19 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-22-19

  1. Good news for Trump. 🙂

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-on-track-to-win-reelection-by-landslide-economic-models-predict

    “Economic models indicate Trump on track to win re-election in ‘landslide’: report”

    “Despite low approval ratings and the cloud of the Mueller probe, President Trump would easily win a second term in office if the election were held today, according to economic models with a history of correctly picking presidential victors.

    According to a report in Politico, a flourishing U.S. economy – featuring low unemployment numbers, cheaper gas prices and rising wages – paired with the historical advantage that incumbent presidents enjoy give Trump a strong shot at winning a second term in a “landslide.”

    “The economy is just so damn strong right now and by all historic precedent the incumbent should run away with it,” Donald Luskin, the chief investment officer of TrendMacrolytics, a research firm that predicted Trump’s 2016 win, told Politico. “I just don’t see how the blue wall could resist all that.””

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  2. Gotta tell ya. I love this guy. 🙂

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/eddie-gallagher-case-house-republicans-call-on-navy-leadership-to-review-treatment-of-seal-being-held-on-war-crimes-charges

    “Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw fighting for fellow Navy SEAL being held on war crimes charges”

    “A retired Navy SEAL is now leading the charge in Congress for answers regarding the treatment of a fellow SEAL who’s been locked in a brig for months ahead of a controversial war crimes trial.

    Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw — who lost sight in his right eye after being hit by an IED explosion in Afghanistan — and 17 other House Republicans have sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy this week urging him to review the pre-trial confinement of Eddie Gallagher, his office exclusively tells Fox News. The lawmakers are raising concerns that Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL, has been receiving limited access to food, medical care and his legal team.

    “Chief Gallagher is a decorated warfighter who, like all service members, is entitled to the presumption of innocence while awaiting court-martial,” the Republicans wrote in their letter to Richard Spencer.

    “We have received reports that Chief Gallagher’s access to counsel and access to food and medical care may have been restricted,” they added. “As a result, we respectfully request that you review the Navy policies governing pretrial confinement for Chief Gallagher and other service members to ensure compliance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.””

    The Republicans’ message comes as Gallagher – accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq, amongst other charges – passed the 6-month mark of detention at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California. He is not expected to emerge until the start of his war crimes trial on May 28.

    The letter was signed by Crenshaw, Mac Thornberry (Texas), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Kelly Armstrong (N. D.), Jim Banks (Ind.), Paul Cook (Calif.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), French Hill (Ark.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Pete Olson (Texas), Guy Reschenthaler (Pa.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Greg Steube (Fla.), Van Taylor (Texas) and Michael Waltz (Fla.).

    Gallagher’s family, in a statement provided to Fox News on behalf of his brother Sean, said it is “grateful Members of Congress are calling attention to what our family has been experiencing for 7 months: the abhorrent treatment of one of its most decorated warfighters.

    “Let it sink in that it is taking Members of Congress to request that a combat veteran Navy SEAL — someone who has gone to war for us 8 times — be given the basics of medical care and legal counsel amidst absurd charges,” the statement said. “Americans should be livid.””

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  3. Off the reservation.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/03/obamas-border-patrol-chief-says-border-crisis-is-absolutely-a-national-emergency/

    “Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Says Border Crisis is ‘Absolutely a National Emergency’

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    ““It’s absolutely a national emergency,” he said during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on “Mornings with Maria, Opens a New Window. ” referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements’ (ICE) release of hundreds of migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border because of overcrowding at detention facilities.

    “ICE doesn’t have any more room,” he said. “Now border patrol agents are having to release illegal aliens into … the United States — they’re overwhelmed.”

    In Morgan’s opinion, loopholes in asylum laws are largely to blame. He said in order to deal with the immediate crisis the government should revamp asylum laws to hold detainees in their country of origin until their claim can be heard.

    “They know because of our asylum laws, they step one foot on American soil, they are allowed in never to be heard from again,” he said.

    Earlier this month, Morgan claimed that President Donald Trump is right about the border crisis. He also criticized Democrats for “ignoring ‘overwhelming’ evidence that the U.S. immigration system is broken and something must be done to enhance border security.” From Fox News Insider:

    He noted that Democrats grilled Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, but he said she was able to defend the Trump administration’s immigration policies with facts and figures.

