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The President remained at the White House today. He released his weekly radio address:

Remarks of President Barack Obama

Weekly Address

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I speak to you today during a time that is holy and filled with meaning for believers around the world. Earlier this week, Jewish people gathered with family and friends to recite the stories of their ancestors’ struggle and ultimate liberation. Tomorrow, Christians of all denominations will come together to rejoice and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

These are two very different holidays with their own very different traditions. But it seems fitting that we mark them both during the same week. For in a larger sense, they are both moments of reflection and renewal. They are both occasions to think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves and the obligations we have to one another, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what faith we practice.

This idea – that we are all bound up, as Martin Luther King once said, in “a single garment of destiny”– is a lesson of all the world’s great religions. And never has it been more important for us to reaffirm that lesson than it is today – at a time when we face tests and trials unlike any we have seen in our time. An economic crisis that recognizes no borders. Violent extremism that’s claimed the lives of innocent men, women, and children from Manhattan to Mumbai. An unsustainable dependence on foreign oil and other sources of energy that pollute our air and water and threaten our planet. The proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons, the persistence of deadly disease, and the recurrence of age-old conflicts.

These are challenges that no single nation, no matter how powerful, can confront alone. The United States must lead the way. But our best chance to solve these unprecedented problems comes from acting in concert with other nations. That is why I met with leaders of the G-20 nations to ensure that the world’s largest economies take strong and unified action in the face of the global economic crisis. Together, we’ve taken steps to stimulate growth, restore the flow of credit, open markets, and dramatically reform our financial regulatory system to prevent such crises from occurring again – steps that will lead to job creation at home.

It is only by working together that we will finally defeat 21st century security threats like al Qaeda. So it was heartening that our NATO allies united in Strasbourg behind our strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and contributed important resources to support our effort there.

It is only by coordinating with countries around the world that we will stop the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. That is why I laid out a strategy in Prague for us to work with Russia and other nations to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons; to secure nuclear materials from terrorists; and, ultimately, to free the world from the menace of a nuclear nightmare.

And it is only by building a new foundation of mutual trust that we will tackle some of our most entrenched problems. That is why, in Turkey, I spoke to members of Parliament and university students about rising above the barriers of race, region, and religion that too often divide us.

With all that is at stake today, we cannot afford to talk past one another. We can’t afford to allow old differences to prevent us from making progress in areas of common concern. We can’t afford to let walls of mistrust stand. Instead, we have to find – and build on – our mutual interests. For it is only when people come together, and seek common ground, that some of that mistrust can begin to fade. And that is where progress begins.

Make no mistake: we live in a dangerous world, and we must be strong and vigilant in the face of these threats. But let us not allow whatever differences we have with other nations to stop us from coming together around those solutions that are essential to our survival and success.

As we celebrate Passover, Easter, and this time of renewal, let’s find strength in our shared resolve and purpose in our common aspirations. And if we can do that, then not only will we fulfill the sacred meaning of these holy days, but we will fulfill the promise of our country as a leader around the world.


Fact Sheet: The 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference

Today, the White House will host the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference, bringing together leaders from federally recognized tribes to Washington, DC. The President and members of his Cabinet will discuss a range of issues important to tribal leaders, with an emphasis on ways the federal government can continue to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship and ensure that progress in Indian Country endures for years to come.

The Tribal Nations Conference delivers on a promise the President made during a visit to the Crow Nation in Montana in May 2008, where he pledged to host an annual summit with tribal leaders to ensure that tribal nations have a seat at the table when facing important decisions about their communities. This year’s Conference – the President’s eighth and final of his Presidency – marks the historic progress his Administration has made to strengthen the nation-to-nation relationship and build a more prosperous and resilient Indian Country.

In addition to today’s Conference, the second annual White House Tribal Youth Gathering will be held on September 27, 2016 as part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative. The gathering will bring together approximately 100 Native youth leaders who will participate alongside tribal leaders and senior federal leaders in breakout sessions, panels, and youth-specific programming. Since the President launched Gen-I in 2014, thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth have mobilized to address the most pressing needs facing their communities. Through youth engagement and strategic investments and policies, Gen-I has helped cultivate a new generation of tribal leaders and improve the lives of Native youth.

In recognizing that despite the incredible work completed in Indian Country over the past eight years, challenges still persist for Native Americans, today’s Tribal Nations Conference will bring together tribal leaders and agency officials to identify key issues to address during the next chapter of the nation-to-nation relationship. These conversations will serve as a platform for tribal leaders to develop relationships with the federal government that will serve them in the coming weeks, months, and years. Today, the Administration is pleased to share highlights of the progress made in 2016 and announce new steps forward:

AN ALL-OF-GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO SERVING INDIAN COUNTRY

Public Safety and Justice Subgroup of WHCNAA. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) will co-chair the Public Safety & Justice Subgroup (Subgroup) of the WHCNAA. The Departments formed the Subgroup at the September 6, 2016 WHCNAA principals meeting in response to the needs expressed by tribal leaders for the WHCNAA to concentrate on the unique legal and public safety concerns facing Indian Country such as jurisdictional matters, violence in Indian Country, infrastructure, training and capacity for tribal police and judicial systems, and more. The Subgroup will coordinate with other agencies to address public safety issues from an inter-agency perspective, and will ensure input from tribal representatives.

Interagency Trauma Initiativeof the WHCNAA Health Subgroup. The federal government plays an important partnership role with tribal nations in improving the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. An area where this partnership is vital is in addressing traumatic events, some which may have been experienced historically and intergenerationally. The effects of trauma can be long-term and have effects on individuals, families, and communities. A few of the symptoms and effects are psychological distress, poor overall physical and mental health, and unmet medical and psychological needs.


These health impacts can be significant for American Indians and Alaska Natives who may also face disparities related to socioeconomic status, education, employment, access to services, the physical environment, food security, and physical activity, among others. To strengthen efforts focused on improving the well-being of tribal communities, the Health Subgroup is working to improve awareness on the impacts of trauma among executives, senior leaders, and employees initiating collaborations across programs and building the capacity for supporting trauma-informed services and practices.

Reinforcing the National Historic Preservation Act and Self Determination. The National Historic Preservation Act includes a provision for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to enter into agreements with Indian tribes to substitute a tribe’s historic preservation regulations for the ACHP’s regulations, commonly called the Section 106 process. Under such an arrangement, an Indian tribe has the ability to determine how federal agencies meet the requirements of Section 106 for projects on its lands. In March 2016, the ACHP entered into a substitution agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida whereby the tribe will carry out all historic preservation work on its tribal lands, a full expression of its sovereignty and self-determination. The agreement with the Seminole Tribe is only the second agreement the ACHP has entered into. The first was with the Narragansett Tribe in 2000. To both encourage other Indian tribes to consider such arrangements and to help them navigate the decision making process, the ACHP, in consultation with Indian tribes, will issue formal guidance in 2017.

The United States, Canada, and Mexico Commit to Improve Coordination on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls. On June 29, 2016 President Obama traveled to Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit, where he met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. The three presidents made a tri-lateral commitment to address the scourge of violence against indigenous women and girls that exists across North America. The commitment encompasses knowledge-sharing on best practices to prevent and respond the needs of indigenous women and girls , including enhancing cooperation between the three nations, improving judicial and social service provision, and strengthening the capacity of government health services to provide culturally sensitive services to all indigenous recipients.

PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NATIVE YOUTH

Gathering Gen-I Native Youth. On September 27, the Administration will host the second annual Tribal Youth Gathering. Tomorrow’s gathering builds upon a series of six events hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which engaged over 500 youth in providing an understanding of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Native Youth Challenge and providing participating youth the opportunity to share their perspectives on topics including health and wellness, community, education, culture , and leadership with the federal government. These events also included activities to promote youth leadership, skill building, and education all in an effort to provide participating youth with the tools to reach their full potential.

Measuring the Success of our Native Youth Programming. As a part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the WHCNAA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are working with federal agencies to establish metrics and collect data about challenges and disparities faced by Native youth. These metrics will be used to help track the effectiveness of federal efforts to close opportunity gaps, and will help identify where we are making progress, where we are falling short, and progress that can be made when the federal agencies take a coordinated approach in addressing issues that affect Native youth.

Enhancing Support for Consistent Climate Change Education for Native Youth. In 2015 and 2016, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and other partners hosted the first two Tribal Youth Climate Leadership Congress (Congress) to promote youth engagement and positive community action for climate resilience for 89 native youth. The Congress is supported partly through the BIA’s Tribal Climate Resilience Program to support Tribal youth working on climate change research. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its Tribal Eco-Ambassador Program, which partners with federal scientists and tribal college and university students to address environmental problems, many of which are related to the impact of climate change.

Supporting Education and Community Development through Tribal Colleges and Universities. In 2016, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture invested $13.9 million in 34 Tribal Land Grant Institutions. The new awards support institutional research, education, and extension outreach capacity through projects that address student educational needs, provide positive tribal youth development experiences, and help to solve other locally identified tribal community, reservation, and regional development issues.

Engaging Native Youth. In 2015, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) adopted the Native Youth Strategic Plan. In 2016, the agency sought input from tribal leaders and historic preservation staff on their priorities and how best to reach out to Native youth. Based on stakeholder input, the ACHP has produced an information packet about historic preservation geared for both Native youth and adults. The information is intended to introduce Native youth to historic preservation, both in general and as a potential career path. A report will also be issued and will include recommendations based on input from Native youth, tribal leaders, and tribal preservation professionals. It will be available at >www.achp.gov/nap< in the summer of 2017.

Increasing Support for Locally-Tailored Education Interventions.T he Department of Education recently announced that it will make $17.4 million in new awards for the Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) grants in FY 2016, which is triple the $5.3 million that was provided in FY 2015. NYCP supports preschool through college-level projects that help American Indian and Alaska Native youth prepare for college and careers. President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request expands NYCP funding to $53 million. Technical assistance has been provided and will support these and the State-Tribal Education Programs STEP programs from pre-application through the implementation of their grants.

Investing in the Future of Youth in Indian Country. In FY 2016, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, will invest a record $3.5 million in tribally sponsored AmeriCorps programming and $1.25 million in education scholarships. The majority of the scholarship recipients are from Indian Country – who in exchange for their service will receive the scholarship to help pay for college or to repay student loans. AmeriCorps members will tutor and mentor youth, teach nutrition and physical activity, preserve language and cultural heritage, protect the environment, connect veterans and their families to job opportunities, prepare for disasters, and tackle substance abuse issues.

Training Community Changemakers. In September 2016, 120 Native Youth Ambassadors, ages 14-17, will participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Native Youth Summit in Washington, DC, with the goal of developing the next generation of Native community leaders. Youth will explore what community means and the impact homes have on personal health, education, energy conservation, and finances. The youth will design a Local Empowerment Project, such as community beautification, community-based gardens, clean-up programs, mapping sacred spaces, distributing information about energy efficiency in the home, or creating a community youth health club to implement upon their return home.

Promoting Economic and Social Development through Career Technical Education Pathways. The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Sherman Indian High School accepted a generous donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to continue a Career Technical Education Pathways Program that supports students attending the school. The funds support five distinct career technical education clusters. Students learn skills to work in agriculture, construction, health care, culinary arts, hospitality, tourism, and other careers. The program allows students at the boarding school to gain skills in industries promoting economic and social development for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

“Culture & Meth Don’t Mix” Initiative. DOI’s Office ofthe Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs in collaboration with BIA’s Office of Justice Services (OJS), BIE, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has created a program called “Culture and Meth Don't Mix” to provide a culturally appropriate approach for meth prevention among Native American youth through community and inter-agency involvement. The program includes a speaker series that will take place in BIE schools. The speakers will consist of speakers from OJS, a health professional recommended by SAMHSA, and one person from the community. There will be a different theme each month educating youth about the dangers of meth, focusing on the fact that Native culture does not have a place for meth use.

Employment Opportunities for Tribal Youth through Conservation Corps. In 2016, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council began funding Tribal Youth Conservation Corps focused on coastal cleanup, restoration and community construction projects. Part of the Obama Administration's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, the Tribal Youth Conservation Corps invests in the next generation of tribal leaders by providing job training skills to enhance these young people’s ability to engage in the long-term Gulf restoration effort to help families, bolster local economies, and lead to a more resilient coast. $500,000 was specifically set aside to engage tribal youth in the region in these opportunities.

