44 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-20-18

  1. This is what the illegal dust up is seeking to distract you from. This has been going on for years, even under Obama, but now that the heat is on they needed a distraction, so crying little illegals will do the trick. So predictable.

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    https://www.dailywire.com/news/32051/watch-mark-meadows-suggests-identities-ryan-saavedra

    “But you know who the people are,” Meadows said to Horowitz. “And I would say based on your report, I know who they are and what I am concerned about is you know they don’t work for the counterintelligence division. In a dialogue between FBI attorney #1 and #2, and those two attorneys, do they not work for Trish Anderson?”

    “Those two attorneys work in the office of the general counsel,” Horowitz replied.

    “And so, would one of those attorneys be Sally Moyer?”

    Horowitz didn’t confirm yes or no.

    “Is the other one Kevin Kleinsman?”

    Meadows indicated that he wanted to know their identities because he believes that the attorneys do not work in counterintelligence, which would mean the FBI is giving the Inspector General false information.”

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  2. And here’s your proof that this is nothing but a distraction. The Democrats could fix it right now, but they won’t. Why? Because they think it hurts Trump. Despite the mugging for the cameras, a solution isn’t in their best interest.

    Lying Chuck and his gang of frauds also don’t understand how our govt works. It’s Congress’ job to fix this, not Trump’s.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/393069-schumer-rejects-gop-proposal-to-address-border-crisis

    “Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) on Tuesday dismissed a legislative proposal backed by Republican leaders to keep immigrant families together at the border, arguing that President Trump could fix the problem more easily with a flick of his pen.

    “There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer told reporters. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”

    Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump.”

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  3. That’s what I’ve been saying,,,,,

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/straight_shooters_dont_shoot_so_straight.html

    “Nothing coming out of Washington annoys me more than conservative Republicans in the Trump administration, in Congress, and in conservative media punditry falling all over themselves to show their own sense of fair play by attributing an unrealistic sense of that same fairness to people who are anything but. Go back to 2016 and try to count how many times you heard all those conservative folks reassure us that we had nothing to worry about with James Comey leading the investigation into Hillary Clinton, that he was a stand-up guy, a straight shooter, a man with impeccable credentials, whose ethics were beyond reproach, a cop’s cop who could be counted on to conduct a thorough and impartial inquiry, devoid of Washington politics. Well, so much for that stand-up guy and his sense of fair play, hmm?

    And what about this deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein? Yes, he may have been appointed by Trump, but who’s to say the president didn’t get fed the same load of straight shooter bilge that we got from the usual sources about how we could count on this guy, who seems to sit at the center of all these messes, to handle all these controversial investigations in a fair and impartial manner? So far, all he has appeared to do is stonewall and obfuscate, fighting Republican congressional investigators tooth and nail, even threatening the congressional staffers sent to the DOJ to get information, that he would sic the full investigative powers of the federal government on them and their families, scaring some to tears. Truly a nice guy, hmm?

    Then there is Michael Horowitz, who, we were told endlessly by those conservatives who claimed to know, bears credentials even more sanctified than the now politically excommunicated FBI chief. Horowitz, we were assured month after month, could be relied on to conduct a fair and balanced investigation of that same FBI chief and his henchmen, who supposedly conducted their own fair and unbiased inquiry into another pillar of left-wing virtue, Hillary Clinton. Yeah, well, here we are with a 500-page summation of that seemingly never-ending investigation that concludes, despite the plentiful evidence to the contrary found within, that Comey and his criminal crew conducted their own fair and unbiased investigation of Madam Clinton and her corrupt and criminal cronies. The guy may be fair, but he’s bending over backwards so far to do it that he’s talking to Congress from between his legs.

    Now, in spite of all the evidence pointing to the contrary, we still have conservative Republican politicians and pundits telling us we can trust Robert Mueller to conduct his political witch hunt into this so-called Russian collusion farce. We are reassured by those in the know that hey, the guy’s a former Marine, ya know, as if that installs a lifelong halo over his saintly head. Wasn’t former Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha a Marine? Yes, he was, and he was as crooked and corrupt as they come. He was despised in the military community. Service in the Corps does not in itself bestow sanctity on anyone, including Mueller. If this guy is so politically impartial, then why did he staff up with nothing but Clinton suck-ups, who, we can be confident, are about as unbiased as the FBI clowns who have now been exposed as actual criminals?”

