Monday, February 6, 2017

Iraqi and Egyptian Nationals Caught After Sneaking Across Open Southern Border

Breitbart Texas ^ | 02/06/2017 | byBrandon Darby & Ildefonso Ortiz 

One Iraqi national and one Egyptian national were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the individuals from terror-hotbeds had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed the concerning apprehensions to Breitbart Texas in a statement. CBP declined to confirm that the foreign nationals were men, though a source operating under the umbrella of their agency claimed they were both males to Breitbart Texas.
“USBP agents [U.S. Border Patrol agents] from Lordsburg Station apprehended two individuals, one Iraqi national and the other from Egypt, while on patrol Saturday at 2:15 p.m. local time along Arizona State Route 80. Records checks and interviews produced no derogatory information and the two individuals were placed into removal proceedings,” wrote a spokesperson for the agency.
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Unhinged foes boost Trump, Chelsea’s candidacy & other notable commentary ^ | 02/06/2017 | editorial board 

“The fires of protest could burn so brightly that they alienate moderate voters and threaten any Democrats who decline to throw gasoline on the fire.” Some Dems are warning of anti-Trump overkill and the party’s “relentless choice of a negative, obstructionist tone.” But “the confusion is only making it more difficult for Democrats to think strategically.” So “practical considerations are being pushed aside in the rush to portray Donald Trump as some kind of ‘fascist in chief. But “if Democrats believe that this kind of hyper-partisan opposition will carry the day or appeal to moderates,” says Fund, “good luck with that.”
Michael Sainato at the Observer cites reports Chelsea Clinton may seek a congressional seat and warns if she wins, it “would be a disaster for the Democratic Party.” Because “another Clinton in public office would broaden the party’s disconnect with working and middle class voters” and “do little to convey a message of change and progression.” Indeed, he suggests, noting her recent series of anti-Trump tweets, “if the best Democrats can come up with for the ‘resistance’ against Donald Trump is sensationalizing tweets from establishment elites as legitimate opposition, the Party is worse off than anyone understands.” Let her run and lose, he says: That would teach “a lesson the Democratic establishment has continuously failed to learn.”
Contrary to what you may have read or heard, notes Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Jackson Diehl, Trump did not “downgrade the participation of the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the deliberations of the National Security Council.” Yet these days, “even when the White House does something ordinary, it may be portrayed as radical and dangerous, and even when it tells the truth, it is not believed.”
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Prosecute the Rioters ^ | 2/4/17 | Andrew C. McCarthy 

From time to time over the years, the eminent historian Daniel Pipes has lamented that treason, not just as a crime but as a concept, appears defunct in the West. The question of bringing treason charges against jihadists has been raised from time to time.

Often its very asking proves Dr. Pipes’s point: Most radical Islamic terrorists are not American citizens; as to them, treason is not a cognizable offense because traitorous conduct is central to the crime. Even against American jihadists, a treason charge is of dubious usefulness.

The 1996 overhaul of federal counterterrorism law codified crimes tailored to terrorism that are easier to prove than treason. The aim of an indictment in a national-security case should be the surest route to the severest sentence. The point is not to teach a civics lesson, regrettable as our education system’s default has been in that regard
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The Democrats face up to their Trump problem

The Politico ^ | February 5, 2017 | Edward-Isaac Dovere 

Democrats don’t know how long they’ll be able to keep up the pace of protests against President Donald Trump — and they’re worried Trump and his team are counting on them to run out of energy before the White House does.

Two weeks into the Trump administration, party leaders have already reached a frantic, fevered pitch, throwing around talk of constitutional crisis and raising the specter of impeachment.

