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Priebus On Trump Meeting With Kim Jong-un: "Not Right Now"

RealClear - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:08
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the office may have changed President Trump, North Korea, and about the prospects for healthcare and tax reform bills. GAYLE KING: And thinking about decision making, you know, there's a lot of very intense conversation going on around North Korea. Can you imagine a scenario where President Trump and Kim Jong-un sit face to face and have a conversation? REINCE PRIEBUS: Not right now-- GAYLE KING: Can you see that? REINCE PRIEBUS: --I can't. But-- not right now I don't. You know, I would-- unless the person was willing to disarm and give up what he's put in mountainsides across his country and give up his drive for nuclear capability and ICBMs. But, you know, so the question -- I think the answer's probably not. And I don't see that happening. But it-- we're going to need a lot of cooperation among the region and-- and our leaders around the world in order to get this person under control.

Frank Underwood Goes Full Dictator In New 'House of Cards' Trailer

Newsy - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:05

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For those of you feeling cynical about politics today, take a deep breath — there's a new "House of Cards" trailer.

We're approximately a month away from the Underwood administration taking over the Netflix airwaves, and as always, the new "House of Cards" trailer is just as intense, disturbing and entertaining as last year's.

President Underwood has shifted to full dictator mode this season, declaring his campaign slogan, "Underwood 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036."

And it wouldn't be "House of Cards" without some not-so-subtle references to present-day politics.

This will be the first season without former showrunner and "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon. Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson, both senior writers on the show, served as showrunners for the fifth season.

The Underwood family continues to "make the terror" May 30 on Netflix.

Cillizza: While Media Celebrated Themselves, Trump Celebrated 100 Days With His Supporters

RealClear - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:44
CNN's Chris Cillizza comments on the juxtaposition of the "elite media" using the White House Correspondents' Dinner to "celebrate" themselves while President Trump decided to skip the dinner to celebrate his first 100 days in office with supporters. "This is a state that no Republican won since 1988 at the presidential level and it's a symbol of everything, everyone, I'll say for me, I doubted very much, I always thought Pennsylvania was like Charlie Brown, Lucy and the Football," Cillizza said of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "Republicans would run up to it every minute, Democrats would pull it out, and they'd lose. "Everyone said he couldn't win," Cillizza said. "It is the living, breathing example of what Donald Trump likes best. Winning and proving elites wrong by winning. So out of the night that the elite media will put on bowties and gowns and celebrate themselves, Donald Trump will be in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He lives for this."

Liberals don’t care what the 1906 Antiquities Act actually says

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:41

Roughly a week ago I dug into President Trump’s latest Executive Order involving the designation of National Monuments and parks. At the time I concluded that the entire process needs to be handed back to the control of Congress because too many presidents have abused the powers granted by the 1906 Antiquities Act, ignoring its instructions to keep such land grabs to the smallest footprint required to preserve specific things. I was relieved to see that the new Secretary of the Interior reflected many of the same concerns when he later addressed the matter.

None of those pesky facts about the law seem to have sunk in at the editorial board of the Washington Post. This week they decided to come out with another broadside against the President and in defense of the massive land grabs carried out by previous presidents of both parties under the auspices of that legislation. Showing a complete lack of self-awareness, they first cite the specific language of the act which states that the President should designate the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected. They then follow that up by offering this as a defense of Obama’s most recent land seizures:

In fact, recent presidents have used the Antiquities Act ambitiously , but, for the most part, not in unprecedented ways. From the start, presidents used the act to preserve huge tracts of land. Teddy Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon, at more than 800,000 acres, as a national monument. Franklin D. Roosevelt vastly expanded protected zones in the Grand Tetons . Jimmy Carter created the largest land-based national monument, 10.95 million acres in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument…

Mr. Obama created more large monuments than any of his predecessors. He and President George W. Bush each set aside hundreds of millions acres, but their largest by far preserved big portions of Pacific Ocean habitat, which do not seem to be the object of Trump administration scrutiny.

This is tone deaf to an extraordinary degree. Showing how several previous presidents did something which is directly contrary to the stated purpose of the Antiquities Act does not mean that the practice should continue or that the previous acquisitions shouldn’t be under review. Just because Carter, Bush 43 and Obama did something incorrectly, that precedent doesn’t make it any better. As far as the debate about Teddy Roosevelt goes, one can at least argue that the Grand Canyon is “a thing.” Granted, it’s a gargantuan thing and it should probably be a national park rather than a monument also, but it’s still a thing.