STRENGTHENING TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY

United States to Assume Concurrent Criminal Jurisdiction. In January 2016, DOJ granted a request by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for the United States to assume concurrent criminal jurisdiction on the tribe’s reservation in central Minnesota. The decision was the second assumption of jurisdiction granted by the Department of Justice under the landmark Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, which gave the Department discretion to accept concurrent federal jurisdiction to prosecute violations of the General Crimes Act and the Major Crimes Act within areas of Indian country that are also subject to state criminal jurisdiction under Public Law 280. The decision regarding the Mille Lacs Band will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Indian Country Criminal Investigator Training Program. The Indian Country Criminal Investigator Training Program is a joint training collaboration between FBI and BIA-OJS, hosted at FLETC-West in Artesia, New Mexico. The Indian Police Academy staff and the FBI Indian Country Crimes Unit developed a course focused on preparing to work on various crimes on Indian reservations. It includes expert instruction from a forensic pediatrician, a pathologist, and experts on investigations of child abuse and violent crimes under the Major Crimes Act. Students also receive 24 hours of forensic evidence collection the course concludes with a practical exercise where students process a crime scene and determine investigative steps. The course will be run twice yearly and each session will have up to 24 students.

Tribal Re-entry. On April 29, 2016, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum appointing the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, a Cabinet-level working group comprised of more than 20 member agencies, to coordinate and leverage existing federal reentry resources dispel myths and clarify policies related to reentry elevate reentry programs and effective policies and reduce policy barriers to successful reentry. As a part of the broader effort, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has developed resources on Tribal Reentry including: BJA Tribal Reentry Fact Sheet National Reentry Resource Center’s Tribal Affairs Page American Probation and Parole Association website and Strategies for Creating Offender Reentry Programs in Indian Country.

Consolidating Tribal Lands. Authorized by the Cobell Settlement in 2009, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests at fair market value within 10 years, DOI’s Land Buy-Back Program has paid more than $850 million to individual landowners and restored the equivalent of approximately 1.6 million acres of land for tribes. The program has announced the next 105 locations, which includes more than 96 percent of landowners with fractional interests and more than 98 percent of both fractional interests and equivalent acres in program-eligible area.

Supporting Federally-Recognized Tribal Governments to Request a Presidential Emergency or Major Disaster Declaration. The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) amended the Stafford Act to provide tribal governments the option to request a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to finalize the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance, which describes the process for tribal governments to request Stafford Act declarations and associated disaster assistance while the Agency prepares for and conducts a notice and rulemaking process to implement this provision of SRIA through regulations. FEMA’s 90-day consultation period on the second draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance received nearly 800 comments from over 500 tribal officials, representing 178 federally-recognized tribal governments. FEMA aims to publish the guidance this fall to begin the pilot period.

Implementing the Forest Service Trust Responsibility. National Forests and Grasslands often hold a historic connection to America’s first stewards, and USDA is working to align its procedures with this unique relationship. In 2016, the USDA Forest Service published the final Tribal Relations Directives, which provide more consistency and efficacy in consultations with Tribal Nations and helps Forest Service employees understand the requirements, complexities and opportunities of tribal relations. The Directives describe the Forest Service’s responsibility to implement programs and activities consistent with, and respecting, Indian treaty rights and fulfilling the federal government’s trust responsibility with Indian tribes.

Strengthening Sovereignty. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appointed the first-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tribal Government Affairs on May 16, 2016. Located in the Office of the Secretary, this position will serve as the liaison between tribes and tribal governments and the Department of Transportation. The Department also began the process of developing a Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program (TTSGP). This program will provide tribes with an additional option on how they would like to carry out their transportation programs. DOT initiated the negotiated rulemaking process to propose regulations that would direct the TTSGP. The TTSGP Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, composed of tribal transportation leaders and federal officials, has already begun its work.

Connecting Communities, and Improving Infrastructures. The Tribal Transit Program at the Federal Transit Administration is expanding its technical assistance efforts to tribes receiving funds through the Tribal Transit Technical Assistance Assessments initiative. Through these assessments, FTA collaborates with tribal transit leaders to review processes and identify areas in need of improvement and then assist with solutions to address these needs—all in a supportive and mutually beneficial manner. The FTA has performed 30 assessments and will continue these efforts. The Tribal Transportation Program is the largest program in the Office of Federal Lands Highway at the Federal Highway Administration, which is authorized at $465 million in FY 2016.

Prioritizing Tribal Connectivity. Broadband is essential in the 21st Century, but today too many lack high speed access. The Administration has prioritized increasing broadband capabilities across Indian Country: as part of ConnectED, an initiative designed to connect schools and libraries to the digital age, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-rate program provided broadband, Wi-Fi, and telecommunications funding to 245 tribal schools serving over 60,000 students and 31 tribal libraries last funding year alone the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) published a planning toolkit for tribal governments to develop a Community Broadband Roadmap for building broadband networks, enhancing public computer centers, expanding broadband to unserved areas, encouraging public-private partnerships, and promoting broadband connectivity to homes, businesses and institutions and starting December 1st, the enhanced Lifeline program subsidy, which is available to low-income people living on Tribal lands, can be used to help cover the cost of broadband service. Additionally, as a step towards providing tribal communities and entities with the resources they need to deploy broadband infrastructure, today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service is announcing that it will aim to double its annual investment in telecom broadband loans in Indian Country—to $50 million in FY17—and dedicate staff to providing tribes with technical assistance to help unlock existing resources. And because broadband is critical to creating opportunity for Native Youth, the President’s Budget proposed significant investments in education information IT to enhance broadband and digital access for students at BIE-funded schools.

Sponsoring for Clean Energy. During 2016, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Indian Energy) will obligate nearly $15 million in direct support of clean energy deployment by tribes (Indian tribes and their governmental instrumentalities, including Alaska Native villages, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations). On August 17, DOE’s Office of Indian Energy announced the availability of up to $3 million to initiate the first steps toward developing and sustaining renewable energy and energy efficiency on tribal lands.

Improving Access to Data for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN). In 2016, BIA and the Census Bureau signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a first step in identifying and addressing AIAN data quality and availability issues. As a result of the MOU, BIA and Census are sharing geospatial data to improve the accuracy of tribal boundaries in time for the 2020 Census a federal interagency work group was established to promote communication and collaboration an inventory of existing federal AIAN data collections was developed to identify data gaps and establish a baseline for progress and a series of workshops to address AIAN data issues is being planned.

Refining, Expanding and Engaging in Tribal Consultation. In FY 2016, HUD published its revised tribal consultation policy, proposed a tribal advisory committee, and completed negotiated rulemaking. HUD issued a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on a proposed Tribal Intergovernmental Advisory Committee to further facilitate communication between HUD and Federally-recognized Indian tribes on all HUD programs. In January, HUD completed negotiated rulemaking with tribal representatives on the Indian Housing Block Grant funding formula.

Tracking Federal Initiatives to Build Resilience in Indian Country. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the White House Council on Native American Affairs Environment, Climate, and Natural Resources Subgroup, have developed a progress report on the Tribal Supplemental Recommendations of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report identifies programs and policies that Federal agencies have developed or updated in response to the Tribal Supplemental Recommendations, which focus on the specific and unique perspectives of Native communities to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. Read more about it here.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES & ENVIRONMENTS IN INDIAN COUNTRY

Supporting the Delivery of Traditional Foods in Indian Country. The 2014 Farm Bill provided additional flexibility for USDA to incorporate traditional foods into the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) program managed by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. In 2016, USDA increased the quantity and variety of traditional foods being distributed to low-income families and the elderly through FDPIR through the purchase of 120,000 pounds of bison, 216,000 pounds of frozen wild salmon, 55,000 pounds of wild rice, and 646,000 pounds of blue cornmeal, much of it supplied by Native American-owned businesses.

Partnering to Build Resilience in Tribal Communities. Two new partnerships will enable 160 AmeriCorps VISTA members to serve in Tribal communities over the next three years. The Resilience AmeriCorps program will place AmeriCorps VISTA members at 55 tribal locations to boost their capacity to prepare for severe weather. This expansion includes Conservation Legacy, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Enterprise Community Partners, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Tribal Housing Authorities. Building on the Let’s Move in Indian Country and Seeds of Native Health initiatives, AmeriCorps VISTA is also joining with the University of Arkansas Law School’s Indigenous Food and Agriculture Institute and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Tribe to place AmeriCorps VISTA members in 10 tribes to help develop agricultural opportunities and nutritional priorities to benefit Tribal members.

Combating Climate Change in Tribal Nations: Climate Resilience Toolkit. In 2015, the Administration expanded the Climate Resilience Toolkit to include a new “Tribal Nations” theme, comprised of more than 40 resources—with more to be added in the future—to assist Tribal nations in climate change planning, adaptation, and mitigation. Resources include a comprehensive Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Planning Toolkit, and a set of guidelines for considering traditional knowledge in climate change initiatives. In July 2016, NOAA, in collaboration with the U.S. Global Change Research Program and a number of agencies, released new capabilities through the Climate Resilience Toolkit these included county-scale climate projections for the continental United States, making climate information more locally relevant.

Engaging Communities and Connecting with Technical Experts and Resources through Community-based Data Collection. In 2015, EPA’s Indian Environmental General Assistance Program provided a grant to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), to support the release of a Local Environmental Observer (LEO) App. Expanding on the successful computer-based tool, the App allows observers to share photos and text from the field, complete with GPS locations. The LEO Network provides a model for engaging communities and connecting with technical experts and resources to allow communities to monitor, respond to, and adapt to new impacts and health effects. LEO experts apply local and traditional knowledge, western science and modern technology to record and share observations and to raise awareness about the conditions in the circumpolar north. Due to the success of the program, EPA and ANTHC are working to expand LEO internationally and in the Lower 48.

Building Knowledge and Connection for Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources. In May 2016, the Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Subgroup—part of the White House Council on Native American Affairs—hosted a convening for Tribal leaders and Administration leadership to discuss the impacts of climate change on their Tribal communities. The Subgroup launched the Federal Tribal Climate Change Resource Guide-an online portal that creates a centralized place for Tribal government professionals to locate available resources from the federal government. This guide enables Tribal governments to identify resources, tools and expert advice from multiple agencies.

SUPPORTING NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE & HERITAGE

Supporting Resiliency through Native Language and Culture. The Administration for Native Americans recently awarded nearly $3 million in funds under two new grant programs to support Native youth. The Native Language Community Coordination Demonstration Projects is a five-year demonstration project that will enable communities to increase their capacity to address gaps in providing continuous Native language instruction from childhood through post-secondary education. The Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) funding will support community programs that promote Native American youth resiliency and foster protective factors such as connections with Native American languages and elders, positive peer groups, models of safe sanctuary, and more.

Protecting Confidential Information.The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has issued a “Frequently Asked Questions” guidance document on protecting sensitive information about historic properties under Section 304 of the National Historic Preservation Act.Federal agency officials, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO/THPO), Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and other stakeholders in the Section 106 process often ask ACHP staff how sensitive information about historic properties can be protected from public disclosure. This new guidance, available here,builds upon the successful Section 304 Webinar the ACHP offers about how Section 304 works to protect such information and thereby prevent harm to historic properties. In developing this guidance, the ACHP coordinated closely with the NPS’ Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places program to ensure these FAQs identify the most commonly asked questions and provide helpful guidance to Section 106 practitioners as well as members of the public regarding what information may be withheld from disclosure, under what circumstances, and for what reasons.

Preserving Tribal Culture and Values by Supporting Efforts to Repatriate Cultural Items from Abroad. DOJ has launched an interagency group on cultural property with DOI, the Department of State, and DHS, with a focus on international repatriation. Next steps include strengthening interagency cooperation, responding to Congressional requests for information and comments on legislation, and holding government-to-government consultations on international repatriation, which will be launched at the 2016 Tribal Nations Conference.