“The thing that we don’t want to do is anesthetize the public with dozens and dozens of press conferences and marquee events,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Then it’ll just become background noise. I’m worried that’s exactly what they’re trying to maneuver us into doing.”
Democrats are having as much trouble defusing Trump now that he’s in the White House as they did all through last year’s campaign. Murray said he’s seen neither a clear understanding among leaders in Washington of how far left their base has careened in just the past few weeks nor the emergence of any infrastructure among progressive groups for turning what’s going on in the streets into concerted opposition.
“The question is: How do we respond beyond that?” Murray said. “I’m a little worried that we’re not there.”
House Democrats head to their retreat in Baltimore this week trying to come up with an answer.
“Some people on social media are already saying, ‘Yes! Impeach the guy.’ No. I think any time you’re talking about impeachment, which is historically extremely significant, that is not something you do on a whim,” said Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), explaining that he used the word himself earlier in the week as a warning of where things might go. “I think our response should be reasonable, it should not be exaggerated — but we fundamentally have to protect the integrity of the republic.”
Some of his colleagues will boycott Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress at the end of the month. Others are planning to go but come up with a way to protest that makes a splash. They’re trolling, referring to “President Bannon” in the hopes of goading Trump into sidelining Steve Bannon, his chief strategist, if he thinks people are seeing him as a puppet.
“I plan on being there at this point in time, I think it’s part of my responsibility,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “I’m there to witness and hear what he has to say, and respond in kind.”
“We are going to continue to be the bulwark against the man. We’re going to stop him at every opportunity we have,” Crowley added. “This is going to be a gift that keeps on giving in some respects.”
Democrats are mobilizing around Republican members' town halls to protest Obamacare repeal. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is demanding that Mar-a-Lago, Trump's exclusive club in Florida, release its members list.
Some are trying other strategies of chipping away at Trump’s authority. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) says he’s looking to hit the House staffers who worked with the White House on crafting the travel ban and signed nondisclosure agreements that he says made them into employees of the administration too. “Sounds like double-dipping to me,” Gutiérrez said in an interview off the House floor on Wednesday. “There might be a law against that.”
But Democrats readily acknowledge Trump won last year in part by sparking so many simultaneous outrages among the left that they all blended together. Trump’s White House so far is following that model.
“I don’t know whether we can count on him to do that for the full four years, but if he keeps it up, folks aren’t going to go away,” said Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. “Quite frankly, this is Vietnam at its height. The only thing that resolved Vietnam was America leaving Vietnam. I suspect in some ways, the only thing that’s going to resolve this is when Donald Trump leaves Washington.”

Who cares who pays? Not having Trump's wall already costs us big

The Hill ^ | January 12, 2017 | Joseph Borelli 

“Build the wall”
The chant that resonated in arenas and airplane hangers throughout the country over the course of the presidential campaign is on the brink of becoming reality, despite the fact that there’s a growing argument over who will pay, when they will pay, and how it will be paid for.

Many of those now troubled about a congressional appropriation for its construction are losing site of the fact that the heroin trade through our southern border is arguably costing more in lives, money and potential than any amount the 115th Congress could approve....
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Washington Republicans Take Aim At Union Influence

KLCC ^ | 2/5/2017 | Austin Jenkins 

Washington Senate Republicans are taking aim at organized labor. They’ve scheduled a series of public hearings beginning Monday on measures designed to reduce the influence of labor unions.

One of the proposed bills would prohibit unions that collectively bargain with the governor’s office from making political contributions to gubernatorial candidates. The sponsor, state Sen. Dino Rossi, said it’s about eliminating any “appearance of corruption.”

On Wednesday, Republicans will hold a public hearing on a so-called right-to-work bill to make union membership and dues not compulsory.
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Trump’s F.C.C. Pick Quickly Targets Net Neutrality Rules

NY Times ^ | 02/05/17 | CECILIA KANG 

WASHINGTON — In his first days as President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai has aggressively moved to roll back consumer protection regulations created during the Obama presidency.
Mr. Pai took a first swipe at net neutrality rules designed to ensure equal access to content on the internet. He stopped nine companies from providing discounted high-speed internet service to low-income individuals. He withdrew an effort to keep prison phone rates down, and he scrapped a proposal to break open the cable box market.
In total, as the chairman of the F.C.C., Mr. Pai released about a dozen actions in the last week, many buried in the agency’s website and not publicly announced, stunning consumer advocacy groups and telecom analysts. They said Mr. Pai’s message was clear: The F.C.C., an independent agency, will mirror the Trump administration’s rapid unwinding of government regulations that businesses fought against during the Obama administration.
“With these strong-arm tactics, Chairman Pai is showing his true stripes,” said Matt Wood, the policy director at the consumer group Free Press.
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In Case You Missed It Dept.:

Hollywood stars reported plans for another anti-Trump march on the last Sunday in February in Los Angeles. The left is afraid his election has cost them control of the culture. The best thing about Trump getting elected president is that I haven't heard anything about the Kardashians in ages. 