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  4. Absolutely! Why should we trust well-educated, intelligent, honest lawyers such as Comey, Wray, Rosenstein, Mueller and Horowitz? Let Trump be Trump! He should appoint Michael Cohen to serve as both the head of the FBI and Attorney General! Michael Cohen, a graduate of the worst law school in the country. Michael Cohen, a man almost as ignorant and dishonest as Trump himself.

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  5. “Why should we trust well-educated, intelligent, honest lawyers such as Comey, Wray, Rosenstein, Mueller and Horowitz?”

    Honest?

    Hahahahahaha! Now that’s funny.

    The first 3 have already been proven to be liars, the 5th hasn’t been totally forthcoming, and I expect more of the same from Mueller. It’s rarely a good idea to trust men who will lie to your face.

    You crack me up! 🙂

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  6. Speaking of Michael Cohen, this is what I thought was going on. I am not sure Cohen is really going to “flip” on Trump, but he sure wants Trump to think he might so Trump will pay his legal fees. In the end, criminals will generally turn on each other.

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  7. So the question is still out there from last night for all you Trumpkins who want to send Peter Strzok to jail: What crime did Mr. Strzok commit?

    Surely Cult Headquarters can help you with an answer. How about Hannity, Alex Jones or The Black Swallow?

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  8. Trump is sleeping in, so we don’t yet have today’s unintelligible gibberish from him. That gives me an opportunity to make a suggestion to The Cult: Ask Fox & Friends to add spelling and grammar segments to their show. They could bring in an elementary school teacher to host the segments. If those prove successful, Fox & Friends could add civics and economics segments next year.

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  9. Maybe Fox & Friends has already taken my advice. He spelled “to” correctly twice and “borders” correctly once. Good job, Mr. President! That is real improvement!

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  10. I wasn’t aware that anyone wants to send Strzok to jail. I didn’t know that our choices were limited to allowing him to diddle in momentous, high profile investigations or jail him. Some uncomfortable 3rd option could be devised I’m sure. Perhaps he could get the Paige Patterson treatment—lose position and pension? Depends on what the evidence turns up, because I doubt the public has the whole story (good or bad). We usually don’t.

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  11. AJ …. the Democrats had their own bill which did not receive any support from Republicans
    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/19/17478656/keep-families-together-act-dianne-feinstein-senate-democrats-republicans-family-separation

    Of course, a legislative solution isn’t need as Trump can merely rescind the current policy. However he’s tied child imprisionment to more money for the wall. In effect he’s kidnapping and holding children for ransom as a national policy.

    http://time.com/5316175/president-trump-is-demanding-25-billion-for-a-border-wall-amid-outcry-over-family-separation/

    In other news Trump rejected calls for more immigration judges which is part of the Republican solution.

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  12. I still think if Congress passed a bill that included funding for border security and for the wall, Trump would sign it. They could throw in more judges (which I think is a good idea) and more explicit instructions about how to deal with migrants who come illegally, procedures for seeking asylum, etc.

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  13. “What crime did Mr. Strzok commit?”

    How about we leave that to prosecutors to determine.

    But here’s the criminal referral on him. Some serious stuff, despite your downplaying it daily.

    https://gosar.house.gov/uploadedfiles/criminal-referral.pdf

    “18 USC 1505 and 1515b”
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    Don’t worry, I took the time to look it up for you.

    18 U.S. Code § 1505 – Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

    Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or

    Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

    Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
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    18 U.S. Code § 1515 – Definitions for certain provisions; general provision

