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  • House Republicans are offering a way to revive an Obama-era rule that many conservatives believed gave government too much control of the internet.
  • Republican lawmakers are trying to rescue parts of net neutrality from the scrap heap without including the parts some conservatives find loathsome.
  • Republicans are offering a fix to the now-dead net neutrality: Craft rules that prevent blocking users’ content, but that do not provide the government with too much authority over the internet.

A handful of Republican lawmakers are offering legislation that would revive parts of net neutrality, a controversial regulatory system that some critics believe gives the government too much control over the internet.

Republican Reps. Bob Latta of Ohio and Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington are pushing a bill preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) against blocking and throttling user content. The proposed legislation would do everything but regulate ISPs under Title II rules, which critics say is anti-market.

Latta and other Republicans believe the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is unable to anticipate the kinds of conduct a rapidly changing and innovating tech platform might create in the future. Many Democrats, on the other hand, believe a Title II designation is the starting point for any regulation, not the jumping off point. Such designations treat the internet as a utility.

Latta’s effort, otherwise known as the Open Internet Act of 2019, is a culmination of many twists and turns. His proposal is a revival of a bill from Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, a Republican and former chair of the House Communications Subcommittee. Walden’s iteration was itself based on a bill offered up in 2015 by Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota. Latta is a ranking member on the committee.

Michael Powell, the president of the Internet & Television Association (NCTA), suggested at a Feb. 7 congressional hearing on the topic that his group would support a reinstatement of the 2015 Open Internet Act so long as the new piece did not include the general conduct standard.

Powell and others have fought over the net neutrality concept for years, even as it continues to evolve. Congress made five attempts between 2005 and 2012 to turn the principle into a binding law. The FCC finally issued the Open Internet Order reclassifying ISPs as Title II services during the latter half of the Obama administration. Everything changed after President Donald Trump was elected.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai returned the previous classification of ISPs as Title I services shortly after Trump named him head of the agency. More than 20 states launched a joint lawsuit against the FCC shortly thereafter, with California doing those states one better: The Golden State passed its own state-level net neutrality law, which is being challenged by the federal government. (RELATED: Justice Department Sues California Over Its Net Neutrality Law)

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018.

Powell, meanwhile, argues that ISPs do not intentionally create business models that prioritize different users. “Americans have never known anything but an open Internet,” Powell said during a press conference in 2017, noting that an open internet was a concept woven into how the internet was designed.

“One of the great lies is that that’s ever been challenged, or that it’s at risk,” said Powell, who formerly led the FCC. “The bottom line is that nobody has ever represented to me a meaningful business model that would ultimately cause consumers to have a horrible experience.” He was one of only a handful of people at the Feb. 7 hearing who prefers restoring the internet to the pre-Obama era.

Activists argue that the internet would slow down and be relegated to the wealthiest few absent Title II regulations. But conservatives and others who opposed the Obama-era orders frequently point to media reports to rebut that narrative.

Wired magazine, for instance, acknowledged in December 2018, a year after the end of net neutrality, that on the one-year anniversary of the repeal, there have been very few consequential changes. Other outlets made similar points. Since the repeal of the Obama-era rule took effect in June 2018, internet speed went from 12th to sixth fastest in the world, according to media reports.

Latta’s office has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment about the nature of his legislation.

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Eddie Zipperer | Political Science professor

Democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders is the newest candidate to elbow out room for himself in the Democratic presidential primary, which is starting to resemble an unofficial season of Game of Thrones. It’s overflowing with ruthless characters who will stop at nothing to vanquish their enemies for the chance to plop themselves down on the world’s most uncomfortable throne. To make sure we all have a true Game Of Thrones experience, I’m about to ruin the ending by putting it on the internet.

Spoiler alert: Bernie Sanders is going to win. Not because he’s the best candidate — not even close.

He’s going to win because the dynamics of the race are clearing a wide-open path for him.

If I had a deck of political tarot cards for divining the outcome of elections, the most important one would be the Name Recognition Card. Name recognition is even more important than campaign money. Why?

