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Patriots Players Passing on White House Visit

Patriots Players Passing on White House Visit

In what should be considered a great honor, the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are having difficulty coming to grips with a long-standing tradition of the U.S.’ champion sports teams being invited to the White House. After the team’s thrilling 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, several players have stated they do not plan to accept the invitation.

The first player to defect was Tight end Martellus Bennett, who stated he didn’t support “the guy that’s in the House.” Next up, it was safety Devin McCourty, who didn’t feel he should attend because of what he perceives to be President Donald Trump’s “many strong opinions and prejudices.” Following the footsteps of these two players are at least four other players, who plan on not attending.

For decades, the opportunity to visit the White House as a champion had been treated with great reverence and an honor until the last few years. More recently, it would seem that players and coaches are using this unique privilege as an opportunity to make some sort of political statement.

Late last year, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta made clear his view of the anti-Trump movement when he personally decided not to join his team when they were invited to the White House by former President Barack Obama. There have been other notable absentees, including Patriots QB Tom Brady, who skipped the invitation in a prior year.

No one is questioning a player’s right to pass on the invitation. What seems most concerning about this trend is two-fold: Is professional sports the right platform for trying to make political statements?, and more importantly, it’s quite possible this particular tradition may have run its course.

In the future, it might make more sense for the President to simply invite a few designated players as representatives and take the pressure off players to make a stand one way or another.

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The Democrats and GOP to Battle Over Gorsuch Nomination?

As goes the United States Supreme Court, so goes the world. That very notion explains why U.S. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the higher court figures to be hotly contested prior to the likelihood the GOP would resort to the nuclear option. That would eliminate the possibility of a filibuster and almost assure the nomination goes through with the GOP’s 52 senate votes.

In all fairness to the Democrats, they are still fuming over the fact the GOP blocked former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Federal Judge Merrick Garland for almost a year until the election cycle was completed. With the current Supreme Court comprised of four left-leaning Justices and four right-leaning justices, this next placement figures to have a material impact on the direction of the U.S. and many other parts of world.

The GOP is going to be pressing the very same Democrat party that helped confirm Gorsuch when he was nominated for the Colorado federal appellate court. An argument can certainly be made that absolutely nothing has changed in Gorsuch’s ideology to warrant the party changing it’s attitude about their collective belief in the man to be fair and decent, an endorsement also made by none other than Obama.

Leading the fight for the Democrats is Sen. Chuck Schumer, who has threatened to do everything is his power to fight to keep the Supreme Court slot open until the 2020 elections. Of course, there are other party members who believe this is not the time to fight a nomination, given the likelihood President Trump will get at least on more opportunity to nominate a Justice.

Even if the Democrats defer a fight until a later date, they have 20 Senators up for reelection in 2018 with the GOP only defending 8 seats. A swing of just 8 seats in the GOP’s favor would give them a super majority. The battle has begun.

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White House Petition Demand President Trump’s Tax Return

The U.S. election is over and Donald Trump has assumed the office of President. During the whole of the election cycle, President Trump spent a good part of the election defending his decision not to release his tax returns. His consistent explanation for not doing what many candidates before him had done was he financial records and returns were tied up in IRS audits, and he would gladly release them when issues have been resolved.

Based on a recent petition posted on the White House Website, it would seem the liberal left is still determined to get a look at what’s on those returns. Here is what the petition reads:

“The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.”

According to a White House source, the petition has already secured close to 400,000 signatures. In a country of 320,000,000 people, that may not sound like a lot of activity. However, the number has shattered the record for a petition posted on the website. Folks will remember that the White House has guaranteed a response to any petition that receives crosses the 100,000 signature threshold.

It may seem that President Trump is in bit of a quandary. With that said, it seems very unlikely he is going to actually release hit tax returns at any time in the near future. That was made clear by Trump representative Kellyanne Conway, who stated: “The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him.”

This is sure to be a major issue should President Trump decide to run for reelection in 2020.

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IG Appointed to Investigate FBI’s Handling of Clinton E-mail Investigation

For more than a year, Republican leaders implored President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice to initiate an independent investigation into former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal server for all of her emails while in office. With just days remaining until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President, an IG has finally been appointed to investigate an aspect of the email controversy. Surprisingly, the IG’s investigation won’t involve Hilary Clinton’s actions.

The Department of Justice has in fact appointed it’s own Inspector General to investigate the FBI Director’s unusual handling of the e-mail controversy heading into the days leading up to the election. The Clinton campaign and the DNC have accused FBI Director James Comey of unduly influencing the election when he submitted a letter to Congress related to reopening an investigation he had essentially closed.

The controversy arose when FBI agents found emails from the Clinton office on the computer of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop. Weiner is in fact married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. After Comey had stated back in July of last year that he didn’t believe Clinton’s actions warranted prosecution, he did an about face just prior to the election, making a letter he sent to Congress public.

After receiving a warrant to look at said emails, Comey again concluded that a prosecution wasn’t warranted. For the Clinton campaign, they felt the damage had already been done as Americans again were given cause to doubt Clinton’s integrity.