    (a) As used in sections 1512 and 1513 of this title and in this section—
    (1) the term “official proceeding” means—
    (A) a proceeding before a judge or court of the United States, a United States magistrate judge, a bankruptcy judge, a judge of the United States Tax Court, a special trial judge of the Tax Court, a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, or a Federal grand jury;
    (B) a proceeding before the Congress;
    (C) a proceeding before a Federal Government agency which is authorized by law; or
    (D) a proceeding involving the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce before any insurance regulatory official or agency or any agent or examiner appointed by such official or agency to examine the affairs of any person engaged in the business of insurance whose activities affect interstate commerce;
    (2) the term “physical force” means physical action against another, and includes confinement;
    (3) the term “misleading conduct” means—
    (A) knowingly making a false statement;
    (B) intentionally omitting information from a statement and thereby causing a portion of such statement to be misleading, or intentionally concealing a material fact, and thereby creating a false impression by such statement;
    (C) with intent to mislead, knowingly submitting or inviting reliance on a writing or recording that is false, forged, altered, or otherwise lacking in authenticity;
    (D) with intent to mislead, knowingly submitting or inviting reliance on a sample, specimen, map, photograph, boundary mark, or other object that is misleading in a material respect; or
    (E) knowingly using a trick, scheme, or device with intent to mislead;
    (4) the term “law enforcement officer” means an officer or employee of the Federal Government, or a person authorized to act for or on behalf of the Federal Government or serving the Federal Government as an adviser or consultant—
    (A) authorized under law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of an offense; or
    (B) serving as a probation or pretrial services officer under this title;
    (5) the term “bodily injury” means—
    (A) a cut, abrasion, bruise, burn, or disfigurement;
    (B) physical pain;
    (C) illness;
    (D) impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty; or
    (E) any other injury to the body, no matter how temporary; and
    (6) the term “corruptly persuades” does not include conduct which would be misleading conduct but for a lack of a state of mind.
    (b) As used in section 1505, the term “corruptly” means acting with an improper purpose, personally or by influencing another, including making a false or misleading statement, or withholding, concealing, altering, or destroying a document or other information.
    (c) This chapter does not prohibit or punish the providing of lawful, bona fide, legal representation services in connection with or anticipation of an official proceeding.

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  14. HRW,

    “AJ …. the Democrats had their own bill which did not receive any support from Republicans”

    Well, as Obama used to say…. elections have consequences. Welcome to minority status. Enjoy your stay.

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  15. The show continues from the drama queens.

    “Of course, a legislative solution isn’t need as Trump can merely rescind the current policy. However he’s tied child imprisionment to more money for the wall. In effect he’s kidnapping and holding children for ransom as a national policy.”

    Hogwash.

    Did you say the same when Obama did it?

    Of course not. So quit with the drama queen act already.

    And unlawful EO’s were Obama’s thing, not Trump’s. This is up to the legislature, whose job it is to, follow along now, legislate.

    Or they could show up at a port of entry and do the right and legal thing and have no problems. Only the law breaking, border jumping criminal’s children have a problem. Easy peasy.

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  16. And so you know, there are 48 official points of entry along the US/Mexico border, so finding one isn’t hard, and if you can trek all the way across Mexico and elsewhere to get here, you can certainly aim for one of them without adding much to the trek.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mexico%E2%80%93United_States_border_crossings

    “There are 48 places where people can legally cross the Mexico–United States border. “

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  17. 10:41 is too good. The answer from Cult Headquarters was signed by 11 Congressional Dunces. We will see how many of them are still around in January.

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  18. Elections do have consequences. Trump and the Republicans are now in charge and therefore responsible. Trump needs to stop blaming Democrats..

    It is a simple policy change. Obama’s policy was to detain unaccompanied minors. Sessions changed it to detain all minors specifically as a deterant to the patents. This a new policy and one that could easily be rescinded. However, Trump is now using the children as leverage to obtain the legislative changes he wants. Hence the party in charge is using children as a deterrant and as a bargaining chip. By any moral standard that is abhorrent and indefensible.

    Finally illegal entry is a misdemeour. Children are not imprisioned to punish parents for comitying a misdemeanor. The simple fact is no other western democracy separates and locks up the children of illegal migrants

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  19. Ha. and I notice the ‘congressional dunces’ include an doctor, a dentist, and a veterinarian. The bottom of the barrel indeed. And I’ll bet none of them went to a top 4 school like the last Republican president to ‘misunderestimate’ the American people. Oh well, we can’t all be Einstein. ;–)

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  20. Yes, yes, HRW, but we have prison quotas to uphold here. Oklahoma and Arizona are prison industry states and would go belly up if we do not arrest, detain, prosecute and otherwise incarcerate enough people. Border-jumpers are low hanging fruit. But don’t worry, we care as little for the children of US citizens as we do for those of Mexico, Honduras or Guatemala—it’s just that you are not aware of their plight because our media does not care about them either.