Because campaign money exists to purchase name recognition. While Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and others travel around the country creating name recognition and building a following, Sanders has been there and done that. There’s an army of Sandernistas out there who fell in love with his message during the last Democratic primary. At this time in 2015, Sanders was at 3 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, while Hillary Clinton was soaring over him at 64 percent.

By April of 2016, Clinton’s 61 point lead had collapsed into a one point lead. Bernie stumped his way very close to the top. He packed stadiums, corralled endorsements from pop culture bigwigs, and built a massive social media following, which gives him a tremendous head start over candidates who haven’t created their name recognition yet.

Skeptics keep telling me about Sanders’s ceiling. “Yeah, he brings in big crowds, but his Democratic Socialism isn’t for everyone. He’ll never win over the Democratic establishment.” He doesn’t need to! Clown Car dynamics are fully in play, which means that no Democrat is going to wrangle a majority of support from primary voters. This is a race to build the largest plurality. Check your rearview mirror, and you’ll find that the 2016 GOP primary is closer than it appears.

Trump won the 2016 GOP primary race, but he never — not for one single day of that primary —  hit 50 percent in the polls. He did, however, put a stranglehold on a strong plurality fueled by a very enthusiastic group of Republican voters. If lesser candidates had been willing to drop out much earlier, then Trump would almost certainly have come up short. But Democrats will find out soon enough that getting presidential candidates to drop out for the good of the party is like telling Gollum to forget about the one ring.

The Democratic-socialist movement may not be “establishment,” but they own the Democratic party’s social media game. Guess which senator has the most Twitter followers? That’s right, it’s Bernie Sanders with over eight million. That’s why every Democratic primary candidate is racing to the left right now. That’s why Cory Booker is comparing the fantasyland Green New Deal to “fighting Nazis” or “going to the moon” when it’s sci-fi/fantasy nature makes it much more comparable to fighting Nazis on the moon.

That’s why Kamala Harris is casually saying we should “eliminate” private insurance.

Unfortunately, it’s more productive in today’s Democratic Party to spout terrible ideas and excite radicals than it is to have substantive ideas and be labelled “establishment.” Candidates will soon discover that Bernie owns the radical crowd, and that all they’re accomplishing is the watering down of the anti-Bernie Democratic majority. Sanders owns a third of the political-spectrum pie, while a dozen candidates are splitting up the rest.

In a Biden vs. Bernie race, Biden would win with a majority. In a Biden-and-the-field vs. Bernie race, Bernie wins with a plurality. And if it seems unthinkable that a guy who believes bread lines are a good thing and that Cubans love Castro because he gave them free healthcare could win the nomination of a major political party, you better prepare yourself. Winter is coming.

Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) is assistant professor of political science at Georgia Military College.

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Tucker Carlson explored the liberal media’s overuse of the phrase “Republicans pounce,” in a segment of his Monday show.


“Well, the symbol of the Republican Party of course is the elephant and it has been since Abraham Lincoln was president, yet for much of the last century the national media has advocated for a different animal mascot for the GOP, the tiger,” Carlson began. “Nobody has said that explicitly out loud, but according to a review we did of 85 years of headlines from The Washington Post and The New York Times, America’s biggest newspapers believe that the Republican Party behaves very much like a predatory jungle cat.” (RELATED: WAPO: Conservatives Pounce On VA Governor’s Radical Abortion Comments)

He added:

It’s not really a crazy comparison when you think about it. You can kind of see the resemblance. Republicans tend to avoid densely populated areas. Their senses come alive at night. The leader is orange, but above all they pounce. According to The Times and The Post, Republicans are compulsive pouncers—fangs bared, claws extended, they leap with feline precision and devour. They can’t help themselves. The victims are usually unsuspected woodland creatures who never see it coming. Crouching high on the branches, they went in on their prey from above, then mercilessly tear them to shreds, sometimes for sport.

Carlson then brought up “Republic pounce” stories that have centered on freshman Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, as well as the Vatican.

“Some victims have endured multiple Republican pounces and lived to tell the tale. Hillary Clinton, for example. God knows how many pounces she’s had to repel, tough lady. Barack Obama, too. His eight years in Washington amounted to a single uninterrupted Republican pounce, imagine the horror of that. No wonder you don’t see much anymore, he’s still recovering. All those claw marks.”

