The 'Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act' was too obvious to pass

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The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act failed to pass the Senate last night by a vote of 53-44. Sixty votes were needed for the bill to proceed. Only three Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans in favor of the legislation: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, and Doug Jones of Alabama. At least Jones is being consistent. During his Senate runoff campaign in 2017, he famously said on MSNBC that as soon as that baby's out of the womb, he'd be there for the child. How generous.

If you're keeping score – and you should be – three Republicans did not vote: Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Tim Scott of South Carolina. According to their teams, they both missed the vote due to a flight delay. Alaska's Lisa Murkowski also failed to vote. No surprise there.

The bill would have required that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. It also would've required that the living child, after appropriate care has been given, be immediately transported and admitted to a hospital.

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If a healthcare provider failed to comply with those requirements they would face fines and up to five years imprisonment, or potentially murder charges if their actions lead to the born alive infant's death. The mother of the child that is born alive couldn't face prosecution under this legislation. She could, however, file a civil lawsuit against the healthcare provider for punitive damages.

Last month, New York repealed its protections for infants that survive abortions. But 33 other states still offer some level of protection for these babies.

Earlier this month Senator Sasse asked for unanimous consent to pass the legislation, but that request was blocked by Senator Patty Murray (Democrat-Washington). She claimed the legislation is unnecessary because infanticide is already illegal. Murray was the only Democratic senator to come to the Senate floor to object. After she blocked Senator Sasse's request for unanimous consent she tweeted:

Republicans scheduled a show vote on another bill attacking women's rights & health – which leading medical groups have said should never become law. Democrats will stand with women, doctors, nurses, & everyone who truly cares about women's health & rights & make sure it doesn't.

Who are these "leading medical groups" Senator Murray was talking about? Seventeen of them banded together to send a letter to U.S. senators. They included the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (which happens to be a campaign donor to Senator Murray), the American Public Health Association, Planned Parenthood, and the National Abortion Federation. Their letter called the bill:

…a dangerous government intrusion into private health care decisions… another restriction on women's access to reproductive health care… [this bill] injects politicians into the patient-provider relationship, disregarding providers' training and clinical judgment and undermining their ability to determine the best course of action with their patients… Every woman needs to be able to make the decision that is best for her and her family.

As Senator Sasse, and several other Republicans emphasized during the Senate floor debate yesterday, this bill couldn't be more straightforward. It is simply an attempt to save babies who survive abortions. It does not limit abortion rights in any way, nor does it punish doctors for performing abortions. These "medical" groups that Senator Murray referred to are implying things nowhere to be found in this bill. They're lying to spook senators into toeing the party line on abortion. The bill is simply saying, if you screw up your hit on a baby, and the baby survives, you better do everything in your power to save that life – just like you would for any other human. What's so controversial about that?

During the Senate debate yesterday, Chuck Schumer blatantly lied about the bill, saying it's "carefully crafted to target, intimidate, and shut down reproductive health care providers." Schumer added that the bill "would impose requirements on what type of care doctors must provide in certain circumstances." No, it really doesn't – it just requires a doctor to act like an actual doctor and do something to help a baby gasping for life on a tray. You wouldn't think a law would be necessary to show basic human decency. I guess Democrats think the Hippocratic Oath is optional when the circumstance involves abortion.

In a real sense, the bill would have simply forced abortion doctors to make sure they're good at abortions. You would think Democrats would be all about ensuring high-quality abortions.

Democrats and abortion-rights groups say this vote was just an effort by Republicans to score political points. They say it's just an anti-abortion effort in disguise. They say the scenario of a baby surviving an abortion almost never happens anyway. It's true that the scenario is rare, but it does happen – 588 times between 2003 and 2014 according to a CDC report.

So, what's going on here? Why are Democrats so enslaved to abortion rights activists?

Alexandra DeSanctis covers the abortion industry for National Review. This is from one of her recent reports:

Intact, deceased fetuses that are at the age of viability are so much more useful in medical research, that biotech firms offer much higher profits to abortion clinics for them, compared with what they pay for less-developed fetal parts. Most valuable to researchers – and thus most profitable to abortion clinics and biotech firms – are completely intact, late-gestation fetuses, followed closely by intact organs or tissue from these fetuses…

In the undercover videos that prompted the congressional investigation, Planned Parenthood medical directors admitted to not injecting fetuses with the fatal drug digoxin prior to abortion procedures because tissue untainted by feticidal agents is much more helpful to researchers and therefore worth more money.