Working with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The ACHP issued new guidance about the linkages between the U.N. Declaration and tribal and Native Hawaiian preservation issues in the Section 106 review process. The guidance helps federal agencies understand the right of indigenous peoples to participate in decision making when their rights would be affected, including with respect to the destruction of historic properties or sacred places of religious or cultural significance. The ACHP has extensively promoted the Declaration within the historic preservation community and issued initial guidance regarding Section 106 consultation and the Declaration.

Sacred Sites MOU Executive Committee Announces New Training. As part of the deliverables of the Sacred Sites MOU, the Executive Committee of the Sacred Sites MOU is announcing the release of “Native American Sacred Sites and the Federal Government, A Training for Federal Employees and Contract Staff Developed under the Sacred Sites Memorandum of Understanding,” a comprehensive online training module for federal employees and contractors, which is also available for free to the public. The Sacred Sites MOU was signed by DOD, USDA, DOI, DOE, and ACHP to improve the protection of and tribal access to Indian sacred sites on federally managed land.


Obama Government Posts Largest Monthly Federal Deficit in US History … $223 Billion in February 2011

Barack Obama sets another record … Hope and Change, eh?

Wasn’t it just the other day that President Barack Obama was lecturing America during his weekly address stating that “we need a government that lives within its means.” Yes we do Mr. President and you and your Democrats are not it. Living within your means, maybe Barack Obama would like to explain the record monthly federal deficit of $223 billion for February 2011.

The federal government posted its largest monthly deficit in history in February, a $223 billion shortfall that put a sharp point on the current fight on Capitol Hill about how deeply to cut this year’s spending.

That one-month figure, which came in a preliminary report from the Congressional Budget Office, dwarfs even the most robust cuts being talked about on the Hill, and underscores just how much work lawmakers have to do to get the government’s finances in balance again.

Of course when Obama posts such an out of control federal deficit, its time to blame GWB however, as reported at the Gateway Pundit, it turns out that Obama’s one month $233 billion deficit or larger than George W. Bush’s for all of 2007.

This president must be defeated in 2012 before this country is taken to the point of no return.


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GERMANY, Undisclosed Location — Based on breaking news and events, it appears that CIA Headquarters located beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland is plotting a Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorist) attack, coup d’état and subsequent Civil War in America most likely via U.S. Navy SEALs allegedly loyal to Obama.

As detailed in the Truther.org report from September 20, 2018, entitled in-part ‘The 2018 Obama Coup Detat‘, evidence now confirms that the Swiss CIA is plotting a military coup d’état in the United States specifically to install an Obama military dictatorship. Needless to say, Hitlerian legislation and wars will follow.

Shortly after a U.S. Navy SEALs-related attack or coup, the CIA will foment a second Civil War between military dictator Obama who will be known as Team Obama (Blue Team) and Team Trump (Red Team). In the event that Trump is assassinated or held hostage during the impending coup, another right-wing fascist politician will take his place.

The notion that the CIA is plotting a Team Obama versus Team Trump-like Civil War in America was confirmed by the March 20, 2017, Daily Beast report entitled ‘Cabinet Ballers: Team Trump vs. Team Obama‘ which coincidentally featured red and blue baseball-like cards with photos of Democrats and Republicans.

The impending Obama military coup will likely be executed by current and/or former U.S. Navy SEALs who previously served during the Obama administration and/or hate Trump who has routinely betrayed the U.S. Military and her Navy SEALs via scores of questionable military decisions and CIA-spawned publicity stunts.

In order to associate Navy SEALs with an American coup just prior to its fruition in reality, it was reported on August 8, 2017, that a Navy SEAL threatened a second Civil War if Trump is removed from office claiming that so-called ‘patriots’ will ‘execute’ Americans in a ‘gruesome massacre’.

Back on March 15, 2017, traitorous Infowars.com published a report entitled ‘Famous Navy Seals Calls for Veterans to Defend Trump Now!‘ which was designed to foreshadow that a Navy SEAL and U.S. Military veteran-related attack, coup, hostage crisis and/or siege targeting the Trump Administration is imminent.

In order to provide a timely motive for a U.S. Navy SEAL attack on Trump, NBC News published a report on June 13, 2017, entitled ‘Trump Blocks National Veteran Group on Twitter‘ which claimed that Trump blocked the Twitter account of VoteVets.org, an organization that represents around 500,000 U.S. military veterans and their families.

The notion that the CIA is planning a U.S. Navy SEAL attack on the Office of the President of the United States and/or the U.S. Congress was foreshadowed by a Political Dig report from July 1, 2017, entitled ‘Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Just Attacked Trump And His Team, Here’s What He Said‘.

In short, the report stated that former Navy SEAL, Robert J. O’Neill, who allegedly fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden, ‘took a shot at White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ after she defended Donald Trump’s Executive Order reorganizing the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

1. SEAL TEAM TELEVISION PROPAGANDA
In order to foreshadow a U.S. Navy SEAL attack, coup and/or Civil War in America prior to its fruition in reality, the CIA ordered the creation of Six (2017-Present), a Navy SEAL television drama series which premiered on the History Channel back on January 18, 2017. Roughly 8-months later, the CIA ordered the creation of SEAL Team (2017-Present), a Navy SEAL television drama which premiered on CBS back on September 27, 2017. In the first-ever episode of ‘Six’, U.S. Navy SEAL troop leader Rip Taggart (Walton Goggins) is captured by the state-sponsored terrorist organization known as Boko Haram, prompting Taggart’s former squad mates within SEAL Team Six to locate and rescue him. This narrative was designed to foreshadow a U.S. Navy SEAL hostage crisis when President Trump or a famous actor, athlete, celebrity, musician, politician or person is kidnapped by rogue SEALs in a made-for-TV drama which will likely end in a bio-chemical attack.

2. THE IMPENDING US NAVY SEAL COUP
Exactly what the impending U.S. Navy SEAL coup will entail is not known, but it will most likely feature a made-for-TV attack on the White House, U.S. Capitol Building and/or one of the 50 U.S. State Capitol Buildings as previously foreshadowed in the Truther.org report from September 20, 2018, entitled in-part ‘The 2018 Obama Coup Detat‘ which revealed that the CIA is plotting an American military coup d’état prior to December 31 2018, specifically to install an Obama dictatorship. The notion of a coup targeting the Office of the President of the United States was foreshadowed in the Hollywood propaganda films entitled ‘Olympus has Fallen‘ (2013) and ‘White House Down‘ (2013). Roughly 4-years later on April 1, 2017 (April Fool’s Day), CIA propagandist R. Hobbus published a report entitled ‘Barack Obama Reinstated as 44th President of the United States Following Military Coup‘ which foreshadowed the impending U.S. Navy SEALs coup. In short, the report states that, ‘Millions of jubilant Americans poured into the streets in celebration […] after former president Barack Obama took an abrupt break from writing his memoirs to valiantly reclaim his position as the 44th President of the United States in an awe-inspiring bloodless coup supported by strategic elements of the U.S. military. Shortly after 9 A.M. (EST), a massive column of M1 Abrams battle tanks and armored personnel carriers escorted by a squadron of U.S. Army attack helicopters rumbled down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House. Perched atop the turret of the lead battle tank, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two wonderful children, Malia and Sasha, smiled radiantly as they waved and tossed candy into the eager hands of thousands of ecstatic Americans who lined the streets of Washington, D.C…In keeping with his weekly tradition, Mr. Trump was not in Washington […] but was instead relaxing at his billion dollar Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida […] when two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters carrying a contingent of U.S. Navy SEALs touched down…Moments after his arrest at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump was tried and convicted of treason for attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election by colluding with a foreign entity. He has since been transferred to an undisclosed location’.

3. REBRANDING ISIS AS THE US NAVY SEALS WHICH THEY LARGELY ARE
Back on May 25, 2015, Truther.org published a report entitled in-part ‘ISIS ENDGAME: How and Why the CIA in Switzerland Created ISIS as Cover for Nuclear and Biological Terror Attacks’ which revealed that that CIA was funding ISIS via the Obama administration under the guise of the Syrian Rebels. Roughly 3-years later on June 24, 2018, Truther.org published a report entitled in-part, ‘TOP SECRET ISIS HEADQUARTERS LOCATED IN AL-TANF, SYRIA‘ which exposed the fact that the U.S. Special Forces Military Base at Al-Tanf was the unofficial headquarters of the CIA-sponsored terror group commonly known as ISIS which largely consists of U.S. and NATO Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists). Shortly thereafter on September 7, 2018, the United States Central Command announced an Operation Inherent Resolve live fire exercise at the Al Tanf base in Syria which was labeled a ‘defeat-ISIS exercise‘. Translation: the CIA officially killed off the name of ISIS and subsequently created a new terrorist group specifically designed to infiltrate, attack and ultimately try to overthrow the U.S. government. Although the new name attributed to the ex-ISIS group of Special Forces could be linked to the Bundy Militia of Nevada, a new name incorporating the name of ‘SEAL’ or ‘SEAL Team 6’ may be used to describe the new group of domestic terrorists slated to take part in the new American Civil War. Lastly, the notion that ISIS consists of Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists) was confirmed, albeit in a de facto manner, back on July 8, 2015, when Business Insider published a report entitled ‘ISIS has ‘Special Forces’‘ which revealed that the elite shock troops called ‘Inghemasiyoun’ are ‘fanatical and disciplined’ and ‘nimbly move between conventional and guerrilla warfare’ are ‘backed by armored vehicles, Humvees, and sometimes even artillery move to take over territory’. Like U.S. and NATO Special Forces, ISIS uses ‘remote-controlled aircraft fitted with cameras to film enemy positions’ and is ‘believed to have agents within the [U.S.] military’. As CIA operative Patrick Skinner correctly states, ISIS has ‘the ability to jump back and forth between traditional (military operations) and terrorism’ which is exactly what one would expect from the terror group who only has to change their flag in the aftermath of an attack as they have virtually identical uniforms, weapons and military equipment as the U.S. Military.



4. THE ISIS EVACUATION TO AMERICA

In the event that the U.S. Special Forces Military Base at Al-Tanf was in-fact ISIS Headquarters as alleged, it would stand to reason that the CIA would execute a mass evacuation of the Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorist) stationed there. Coincidentally, exactly 77-days after the base was exposed by Truther.org on June 24, 2018, Russia Today published a report on September 9, 2018, entitled ‘Pentagon Sends Marines for Snap Live-Fire Drill in Syria as ‘Strong Message’ to Russia‘, which revealed that ‘more than 100 US marines flew to southeast Syria for a snap live-fire exercise’. In short, the U.S. Marines were deployed via assault helicopter to the Al-Tanf military base, located in Syria’s Homs Province, which borders Iraq. The drill reportedly included air assaults, supported by artillery barrages. The spokesman for the US Central Command, Captain William Urban, stated in respect to the drill that, ‘Our forces will demonstrate the capability to deploy rapidly, assault a target with integrated air and ground forces and conduct rapid exfiltration’. The term ‘exfiltration‘ is defined as the ‘process of removing personnel when it is considered imperative that they be immediately relocated out of a hostile environment and taken to a secure area’. Needless to say, this terminology suggests that the mass evacuation of ISIS from the premises was executed under the guise of a routine military deployment exercise.

5. US SPECIAL FORCES ‘ESTABLISHING A FOOTHOLD’ DRILL
In what appears to be the Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists) attack and invasion drill targeting the United States (namely Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and/or Utah), Russia Today published a report on September 8, 2018, entitled ‘Russian Marines Land on Syrian Shores in Massive Mediterranean Drills‘ which revealed that Russia executed a large-scale military exercise in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria, involving both its Navy and Air Force. Although Russia’s Defense Ministry released footage which purports to show Russian Marines equipped with state-of-the-art gear landing on the shores of Syria’s Latakia province, they were in all likelihood the U.S. Special Forces which were just evacuated from Syria for their impending attack on the United States. That is to say that the so-called ‘Russian Marines’ were in reality the 100-US Marines which were just airlifted out of Al Tanaf, Syrian that very same week. Held between September 1, 2018, and September 8, 2018, the drills coincidentally involved establishing a foothold on the territory controlled by a simulated enemy. In other words, the massive Special Forces drill was a mock exercise for a real-world coup targeting America. Exactly how the impending Navy SEAL coup will go down is not known, but it appears that the CIA will stage a prolonged made-for-TV attack, coup, hostage crisis, siege or siege by Navy SEALs after which they will escape to the deserts and mountains of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and/or Utah. The American southwest was evidently chosen as the future home of the Navy SEAL domestic terrorists in-part because the southwest is predominantly Caucasian or white in ethnicity. This is no accident for the impending Navy SEAL coup is designed to have a white supremacist or Neo-Nazi element similar to the Confederacy during the Civil War. This notion was foreshadowed in the February 10, 2012, report from the BBC entitled ‘US Marine Sniper Unit Photographed with ‘Nazi SS’ Flag‘ which stated that a U.S. Marine scout sniper unit in Afghanistan posed for a photo in front of a flag resembling the logo of the Nazi SS. The Southwest was also chosen because states like Arizona, California and Utah contain massive cave complexes in which terrorists could theoretically hide similar to Osama bin Laden who allegedly avoided capture by U.S. Navy SEALs in the cave complex of Tora Bora.