Carlson then concluded the segment by showing a NYT headline using the phrase from Feb. 15, 1933.

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Roger Stone issued a formal apology Monday to the federal judge handling his case in the special counsel’s investigation.

“Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted,” Stone wrote in a statement submitted by his attorneys. “I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression.”

Stone posted a graphic to his Instagram account earlier Monday that showed U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson placed in front of a set of crosshairs.

“Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime. #fixisin Help me fight for my life at,” Stone wrote in the post, which has since been deleted. Stone claimed he did not realize that the crosshairs were in the graphic. (RELATED: Roger Stone Indicted In Special Counsel’s Investigation)

Stone was indicted on Jan. 25 on five counts of making false statements to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstructing an official government proceeding. Mueller’s team has investigated whether Stone had any contact with WikiLeaks or Russian operatives involved in stealing Democrats’ emails during the 2016 campaign.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Special counsel Robert Mueller (L) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee meets with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Special counsel Robert Mueller (L) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Stone has denied having any contact with WikiLeaks or Russians, and he had not been charged with any conspiracy to steal or release stolen emails.

Jackson ruled Friday against a motion filed by Stone’s attorneys to have her replaced as judge on the case. The special counsel’s office tapped Jackson to oversee the case because she is handling a related case that falls under the Russia probe.

Jackson is also handling the case against former Trump campaign chairman Manafort.

It remains to be seen whether Stone’s post will lead to a gag order against the longtime GOP operative. Jackson last week declined to impose a full gag order on Stone, though she did prohibit him from speaking publicly about his case at the federal courthouse where he will eventually go to trial. However, Jackson did leave open the possibility of expanding the gag order if Stone makes comments that could influence the case.

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Liberal actor Jussie Smollett is accused of staging a racist and anti-gay attack on himself, which Smollett blamed on supporters of President Donald Trump.

Smollett’s alleged fake “hate crime” appears to be the latest instance of liberals manufacturing hate crimes for attention in the Trump era.

The Daily Caller News Foundation compiled below some of the most outrageous fake hate crimes since Trump was elected, in rough chronological order:

Anti-Muslim Hate Crime In Michigan Turns Out To Be A Hoax (Nov. 2016)

A Muslim woman at the University of Michigan received national attention from national outlets like The Washington Post in November 2016 after she claimed a drunk 20-something man threatened to light her on fire if she didn’t remove her hijab. The university condemned the “hateful attack,” which turned out to be a hoax.

Bisexual Student Fakes Trump-Inspired Hate Crime (Nov. 2016)

Taylor Volk, an openly bisexual senior at North Park University claimed to be the target of hateful notes and emails following Trump’s election in November 2016. Volk told NBC News that “I just want them to stop.” But the “them” referenced by Volk turned out to be herself, as the whole thing was fabricated.

Gas Station Racism Goes Viral — Then Police Debunk It (Nov. 2016)

Philadelphia woman Ashley Boyer claimed in November 2016 that she was harassed at a gas station by white, Trump-supporting males, one of whom pulled a weapon on her. Boyer claimed that the men “proceeded to talk about the election and how they’re glad they won’t have to deal with n—–s much longer.” Boyer deleted her post after it went viral and claimed the men had been caught and were facing criminal charges. Local police debunked her account.

White Men Rob Muslim Woman Of Her Hijab And Wallet — Except It Never Happened (Nov. 2016)

An 18-year-old Muslim woman in Louisiana claimed in November 2016 that two white men, one of whom was wearing a Trump hat, attacked and robbed her, taking her wallet and hijab while yelling racial slurs. She later admitted to the Lafayette Police Department that she made the whole thing up.

Church Organist Vandalizes Own Church (Nov. 2016) 

A church organist was arrested in May 2017 after he was found responsible for spray-painting a swastika, an anti-gay slur and the words “Heil Trump” on his own church in November 2016. When the story first broke, media outlets tied the hoax to Trump’s election. “The offensive graffiti at St. David’s is among numerous incidents that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s Election Day win,” The Washington Post reported at the time.

“Drunk White Men” Attack Muslim Woman In Story That Also Never Happened (Dec. 2016)

Another 18-year-old Muslim woman, this time in New York, was the subject of breathless headlines in December 2016 after she claimed to have been attacked by a group of Donald Trump supporters on a New York subway while onlookers did nothing. The woman, Yasmin Seweid, would go on to confess that she made the whole thing up.

