April 25 Morning Edition

— In Berlin, Ivanka vows to support women, defends dad amid groans – AP


— FRONT PAGE: Court watchdog details how top Dems got friends, kin hired at Quinn’s IDOT – Monique Garcia, Ray Long and Hal Dardick  (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes promote patronage at all levels of government  – federal, state, and local.  GAO hired me in 1980 because it could not find a qualified Democrat who would take the job.  IRS hired me in 1971 because it could not find a qualified Democrat who would take the job.  The Post Office hired me in 1966 because it could not find a qualified Democrat who would take the job.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: A new report issued Monday by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation details how top Democrats clouted relatives and friends into positions under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many of those hired had little or no experience. House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office successfully pushed a former bricklayer for a job that included “maintaining relationships” with minority road contractors, though the man eventually resigned after being arrested for allegedly “physically assaulting” a then-state lawmaker. Cicero Rep. Lisa Hernandez sent in the resume of a bank manager who was put on the state payroll to inspect roads. And a daughter of 30th Ward Chicago Ald. Ariel Reboyras ended up in another state job after complaints at a different agency.)
— Illinois House could vote on abortion bill Rauner opposes as women march on Capitol – Haley BeMiller
— Chicago’s Trump Tower has a ‘glut’ of condos for sale – Gail MarksJarvis  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps a) are hell-bent on destroying Trump and destroying Trump’s supporters, b) are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, and c) are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
— How weekly Trump protests in the Loop aimed at more than first 100 days – William Lee  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps a) are hell-bent on destroying Trump and destroying Trump’s supporters, b) are moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, and c) are disciples of Saul Alinsky.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, treasonously, anti-Trumps encourage people a) to come to America illegally, b) to stay in America illegally, and c) to bring others to America illegally.


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH BIG GRAPHIC: Why so few women are suburban mayors – Marie Wilson  (DIERSEN: Government is nasty.  Politics is nasty.  Democrats and Democrat plants, Libertarians and Libertarian plants, Greens and Green plants, and RINOs will viciously destroy you if you run a government office or a political office as a Republican.)
— Spike in women’s political interest creates optimism for more equal representation – Marie Wilson  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote hatred.  They shout at women that individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that members of the following groups have caused, are causing, and will forever cause all the problems that women have had, are having, and will have: Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
— Trump’s critics are playing into his hand – Jim Davis  (DIERSEN: Should I write a book about anti-Trumps in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who bring disgrace to all anti-Trumps?)
— Hastert’s pension could be reduced after vote this week – Kerry Lester  (DIERSEN: If you are in line to get a pension, or if you are getting a pension, who wants to stop that?  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes are furious a) that I get a $50,856/year Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension and my wife and I get a $17,288 federal health, dental, and vision insurance subsidy, b) that the Post Office hired me in 1966 and let me work there for almost 3 years, c) that IRS hired me in 1971 and or let me work there for almost 9 years, d) that IRS promoted me in 1972, 1973, and 1974, e) that GAO hired me in 1980 and let me work there for almost 18 years, f) that GAO promoted me in 1986, and g) that I earned full-time CSRS credit while I worked only part-time for the Post Office.)


— When whites leave suburbs, so do jobs – GREG HINZ (DIERSEN: Democrats want to replace Whites with minorities because minorities vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace men with women because women vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace older people with younger people because younger people vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace rich people with poor people because poor people vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace Christians with non-Christians because non-Christians vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace conservatives with liberals because liberals vote for Democrats. Democrats want to replace gun owners with non-gun owners because non-gun owners vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time with recent immigrants because recent immigrants vote for Democrats.  Democrats want to replace American-nameplate vehicle owners with foreign-nameplate vehicle owners because foreign-nameplate vehicle owners vote for Democrats.)


— Lawmaker seeks abortion-bill vote as women march on Capitol – AP
— Illinois College program remembers horrors of Holocaust – David Blanchette (DIERSEN: Democrats are a) nasty, b) moral relativists who believe that their end justifies their means, and c) disciples of Saul Alinsky.  While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years 1966-1969 and 1971-1997, my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who were Democrat always stressed to my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates who were Jewish that I was 100% German national origin and that I was baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran. In my defense, I stressed that all my ancestors had immigrated to northeast Illinois during the 1840s and 1850s, that my grandfather on my father’s side fought the Germans in WWI, that my uncles on my mother’s side fought the Germans in WWII, and that my father world have fought the Germans in WWII if he had not been 4-F.)


