We live in a society where human traffickers and sexual perverts seem to be multiplying. It has been reported that there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States, but the latest figure we have is now about five years old, so that total is almost certainly significantly higher today. It has also been reported that there are 1.5 million victims of human trafficking in the United States, and most of those are female. In every community in the country, there are vicious predators that are always on the hunt for new victims. Of course we could just ignore reality and pretend that “most people are good people”, but being careless would only put our children at risk. After decades of feeding our minds with sick and twisted material, our society has literally become sick and twisted, and so it is important for parents to know how to protect their children in such an environment.
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If you thought that the Obamacare debacle was bad, just wait until you see what happens next. The continuing resolution that is currently funding the government expires on April 28th, and if a new funding agreement is not reached prior to that time, there will be a government shutdown like we witnessed in 2013 starting on April 29th. Unfortunately, as I will explain below, if a government shutdown happens it may go for a lot longer than just a couple of weeks this time around.
April 28th may sound like it is quite some time away, but because the congressional calendar has so many “holes” in it, there is actually not very much time for Congress to act.
If you can believe it, there are only 12 “legislative days” between now and April 28th, and if something is not done on one of those 12 days the government will shut down on April 29th.
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In Trump’s Washington, you’re with the GOP establishment or you’re against it.
That seems to be the signal following last week’s unsuccessful efforts by President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan to get conservative House lawmakers to agree to pass what they considered a weak attempt at repealing Obamacare.
Following the failure, attributed majorly to push back from the House Freedom Caucus, Trump and members of the Republican establishment have set sights on eliminating conservative obstructionism.
Trump, following the healthcare failure, suggested that House conservatives should be held responsible for Obamacare’s continued existence, saying via Twitter: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”
Meanwhile, Washington newspapers ran several against the Freedom Caucus in their opinion pages at the start of the new week.
Washington Post policy contributor Marc Thiessen declared:
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Former Bush administration officials are slowly finding themselves in power positions at the State Department, illustrating that neo-conservatism is alive and well in the Trump administration.
The Daily Caller confirmed last week that Brian Hook, a harsh critic of Trump’s foreign policy proposals during the campaign season, has been named director of policy planning at State. The senior position places Hook in a position to oversee State planning efforts and shape the department’s overall messaging strategy.
Hook formerly held several key positions in the Bush White House and co-founded a foreign policy strategy outfit, the John Hay Initiative, that provided neocon talking points to many of Trump’s primary opponents. He was also the foreign policy brains for Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential bid.
In other words, he represents a good portion of the hawkish brand of foreign policy that the president rejected on the campaign trail.
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