    According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February, a “remarkable” leap and the highest number of any February in the past 12 years. Of those, 7,249 were unaccompanied children, and 40,385 were family units — totaling 60 percent of apprehensions.

    Morgan also said that the Democratic talking point about detained migrant children being kept in cages is a “false narrative,” and he claimed liberal lawmakers are being driven by identity politics.

    He said Congress could fix the majority of the issues at the border “in 15 minutes” if the two sides of the aisle worked together, but Democrats have been unwilling to do so in order to deny the president a political victory.

    Morgan showed his support for Trump’s wall last month. He described the situation as a “national security and humanitarian crisis.” He explained to The Daily Wire why a wall would work:”

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  4. Nope. No emergency here….. 🙄

    People need to get their heads out of their posteriors.

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    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/21/ice-releasing-1000-illegal-immigrant-family-member/

    “ICE releasing 1,000 illegal immigrant family members a day

    Border surge forces drop in ICE arrests as officers deployed to catch-and-release”

    “Deportation officers are cutting loose more than 1,000 illegal immigrant family members a day, setting them free into border states as the surge of migrations overwhelms the government’s ability to handle them, officials revealed Thursday.

    Over the last three months, about 107,000 family members were caught at the border and then released, with ankle monitoring devices or check-in schedules and the often vain hope that they will show up for their court hearings and deportation.

    Worse yet, officials say, they have had to pull deportation officers off duty in prisons and jails, where they were arresting criminal migrants, and deployed them to the border to help the Border Patrol release all the families.

    “The current crisis that is occurring at the southwest border, the numbers that we collectively as a nation are seeing … is absolutely unprecedented,” said Nathalie R. Asher, acting executive associate director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation division.

    As deportation officers have been pulled from their regular duties, ICE arrests have plummeted 12 percent, falling from more than 39,300 during the final three months of 2017 to just 34,546 during the same months last year.”

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  5. Mueller is about to release his HD report.

    HD…. as in Huge Disappointment for Dems, NTers, and globalists. 🙂

    Told ya. Now let the hand wringing and pearl clutching begin!

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/letter-deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-offers-potential/story?id=61847216&cid=social_fb_abcn&fbclid=IwAR0dGgySgjbmaKvjEJ440p16U9lm8jlbvOhB5RtyRYiPG8PHJwnnsnmYMZU&fbclid=IwAR1GHTaDNVZNXWJ2va8cDzNnDg3P_tEnlbzOTqhFydMtvT-rkFLh2VeT7DI

    “Letter from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offers potential road map to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe

    Sources familiar with the probe believe there are no more indictments expected.”

    “The bottom line: Do not expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump or any of his associates if they have not been charged with crimes.”

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  6. From the 7:15:

    “Let it sink in that it is taking Members of Congress to request that a combat veteran Navy SEAL — someone who has gone to war for us 8 times — be given the basics of medical care and legal counsel amidst absurd charges,” the statement said. “Americans should be livid.””

    Um, let’s add this: Let it sink in that in peacetime an American has gone to war for us eight times.

    Can we stop being the world’s policemen and sending our best and brightest to be maimed and killed and psychologically destroyed, and to kill, as though we were at war? We are at peace with Canada and Mexico, our actual neighbors. Why are we at war around the world?

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  7. Re; the John McCain thing again.

    I can understand calling him out when any misdeeds or whatnot came to light, but aren’t those in the past now? Is there a purpose in bringing those things up now? Is anything being accomplished by doing so? (Honest questions.)

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  8. Well let’s see…..

    How would you feel if you were elected president and people like McCain constantly from day one undermined you and your policies? Would you remain silent? Should you?

    No on both counts.

    Like I said, just because he dies, doesn’t mean it’s not true, or that his disloyal and traitorous deeds shouldn’t be spoken of. The St. John act some are putting on is getting tiresome.

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  9. That was me Kizzie.

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    Now onto Cheryl’s question…….

    “Can we stop being the world’s policemen and sending our best and brightest to be maimed and killed and psychologically destroyed, and to kill, as though we were at war? We are at peace with Canada and Mexico, our actual neighbors. Why are we at war around the world?”

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    First, I disagree about Mexico. They bear more responsibility than anyone for the invasion on our southern border. And as the numbers above show, it is an invasion, one sanctioned, encouraged, and aided by Mexico and it’s blind, corrupt eyes that allow the invaders free travel to illegally enter our country. While it may be “peaceful”, they are not an ally or a friend.