— Illinois lieutenant governor touts telemedicine at SIU center in Quincy – Matt Hopf


— Nationwide Women’s March Prompts New Bill for Illinois Taxpayers to Pay for Abortions – Em Nguyen  (DIERSEN: What else do anti-Trumps want Illinois taxpayers to pay for?)


— Farmers fear deportation of workers could hurt livelihood – AP




— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats shout that promoting abortion is their top priority.


— Is IL closer to getting a state budget & reforms than a year ago? Berkowitz w/ trial lawyer Matt Belcher


— VIDEO: Dan Goodwin Lifetime Achievement Award


— Women’s march on Springfield promotes status quo – Kristina Rasmussen
— Despite slight decrease, study shows Illinois work comp costs still more expensive than typical states – Greg Bishop


— Leftist “Illinois Women March on Springfield” – Laurie Higgins
— Senators McCarter and McConchie Provide a Sign of Life in the General Assembly – John Biver


— 96% who voted for Trump would do it again
— Indiana State University professor faked anti-Muslim threats after being told he was losing job


— Donald Trump Invites Conservative Media to White House for Exclusive Briefing – CHARLIE SPIERING  (DIERSEN: I have been a member of the “conservative media” in Illinois since 2000. I should write a book about Democrat plants, Libertarian plants, Green plants, and RINOs in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who not only disagree with that, but who focus on a) demonizing me, denigrating me, and condemning me and b) stopping everyone from reading GOPUSA Illinois emails. Needless-to-say, I reserve my right to defend myself.)


— Caitlyn Jenner: Donald Trump ‘Has Disappointed Me’ On LGBT Issues – Kaitlan Collins  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps focus on promoting LGBTQ activity.)


— Caitlyn Jenner: I’d Rather Convince The GOP To Improve on LGBT Issues Than Persuade Democrats To Cut Taxes – Matt Vespa  (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrats promote LGBTQ activity.)


— Mnuchin: Trump tax plan helps middle class, business sector  Republicans divided over how to implement president’s changes – David Sherfinski


— The leftist/Democratic Party War Against Fox News: constitutional expert and media critic Andy Martin explains why free speech is endangered –


— Conservative media figures disappointed with Trump meeting – JONATHAN EASLEY (DIERSEN: If Republican elected officials or party leaders in Illinois, in DuPage County, or in Milton Township would hold meetings with “conservative media figures,” my critics/opponents would assure that I would not be invited. Republican elected officials and party leaders in Illinois, in DuPage County, and in Milton Township know that my critics/opponents have tremendous religious, government, political, and/or financial clout, and that they would use that clout to viciously destroy any Republican elected official or party leader in Illinois, in DuPage County, or in Milton Township who might invite me.  My critics/opponents are filled with hatred.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Some conservative media figures invited to an exclusive event with President Trump Monday night left the White House frustrated and complaining that Trump’s staff had intentionally sought to limit what they could report out of the meeting. The White House invitation to about 30 conservative reporters, editors, columnists and radio personalities was originally billed as a background briefing with the president, meaning that they couldn’t attribute quotes to individual sources in the room. The gathering was instead meant to show the White House’s appreciation for outlets it believes are routinely ignored or marginalized by the mainstream press. Representatives from Newsmax, Breitbart, Townhall, The Daily Caller and radio voices like Larry O’Connor and John Fredericks mingled with White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus and the White House communications team. Reporters were asked to surrender their cellphones before entering the Roosevelt Room, a meeting room in the West Wing across from the Oval Office. Their phones were stored in lockers outside the room. One source said White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre explained that phones had to be kept out because the Roosevelt Room is an SCIF, or a sensitive compartmented information facility, where officials view classified information. After the briefing with the president, reporters were told that the conversation had actually been on the record and that they were free to attribute quotes to Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who was also in attendance. That frustrated the reporters, who did not have their phones on hand to record the conversation. Reporters rushed to retrieve their phones from outside the room to be the first to break the news over Twitter that Trump would institute new tariffs on softwood lumber entering the U.S. from Canada, sources said. “This is what happens when Never Trump, low-energy, Jeb Bush staffers infiltrate Donald Trump’s White House,” one person present said of Ferre, a Bush campaign veteran. “The incompetence by the White House press staff does not serve the president’s interests well.” A White House official told The Hill that CEOs, dignitaries and staff give up their phones before routine meetings in the Roosevelt Room. The room is equipped to be an SCIF, but Monday’s affair was conducted with the doors open, and pool reporters are often allowed to bring video cameras and recording devices inside, for instance to cover a meeting between the president and a foreign official. Reporters were routinely allowed to use mobile phones and laptops during Roosevelt Room briefings with Obama administration officials. Two conservative media figures that were present at the meeting were frustrated nonetheless. They said reporters at the gathering grilled Trump on a handful of sticky political issues important to his conservative base but that no stories will come of it because there is no recording or transcript of the on-the-record meeting. Sources said Trump dodged on two thorny questions. The Daily Caller’s Kaitlan Collins is said to have asked Trump about why he supports amnesty for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. She had asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer the same question earlier in the day. And conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is said to have pressed Trump on why he backed away from labeling China a currency manipulator. “There’s no tape, no transcript — I guess some people will be able to write what they remember or scribbled down notes, but you can’t really do it without a transcript or quotes from a recording,” one source said. The frustrations with Monday night’s meeting point to broader complaints some in conservative media have with their treatment by the Trump administration. Many conservative outlets have more access to the White House than they’ve ever had. Conservative media outlets were largely frozen out by the Obama administration, but now they’re routinely called on at briefings or included in the press pool. Still, some don’t feel as if they’re being treated as well as the mainstream press both they and Trump regularly rail against. They argue that Trump routinely gets on the phone with The New York Times or The Washington Post. Of those in the room on Monday night, Trump has conducted interviews with Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle and Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. Ingraham has flown as a guest of the president on Air Force One. “They packed us in a room and made us fight for scraps,” one source said. “It’s not exclusive if you give it to 40 journalists and then make us fight over it. Did [New York Times reporters] Maggie Haberman or Glenn Thrush have to surrender their cellphones for their interview? The White House would be better served if they called on us one by one like he does with them.”)


