September 18 Morning Edition

ABC7
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot to introduce Chicago marijuana sales ordinance at City Council meeting Wednesday – Michelle Gallardo (DIERSEN: Wherever pot is sold, it will bring down everything around it.)
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/lightfoot-to-introduce-chicago-marijuana-sales-ordinance-wednesday/5548737/

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— The latest smear against Justice Brett Kavanaugh part of left’s scorched-earth strategy – John Kass
https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-abortion-kass-20190918-ot2ho5wozne6ra62p25hywzvgi-story.html
— Congestion fee? Boost mass transit – Kirk Dillard, Chairman, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago
https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/letters/ct-letters-vp-091719-20190916-tcstfbtsingwblwuw6eemkjyva-story.html
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD IN NAPERVILLE SUN: Naperville back on Money magazine’s 2019 list for Best 100 Places to Live in U.S. – SUZANNE BAKER
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-money-magazine-naperville-st-09018-20190917-e2b6ncffbjfe3cbpzw6ltlymjy-story.html
(FROM THE ARTICLE: The magazine noted communities listed in the 2018 rankings were not included in the 2019 analysis. Last year Wheaton ranked 27th and Schaumburg came in at No. 34.)

DAILY HERALD
— Why identity politics is dangerous – Richard Cohen (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190918/why-identity-politics-is-dangerous
— How suburban League of Women Voters chapters are encouraging the next generation of voters – Eileen O. Daday (DIERSEN: What percent of teachers are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
https://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20190917/how-suburban-league-of-women-voters-chapters-are-encouraging-the-next-generation-of-voters

WGN TV
— Most downtown legal marijuana dispensaries would be banned under mayor’s proposal
https://wgntv.com/2019/09/17/most-downtown-legal-marijuana-dispensaries-would-be-banned-under-mayors-proposal/
— Indiana, Illinois AGs investigate after fetal remains found – SEAN LEWIS
https://wgntv.com/2019/09/17/indiana-illinois-ags-investigate-after-fetal-remains-found/

SPRINGFIELD STATE JOURNAL REGISTER
— City Council approves zoning change paving way for Helping Hands shelter on 11th Street – Brenden Moore (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes (especially those in my precinct) falsely hint/imply/argue/shout a) that Republicans on Wheaton’s City Council want bad zoning changes, b) that I want bad zoning changes, and c) that I support those who want bad zoning changes.) 
https://www.sj-r.com/news/20190917/city-council-approves-zoning-change-paving-way-for-helping-hands-shelter-on-11th-street

SOUTHERN
— Fiscal chaos looms for Illinois; it’s time for politically difficult measures – Jim Nowlan (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Illinois Democrats will do more and more and more to take income and assets away from Illinois Republicans, and especially away from Illinois Republicans who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://thesouthern.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-jim-nowlan-fiscal-chaos-looms-for-illinois-it-s/article_7bb19e33-2092-5822-80c8-10d7bb89429a.html

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: East Peoria opens its doors for pot sales and personal use – Scott Hilyard
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190917/east-peoria-opens-its-doors-for-pot-sales-and-personal-use

ALTON TELEGRAPH
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Pot pushers push pot.
https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/article/Deadline-nears-for-8216-budtender-8217-14446784.php

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— Senate must stand up against diversion of money to Trump’s border wall – Dick Durbin (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats side with foreign countries against America.)
https://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/article235194522.html

FOX NEWS ILLINOIS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Recreational marijuana sales in Springfield approved – Cymphanie Sherman
https://foxillinois.com/news/local/springfield-aldermen-approve-recreational-marijuana-sales
— Protest likely to greet Trump fundraising trip in California – AP (DIERSEN: Who would protest if Trump came to your municipality, to your township/ward, to your county?) 
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/protest-likely-to-greet-trump-fundraising-trip-in-california
— Jimmy Carter says he couldn’t have managed presidency at 80 – AP (DIERSEN: What shows that you are not “too old” to manage things? For me, it is my ability to spend 10+ hours each and every day putting GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sending them out each and every morning and evening. Since 2004, those emails have included links to more than 346,000 articles and information on many upcoming events.) 
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/jimmy-carter-says-he-couldnt-have-managed-presidency-at-80-09-18-2019-091334192

WIRE POINTS
— Moody’s new report shows Illinois is nation’s extreme outlier when it comes to pension debts – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://wirepoints.org/moodys-new-report-shows-illinois-is-nations-extreme-outlier-when-it-comes-to-pension-debts/

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Gun Control Debate – IL 66th District: Skillicorn Tweets 8chan-type Blog Smears on Schofield 2A and LWV, Her Facebook Conversations on 2A/LWV, Skillicorn Facebook Accessibility
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/09/18/il-66th-district-skillicorn-tweets-8chan-type-blog-smears-on-schofield-2a-and-lwv-her-facebook-conversations-on-2a-lwv-skillicorn-facebook-accessibility/ 
— Chuck Wheeler Pushes Advisory Referendum on Gun Rights
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/09/18/chuck-wheeler-pushes-advisory-referendum-on-gun-rights/

