February 16 Evening Edition

ABC7
— IMMIGRANTS RALLY AS PART OF ‘DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS’ PROTEST – Jessica D’Onofrio and Ravi Baichwal  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://abc7chicago.com/news/immigrants-rally-as-part-of-national-day-of-action/1757486/

 

NBC5
— Trump Slams ‘Horrendous’ Chicago Violence as He Touts Federal Task Force – “There’s another Chicago that’s worse than almost any of the places in the Middle East that we talk about, and that you talk about, every night on the newscasts,” Trump told reporters. – Tom Schuba
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Trump-Cites-Horrendous-Launches-Federal-Violence-Task-Force-Cites-Horres-413988953.html
— Gutierrez Barred from Meeting with Top Immigration Enforcement Official – Tom Schuba
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Gutierrez-Hispanic-Dems-Barred-from-Meeting-with-Immigration-Official-414020793.html
— Illinois Sens. Low on Office Supplies Due to Budget Impasse  “While we have alternative options in place to address immediate needs, it is unclear how long we can make them work,” Kristin Richards, Senate President John Cullerton’s chief of staff, wrote. – Tom Schuba
http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Illinois-Sens-Low-on-Office-Supplies-Due-to-Budget-Impasse-Report-413970443.html

 

FOX NEWS CHICAGO
— Hundreds rally in Chicago streets on ‘Day Without Immigrants’ – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/236213392-story

 

CLTV
— Mayor Emanuel criticizes Gov. Rauner over lack of a state budget
http://cltv.com/2017/02/16/mayor-emanuel-criticizes-gov-rauner-for-lack-of-state-budget/

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
— Rauner scores victory over AG Madigan, state workers will keep getting paid during impasse – Kim Geiger
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-lisa-madigan-bruce-rauner-state-worker-pay-met-0217-20170216-story.html
— Emanuel mocks Rauner in a lengthy rant Thursday, saying he would donate $1,000 to charity if a reporter could provide evidence the governor has presented a full state budget plan while in office. – John Byrne and Monique Garcia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-bruce-rauner-budget-rant-met-0217-20170216-story.html
— He raised the speed limit to 70 mph, now Jim Oberweis wants 75 mph – Kim Janssen
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-oberweis-speed-limit-0217-chicago-inc-20170216-story.html
— Chicago Public Schools ‘on the brink’ – Editorial
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-public-schools-lawsuit-rauner-edit-0217-20170216-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, Democrats use churches to promote the Democrat Party platform.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-aurora-refugees-st-0217-20170216-story.html
— ACA repeal means serious risk for Illinois – Kenneth S. Polonsky
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-obamacare-repeal-effects-medicaid-illinois-perspec-0217-md-20170216-story.html
— Restaurant owned by Oak Park mayor closes to support ‘Day Without Immigrants’ – Steve Schering  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-day-without-immigrants-tl-0223-20170216-story.html
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Joliet Mayor sides with illegals against Americans.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/will-county/news/ct-joliet-immigration-meeting-met-20170216-story.html
— Let’s try extreme vetting for gun owners – Eric Zorn (DIERSEN: What percent of guns and ammunition bought legally is used for crimes?)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-extreme-vetting-gun-buyers-zorn-perspec-0217-md-20170216-column.html

 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
— Judge denies request to halt state workers paychecks – AP
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/judge-denies-request-to-halt-state-workers-paychecks/
— Trump administration to redraw travel ban, rather than appeal – AP
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-administration-to-redraw-travel-ban-rather-than-appeal/
— Trump: ‘This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine’ – AP
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-this-administration-is-running-like-a-fine-tuned-machine/
— Trump Thursday: Attacks ‘low-life leakers’ – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-twitter-thursday-attacks-low-life-leakers/
— Trump: ‘Two Chicagos,’ one ‘safe,’ other ‘worse than Middle East’ – Lynn Sweet
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-two-chicagos-one-safe-other-worse-than-middle-east/
— Thousands of supporters of immigrants’ rights march downtown – Stefano Esposito  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/immigrants-rights-protest-at-union-park-plan-to-march-downtown/