    But other than that, I agree wholeheartedly.

    Now Trump has attempted to end some of these wars that shall not be called wars, some started by Bush, others Obama. Look no further than our neutered Congress. Both sides. The McCain faction loves them some war.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/01/31/senators-republicans-and-democrats-overwhelmingly-criticize-trump-withdrawal-plans/HdnlEYEX1e1FjTFfs5Td6O/story.html

    “In a bipartisan rebuke to President Trump, the Senate voted 68-23 Thursday to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

    The amendment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell comes after Trump called for a drawdown of troops in both of those countries. The measure says the Islamic State and Al Qaeda militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and it warns that ‘‘a precipitous withdrawal’’ of US forces from those countries could ‘‘allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russia.’’

    By Mary Clare Jalonick ASSOCIATED PRESS JANUARY 31, 2019
    WASHINGTON — In a bipartisan rebuke to President Trump, the Senate voted 68-23 Thursday to advance an amendment that would oppose withdrawal of US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

    The amendment by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell comes after Trump called for a drawdown of troops in both of those countries. The measure says the Islamic State and Al Qaeda militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and it warns that ‘‘a precipitous withdrawal’’ of US forces from those countries could ‘‘allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russia.’’

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    In both cases, our enemies have been decimated, withdrawl should have happened, but we linger under the guise of nation building and not letting the Russians in. (But they already are)

    Why not let Trump do what should have been done already? Orange man bad, that’s why.

    https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/analysis-parties-redefining-war-positions-trump-era

    “Under the presidency of Donald Trump, America’s political parties have scrambled their traditional positions on war and peace.

    The GOP has spent the bulk of the last 17 years arguing in favor of launching and then continuing overseas wars. But now some Republicans in Washington — and most Republicans in the country at large — back Trump’s plan to withdraw most U.S. troops from far-flung battlefields.

    Democrats, meanwhile, have argued for many of those same years that U.S. troops need to come home. While that is still Democrats’ ultimate objective, many of them are responding to Trump’s withdrawal plans with a call that sounds incongruous for them: Not so fast, they say, let’s keep the troops abroad at least a little while longer.

    To be sure, there are plenty of members of both parties who are deviating from the new script. And the battle lines are still taking shape.

    For instance, the Democratic presidential contenders, who are looking to appeal to the party’s liberals, are, oddly enough, siding with Trump on the need to end U.S. involvement in the wars, though they would never put it that way.

    And while most Republican voters seem to be taking Trump’s cues on the need for withdrawals, he is facing fierce resistance from the GOP foreign policy establishment.

    Out of this maelstrom of changing views, however, a bipartisan consensus is forming in the middle bands of the political spectrum, at least in the Capitol, around resistance to Trump’s isolationism.”

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    Common sense gets called isolationism? Please……. 🙄

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  10. Not that it was needed, but further evidence……

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    https://www.foxnews.com/us/washington-state-deputy-was-killed-by-illegal-immigrant-ice-says?fbclid=IwAR1ZaYGlRghxqDZyECoKBZt4snKSbsdI3Lul88s_JbiuNYaycdLdOGXgjSA

    “Washington state deputy was killed by illegal immigrant, ICE says”

    “A road rage suspect who investigators say shot and killed a Washington state sheriff’s deputy and wounded a police officer earlier this week was in the U.S. illegally, federal authorities said Thursday.

    In an email to Fox News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokeswoman Tanya Roman said 29-year-old Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, a Mexican citizen, entered the U.S. at Laredo, Texas, in April 2014 on a temporary agricultural worker visa.

    Roman said ICE had no record of him leaving the United States or extending his visa after it expired.”

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  11. Dude…..?

    Really? I mean I get the point they seek to make, and they’re right, but man that’s some serious overkill…….

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/21/active-shooter-training-for-schools-teachers-shot-with-plastic-pellets/3231103002/

    “An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff’s office conducting the session.

    The incident, acknowledged in testimony this week before state lawmakers, was confirmed by two elementary school teachers in Monticello, who described an exercise in which teachers were asked by local law enforcement to kneel down against a classroom wall before being sprayed across their backs with plastic pellets without warning.

    “They told us, ‘This is what happens if you just cower and do nothing,’” said one of the two teachers, both of whom asked IndyStar not to be identified out of concern for their jobs. “They shot all of us across our backs. I was hit four times.