CAPITOL FAX
— Money Stuff (DIERSEN: Do my critics/opponents want me to file a “notification of self-funding” for the money that I spend to put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and to send them out each and every day? What about the number of hours that it takes me each and every day to do that?) 
https://capitolfax.com/2019/09/18/money-stuff/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Even though the 2020 primaries and general elections are months away, some big political donations are being made and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has blown the statutory limit off of his campaign. Madigan filed a “notification of self-funding” on Aug. 23, indicating that the $100,001 donation he had made to himself removed the state limitations on campaign contributions in what is so far an uncontested race.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Pot pushers push pot.
https://capitolfax.com/2019/09/18/trying-to-look-on-the-bright-side/

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Trump launches two-day fundraising effort in California, expects to raise $15M Money to benefit campaign, RNC – Tom Howell Jr.
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/sep/17/donald-trump-launches-two-day-fundraising-effort-c/

WASHINGTON EXAMINER
— CNN airs in-kind donation to Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 campaign – Becket Adams (DIERSEN: One could argue that because GOPUSA ILLINOIS email subscriptions are worth at least $1,000/year, and because I provide them free of charge, I am providing in-kind donations worth at least $1,000/year to those who read the emails.) 
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/cnn-airs-in-kind-donation-to-elizabeth-warrens-2020-campaign

GOPUSA
— Eric Holder warns Dems on ditching 100-year-old immigration laws: ‘Borders mean something’ (DIERSEN: Borders help stop citizens of foreign countries from taking over countries. For example, the Mexican-American border helps stop citizens of Mexico from taking over America. As everyone knows, because it has so many citizens, China could take over America any time that it wants to.) 
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=76202

AMERICAN THINKER
— Trump is only now a racist? – Peter M. Friedman
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/09/trump_is_only_now_a_racist.html
— Democrats want their border crisis back and are actually plotting to get it –Border Patrol union chief – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/09/democrats_want_their_border_crisis_back_and_are_actually_plotting_to_get_it_border_patrol_union_chief.html

BREITBART
— New York Times Fact Checker Used Racist, Homophobic Slurs on Twitter – DAVID NG
https://www.breitbart.com/the-media/2019/09/17/new-york-times-fact-checker-used-racist-homophobic-slurs-on-twitter/

TOWNHALL
— Facebook Incites Violent War on ICE – Michelle Malkin
https://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2019/09/18/facebook-incites-violent-war-on-ice-n2553287

FEDERALIST
— Fetus-Collecting Abortionist Connected To Unlicensed Abortion Facility In Buttigieg’s Town Abortion apologists are now distancing themselves from abortionist Ulrich George Klopfer, who was recently found to have kept the remains of more than 2,000 babies. But they weren’t before. – Margot Cleveland
https://thefederalist.com/2019/09/17/fetus-collecting-abortionist-connected-to-unlicensed-abortion-facility-in-buttigiegs-town/

FREEDOM’S JOURNAL
— RACIST EXAM QUESTIONS? – Walter E. Williams (DIERSEN: Government is nasty. Politics is nasty. Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, and RINOs are nasty. If you sought a government office or political office, what would your critics/opponents stress to paint you as being “not the brightest bulb?” My critics/opponents would stress that while I passed the CPA and Certified Internal Auditor examinations on my first attempt, my scores were not that high. They would stress that while I earned a bachelor’s degree in management and master’s degrees in management, accounting, and finance, my grades were not that high. They would stress that I became the following not by passing examinations, but by grandfathering in: Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor, and Forensic Accountant. One of my critics/opponents has publicly stressed that he got better scores than I did on the CPA examination.)
https://freedomsjournalinstitute.org/latest-news/opinion/racist-exam-questions/

LIFE SITE NEWS
— White House endorses investigation of abortionist who kept bodies of over 2,000 murdered babies – Calvin Freiburger
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/white-house-endorses-investigation-after-2000-dead-babies-found-on-abortionists-property

LIFE NEWS
— Democrat Presidential Candidates Silent About Grisly Discovery of 2,246 Aborted Babies – DAVE ANDRUSKO
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/09/17/democrat-presidential-candidates-silent-about-grisly-discovery-of-2246-aborted-babies/
— Abortionist Who Kept 2,200 Aborted Babies Did Abortions in Pete Buttigieg’s Hometown – MICAIAH BILGER
https://www.lifenews.com/2019/09/17/abortionist-who-kept-2200-aborted-babies-did-abortions-in-pete-buttigiegs-hometown/

DAILY WIRE
— Trump Jr. Blasts The New York Times After More Bigoted Tweets Revealed – RYAN SAAVEDRA
https://www.dailywire.com/news/51906/trump-jr-blasts-new-york-times-after-more-bigoted-ryan-saavedra

EPOCH TIMES
— Family of Indiana Abortion Doctor Don’t Know Why Fetal Remains Were in His Garage: Lawyer – TOM OZIMEK
https://www.theepochtimes.com/family-of-indiana-abortion-doctor-dont-know-why-fetal-remains-were-in-his-garage-lawyer_3084805.html

REAL CLEAR POLITICS
— When Politics Smothers Everyday Life – Charles Lipson (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters demonize, denigrate, and condemn and promote hatred against those in their neighborhood, in their precinct, in their municipality, in their township/ward, in their county, in their state, and in America who do not hate Trump.)
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/09/17/when_politics_smothers_everyday_life__141267.html