Because of the hazy, vague nature of natural formations (as opposed to buildings or other structures created by man) in terms of their size, there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to rewrite the Antiquities Act to check the President’s power. With that in mind, I remain of the opinion that all of the current large tracts of land encompassing multiple types of terrain should be reevaluated by Congress, with appropriate “things” receiving the designation of monuments and the legislature voting on how much of the rest of the land should be turned over to the National Park Service, with the remainder being returned to the states. Each of them can best decide how much of that land should be protected, developed or opened up to private use.

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Kelly Ripa Has Finally Found Her 'Live' Partner

Newsy - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:38

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After almost one year of flying solo, Kelly Ripa has finally found a permanent co-host for her daytime talk show on ABC: Ryan Seacrest. 

The former "American Idol" host is filling the seat left open by Michael Strahan, who departed the show in May 2016 to join ABC's "Good Morning America."

Fans were shocked by the network move last year — but perhaps no one was more shocked than Ripa, who was reportedly told about Strahan's departure just 30 minutes before the press got word. 

"It started a much greater conversation about communication, consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace," Ripa said during her first appearance on the show after the announcement was made.

Since then, Ripa has worked with dozens of guest co-hosts: 67, to be exact. 

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Seacrest is definitely a high-profile choice as a permanent co-host. Aside from his work on "Idol," Seacrest hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows. And he's the producer behind hit shows like E!'s "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and the Jennifer Lopez-led "Shades of Blue" on NBC. 

"I couldn't think of anyone I'd rather share this new chapter with than Kelly Ripa — she's a dream broadcast partner, and I can't wait to start," Seacrest said in a statement. 

But some fans were hoping ABC would pick a woman to co-host alongside Ripa, who told People magazine last year that she "[liked] the dynamic" of two female hosts. 

As of Monday, the show is now called "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

First Monday In May: What To Know About The Met Gala

Newsy - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:22

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To fashion diehards, the first Monday in May can only signal one thing: the annual Met Gala. 

The black-tie extravaganza is held at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. But it isn't just about the over-the-top outfits worn by celebrities on the red carpet.

The Met Gala is actually a fundraiser for the museum's Costume Institute, which is the only department that has to finance itself. 

That's probably why tickets to the event cost $30,000 a pop this year. 

The party's been held almost every year since 1948. But the event became much more celebrity-focused after Vogue's current Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour took over the party-planning reins in 1999. 

"I thought he wasn't coming."

"I know, but then he decided he wanted to come."

"OK, can he not be on his cellphone the entire time then?"

"Loud and clear."

SEE MORE: If You Didn't Know, The Met Is Free — But Soon It Might Not Be

The Costume Institute's spring exhibition dictates the theme of that year's Met Gala. And attendees — about 600 in total — are encouraged to dress the part. 

Some notable looks over the years include Rihanna's gigantic gold dress at the 2015 "China: Through the Looking Glass" event. It weighed 55 pounds. And Claire Danes wore a dress that actually lit up to 2016's technology-themed party. 

The 2017 exhibition honors Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo. It'll be the first time since 1983 that the museum's exhibit is featuring justne living designer. 

What happens after the red carpet isn't publicized in any way, since the guests aren't supposed to use social media, though that rule is often broken by celebs wanting to take a selfie or two. 

The New York Times does say guests tour the exhibition before sitting down to dinner and a musical performance. 