    “It hurt so bad.”

    Now, these teachers and the state’s largest teachers union want to stop this from happening in other Hoosier schools. The Indiana State Teachers Association is lobbying lawmakers to add language prohibiting teachers from being shot with any sort of ammunition to a school safety bill working its way through the Statehouse.”

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    I think I’m going with the teachers’ union on this one.

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  12. Now comes the sad part. Where they have to acknowledge they have nothing, while still making excuses for their treasonous actions. Poor weasel.

    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/03/22/comey-hope-mueller-talks-rear-end-off/

    “Rod Rosenstein wants Robert Mueller to follow Department of Justice protocols for investigations. James Comey wants Mueller to follow in his footsteps. In an op-ed for the New York Times, the former FBI director claims not to have a dog in the fight as to whether he’s rooting for criminal charges against Donald Trump, but he wants Mueller to write a report of the kind that prompted Rosenstein to recommend Comey’s termination.

    First, though, there’s this bit of silliness:

    Even though I believe Mr. Trump is morally unfit to be president of the United States, I’m not rooting for Mr. Mueller to demonstrate that he is a criminal. I’m also not rooting for Mr. Mueller to “clear” the president. I’m not rooting for anything at all, except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever cases warrant charging and report on his work.

    Comey and Democrats in Congress have been ringing this bell for almost 22 months now, and Trump still hasn’t fired Mueller or even attempted to do so. Comey acknowledges that in the next paragraph, but even at this late date — when it’s becoming obvious that Mueller’s wrapping things up and that none of his indictments have anything to do with “collusion” between Russia and the campaign — Comey’s still stoking the “Trump might fire Mueller!” flames. If Trump was going to fire Mueller, it would have happened months ago, or perhaps almost two years ago when Rosenstein first appointed him.

    Now that it’s painfully clear that Trump isn’t going to fire Mueller despite all of the sturm und drang from his critics, Comey wants Mueller to spill all the beans when he writes his report. ”

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    https://hotair.com/archives/2019/03/22/rosenstein-already-tip-hand-mueller-report/

    “Yes, several times in fact, but ABC’s Jonathan Karl noticed perhaps the most significant of them. Two weeks ago, soon-to-be-departing deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein replied to an inquiry from Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley about the status of Robert Mueller’s special-counsel probe. The 12-page letter, Karl writes, provides a likely “road map” to what Mueller will say in his final report.

    And that is … not much:

    The bottom line: Do not expect a harsh condemnation of President Donald Trump or any of his associates if they have not been charged with crimes.

    The road map comes in the form a little-noticed 12-page letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last June to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. …

    In the letter, Rosenstein makes it clear he believes the Department of Justice will not – and cannot without violating long-standing Department of Justice policy – include disparaging or incriminating information about anybody who has not been charged with a crime.

    “Punishing wrongdoers through judicial proceedings is only one part of the Department’s mission,” Rosenstein wrote. “We also have a duty to prevent the disclosure of information that would unfairly tarnish people who are not charged with crimes.”

    Along with this, ABC News reports from other sources that Mueller will not present any more indictments from his probe, a point Karl made in the story as well. If that’s the case, well … game over, right?”

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    It’s been over for quite some time for those who have paid attention.

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  13. He’s correct.

    However I have zero confidence in our governments ability to hold anyone accountable. The Swamp always protects it’s own. And it’s not like the media, who were mostly in on it, will either.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/03/22/tucker_carlson_there_must_be_consequences_for_those_claiming_russian_collusion_if_mueller_report_shows_none.html

    “Tucker Carlson: There Must Be “Consequences” For Those Claiming Russian Collusion if Mueller Report Shows None”

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  14. Well the Mueller report is out.

    The media is already running with their Democrat talking points about how Trump must release the report in full. Of course Trump, the DoJ, and AG are under no such obligation. But this didn’t pan out so they need more details to continue the witch hunt in Congress. Tell ’em to piss off, we’ll not do your dirty work for you.

    If Mueller and his team of professional prosecutors found no collusion or Trump crimes, then by golly we will! seems to be the new approach. And they expect Trump to help them? Please…… 🙄

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  15. And look what else ended up in the Friday news dump. Gotta love the Friday release with the Mueller report to limit the damage to Hillary too.

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