THE HILL
— New oversight board will have final say over Facebook’s content decisions – HARPER NEIDIG (DIERSEN: What does Facebook think of you and of those who share your demographics?) 
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/461819-new-oversight-board-will-have-final-say-over-facebooks-content-decisions

POLITICO
— Illinois congressman unfazed by AOC’s endorsement of his rival – HEATHER CAYGLE (DIERSEN: Lipinski says “I think it’s always a bad idea for Democrats to go after Democrats.” I should write a book about RINOs who go after Republicans. I would focus on activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, etc. who have lots of clout in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois and their operatives and their dupes.) 
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/17/dan-lipinski-aoc-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-1501620

ABC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters say “Trump delivers ‘false choice’ for Latinos between country, racial identity.”
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-delivers-false-choice-latinos-country-racial-identity/story?id=65672414

CNBC
— Three steps that can help vulnerable Americans overcome financial fragility – Annamaria Lusardi (DIERSEN: All the operatives and all the dupes who work for my critics/opponents have severe financial, health, and/or other problems. That is why they are so easily manipulated and so easily dominated by my critics/opponents.)
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/16/these-steps-can-help-vulnerable-americans-overcome-financial-fragility.html

WASHINGTON POST
— How a MAGA sign and a high school cheer squad ignited a debate about free speech – Lateshia Beachum (DIERSEN: If you displayed a Trump sign, how viciously would the Trump-haters in your neighborhood, in your precinct, in your municipality, in your township/ward, and in your county destroy you?)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/09/17/how-maga-sign-high-school-cheer-squad-ignited-debate-about-free-speech/
— Federal employees could face more discipline under proposed new rules – Eric Yoder (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government disciplined me a) for my opposing their political affiliation discrimination, b) for my opposing their reverse discrimination, c) for my opposing their age discrimination, d) for my opposing their retaliation, and e) for my becoming an active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 when I was 40 years old that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation.) 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-employees-could-face-more-discipline-under-proposed-new-rules/2019/09/17/5fdb9846-d976-11e9-ac63-3016711543fe_story.html

NEW YORK POST
— The alternative ‘facts’ of the Times’ Brett Kavanaugh story – Michael Goodwin
https://nypost.com/2019/09/17/goodwin-the-alternative-facts-of-the-times-brett-kavanaugh-story/
— AOC is vulnerable to a primary challenge, survey finds – Carl Campanile
https://nypost.com/2019/09/17/aoc-is-vulnerable-to-a-primary-challenge-survey-finds/

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— Trump swings through (and at) California
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-18/donald-trump-california-epa-homelessness-newsletter
— Trump tells donors in Beverly Hills: ‘We’ll never be a socialist country’ – SEEMA MEHTA, DAKOTA SMITH (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote socialism.)
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-17/mega-developer-geoffrey-palmer-hosting-trump-beverly-hills-fundraiser

USA TODAY
— Democrats forced President Trump into finding alternatives to build the border wall – Jody Hice
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/09/17/democrats-forced-president-trump-into-finding-alternatives-wall-editorials-debates/2357590001/
— While critics have advocated for Chick-fil-A boycott, the fast-food chain has more than doubled its sales – Nate Chute (DIERSEN: Which individuals, organizations, companies, and governments boycott you? I should write a book about individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that boycott me and boycott my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and why they do that.)
https://www.jconline.com/story/news/2019/09/17/chickfila-starbucks-mcdonalds-boycott-lgbt-donations-fast-food-restaurant-purdue-university/2301619001/

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Google, Facebook Cozy Up to News Publishers as Regulators Circle Facing mounting antitrust probes, tech platforms offer fees, news-ranking changes media outlets have pursued for years – Lukas I. Alpert (DIERSEN: What do you say to those websites that unethically make “quick rehashes of existing articles” look like “original reporting?” I have never done that, and I never will. GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails highlight the sources of articles, the titles of articles, the authors of articles, and their unhidden hyperlinks.) 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-facebook-cozy-up-to-publishers-as-regulators-circle-11568799001
(FROM THE ARTICLE: ‘We understand the critical importance of rewarding publishers that put their resources into original reporting,’ said Facebook executive Campbell Brown. . .Google last week announced changes to how it ranks stories on its news page to better promote original content, addressing publishers’ long-running complaints that their scoops were often overshadowed by quick rewrites by other outlets. . .Google executives said the prospect of regulation didn’t influence their effort to better promote original news, adding that technological advances had finally allowed the company to address a longstanding concern among publishers. “The challenge of identifying and precisely ranking original reporting has taken years to address and has proven extremely difficult,” said Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president for news. “What has changed is that we now have a lot more technical capabilities than we had 10 years ago.” Facebook has expressed a commitment to improving its partnerships with news outlets, particularly those that publish legitimate, high-quality reporting. “We understand the critical importance of rewarding publishers that put their resources into original reporting, which is why it’s been one of our guiding principles for the news tab since we decided to develop the product earlier this year,” said Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president for global news partnerships. “It’s important to get this right.” The outlets Facebook pitched on its news tab include the Journal’s publisher, Dow Jones, people familiar with the matter said. While many in the news industry welcomed Google’s algorithm tweak to help original reporting rank higher on Google News, several said they would reserve judgment until they could ascertain whether the change was making an impact. “With all of these things, you don’t know what it means until you see it in practice,” said David Chavern, president and chief executive of the News Media Alliance, a trade coalition representing some 2,000 news organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including Dow Jones. Mr. Gingras wrote in a blog post last week that Google had made changes to keep stories containing significant original reporting higher in search rankings for longer. . .News Corp, the Journal’s parent company, has been developing a news-aggregation service called Knewz.com that is designed, in part, to promote original reporting over quick rehashes of existing articles. . .“Those of us who do a lot of original reporting are thrilled Google is fixing this frustrating bug, but we’re still waiting for Google and some other platforms to follow Facebook’s lead in recognizing the real value they extract from our original journalism,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor in chief.)

