails.”


The Beast’s headline described Masood as a “52 year old family man and English teacher.” So, kind of like Mr. Kotter but an Islamic terrorist who killed several people and injured 40 others? Pitiful.


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In the original “Brady Bunch” TV show, a record producer tried to make Greg into a rock star called “Johnny Bravo.” It turned out Greg wasn’t all that talented, and he found out the producer only wanted him because he “fit the suit” that they had. I was reminded of that episode for no particular reason recently… ahem…


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“Chelsea Bravo”? Go with it, MSM!


Have a good Sunday all!


**Written by Doug Powers


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Published on March 26, 2017 09:10 • 2 views

**Written by Doug Powers


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Here’s the fuse lighting on another March Madness edition of the Sunday open thread, and what better way to tip it off than with some good, old fashioned rich liberal hypocrisy, California-style!


The city of Malibu voted last week to be a “sanctuary city” for illegals:


The idea was inspired by one of the town’s many famous residents: actor Martin Sheen. In December, he grabbed the lectern during a City Council meeting and — as if conjuring his inner President Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” — urged the city to become a sanctuary city.


Like many sanctuary city resolutions, Malibu’s is largely symbolic. Backers said the move, which passed on a 3-2 council vote, is a chance for Malibu’s privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population.


And by “vulnerable” they mean people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to work for rich & famous progressive hypocrite ‘living wage’ proponents for crappy pay:


Everyone agrees the city has workers who are not authorized to be in the United States, and they tend to serve the food at upscale eateries, clean the beachside mansions, look after children and keep the landscaping looking lush.

[…]

Lifelong Malibu resident Mikke Pierson, 57, a supporter of the resolution, said it’s hard to imagine a Malibu without the many immigrants who toil there. That why expressing support for people who are in the country illegally is so important, he said.


“Heck … we would be paralyzed and no one’s houses would be cleaned,” the former surf shop owner said.


Now imagine the reaction of Malibu if Trump said that.


Sheen, who led the “sanctuary city” effort in Malibu, is a big “living wage” supporter — unless it’s going to impede some rich lefty’s ability to have dinner served or the laundry done in a manner that won’t break the bank by paying California labor union rates.


They’re all about helping the little people!


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My proposal to change Malibu’s name to Hypocrite City probably won’t go anywhere with the council.


*****


This is nothing short of maddening:


18 year-old Henry Sanchez Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano, are both facing first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense charges in Maryland after being accused of raping a female classmate in the high school bathroom.


“Victim A was holding a sink to avoid going into the bathroom when Montano grabbed her hand and pulled her into the stall,” police said in a report. According to investigators, Sanchez then joined then in the stall to take part in the rape.


According to local reports, Sanchez Milan crossed the border last August, and was detained for 12 days at a refugee settlement. Apparently, he was released and given notice to appear in court but a date wasn’t set at the time because he wasn’t a priority case as he didn’t have a criminal record or gang affiliation.


Oh, and the well-compensated school superintendent responded to the concerns of parents with a lecture about racism.


*****


After the GOP’s health care bill was pulled, Nancy Pelosi celebrated the saving of the law that contributed to the Dems’ demise:




I haven’t seen Nancy that happy for “the children” since Planned Parenthood announced they exceeded their baby parts quota.


*****


Hmmm:


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Your “Hillary coming out of the woods” jokes here: _____________


*****


After the London attack last week, police arrested around a dozen people, and some were later released. However, about four people remain in custody, meaning it was far from premature to use the media and liberal politicians’ favorite kneejerk cliche: “lone wolf.” The New York Times reports that “some believe it is unlikely that Mr. Masood acted entirely on his own.”


Before any facts were known and as the investigation was just getting started, the media narrative machine was nevertheless humming at 100 percent capacity not long after the attack:


The Sun:


London attack lone wolf terrorist Khalid Masood ‘was on WhatsApp’ just TWO minutes before unleashing Westminster terror


CNBC:


London police have released the name of the man who killed three people and injured 40 before he was shot to death in a suspected lone wolf terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.


:


At least 50 people were hurt in the London attack, thought to have been carried out by a “lone wolf” attacker known as Khalid Masood, though Islamic State has claimed responsibility. Scotland Yard said Friday they now know Masood’s birth name was Adrian Russell Ajao.


Reuters:


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Daily Mail:


English teacher Khalid Masood, 52, a ‘lone wolf’ attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, had a series of convictions for assault and other crimes.


Daily Beast:


“He’s older than one would expect, most of these attacks are slightly more youthful, hot-headed guys who perhaps have a bit less to lose,” Dr. Elisabeth Kendall, author of Twenty-First Century Jihad, told The Daily Beast. “Perhaps it’s slightly more difficult to manipulate and guide a 52-year-old than a teenager or someone in their early twenties, so he could genuinely be a lone wolf who just went off the rails.”


The Beast’s headline described Masood as a “52 year old family man and English teacher.” So, kind of like Mr. Kotter but an Islamic terrorist who killed several people and injured 40 others? Pitiful.


*****


In the original “Brady Bunch” TV show, a record producer tried to make Greg into a rock star called “Johnny Bravo.” It turned out Greg wasn’t all that talented, and he found out the producer only wanted him because he “fit the suit” that they had. I was reminded of that episode for no particular reason recently… ahem…


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“Chelsea Bravo”? Go with it, MSM!


Have a good Sunday all!


**Written by Doug Powers


Twitter @ThePowersThatBe



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Published on March 26, 2017 09:10

March 24, 2017

**Written by Doug Powers


Here’s a little bit of Friday news that would have been called “breaking” if I’d been able to break on it earlier, but the American Health Care Act will not be happening:


House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote.


After a dramatic day on Capitol Hill, Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement.


As Ryan presented the dire vote totals in his meeting with Trump, he explicitly recommended the President pull the bill, according to a senior GOP official. The decision was ultimately Trump’s. Trump made the call at 3 p.m., as the rest of House leadership was gathering in Ryan’s office.


Speaker Paul Ryan:


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President Trump:


"Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today," Pres. Trump reacts to GOP decision to pull health care bill pic.twitter.com/g93L3grUXg


— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 24, 2017



Trump said Obamacare will “explode” before too long, which won’t be surprising.


Before the bill was scrapped, projection was the order of the day for Nancy Pelosi:


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And that “moral monstrosity” accusation came direct from the mouth of a Margaret Sanger Award winner, so you know it’s credible.


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Published on March 24, 2017 14:53 • 2 views

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