6. CIA PLOTTING US NAVY SEAL BIO-CHEMICAL ATTACK
Based on breaking news, events and numerology, it appears that CIA Headquarters located beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland is plotting a U.S. Navy SEAL-related bio-chemical attack specifically designed to trigger a global biological pandemic. Because biological contagions CANNOT be transmitted through the air, the CIA must create the fraudulent narrative that rogue Navy SEALs were able to mutate, weaponize and effectively deliver a known biological agent, resulting in an airborne contagion which sparks a global biological pandemic. Exactly which biological agent the CIA will claim the SEALs mutated, replicated, resurrected, weaponized and/or delivered is not yet known, but Smallpox is the most likely namely because of its notorious history and aesthetically repulsive symptoms. Back on September 22, 2018, Truther.org published a report entitled in-part, ‘ISIS BIO-TERROR ATTACK NUMBER 󈨘’‘ which highlighted the 82 bio-chemical attacks executed by U.S. Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists) in Iraq and Syria under the guise of ISIS. Now that the CIA has exported ‘ISIS’ Special Forces to the United States for an attack, coup and eventual Civil War, a similar wave of attacks is expected. In order to associate Navy SEALs with bio-chemical warfare just prior to a made-for-TV attack, the aforementioned SEAL Team (2017-Present) television show features an episode in which the SEAL mission is to ‘ destroy chemical weapons’. The notion that the CIA plans to scapegoat a group of domestic terrorists for a bio-chemical attack was first identified back in August of 1999 when the CDC (Center for Disease Control) published a report entitled ‘The Prospect Of Domestic Bioterrorism‘ which stated that ‘A small but growing number of domestic terrorists could attempt to use biological weapons in the belief that doing so would advance their goals’. Naturally, the report stated that the most likely bio-terrorists would be ‘religious and extreme right-wing groups and groups seeking revenge who view secular rulers and the law they uphold as illegitimate’. Coincidentally, the Bundy Militia has an ongoing feud with the U.S. government over grazing rights in Nevada. Interestingly, the report quotes John Trochman, a leader of the Montana Militia, who stated that ‘extremist offshoots of Identity Christian groups’ and ‘disaffected military officers’ are the most likely domestic perpetrators of biological terrorism. The quote was specifically designed to link militias and U.S. Military veterans with bio-terrorism prior to a bio-chemical attack by a state-sponsored terror group such as the Bundy Militia. Coincidentally, the scientist behind the post-9/11 2001 Anthrax Attacks was a military scientist named Bruce Edwards Ivins who was employed at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. The link between militias and domestic bio-terrorism was made again roughly 6-years later when Fox News published a report on November 7, 2005, entitled ‘Experts: Bioterror Threat More Domestic Than Foreign‘ which quoted Barry Kellman, Director of the International Weapons Control Center at Chicago’s DePaul University, who stated, ‘What if Ted Kaczynski — America’s notorious Unabomber — had been a biology professor instead of a math professor?’. Needless to say, the quote was designed to foreshadow a militia-related bio-chemical attack in America prior to its fruition in reality.

7. CIA PREPPING AMERICA FOR CIVIL WAR
In the event that the CIA is in-fact planning a Civil War in the United States, it would stand to reason that Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists) would employ the use of heavy trucks just as they did under the guise of ISIS did in both Iraq and Syria. Interestingly, back on December 21, 2017, the IRS passed Section 179 in the U.S. tax code which essentially allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. This means when an American buys or leases a qualifying truck, they can deduct the full purchase price from their gross income. The number 󈧕’ found in the number �’ equates to the letter ‘Q’ in the English Alphabet as in ‘coup d’état‘ which is defined as a blow or hit of state which America is slated to suffer as a result of thousands of domestic trucks being used as military vehicles. The number 󈧗’ equates to the letter ‘S’ in the English alphabet which is an acronym for ‘Switzerland’, home of the CIA would is behind the impending coup. Section 179 is being touted as an incentive by the U.S. government to ‘encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves’, a veiled reference to the fact that the impending Civil War in America will be executed via a massive fleet of citizen bought heavy duty trucks. Needless to say a majority of the military personal in the desert will be Special Forces (i.e., professional terrorists) posing as local militia personal. The notion that the CIA plans to use American trucks in the upcoming Civil War was foreshadowed in Chevrolet’s ‘Last Truck Standing‘ commercial which was uploaded to YouTube on September 10, 2018. n short, the commercial contains: a) aerial footage of 4 desert camouflage tents in the Mojave Desert with the military-like fence along with scores of flag which was designed to convey a domestic terrorist base camp b) men wearing military like name tags standing in a line which was designed to invoke military order and standing at attention c) a hat wearing man sporting a clipboard which was designed to invoke the notion of an army general giving order to the 3 men standing at attention d) at least 11 trucks coming over the horizon in a military-like formation attack which was designed to invoke the notion of ISIS terrorists in the deserts of Iraq and Syria e) at least 14 trucks from a rear angle as they pass underneath the camera angle f) at least 24 trucks growing to a total of 25 trucks (the escalating amount of trucks is specifically designed to foreshadow the notion that the desert terrorist camps will grow exponentially over a short period of time) g) a growing amount of people at the camp designed to foreshadow the notion that the terrorists at the desert camps will multiply like rabbits, h) as the trucks get closer to the military tents, the wave of desert trucks peel off from their Blue Angel-like formation which was designed to sell the notion that the CIA plans to create multiple desert camps by different domestic terrorist/militia factions, similar to the countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, all of which are currently are home to U.S. military personal, and i) the commercial ends with one of the men stating that ‘Chevy really hit it out of the ballpark’ which was designed to foreshadow a militia-related attack targeting athletes, cheerleaders, fans, sporting events and/or stadiums. Lastly, the notion that the CIA is planning a Civil War in America in which the soldiers use trucks was further foreshadowed by a Toyota commercial uploaded to YouTube on August 30, 2018, entitled ‘TRD Pro Challenge: Vietnam Highlights‘ which naturally invokes the notion of the Vietnam War as well as the airlifting of trucks by U.S. military helicopters. The description states that, ‘The fourth TRD Pro Challenge takes us to Vietnam, where Andy Bell, Jamie Bestwick and Roland Sands cross the entire country from South to North. Check out the highlights of their trip to see how the #TRDPro trucks conquer cities, jungles, mud and a few questionable shortcuts’.

8. US NAVY SEAL WILLIAM H. MCRAVEN
Although only conjecture, it appears that the CIA has selected the former U.S. Navy SEAL, William H. McRaven, to play a major role in the upcoming military coup which is evidently why he has repeatedly attacked Trump, albeit only verbally. McRaven has been photographed with Obama’s hand on his right shoulder which suggests, at least publicly speaking, that he has been chosen by Obama to play a critical role in the impending military coup. McRaven’s assault on Trump was highlighted in the August 16, 2018, report from Military Times entitled ‘Retired Admiral, Navy SEAL Compares President Trump’s Actions to McCarthy-Era Witch Hunts‘ which stated that the ‘outspoken retired Navy admiral, who oversaw the Navy SEAL raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, has issued a fiery open letter to President Donald Trump over his revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, comparing his tactics to those who led communist witch hunts in the 1950s. McRaven, commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, published an open letter in the Washington Post, requesting that Trump also revoke his security clearance. In short, McRaven stated that, ‘I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency…A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself. Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation. If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken’. This was not the first time McRaven criticized Trump publicly. In a speech to journalism and mass communication majors at the University of Texas at Austin in February of 2017, McRaven stated, “On February 17th the president said, ‘the news media is the enemy of the American people‘…This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.” He encouraged the students to challenge Trump’s sentiment and statement at every opportunity.

9. US NAVY SEAL BOB HARWARD
Although only conjecture, it appears that the CIA has selected former U.S. Navy SEAL, Bob Harward, for a major role in the upcoming military coup which is likely why he rejected the role of National Security Advisory offered to him by the Trump administration as detailed in the February 16, 2017, CNN report entitled ‘Harward Says No to National Security Adviser Role‘. Although he calls himself an ‘action man‘, retired Vice Admiral Harward turned down President Donald Trump’s offer to be national security adviser, stating that, ‘Since retiring, I have the opportunity to address financial and family issues that would have been challenging in this position…Like all service members understand, and live, this job requires 24 hours a day, 7 days a week focus and commitment to do it right. I currently could not make that commitment. My thoughts and prayers are with those that carry such heavy burdens and responsibility for taking care of our country’s national security concerns. God bless this great country of ours’. A friend of Harward’s said he was reluctant to take the job because the White House seems so chaotic. Harward called the offer a ‘shit sandwich’, the friend said. A Republican official told CNN that Harward made it a condition of taking the job that he could form his own team. In the end, he didn’t feel that was the case. Harward served as Jim Mattis‘s deputy when he was commander of US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where ISIS Special Forces were located until recently.

10. US NAVY SEAL JESSE VENTURA
Although only conjecture, it appears that the CIA has chosen former U.S. Navy SEAL, Jesse Ventura, to play a major role in the upcoming military coup which is evidently why he was inexplicably allowed to become the Governor of Minnesota back in 1999. Considering that Ventura has long been anti-Obama and anti-Trump, it appears that the CIA will recall Ventura to the United States from Mexico (where he has been vacationing with his wife for the last 10-years) in order to lead a group of Navy SEALs against the Trump administration. Once Obama has been placed back into power, Ventura will likely be double-crossed and assassinated by the CIA after which his army of Navy SEALs will be absorbed into a state-sponsored militia fighting either against for or against the Obama administration. The notion that Ventura has been chosen as the leader of the so-called Second American Revolution (i.e., Civil War) was foreshadowed in his book entitled ‘Don’t Start the Revolution Without Me‘ (2009) which confirms, albeit in a de facto manner, that he fully advocates an overthrow of the U.S. government. Not only that, but Ventura was the host the television show entitled ‘Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura‘ (2009-2012) which covers the JFK Assassination and Manchurian Candidate, both of which apply to a coup targeting both Obama and Trump.

11. BLOOD SACRIFICE OF NFL STAR PAT TILLMAN
In what appears to be a CIA blood sacrifice offered up to a U.S. Special Forces-related attack or coup targeting America (namely in Arizona), the CIA assassinated NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, back on April 22, 2004, in Spera, Afghanistan. The notion that NFL star was executed during a ritualistic blood sacrifice is corroborated by the fact that: a) Tillman was killed under the guise of ‘friendly fire’. In other words, he was assassinated by a paid member of the U.S. military, and b) Tillman’s death contains the dreaded ISIS numerology which confirms his murder was premeditated. The amount of time between Tillman’s birth on November 6, 1976, and his death on April 22, 2004, marks exactly 10,029-days. Because the number 𔃲’ doubles as ‘S’ which is the 19th letter in the English alphabet, the number �’ equates to ‘S+S’ which is consonantly speaking the same as ‘ Suisse’ (S+S), an alias of Switzerland currently used in French, and ‘ISIS’ (S+S), the secret code-name of CIA Headquarters located beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Also, the numerology found in the death of Tillman’s death on April 22nd is coincidentally found in the number 󈧮’ of his Arizona State University football jersey, and the number 󈧬’ of his Arizona Cardinals football Jersey. A coincidence? Not a chance. Lastly, as evidenced by the front of the September 10, 2006, Sports Illustrated entitled ‘Remember His Name‘, Tillman is being used a prop by the CIA to not only bolster the fraudulent Osama bin Laden-Al Qaeda narrative by being the poster boy for the War on Terror but to associate the state of Arizona as well as the NFL with Special Forces prior to a made-for-TV attack or coup by the U.S. Navy SEALs.