KPRC RADIO
— Recently Fired SNL Comedian’s Comedy Sketch Mocks Trump Haters – Ken Webster Jr. 
https://kprcradio.iheart.com/featured/walton-and-johnson/content/2019-09-18-video-recently-fired-snl-comedians-comedy-sketch-mocks-trump-haters/

EVANSVILLE 14 NEWS
— Forum held for Evansville city council candidates – Evan Gorman (DIERSEN: What if candidate forums had been held for Wheaton’s North and West District City Council vacancies?)
https://www.14news.com/2019/09/18/decision-forum-held-evansville-city-council-candidates/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Nearly a dozen people vying for Evansville City Council gave their stance on critical issues the city faces Tuesday night. The forum was fueled by written questions submitted from the audience including community policing. Each candidate who showed up was given one minute to give their responses on about half a dozen different issues. Those topics ranged from homelessness and affordable housing to transparency and also LGBTQ rights.)

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
— The History Between Presidents and the Press Has Always Been Tense – Tim Gallagher
https://www.editorandpublisher.com/columns/business-of-news-the-history-between-presidents-and-the-press-has-always-been-tense/

FAIRFAX DEMOCRATS
— Federal Employee Rally (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, extremely few of my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Republicans. I have been a Milton Township Republican Central Committee (MTRCC) member for almost 20 years. Fewer and fewer and fewer of my fellow MTRCC members are conservative.) 
http://fairfaxdemocrats.org/event/federal-employee-rally/
(FROM THE POSTING: Show solidarity with federal workers at a “Fed Up – Rise Up” rally to demand dignity, fairness and respect for federal and D.C. government employees who are under attack by the administration. Rally sponsored by AFGE, NFFE, IFPTE, and NTEU.)

DCCC
— House Freedom Fund Endorses Jeanne Ives, Adding Fuel to the Fire of a Full-Blown GOP Civil War in IL-06’s Primary (DIERSEN: Of course, Trump-hating political consultants advise candidates to not only not seek Trump’s endorsement, but to proactively reject it.)
https://dccc.org/house-freedom-fund-endorses-jeanne-ives-adding-fuel-fire-full-blown-gop-civil-war-il-06s-primary/
(DIERSEN HEADLINE: With Tea Party Endorsement, A Race to the Right has Officially Begun Earlier this week, the ultra-conservative House Freedom Fund announced its endorsement of Jeanne Ives, throwing fuel onto an already divisive primary that’s brewing in Illinois’ 6th district. This comes on the heels of Washington Insiders and Republican establishment naming Evelyn Sanguetti to House Republicans’ watch list of their top campaigns. As Washington insiders and Chicago fat cats pick their ponies, Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti will have to work hard to out-conservative each other to see who can ultimately lock-down the pinnacle: President Trump’s endorsement. “Jeanne Ives and Evelyn Sanguinetti have already made it clear to voters in this district that they’re more interested in getting the support of President Trump and out of touch Washington insiders than they are of people in the 6th Congressional District,” said DCCC Spokesperson, Andy Orellana.)

GOOGLE
— Elevating original reporting in Search – Richard Gingras (DIERSEN: What do you say to those websites that unethically make “quick rehashes of existing articles” look like “original reporting?” I have never done that, and I never will. GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails highlight the sources of articles, the titles of articles, the authors of articles, and their unhidden hyperlinks.)
https://blog.google/products/search/original-reporting/
(FROM THE POSTING: With news in particular, we always aim to show a diversity of articles and sources to give users as much context and insight as possible. An important element of the coverage we want to provide is original reporting, an endeavor which requires significant time, effort and resources by the publisher. Some stories can also be both critically important in the impact they can have on our world and difficult to put together, requiring reporters to engage in deep investigative pursuits to dig up facts and sources. These are among the reasons why we aim to support these industry efforts and help people get access to the most authoritative reporting. Recently, we’ve made ranking updates and published changes to our search rater guidelines to help us better recognize original reporting, surface it more prominently in Search and ensure it stays there longer. This means readers interested in the latest news can find the story that started it all, and publishers can benefit from having their original reporting more widely seen.)