White Guy Sets His Own Car On Fire, Paints Racial Slur On His Own Garage (Dec. 2016)

Denton, Texas, resident David Williams set his own car on fire and painted “n***** lovers” on his home’s garage, in an apparent attempt to stage a hate crime. Local police investigated the arson as a hate crime. Williams and his wife, Jenny, collected more than $5,000 from Good Samaritans via a GoFundMe page before the hoax was exposed.

Prankster Tricks Liberal Journalist Into Spreading Anti-Trump Hoax (Dec. 2016) 

As tales of Trump-inspired “hate crimes” were spread far and wide by liberal journalists after Trump’s election, one online prankster decided to test just easy it was to fool journalists. The prankster sent writer Sarah Harvard a fictitious story in which a Native American claimed to have been harassed by an alleged Trump supporter who thought she was Mexican. Despite no evidence backing up the claim, Harvard spread the fake story, emails the prankster shared with The Daily Caller showed.

Student Writes Anti-Muslim Graffiti On His Own Door (Feb. 2017)

A Muslim student at Beloit College wrote anti-Muslim graffiti on his own dorm room door. The student was reportedly motivated by a desire to seek attention after a Jewish student was targeted with an anti-Semitic note.

Israeli Man Behind Anti-Semitic Bomb Threats in the U.S. (April 2017) 

Media outlets didn’t wait to find out who was behind a string of bomb threats targeting synagogues and Jewish schools before linking the threats to Trump. A U.S.-Israeli man was charged in April 2017 and indicted in February 2018 for the threats. A former reporter for The Intercept was also charged in March 2017 with making several copycat threats.

Hoax at St. Olaf (May 2017)

Students at St. Olaf college in Minnesota staged protests and boycotted classes in May 2017 after racist notes targeting black students were found around campus, earning coverage in national media outlets like The Washington Post. It later came out that a black student was responsible for the racist notes. The student carried out the hoax in order to “draw attention to concerns about the campus climate,” the university announced.

Fake Hate At Air Force Academy Goes Viral (Sept. 2017) 

The Air Force Academy was thrown into turmoil in September 2017 when horrific racist notes were found at the academy’s preparatory school. “Go home n***er,” read one of the notes. The superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria, went viral with an impassioned speech addressing the racist notes.

Two months later, authorities determined that one of the students targeted by the notes was also the person responsible for writing them.

K-State Fake Hate Crime (Nov. 2017)

A student at Kansas State University filed a police report in November 2017 over racist graffiti left on his car. “Go Home N***** Boy” and “Whites Only,” read the racist graffiti, which the the student later admitted to writing himself.

Racist Graffiti Carried Out By Non-White Student (Nov. 2017) 

Another instance of racist graffiti that same month also turned out to be a hoax. A Missouri high school investigated after racial slurs were left on a bathroom mirror in November 2017, only to find that the student responsible was “non-white.”

Waiter Fakes Note Calling Himself A Terrorist (July 2018)

Texas waiter Khalil Cavil went viral after posting a Facebook picture of a racist note that he claimed a customer had left on the receipt, in lieu of a tip. The note described Cavil as a “terrorist.” Saltgrass Steak House, where Cavil worked, initially banned the customers for life, before their investigation revealed that the waiter had faked the racist note. “I did write it,” Cavil later admitted. “I don’t have an explanation. I made a mistake. There is no excuse for what I did.”

Waitress Fakes Racist Note, Blames Law Enforcement (July 2018)

A Texas waitress apologized in July 2018 after blaming local law enforcement for an offensive note targeting Mexicans. She later admitted to writing the note herself.

New York Woman’s Hate Crime That Wasn’t (Sept. 2018)

A New York woman was charged in September 2018 after police determined she fabricated a story about white teens yelling racial slurs at her and leaving a racist note on her car.

Student Faked Racist Notes (Dec. 2018)

Several racist notes at Drake University were actually the work of one of the students who had been targeted by them. “The fact that the actions of the student who has admitted guilt were propelled by motives other than hate does not minimize the worry and emotional harm they caused, but should temper fears,” university president Marty Martin said afterwards.