 

DAILY HERALD
— Roskam, Hultgren applaud Michael Flynn’s resignation – Marni Pyke
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219076/
— Naperville, Lisle Township officials pitch tax savings to sell road merger – Marie Wilson
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219078/
— The governor’s call for ‘political will’ on Illinois budget crisis – Editorial
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/discuss/170219144/
— Trump bashes news media, defends start of administration – AP
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219116/
— Suburban businesses close for ‘A Day Without Immigrants’ – Elena Ferrarin Stefano Esposito  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219118/
— Former Lake County coroner freed from jail after posting bond – Lee Filas
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219147/
— Trump says ‘I inherited a mess,’ criticizes media, intelligence agencies – Washington Post
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20170216/news/170219116/

 

CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS
— Illinois AG to appeal denial of request to halt worker pay – AP
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/NEWS02/170219887/illinois-ag-to-appeal-denial-of-request-to-halt-worker-pay
— Restaurants, groceries close for immigration strike – PETER FROST (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/BLOGS09/170219901/restaurants-groceries-close-for-immigration-strike
— Why I decided to close my restaurant for a day in protest – RYAN MCCASKEY  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/OPINION/170219897/why-i-decided-to-close-my-restaurant-for-a-day-in-protest
— Potential Rauner rivals unite in dissing his budget speech – GREG HINZ
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/BLOGS02/170219896/potential-rauner-rivals-unite-in-dissing-his-budget-speech
— Move over, Highland Park: Elmhurst a new hub for million-dollar homes – DENNIS RODKIN
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170216/CRED0701/170219916/move-over-highland-park-elmhurst-a-new-hub-for-million-dollar-homes
— House payments grab smaller share of income – Dennis Rodkin
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170216/CRED0701/170219910/house-payments-grab-smaller-share-of-income
— GOP congressman Hultgren appears to distance himself from Trump – GREG HINZ (HULTGREN: “Bad headline. No distancing. Flynn compromised trust of VP Pence and, therefore POTUS.” SEE: https://twitter.com/RepHultgren/status/832372112480428033  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps are always looking for opportunities to say that individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries are distancing themselves from Trump.)
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/BLOGS02/170219895/gop-congressman-appears-to-distance-himself-from-trump

 

BLOOMINGTON PANTAGRAPH
— ‘Day Without Immigrants’: Protest closes restaurants in U.S. – AP (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois/day-without-immigrants-protest-closes-many-us-restaurants/article_7fc38a12-292a-5b55-a4dd-090be02f8f5c.html

 

FOX ILLINOIS
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps want Illinois farmers to side with Mexico against America.
http://foxillinois.com/news/local/illinois-farmers-could-take-a-hit-if-mexico-ends-corn-trading-with-us

 

PEORIA PUBLIC RADIO
— Democrats Call Rauner’s Budget Unbalanced – AP
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/democrats-call-rauners-budget-unbalanced#stream/0

 

BELOIT DAILY NEWS
— HUNDREDS RALLY IN CHICAGO ON ‘DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS’ – AP  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.beloitdailynews.com/article/20170216/AP/302169763

 

  1. LOUIS TODAY
    — Davis breaks with GOP on scuttling Illinois retirement plan regulation – Adam Aton
    http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/davis-breaks-with-gop-on-scuttling-illinois-retirement-plan-regulation/article_72b4e7f0-87a6-50ff-b374-996d22c0c10e.html

 

BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Durbin, Duckworth sign on to bill that would encourage people to come to America illegally, to stay in America illegally, and to bring others to America illegally.
http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article133212174.html

 

