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Migrant Caravans Are a ‘Disgrace to the Democrat Party,’ Says Trump

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:53

In a tweet to Americans on Sunday, President Donald Trump wrote that border security officials continued their “full efforts … to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens” attempting to travel to the U.S. southern border via a large migrant caravan. He also described such caravans as “a disgrace to the Democrat Party.”

“People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away,” Trump tweeted, as Fox News and others reported.

“The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!”

The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2018

Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Souther Border. People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away. The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2018

Migrants streaming up north from Central America now number anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people — mainly from Honduras, as Fox also noted.

The president also tweeted, “The caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!”

On Thursday night during his Montana campaign rally, Trump told a tremendous crowd of people that the midterm elections this November will be “an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order and common sense … Remember, it’s going to be an election of the caravan.”

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000 in Mexico, with members vowing to reach U.S. https://t.co/weF9MExPmZ pic.twitter.com/BOksR86UDt

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 21, 2018

He also blamed those on the Left for the migrant caravan on Twitter last week, blaming the Democrats for “weak laws.”

A senior administration official told Fox News on Thursday that both U.S. and Mexican officials agreed on a plan to handle the approaching crowd of people. “The plan includes Mexico requesting that the United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said,” as Fox News reported.

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On Saturday, UNHCR spokesman Chris McGrath confirmed that the agency has “deployed teams to the Mexican border with Guatemala where they are working closely with Mexican officials … so all individuals can be processed and provided with essential services, including access to health services, food and shelter.”

Currently, Mexico is processing the caravan in small groups.

Apparently some 640 asylum claims have been processed since Friday, and “the country deployed some 700 federal police to the border and has said it will police the border against rogue caravan members who try to cross illegally,” Fox News noted.

If their claims of asylum are denied, Mexico has said these people will be deported.

It added that the asylum process for individuals can take anywhere from 45 to 90 days.

The people who are approved “will be eligible for relocation in a third country, potentially Mexico or the United States, but there are no guarantees.”

Mexican Govt Betrays @realDonaldTrump, Helping Caravan to USA Border: Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US https://t.co/C5OKBTD9Uw #MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs

— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 21, 2018

For the duration of the asylum process, the applicants are told to remain close to an immigration station and sign in each week with authorities.

Once they are told asylum is granted, these individuals “can move freely in Mexico. Last year, roughly 9,000 Central Americans received asylum in Mexico, but the system is severely backlogged,” said Fox.

Border Patrol preparing for migrant caravan https://t.co/fKvEIFNDJs pic.twitter.com/FRQNFmZ9Sn

— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 21, 2018

If their claims of asylum are denied, Mexico has said these people will be deported.

And check out this video:

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Caught with Guns at Airports, These People Paid This in the Past Year

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 20:10

Travelers caught with guns at airports last year were ordered to pay approximately $1.45 million in civil penalties by the Transportation Security Administration, according to a report.

The TSA imposed the fines after filing more than 4,000 actions against gun-carrying travelers, The Washington Post reports.

TSA has the authority to assess civil penalties of up to $13,000 for travelers who bring weapons to airports.

A typical first offense for carrying a handgun into a checkpoint is $3,900.

Violators are also subject to criminal charges.

Travelers can fly with guns in checked bags if the weapons are declared and properly secured.

Related: Why Good Guys with Guns Matter — and Make a Difference

On Tuesday, TSA screeners at Reagan Airport in Washington stopped a woman with a loaded handgun.

“TSA officers caught the Arlington, Virginia, resident with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 14 bullets, including one in the chamber, in her carry-on bag,” the TSA said in a news release.

Most of the actions — 3,932, or 96 percent — were against travelers with guns in carry-on bags, according to the paper, which obtained the numbers after filing a public records request.

The Post reported that nearly 1,000 of the actions were brought against travelers who had guns confiscated at six airports: Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International, Dallas-Fort Worth International, George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Denver International, and Dallas Love Field.