The Covington Catastrophe (Jan. 2019)

National media outlets pounced on a selectively edited video from the March for Life that showed Native American activist Nathan Phillips beating a drum in front of a boisterous group of boys from Covington Catholic High School.

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The exterior of Covington Catholic High School Dennis Griffin stadium is pictured in Park Hills, Kentucky, U.S., January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Madalyn McGarvey

Phillips originally told The Washington Post the students swarmed him while he was preparing to leave the Indigenous People’s March scheduled for the same day. Phillips originally said one student, who later identified himself as high school junior Nick Sandmann, blocked his path from leaving as he tried to do so. The extended video shows that wasn’t the case: Phillips approached the high school boys during their cheers, not the other way around. Some of the people with Phillips were directing racially charged language at the students, not the other way around.

Phillips told a second variation of his story to the Detroit Free Press. Phillips claimed he was playing the role of peacemaker by getting between the students and four “old black individuals,” whom he claimed the students were attacking. “They were in the process of attacking these four black individuals,” Phillip tolds the Michigan paper. “I was there and I was witnessing all of this … As this kept on going on and escalating, it just got to a point where you do something or you walk away, you know? You see something that is wrong and you’re faced with that choice of right or wrong.”

“These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that,” he added. Extended video shows that account also isn’t accurate. The four individuals Phillips referenced were members of the Black Hebrew Israelites and they launched racist and anti-gay slurs at the high school students, not the other way around. (RELATED: Nathan Phillips Keeps Changing His Story, Keeps Getting It Wrong)


Bonus: Anti-Semitic Vandal Exposed As Democratic Activist (Nov. 2018)

Anti-Semitic vandalism in New York City turned out to be the work of a Democratic activist, according to police. It wasn’t a hoax — the anti-Semitic vandalism was real — but the suspect wasn’t the right-winger some had assumed him to be. The man police arrested, based on surveillance footage, was 26-year-old James Polite, who had actually interned for City Hall on anti-hate issues.

Bonus IITrump-Inspired Racist Blaze At Black Church Was Carried Out By Black Church-goer (Nov. 2016)

This hoax occurred one week before Trump was elected, but TheDCNF is including it as a bonus because it was so egregious. Leftist media outlets ran headlines like “A Black Church Burned in the Name of Trump” after a black church in Greenville, Mississippi, was set on fire and spray painted with the words “Vote Trump.” The Washington Post’s original coverage of the incident read in part,” Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons called the fire a ‘hateful and cowardly act,’ sparked by the incendiary rhetoric of GOP nominee Donald Trump during his presidential campaign.” But the church was set on fire by one of the church’s own congregants, who is black.

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A literal-minded activist supporting Virginia's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment exposed her breast Monday while recreating the commonwealth’s seal, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Capitol Police in Richmond arrested Michelle Renay Sutherland, 45 — whose address was listed as Florida, and charged her with indecent exposure after giving her a warning, the news outlet reported.

The state seal shows the Roman goddess Virtus, representing the commonwealth, holding a spear and sword with her left foot on the form of Tyranny, represented by the prostate body of a man.

According to the Times-Dispatch, a few passersby appeared uncomfortable when they saw the public display of a naked breast. One GOP lawmaker, Del. Chris Peace, recalled when former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gave his staff lapel pins with Virtus' breast covered, the news outlet reported.

Sutherland, who goes by the name "Sister Leona," is with a group called Radical Matriarchy, and her fellow protester Natalie White of New York City — who was arrested last week outside the office of GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox — is with a group called Equal Means Equal, the news outlet reported. 

The Virginia Senate in January voted to pass a resolution for Virginia to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but it died in a state House subcommittee.

ERA supporters said if Virginia were to ratify the amendment it would become part of the Constitution, but opponents argue that the possibility of that has expired, the news outlet reported.

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It has been only a month-and-a-half since the start of 2019, yet many Democrats are not off to the best start.

Most recently, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been under fire for his own role in an alleged attack on himself in January. The star first reported that two men beat him, tied a rope around his neck, poured chemicals on him, shouted racist slurs and yelled, “This is MAGA country!” at him in Chicago outside a Subway restaurant. He subsequently walked away from the attack with his sandwich still in hand.