As part of this new investigation, experts are wondering why some of the DOJ’s actions aren’t also being investigated. Not only did Attorney General Loretta Lynch defer to Comey’s opinion, which is highly unusual, but she was also caught in controversy due to former-President Bill Clinton’s “impromptu” visit to her plane on the tarmac at an Arizona airport just prior to Comey’s initial decision not to prosecute.


Trump Finally Certified as the Next President of the United States

Despite the objection of far-left advocates and a couple of last ditch efforts to stop the certification process in the Senate and House, Congress has finally certified Donald Trump (GOP) as the next President of the United States of America. The certification comes at the end of one of the most bazaar and contentious election cycles in the country’s history.

After Trump surprised Americans and the international community with his victory over Democrat Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton back in November, the nation seemed to have trouble coming to grips with the election process and the results. While Clinton secured the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes, it was Trump who carried the all-important electoral college to secure the victory.

In the lead up to the electoral college’s casting of its final votes this week, there was much discussion, angry and otherwise, as to whether or not there should be change in the U.S. election process. Left-wing pundits and political figures tried valiantly to get enough electoral voters to cross lines and cast their votes for Clinton. There were even efforts to “bribe” said voters into changing their votes, see film director Michael Moore.

After several challenges to the voting results in several key swing-states proved baseless, it became clear that nothing really stood in the way of Trump making it to inauguration day where he will be sworn in as President.

The inauguration process is slated for January 20, 2017. Alongside Trump becoming President, Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice President. The entire process is expected to take place while hundreds of demonstrations take place across the nation. The unwillingness of liberal factions to give Trump an opportunity to see what he can do to help the country only stands to create further divisions within a nation that has struggled to come together as both parties continue to migrate further apart based on ideologies.


Is U.S. President-Elect Trump Reigniting the Arms Race With Russia?

Given the increased level of aggression by Russia in recent years, the entire world has been forced to reconsider peace and arms treaties that were signed as far back as the 1970s. If past issues in Ukraine weren’t enough to indicate Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin has something up his sleeve, the current events in Syria should serve has ample warning that things are changing for the worse.

In 1970, the United States and Russia instituted the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which played a key role in putting an end to the arms race between military powers. In 2015, the Obama administration reaffirmed its dedication to the treaty through Secretary of State John Kerry when he told the United Nations,

“I am pleased to stand here today representing a president and an administration that is committed to the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and to taking the prudent actions that are necessary to one day make that possible.”

It’s only been seven weeks since President-elect Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election. While its been believed he has a strong friendship with Putin, he has been driven in recent days to state the U.S. might need to reverse its position and start ramping up the country’s nuclear arms program. Yes, that could mean reigniting the arms race with Russia. It would also stand to create a desire in other countries to reestablish its own nuclear arms programs.

In a recent interview with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of the “Morning Joe” show, Trump had this to say: “Let it be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” In a tweet, he added ‘The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.’

It remains to be seen if Trump has merely been posturing, but the world have been strong enough to catch the attention of leaders throughout the world.


President Obama Confronts Putin Over Alleged Hacking

Based on information provided by 17 different government agencies, subsequently confirmed by the FBI, President Barack Obama now strongly supports the notion that the Russians, and maybe Vladimir, are responsible for hacking into the DNC’s computer. This resulted in them wrongfully influencing the Presidential Election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

Regarding Putin’s possible involvement, President Obama said to reporters, “Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” later adding “I will let you make that determination as to whether there are high-level Russian officials who go off rogue and decide to tamper with the U.S. election process without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.”

While warning the Russians and promising some form of retaliation, the President commented, “The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values.”

Without any proof forthcoming, both Donal Trump and the Russians deny any involvement in the hacking that took place in October and at points prior in the election cycle. The situation has become serious enough for some electors to request the opportunity to see some of the evidence, if it exists, prior to casting the final electoral votes, confirming Trump as the U.S.’ next president.

At this point, President Obama wants all Americans to know he will deal with the situation in the harshest way possible. He stated, “Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you, but it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way. Some of it we do publicly. Some of it we will do in a way that they know but not everybody will.”


Obama Orders Hacking Investigation

After the 2016 election, an angry Democratic Party turned its ire away from President-elect Donald Trump and pointed directly at Russia for allegedly hacking into computers belonging to members of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

During the election cycle, the FBI said they could find no evidence that the Russians were involved in the hacking that led to the dissemination of information that is being blamed for Democrat Hilary Clinton’s loss in the election. It now appears the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is convince the Russians were indeed involved.

Now, President Barack Obama has demanded a full investigation into the matter through White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco. When asked about the CIA’s high level of confidence that the Russians were the culprits, Monaco replied, “We may have crossed into a new threshold,” later adding about the malicious attacks “And it’s incumbent upon us to take a stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means and what has happened and to impart lessons learned.”

Obama’s decision to have all pertinent agencies combine efforts to get to the bottom of these hacking incidences has drawn into question his motivation for doing so. According to Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz, its “not an effort to challenge the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” However, he added, “it’s a huge priority. It’s a major priority for the president.”

For the U.S. and future elections, it’s important to get to the bottom of the issue. U.S. citizens need to know whether or not foreign government are trying to interfere in the country’s political process. While Trump believes it could be anyone, including “some guy in his home in New Jersey,” the country is united in its desire to make it never happens again.