    Seriously, if this debacle could lead to major prison reform and immigration reform it would almost be worth the outrage.

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  21. “Children are not imprisioned to punish parents for comitying a misdemeanor”

    Again with the falsehoods. In the US, when charged with even a misdemeanor you will go before a judge. Depending on the severity and number of alleged crimes, bail is set. Don’t have bail? Go to jail, kids go to child services.

    Get found guilty of a misdemeanor and sentenced to county prison? Kids go to child services. Unless other arrangements or another family/parent will take them in either case. Illegals obviously wouldn’t likely be able to make such arrangements, for obvious reasons. Being a citizen has certain perks.

    We’re a heartless lot, I know…. 🙄

    And what they are doing is?……..

    https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-law-basics/misdemeanors.html

    “What Is Illegal Entry?
    The immigration law actually uses the term “improper entry,” which has a broad meaning. It’s more than just slipping across the U.S. border at an unguarded point. Improper entry can include:

    entering or attempting to enter the United States at any time or place other than one designated by U.S. immigration officers (in other words, away from a border inspection point or other port of entry)

    eluding examination or inspection by U.S. immigration officers (people have tried everything from digging tunnels to hiding in the trunk of a friend’s car)

    attempting to enter or obtain entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or willful concealment of a material fact (which might include, for example, lying on a visa application or buying a false green card or other entry document).

    (See Title 8, Section 1325 of the U.S. Code (U.S.C.), or Section 275 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.) for the exact statutory language – http://www.uscis.gov/laws/immigration-and-nationality-act.)

    “Criminal Penalties
    For the first improper entry offense, the person can be fined (as a criminal penalty), or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. For a subsequent offense, the person can be fined or imprisoned for up to two years, or both. (See 8 U.S.C. Section 1325, I.N.A. Section 275.)

    But just in case that isn’t enough to deter illegal entrants, a separate section of the law adds penalties for reentry (or attempted reentry) in cases where the person had been convicted of certain types of crimes and thus removed (deported) from the U.S., as follows:

    (1) People removed for a conviction of three or more misdemeanors involving drugs, crimes against the person, or both, or a felony (other than an aggravated felony), shall be fined, imprisoned for up to ten years, or both.

    (2) People removed for a conviction of an aggravated felony shall be fined, imprisoned for up to 20 years, or both.

    (3) People who were excluded or removed from the United States for security reasons shall be fined, and imprisoned for up to ten years, which sentence shall not run concurrently with any other sentence.

    (4) Nonviolent offenders who were removed from the United States before their prison sentence was up shall be fined, imprisoned for up to ten years, or both.

    What’s more, someone deported before a prison sentence was complete may be incarcerated for the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment, without any reduction for parole or supervised release.

    (See 8 U.S.C. Section 1326, I.N.A. Section 276.)”
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    The simplest way to avoid all this?

    Use an approved border entrance.

    Don’t break the law. If you do, then you take your kids and go home, or you go to jail and your kids to child services.

    This isn’t rocket science.

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  22. Here you go HRW, outrage away.

    Just make sure you point some at the guy who started it all too.

    http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/19/photos-obama-immigration-detention-facilities/

    “Personal accounts from immigration lawyers tell a tale of Obama being equally concerned about unaccompanied minors traveling to the border and wanting to create a deterrent.

    Photos of border detention facilities from the Obama-era, taken during 2014, look nearly identical to the ones taken during the Trump era.

    You never see them, however. Here they are, taken in 2014 during a media tour of Obama-era detention facilities in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, Arizona.”

    “As the Daily Caller previously reported, “Obama administration prosecuted nearly 500,000 illegal immigrants between FY 2010-FY2016. They referred 1/5 of illegals for prosecution, which often resulted in family separations.”

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  23. There you go. Your cries have been answered. Trump says he’ll end the awful Obama policy everyone is so upset about.

    You’re welcome. 🙂

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  24. And remember. You folks asked, nay, begged for him to take the “I have a phone and a pen” route with an EO. Remember that when he uses it again and it’s not to the left and never-Trumpers liking. You’ll get no sympathy then.

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  25. Debra, I don’t want a lawyer to pull my tooth, remove my appendix or neuter my dog, and I don’t want a doctor, a dentist or a vet to interpret a federal statute.