As it turns out, one of the top campaign donors to dozens of Democratic women in Congress, is a political action committee called EMILY's List. This is a charming group that has been around for 34 years and exists solely to elect pro-abortion female Democrats. "EMILY" is an acronym that stands for "Early Money Is Like Yeast", meaning that it makes the dough rise. The idea is that candidates receiving lots of donations early in a race helps them attract even more donors. During last year's congressional race, EMILY's List gave over $5 million to female Democrat candidates.

During the Born-Alive bill debate on the Senate floor yesterday, four Democratic women made speeches against the bill: Tina Smith (Minnesota), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), and Tammy Duckworth (Illinois). EMILY's List is the number one campaign donor to each of those women. Apparently you don't bite the hand that feeds you.

A vital line was drawn in the sand yesterday over a simple question – are we going to be a nation that values and defends innocent life?

A vital line was drawn in the sand yesterday over a simple question – are we going to be a nation that values and defends innocent life? Democrats leapt over that line, as a group, and in a cowardly fashion. They didn't even have the guts to admit what they were doing, instead blaming the bill for a phantom disregard for women's health. It's ludicrous. Mind-numbing. Pathetic. It's the Progressive philosophy coming home to roost.

Senator Ben Sasse closed his remarks yesterday saying, "love is stronger than power."

Democrats chose power.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed former Starbucks CEO and progressive Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who has not only been disowned by the Democrat Party but he can no longer set foot inside of a Starbucks store because of his success in business.

In this clip, Stu explained how at one time Starbucks only sold coffee in bags until Schultz, an employee at the time, convinced the company to open a Starbucks cafe.

Click here to watch the full episode.

At one point, the owners came close to closing down the cafe, but Schultz eventually managed to purchase the company and transform it into the empire that it is today.

Stu continued, describing how Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, went on to implement liberal corporate policies that earned the company a reputation for being a "beacon" of liberalism across the country.

"And now he (Schultz) can't even get into the Democrat Party," Stu said."That is craziness," Glenn replied.

Citing a "60 Minutes" interview, Glenn highlighted the journey that Schultz traveled, which started in the New York City projects and evolved, later becoming the CEO of a coffee empire.

"This guy is so American, so everything in business that we want to be, he has taken his beliefs and made it into who he is which is very liberal," Glenn explained.

Catch more of the conversation in the video below.


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This weekend, March 17, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at (Council on American Islamic Relations) CAIR-Michigan's 19th annual "Faith-Led, Justice Driven" banquet.

Who knows what to expect. But here are some excerpts from a speech she gave last month, at CAIR-Chicago's 15th annual banquet.

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You know the speech is going to be good when it begins like this:


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It's important to remember CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Think of CAIR as a spinoff of HAMAS, who its two founders originally worked for via a Hamas offshoot organization (the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)).

A 2009 article in Politico says feds "designated CAIR a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was eventually convicted for financing terrorism."

The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

In 1993, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.

In 1998, CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad said:

Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

Notice the slight underhanded jab at Israel. It's just one of many in her speech, and is indicative of the growing anti-Semitism among Democrats, especially Tlaib and Omar.

Most of the speech, as you might expect, is a long rant about the evil Donald Trump.

I wonder if she realizes that the Birth of Jesus pre-dates her religion, and her "country." The earliest founding of Palestine is 1988, so maybe she's a little confused.

Then there's this heartwarming story about advice she received from Congressman John Dingell:

When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him. And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, 'Oh, my God, I'm so tired of this. I don't know how you've been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie.' And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, 'You know who I'm talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they're all lying to me.' … And he looks at me, and he goes, 'Young lady, there's a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead.'

What the hell does that mean? That she wants to see her enemies dead? Who are her enemies? And how does that relate to her opening statement? How does it relate to the "oppression" her family faced at the hand of Israel?

Glenn Beck on Wednesday called out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric, which has largely been excused by Democratic leadership. He noted the sharp contrast between the progressive principles the freshmen congresswomen claim to uphold and the anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-Israel groups they align themselves with.

Later this month, both congresswomen are scheduled to speak at fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

Rep. Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan's 19th Annual Banquet on March 17 in Livonia, Michigan, alongside keynote speaker Omar Suleiman, a self-described student of Malcolm X with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Suleiman has regularly espoused notably "un-progressive" ideas, such as "honor killings" for allegedly promiscuous women, mandatory Hijabs for women, death as a punishment for homosexuality, and men having the right to "sex slaves," Glenn explained.

Rep. Omar is the keynote speaker at a CAIR event on March 23 in Los Angeles and will be joined by Hassan Shibly, who claims Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, and Hussam Ayloush, who is known for referring to U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

Watch the clip below for more:


This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

The roots of AOC

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It wasn't too long ago that Blanca thought it was all over.

