September 26, 2017

Trump’s First Address to Congress

Washington—On Tuesday, President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time since his inauguration. Along with Trump’s signature topics of secure borders and tightened immigration, key themes including putting America first to stop the shrinking of the middle class and to care for the inner cities, rather than exporting jobs and wealth elsewhere. Trump also laid emphasis on halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country.

In terms of setting an agenda for Congress, Trump stressed tax reform to encourage businesses, as well as tax relief for the middle class and a massive infrastructure spending program (a plan that remains controversial among conservatives). He specifically called for repeal and replacement of Obamacare, “with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and, at the same time, provide better healthcare.”

The President also called for massive increases in national defense spending, as well as for care of veterans. Nonetheless, he added, “America is better off when there is less conflict…. The only long-term solution … is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long, long process of rebuilding.”

The full text of the speech can be found here.

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Hillary Probably Got 800k Votes from Illegals: Political Scientist

Amid widespread media denials of any evidence of widespread voter fraud, a political scientist’s study suggests that over 800,000 non-citizens voted for Hillary Clinton in November’s presidential election.

In seeking to debunk President Donald Trump’s claims that he lost the popular vote due to voter fraud, Old Dominion’s Jesse Richman and his colleagues undertook a study based on university polling, and concluded that while voter fraud is widespread, the numbers do not suggest that Trump had more votes from U.S. citizens.

Clinton won the popular vote by over 3 million.

Washington Supreme Court Says Christians Can Be Forced to Participate in Gay Weddings

Olympia, Washington—The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that Christians can be compelled to participate in gay weddings. Baronelle Stutzman, a florist who declined to participate in a wedding involving long-time homosexual clients, has lost in Washington and will now take her case to the nation’s Supreme Court.

After being forced to pay all attorney’s fees as well as penalties, Stutzman’s life savings are jeopardy.

In a joint statement, the homosexual couple said the ruling affirmed that they were “on the right side of the law and the right side of history,” adding they were glad they stood up for their rights.

Mutterings: What rights, exactly? The right to force others to approve of your actions and legitimate them? And why do people think it’s a court’s job to determine who is “on the right side of history”?

2015 U.S. Strikes in Syria Used Depleted Uranium

Syria—A U.S. Central Command spokesman has confirmed that the military used depleted uranium weapons in strikes against ISIS in Syria in 2015, despite earlier vows not to use the ammunition. Although studies on depleted uranium are not complete, it is thought to cause cancer and an array of health and environmental problems, and is considered officially by the EPA as a radiation health hazard inside the body. It is not, however, banned by U.N. conventions. Its density helps ammunition to penetrate armored vehicles such as tanks, but the 2015 instances are puzzling because they primarily targeted unarmored oil tankers.

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