Spicer: Media Plays Game Of "Gotcha," "Who Can Stump The Chump" At Briefings

RealClear - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:15
White House press secretary talked about the White House's relationship with the press with the hosts of CBS This Morning on Monday's broadcast: GAYLE KING: But sometimes what you're saying there at the podium doesn't appear to jive with the facts of what's been presented with whatever the issue is. And I'm wondering how you deal with that. SEAN SPICER: Well, again, we go up there every day armed with a set of facts that we have. And sometimes it becomes a game of gotcha which is someone comes in and says, "Well, I know this instead." And that-- that's-- if that's the game it's who can stump the chump-- then that's not really-- an-- an exercise in trying to get to the bottom of a situation. If it's trying to figure out who can, you know, get the other person-- that's one thing. If it's an attempt to really understand an issue we get up there every day, we do a lot of prep to try to make sure that we've got all the facts and the figures. But if someone's trying to figure out how they can-- how they can sneak a fast one on us and say, "Did you know that line 78 of that bill had this provision in it?" Well, then that's an honest attempt to really understand the news. We're around all day long. The press briefings usually happen at 1:00. And I'm always amazed sometimes at-- at-- at a member of the press corps that has sat on an issue for five or six hours only because they want to play a gotcha -- you know, playing a gotcha question. If they're truly interested in getting to the bottom of the situation they'll be able to report out a story-- I applaud that. But the question sometimes you have to ask is what's the motive behind the-- the tone and the questions they're asking.

Princess Charlotte Turns 2, But The Public Gets The Gift

Newsy - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:02

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Princess Charlotte turns 2 on Tuesday, but the public is getting a present a little early.  

The royal family released a photo to mark the special occasion, and it was taken by Duchess Kate herself. 

Kate has made a habit of sharing snapshots of Charlotte's milestones, especially birthdays. 

The same goes for Charlotte's older brother, Prince George. 

SEE MORE: Twitter Can't Get Over Princess Charlotte's Baby Pics

Kate and Prince William often keep their children out of the public eye, which makes the publicly released pictures all the more special for royal admirers. The young royals were last seen in public at Christmas Day church services in England.

As for Princess Charlotte, we're sure there are plenty of real presents tucked away somewhere.

Is Nikki Haley in trouble with the White House? Probably not.

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:01

One of the people in the Trump administration who has thus far evaded most of the media’s direct fire and the questions surrounding some other appointments is UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The fact that she seems to be doing so well, even in terms of her good standing with the President, is made all the more remarkable because she frequently makes statements which are at odds with administration positions. But the New York Times wonders if that may be coming to an end after some random comments that Trump made during a recent interview.

She seems to be in Trump’s good graces. At a White House luncheon for U.N. diplomats last week, he said Haley was doing a “fantastic job” — but only after awkwardly joking that if the diplomats didn’t like her, “she could easily be replaced.”

Haley, a rookie to international politics, was an unusual pick for to be U.N. envoy…

She has star power in an administration where the president prefers to keep attention on himself. In some ways, the 45-year-old Haley is seizing the spotlight left vacant by media-averse Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Her high-profile persona and relative youth have prompted speculation that she may run for president someday.

That sounds like some thin gruel to base a fresh “White House in disarray” story on. Trump saying that anyone could easily be replaced is just Trump being Trump. If he was having any serious angst over Haley’s freestyle attitude toward foreign policy we’d have heard about it by now and seen some significantly more forceful corrections coming out of the State Department. (Haley technically works under State in her position, but it’s a fairly independent role.)

I find myself being less interested in the friction level between the UN Ambassador and the Oval office than what sort of long game Haley herself may be playing. As the Times piece notes, they are hardly the first ones to notice that she seems to be building up a resume which most aspiring national figures would salivate over. She has legislative experience from the state House of Representatives in South Carolina, executive experience as governor and now is amassing international diplomacy credentials working face to face with diplomats from every corner of the world. On top of that, she’s still very young for someone at that level of governmental experience and will only be 52 when the election of 2024 rolls around.

Am I crazy, or does this all sound like far more than coincidence? Add to that the fact that the GOP is frequently criticized for not having enough women and minorities at the highest levels and it almost sounds as if the table is being set for her in advance.

She’s been getting some rave reviews in rather odd places too. Just this week the LA Times ran a piece on her where even they couldn’t find much negative to say. They begin with a recap of the storm of boos and jeers she received from a largely liberal audience during a recent speaking event (and the fact that she handled the entire thing with grace under fire) and move from there into what sounds suspiciously like an approving tone.

Nikki Haley provides strong voice for Trump’s foreign policy

Unlike some of her predecessors at the U.N., Haley often displays a down-home charm that reveals her Southern upbringing, peppering her comments with “gonnas” and “wannas.”

“And what we’re gonna say is it’s just not gonna work,” she told CBS News when asked about North Korea’s threats about using military force.