However, a report from two Chicago Police Department sources believed that Smollett paid the two suspects — brothers from Nigeria who also happen to have been extras on “Empire” — to plan the attack. The development has led to increased doubt in Smollett’s case and prominent Democrats to rescind their support of the actor. (RELATED: Pelosi Deletes Sympathetic Tweet For Jussie Smollett)

Another Democrat who has faced a rough start to the year is New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal. The bill had a rough start in which her staff’s FAQ of the document did not match up with the bill itself, forcing it to be removed online.

On the Senate side, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has faced criticism for her claims to be Native American. The Democratic presidential candidate has been reported to refer to herself as Native American multiple times. After taking a DNA test, Warren found that she was only 1/1024th Native American and acknowledged that she is not a person of color.

Lastly, all the Democrats from Virginia have had a difficult beginning to the year. A controversial abortion bill paired with two instances of blackface from the governor and attorney general — and then topped with Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax being accused of two cases of sexual assault — made the Commonwealth at the center of news recently. (RELATED: GOP Virginia House Speaker Breaks Silence – He Could Be Next Governor)

Which Democrat do you think had the worst start to the year? Vote below. 

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Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump is strongly considering at least three people to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations after former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert dropped out of the running Saturday, multiple sources familiar with the process tell The Daily Caller.

These candidates include Michigan Republican and former Senate candidate John James, U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. Bloomberg News also reported that former NSC official Dina Powell is under consideration, though she removed herself from consideration in the previous search.

Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Germany, gives a speech as he attends a congress of the Junge Union (JU), the youth wing of Germany’s conservative CDU/CSU union, on October 5, 2018 in Kiel, northern Germany. (Photo by Daniel Bockwoldt / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT

Nauert withdrew from consideration late Saturday evening, saying in a statement, “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. However, the past two months have been grueling for my family and, therefore, it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw my name from consideration.”

The list to replace Nauert bears striking resemblance to the list of contenders before Trump announced her as his pick for the job in early December.

Trump has shown particular affection for James, a black U.S. military veteran who drew his significant support during the 2018 midterm elections. James fell short of defeating incumbent Democratic Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow by a margin of 6.5 percent, but developed a national GOP profile in the process. James interviewed with Trump for the United Nations position and was seen as a viable pick to replace Haley. (RELATED: Michigan Sen. Candidate John James Stands By Trump: ‘Our President’s Policies Don’t Have A Race’)

John James, Michigan GOP Senate candidate, does an interview with a news media outlet before holding an election night event at his business, James Group International, August 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Michigan Primary election is being held today, and James, one of two Republican Senate candidates competing to see who will run against Democrat incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, has President Donald Trump's endorsement. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

John James, Michigan GOP Senate candidate, does an interview with a news media outlet before holding an election night event at his business, James Group International, August 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

A source familiar with the process noted that James also met with Haley before Nauert was officially selected.

Grenell is similar favorite of the president, though an official familiar with the process said Trump may not want to take him out of his current position because he is so pleased with his performance so far. Grenell has proven particularly adept at pushing Trump’s agenda in Europe, especially in convincing German companies to stop doing business with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Craft is also in the running to replace Nauert and was seen at the White House shortly after Haley’s departure to discuss the job. White House aides noted shortly after Haley’s announced departure that Trump was inclined to name a woman to replace her.

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FBI statistics reveal that Minnesota’s fifth congressional district, which is represented by Rep. Ilhan Omar and includes the urban area of Minneapolis, is the jurisdiction with the highest rate of terrorist recruitment in the United States.

Minnesota is reported to have the highest Somali population in the United States, with current population estimates breaching 100,000. This demographic has proven to be connected to terror-related activities, Fox News reports,

“More men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined — or attempted to join — a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.

FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS.”

In the past, Omar has shown her strong affinity for the Somali community in her district, as well as abroad. In one case in 2016, Omar — who at the time was only a state rep. in Minnesota — defended a group of nine Somalis who had attempted to cross the border into Mexico in a plan to reach Syria, “planning to join ISIS,” KMSP-TV reports.