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
— Apple News is excluding local newsrooms – Nicholas Diakopoulos
https://www.cjr.org/tow_center/apple-news-local-journalism.php

TECH TIMES
— News Corp Developing News Aggregator Service Called ‘Knewz’ – Athena Chan (DIERSEN: GOPUSA ILLINOIS is a news aggregator.)
https://www.techtimes.com/articles/245090/20190822/news-corp-developing-news-aggregator-service-called-knewz.htm

INC.
— Google Updates Search Algorithm to Reward Original News Reporting New algorithm and search rating guideline updates will focus on the first article about an event and any original reporting that follows. – Peter Roesler (DIERSEN: What do you say to those websites that unethically make “quick rehashes of existing articles” look like “original reporting?” I have never done that, and I never will. GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails highlight the sources of articles, the titles of articles, the authors of articles, and their unhidden hyperlinks.) 
https://www.inc.com/peter-roesler/google-updates-search-algorithm-to-reward-original-news-reporting.html
— Google Agrees to a Weird List of Employee Rights. Most of these are the law, but one is just creepy. – Suzanne Lucas (DIERSEN: Democrats run the federal government. They use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, early retirement, etc. to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. Constructively, federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, and/or German national origin have no protection from political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, religious discrimination, or national origin discrimination.)
https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/google-forced-to-post-employee-rights-your-employee-should-have-same-rights.html

FED SMITH
— OPM Proposes Changes to Federal Employee Removal Process – Ralph R. Smith (DIERSEN: My Democrat superiors in the federal government took adverse actions against me a) because I opposed their political affiliation discrimination, b) because I opposed their reverse discrimination, c) because I opposed their age discrimination, d) because I opposed their retaliation, and e) because I became an active member in a class action lawsuit in 1988 when I was 40 years old that charged them with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation. Democrats run the federal government. They use Affirmative Action, Diversity, Inclusion, up-or-out, budget cuts, early retirement, etc. to get rid of their employees who are Republican, White, male, older, and/or non-veteran. Constructively, federal employees who are Republican, White, male, older, non-veteran, Protestant, and/or German national origin have no protection from political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, religious discrimination, or national origin discrimination.)
https://www.fedsmith.com/2019/09/17/opm-proposes-changes-federal-employee-removal-process/

WINDY CITY TIMES
— LGBTQ center kicks off local chapter with economic justice summit – Melissa Wasserman (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, LGBTQers align themselves with those who are anti-Trump, anti-Protestant, anti-conservative, anti-patriotic, anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-White, anti-male, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and/or anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LGBTQ-center-kicks-off-local-chapter-with-economic-justice-summit/67044.html

August 31 Evening Edition

NAPERVILLE COMMUNITY TV
— Opt Out Hosts a Rally to Prevent the Selling of Marijuana – Aysha Ashley (DIERSEN: The many outstanding speakers at this outstanding event included Coyne, Gustin, and McCluskey. The many attendees included Anderson, Klaeren, Leong, Prueter, Rudolph, and Ruhl.)
https://www.nctv17.com/news/opt-out-hosts-a-rally-to-prevent-legalizing-marijuana/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “No” to Selling Recreational Marijuana  Opt Out Naperville, a newly formed resident group, hosted a rally with around 300 people at Central Park to urge City Council to vote “no” on selling recreational marijuana. “If they are not willing to opt out permanently, then let’s opt out and then send a referendum vote to the people and let the people decide what they want here,” said Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, organizer of the rally. “We have nine people on the dais at city council. This decision will shape the entire community, the future of it.” Council Members And it’s the future generation that some council members are concerned about. “We want to send a message to our young people. Our young people need our leadership. We had two young men from the high school level come and speak in front of the city council and they’re speech was all about opting out. And we as City Council need to be leaders and I think we should be,” said Councilwoman Patty Gustin. The Speakers Two high school students joined the multiple speakers who were there including a doctor, community youth pastor, and a recovered marijuana user. “I came from a really solid family, I came from good morals, good convictions. And I spent the next almost 18 years of my life chasing recovery because of the very first time I smoked marijuana,” said speaker Nick Gore. . .Opt Out But in the local society, others do not want this to happen. “I don’t think people want to come to the Thursday night band show concerts in the summer with the smell of marijuana in the air. I don’t think we want to go to the parks and bring our children with the smell of marijuana in the air,” said attendee Joan Dupre. Opt Out Naperville plans to attend Tuesday’s City Council meeting.)