    One of the problems with the House Intelligence Committee is that the Dems are led by an experienced prosecutor schooled at Harvard and Stanford and the Republicans are led by an Ag Business major who went to junior college and Cal Poly.

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  26. Your biggest problem Ricky, is that government is not supposed to be run by lawyers. Was never intended to operate that way. And most of those top 4 you’re so keen on were supposed to be putting out men of high moral caliber. Instead they taught us all that greed is good, and they pumped out men with enough clout to make it so. And here we are.

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  27. See, this is the problem with negotiating with terrorists. As soon as you cave to their demands, they move the bar.

    Why, because suddenly they think an EO might break the law. But they never seem to worry that illegal border jumpers are breaking the law. Funny that.

    https://twitchy.com/brettt-3136/2018/06/20/right-on-cue-new-york-times-says-trump-likely-to-face-immediate-legal-challenge-over-eo/

    “As Twitchy reported earlier, the goalposts moved pretty quickly with liberals like Chris Hayes and Judd Legum after President Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the border. Wasn’t that their concern? That children were being separated from their families?

    Exactly as expected, The New York Times is reporting that the president’s executive order ending family separation will likely face a legal challenge from immigration activists. Why? Because it goes against the laws passed by Congress and upheld by the courts.”
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    “So when Sen. Chuck Schumer said it wasn’t a matter for legislation and the president could fix everything with his pen, he was … lying? Libs don’t seem satisfied.”

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  28. Oh look, one of the Democratic Socialists of America activists who chased the DHS Sec. from her dinner works for the DoJ.

    Let that sink in a minute. An avowed socialist anti-Trumper working at DoJ. Why am I not shocked?

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    https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2018/06/20/dear-lord-one-of-dsa-goons-who-harassed-kirstjen-nielsen-reportedly-works-for-the-doj/

    “From the Daily Caller:

    Despite Hrabar’s claims of keeping her personal politics outside of her time as an employee of the federal government, a look at her Twitter account, @allisongeroi, features tweets during the workday openly celebrating her behavior Tuesday night.

    “Keeping families together in jail is not an acceptable solution,” Hrabar tweeted Wednesday afternoon at 1:56 PM.

    Following the protest, Hrabar tweeted that, “No one who has ever made their living terrorizing immigrants deserves peace. If you see one in a restaurant, at a movie, or in your neighborhood, remind them of that.””

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  29. As these episodes of mob (in)justice demonstrate, these are dangerous times. As the left and never-Trumpers become more unhinged, things will escalate.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/06/website-doxes-sr-white-house-advisor-stephen-miller/

    “Splinter, which is basically Gawker reborn, is owned by Univision and its focus is (according to Univision) serving “as a news and politics site for a justice-minded, inclusive, and incisive audience.”

    It’s always the “inclusive” ones that engage in dangerous and unquestionably unhinged behavior.

    Miller has become social justice public enemy number one. He’s been accused of coercing Trump into installing the zero-tolerance policy (read: enforcement of existing laws) that has detained illegal border crossers without turning them loose. The Atlantic published an article Tuesday claiming family separation is what Miller wants.

    But it’s only the latest in a string of unhinged and disturbing behavior from the anti-Trump crowd.

    Tuesday night, a socialist mob harassed Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen while she was at a restaurant for a working dinner.

    Also Tuesday, Peter Fonda called for Baron Trump to be imprisoned with pedophiles as recompense for the child separation mess.

    The Resistance™ is increasingly driven by immature emotional reactivity, reactivity that continues to escalate to a dangerous level. There is little to no concern for how the reactivity affects or harms their target, so long as their perverted notion of justice is achieved.

    These are dangerous times.”
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    And they egg on already unstable people…..

    https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/president_trump_da_morganelli.html

    “Federal and local authorities are seeking a Pennsylvania man on allegations that he threatened several government officials, including President Trump.

    U.S. Marshals say authorities served a search warrant at the McAdoo home of 26-year-old Shawn Christy early Wednesday but didn’t find him.

    A poster released by marshals say Christy is wanted for failure to appear on aggravated assault charges in Schuylkill County and a probation violation in Northampton County.

    He’s accused of threatening the president as well as the Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and police via social media. Officials think he may be hiding in nearby woods.