12. BLOOD SACRIFICE OF US NAVY SEAL CHRIS KYLE
In what appears to be a CIA blood sacrifice offered up to a U.S. Navy SEAL-related attack or coup targeting America (namely Texas), the CIA assassinated U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, in Texas back on February 2, 2018, as detailed in the Washington Post report from February 3, 2013, entitled ‘Chris Kyle, Navy Seal and Author of ‘American Sniper,’ Dies‘. The notion that the former U.S. Navy SEAL was executed during a ritualistic blood sacrifice is corroborated by the fact that: a) Kyle was specifically sought out and targeted for assassination in his home state of Texas b) like Tillman 9-years prior, Kyle was assassinated by a paid member of the U.S. Military, namely a U.S. Marine named Eddie Ray Routh c) Kyle was assassinated along side of his friend, Chad Littlefield, as to make it appear that he was the victim of a random act of violence rather than a CIA-ordered assassination d) in order to dispel the notion of a targeted assassination, the alleged assassin Routh was depicted as insane, suffering from schizophrenia and was in a psychotic state at the time of the killings e) no motive for the crime has ever been divulged. In other words, the crime does not make sense in any capacity other than the fact that Routh killed Kyle and Littlefield because he was ordered to at the behest of the CIA and f) Kyle was introduced to Routh while working as a life coach for veterans with disabilities. As with all targeted assassinations, the CIA introduces the assassin to the victim prior to the kill in order to make a positive identification.

13. BLOOD SACRIFICE OF ARIZONA SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN
In what appears to be a CIA blood sacrifice offered up to a U.S. Special Forces-related attack targeting America (namely Arizona), the CIA assassinated U.S. Navy veteran, Vietnam war hero and U.S. Senator, John McCain, on August 25, 2018, under the guise of complications from brain cancer. McCain’s blood sacrifice is rather curious considering that he was previously photographed with so-called Syrian Rebels (i.e., ISIS) as evidenced by the fact that the man to his left is none other than alleged ISIS mastermind and leader, Abu Baker Al-Baghdadi. The photo of McCain with Al Baghdadi has repeatedly been dismissed by the CIA-run media as fake as evidenced by the New York Times report from September 11, 2014, entitled ‘ Try as He May, John McCain Can’t Shake Falsehoods About Ties to ISIS‘. The photo, which was originally posted on McCain’s Twitter feed back on May 28, 2013, clearly shows the U.S. Senator posing with ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi along with a spiderweb in the background. The web was designed to foreshadow that McCain had become entangled in state-sponsored terrorism. Although only conjecture, it appears that the CIA will stage a U.S. Navy SEAL-related attack and/or coup targeting the Arizona State Capital Building in Phoenix which is located adjacent to the Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower which may suffer a 9/11-style bio-chemical attack during the impending Navy SEAL-related attack and/or coup.

14. CIA-SPAWNED TRUMP & US NAVY SEAL PUBLICITY STUNTS
To date, there have been at least 5 other such stunts designed to associate President Trump along with the U.S. Navy SEALs prior to a made-for-TV Navy SEALs attack/coup. The first Trump-SEAL publicity stunt was identified on February 1, 2017, when ABC News published a report entitled ‘Military Convoy Flying Trump Flag Belonged to SEAL Unit‘ which revealed that the U.S. military convoy was spotted flying a Donald Trump flag near Louisville, Kentucky back on January 29, 2017. The convoy reportedly belonged to an East Coast-based SEAL unit. Military officials launched an inquiry to determine if any misconduct could be linked to the incident. Lieutenant Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, stated that, ‘The convoy were service members assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit driving vehicles while transiting between two training locations’. The second Trump-SEAL publicity stunt was identified on February 5, 2017, when a photo of U.S. Navy SEALs holding Trump flags was published on Twitter. To date, the name of the SEAL team or her soldiers has yet to be identified. Whether military officials launched an inquiry to determine if there was any misconduct is also not known. The third Trump-SEAL publicity stunt was identified on March 1, 2017, when Military.com published a report entitled ‘SEALs Punished for Flying Trump Flag on Highway‘ which stated that the aforementioned Navy SEALs who flew a Trump flag from their convoy were punished for violating military regulations prohibiting political endorsement. The U.S. Navy determined that the SEALs violated the spirit and intent of applicable [Defense Department] regulations concerning the flying of flags and the apparent endorsement of political activities. The fourth Trump-SEAL publicity stunt was identified on May 24, 2018, when President Trump awarded U.S. Navy SEAL, Britt Slabinski, the Medal of Honor for his March 2002 ‘daring assault’. Trump stated during the ceremony that, ‘You waged a fierce fight against the enemy and these really have become the enemies of America and the enemies of all civilization…Through your actions, you demonstrated there is no love more pure and no courage more great than the love and courage that burns in the hearts of American patriots. We are free because warriors like you are willing to give their sweat, their blood, and if they have to their lives for our great nation’. The ominous words were specifically written for Trump by the CIA to foreshadow the impending U.S. Navy SEAL attack, coup and Civil War. The fifth Trump-SEAL publicity stunt was identified on July 10, 2018, when Politico published a report entitled ‘Trump Congratulates Thai Navy SEALs for Rescue of 12 Boys‘ which detailed President Donald Trump’s congratulatory remarks regarding the Thai Navy SEALs following the rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach who were allegedly trapped in a cave for more than two weeks. Trump tweeted, ‘On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand. Such a beautiful moment – all freed, great job’.

15. TRANSGENDER NAVY SEALS NOW TARGETING TRUMP
In order to provide yet another timely motive for a U.S. Navy SEAL attack or coup targeting the Office of the President of the United States, Trump verbally banned transgendered soldiers from serving in the U.S. Military as detailed in the July 26, 2017, Daily Mail report entitled ‘Transgender Former Navy SEAL Slams President Trump After He Bans Trans People from Serving in the Military‘. The report highlighted former Navy SEAL, Kristen Beck, who has repeatedly slammed Trump over his trans military ban and demanded that he tell her to her face that she’s ‘not worthy’. Beck, who served in the military for 21 years, spoke out against Trump after he declared that he wants transgender people barred from serving ‘in any capacity’. ‘Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,’ Beck told Business Insider. ‘Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service. I was defending individual liberty. I defended for Republicans. I defended for Democrats. I defended for everyone.’ Trump claimed that he consulted with ‘generals and military experts’ ahead of his decision. He said the military ‘must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.’ Beck slammed Trump for trying to blame the ban on costs saying it was ‘.000001% of the military budget.’ Beck said. ‘He’s turned his back on a lot of Americans. He’s turned his back on a lot of veterans. And that’s just not right.’ Roughly a week later on August 2, 2017, People magazine published a report entitled ‘Transgender Navy SEAL Kristin Beck: ‘Transgender People Are Some of the Most Patriotic’‘ which quoted Beck who stated that, ‘We value our liberties because we know what it means not to have them’. Beck enlisted in the Navy as Christopher and eventually joined the SEALs, serving with the revered counter-terror Naval Special Warfare Group (DEVGRU), otherwise known as SEAL Team 6. She served as part of seven combat deployments and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart (for being wounded in action). Beck says she initially viewed Trump’s tweets as a chain-of-command issue. ‘I’m not sure he totally understands how the president interacts with the Defense Department’, Beck stated. ‘There’s a whole process they go through, and this isn’t it. What he did in one series of tweets is, he gave directives, but no timelines, no execution’. In other words, Trump will not ban transgenders from the military despite his offensive tweets which were only disseminate to publicly enrage Navy SEALs just prior to a made-for-TV attack or coup.

16. THE WILLIAM ‘RYAN’ OWENS NAVY SEAL DEATH HOAX
Although only conjecture, it appears that the entire narrative surrounding the death of U.S. Navy SEAL, William ‘Ryan’ Owens, is a colossal hoax perpetrated on the American people by the CIA. That is to say that the likeness of Owens was hijacked (possibly from Bill Owens himself) specifically to create the fraudulent narrative needed to spark a Civil War in America over the alleged death a U.S. Navy SEAL who does not even exist in reality. The CIA routinely uses fraudulent likenesses as witnessed in the case of one Trayvon Martin, so the very notion that the likeness of Owens has been fabricated is almost expected. What are the odds that a U.S. Navy SEAL who is photographed along with Air Force One, the Oval Office, the White House and President Obama’s dogs is the first service member killed during the Trump Administration? Odds of such a coincidence are likely a quadrillion to one. This notion is substantiated by the fact that there is absolutely no corroborating evidence that Owens actually visited the White House as alleged as evidenced by the lack of Owens’ name on Obama’s itinerary and the lack of a photo documenting the covert meeting between Owens and Obama. Also, there is not a single photo of Owens with his wife Carryn, despite being married for years and having 3 children. Although there are a few photos of Owens with his alleged father Bill Owens, they appear to be photo-shopped because they are likely one in the same person. Despite Owens’ alleged mother dying of cancer, there are also no photos of him with her whatsoever. Not only that, the unprecedented amount of medals awarded to Owens is highly suspect especially considering that there are no photographs or videos to corroborate the ceremonies during which the medals were allegedly awarded. Lastly, the notion that the likeness of Ryan Owens is dated and/or was stolen from a former soldier is corroborated by the fact not a single video exists of Owens in military action despite the fact that the Navy SEALs routinely use body cameras during their operations. Needless to say, the aforementioned anomalies suggest that the entire narrative surrounding the likeness of one William ‘Ryan’ Owens is a colossal hoax specifically designed to spark a U.S. Navy SEAL-related attack or coup targeting the inept Trump Administration.

17. BLOOD SACRIFICE OF PRO-OBAMA NAVY SEAL WILLIAM RYAN OWENS
Based on previous blood sacrifices executed by the CIA for nefarious political reasons, it appears that U.S. Navy SEAL, William ‘Ryan’ Owens, was assassinated during a Special Forces raid in Yemen specifically so that his All-American good looks and beautiful wife could be used by the CIA for propaganda purposes specifically to trigger a Navy SEAL revenge attack and coup targeting the Trump Administration. This notion is corroborated by the fact that Owens was the first American to die in combat under the Trump administration. Owens was also targeted because he was an Obama supporter, making it far more likely that he would be used as a poster boy for a Navy SEAL coup targeting the Trump administration. Owens was one of the most decorated Navy SEALs of all-time which is in-part why he was targeted for assassination by the CIA. In addition to being awarded the Silver Star (posthumously), Owens received two Bronze Star Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Achievement Medal, the Commendation Medal, the Sea Service Ribbon, and three Presidential Unit Citations. According to the official CIA narrative, Owens died of wounds as a result of the Yakla Raid, a U.S.-led Special Operations Forces attack in Al Bayda province in central Yemen back on January 29, 2017. Trump reportedly signed the go-ahead for the raid on January 26, 2017, just 6-days into his presidency. The notion that Owens was murdered in a ritualistic blood sacrifice is confirmed by the numerology surrounding is death. Firstly, the number 𔃶’ Firstly, the number 𔃶’ equates to the letter ‘F’ in the English alphabet which was formerly a double-cross (i.e., ‘ ǂ ‘) which suggests that Trump was tricked and stabbed in the back by ordering a failed raid designed to provide a motive for a revenge coup attack by U.S. Navy SEALs. Secondly, the number 󈧞’ found in the date of January 26th equates to the letter ‘Z’ in the English alphabet which is an acronym for Zionism, the political ideology of the CIA. Thirdly, the date of Owens’ death on January 29th numerically equates to 𔃱/29’. Because the number 𔃲’ doubles as an ‘S’ which is the 19th letter in the English alphabet, the number �’ equates to ‘S+S’ which is consonantly speaking the same as ‘ Suisse’ (S+S), an alias of Switzerland currently used in French, and ‘ISIS’ (S+S), the secret code-name of CIA Headquarters located beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Secondly, the amount of time between Owen’s birth on March 5, 1980, and his alleged death on January 29, 2017, marks exactly 13,479-days. The number 󈧕’ equates to the letter ‘Q’ in the English Alphabet as in ‘coup d’état‘ which is defined as a blow or hit of state which Owens evidently suffered on this date. The number ‘ 37′ (3×7=777) is coincidentally found in the numerology of the Jewish God of YHWY (tetragrammaton) as well as in the Israeli Mossad hijacking of Flight MH370 specifically for a 9/11-style bio-chemical attack, 9/11-style nuclear attack, made-for-TV crash, terrorist invasion, or biological outbreak and subsequent global pandemic. The number 󈧵’ equates to the letters ‘DI’ as in ‘Die’. The ‘ 4 / 19′ numerology is found in the date of the Waco Massacre and Oklahoma City Bombing of April 19th (4/19). That is because the number ‘ 4′ was formerly a ‘+’ symbol which is found on the flag of Switzerland. The number 𔃴’ equates to the letter ‘D’ in the English alphabet which is an acronym for ‘Die’ which is precisely why Switzerland is home to the CIA. The number 󈧗’ equates to the letter ‘S’ in the English alphabet which is an acronym for Switzerland, home of CIA Headquarters. Needless to say, this numerology confirms, albeit in a de facto manner, that Owens was assassinated in a ritualistic blood sacrifice by the CIA offered up to the impending Civil War in America which will be triggered by a U.S. Navy SEALs-related attack or coup.