SUBURBAN LIFE
— OUTSTANDING: Lakewood Village Board keeps video gambling ban in place – KEVIN P. CRAVER
http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/02/15/lakewood-village-board-keeps-video-gambling-ban-in-place/ad7hfy9/

 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD
— Donald Trump calls treatment of first lady unfair  ‘The things they say are so unfair,’ Trump says – KATE BENNETT
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/donald-trump-calls-treatment-of-first-lady-unfair/658915235
— Trump asks reporter to set up meeting with black lawmakers  Caucus says it sent president a letter in January – GREGORY KRIEG AND ASHLEY KILLOUGH  (DIERSEN: One would expect that leaders of the following groups would want to meet with Trump so that they could demonize him, denigrate him, and condemn him: anti-Trumps, anti-Protestants, anti-conservatives, anti-Republicans, anti-Americans, anti-Whites, anti-males, anti-older people, anti-rich people, anti-gun owners, anti-German Americans, anti-draft avoiders, and anti-those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/trump-asks-reporter-to-set-up-meeting-with-black-lawmakers/658938461

 

CHICAGOIST
— Rep. Gutierrez Blasts ‘Dictatorial Shenanigans’ After Being Blocked From ICE Meeting – STEPHEN GOSSETT
http://chicagoist.com/2017/02/16/rep_gutierrez_blasts_dictatorial_sh.php

 

DAILY NORTHWESTERN
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Ever-increasingly, “religious leaders” act as operatives or as dupes for the anti-Christian Democrat Party.
https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/02/15/city/evanston-religious-community-moves-to-create-protection-teams-after-presidential-election/

 

GENEVA PATCH
— Geneva Business Shows Support for Immigrant Workers  The Little Traveler supports “A Day Without Immigrants” strike. – Amie Rowland  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://patch.com/illinois/geneva/geneva-business-shows-support-immigrant-workers

 

WINNETKA PATCH
— New Trier Civil Rights Seminar Draws Ire From Right  Feb. 20 school board meeting targeted by supporters and opponents of NTHS “racial civil rights” curriculum. – Jonah Meadows
http://patch.com/illinois/winnetka/new-trier-civil-rights-seminar-draws-ire-right
(LAURIE HIGGINS POST: Here are the three primary defenses of All-School Seminar Day offered by its ardent supporters: 1. Most community members support it. 2. Students are permitted to dissent. 3. Racism exists. First, it shouldn’t matter how many or few oppose it. Minority voices should be honored. Second, no one is arguing that the seminar prohibits discussion, debate, or dissent. Opponents are arguing that a good debate (and sound pedagogy) requires that students be exposed to the best arguments from the best thinkers on all sides of arguable issues. Conservative students should have their views reinforced and challenged by session speakers and materials, and liberal students should have their views reinforced and challenged by session speakers and materials. Third, no one is arguing that racism doesn’t exist. What seminar critics are arguing is that the seminar approaches the manifold issues surrounding race from a leftist perspective. Surely the seminar organizers and supporters know that blacks like Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Jason Riley, Carol Swain, Condoleeza Rice, Star Parker, Allen West, and Ben Carson think differently about racial issues than do John the Author, Monica Trinidad, and Andrew Aydin. What’s most notable in the public comments from New Trier administrators, faculty, and community supporters of the seminar is that no one addresses the concerns of community members who oppose the ideological bias inherent in the seminar. In other words, not one seminar defender claims that the seminar sessions are unbiased or ideologically balanced. That should trouble anyone concerned with sound pedagogy.)

