The Washington Times
Trump tells Republican to ‘deliver’ for Americans
Demands action rather than talk on agenda
PHILADELPHIA — President Trump declared Thursday that the era of the do-nothing Congress was over, telling Republican lawmakers that they would be busy passing his ambitious agenda — as well as their own pent-up legislation — to dramatically alter the direction of the federal government.
In a speech to congressional Republicans who are on a three-day retreat to plot strategy, the president said they must honor the voters who gave their party control of the White House, Senate and House for the first time in a decade.
“Enough all talk, no action. We have to deliver,” Mr. Trump told lawmakers gathered in a ballroom of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. “This our chance to achieve great and lasting change for our beloved nation.
“This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we’ve had in decades, maybe ever. Think of everything we can achieve, and remember who we must achieve it for,” he said. “We’re here now because tens of millions of Americans have placed their hopes in us to transfer power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people.”
Trump’s border-wall plan sinks talk with Mexico
President reconsiders 20% levy on imports
Relations between the U.S. and Mexico crumpled Thursday after President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled his visit to Washington next week, protesting President Trump’s executive order to American officials to begin building his border wall.
In response, the White House detailed its own plans to impose a 20 percent levy on imports from Mexico, saying that money would foot the bill for the barrier — and along the way signaling that Mr. Trump was embracing the very border adjustment tax plan he mocked weeks ago as too complicated.
“We’ve been asked over and over again, ‘How could you possibly do this? There’s no way that Mexico will pay for it.’ Here’s one way. Boom. Done,” Mr. Spicer said. “We could talk about tariffs, we could talk about other custom user fees. There are a hundred other things. But the idea is here is an easy way that generates more than enough revenue right off the bat that achieves the goal.”
March for Life extra special’ with Trump
Pro-choice Obama cast pall over last year’s event
Hundreds of thousands of students, activists and congregants will take to the streets of the nation’s capital Friday, as the March for Life, no longer mired in the shadow of a pro-choice president, renews its fight to eradicate the practice of abortion.
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at The Catholic Association, said the annual march allows the pro-life movement to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year and prepare for work still to be done. She said this year’s event will be “extra special” because of the gains the movement made in the general election.
“This is the first time I’ll be at the march when there’s a real opportunity to enact pro-life policies,” Ms. McGuire said.
With President Trump in office and pro-life policy already churning out of a Republican-controlled Congress, the pro-life movement is perhaps as close as it has ever come to accomplishing some of its biggest goals, including a federal ban on abortions after the unborn can feel pain, defunding Planned Parenthood and appointing a pro-life majority to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Iraq airstrike limits come under review
Mattis looks at Mosul
Military advisers close to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis are considering loosening the restrictions on U.S. airstrikes that the Obama administration kept in place in war against the Islamic State in Iraq, according to current and former U.S. officials.
A key tenet of the proposed revised rules of engagement would raise the “acceptable” number of estimated collateral civilian casualties to authorize a U.S. or allied airstrike, sources say. Loosening these restrictions would give American commanders a freer hand in ordering strikes against the Islamic State’s northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, which the Trump White House has strongly advocated.
One source, who recently left a high-level position in the department, said Mr. Mattis’ team is believed to be carefully weighing the matter, with the expectation that the Trump White House would support such a move.
Another Pentagon official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Washington Times that the department has not formulated any specific plan, but could not rule out that such a high-level policy change was being considered.
“I can tell you that isn’t something that we are working on right now, but that’s not to say something like that won’t happen,” the official said.
The Washington Times
Clinton got 800,000 votes of noncitizens
Study bolsters Trump argument
Hillary Clinton garnered more than 800,000 votes from noncitizens on Nov. 8, an approximation far short of President Trump’s estimate of up to 5 million illegal voters but supportive of his charges of fraud.
Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting, and this week he posted a blog in response to Mr. Trump’s assertion.
Based on national polling by a consortium of universities, a report by Mr. Richman said 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. He extrapolated that that percentage would have added 834,381 net votes for Mrs. Clinton, who received about 2.8 million more votes than Mr. Trump.
“Is it plausible that non-citizen votes added to Clinton’s margin? Yes,” Mr. Richman wrote. “Is it plausible that non-citizen votes account for the entire nation-wide popular vote margin held by Clinton? Not at all.”
Finicum family still tangling with BLM
Widow fights for grazinging rights
Ten months after her husband was killed in a standoff with the federal government, Jeanette Finicum was driving her cattle to their winter range in Northern Arizona when she received a message from the Bureau of Land Management: Keep off.
She was told she could not pasture her cows on the grazing allotment she inherited upon the death of her husband, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, even though she had turned in her application and written a check for fees and fines before making the 50-mile trek.
“We were in the middle of the cattle drive [in October] when we got word that they were not accepting my check,” said Ms. Finicum. “I had to stop because my attorneys didn’t want me to be out of compliance, and I had to find somewhere else to put my cows.”
She was stunned. “Here I am, in the middle of the desert with 150 cows, going, ‘Where am I going to go?’” she said.