DAILY HERALD
— Rally urges Naperville to ‘opt out’ of legalized marijuana sales – Jake Griffin (DIERSEN: The many outstanding speakers at this outstanding event included Coyne, Gustin, and McCluskey. The many attendees included Anderson, Klaeren, Leong, Prueter, Rudolph, and Ruhl.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190831/rally-urges-naperville-to-opt-out-of-legalized-marijuana-sales
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Close to 200 Naperville residents opposed to the possibility of the city eventually allowing the sale of recreational marijuana held a rally downtown Saturday urging city officials to “opt out.” “Naperville has built its reputation over the years as a family friendly community,” said Jennifer Bruzan Taylor, one of the rally’s organizers. “There is nothing family friendly about marijuana.” Speakers at the rally included doctors, city council members, parents and community organizers who said the city would see a rise in crime, drug use by youths and mental health problems if recreational sales of marijuana were allowed. “We’ve heard from expert after expert you get expanded drug use, especially among young people, in communities that allow marijuana sales,” said Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Ever-increasingly, Democrats encourage children to engage in LGBTQ activity.
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190831/how-lgbtq-history-will-be-taught-in-public-schools
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190831/inclusion-or-indoctrination-how-opposing-sides-view-teaching-lgbtq-history-in-schools
(FROM THE ARTICLE: “The foundational issue is the leftist presuppositions about the nature and morality of homosexual activity,” said Laurie Higgins, cultural issues writer for the Illinois Family Institute. “The left relies on the assumption that homosexuality and opposite-sex identification are analogous to race, which is absurd. This is when education is transformed into indoctrination.” Higgins said the law is problematic because it doesn’t specify when LGBTQ history can be taught. The group vehemently opposes teaching such material in elementary schools. “If kids can’t understand the foundational assumptions, it is age-inappropriate,” she said. “It would be acceptable, if the teachers agreed to spend equal time on having students study the best resources on both sides of the (LGBTQ) debate in high school.”)
— 15 area school districts will have to raise starting teachers’ salaries to $40,000 a year – Jake Griffin (DIERSEN: In 1971, when I was 22 years old, my starting GS-7 IRS Revenue Officer salary was $46,554/year in today’s dollars.) 
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190831/15-area-school-districts-will-have-to-raise-starting-teachers-salaries-to-40000-a-year

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Park Ridge surveys residents on support, opposition to marijuana businesses – JENNIFER JOHNSON (DIERSEN: Those who are religious, conservative, and/or Republican should not want live or work anywhere near where recreational pot is sold.)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/park-ridge/ct-prh-marijuana-survey-tl-0905-20190831-qbfa5d5zt5fqzlqxnetxnyhqeq-story.html

WBBM
— Addiction Treatment Centers Prepare For Possible Patient Influx From Legalizing Recreational Marijuana, Gambling – NANCY HARTY
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/addiction-treatment-centers-prepare-patient-influx

ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Rockford-area medical marijuana dispensaries plan to enter recreational pot market – Ken DeCoster
https://www.rrstar.com/news/20190831/rockford-area-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-plan-to-enter-recreational-pot-market

CHAMPAIGN/URBANA NEWS GAZETTE
— Don’t believe Davis’ claims of bipartisanship – ERIN EWOLDT, Savoy (DIERSEN: Anti-conservative and anti-Republican activists, precinct committeemen/captains, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, etc. demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being a partisan. I should write a book about the aforesaid in my neighborhood, in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. I would focus on the aforesaid who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me for all losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/letter-to-the-editor-don-t-believe-davis-claims-of/article_49d11553-ebc2-5f50-a3a7-62e69d074fcb.html

SOUTHERN
— Enthusiasts converge in Bowling Green for 6th National Corvette Caravan – Shawn Anglin
https://thesouthern.com/lifestyles/enthusiasts-converge-in-bowling-green-for-th-national-corvette-caravan/article_735e0e7d-7386-513f-ad91-849c917ed1e2.html

MCHENRY COUNTY BLOG
— Ives & Sanguinetti–Two 6th District GOP Congressional Candidates–in LITH Parade
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/08/31/ives-sanguinetti-two-6th-district-gop-congressional-candidates-in-lith-parade/ 
— IL-14: Applying Discernment to James Marter Campaign’s Facebook Meme 8/30/19
http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2019/08/30/il-14-applying-discernment-to-james-marter-campaigns-facebook-meme-8-30-19/

NEWS BUSTERS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Deportation Evasion Via Church Sanctuary
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/latino/mrc-latino-staff/2019/08/31/ramos-spotlights-deportation-evasion-church-sanctuary

HOT AIR
— Actor Calls For Blacklisting Trump’s Hollywood Donors – KAREN TOWNSEND (DIERSEN: Which activists, precinct committeemen/captains, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, etc. blacklist you? I should write a book about the aforesaid in my neighborhood, in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who blacklist me. I would focus on the aforesaid who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me for all losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.) 
https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2019/08/31/backlash-actor-calls-blacklisting-trumps-hollywood-donors/

THE HILL
— Media takes hits in bitter partisan era – JONATHAN EASLEY (DIERSEN: Anti-conservative and anti-Republican activists, precinct committeemen/captains, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, fundraisers, etc. demonize, denigrate, and condemn me as being a partisan. I should write a book about the aforesaid in my neighborhood, in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. I would focus on the aforesaid who claim to be religious, conservative, and/or Republican. I would focus on those who have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout. I would focus on those who blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. I would focus on those who blame me for all losses that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000. The aforesaid a) reject planks in the Republican Party platform and/or the Illinois Republican Party platform and work against those like me who support those planks, b) reject the Milton Township Republican Central Committee resolution against video gambling and work against those like me who support that resolution, c) focus on destroying those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, d) were defendants in lawsuits that I have filed, and/or e) are operatives or dupes for the aforesaid.)
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/459457-media-takes-hits-in-bitter-partisan-era

CBS NEWS
— Dueling protests break out at “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston – SOPHIE LEWIS
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boston-straight-pride-parade-today-dueling-protests-break-out-city-hall-2019-08-31/

HOUSTON CHRONICLE
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote hatred not only against Trump, but against those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, non-poor, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/In-Charlottesville-Beto-O-Rourke-blames-Trump-14404714.php