 

ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
— RAUNER’S BUDGET PROPOSAL NEEDS MORE SPENDING REFORMS  The governor should reject tax hikes and push for the structural spending reforms Illinois needs to fix its fiscal crisis and improve its economy. – Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
https://www.illinoispolicy.org/rauners-budget-proposal-needs-more-spending-reforms/

 

ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE
— Hypocrisy of Leftists on Religious Tolerance
https://illinoisfamily.org/podcast/podcast-hypocrisy-leftists-religious-tolerance/
— Support Pro-Life Billboard Campaign
https://illinoisfamily.org/fundraiser/support-pro-life-billboard-campaign/

 

CAPITOL FAX
— Cardinal Cupich speaks out against House abortion bill
http://capitolfax.com/2017/02/16/cardinal-cupich-speaks-out-against-house-abortion-bill/
— Democrats loudly and mockingly laughed at Rauner yesterday
http://capitolfax.com/2017/02/16/democrats-loudly-and-mockingly-laughed-at-rauner-yesterday/

 

WASHINGTON TIMES
— Feds say border fence has been cut 9,200 times since 2010 – Stephen Dinan
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/16/feds-say-border-fence-has-been-cut-9200-times-2010/

 

FOX NEWS
— ‘I Inherited a Mess’: Trump Holds Press Conference, Blasts Media Dishonesty
http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/16/trump-holds-press-conference-blasts-media-dishonesty
— Conservative activists to mobilize amid anti-Trump protests – Joseph Weber  (DIERSEN: How can Trump supporters get in touch with fellow Trump supporters in their precinct, in their municipality, in their township/ward, in their county, and in Illinois?)
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/16/conservative-activists-to-mobilize-amid-anti-trump-protests.html

 

BLAZE
— After bashing Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown asks for federal aid – Carlos Garcia
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/16/after-bashing-trump-california-gov-jerry-brown-asks-for-federal-aid/
— Michael Moore wants Trump to step down and Clinton named president – Dave Urbanski
http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/16/michael-moore-wants-trump-to-step-down-and-clinton-named-president/
— Millennials, ‘casual’ sex is not casual. It’s immature and selfish. – Matt Walsh
http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/matt-walsh-millennials-casual-sex-is-not-casual-its-immature-and-selfish/

 

NEWSMAX
— Trump to the Media: ‘The Public Doesn’t Believe You People Anymore’ – Mark Swanson
http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/media-leaks-press-conference-White-House/2017/02/16/id/774042/
— Study: Up to 2.1 Million Hispanics May Have Voted Illegally – Jason Devaney
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/millions-hispanics-illegal-vote/2017/02/16/id/774045/

 

GOPUSA
— Hollywood tells Texas what to do on transgender bathrooms
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=20710
— Unaccountable Journalists
http://www.gopusa.com/?p=20703
— Teachers union: Detroit students need more sanctuary schools
http://www.gopusa.com/teachers-union-detroit-students-need-more-sanctuary-schools/

 

FEDERALIST PAPERS
— Liberal Media Finally Paying Price For Relentless Attacks on Trump – C.E. Dyer
http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/liberal-media-finally-paying-price-for-relentless-attacks-on-trump

 

BILL O’REILLY
—  Civil Servants…or Uncivil Masters?
https://www.billoreilly.com/b/BOR-Staff-Column:-Civil-Servants…or-Uncivil-Masters/-882833235440129925.html

 

ANN COULTER
— THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS CONGRESS
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2017-02-15.html

 

DAILY CALLER
— Danish Parliament Adopts Declaration Barring Muslim-Majority Neighborhoods – JACOB BOJESSON  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps would love if they could bar precincts, municipalities, townships/wards, counties, and state that are Trump supporter-majority, Protestant-majority, conservative-majority, Republican-majority, American-majority, White-majority, male-majority, older people-majority, rich people-majority, gun owner-majority, German American-majority, draft avoider-majority, and/or ancestors have been in America of a long time-majority.)
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/15/danish-parliament-adopts-declaration-barring-muslim-majority-neighborhoods/
— Bookstores Give Americans Yet Another Reason To Root For Amazon To Stamp Them Out – JACK KOCSIS
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/bookstores-trump-amazon1/
— ANALYSIS: Border Wall Only Needs To Stop 9-12% Of Illegal Crossings To Pay For Itself – Rachel Stoltzfoos
http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/16/analysis-border-wall-only-needs-to-stop-9-12-of-illegal-crossings-to-pay-for-itself/