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is scheduled to raise money in March with the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) only a week after she used an anti-Semitic trope to claim Israel has paid for GOP support. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is scheduled to raise money in March with the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) only a week after she used an anti-Semitic trope to claim Israel has paid for GOP support. Alex Wong/Getty Images

When they were arrested, she wrote a letter to the judge who oversaw their case asking him to have “compassion” for the wannabe terrorist and to take a “restorative approach to justice.”

Omar wrote to the Judge:

Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment. . . . The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.

In reference to the 2013 bombing of a Kenyan mall by Somalia-based terrorist organization, Al-Shabab, Omar placed the blame on the United States and its past foreign policy in the region for the attack: “For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs,” Omar stated. (RELATED: Ilhan Omar To Fundraise For Hamas-Linked Muslim Organization)

There are a number of reasons why the Twin City region is afflicted by such high rates of terror recruitment. Robin Simcox, a terrorism and national security expert at The Heritage Foundation, told Fox News that Minnesota’s unique demographic density of Somalis creates favorable conditions for broad radicalization and frequent terror recruitment. (RELATED: Bill Maher Defends Omar Tweets: ‘I Don’t Know Why This Has To Be Seen As Anti-Semitic’)

He explains:

For over a decade, Islamist terror groups have been able to recruit from Minnesota. This is, in part, because Minnesota has a large Muslim population compared to other parts of the U.S. However, it is also because there have been small segments of the Somali community there that have struggled to integrate into the U.S. Al-Shabaab and ISIS have exploited this – upon religious, political cultural and identity issues to offer a compelling alternative to Western democracy.

A view outside the Crossroads Center mall that reopens today has been closed since Saturday night when a man entered and stabbed nine people on September 19, 2016 in St Cloud, Minnesota. The FBI is investigating the knife attacks as "a potential act of terrorism." Nine people were injured by an attacker who was killed inside the Macy's store by an off-duty Avon police officer. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

A view outside the Crossroads Center mall that reopens today has been closed since Saturday night when a man entered and stabbed nine people on September 19, 2016 in St Cloud, Minnesota. The FBI is investigating the knife attacks as “a potential act of terrorism.” Nine people were injured by an attacker who was killed inside the Macy’s store by an off-duty Avon police officer. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

David Otto, director and counter-terrorism program coordinator at Global Risk International, also explained to Fox News how and why terror groups are so effective at targeting Somali-American recruits:

Recruitment takes place online as well as face-to-face radicalization, sometimes with promises of what appears to be legitimate opportunities. For al-Shabab, they focus mainly on the negative impact of U.S. counterterrorism policies — like targeted assassinations and drone strikes that sometimes kill innocent civilians in Somalia – to attract recruits and sympathizers. The promise that al-Shabaab will restore a Sharia state and get rid of the government is somewhat attractive.

According to Jeanine Brudenell, who served as the Somali liaison for the Minneapolis Police Department, the uptick in extremism that has occurred in recent years can be linked to efforts to crack down on street gangs throughout the city.

“In trying to lead youth away from joining gangs, many parents were taking their children to the mosques,” she said.

Source: The Daily Caller

President Donald Trump “showed contempt for the American people” when he met with the Russian officials for a closed-door meeting in 2017, according to former Massachusetts governor William Weld.

In an interview with Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day” on Monday, Weld blasted Trump’s choice to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in May, 2017, not long after the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election began, and just after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

"That showed contempt for the American people if anything I've ever seen does,” said the former Republican governor, who may challenge Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020.

“Abroad, he seeks out the company of people who are dictators and despots,” Weld said later in the interview. “People like [Russian President] Vladimir Putin, like President Kim [Jong Un] of North Korea.”

“I do think the president has shown a tendency to associate with autocrats,” he continued. “I think his domestic instincts are in the same direction. I recall him saying on television, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to have elections?’ I’m sure he will say that was a joke — I’m not so sure it was a joke. I mean, the response to my announcement of an exploratory committee has been for everybody to close ranks among the state Republican Party’s and say, ‘No, we can’t have a primary.’”

“And the truth is — if the president had his first choice — he wouldn’t have a primary, and he wouldn’t have an election,” Weld said.

Source: NewsMax Politics

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