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Most of the actions — 3,932, or 96 percent — were against travelers with guns in carry-on bags, according to the paper, which obtained the numbers after filing a public records request.

The paper’s analysis of the data suggests TSA screeners confiscated two guns from flight crew members.

Watch this video to see more airport developments in this country these days:

This Fox News piece is used by permission.

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Trump’s October Surprise for Dems Is New ‘Middle-Class Tax Cut’

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 18:11

President Donald Trump dropped something totally unexpected on Democrats and the mainstream media — a big tax break for the middle class — while campaigning Saturday in Nevada.

“We are looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people,” Trump told reporters just before boarding Air Force One to return to the nation’s capital.

“And if we do that it will be, I would say, probably sometime just prior to November. We are going to be putting in, and are studying right now around the clock, a very major tax cut for middle-income people.”

The new proposal would slash taxes “not for business at all, but for middle-income people,” Trump continued. “The last one was for middle-income taxpayers and for business, and now our businesses are now coming back because of it.”

“We are going to be putting in and are studying right now around the clock a very major tax cut for middle-income people.”

The president said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is working on the proposal, as is House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). Brady (pictured above right) has been Trump’s most outspoken advocate for a second tax cut.

Asked by reporters about the time frame for introducing the new proposal, Trump said, “I would say sometime around the first of November, maybe a little before then.”

Many mainstream media stories on Trump’s comments presented them as if the president talked about something entirely new.

Roll Call’s headline on its story, for example, declared, “Trump pushes new tax cuts before election.” The subhead of the same story said, “But with both chambers gone, it’s a guessing game as to what the president was talking about.”

Trump mentioned the issue earlier in the week, in fact, during an appearance on Fox Business Network, telling anchor Stuart Varney that “we’ll continue with the tax cuts because we have other tax cuts planned. We’re going to do a lot of cutting of the budget.”

Related: Hassett Destroys Obama’s Claim He Caused Trump’s Economic Boom

The House approved legislation in late September to make permanent the tax rate cuts approved by Congress in December 2017, but the Senate failed to take up the measure before adjourning for the midterm election campaign.

So it’s highly likely that any similar measure the Senate might pass during the lame duck session after the election will have to be reconciled with the House version in a conference committee. Trump’s reference to “working day and night” in planning the new tax cut proposal is almost certainly focused on the conference committee process.

The House version made permanent both the lowered individual tax rates, along with a provision concerning how businesses and individuals are treated on “pass-through” income.

If the Senate does not act, the individual tax rate cuts and the pass-through provision will expire in eight years.

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China to Put a ‘Fake Moon’ in the Night Sky by 2020

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 17:15

The Chinese government is planning to launch a “fake moon” into space in two years, and it could save that country hundreds of millions of dollars in annual electricity costs.

The satellite is set to be launched into orbit about 310 miles above the city of Chengdu in 2020, and may have the power to entirely replace streetlights, The Daily Wire and other outlets noted.

This “moon” will actually be a satellite — an “illumination satellite,” featuring reflective panels that could make it eight times as bright as the real moon.

The panels will catch and release light from the sun just as the moon does. This “moon” will reportedly be able to adjust its own brightness and limit or expand its coverage on the ground, which could range from 6 to 50 miles in diameter.

The “moon” will also be able to aim light in different directions, which could be a “possible aid in times of disaster,” said The Daily Wire.

Prior to launch, tests will be done “in an uninhabited desert” to see if the light could negatively affect the natural cycles of wildlife.

Despite the announcement of environmental testing, some people are concerned about the potential light pollution caused by an artificial moon.

“This potentially creates significant new environmental problems with what, at first, seems like a novel approach to an already solved problem,” said John Barentine, the director of public policy at the International Dark-Sky Association.

Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Heilongjiang, China, said that the light of the satellite is more of a “dusk-like glow,” said Fox News, so it should not affect the welfare of animals.

If the satellite is a success, China plans to launch three more in 2022 that could cover even more area.

The cost of the project hasn’t been made public.