INTELLIGENCER
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump and against his supporters.
https://www.theintell.com/news/20190831/catholic-nuns-call-for-end-to-divisive-rhetoric

LGBTQ NATION
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: LGBTQers promote hatred against Trump.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/08/trump-isnt-even-trying-hide-affinity-white-supremacists-anymore/

July 24 Evening Edition

ABC7
— Protesters demand Chicago hotel shut down Border Patrol trade show
https://abc7chicago.com/politics/protesters-demand-hotel-shut-down-cbp-convention/5414394/

NBC5
— Lightfoot Caught on Audio Calling FOP Vice President a ‘Clown’ During City Council Meeting
https://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Mayor-fop-comment_Chicago-513153072.html

WGN TV
— Kankakee County Democrats apologize after photo posted comparing Trump MAGA hats to KKK hoods – SEAN LEWIS
https://wgntv.com/2019/07/23/kankakee-county-democrats-post-meme-comparing-trump-maga-hats-to-kkk-hoods/

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Roskam endorses Ives over Sanguinetti for Congress The former congressman, who once was as inside as it gets in Washington, says populist Jeanne Ives is better than former Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti to try to reclaim his old seat from Democrat Sean Casten. – GREG HINZ
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/greg-hinz-politics/roskam-endorses-ives-over-sanguinetti-congress
— Defuse the property tax bomb Politicians can’t afford to ignore growing public resentment of excessive property taxes, a powder keg that needs only a spark to explode into a full-fledged tax revolt with unpredictable consequences. – JOE CAHILL
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/joe-cahill-business/defuse-property-tax-bomb

DAILY HERALD
— Island Lake planning commissioner nominated for open trustee seat – Russell Lissau (DIERSEN: If you were nominated for a position, who would object and why? What would the stated reasons be? What would the real reasons be?)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190724/island-lake-planning-commissioner-nominated-for-open-trustee-seat
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A relatively new Island Lake transplant has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the village board. Dan Powell, who moved to Island Lake less than three years ago, could be appointed to the seat during Thursday night’s board meeting. He’s been nominated by Mayor Charles Amrich, but it’s up to the trustees to approve the nomination. If appointed to the board, Powell will replace Jennifer Villarreal, who unexpectedly resigned in June. Amrich initially had suggested appointing former trustees Mark Beeson or John Burke to the post, but board members objected to those nominations last month and delayed votes.)
— There should be consequences for reckless, inappropriate political posts – Editorial (DIERSEN: What about the First Amendment? People can sue for defamation, libel, and slander.)
https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20190724/editorial-there-should-be-consequences-for-reckless-inappropriate-political-posts

NORTHWEST HERALD
— County Democratic chairman compared MAGA hats to KKK hoods – AP
https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/23/county-democratic-chairman-compared-maga-hats-to-kkk-hoods/auaj8h2/

WQAD
— Geneseo City Council explores recreational marijuana, possible options for regulating where it’s sold – KATHERNE BAUER
https://wqad.com/2019/07/23/geneseo-city-council-explores-recreational-marijuana-possible-options-for-regulating-where-its-sold/

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Trump-haters promote hatred against Trump.
https://foxillinois.com/news/nation-world/black-voters-say-they-wont-forget-trumps-racist-tweet

FOX ST. LOUIS
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Cannabis industry takes center stage at Metro East Expo – CHRIS REGNIER
https://fox2now.com/2019/07/23/cannabis-industry-takes-center-stage-at-metro-east-expo/

ILLINOIS REVIEW
— NEW POLL SHOWS PRITZKER’S POPULARITY SAGGING
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/07/pritzkers-popularity-sagging.html


— IL GOP SILENT AS TAXPAYERS SUBSIDIZE TRUMP-HATING SNOOP DOGG’S STATE FAIR APPEARANCE (DIERSEN: RINOs are far more likely to demonize, denigrate, and condemn Republicans than demonize, denigrate, or condemn Democrats, Libertarians, or Greens.)
https://www.illinoisreview.com/illinoisreview/2019/07/il-gop-silent-as-taxpayers-subsidize-trump-hating-snoop-doggs-state-fair-appearance.html

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Rashida Tlaib, the lunatic fringe of politics – Cheryl K. Chumley
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/24/rashida-tlaib-lunatic-fringe-politics/

PJ MEDIA
— Google Engineer: Google News Search Results Are Intentionally Biased Against Trump – TYLER O’NEIL (DIERSEN: Google repeatedly takes me to far too many non-credible websites that promote hatred against individuals, organization, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
https://pjmedia.com/trending/google-engineer-google-news-search-results-are-intentionally-biased-against-trump/

GOPUSA
— DISGUSTING, TRAGIC: Getting stoned legally most popular issue for leftists
http://www.gopusa.com/getting-stoned-legally-most-popular-issue-for-leftists/
— LGBTQ: Apparently prostitution and drug sales are now just ‘survival crimes’
http://www.gopusa.com/lgbtq-apparently-prostitution-and-drug-sales-are-now-just-survival-crimes/
— Ann Arbor principal says she was forced out for being white, files $5M lawsuit
http://www.gopusa.com/ann-arbor-principal-says-she-was-forced-out-for-being-white-files-5m-lawsuit/