18. BILL OWENS BLAMES TRUMP FOR SON’S DEATH
According to the official narrative put forth by the CIA, U.S. Navy SEAL, William ‘Ryan’ Owens, died of wounds as a result of the Yakla Raid, a U.S.-led Special Operations Forces attack in Al Bayda province in central Yemen back on January 29, 2017. What was intended as a lightning raid designed to grab cellphones, laptops and other information about terrorists allegedly turned into a nearly hour-long firefight in which ‘everything went wrong’, according to U.S. military officials who spoke to the New York Times. However, as the aforementioned numerology surrounding Owens’ death confirms, foul play was afoot. The notion that Owens did not die as purported is evident by the actions of Bill Owens, Ryan’s father, who repeatedly refused to meet with President Trump after his son’s body was brought back to the United States. When the U.S. Military brought Owens home, the Navy SEAL was carried out of a C-17 military plane in a flag-draped casket and onto the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base. President Donald Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and Owens’ family paid their respects. It was a private transfer, as the family had requested. No media and no bystanders, except for some military dignitaries. Bill Owens had reportedly learned only a short time before the ceremony that Trump was coming. According to the February 26, 2017, Miami Herald report entitled ‘Slain SEAL’s Dad Wants Answers: ‘Don’t Hide Behind My Son’s Death’, Bill Owens reportedly told a military chaplain at Dover Air Force Base that, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t want to see [Trump]…I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him’. Bill Owens reportedly told the chaplain who informed him that Trump was on his way from Washington, D.C., that, ‘I told them I don’t want to meet the President…Don’t hide behind my son’s death to prevent an investigation’. Bill Owens was pointing to Trump’s sharp words directed at the mission’s critics, including U.S. Senator John McCain. Bill Owens has many questions surrounding the botched raid. ‘Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn’t even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?’ I want an investigation. … The government owes my son an investigation’, he said. One aspect of the raid which allegedly nags Owens is the fact that Trump signed the order suspending the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen, on January 27, 2017, just 24-hours prior to the start of the mission. Owens wonders whether that affected friendly forces in Yemen who were assisting with the raid. ‘It just doesn’t make any sense to do something to antagonize an ally when you’re going to conduct a mission in that country,” Bill Owens stated. ‘Did we alienate some of the people working with them, translators or support people. Maybe they decided to release information to jeopardize the mission’. These are only some of the many questions that Owens believes should be thoroughly examined, including the possibility that the decision to move forward with the mission was motivated by politics. ‘I think these are valid questions. I don’t want anybody to think I have an agenda, because I don’t. I just want the truth’.



19. TRUMP BLAMES US MILITARY FOR FAILED NAVY SEAL RAID
The alleged blood sacrifice of U.S. Navy SEAL, William ‘Ryan’ Owens, on January 29, 2017, was executed at the behest of the CIA in-part to trigger a national scandal over the responsibility of the U.S. Navy SEAL raid in which Owen’s allegedly died. That is to say that Owens’ All-American good looks, valor and unquestionable patriotism were sacrificed in order to create a major scandal in which Trump not only appears incompetent and negligent as Commander and Chief but also unremorseful and out of touch with the military community, namely the Navy SEALs. Although the Pentagon has insisted that the raid produced ‘actionable intelligence’, they have never offered details to substantiate their claim. According to a February 27, 2017, report from NBC News entitled ‘Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials‘, the raid had ‘so far yielded no significant intelligence’. Trump then broke with decades of presidential precedent and blamed the U.S. military for the failed operation rather than taking responsibility for his actions. Trump stated that, ‘This was a mission that was started before I got here. This was something they wanted to do…They came to me, they explained what they wanted to do ― the generals ― who are very respected, my generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan‘. Obama administration officials countered that Trump was simply trying to pass the blame for the botched mission. Colin Kahl, a national security official during the Obama administration, stated on Twitter that, ‘In a nutshell, Trump and his team owns the process and the ultimate decision – and the consequences’. Arizona Senator, John McCain, the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also labeled the raid a failure, stating, ‘When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost…I don’t believe you can call it a success. In order to highlight the death of Owens event further, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, stated that McCain or anyone else who questioned the success of the raid ‘owes an apology’ and ‘does a disservice to the life of Chief Owens‘. In the February 28, 2017, VOX report entitled ‘Trump Just Blamed the Military for the Botched Yemen Raid. That’s a Disgrace‘, Phillip Carter wrote that ‘…Trump’s blunt refusal to accept personal responsibility for the Yemen raid burns because it marks such an incredible betrayal of his office and the awesome responsibility that our president must shoulder, especially in the national security sphere. A president who passes the buck is not one we can trust to lead our military or keep us safe’. The quote correctly conveys the backlash that the CIA was planning to garner from the purported death of Owens.


Synastry between Obama and Romney

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are intelligent, ambitious, resourceful, and tough, and neither is a good mixer with “ordinary” people. An astrological natal analysis confirms all this for both men. I will add to it that they genuinely dislike each other and are natural adversaries. This is confirmed by their astrological synastry.
Most noticeably, Romney’s Saturn in Leo is only 4’ from an exact conjunction with Obama’s Mercury in Leo. This will become especially important during the debate season, when in their interactions with each other Romney may come across as rigid or oppressive and Obama may come across as tongue-tied, or at least less than his greatly articulate self.

Romney’s Pluto in Leo is also close to Obama’s Sun in Leo, making Romney quite threatening to Obama, which may offer the latter enough of a scare to lure him into shrill rhetorical combat.

On the other hand, Obama’s Mars in Virgo opposes Romney’s Sun in Pisces: this also can make Obama a threat to Romney. Although politicians often will speak of grand visions and their contrasts, it may also seem that their conflicts relive the candidates’ respective concerns for their own self-esteem and self-importance.
All this illustrates that for these two people the political will become the intensely personal. The debates should be interesting, perhaps in a Chinese curse kind of way.

A Mercury Retrograde Election

The last time there was a Mercury station on the US Election Day it was the year 2000, a year made famous by a disputed election was settled (very controversially) by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some of us remember how enjoyable that experience was.

On this Election Day this time around, Nov. 6, Mercury stations at 4o. Things could become confusing, topsy-turvy, or just plain nonfunctional. There are some situational possibilities. One is that Romney would get the popular vote, Obama the electoral vote, and Obama could be the winner under bitter circumstances – as in 2000. As in that year the electoral vote may be disputed due to some very close tallies in key states. Additionally, many states have new voter identification rules, ostensibly to reduce voter fraud. It’s likely that the result will be to discourage many people who are otherwise eligible from voting, and may turn away many people from the polls. This could lead to push-back by those who feel disenfranchised by these new requirements.



We quickly see that stationing Mercury is close to an opposition to the Ascendant, and at 5 Gemini is governed by Mercury! This relates to a time being one of a collaboration or contest, and we all know which one it’s going to be. Being stationary, however, Mercury’s symbolism points to things being powerful but slow, maybe stuck.
At this time it is close to a Third Quarter Moon from the Moon at 14 Leo to the Sun at 14 Scorpio. This only increases the potency of this chart. It does relate to Obama’s chart – the Moon in Leo would transit Obama’s Sun a few hours before. This does not indicate that Obama would be having a good day, but it could be a positive development for him.
Now things get even more interesting: the Ascendant of this chart is conjunct Obama’s Moon by 2° degrees and Romney’s by 4°, so that stationing Mercury is opposing Obama’s Moon and Romney’s Ascendant!
Stationing Mercury is opposing Obama’s Moon and shows that Mercury has gone into into Romney’s 7th house (by whole sign or quadrant houses), the place of partner and adversaries. This seems to favor Obama who is Romney’s adversary.

Obama – natal and transits


Obama has Sun in Leo in the more relational 7th house and the Moon in Gemini is applying to the Sun. Neither placement makes him extroverted, but instead they indicate a heroic attitude toward oneself (Sun in Leo), a cerebral (“cool”) emotional nature (Moon in Gemini,) and that they work well with each other (applying sextile). For its cerebral nature, mutable Moon in Gemini also gives some emotional or instinctual flexibility, more than would Romney’s in Scorpio. One should not be fooled by Obama’s sunny Sun in Leo or his urbane Moon in Gemini – Obama’s chart has a lot of hidden turbulence.

Jupiter, the planet of social integration and personal high-mindedness, is in his First – using whole sign houses – and opposes Mercury. Here we get Obama’s oratorical gifts, his ability to articulate large principles in grand style. Both Jupiter and Mercury are in fixed signs, and Obama is reluctant to change his mind on the larger ideas or his ways of articulating them. Jupiter becomes even more important because it’s the ruler of Obama’s Lot of Spirit in Sagittarius. Jupiter helps us understand Obama’s sense of his own mission that he insists is much larger than himself whether this is naïve or grandiose, I leave to the reader.

Mercury is oriental to the Sun although within the Sun’s beams and is moving at a fast clip, at 2° daily. This indicates an energetic mind and a way with words. We have seen his ability to modulate his language to a fine degree, depending on his audience. Obama’s adversaries might be cheered by noting that Obama’s natal Mercury is moving toward a square to Neptune, indicating deceptiveness and that there is less there intellectually than meets the eye. (When we look at Paul Ryan’s chart next month, Obama’s adversaries will be less pleased.) Mercury, within the beams of and applying to a dignified Sun, may indicate a tendency toward self-serving rhetoric – or somebody really good at writing and talking about himself.

The ruler of Obama’s Ascendant in Aquarius is Saturn in Capricorn in the 12th place. In this hidden place for a lord of an Ascendant we encounter Obama the inscrutable, enigmatic, and even a sacrificial victim. Saturn is in its “joy” in the 12th but is also out of sect: this can give, at its best, a kind of grim determination. (We must note that during the summer Saturn in Libra has been transiting by square Obama’s natal Saturn in Capricorn. We should also note that transiting Saturn has been in Obama’s 12th place for the past two and a half years.) It’s been a difficult time for him.

Saturn also comes into play when we look at Obama’s Lot of Fortune in Aries governed by Mars, for Saturn is in the 10th place from the Lot and is positioned as a contributing factor to his success.

Mars in the 8th in Virgo is not in a greatly visible place and this is likely fortunate for somebody who cannot come across as an “angry black man.” Mars also contributes to Saturn’s strength, for Mars trines and applies to Saturn, from Virgo to Capricorn. This is particularly favorable, for Mars is applying to a planet in its sign of exaltation. Here we see his tenacity, perfectionism, and perhaps ruthlessness. Obama’s Mars is also the 10th place from his Lot of Spirit, as Saturn is in the 10th place from his Lot of Fortune. Perhaps befitting the first black man to become US President and also have the ill-fortune of taking over at the time of a national economic emergency from which we have not quite recovered, it’s fascinating that Obama’s two major lots are so closely tied to the malefics. I recall the Onion headline shortly after Obama’s victory in 2008: “Black Man Given Toughest Job in America.”