Related: Who, Us? China Diplomat Ducks When Asked if Beijing Interfering in 2018 Election

In 1999, Russia tried the same thing, launching its own “artificial moon” satellite from the Mir space station.

The satellite, named Znamya, “was designed to light up the northern region of the country where sunlight is scant during the winter months,” noted The Daily Wire.

“No more electricity bills, no more long, dark winters. This is a serious breakthrough for technology,” said Vladimir Syromyatnikov, the engineer behind the Russian project.

Unfortunately, after a successful test run of a smaller model, the panels of the second Znamya satellite didn’t open properly, and tore Mir’s antennas.

The idea of Znamya was abandoned — and eventually destroyed upon re-entry into earth’s atmosphere.

See more in the video below.

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Dem Senate Candidate Krysten Sinema Once Said Stay-at-Home Moms ‘Leech’ Off Their Husbands

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 14:12

Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema (pictured above, right) once said that stay-at-home moms were “leeching” off their husbands or boyfriends, The Daily Wire reported.

”These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life,” she said in a 2006 interview with Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944, dismissing the hard and important tasks that mothers working inside the home do every day. “That’s bulls***. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?”

Sinema is up against Republican Rep. Martha McSally in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country, and McSally may be closing the gap; a poll conducted by The New York Times from October 15 to 19 shows McSally gaining significant ground.

Also bolstering her aggressive anti-family position, Sinema, a strident abortion rights supporter, co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, which one pro-life advocate explained actually works to protect abortion rights.

Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee of the bill, as The Daily Wire reported: “We find the formal title or marketing label, ‘Women’s Health Protection Act,’ to be highly misleading. The bill is really about just one thing: stripping away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their development.”

She continued, “The proposal is so sweeping and extreme that it would be difficult to capture its full scope in any short title. Calling it the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.”

She added, “The bill would subject any law or government policy that affects the practice of abortion, even indirectly, to an array of sweeping legal tests designed to guarantee that almost none will survive. The general rule would be that any law that specifically regulates abortion would be presumptively invalid … It is apparent that those who crafted this bill believe that, where abortion is involved, immediate access to abortion, at any stage of pregnancy, is the only thing that matters.”

Sinema also declined recently to say whether she regrets saying back in 2003 that she had no problem with Americans wanting to join the Taliban.

Audio from the candidate’s work as an anti-war activist that year includes her saying, “I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead,” when asked if she would object to Americans going to fight with the Taliban.

Sinema was offered a chance in an interview with the Arizona Republic’s editorial board last Wednesday to say whether she regretted making those comments, reported The Daily Caller.

“I was opposed to that war in 2003, and 15 years later, that war is still going on and we’ve lost American lives,” Sinema said, opting not to retract her inflammatory remarks.

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In an effort to “explain” the Taliban, Sinema wrote in her book “Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions That Win — And Last,” published back in 2009, “I don’t mean that we should all of a sudden abandon our principles and adopt moral relativism. I just mean that we should consider the idea that perhaps people with views different from our own come about those ideas honestly and that those ideas aren’t inherently evil.”

Sinema has also criticized residents of her own state in the past — the anonymous conservative group The Reagan Battalion this month released a video on Twitter of the candidate telling liberal activists how to “stop your state from becoming like Arizona.”

Her remarks were made in 2011 after Arizona Republicans passed immigration bill SB-1070, a law that was later effectively challenged in court by National Immigration Law Center and other immigrant rights groups.

The video shows Sinema, who is bisexual, speaking to a group while under a banner for the Texas Stonewall Democrats, an LGBTQ organization in that state. She says that people had been calling Arizona “crazy” recently, and blames it on the GOP.

“There’s something wrong with the people in public office in Arizona,” Sinema said. “People are saying the Tea Party, the Tea Party. Those people have been in charge 20 years in Arizona. They’re called Republicans.”

See more in the video below.

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Risky Business: Personal Safety During Work Travel a Serious Concern for Women

LifeZette - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 11:00

For the female workforce, one topic should be serious food for thought: Are you taking enough personal safety precautions during business trips?