As a diplomat, however, Haley has been as contrarian as the president she represents…

But she also has voiced more concern for human rights abuses than the White House, penning a column that said ignoring the issue leads to “a vicious cycle of violence and instability.”

She even has appeared to contradict, or at least politely correct, the president.

The beauty of the UN Ambassador position is that it’s fairly high profile and rich in international diplomacy credibility without having too much in the way of weighty responsibility. She’s totally outside the mess of domestic legislative action and aside from casting votes on behalf of the United States on UN measures which are almost entirely symbolic, there’s not too much that can blow up in her face. (Assuming she stays on message.) Add to that the fact that she comes off very well on television and you’ve got a recipe for something big in the future.

So is she in trouble, as the Times seems to be suggesting? I’d say pretty much the opposite. Of anyone associated with the Trump administration at the moment, she seems to be the one who’s coming up roses for the time being.

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Huh: Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn expecting House to vote on health care this week

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 15:21

Has anyone informed Paul Ryan that the White House has these expectations? Because, as of Friday, he seemed to be nowhere near the number of votes he’d need from centrist Republicans to push the bill through.

Wouldn’t be the first time recently that Team Trump has shocked Ryan by demanding a vote he was unprepared to take, though:

When White House officials demanded the week before that a health care vote take place by the 100-day mark, Speaker Paul Ryan, who was traveling in Europe, was taken aback. The leader of the House of Representatives wasn’t in on the plan, had no desire to vote this week and feared it wasn’t even possible. No one even knew what the bill would say because the language had not been written.

“It was totally insane,” one senior GOP aide said. “It made no sense. There was no reason to say a vote was happening this week.”

Priebus was asked yesterday whether he’s counting on a House vote this week and answered, “I think so. … I think it will happen this week,” crowing that if it passes the House and Senate it “will be one of the fastest pieces of signature legislation to go through for a president since Roosevelt.” Why he would say that, knowing that there’s zero chance the bill will pass the Senate in its current form even if it somehow passes the House, I don’t know. Maybe the White House is playing its own game of hot potato with Congress now, knowing it’s unlikely that anything can pass and shifting into blame mode in order to protect Trump. The higher Priebus raises public expectations that a vote is coming soon, the more Republican voters will blame Ryan if/when it doesn’t happen. I think Gary Cohn was playing the same game this morning when he told CBS he foresees a vote soon too:

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn predicted Monday that the House would pass its bill to partially repeal and replace Obamacare this week.

“I think we do,” Cohn said on CBS when asked if the votes were there.

“This is going to be a great week,” he said. “We’re going to get healthcare down to the floor of the House. We’re convinced we’ve got the votes, and we’re going to keep moving on with our agenda.”

Good luck, Paul! Don’t let us down.

An alternate possibility: Maybe we’re back to where we were in the days before the original GOP health-care bill imploded, when the House leadership was planning to call the Freedom Caucus’s bluff by putting the bill on the floor and daring them to vote no, knowing they’d then be accused of having saved ObamaCare by blocking its replacement. The Freedom Caucus (or at least some members) are onboard with the new bill; it’s the moderates who are iffy, but maybe Trump, Cohn, Priebus, Ryan or some combination thereof think the moderates will cave if they’re forced to declare their opposition publicly in a roll call. I can’t believe Ryan would go along with that knowing how much peril a floor vote would create for his most vulnerable members, with purple-district GOPers forced to either alienate Republicans by voting no or alienate everyone else by voting yes, but maybe he sees this as his last chance to move the hot potato over to the Senate. And if the vote fails, at least the White House probably won’t bug him to hold another vote soon. If the bill is destined to crash and burn, better that it happen ASAP so that it’s a distant memory by the time the midterms roll around.

Here’s Trump talking health care yesterday on “Face the Nation.” There’s news here — maybe — at around 3:25 when John Dickerson reminds him that the latest bill makes covering preexisting conditions “optional” for the states and Trump replies that that’s being fixed to make it “permanent.” It’s hard to decipher what that means since Dickerson misstates what the bill says and lord only knows how well Trump himself knows the details. The current bill would let states get a waiver from ObamaCare’s “community rating” regulations, which means insurers could charge people with preexisting conditions much, much higher premiums. Technically those people would still have coverage, as the state would be required to set up a high-risk pool for them in lieu of the ObamaCare regs (Trump mentions “pools” here), but whether they could actually afford their coverage in the pool is another question. Trump seems to be talking about “guaranteed issue” for the very sick, which will remain mandatory, whereas Dickerson seems to be talking about “community rating,” which will not. What the House bill will end up mandating, only Ryan and his team know right now.