PARENTS OPPOSED TO POT
— WHO’S REALLY IN PRISON FOR MARIJUANA? – David G. Evans
https://poppot.org/2019/07/23/%ef%bb%bfwhos-really-in-prison-for-marijuana/

AMERICAN THINKER
— Flinging the Nazi talk, Beto O’Rourke makes a fool of himself on The View – Monica Showalter
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/07/flinging_the_nazi_talk_beto_orourke_makes_a_fool_of_himself_on_the_view.html
— The Co-Conspirators in the American Left’s Takeover of the Democratic Party – Steve McCann
https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/07/the_coconspirators_in_the_american_lefts_takeover_of_the_democratic_party.html
— Tweets frenzy exposes the Left’s terminal dementia – Loren Smith
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/07/tweets_frenzy_exposes_the_lefts_terminal_dementia.html

AMERICAN GREATNESS
— Address the Real Cause of Central American Migration – Ned Ryun
https://www.amgreatness.com/2019/07/23/address-the-real-cause-of-central-american-migration/

AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE
— The Left Burns a Heretic: Nancy Pelosi Clamoring for her head because she isn’t sufficiently pro-Squad, they seem to hate her more than they do Trump and the GOP. – JAMES P. PINKERTON
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-left-burns-a-heretic-nancy-pelosi/

NEWSMAX
— Sham House Resolution Only Re-Elects Trump – Stephen B. Presser
https://www.newsmax.com/stephenbpresser/pelosi-omar-tlaib-cleaver/2019/07/23/id/925615/

CONSERVATIVE DAILY NEWS
— The Loony Left Continues To TearDown Trump And Destroy The Country!!! – Jim Clayton
https://www.conservativedailynews.com/2019/07/the-loony-left-continues-to-teardown-trump-and-destroy-the-country/

FEDERALIST
— 3 Common Arguments For Overlooking Illegal Immigration That Don’t Hold Water – Robert Steinbuch
https://thefederalist.com/2019/07/24/3-common-arguments-overlooking-illegal-immigration-dont-hold-water/

FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE
— LESSONS FOR AMERICA FROM INDIA’S WAR AGAINST ILLEGAL MUSLIM MIGRANTS Imagine if we had India’s immigration policy. – Daniel Greenfield
https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/274331/lessons-america-indias-war-against-illegal-muslim-daniel-greenfield

ONE NEWS NOW
— Parents warned, again, about far-left teachers – Bob Kellogg 
https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2019/07/24/parents-warned-again-about-far-left-teachers

LIFEZETTE
— Trump on the Tlaib Video: ‘Who Elected Her? … Not a Sane Person’ The president, speaking to young conservatives today in Washington, had some choice words for the Michigan Democratic who wants him impeached
https://www.lifezette.com/2019/07/trump-on-the-tlaib-video-who-elected-her-not-a-sane-person/

EPOCH TIMES
— Trump Derides Growing Radical Left at Teen Student Action Summit – BOWEN XIAO
https://m.theepochtimes.com/trump-derides-growing-radical-left-at-teen-student-action-summit_3013131.html

UPI
— NAACP passes resolution calling for Trump impeachment “This president has led one of the most racist and xenophobic administrations since the Jim Crow era,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. – Darryl Coote
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/07/24/NAACP-passes-resolution-calling-for-Trump-impeachment/3851563959369/

ABC NEWS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, according to Trump-haters, everything that Trump does or does not do is racist.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/black-voters-forget-trumps-racist-tweets-64526545

WASHINGTON POST
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: A Trump-hater promotes Ilhan Omar as being quintessentially American.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ilhan-omar-quintessentially-american/2019/07/23/dc0a701e-ad88-11e9-a0c9-6d2d7818f3da_story.html

GOPUSA ILLINOIS
— Diersen seeks input on important issues that Wheaton needs to address and how those issues should be addressed – Dave Diersen
http://www.gopillinois.com
(THE ARTICLE: I will be seeking appointment to fill the Wheaton West District City Council vacancy. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Applicants are asked to identify the three most important issues that Wheaton needs to address in the next 2 years and how those issues should be addressed. I would greatly appreciate your input. Please email me at [email protected] or phone me at 630-653-0462. At its two most recent meetings, I urged Wheaton’s City Council to be the first city in Illinois to ban the sale of pot. I served on the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee 2003-2011. My wife and I have lived in Wheaton since 1978 and in its West District since 1984. I have served as the Republican Precinct Committeeman for Precinct 9 since 1999. Since 2000, as the GOPUSA Illinois Editor, I have put GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails together and sent them out. Since 2004, those emails have gone out each and every morning, since 2015, they have gone out each and every evening too, and they have included links to more than 341,500 articles and information on many upcoming events. I worked for GAO for almost 18 years, the last 11 years of which at the GS-13 Step 1-10 levels, currently $98,198-$127,654. I served on the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter Executive Committee for 13 years. I worked for IRS for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $82,579-$93,592. I have a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from IIT, a master’s degree in accounting from DePaul, an MBA from Loyola, and a bachelor’s degree in management from NIU. I am a Forensic Accountant, Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Fraud Examiner, Licensed CPA, and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). I passed the CPA and CIA examinations on my first attempt.)