 

NEW AMERICAN
— BEYOND TRAGIC: California Has 12,209,605 People Enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP Programs – Warren Mass
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/25400-california-has-12-209-605-people-enrolled-in-medicaid-or-chip-programs

 

POLITICO
— CNN chief says Trump’s attacks are boosting morale  Jeff Zucker’s comments suggest White House media war may be benefiting both sides. – ALEX WEPRIN  (DIERSEN: Are my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes aware that when they attack me in public, their attacks make them look like disgusting failed losers, and even worse things?)
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-cnn-morale-jeff-zucker-235116

 

REUTERS
— Immigrants across the U.S. skip work, school in anti-Trump protest  (DIERSEN: Anti-Trumps promote “a day without immigrants.” How soon, if not already, will anti-Trump individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries post signs that say members of the following groups are NOT WANTED: Trump supporters, Protestants, conservatives, Republicans, Americans, Whites, males, older people, rich people, gun owners, German Americans, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time?)
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-protest-idUSKBN15V19M

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
— Illinois AG to appeal judge’s refusal to halt worker pay
http://www.heraldonline.com/news/business/article133096684.html

 

MCCLATCHY DC
— Everyone seems angry as Congress heads home – WILLIAM DOUGLAS
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article133194554.html

 

WASHINGTON POST
— Trump says ‘I inherited a mess,’ blasts media and detractors at combative news conference – Ashley Parker
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/16/trump-says-he-inherited-a-mess-blasts-media-and-detractors-for-treatment-of-his-administration/
— Workers fighting about Trump at work – Michelle Singletary  (DIERSEN: If I was still working for GAO, my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates would have killed me by now figuratively, if not literally.  My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois would be overjoyed about that.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2017/02/16/workers-fighting-about-trump-at-work/
— Hiring freeze could add to government’s risk, GAO chief warns – Eric Yoder  (DIERSEN: While I worked for GAO 1980-1997, the agency was almost always under hiring freezes and/or promotion freezes.)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/16/hiring-freeze-could-add-to-governments-risk-gao-chief-warns/

 

LOS ANGELES TIMES
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The White House has found ways to end protection for Dreamers while shielding Trump from blowback.”
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-daca-20170216-story.html

 

NEW YORK POST
— Trump’s war with CNN escalates to new heights – Claire Atkinson
http://nypost.com/2017/02/16/trumps-war-with-cnn-escalates-to-new-heights/

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL
— Donald Trump Defends Himself, Lashes Out at Opponents, Media  President says his time in office has been highly effective – CAROL E. LEE and DAMIAN PALETTA
https://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trump-defends-himself-lashes-out-at-opponents-media-1487271253
— Trump Administration Plans New Immigration Order Next Week, Ends Legal Push in Appeals Court  ‘The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision,’ Trump says – BRENT KENDALL
https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-administration-plans-new-immigration-order-next-week-ends-legal-push-in-appeals-court-1487275058

 

BLOOMBERG
— Trump’s Immigration Raids Aren’t the Problem – Editorial
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-16/trump-s-immigration-raids-aren-t-the-problem
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Deportation raids make for lurid headlines that may please Trump’s political base. But less theatrical measures would have far more dramatic effect. The single most effective way to reduce the illegal immigrant population, for example, would be to implement the E-Verify employment and biometric entry/exit tracking systems. The sooner Trump realizes this — both the practical ways to enforce existing law and the realistic ways to bring about more effective policy — the better off the country will be.)