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New York comes up with the wackiest way yet to try to root out Trump’s tax returns

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 14:41

That tax day march, protest or whatever it was produced pretty much nothing in terms of results if people were expecting President Trump to suddenly serve up all of his tax returns. The standard line coming out of the Press Secretary’s office hasn’t changed one iota, stating that nobody cares about this except the media (and liberal activists) and the nation elected him without seeing them. That hasn’t stopped a number of blue states from considering new and highly dubious laws requiring candidates to provide such documentation to appear on the ballot in 2020. Those efforts will no doubt be challenged in court and we won’t know the results for quite a while.

In the meantime, however, New York State is opting for a more… direct approach. They’re working on a bill which would reveal multiple years of state tax returns for any President, Vice President, governor, attorney general or senator who filed in New York. (NY Daily News)

New York Democrats have hatched a plan to get a look at Donald Trump’s taxes by crafting legislation designed to get at his state returns that does everything but mention the President by name.

The bill introduced in New York’s Senate and Assembly would require the state to release five years of state tax information for any President or vice president who files a New York state return.

While Trump’s state return wouldn’t include all the details from his federal return, it would offer the public much more information about the Republican President’s potential conflicts of interest or how his finances would be affected by his own tax cut proposal, according to supporters.

Maybe it’s just me, but this sounds pretty much insane. Keep in mind that they’re not talking about forcing Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and all the rest to turn over the forms on their own. This bill, if signed into law, would require the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to release the returns without needing the permission of the officials in question. The problems with such a law are numerous and could easily be tied up in the courts until long after Trump is out of office.

Right off the bat, this law sounds an awful lot like a Bill of Attainder. That puts it in trouble with Article I section 10 of the Constitution. The bill also appears to fly in the face of generations of rulings regarding privacy as well as existing state laws which have been on the books for ages. On their own web site under the section on audits, the NYS DoTF reminds taxpayers of the following. (Emphasis added)

You have the right to know why we are requesting certain information, how we will use the information, and the consequences if you fail to submit the information. The Tax Law prohibits the disclosure of information obtained from a tax return or during the course of an audit to any unauthorized person. The Tax Law, however, does permit us to share your tax information with the IRS and other government agencies, within defined standards of secrecy and reciprocity.

And finally, federal law requires confidentiality of information on federal tax returns. Right on the forms for how to complete your New York State tax returns it instructs you to copy over the same W2 information and other data on your federal tax form. All in all, it sounds like this bill should be dead on arrival. But that assumes that it arrives at all. The Democrats in the assembly cooked this up but they still don’t have control of the state senate. It would have to make it through there before Governor Cuomo had a shot at it.

This looks like a tremendous waste of the legislature’s time designed only to score political points. But in a way, I’d almost like to see them pass it. The subsequent court challenges would be fascinating to observe.

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John Kasich on 2020: You never ‘say no to anything in life’

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 14:01

Some of you may remember a man named John Kasich.

He’s the Republican governor of Ohio who hosted last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland but declined to attend because, Donald Trump. He was also the last of 16 other competitors to give up their quest to win the GOP presidential nomination because, Donald Trump.

Now, 163 weeks before his party’s next convention, Kasich has written another book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” Anybody who’s run for president and writes a new book around now in the ensuing election cycle is automatically suspected of smoldering White House ambitions.

We wrote here the other day about Elizabeth Warren’s new book that answers the burning question, why she didn’t run last year against Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t take a book. That takes a sentence: Because the liberal senator from Massachusetts is not politically suicidal.

Kasich may be. His current book tour keeps him in the media mix and as Kasich well knows, every interviewer seeking trouble for Trump will inevitably ask if the Pennsylvania native is running in 2020.

The former House member, Wall Street exec and TV host doesn’t say no. “I’m not here today because I’m running for president,” Kasich explains, which wasn’t the question.  “My wife would kill me. But you don’t ever say no to anything in life.”

