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Ann Coulter: ‘The Only National Emergency Is That Our President Is an Idiot’

Friday on KABC radio in Los Angeles, conservative commentator Ann Coulter reacted to President Donald Trump saying she was “off the reservation,” during his press conference this morning.

Explaining that building the border wall was Trump’s mandate, Coulter said, “It was one thing, the promise he made every single day at every single speech.”

She added, “So forget the fact that he’s digging his own grave. This is just — look the only national emergency is that our president is an idiot.”

Coulter did praise the president regarding the courts by saying, “In defense of Trump supporters and those who fell for his BS, Trump has been perfectly competent on a much more complicated subject: the judiciary.”

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Democrats Seek to 'Affirm the Dignity' of LGBTQ by Ridding Tax Code of 'Gendered Language'

Democrats in Congress are hoping to remove “gendered language” from the U.S. tax code to make it more palatable for the gay lobby, according to reports.

In a Valentine’s Day announcement about the Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, Democrat Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Andy Levin (D-MI) espoused the need to “update the U.S. tax code.” The change would be “in celebration of love on Valentine’s Day … and [to] affirm the dignity of LGBTQ married couples.”

“Tax filing is often difficult enough already without also making LGBTQ families feel prejudiced against,” Chu added in the press release. “This is a simple and common-sense fix that acknowledges LGBTQ couples as equals. The Supreme Court has recognized that love is love, no matter your gender identity. It’s time our tax code does the same.”

“Marriage equality became the law of the land four years ago, and it is past time for our laws to reflect that,” Congressman Andy Levin added.

In the U.S. Senate, Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden introduced a similar version, saying, “The tax code still reflects the discrimination of a bygone era. It’s past time for that to change.”

Liberal advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign and the National Center for Transgender Equality supported the bill.

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Andrew McCabe Claims '25th Amendment' Remarks ‘Taken Out of Context’

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe denied participating in “extended” discussions about a proposal to remove President Donald Trump’s using the 25th Amendment, his spokesperson said in a statement Friday.

“Certain statements made by Mr. McCabe, in interviews associated with the release of his book, have been taken out of context and misrepresented,” Melissa Schwartz, a spokesperson for McCabe, said. “To clarify, at no time did Mr. McCabe participate in any extended discussions about the use of the 25th Amendment, nor is he aware of such discussions.”
“He was present and participated in a discussion that included a comment by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein regarding the 25th Amendment,” the statement continued. “This anecdote was not included in The Threat, Mr. McCabe has merely confirmed a discussion that was initially reported elsewhere.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, McCabe confirmed discussions were held on “whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment.”

“[McCabe] is the very first person involved in these meetings who has come out and spoken publicly,” Pelley said in a Thursday appearance on CBS This Morning. “They were counting noses, they were not asking cabinet members whether they would vote for or against removing the president, but they were speculating ‘This person would be with us. That person would not be…’ and they were counting noses in that effort… This was not perceived to be a joke.”

Pelley said McCabe revealed that Rosenstein not only proposed wearing a wire in meetings with President Trump but discussed the idea with attorneys at the FBI. “[McCabe] says no, it came up more than once, and it was so serious that he took it to the lawyers at the FBI to discuss it,” the 60 Minutes correspondent said.

McCabe made the remarks to Pelley as part of his interview to promote his soon-to-be-released-book The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.

The deputy attorney general has denied he suggested wearing a wire, telling the New York Times that its report on the proposal was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

“I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda,” Rosenstein told the Times. “But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

A Justice Department spokesperson told the newspaper that Rosenstein brought up the proposal in a sarcastic fashion.

After Trump Confrontation, Angel Moms Force CNN's Acosta to Report on Them

Friday while taking questions after his declaration of a national emergency President Donald Trump told chief White House correspondent for CNN Jim Acosta to “ask the Angel Moms” when Acosta questioned the need for an emergency.

Trump continued, “Do you think I am creating something? Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons, OK, because your question is a very political question. Because you have an agenda.”

Following the presidents lead the Angel Moms confronted Acosta in the Rose Garden after the press conference asking why his network was not covering their lost family members.

After an Angel Mom said, “When are you going to have us on,” Acosta replied, “I’ll do a live shot right now, and you can stand behind me.”

During his live shot on CNN Acosta said, “You saw the moment when the president pointed to some of these ladies here so they can say the crimes that happened to our family members that those are real crimes.”

Agnes Gibboney, the mother of Ronald da Silva, said, “I’m a legal immigrant. My family came through the right channels. This is my only son Ronald da Silva who was murdered by a previous deported illegal alien. We need to secure our borders to protect American citizens. President Trump is completely correct on this issue. We need to protect this country.”

Acosta said, “As we know because we have covered this for so long and there are so many passions and emotions on all sides. These ladies feel very change because of the ordeal that they went through that President Trump is on the right in this issue. You heard the president declare that he will call this a national emergency.”

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Bombshell Book Claims 80% of Vatican Prelates Are Gay

The Vatican hosts “one of the biggest homosexual communities in the world,” alleges French journalist Frédéric Martel in an upcoming book on the Catholic Church and homosexuality.

The explosive exposé, titled In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, will be released on February 21, the very day that Pope Francis has convoked leading bishops from around the world for a Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse.

