Big govt, Immigration, Politics

Kamala Flips on Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

Kamala Harris now appears to be flip-flopping on her support for decriminalizing illegal immigration. “I’m not in favor of decriminalizing or not having consequence for, let me be very clear, we have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented cross the border as criminals, that is correct, that is correct.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

It appears that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has wavered on her support (or lack thereof) for the decriminalization of unauthorized border crossings.

As noted by Fox News, Kamala Harris notoriously joined her fellow 2020 contenders at the first Democratic Party presidential debate in raising hands in support of decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings. This past Friday, however, the senator seemed to reverse — or, at minimum, muddle — her position when pressed about it on “The View” by Meghan McCain.

“That is not correct. I’m not in favor of decriminalizing or not having consequence for, let me be very clear, we have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented cross the border as criminals, that is correct, that is correct,” Harris told McCain.

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Issues

Trump Proposes to Close Food Stamp “Loophole”

President Trump is threatening to close a loophole in food stamp rules, which Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue argues is being intentionally misused by states to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.” According to Fox News, federal policy allows those who receive benefits through other programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to automatically qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits despite current guidelines that would otherwise cut off prospective recipients making more than 130 percent of the poverty level. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

A proposed rule change for the food-stamp program, outlined this past week by the Agriculture Department, has highlighted the ideological clash between President Trump’s attempts to tighten government entitlement programs and efforts in some states to widen the social safety net.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed rule change was intended to close a “loophole” that states have misused to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.”

Current federal guidelines have forbidden people making more than 130 percent of the poverty level from getting aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, officials in many states have said the cap was too restrictive, especially in cities with a high cost of living, prompting them to bypass the limits.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Mueller’s 2-Year Political Hit Job

It’s time to investigate the investigators — including liberal lawmakers — who were complicit in a conspiracy to frame President Trump and remove him from office using the almighty power of the U.S. Justice Department.
What we saw unfold at the Bob Mueller congressional hearing this week should alarm every American.
The special counsel tasked to lead the investigation the past two years wasn’t capable of holding such a position. Throughout the multi-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, our nation saw a confused and disoriented man, Bob Mueller, who didn’t have a grasp of the facts and key information contained within his 448-page report. Mueller had trouble answering simple questions indicating he wasn’t in charge of the investigation into the Trump campaign and the current administration — someone else was.
Who, exactly? Was Mueller’s staff of Trump-hating prosecutors who wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential election driving the sham investigation to punish her political opponents?
It’s well known that the majority of lawyers on the special counsel legal team were staunch liberals who donated tens of thousands to Clinton’s campaign and to other Democrats. Several had other glaring conflicts of interest, such as Jeannie Rhee, who represented the Clinton family in the past, including work for the Clinton Foundation. And then there’s Mueller’s top deputy, Andrew Weissman, who attended a political event to support Hillary Clinton during the last presidential cycle. Weismann also praised Sally Yates, a former Department of Justice official who served in the Obama administration, for disobeying orders from President Trump and refusing to cooperate with his administration.
Every single lawyer on the special counsel team who had blatant conflicts of interest and/or political bias should’ve never have been part of the investigation.
Let’s not forget that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself — following heavy pressure from Democratic lawmakers and their backers in media — from overseeing the special counsel investigation because he supported candidate Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Why the double standard with Mueller’s legal team?
Extreme anti-Trump bias wasn’t the only troubling issue involving the “get Trump” special counsel — far from it.
Mueller revealed during his testimony that he, mandated to investigate foreign interference into the 2016 election, singularly focused on contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign while simultaneously failing to investigate real Russian “collusion” and interference by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party.
It’s well known that Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid millions to Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that contracted ex-British spy Christopher Steele and Russian informants to concoct the illicit “dirty dossier,” which was chock full of anti-Trump lies and Russian disinformation. That foreign-sourced propaganda was then used by then-FBI Director James Comey — a Trump hater who was later fired by the president — and others within the highest echelons of the DOJ to obtain FISA warrants, spy on the Trump campaign and subsequently open criminal investigations into Trump and his associates.
The dossier was the epicenter of the whole ordeal, but Mueller admitted during his testimony that he didn’t bother to look into it, claiming it was beyond his purview.
Seriously, folks?
How is Hillary Clinton, her campaign and the DNC immune to allegations of Russian interference in U.S. elections when they commissioned the foreign-sourced dossier and paid for it? When asked by congressional lawmakers about Fusion GPS during the hearing, Mueller shockingly said he didn’t know what the company was, implausible given its significant role in this whole three-ring circus.
So there you have it. The special counsel — filled with anti-Trump partisans — directed the investigation toward the president, his family, his former campaign and his administration while turning a blind eye to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, the ones who actually did work with the Russians and other foreigners, all to delegitimize the results of the election. And remove the president via politically fueled calls for impeachment.
All of which highlights that the special counsel investigation was a political hit job from the get-go orchestrated by Democrats and the deep state to effect an illicit coup — using the weight of the U.S. justice system as their weapon — against a duly elected president. This is patently un-American and cannot stand.
Attorney General Bill Barr must hold all conspirators accountable to restore trust in our justice system. A failure to do so will have devastating consequences for our country, the rule of law and our democracy predicated on free elections where the people select their leaders — not powerful elites or dirty cops — within our government.
Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Amazon Dumps Anti-Islamization Category, Cites “Quality Assurance”