Term-limited Kasich will be unemployed come January 2019. But that gives him time then to become a fulltime moderate conscience for the GOP. Or even to mount his own campaign again, to go out speaking about his concerns for the country, the party and the people. And, oh, yes, to fundraise as the reasonable alternative to the Tweeter-in-Chief.

That would involve the risky business of challenging a sitting president of his own party. That’s the politically suicidal part. Although such challenges are always allegedly founded on political principle, they rarely accomplish more than split their mutual party and elect the other guy — or perhaps next time, gal. Think Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft or George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot, who had his own short-lived party.

Nobody knows now how Trump will be doing in a couple of years, soaring along as the most successful job creator since God or as an even more unpopular wartime, chief executive presiding over a GOP that lost the House and maybe the Senate in the 2018 midterms. Of course, any first term White House incumbent talks about a second term as a given until he doesn’t. But the billionaire will turn 74 before the next general election campaign.

Kasich will be 68 then. Ronald Reagan was two weeks shy of 78 when he left office.

The enmity between the men is understood. Trump successfully dumped Kasich’s candidate for Ohio party chair. For now, the governor says he had a delightful White House visit in February and mutes direct criticism.

“People are hurting. That’s real,” Kasich says. “So, you have two ways of looking at it: You take somebody like that and you say, ‘It’s somebody else’s fault, somebody else ripped you off.’ And you drive that anger. Or you can look at them and say, ‘This is a terrible thing, but let’s work it out, let’s figure it out.’”

Clearly, Kasich prefers the latter approach. He doesn’t have to identify who follows the other path because, Donald Trump.

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Fear and loathing on the southern border

Hot Air - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 13:21

David Nakamura at the Washington Post seems to unintentionally highlight one of the biggest successes of the Trump administration to date and it deals with illegal immigration. He begins by casting a few stones at the President, saying that several of his border enforcement initiatives “have not gone very well” so far, specifically referring to court challenges to the travel ban, funding for the border wall and resources for expansion of ICE and the Border Patrol. There’s clearly some truth to those points (at least in the short term) but Nakamura goes on from there to claim that Trump is still making progress in his agenda because of the most potent weapon in his arsenal: fear.

But one strategy that seems to be working well is fear. The number of migrants, legal and illegal, crossing into the United States has dropped markedly since Trump took office, while recent declines in the number of deportations have been reversed.

Many experts on both sides of the immigration debate attribute at least part of this shift to the use of sharp, unwelcoming rhetoric by Trump and his aides, as well as the administration’s showy use of enforcement raids and public spotlighting of crimes committed by immigrants. The tactics were aimed at sending a political message to those in the country illegally or those thinking about trying to come.

The author immediately employs the widespread trick of conflating immigration and illegal immigration there when talking about “crimes committed by immigrants” but that’s now so common among liberal journalists that it’s barely worth mentioning.

What’s more to the point are the various quotes from activists in the “immigrant community” and former Obama era officials who continue talking about the defeats they’ve handed the President on his initiatives while simultaneously being forced to admit that he’s winning. As the author faithfully reports, the number of border jumpers being apprehended monthly has fallen by 70% between December and March, decreasing from approximately 40,000 to less than 12,200. At the same time, even without the full funding and staffing increases Trump was calling for, we arrested 21,362 illegal immigrants in the first three months of the year as compared to 16,104 during the same portion of 2015. That’s a serious uptick. Just doing some basic math on the back of the cocktail napkin here, if you have a lot less coming in and a larger number going out, the tide of illegal immigration is turning in the correct direction.

And that’s really the point if we cut through all the posturing and noise. You can talk all you like about Chuck Schumer “winning against Trump” in legislative battles, but on the subject of border security and illegal immigration these are the only metrics that count. On top of that, the wall (or at least a vastly improved fence covering more territory) is coming sooner or later. Hiring for ICE and the Border Patrol is already underway. These changes are coming despite all of the kicking and screaming going on among liberals. And the prospective targets of these enforcement activities and border safeguards know it.

Is that reluctance to cross the border illegally the result of “fear” on the part of would-be illegal aliens? Some of you are saying that like it’s a bad thing. Why? One of the biggest aspects of effective law enforcement in any sector of criminal activity is providing an effective deterrent. We actually want aspiring criminals of all types to be afraid to commit crimes, whether it’s illegal aliens, rapists or murderers. And if what we’re doing now is finally working we need to be doing more of it. Feel free to label it as “fear tactics” all you like. Law abiding citizens and lawful resident immigrants should not be afraid of their government. Illegal aliens and other criminals should be.