Let’s come back to the present moment and I present my favorite predictive page, a Graphic Ephemeris. I focus on the five months between the beginning of September and the end of January, 2013.

Here’s how to read a Graphic Ephemeris: the moving lines that begin on the left are the transiting planets and their signs at the beginning of this period of time. The planets that appear on the right and are the straight lines are the natal planets. Both sets of planets are depicted within their respective modes, so that planets in cardinal signs are the top third, those in fixed are in the middle third, and those in mutable signs are at the bottom. When a moving line crosses a flat line, it’s a transiting conjunction, square, or opposition.

Find the Mercury line at the top in the middle of September for that’s when it goes from Virgo (at the bottom) to Libra, we can watch it make different transits to Obama’s natal planets. You can see a basin forming in early November, and that’s Mercury’s station. At the end of October Mercury crosses into Sagittarius (the red dot) and crosses the line for the Moon in Gemini before and after the station.

What transits do we see? Mercury squares Uranus and the Node and crosses his Midheaven degree in late Scorpio. Mercury would have been in his whole-sign 10th since it entering Scorpio in October just in time for debate season: this is befitting for somebody who will have to be crafty to defend his office for the past four years. Mercury’s in Obama’s tenth sign from the Ascendant from October 5 to October 29.

As I’ve discussed above, Mars is an important planet in Obama’s chart and indicates, along with Saturn, much of his hidden drive and competitiveness. On the graphic ephemeris you can see that Mars is in Scorpio in early September, in Obama’s 10th place of career and fame. At the time of the first debate (Oct 3), Mars will square Uranus and the Node and could create some difficulties for Obama, for he may become too aggressive or impulsive. More important, however: at that time Mars is less than a degree from Obama’s Midheaven degree! And, as we will see below, the same transiting Mars is conjunct Mitt Romney’s Jupiter and Moon. Considering that the first debate is about domestic policy and that the two men genuinely do not like each other, expect much canker and conflict, enough so that some voters may be repelled by the sight and sound of it.

On October 5, two days after the first debate, Saturn enters Scorpio and Obama’s 10th place. My friends who are Obama fans may now wish I was using a different house system, for Saturn in the 10th is rather inauspicious during a political season that is seen as a referendum on the incumbent. This could place Obama in a defensive position, and he might react with more of that grim determination for which later he may become famous. Or, like Nixon during the Watergate investigations, it could bring up all the problems with his administration that have been lying hidden. I am wondering about an “October surprise”, and unforeseen development that casts a shadow on the Obama administration and makes his being re-elected far more complicated. One strong possibility is that Israel bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities, setting off one more Mideast standoff. This would certainly flow into the Presidential campaign in a way that might make Obama appear weak or vacillating. Mr. Romney could easily exploit such an occasion.

During the autumn Mercury, Mars, and Saturn all transit Obama’s 10th place of career. This is fitting for somebody whose performance will contribute how people talk of him decades and centuries from now. It also requires that he launch a full defense of his years in office without guarantee of success.

After the election there’s another important transit: in later December Saturn is in square to Obama’s Neptune. This is not a particularly personal transit, yet it may indicate the loser of a national election slipping into a depression (this is common after Presidential campaigns). It may also be Obama’s equivalent to “Heartbreak Hill”, named after a famous stretch along the Boston Marathon Route where runners’ legs predictably turn into jelly. I suggest an extended holiday vacation for Obama, regardless of the election’s outcome.

A far better transit for Obama occurs at the beginning of 2013: transiting Jupiter is at station in a square to Obama’s Pluto, which may indicate a period of high intensity, perhaps crisis management, and for a second-term President it may indicate breaking new ground. It does not seem to coincide with the fading away of a President who lost a re-election campaign. At the same time Mitt Romney has Saturn squaring his natal Pluto – this does not bode well for the challenger.

Romney – natal and transits

We first see much mutable in Romney’s chart, especially the Ascendant and its ruler Mercury in Pisces. We see temperamental but innovative Uranus in the 1st that forms a square to Mercury. Romney’s detractors would focus on his tendency to take on different political positions and even identities. The more positive side to this would be a pragmatic flexibility, an ability to adapt to all different kinds of situations.

Let’s focus on Romney’s Mercury, ruler of the Ascendant. It becomes even more important because it governs his Lot of Spirit in Virgo. Mercury is oriental, in sect in his diurnal chart, and is in the all-powerful 10th place. Mercury is fully on display in the 10th, but it is a debilitated planet. Being in the sign of its detriment and fall, it can be weak and inconsistent and wholly depending on its ruler Jupiter. Mercury’s difficulties gives Romney problems being a polished speaker (especially in comparison with Obama) and, along with ruling Jupiter in Scorpio, his tendency toward political gaffes, which is his habit of saying what he thinks.

Sun is especially strong in the 10th house and especially since it’s in a tight approaching trine to Jupiter in Scorpio. This approaching trine augments Romney’s tendency to be successful in many of his endeavors, and much of his success has been the result of hard work and patience over time. We can count his receiving the Republican nomination as the latest in a string of successes. (Being successful in a worldly way has become part of his value system.)

For Romney’s inner and more emotional life we Moon is conjunct Jupiter in Scorpio, a fixed sign. This is a Moon in fall and may indicate a great deal of drive (especially since they are governed by Mars in Pisces), an inner intensity and turbulence, and ill comfort with congeniality and informality. We seem to be well-acquainted with all these possibilities.

In the newsletter from September, 2011, I note that Saturn has a connection with Romney’s Moon and Jupiter:
“There is another important factor connected to the Moon-Jupiter conjunction: its contact to Saturn. You may be looking at the chart and asking – what contact? There are three ways of noting the same contact:

Moon/Jupiter and Saturn are in equally rising degrees they are contra-antiscia and they are symmetrical to 0° Aries/0° Libra.

These phrases all say the same thing. This contact is critical because it helps place Saturn in greater prominence, and helps explain his strong focus and self-discipline, the stiffness of his style, and some of his difficulty establishing a “common touch” with ordinary people. With Saturn in contact with Moon and Jupiter in Scorpio, Romney can display a controlled intensity that has helped lead him to some of his successes. It makes him personally awkward but a tactically adept politician.”

Looking at Romney’s transits for the campaign season, we first consider Mercury. Note Mercury once again moving from Libra into Scorpio, but in square to his Saturn in Leo a few days after the first debate. He may have difficulty – more than usual – explaining his political positions at that time. Toward the end of October Mercury is in conjunction with his Moon-Jupiter, right after the third debate. This may correspond to Romney “going for the jugular”, or attempting to, in the final stretch of the campaign.

Note Mars that goes into Scorpio at the end of September, and conjuncts the same Moon-Jupiter combination near the day of the first debate in Denver. This first debate may be one of those great political encounters between two ambitious men smitten by Mars.

Beginning late in October transiting Saturn forms a square to his natal Saturn, then after the election squares his Midheaven and Venus. Then, as we discussed above, Saturn forms a station in square to his Pluto. Is this transit befitting one who suddenly has to shoulder the burdens of office during a time of national difficulty, or one who faces exile from leadership of his own party?

Jupiter, a benevolent planet in Romney’s chart, is not a factor as a transiting planet during the campaign season. Yet its ingress into Gemini this past June was also its entrance into Romney’s 1st place or house. This – and common sense – was my reason for predicting that Romney would overcome intense opposition and become his party’s nominee. Although Jupiter does not transit any natal planets during the autumn campaign season, we must consider Jupiter in the 1st a positive influence at this time..

Here’s a potentially problematic transit for Romney: transiting Neptune forms a square to his Ascendant. It is a station that lasts from the middle of September until the end of 2012. Generally speaking I would consider such a transit, if it were a conjunction or an opposition, to be of supreme importance. (Al Gore was victim of a Neptune-opposite-Ascendant transit at the time of the 2000 election.) This square may manifest is a weak way, compared with a conjunction or opposition, but it cannot be good for the challenger. He may have difficulties with the physical and energetic demands on a high-intensity campaign season he may have problems presenting himself in a consistent way he may have lapses of judgment and make some public mistakes. After the campaign it may also manifest as a depression.

Which candidate do the transits favor? In spite of Jupiter transiting Romney’s 1st and Saturn transiting Obama’s 10th, the transits favor Obama in the longer run, but they will certainly cause his difficulties during the heat of the campaign.


Statement by President Obama on the Resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus

David Petraeus has provided extraordinary service to the United States for decades. By any measure, he was one of the outstanding General officers of his generation, helping our military adapt to new challenges, and leading our men and women in uniform through a remarkable period of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped our nation put those wars on a path to a responsible end. As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, he has continued to serve with characteristic intellectual rigor, dedication, and patriotism. By any measure, through his lifetime of service David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger.

Today, I accepted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. I am completely confident that the CIA will continue to thrive and carry out its essential mission, and I have the utmost confidence in Acting Director Michael Morell and the men and women of the CIA who work every day to keep our nation safe. Going forward, my thoughts and prayers are with Dave and Holly Petraeus, who has done so much to help military families through her own work. I wish them the very best at this difficult time.


President Obama Issues a Statement on the Death of Michael Brown

This afternoon, President Obama issued a statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot on Saturday by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri:

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed. I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that&rsquos what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

Attorney General Eric Holder also released a statement yesterday on the shooting, calling for a federal investigation to supplement the inquiry by local authorities:

The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend deserves a fulsome review. In addition to the local investigation already underway, FBI agents from the St. Louis field office, working together with attorneys from the Justice Department&rsquos Civil Rights Division and US Attorney's Office, have opened a concurrent, federal inquiry. The federal investigation will supplement, rather than supplant, the inquiry by local authorities. At every step, we will work with the local investigators, who should be prepared to complete a thorough, fair investigation in their own right. I will continue to receive regular updates on this matter in the coming days. Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.


Obama Recruits America’s Children – Sept. 8th!

We must never forget the lesson of the Trojan horse. We must never forget the lesson of the cobra snake that hynotizes its prey before striking. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. This administration bristles when anyone compares Obama to the Hilter era. But I say, lessons learned should not be tossed aside because Obama doesn’t want any scrutiny. If Obama follows the model used by Hitler to take over Germany and lead that country into the darkest hour of modern history, it’s not my fault that he is being compared to Hitler. It’s HIS fault. The similarities are definitely there. It’s not anyone’s fault, except Barack Hussein Obama.

On September the 8th, Obama is going to address the school children of America, which is unprecedented and highly suspect. Hitler recruited Germany’s youth, too. And if you think Obama is not recruiting your children, remember that his long time friend, William “Bomber Bill” Ayers, gave up his violent tactics in favor of a more acceptable way to overthrow our current form of government – become a teacher/professor and brainwash each new generation. Brainwash the youth. Ayers has said this publically. Hitler did the same thing.

Do your homework and find out what Obama’s goals are. What has he really said throughout his adult life? What has his wife said? What kind of people has he associated with? What kind of people has he appointed in high government positions and as his czars? What are their agendas? What radical groups support him with votes and tons of money? What is their agenda?

KEEP IN MIND THAT OBAMA HAS SCHEDULED THIS JUST THREE DAYS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11, WHICH HE HAS RE-NAMED “THE NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE” AND HAS RE-PURPOSED AS AN EVENT TO FORGET ABOUT THE DEATHS OF OVER THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE AT THE HANDS OF RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS TO A DAY OF RECRUITING AMERICANS TO JOIN HIS AGENDA, WHICH HE IS CALLING “SERVICE” BECAUSE IT’S MORE ACCEPTABLE THAN, “OBAMA’S AGENDA.”

Don’t forget his campaign promise to build a civilian army that is just as large and powerful and well-funded as our military! What he intends to use them for is in the details found when researching his czar appointments and associations. How has he used ACORN? How has he used SEIU? That was all he could do until now. He now has the power of the United States Presidency behind him!

The White House has issued a “To Do” list to accompany his speech to our children.