 

AMERICAN PROSPECT
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-Trumps say “The massive outpouring of anti-Trump protests has been matched by record contributions to progressive and Democratic groups.”
http://prospect.org/article/huge-demonstrations-huge-low-dollar-donations

 

FED WEEK
— Plans for Workforce Taking Shape Under Trump
http://www.fedweek.com/reports/plans-workforce-taking-shape-trump/

 

FED SMITH
— Want to Take on the Trump Administration? These Congressmen Have Released a Guide to Help You – Ian Smith  (DIERSEN: Because I blew the whistle on political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation in the federal government and I became an active member in a class action lawsuit that charged the federal government with reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WASTED MY CAREER AND FORCED ME TO RETIRE IN 1997 WHEN I WAS 49 YEARS OLD.)
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/02/16/want-to-take-on-the-trump-administration-these-congressmen-have-released-a-guide-to-help-you/
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Two Congressmen are encouraging federal employees to speak out against the Trump administration. They have released a new guide to encourage whistleblowers to speak out and defy orders from the new administration which they say has “strapped a muzzle on federal agencies and attacked legitimate whistleblowers.” Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) released the guide (included below) which they said is “a resource for the safe and responsible disclosure of information.” Probably not coincidentally, it was released on the same day that President Trump vowed to punish those who leaked classified information in the situation surrounding the resignation of Michael Flynn. . .Caveat Emptor  Here is another point to ponder: if you decide to speak out against the new administration or your agency and find yourself on the losing end of a lawsuit, you have something to lose: your job as a federal employee. If it happens to involve classified information, you could find yourself in jail or on the run from the government (anyone remember Edward Snowden?). Congressmen Beyer and Lieu are not going to be the subject of a First Amendment lawsuit that could upend their lives if you decide to follow their advice but end up getting burned in the process. In fact, they may well remain in Congress until they decide to retire. While their guide was probably written with good intentions, the legal ramifications surrounding what they are suggesting has the potential to upend lives and careers. Caveat emptor.)
— Legislation Introduced to Exempt Veterans From Hiring Freeze – Ian Smith (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always hinted/implied/argued/shouted a) that I am not a veteran, and worse yet, that I avoided the draft, b) that instead of me, the Post Office should have hired a veteran in 1966, c) that the Post Office should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job, d) that instead of me, IRS should have hired a veteran in 1971, e) that instead of me, IRS should have promoted veterans in 1972, 1973, and 1974, f) that instead of me, GAO should have hired a veteran in 1980, g) that instead of me, GAO should have promoted a veteran in 1986, and h) that GAO should gotten rid of me much sooner than it did so that a veteran could have my job and my preferred corner office.)
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/02/16/legislation-introduced-to-exempt-veterans-from-hiring-freeze/
— Leaking Information, Federal Employees and Political Ideology – Ralph R. Smith  (DIERSEN: While I worked for the federal government for almost 30 years, virtually all my superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates were Democrats who vehemently disapproved of my Republican “political ideology.”)
http://www.fedsmith.com/2017/02/16/leaking-information-federal-employees-and-political-ideology/

 

SALON
— Silencing the civil service: Republicans crack down on federal workers’ communication  Fearing a Trump crackdown, some federal workers at the EPA turned to encryption apps to communicate
http://www.salon.com/2017/02/16/silencing-the-civil-service-republicans-crack-down-on-federal-workers-communication/

 

QUARTZ
— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bill Gates sides with the media against Trump.
https://qz.com/909840/bill-gates-if-anybody-says-we-dont-need-the-media-thats-a-little-scary/

 

RASMUSSEN REPORTS
— Most Still See Visa Scofflaws As Threat, Want Them Deported
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/february_2017/most_still_see_visa_scofflaws_as_threat_want_them_deported

 

GUARDIAN
— We will not pay: the Americans withholding their taxes to fight Trump  The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail – Joanna Walters  (DIERSEN: I worked for IRS’s Collection Division for almost 9 years, the last 5 1/2 years of which at the GS-12 Step 1-5 levels, currently $79,563-$90,173.  I worked for GAO on audits of IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division for 3 years at the GS-13 Step 1-3 levels, currently $94,610-$100,917.)
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/15/tax-refusing-pay-protest-trump

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.

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