For two years, Amazon hosted on its platform the film “Killing Europe,” which focused on the dangers of mass immigration to Europe by Muslims but not anymore. According to the film’s director, Michael Hansen, Amazon cited “customer content quality expectations” but has not responded to repeated requests for details on what specific content triggered the film’s removal. “What I fear is that here in the U.S. you’re starting to see the beginnings of the same thing,” Hanson said. “If you’re conservative nowadays, you gotta run a gauntlet between these armed thugs. If you’re not careful here in the United States, you’re going to lose that public space. It’s happening rapidly.” Read more…

Here’s more from WND…

Amazon removed a documentary from its Prime Video service on the subject of Islam and mass immigration in Europe, citing “quality assurance” concerns.

The film by Michael Hansen, “Killing Europe,” had been hosted on the platform since 2017 without issue, reported Breitbart News.

The censorship came shortly after Breitbart did a story about another Hansen documentary, “Killing Free Speech,” which addresses the rise of Antifa and Big Tech censorship in the United States.

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Abortion, Big govt, Courts, Politics

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas’ Abortion Restrictions

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a 159-page order blocking Arkansas from enforcing its new pro-life legislation, arguing that it would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close. Among the provisions are measures prohibiting abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy, abortions due to a Down syndrome diagnosis, and also requiring that doctors performing abortions be board certified or board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. The lawsuit was originally brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which commented that it is “determined to see them blocked for good.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The laws are being challenged by Little Rock Family Planning Services, the state’s only surgical abortion clinic, and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood only offers medication-induced abortions at its Arkansas facilities. Planned Parenthood earlier this month stopped providing medication-induced abortions at its Fayetteville facility while it looks for a new location, but is still providing the procedure at its Little Rock center.

The challenge was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by ACLU of Arkansas. Its spokeswoman, Holly Dickson, said ACLU attorneys were poring over the order and will have a statement later Wednesday. For now, “We are so relieved that these bans and restrictions have been temporarily blocked from taking effect. And we are determined to see them blocked for good,” she said.

A message left with a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office was not immediately returned early Wednesday.

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Abortion, Big govt, Immigration, Politics

Omar Wants Taxpayers to Fund Illegals’ Abortions

Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) clearly thinks taxpayers should foot the bill for illegal aliens’ abortions.”No one should fear receiving medical care because they are undocumented. We must ensure that all people in our country have access to reproductive health care,” Omar tweeted Monday. Her political pandering disregards the fact that the Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funding for most abortions regardless of legal status, and Islam decidedly does not allow abortion. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar believes illegal immigrants should have taxpayer-funded abortions.

“No one should fear receiving medical care because they are undocumented. We must ensure that all people in our country have access to reproductive health care,” Omar wrote in a Monday night tweet.

Omar has taken hard-line positions on abortion before. Following President Donald Trump’s impassioned plea to end late-term abortion in his February State of the Union address, Omar tweeted: “If Trump thinks pivoting from his failed vanity wall to policing women’s bodies and choices is going to help his 2020 chances he has another thing [sic] coming.”

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Big govt, Immigration, Politics

Hypocrisy of the Media’s Immigration Crisis Coverage

When it comes to examining the immigration crisis dominating the news cycle, Americans must question why there was no public outrage — or widespread media coverage — when the Obama administration deported 3 million illegal immigrants.

It’s not long ago that the former Democratic administration conducted ICE raids, instilling fear in the immigrant community, yet few, if anyone, accused President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden of being inhumane. Nor did Democrats compare U.S. detention centers that are temporarily housing illegal immigrants while their claims are being processed to Nazi concentration camps.

Liberal lawmakers and their supporters didn’t accuse Obama or members of his administration of being racists for upholding the rule of law. Nor did the left call fellow Democrats Nazis, despite hundreds of border deaths on Obama’s watch. “During Obama’s two-term presidency, from 2008 to 2016, border deaths ranged from 251 to 471 each year,” reports American Military News.