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of General James Mad Dog Mattis as Secretary of Defense. On his first day at work he ordered the bombing of thirty-one ISIS positions in Iraq. They say that General Mattis has a bear rug on the floor at home but it isn't dead, it's just afraid to move. 

President Trump revealed plans in his ABC News interview with David Muir on Wednesday to bring back the practice of water-boarding captured terrorists in order to obtain future attack plans and battlefield information. He insists it will be the best torture ever. We're going to use Perrier. 

Mexico President Pena Niete cancelled his visit to the U.S. next week to meet with President Trump in Washington D.C. It's part of an exchange program. Once a year, the U.S. president goes to Mexico to visit our jobs and once a year the Mexican president comes to America to visit his people. 

President Trump's executive order to build the Mexican border wall roiled Congress Thursday and incited inter-sectional animosities within the United States. Some of them go way back. Southerners want a border wall because they want Californians to learn what it's like to lose slavery. 

President Trump signed executive orders at dizzying speed Sunday. At one point the protesters were three issues behind. Trump ended a busy day by signing an executive order to charge extreme Muslim Mexicans entering the country an extra twenty percent on everything they buy here in the U.S. 

Iran answered President Trump's ban Friday by banning Americans from coming to Iran. No more going to Teheran to be taken hostage because you like being tied up and beaten. It was the Teheran newspaper's movie critic who called Fifty Shades of Grey the Feel-Good Movie of the Year. 

President Trump rose to a fifty-nine percent job approval rating in Friday's Rasmussen Daily Tracking poll. The Dow Jones just hit twenty thousand, the California drought is over, and the United States is holding Iranians hostage. It's only been ten days and already America is great again. 

Los Angeles seethed with immigrant anger Sunday over President Trump's immigration ban on six Mideast countries. While shopping I met a Muslim street vendor who downloaded the entire Koran onto one DVD. Impressed, I asked him to burn me a copy, and that's when the trouble started. 

The White House stood by President Trump's order Monday to temporarily ban refugees from entering the United States for ninety days who are fleeing from terrorist-torn Muslim countries. However the day ended beautifully. Syria just offered to take in ten thousand refugees from Chicago. 

President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday for refusing to enforce his order banning refugees from seven countries. Women vowed to march in protest of her firing. By the time Trump's finished angering women he's going to have them in the best shape of their lives. 

President Trump fired the acting Attorney General, banned people from terror-torn countries, slashed rules on small businesses, initiated a free-trade deal with Britain and started building the Mexico border wall. Hollywood has a sincere question for Trump. WHERE do you get your cocaine? 

Senate Democrats boycotted hearings on nominees for Treasury Secretary and HHS Secretary Tuesday that delayed their confirmation by a few days. It's February and only three of Trump's appointees have been confirmed. Democrats want to take more time vetting cabinet posts than they do Syrian refugees. 

Resist Movement Democrats vow to oppose everything Trump does as president. They already marched over Mideast visa bans, repeal of Obamacare and the border wall. Wednesday President Trump consoled the family of the slain Navy SEAL and Democrats launched street protests out of habit. 

-- Argus Hamilton

We're now learning a little bit more about Neil Gorsuch. For instance, I read that he actually has a barn where he raises horses, chickens, and goats. That experience will come in handy when he spends the rest of his life side-stepping all the crap in Washington. 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that four reporters would receive Skype seats for press briefings rather than being there in person. Spicer said he picked the four reporters at random. Then said: "CNN, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and Telemundo." Just random names. 

-- Jimmy Fallon

The CEO of Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees. So if you think they're writing your name incorrectly on the cups now . . . 

-- Conan



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