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Top Photos of the Trash the Climate Marchers Left Behind

DougRoss - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 00:04
I was planning on doing a post on this topic, since leftists are notorious for trashing every venue they visit, but William Teach beat met to it.

Remember the biohazard filth left behind by the Occupy movement?

Or, more recently, the Dakota Access Pipeline nutjobs, who deposited tons of trash on their protest site and abandoned dogs?

Well, the recent climate protests -- There's Only One Earth! -- were no different, with the hyserical hypocrites on the Left (many of whom probably drove gas-guzzling SUVs to get there), leaving behind their usual detritus.

Teach observes:

So why don't the self-proclaimed planet-savers bring plastics bags for their own trash? #PeoplesClimateMarch

— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) April 30, 2017

Perhaps some of those reusable bags that are made out of help or something, the ones that are shown to gather all sorts of diseases and icky stuff?

Trash left behind by "environmentalists" at #climatemarch.

— Nat Shupe (@NatShupe) April 29, 2017

This kind of lunacy reminds me of Leonardo DiCaprio expressing his angst over warmal colding by flying all over the world in private jets.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.

Larwyn's Linx: Portland and Berkeley: Sanctuary Cities for Leftist Violence

DougRoss - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 13:54
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Portland and Berkeley: Sanctuary Cities for Leftist Violence: Daniel Greenfield
Will Fascism Come to America through Its Colleges and Universities? : Roger L. Simon
DHS characterizes Portland's anti-Trump riot as 'terrorist violence:' report: OregonLive

Elizabeth Warren Jokes About Wanting to ‘Cut Open’ Republican ‘Bodies’: Sam Dorman
Obama's first 100 days as ex-president: Todd Shepherd
Levin: Speech-stomping Antifa blackshirts must be taken down: CR

Bloomberg’s Gun Control Rally Against NRA Fizzles In Atlanta: Bob Owens
AZ: Flagstaff Judge rules Police Video of Suspect Inadmissible as "Prejudicial": GunWatch
New GOP bill would punish students or faculty who interfere with free speech: Blaze

Bernie Sanders Takes Obama Down For $400k Speaking Fee!: RWN
Bill Maher calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ to her face: TruePundit
Trump's greatest first 100-day success: Ronald J. Lampard


California’s war on the emerging generation: OCR
The ‘Taxation Is Theft’ Meme Has Officially Gone Mainstream: Alice Salles
Tillerson Cuts 2,300 Jobs From Bloated State Department: True Pundit

Scandal Central

Baltimore Announces Illegal Aliens Can Commit Any Crimes They Want: FPM
California Democrats Make Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Disappear: Lloyd Billingsley

Climate, Energy & Regulations

Bill Nye's View of Humanity Is Repulsive: David Harsanyi


Book Review – Shattered: Chicago Boyz
NY Times: Expand Your World, Hit The Beach In Alabama: RWN
CBS Frets Arrests of Drunk Driver Illegal Immigrants; Admits 72% Drop in Crossings: NB


Soviet Islam: The Real Story: Jim Simpson
Nothing to do with Islam? Muslim Cleric Urges Muslims to Stab Jews: Christopher W. Holton
Top 10: Germany bans face veil for army, civil service: Rebel

Russia's Unrelenting Attacks on Syrian Civilians: Genevieve Casagrande
Battling anti-Semitic image, Le Pen quietly visits Holocaust memorial: Times of Israel
Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: JPost

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

What reality are you creating for yourself?: Isaac Lidsky
Urban farming flourishes in New York: Phys.Org
Engineers discover how to make bricks from Martian mud: Science Recorder


Fake Nerd Prom: MOTUS
If this doesn't get him noticed, nothing will: Японский иглобрюх создает шедевры на морском дне
Star Trek Fan Forced to Surrender ‘ASIMIL8’ License Plate for Being Offensive: Flopping Aces

Image: Trump invigorates, enchants crowd during rally in Harrisburg, Pa.
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Whole lot of free speech warriors now who were cool when last POTUS spied on AP, got phone records of a reporter, and tried to jail another.

— Razor (@hale_razor) April 30, 2017


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