Add to it the mishandling of many unaccompanied children while in U.S. custody during the Obama/Biden years and images of migrants sleeping on the floor in controversial detention centers Democrats are now calling “cages.”
But that’s not all. In 2016, the Washington Post reported, “The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.”
Now contrast that to what’s happening today.

If you turn on any TV channel or examine mainstream media’s coverage of the immigration crisis at the southern border, you’ll see the left is up in arms over the Trump administration’s handling of the crisis, including its deportation raids that are targeting approximately 2,000 families whose immigration cases have been fully adjudicated. Instead of applauding the president for upholding the rule of law — laws that Democratic members of Congress had a hand in crafting — the left is trying to paint the president and his administration as inhumane “white nationalists” who heartlessly break up poor immigrant families.

Never mind that the Obama administration did the same thing — as did prior administrations, going back decades.
What clear-eyed voters see is politics at play, a dual system chock-full of faux “outrage” when it comes to the plight of migrants — depending on which party is in power.

When Republicans uphold the rule of law, they’re quickly painted by the left as “racists,” “fascists” or “Nazis,” but when a Democratic administration deports millions of illegals from similar places of origin, it gets a pass.

Add to it that Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other members of the administration weren’t personally attacked like the Trump administration is every single day, nor were their reputations maligned. To the contrary, they were by and large commended for respecting the rule of law when it came to immigration.

Here’s the deal. In 2015, immigrant advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a class action lawsuit against the Obama administration for the appalling treatment of illegal immigrants being housed in Customs and Border Protection detention centers. The suit alleges that migrants in U.S. custody were “deprived of beds, bedding, and sleep; denied adequate food, water, medicine and medical care, and basic sanitation and hygiene items such as soap, sufficient toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diapers, and showers.”

If you’re just learning about this years later, there’s a reason: Virtually zero media covered it at the time.
That tells you all you need to know.

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Facebook Labels Revered Christian Quote as “Hate Speech”

Facebook has it out for St. Augustine, labeling a quote of his-included in the Roman Catholic Church’s official liturgical books-as “hate speech.” It’s worth noting that Facebook defines hate speech as “a direct attack on people.” Yet, the quote’s only possible “hate” rhetoric is that it calls out sin. Facebook has repeatedly blocked the quote and even threatened to remove user accounts for posting it. “Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will be without sin; our lives should be praised only when we continue to beg for pardon.” Read more…

Here’s more from WND…

Facebook has labeled a quote by St. Augustine as hate speech, according to the director of a pro-life group.

“Facebook has repeatedly banned a quote from St. Augustine every time I’ve posted it. And it’s not some fire and brimstone ‘Sinners are going to hell!’ quote, but in fact, quite the opposite,” wrote Domenico Bettinelli, director of community engagement for Massachusetts Citizens for Life, in a blog post.

PJ Media reported the quote came from a St. Augustine homily included in the Roman Catholic Church’s official liturgical books.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Trump Declares Title X Abortion Restrictions Effective Immediately

The Trump administration announced Monday that the “Protect Life Rule,” prohibiting family planning clinics from referring women to abortion providers if they receive Title X grants, will be effective immediately. According to a report by the Washington Examiner, about $260 million in grants to “family planning clinics” are subject to the new rules, which also include a stipulation that these clinics cannot share facilities with abortion providers. In other words, President Trump just slashed Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded slush fund. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Trump administration announced Monday that family planning clinics are prohibited from referring women to abortion providers if they receive Title X family planning grants.

The Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule,” which many abortion rights advocates call a “gag rule,” will prohibit recipients of the grant from directly referring for abortions. The rule applies to some Planned Parenthood clinics.

The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List praised the Trump administration Monday, saying, “Without reducing Title X funding by a dime, the Protect Life Rule simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund.”

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Big govt, News, Politics

Trump Announces Census Citizenship EO

President Trump just outflanked the Swamp’s bureaucratic red tape by announcing Thursday that he plans to put the citizenship question on the 2020 census through Executive Order. “They’re spending 15 to 20 billion dollars on a census. They’re asking everything except, ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?’ How ridiculous is that? So we are moving forward. We have a couple of avenues.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Hill…

President Trump on Thursday plans to announce an executive action related to the census, according to a White House official.

The action is expected to address the citizenship question that the Supreme Court recently blocked the administration from adding to the 2020 census. Trump tweeted that he will hold a news conference in the afternoon “on the Census and Citizenship.”

White House officials declined to discuss the content of the executive action, but said it may not be a full-blown executive order.

Trump has hinted in recent days that he may use an executive order to force the inclusion of a citizenship question on census forms following the high court’s decision in late June.

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