𔄙 PreK-6 Menu of Classroom Activities:
President Obama’s Address to Students
Across America
Produced by Teaching Ambassador Fellows, U.S. Department of Education September 8, 2009

Teachers can build background knowledge about the President of the United States and his speech by reading books about presidents and Barack Obama and motivate students by asking the following questions: Who is the President of the United States? What do you think it takes to be President? To whom do you think the President is going to be speaking? Why do you think he wants to speak to you? What do you think he will say to you?

Teachers can ask students to imagine being the President delivering a speech to all of the students in the United States. What would you tell students? What can students do to help in our schools? Teachers can chart ideas about what they would say.

Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?

As the President speaks, teachers can ask students to write down key ideas or phrases that are important or personally meaningful. Students could use a note-taking graphic organizer such as a Cluster Web, or students could record their thoughts on sticky notes. Younger children can draw pictures and write as appropriate. As students listen to the speech, they could think about the following: What is the President trying to tell me? What is the President asking me to do? What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

Students can record any questions they have while he is speaking and then discuss them after the speech. Younger children may need to dictate their questions.

Teachers could ask students to share the ideas they recorded, exchange sticky notes or stick notes on a butcher paper poster in the classroom to discuss main ideas from the speech, i.e. citizenship, personal responsibility, civic duty.

Students could discuss their responses to the following questions: What do you think the President wants us to do? Does the speech make you want to do anything? Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us? What would you like to tell the President?

Teachers could encourage students to participate in the Department of Education’s “I Am What I Learn” video contest.

On September 8th the Department will invite K-12 students to submit a video no longer than 2 min, explaining why education is important and how their education will help them achieve their dreams. Teachers are welcome to incorporate the same or a similar video project into an assignment. More details will be released via www.ed.gov.

Extension of the Speech: Teachers can extend learning by having students

Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic, community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving goals in those areas. It might make sense to focus on personal and academic so community and country goals come more readily.

Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals.

Write goals on colored index cards or precut designs to post around the classroom.

Interview and share about their goals with one another to create a supportive community.

Participate in School wide incentive programs or contests for students who achieve their goals.

Write about their goals in a variety of genres, i.e. poems, songs, personal essays.

Create artistic projects based on the themes of their goals.

Graph student progress toward goals.”

If you think I’m being an alarmist, you’re right. I’M ALARMED! My children are grown, but if I had a child in school, I would declare September 8 a sick day and keep them home. I would not lend my child to his brainwashing. But it won’t stop there. The “To Do” list is an on-going project that will stretch out through the school year. There is no escaping the long arm of Obama. Don’t be fooled. This program will seem benign at first. There won’t be anything initially controversial. Obama knows better than to put his goals up front in most cases. He will sugar-coat it like we do when we give our kids medicine that tastes bad. Obama makes everything palatable to get it done. He’s a smooth talker AND A LIAR. I wish it wasn’t so.

If you really want to protect your children and save this country for the future of your kids, take them out of public schools all together. Then continue to fight like hell to stop the government from using our publc schools to advance their socialist, Marxist agendas. Even if you take your children out, you must fight to stop this. You will be affected by those children who weren’t taken out and will grow up under Obama’s brainwashing.

AMERICA, DECLARE A BOYCOTT ON ALL SCHOOLS THAT PARTICIPATE IN OBAMA’S SEPT. 8 SPEECH AND “TO DO” LIST! SPREAD THE WORD. FORM CPTA’S (Concerned Parent Teacher Assoc.) AND CPTO’S (Concerned Parent Teacher Org.) AT YOUR SCHOOLS. CONTACT YOUR LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT TO STOP THIS. FIGHT IT ALL THE WAY TO THE BALLOT BOXES AND THE SUPREME COURT, IF NECESSARY.


Cruz Hearing Exposes the Obama Admin&rsquos History of Purging References to Islamic Terror

When Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) suggested we are still trying to &ldquomake sense&rdquo of the Orlando terror attack at Tuesday&rsquos Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Islamic terrorism, he all but proved Chairman Ted Cruz&rsquos point &ndash political correctness is jeopardizing our national security. One is only still trying to &ldquomake sense&rdquo of Orlando if one ignores the killer&rsquos pledge to ISIS terrorism, the Texas senator insisted.

&ldquoWe cannot combat and defeat radical Islamic terrorism without acknowledging it exists and directing our resources to stopping it,&rdquo Cruz said in his opening remarks. &ldquoAnd an Orwellian doublethink that seeks to excerpt any reference to it, as the Administration did to the president of France, or erase pledges of allegiance to ISIS, as the administration did with the Orlando terrorist, is counterproductive to keeping this country safe.&rdquo

The White House&rsquos decision to redact the Orlando 911 transcript so there was no mention of ISIS was an action that would especially &ldquomake George Orwell proud,&rdquo he said at the hearing.

In another example of the administration's ability to make key words disappear, a 2013 Judicial Watch report revealed that the FBI scrubbed its law enforcement training material of any language that might be deemed "offensive" to Muslims. Per those guidelines, hundreds of references to "Muslim," "Islam" or "jihad" were removed from the 2004 9/11 commission report.

The witnesses provided more evidence to corroborate these findings. Mr. Philip Haney, a retired Customs and Border Protection Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, revealed that the CIA has scrubbed more than 800 law enforcement records that were almost all connected to the Muslim brotherhood.

The first &ldquogreat purge,&rdquo he said, was in 2009. Yet, in 2012 they didn&rsquot just modify the records, they eliminated them out of the system, which, he noted, bypasses security protocol in Homeland Security. Why does it matter? Because of San Bernardino. If the department hadn&rsquot edited its records, perhaps they could have caught the San Bernardino terrorist who killed 14 people at a Department of Public Health training event, Haney insinuated.

&ldquoThere is no such thing as a lone-wolf terrorist,&rdquo Haney said. &ldquoTo look at these acts as separate from community is flawed.&rdquo

Another witness, Ms. Farhana Y. Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, pushed back at this narrative, insisting the real issue is the rhetoric coming from this year&rsquos crop of presidential candidates.

Presidential hopefuls have suggested we should control and secure Muslim neighborhoods, she reminded the panel. It created a bit of an awkward moment, considering it was Cruz&rsquos own proposal. Khera was also undoubtedly referring to Donald Trump&rsquos plan to enforce a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.

This diatribe, Khera suggested, makes it &ldquookay&rdquo to fear your Muslim neighbor and has led to a rise in hate crimes.

We are &ldquostronger together,&rdquo she concluded. &ldquoSome would dismiss this as political correctness,&rdquo but it exemplifies what makes America great.

When the chairman interrogated Khera it resulted in a testy exchange between her and his fellow panelists, yet again emphasized the danger of placing political correctness over safety.

Is it bigoted to use the word "jihad?" he asked her multiple times. Were the 126 references to jihad that were removed from the 9/11 commission report somehow offensive?

Terms like those are &ldquoalienating&rdquo and make us less safe, Khera argued, without offering a direct answer.

&ldquoWe need law enforcement to find needles in the haystack,&rdquo not &ldquobroadbrush&rdquo the population, she added.

The terms we should be focusing on, she said, are &ldquoISIS&rdquo and &ldquoAl Qaeda.&rdquo If &ldquojihad&rdquo wasn&rsquot a concern though, why would it be purged? the chairman wondered.

As Cruz continued to press Khera, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) murmured his disapproval. The chairman was not showing &ldquocourtesy&rdquo to the witness, Durbin said, which was greeted with some applause. Cruz strongly responded that they are not showing &ldquocourtesy&rdquo to victims of terrorism, which was greeted with even louder applause.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) defended Cruz, arguing the witness is not answering the question, so he has a right to pursue the answer.

Several of the lawmakers and witnesses referenced President George W. Bush&rsquos post-9/11 remarks that we are not at war with Islam to argue we should not be condemning an entire religion.

The term &ldquowillful blindness,&rdquo Cruz noted on Tuesday, also aptly summarizes the Obama administration&rsquos reaction to the terror attack in Benghazi in 2012. The senator said as much in a new statement addressing the newly released House Select Committee on Benghazi&rsquos final report.

&ldquoEqually disturbing is the revelation in this report that the bureaucratic incompetence of the Department of State under Secretary Clinton contributed to the administration&rsquos willful blindness, as the pleas for help from our foreign service officers in Libya were routinely ignored because not only were they the wrong message, but they were also in the wrong format," Cruz said. "It is obviously far too easy for our government officials to ignore reports they don&rsquot want to hear on procedural grounds.&rdquo


How ‘Wuthering Heights’ explains the relationship of Barack Obama and John Boehner

In Wuthering Heights, Catherine says of Heathcliff: “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary . He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” Based on the serialized romance novel political reporters have been writing since 2010, Emily Bronte might as well have been writing about President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner, because the Gothic romance they share is exactly the same. Both men like golf, cigarettes, and Merlot. They have had a tempestuous relationship, and often say mean things about each other in public, before doing an about-face and renewing their devotion to each other in the press.

Today we added a new chapter to the passionate tale of Washington's favorite "power couple." Obama and Boehner met in the White House -- for the first time since 2012 -- to discuss immigration and the minimum wage. Will these "oil and water" opposites attract, or will they go the way of Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy? We'll have to wait for the next breathless installment of this series to find out. Here are some of the best excerpts of previous coverage of Boehner and Obama's relationship.

February 24, 2010: "They have spent little time together since Mr. Obama took office. White House and Congressional aides who have seen them interact describe the encounters as “strained” and “scripted.” Mr. Boehner last week accused the president of being a “finger-wagging” lecturer, while Mr. Obama has complained to an aide that some House Republican leaders “smirk” through their meetings. If good chemistry is essential to good politics, as Senator Ted Kennedy used to say, these guys are in oil and water territory."

September 8, 2010: "Obama and Boehner are cordial with one another at weekly leadership meetings, but there's little if any communication between them, not even back-channel contacts, White House officials admit."

November 3, 2010: "After the 2008 election, Obama was the winner and the well-appointed Boehner was the loser. Obama went for the jugular - or the skin covering it. 'We have a lot in common. He is a person of color,' Obama mocked. 'Although not a color that appears in the natural world. Wazzup, John!' Boehner watched impassively when shown a clip of the remark by CNN's John King later, trying to play it off. 'As I tell my friends, you only tease the ones you love,' he said."

November 9, 2010: "Washington Worries About Its New Power Couple"

December 2, 2010: "At first glance, Obama and Boehner appear to have at least a few things in common: golf, cigarettes, and merlot, for starters."

December 13, 2010: "In a 45-minute speech on the economy on September 8th, Obama called out Boehner, by name, eight times."

January 6, 2011: "'We know each other pretty well and we get along fine,' Boehner said. 'I really don't know what to expect from the president, but I have told him that I will always be open and up front with him.' And, Boehner said with a smile, 'I expect we will talking again very soon.'"

April 10, 2011: "Obama and Boehner relationship brightens with deal"

June 16, 2011: "The golf date didn’t just materialize suddenly as somebody’s inspiration. The idea has been talked about in the media, starting months ago."

June 16, 2011: "'The putting green is not a negotiating table but it doesn't need to be,' he said. 'This should be about these two leaders forming a more solid personal relationship for the hard bargaining to come. There won't be any gimmes when it comes to balancing the budget so there will have to be greater trust and a game of golf might just help that.'"

July 9, 2011: "Relationship between Obama and Boehner builds at critical moment"

July 22, 2011: "In a manner of speaking, President Obama got a lesson in what so many of my single friends and I know too well: when a guy won’t call you back, he’s just not that into you. So, here’s some advice for the president, based on the collective wisdom of my single friends and the modern dating bible, 'he’s just not that into you.'"

July 23, 2011: "After rarely courting over the previous two years, the pair had an intense summer bromance they’ll never forget: a big outing, frequent dates (albeit with an occasional third wheel), shared secrets, big dreams, their friends cheering them on. But it was promises, promises – all the time promises. Then President Barack Obama began to complain that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) never wants to talk about problems – he just leaves. Boehner stewed that Obama doesn’t know what he really wants, and keeps changing his mind. There were breakups and reconciliations. But they stayed together to protect their reputations around campus, and for the good of the country. The president gave the speaker his freedom, figuring that if what they had was really real, he’d come back before long, and they could consummate things before going off on separate vacations. Then on Friday, SPLITSVILLE. And we’re not talking moping, or regret, or private tears. They were so furious, they told EVERYONE."