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August 12, 2019 • 11:59 am

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On Sanders Campaign Fight With Unionized Staff Over Pay:

"Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of the many faces that make up the progressive left within the Democratic Party. He's an unapologetic democratic socialist. He has an economic agenda that would cost us trillions of dollars. And he's staunchly pro-labor union. That is until his campaign staff starts making demands for better pay, right? Yeah, it seems so. The Sanders campaign has unionized and is demanding $15/hour for staff nationwide and so far the left-wing candidate's leadership is silent on the matter. You just can't make this up. The far left guy unionizes the staff, makes minimum wage hikes part of the campaign platform, and then decides to slow walk paying his own staff the wage he wants to enact nationwide for workers as president. Excuse me while I grab some popcorn ..."

Read entire article here.

— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com Senior Editor
— Matt Vespa, Townhall.com Senior Editor
Posted July 19, 2019 • 07:40 am
On the House Vote Against Impeachment of President Trump:

"The House on Wednesday voted 332-95 to kill the first articles of impeachment brought forward under the new Democratic majority, showing off a deep divide among Democrats on whether to go forward with an effort to unseat President Trump.

"A majority of Democrats, along with the chamber's Republicans, voted to table the measure sponsored by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), while 95 Democrats voted in favor of it.

"It's the first time the Democratic House has been confronted with a vote on impeachment and comes a week before former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify before two committees on Capitol Hill."

— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
— Cristina Marcos, The Hill
Posted July 18, 2019 • 10:00 am
On Democrat Leaders Contravening U.S. Immigration Laws:

"Illegal immigrants subject to ICE enforcement have been given their constitutional right to due process, with the right to a hearing in a federal immigration court and the right to be represented by counsel. If they show up at their hearing and are not granted relief by an immigration judge, they have the right to appeal. If they lose that appeal, they are issued a final order of removal.

"Once a final order of removal is issued, the immigrants must either voluntarily depart the U.S. or turn themselves in to an ICE facility for deportation. If they fail to depart or turn themselves in, then their case is referred to the ICE fugitive unit, which is tasked with finding them.

"It is a long process to get to the point where ICE is knocking on someone's door to enforce a final order of removal. Those now subject to a final deportation order either failed to show up to immigration court; showed up and lost their case; waived their right to appeal; lost their appeal; did not show up for their appeal hearing; were granted voluntary departure but did not leave; or failed to turn themselves in to ICE for court-ordered removal.

"In each case, a federal judge has ruled that they do not have the right to be in the United States and must leave. But Democratic leaders are now saying they should be allowed to stay, in contravention of our immigration laws."

Read entire article here.

— Mark Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist, Fox News Contributor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow
— Mark Thiessen, Washington Post Columnist, Fox News Contributor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow
Posted July 17, 2019 • 11:25 am
On the 2020 Democrats' Campaign Funding Shortage:

"Months of bleak polling couldn't stop the parade of lower-level Democrats crowding into the presidential primary.

"But bankruptcy might.

"Eleven Democratic presidential candidates -- nearly half of the sprawling field -- spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.

"The financial squeeze is set to drastically shrink the lineup of Democratic contenders in the coming months, barring major shifts in momentum, as candidates grapple with the doldrums of summer fundraising and the high costs of staffing national campaigns and building donor lists big enough to qualify for future Democratic National Committee debates. The numbers also reveal the tremendous pressure on lesser-known candidates to make a splash in the debates at the end of this month -- potentially the last chance some will have to attract a burst of support as their expenses pile up.

"'This is the doomsday scenario for a lot of campaigns, where they're grasping for air to keep their campaigns alive and to live another day,' said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist in Washington. 'You can't build an organization. You can't build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.'"

Read entire article here.

— David Siders, Zach Montellard and Scott Bland, Politico
— David Siders, Zach Montellard and Scott Bland, Politico
Posted July 16, 2019 • 08:08 am
On Picking and Choosing What Laws to Follow:

"[A]s ICE prepared to conduct a nationwide operation, Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi held a press conference to instruct those who have violated our nation's laws on how they can evade federal law enforcement. How they can evade the law. How what ICE is doing is un-American and they need to resist.

"Are you kidding me?

"The Speaker of the House, a lawmaker for decades, is instructing those who have violated the laws that Congress enacted -- who were ordered removed from the country by a federal judge after due process -- to evade arrest? Since when is that appropriate? What other laws can we ignore? What other law enforcement officers should we evade? Can I ignore the tax law and not pay my taxes?

"The Speaker has made it clear that we can pick and choose what laws we want to abide by. Is that also true for all the mayors who are all over TV saying they will resist ICE and help people evade arrest? Can we pick and choose what laws we abide when we're in their cities? Can we park in no parking zones in San Francisco and not worry about paying fines? Can we evade Atlanta's police officers when they are trying to execute a judge's order? Can we resist police in Chicago when we don't want to be arrested? If not, why not? All of these mayors have made it clear we can pick and choose what laws we want to respect, and we can ignore the ones we don't like."

— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
— Thomas Homan, Former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Posted July 15, 2019 • 07:55 am
On the Current Debate Over Citizenship and The Census:

"The current debate over the constitutionally mandated decennial U.S. Census has led to Democrats in Congress charging that the simple inclusion of the question, 'Is this person a citizen of the United States?' is fundamentally and inherently racist. That question has been asked in one form or another since 1820 save for 2010 under President Obama. Further, the very same question is asked annually by the American Community Survey, under, yes, the Census Bureau. Even the United Nations, in their Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, encourages asking the question. The 'citizenship question' is necessary for the allocation of resources, fair allotment of Congressional seats, and to understand our immigration situation.

"Yet, since Congressional Democrats can't refute these fundamental truths, they are compelled by both necessity and tradition to denounce the very question as racist. Nancy Pelosi recently, and absent any support, declared the question was part of President Trump's effort to 'make America white again.' Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, never one to sit out a fake race war, chimed in with, 'It's about reducing the number of people of color being counted in the census. That's exactly what it's about.' No substantive arguments, again. No rational argument, so just a racist one."

— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
— Paul M. Curry, Esq., Political Columnist and Commentator
Posted July 12, 2019 • 08:00 am
On the Continuing Rift Between House Democrats:

"New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez implied Wednesday that Nancy Pelosi is racist and said the House speaker has been 'disrespectful' toward 'newly elected women of color' in Congress.

"Ocasio-Cortez addressed in an interview with The Washington Post the growing rift between Pelosi and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. ...

"Ocasio-Cortez told The Post that she initially believed Pelosi was employing a strategy to protect moderate Democrats. But she suggested she believes there could be a racial tinge to Pelosi's repeated rebuke of Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow freshmen.

"'When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm's distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out ... it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful ... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,' she told The Post."

Read entire article here.

— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
— Chuck Ross, Daily Caller Investigative Reporter
Posted July 11, 2019 • 08:33 am
On Speaker Pelosi Playing Race Card in Census Flap:

"To get this week off to a nation-splitting start, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said this on Monday about President Trump's efforts to ask a citizenship question on the 2020 census: 'You know ... his hat? "Make America White Again." They want to make sure that people, certain people, are counted.'

"Wow! How insulting. Is Pelosi saying that only white people count as citizens?

"If a black man like me answers 'Yes' to the question President Trump wants to ask -- 'Is this person a citizen of the United States?' -- would that make me white?

"Trump never has said anything remotely resembling what Pelosi claims, nor would such a census question diabolically count only white people. Pelosi is either mentally deranged or deliberately lying to suggest such a thing.

"Non-Hispanic whites constituted 60.4 percent of America's population last year, according to the Census Bureau. Among the other 39.6 percent of us non-whites, those who are citizens should be and will be counted in the census. So will those who are non-citizens -- legal or otherwise. Nothing would change from how this has been done for centuries."

Read entire article here.

— Deroy Murdock, Fox News
— Deroy Murdock, Fox News
Posted July 10, 2019 • 08:40 am
On Standing Up Against the Ethanol Lobby:

"President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency took a step toward draining the swamp by curbing the amount of corn ethanol being forced into our economy by the crony capitalist ethanol mandate.

"Big Corn is exploding with shock and dismay, as are corn-friendly lawmakers. But the White House shouldn't heed the objections of these subsidized corporate moonshiners. Instead, he should lean on Congress to go further and reduce the ethanol mandate to zero.

"Ethanol is a fuel alcohol derived from plants, in this country mostly from corn. Without federal support, there would be a very small market for ethanol, which is less powerful than gasoline, typically more expensive, cannot be shipped by pipeline, and tends to corrode engines.

"The federal renewable fuel standard, also known as the RFS and the ethanol mandate, is King Corn's current gravy train. The mandate requires refineries to blend a certain amount of ethanol into their gasoline. The EPA has some leeway on this score, and the agency has used it to protect consumers rather than the ethanol lobby."

Read entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted July 09, 2019 • 07:59 am
On Obama-Era 'Rules of Engagement':

"Lost in the euphoria of a U.S. Navy jury acquitting Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher of bogus murder charges are the families of two American Army officers similarly caught up and betrayed by their country - for political reasons only.

"82nd Airborne Lieutenant Clint Lorance has served nearly seven years of a 19-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth for the 'murder' of two Taliban bomb-makers who his men shot and killed as they charged their platoon on a motorcycle in Afghanistan in 2012.

"Major Matt Golsteyn, a Green Beret officer, had already left active duty when he was yanked back in order to prove a political point and now faces a 'murder' trial at Fort Bragg for tracking down and killing a Taliban bomb-maker.

"Both of these men faced prosecutions to reinforce Obama-era politically correct rules of engagement - suicidal rules that got Americans killed.

"What, exactly, are these 'rules of engagement?' And what, exactly, did Lorance and Golsteyn do to make the Army so hellbent on prosecuting them?"

Read entire article here.

— Don Brown, Former U.S. Navy JAG Officer and Legal Team Member of Lieutenant Clint Lorance
— Don Brown, Former U.S. Navy JAG Officer and Legal Team Member of Lieutenant Clint Lorance
Posted July 08, 2019 • 08:05 am
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