— German crowd hisses, boos at Ivanka when she defends her dad – Eugene Scott and Betsy Klein  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are full of hatred.)


— Lawsuit filed against UC Berkeley over Ann Coulter event


— Poll: People feel better about the economy since Trump got elected


— FRONT PAGE: DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps viciously demonize, viciously denigrate, and viciously condemn those who want America’s immigration laws to be enforced. Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps talk and act like they are paid agents for foreign countries that want to destroy America.
— Money Talked Loudest at Trump’s Inaugural – Education  (DIERSEN: He who pays the piper calls the tunes.  Everyone involved in government, politics, news media, etc. should be required to publicly disclose the amounts and sources of their income, their financial and other assets, their debts, etc.)
— Middle Class Contracted in U.S. Over 2 Decades, Study Finds – NELSON D. SCHWARTZAPR
(FROM THE ARTICLKE: Households that earned from two-thirds to double the national median income were defined as middle income in the Pew study; in the United States that translated into annual income of $35,294 to $105,881, after taxes, in 2010.)


— ‘The truth will come out,’ Bill O’Reilly says as he returns in a podcast – Mike Snider
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps promote LGBTQ activity.
— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Ever-increasingly, pot promoters promote pot.  If you promote pot, you promote destruction.)
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps demonize, denigrate, and condemn those who are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: The Fearless Girl promotes hatred against individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders (except Bill Clinton), and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.


— FRONT PAGE: The U.S. Makes It Easy for Parents to Get College Loans—Repaying Them Is Another Story  The federal Parent Plus loan program has millions of borrowers, many with subprime credit ratings; its default rate exceeds the rate for U.S. mortgages at the peak of the housing crisis – Josh Mitchell (DIERSEN: Could your parents have gotten a loan to put you through college?  Neither of my outstanding parents attended college.  My father was the first of his ancestors to earn a high school diploma and my mother never attended high school. My father worked in the office of a chemical plant and almost always worked second jobs to pay the family’s bills.  Those jobs included playing music, delivering eggs, and working in a fast food restaurant. My mother was a homemaker. My father fought type 1 diabetes from age 14 and died suddenly from heart failure in 1969 when he was 47 and I was 21. In today’s dollars, he never earned more than about $40,000 a year.  The first and only new car that he bought was a bottom of the line 2-door 1967 Chevy.)


— Large Number of Condominiums at Trump Tower for Sale  Trump Tower in Chicago has an unusually large number of condominiums for sale or for rent. – AP


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “Most Americans Oppose President Trump’s Border Wall.”


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, anti-Trumps talk and act like they are paid agents for Mexican drug lords.

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.