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White House aides fear disastrously low turnout at Trump's July 4 celebration of himself (Emily Singer/Shareblue Media)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:00

Emily Singer / Shareblue Media:
White House aides fear disastrously low turnout at Trump's July 4 celebration of himself  —  Top Trump officials fear Trump's July 4 celebration of himself will be a repeat of his inauguration crowd disaster.  —  The tanks are in place; the fighter jets are ready to fly …

Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It (Reid J. Epstein/New York Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 13:00

Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Grapple With a Sprawling Primary Field, and No One to Shape It  —  WASHINGTON — John Deeth is the sort of Iowa activist who keeps up with every new twist in the Democratic presidential primary, but there was no way he was going to devote two evenings to watching the first round of debates last week.

8 Times The Media Said There Was No Crisis At The Southern Border (Madeline Osburn/The Federalist)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
8 Times The Media Said There Was No Crisis At The Southern Border  —  Now that media-savvy congressional Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have brought attention to the humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border caused by Congress's refusal to fix our exploited immigration laws …

The Fourth of July Has Always Been Political (David Waldstreicher/The Atlantic)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

David Waldstreicher / The Atlantic:
The Fourth of July Has Always Been Political  —  Is President Donald Trump politicizing the Fourth of July, allowing the crassness of partisanship to intrude on a sacred civic celebration?  That widely posed question is built on a faulty premise.  From the very beginning …

Amash leaves the Republican Party, saying politics is 'trapped in a partisan death spiral' (Melissa Nann Burke/Detroit News)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 12:50

Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
Amash leaves the Republican Party, saying politics is ‘trapped in a partisan death spiral’  —  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash chose Independence Day to break with the Republican Party, decrying hyperpartisanship and saying he is “disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it.”

Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wall (David Alexander/Reuters)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 08:05

David Alexander / Reuters:
Trump administration loses bid to lift bar on funds for border wall  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to lift an injunction barring the Trump administration from using $2.5 billion intended for the fight against illegal narcotics to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls out Ocasio-Cortez as a liar on detainees drinking from toilets (Thomas Lifson/American Thinker)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 07:35

Thomas Lifson / American Thinker:
Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls out Ocasio-Cortez as a liar on detainees drinking from toilets  —  Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) continues to delight me with his common sense and honesty.  Yesterday, he did not mince words, calling out Democrats for their game of deliberately denying resources …

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Trump From Using Defense Funds for Border Wall (Zolan Kanno-Youngs/New York Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:10

Zolan Kanno-Youngs / New York Times:
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Blocking Trump From Using Defense Funds for Border Wall  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld a block on President Trump's attempt to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct a wall along the southwestern border …

What you need to know about Antifa (CNN)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 05:10

CNN:
What you need to know about Antifa  —  What is Antifa?  —  Antifa is short for anti-fascists.  The term is used to define a broad group of people whose political beliefs lean toward the left — often the far left — but do not conform with the Democratic Party platform.

TV networks snub Trump's 'Salute to America' ... (Daily Mail)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 04:10

Daily Mail:
TV networks snub Trump's ‘Salute to America’ saying they WON'T show it instead of Jeopardy! and nightly newscasts (but you can catch it on C-Span)  — ABC, CBS and NBC will not show Donald Trump's ‘Salute to America’ on the Fourth of July instead of their nightly newscasts

In Surprise, Katz Pulls Just Ahead of Cabán in Queens D.A. Primary (New York Times)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 03:35

New York Times:
In Surprise, Katz Pulls Just Ahead of Cabán in Queens D.A. Primary  —  Tiffany Cabán's 1,100-vote lead evaporated after the count, putting Melinda Katz 20 votes ahead in the hotly contested primary.  —  The Democratic primary for district attorney in Queens …

Omar on Border Patrol Agencies: Eliminate Their Existence (Charlie Hoffmann/Washington Free Beacon)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 03:25

Charlie Hoffmann / Washington Free Beacon:
Omar on Border Patrol Agencies: Eliminate Their Existence  —  Omar said ‘rogue agencies’ are terrorizing people who cross the border  —  During an appearance on BET's digital series “Black Coffee Live,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) claimed border patrol agents were terrorizing immigrants …

To Gerrymander Or Not To Gerrymander? That's The Question For Democrats (Miles Parks/NPR)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 02:50

Miles Parks / NPR:
To Gerrymander Or Not To Gerrymander?  That's The Question For Democrats  —  New Jersey is a decisively Democratic state, but last year Democratic lawmakers there decided to try to cement their power even further.  —  Hillary Clinton won by 14 percentage points in 2016.

Inside the effort to build suspense - and crowds - for Trump's Fourth of July (Washington Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 02:45

Washington Post:
Inside the effort to build suspense — and crowds — for Trump's Fourth of July  —  As President Trump's appointees have worked doggedly to assemble the most ambitious and costly Fourth of July ceremony the nation's capital has ever seen, they have been guided by one overriding principle: It cannot be a repeat of his 2017 inauguration.

Reversing course, Trump administration will look for a way to add citizenship question to 2020 Census (Washington Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 02:25

Washington Post:
Reversing course, Trump administration will look for a way to add citizenship question to 2020 Census  —  The Justice Department said Wednesday that the government is looking for a way to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, just one day after it said it would drop that effort and was printing the form without it.

Trump Fed nominee Judy Shelton once advocated for 'open borders' with Mexico (Heather Long/Washington Post)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 02:20

Heather Long / Washington Post:
Trump Fed nominee Judy Shelton once advocated for ‘open borders’ with Mexico  —  President Trump's Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton has long been a proponent of free trade and once advocated for an open border with Mexico, a clear contrast with the president who has focused on barriers at the southern border.

Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall (Elliot Spagat/Associated Press)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 02:10

Elliot Spagat / Associated Press:
Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall  —  SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election.

Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated (Associated Press)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:55

Associated Press:
Harris says busing should be considered, not mandated  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday that busing students should be considered by school districts trying to desegregate their locations — not the federal mandate she appeared to support …

Kamala 2020 Makes Obama 2008 Look Positively Right Wing (Issues & Insights)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:40

Issues & Insights:
Kamala 2020 Makes Obama 2008 Look Positively Right Wing  —  With the first primary still eight long months away, making any sort of prediction about the Democratic candidates is pointless.  Nevertheless, some have noticed an interesting parallel shaping up, one that involves an old Democrat …

Appeals court declines to green-light Trump border wall projects (Josh Gerstein/Politico)

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:30

Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court declines to green-light Trump border wall projects  —  A divided federal appeals court panel has declined to remove a major roadblock to President Donald Trump's plan to spend more than $8 billion for border wall construction despite Congress agreeing to give him only a fraction of that sum.

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