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Every Memorial Day millions of Americans take time to remember those who have fallen in service to country — but for some, like Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, it’s personal.

Crenshaw, a retired Lieutenant Commander and Navy SEAL, marked the day by sharing a series of photos memorializing his own brothers-in-arms — each of whom willingly paid the ultimate price for their friends, their families and millions of complete strangers.

“Enjoy your Memorial Day and let us remember why we celebrate. We celebrate the lives of the heroes we have lost. Never Forget,” Crenshaw tweeted, adding, “Read entire thread please.”

BRENDAN LOONEY

“Did our first deployment together at SEAL Team 3. One of the best and most respected leaders on the Team. Husband, son, and brother. ‘Be Strong. Be accountable. Never complain.’”

Looney, a Naval Academy lacrosse player, was honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in January of 2019 with the Peter Kohn award. His father, Kevin Looney, accepted the award on his behalf at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.

PAT FEEKS

Crenshaw called Feeks “one of the best JTACs out there.” A JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) is responsible for calling in airstrikes from the ground.

“Loyal friend, husband, brother, and son. He always showed up when you asked him to,” Crenshaw added.

DAVE WARSEN

Crenshaw remembered Warsen for the time they spent together on deployment. “When not on missions, we’d hit the volleyball court (half sand, half rocks),” he said. “Strongest guy in the platoon, and also the happiest.”

Warsen’s hometown of Kentwood, Michigan, dedicated a stretch of the M-6 highway in Warsen’s name in 2015.

KEVIN EBBERT

Crenshaw recalled Ebbert as his roommate in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training). “One of the smartest, most capable, kindest SEALs I ever knew. Skilled medic, loving husband. Missed dearly.”

Ebbert was the son of retired Navy SEAL (also deceased) Jeffery Ebbert.

BRAD CAVNER

Cavner, Crenshaw noted, helped him learn to shoot left-handed after he was injured. “Cool, collected, and a great operator. Brad taught me to shoot left-handed after I lost my right eye,” he said.

TOM FOUKE

“World would be a better place with him in it,” Crenshaw said of Tom Fouke, another former roommate. “The gentlest big guy I ever knew. He raised an Argentine Horned frog named Lester when we lived together. Loved life, loved Metallica.”

BRETT MARIHUGH

Marihugh, Crenshaw remembered, “pretended to be a doctor so he could visit my hospital room in Afghanistan and check up on me after I got hit by an IED.” Crenshaw also called the former police officer “the most motivating and entertaining guy in our BUD/S class.”

CHARLES KEATING IV

Crenshaw described Keating — known to his friends as “Chuck Heavy” — as the “life of the party” with a contagious laugh. “He was killed placing himself in danger so that his Team wouldn’t have to. Navy Cross recipient. Epic hero, husband, son, brother,” Crenshaw added.

Keating was part of a “quick reaction force” sent to extract a team of American combat advisors who had been besieged by ISIS fighters in Iraq. He was the third American combat death in Iraq.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: DAN CRENSHAW REMEMBERS HIS FALLEN BROTHERS IN POWERFUL TRIBUTE

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “it would certainly be hard to believe” that former President Barack Obama was unaware of what the FBI was up to in 2016.

Speaking to WMAL radio host Larry O’Connor, Trump said he was considering holding his own press conference on Thursday following the public release of the Mueller report.

Trump went on to praise Attorney General William Barr, saying “he’s grabbed it by the horn.”

The conversation turned to several former Obama-era officials, most of whom are likely to be investigated in the coming months as Barr has pledged, and Trump touted the fact that he had called attention to them as “one of my great achievements, actually.”

The president also had strong opinions when it came to whether or not Obama was aware of what the FBI was doing. “How is it possible that he didn’t know?” he asked. “I mean, we’re talking about pervasive, horrible things that were happening.”

“It would certainly be hard to believe that he didn’t know what was going on,” Trump concluded.

Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are expected to release the redacted Mueller report and give a press conference Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: TRUMP SAYS IT WOULD BE ‘HARD TO BELIEVE’ OBAMA DIDN’T KNOW WHAT FBI WAS UP TO IN 2016

Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters challenged bank executives during a Wednesday morning hearing, appearing to blame them for the student debt crisis.

What she appeared to leave out was the fact that student loans were nationalized nearly a decade ago under former President Barack Obama to cut banks’ ability to offer government-backed loans.

“By cutting out the middleman, we’ll save the American taxpayers $68 billion in the coming years,” Obama said when he signed the legislation in 2010. “That’s real money.”

Waters now chairs the committee that oversees those student loans.

WATCH:

Waters began by explaining the student debt crisis, saying, “Today, there are more than 44 million Americans that owe … $1.56 trillion in student loan debt.”

She added, “Last year, 1 million student loan borrowers defaulted which is on top of the 1 million borrowers who defaulted the year before.”

Then, Waters turned the questions on the bank executives, asking what they intended to do about the student debt crisis: “What are you guys doing to help us with the student loan debt? Who would like to answer first? Mr. Monihan? Big bank?”

“We stopped making student loans in 2007 or so,” he responded.

“So you don’t do it anymore? Mr. Corbyn?” she pressed the next banker.

“We exited student lending in 2009,” he replied.

“Mr. Dimon?” Waters tried again.

“When the government took over student lending in 2010, we stopped doing all student lending,” he said.

Fox Business host Stuart Varney played a clip from Wednesday’s hearing, then noted that as chair of the Financial Services Committee, Waters should have known that all student loans were nationalized in 2010. Therefore, none of the bank executives she questioned had any control over the student debt crisis.

“That was interesting, was it not?” he asked. “It appeared to me that Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, did not know that the government had nationalized student loans 10 years ago. I don’t believe she knows that. She chairs a committee which regulates the banks.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: WATERS TRIES TO PIN STUDENT DEBT CRISIS ON BANKS — FORGETS STUDENT LOANS WERE NATIONALIZED 10 YEARS AGO

Judge Jeanine Pirro has only been off the air for one episode of her Fox News show, but President Donald Trump noticed — and he wants her to come back.

Fox announced Saturday that Pirro would not be on air for her regular Saturday evening show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine” — and although the network made no connection between the decision to pull her and recent comments she made questioning the loyalty of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a number of others jumped to that conclusion.

Fox released a statement saying instead that the network would not be commenting on internal scheduling matters.

Trump made it clear that he would like to see Pirro return, suggesting that the “Radical Left Democrats” and the “Fake News Media” were ultimately responsible for efforts to silence voices like Pirro’s.

Former White House communications director — and Pirro’s friend — Anthony Scaramucci also weighed in, saying that words shouldn’t be a reason to destroy someone’s career. “Professional capital punishment for words doesn’t make sense and isn’t true to real discourse,” he explained.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Dailycaller: TRUMP REALLY WANTS JUDGE JEANINE BACK ON FOX NEWS

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