Born in Puerto Rico, Blanca lived in New York most of her life. Recently, a reporter from the Daily Mail sent a reporter to interview Blanca. When the reporter arrived, Blanca was calmly sculpting wood in the front yard of her modest, 860-square-foot home down the street from a cemetery. Occasionally, a drug deal takes place out front, and the house is crumbling in parts, but Blanca has been fixing it up since she moved in a couple years ago, and this is home.

Reading the article, you can feel the writer's surprise, you can feel an unsuspecting writer being wrapped in Blanca's story.

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By day, Blanca works for the Lake County School District as a clerical assistant.

This is a story about mothers.

Blanca is a woman who makes lasagna for visiting relatives and watches over her 78-year-old mother, "who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and often breathes oxygen from a concentrator, and a loud rescue mutt named Tammy."

This is a story about daughters.

Because Blanca always believed in her daughter. Believed her daughter would be important. And, regardless of your opinion on her daughter—and, believe me, you have an opinion about her daughter, because everybody has an opinion about her daughter—there's no denying the wholesomeness of this story, so hear me out.

"Her dad and I were preparing for Alexandria's birth and still picking names," Blanca told the reporter. "And he came up with 'Alexandria.' I thought about it for a while and I said: 'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That sounds very powerful. That'll be her name.'"

Yes, that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the infamous millennial Democratic Socialist who represents New York's 14th district (covering the Bronx and Queens) in the House of Representatives.

And her mother is Blanca Ocasio-Cortez.

Blanca married Sergio Ocasio in Puerto Rico, then moved to New York. She knew very little English, but she learned. She worked the jobs nobody else wanted. She mopped floors at night, she drove school buses, she answered phones, took orders.

In 1989, she gave birth to her first child, a girl, in The Bronx, New York City. Two years later, she gave birth to a boy.

Until Alexandria was five, the family lived in a one-bedroom condo in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx.

Theirs was an American struggle.

Theirs was an American struggle. Sergio worked hard until he had his own business, and the small family pooled together their resources and took out a mortgage, and moved into "a small single-family house with a yard in nearby Yorktown Heights."

"We had a great life there," Blanca said. "Alexandria was very social, so she always had a bunch of girls over. She took over the shed in the backyard. She cleaned it up, put up curtains and photos and made it look nice, and that was like a clubhouse for her and her friends."

Blanca talks about her daughter the way any good mother does, recalling that her daughter was always talkative.

"When I took her to her pre-K interview, she didn't let me talk much. She was going on and on about knowing the alphabet and being able to count."

In 2008, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a sophomore at Boston University, her father, Blanca's husband, died of lung cancer.

Overnight, Blanca had to become the breadwinner.

I was cleaning houses in the morning and working as a secretary at a hospital in the afternoon... it was still difficult making ends meet. At one point, I was skipping mortgage payments and we almost lost the house.

This is a story about a single mother who raised her family after her husband died of lung cancer.

As the Daily Mail notes:

Sergio's death put the family into a tailspin. He had no life insurance, two years of health care bills due and the money his business brought in dried out. Blanca recalls she faced foreclosure not just once, but twice.

"It was scary," Blanca told the reporter. "I had to take medicine I was so scared. I had to stop paying for the mortgage for almost a year. I was expecting someone knocking on the door to kick me out at any time. There were even real estate people coming around to take photos of the house for when it was going to be auctioned. The worst is that I only had $50,000 left to pay on the loan."

Funny enough, it was the bank, not the welfare office or the local church that helped her.

Blanca worked from 6am until 11pm.

And I prayed and prayed, and things worked out. After the children graduated from college, I figured it was time for me to move to Florida.

These days, Blanca lives in Eustis, Florida, a lakefront community of about 16,000 people near Orlando. She moved here just before Christmas in 2016. She'd been paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes in New York. Now, she pays $600 a year.

When she first got here, the world, her world was much different. Her daughter was a bartender in New York and hadn't filed paperwork to become a Representative.

Really, though, this is a story about what it means to live in America.

"I love privacy and calm," Blanca said. "I don't like the limelight for myself and my family. But it seems that God played quite a joke on me with this politics stuff."

The Daily Mail sent reporter Jose Lambiet, presumably to do a hatchet job. The story is tempting: taxes are so severe in New York that even the mother of the wild-eyed Democratic Socialist representing that area can't even afford to live there. Really, though, this is a story about what it means to live in America.

And while liberal media has paraded the story around with that smug look on their faces, so have conservative outlets, and in both cases they've missed the real story. The human story. The story of all of us. Because Blanca is an American, same as you and me.