More than eight in 10 women report having experienced one or more safety-related concerns or incidents this year while traveling for business, according to new research published in Business Wire and conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

The study was done in partnership with AIG Travel, an insurance company offering travel protection with locations worldwide.

Study respondents weren’t asked to share specific details, but what their answers revealed is significant.

“Nearly three-quarters of the women [polled] cite sexual harassment and assault as a concern, 68 percent are concerned about travel to certain countries and cities, and 65 percent are concerned about assault or kidnapping risk,” Amanda Cecil, senior vice president of professional development and research for GBTA, told LifeZette.

She added, “These high levels of concern have a tangible impact on business travel for women.”

The stress triggered by these dangers also affect productivity during travel.

“AIG Travel feels it is important to shine a light on the unique travel considerations faced by women,” Rhonda Sloan, head of marketing and industry relations, told Business Wire. “The research findings show that many female business travelers are aware of and concerned about the challenges they may face while traveling for work, while employers still have plenty of room to provide more guidance and resources to help women minimize those risks and experience safer travels.”

Cecil agreed. “Ultimately, all travelers want to be productive and get business done, so understanding the specific risks female travelers face on the road can allow ‘travel buyers’ to play a critical role in addressing these concerns,” she noted.

“’Travel buyers’ is a term used in our industry to describe corporate travel managers or the individual at a company responsible for managing and booking travel for employees,” Marianne Varkiani, manager of communications for GBTA, told LifeZette.

Varkiani noted that, according to their research, less than one-fifth (18 percent) of travel policies specifically address “the safety and security of female business travelers.”

Additionally, when companies provide travel safety training, that training does not usually include female-specific content.

Of the companies that do provide training, 30 percent say the training includes female-specific content, while almost half (48 percent) say their training does not include it.

Women are generally more cognizant of their personal safety, said Cecil, and businesswomen in particular may apply this consciousness to their travel procedures.

“Safety and security are major considerations for all travelers, but the fact remains that women face different, if not greater, risks while traveling for business,” she said. “Our research findings show that women take special safety precautions when they travel for work, both before and during their business trips.”

She added, “Over half of women regularly communicate with the office, family or friends while traveling, 45 percent research the safety of their travel destination, and 44 percent make an effort to book a daytime departure or arrival. While we encourage female business travelers to take special precautions, companies should ultimately be held responsible; they should be aware of the risks that female travelers face on the road and make efforts to address and mitigate these risks.”

Amy Webster of Lake Worth, Florida, worked for Hollander Sleep Products, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, as vice president of merchandising. Her position required extensive travel, including trans-Atlantic trips.

“Hollander made travel safety guidelines a priority,” she told LifeZette. “We traveled in pairs or groups. We were instructed during long layovers to use the airline’s ‘club,’ so we were protected from the mass of general airport travelers.”

She added, “We were counseled to not eat at the bar at the hotel but to use room service, as a precaution. If we arrived at any destination during the evening, we were directed to valet, rather than park and walk to the hotel entrance.”

Webster also placed the weight of security training on the employer, and agreed agencies involved in air travel — such as the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) — should also bear responsibility in training their teams to be aware of the well-being of female travelers.

Beth M. (real name not given) from Boise, Idaho, travels solo for her consulting business; she shared some practical travel tips.

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“I make an effort to stay at the same hotel on repeat visits,” she told LifeZette. “I learn the names of the hotel employees to develop familiarity.”

She also asks a manager to escort her back to her room if she decides to dine in the hotel restaurant.

These smart measures can be lifesavers to any woman business traveler. Conscious thought, an awareness of one’s surroundings, and keeping in touch with family and friends can help lower the statistics the GBTA and AIG study shared — while improving the safety and peace of mind of women business travelers worldwide.

See more in the video below.

Based in Boynton Beach, Florida, Christine King is founder and CEO of Your Best Fit, a health and wellness company that provides fitness, nutrition, and design and management services.

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