In the new book, which in other languages bears the more provocative title of Sodom: Power and Scandal in the Vatican, author Frédéric Martel — who is openly gay and an LGBT activist — accuses the Catholic Church of hypocrisy for its opposition to gay marriage and adoption when so many of its own clerics are active homosexuals.

The 576-page book will be released in 8 languages ​​and 20 different countries and is already an Amazon number one bestseller through presales of the text.

Martel asserts that 80 percent of Vatican clergy and prelates are gay, many of them actively so, a figure he claims to have arrived at after a four-year research period in which he enlisted the assistance of 80 researchers and translators and interviewed more than 1500 experts and Church insiders — including 41 cardinals — in 30 different countries.

Among the long list of Vatican prelates Martel “outs” in his book, he makes the surprising claim that Pope Francis himself is “among the queens,” a strange assertion given the pope’s ongoing insistence that young men with ingrained homosexual tendencies are unfit for the Catholic priesthood.

Just this week the Catholic Church in Belgium released a new report on clerical sex abuse that showed that 76 percent of priests’ victims were males, mirroring patterns of chiefly homosexual abuse in other countries.

The Belgian report resembles a study released last September by a sexual abuse commission in Germany documenting more than 3,500 cases of clerical sex abuse involving “mostly male minors” between 1946 and 2014.

The most comprehensive report on clerical sex abuse ever written in the United States, the 2004 John Jay report, which found that 81 percent of the victims of clerical sex abuse were male and 78 percent of all victims were post-pubescent.

Last fall, the Vatican’s former doctrinal chief, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, said it was essential to acknowledge the ties between homosexually active priests and the sex abuse crisis, something he said many church leaders were reluctant to do.

“That McCarrick, together with his clan and a homosexual network, was able to wreak havoc in a mafia-like manner in the Church is connected with the underestimation of the moral depravity of homosexual acts among adults,” said the cardinal, in reference to archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who has been accused of serial homosexual abuse.

Part of the present crisis is that people do “not wish to see the true causes and cover them up with the help of propaganda phrases from the homosexual lobby,” the cardinal said.

Last August, a former papal nuncio to the United States came to a similar conclusion, alleging that an extensive “homosexual network” among bishops and priests was the root cause of the sex abuse crisis as well as cover-ups by bishops.

In his 11-page report, Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said that that two important Francis appointees, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, “belong to the homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine on homosexuality.”

“These homosexual networks, which are now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, etc., act under the concealment of secrecy and lies,” he stated, “and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church.”

On October 19, Archbishop Viganò released another statement in which he reiterated his belief that a crisis of homosexuality is at the root of the Church’s current scandals, and that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of serial homosexual abuse over decades, was just the tip of the iceberg.

According to Viganò, the “underlying reason” why there are so many victims of clerical sex abuse is “the corrupting influence of homosexuality in the priesthood and in the hierarchy.”

This “very grave crisis” cannot be properly addressed and resolved unless and until we call things by their true names, he said. “This is a crisis due to the scourge of homosexuality, in its agents, in its motives, in its resistance to reform.”

“It is no exaggeration to say that homosexuality has become a plague in the clergy, and it can only be eradicated with spiritual weapons,” he said. “It is an enormous hypocrisy to condemn the abuse, claim to weep for the victims, and yet refuse to denounce the root cause of so much sexual abuse: homosexuality.”

“It is well established that homosexual predators exploit clerical privilege to their advantage,” he said. “But to claim the crisis itself to be clericalism is pure sophistry.”

In 2017, Vatican police raided the apartment of a 50-year-old priest, breaking up what Italian media described as a “gay orgy” fueled by drugs and alcohol. Police arrested Msgr. Luigi Capozzi, assistant to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and sent him to a Roman clinic for drug detox.

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Gavin Newsom to Trump on National Emergency at Border: 'See You in Court'

California Governor Gavin Newsom responded Friday to President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to build a physical barrier there: “California will see you in court.”

In a statement, Newsom said:

President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution. This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace, and the blame lays solely at the feet of the President. Meanwhile, he plans to shutdown and divert funds used by California law enforcement that run counter-narcotics operations and fight drug cartels to build his wall. Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court.

Earlier, Trump held a press conference at the White House to declare that he would sign a bill passed by both houses of Congress to fund $1.4 billion in new border fencing and fund the government through the fall.

But he added that the funding was inadequate and that it was necessary to take action to stop the flow of criminals, drugs, and illegal aliens across the southern border.

The president cited his legal authority under the Constitution and the law to take emergency action, noting the dozens of emergencies declared by presidents since the late 1970s, including those declared by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Newsom did not object to Obama’s emergencies, nor to Obama’s unilateral immigration policies that — by his own admission — violated the Constitution.

California has sued the Trump administration dozens of times over various policies, often relating to immigration — and the Trump administration sued California last year over its “sanctuary state” laws, succeeding in having one of them blocked.

The newly-inaugurated governor has pulled the California National Guard away from the border, where troops had been assisting law enforcement.

Earlier this week, Newsom and Trump argued over the $3.5 billion in federal funds that the state had accepted to build a high-speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which Newsom canceled in his “State of the State” address.

California has spent over $5 billion on the high-speed rail project — roughly the same amount of funding Trump had sought for his “wall.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.