    Christy was convicted in 2012 of harassing the Alaska lawyers of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.”

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  30. Debra, All people have their areas of expertise. The doctor and the dentist could serve on committees dealing with healthcare, drugs and Veterans care. The veterinarian could be on the Agriculture Committee with Nunes, the dairy farmer. For the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, you need lawyers, and lawyers who are smarter than Trey Gowdy. They don’t have to be from the top four law schools. Anywhere in the top 30 would do.

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  31. I’ve been busy sharing our family history data with long lost octogenarian cousins. Did Trump wimp out on immigration?

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  32. The truth is coming out slowly, but it’s coming.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-cyber-chief-confirms-stand-order-russian-cyberattacks-summer-2016-204935758.html

    “The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.

    The comments by Michael Daniel, who served as White House “cyber security coordinator” between 2012 and January of last year, provided his first public confirmation of a much-discussed passage in the book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” co-written by this reporter and David Corn, that detailed his thwarted efforts to respond to the Russian attack.

    They came during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing into how the Obama administration dealt with Russian cyber and information warfare attacks in 2016, an issue that has become one of the more politically sensitive subjects in the panel’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election and any links to the Trump campaign.

    The view that the Obama administration failed to adequately piece together intelligence about the Russian campaign and develop a forceful response has clearly gained traction with the intelligence committee. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in an opening statement that “we were caught flat-footed at the outset and our collective response was inadequate to meet Russia’s escalation.”

    That conclusion was reinforced Wednesday by another witness, Victoria Nuland, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe during the Obama administration. She told the panel that she had been briefed as early as December 2015 about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee — long before senior DNC officials were aware of it — and that the intrusion had all the hallmarks of a Russian operation.”

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  33. Ryan can’t herd his cats.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/20/livid-rep-mark-meadows-yells-at-speaker-paul-ryan-on-house-floor.html

    “The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus angrily confronted House Speaker Paul Ryan over immigration legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday.

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., approached Ryan during a vote and began an animated discussion that lasted roughly half a minute. Both men pointed fingers at each other and reporters in the gallery could hear Meadows say, “I’m done! I’m done!” Meadows then turned and walked away while Ryan resumed chatting with other members.

    Sources tell Fox News that the dispute stemmed from confusion over which of two immigration bills the House is expected to consider Thursday”

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  34. Democrats and never-Trumpers need to stop feeding the nutcases.

    Here’s another.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/32096/democrat-volunteer-threatens-kill-republican-reps-ryan-saavedra

    “Florida law enforcement officials arrested a man on Thursday who allegedly called the office of Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) and threatened to kill his kids over the media’s recent hysteria over the child-separation immigration policy.

    Laurence Key, who is accused of calling Mast’s office 478 times, allegedly told an intern at Mast’s office, “I’m going to find the congressman’s kids and kill them,” The TC Palm reported.

    Key continued, allegedly saying, “If you are going to separate kids at the border, I’m going to kill his kids.””

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  35. Aj,

    The current fiasco has nothing to do with Obama. Sessions changed a policy, and Trump had to do was cancel Sessions changes.

    And now Trump changed Session’s policy decision. Of course, the left isnt happy with his EO. Families separated because of Sessions may not be reunited. And his EO may break other laws and preactises. Its as if Trump didn’t seek legal advice before signing….shocking.

    As for EOs, the left has been complaining about Trump’s propensity to resort to EOs for sometime now. Trump has been signing an average of 55 EOs a year compared to Obama’s 35 a year. With total control of Congress, Trump still needs to resort to EOs…..its as if he can’t lead his own party.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_executive_orders

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  36. America has the highest level of incarceration in the world. And with private prisions, they have introduced the profit motive to continue this rate. I agree with Debra that prision reform is needed but the current admin should not be counted on for this.

    The current admins desire to throw everyone into jail including children for non violent misdemeanors won’t help with the incarceration rate. Not to forget, a claim of asulym negates any charge of illegal entry.

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  37. I wonder if Trump employees are whining…. they’ve contorted themselves to explain and defend him. They claimed it wasn’t happening, it was Obama’s policy, legislation was the way to fix it, the policy was a deterrent, etc….yet despite all tgeir effort, Trump signs an EO making their defense moot and unnecessary. Clearly he doesn’t value their efforts.

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