Big govt, International, Politics

Border Patrol: NYC Mayor De Blasio Illegally Crossed Border

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio broke federal law. More specifically, he and his security detail illegally crossed into Mexico during a June visit to Texas — after being denied permission to cross the area earlier that day. De Blasio denies willfully breaking the law and continued his attacks on President Trump. But the USBP isn’t backing down in their claims. If it’s ultimately verified, it’s more proof in the case for liberals’ notion that they’re above the law. And it’s yet another demonstration for why Hillary Clinton lost the election.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection emerged stating the mayor and his security detail illegally crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border during a visit to Texas last month.

During a news conference Wednesday at the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, de Blasio called the allegations “absolutely ridiculous” and an attempt by the Trump administration to create a distraction amid the immigration debate involving illegal immigrant children.

“[This] is another way to distract [the American people] from an inhumane policy,” de Blasio said about the letter being released about two weeks after it was issued.

“Threats by the Trump administration will not stop me from speaking out and won’t stop my fellow mayors from speaking out,” the mayor said.

In a letter sent on June 25 and obtained by Fox News, CBP said de Blasio and his security detail, run by the New York Police Department, illegally crossed the border near El Paso on June 21. The mayor and his security detail were spotted taking photos by a Border Patrol agent on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry.

They had been denied earlier in the day entrance to a holding facility for immigrant children, which de Blasio said on Wednesday “made no sense.”


Big govt, Courts, Politics

SCOTUS Nominee Now in Series of Senate Meetings

Brett Kavanaugh has begun a gauntlet of pre-confirmation meetings with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell following his Monday night nomination by President Donald Trump for confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice. Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) have been specifically chosen to guide him through what is expected to be a bitter, brutal and hyperpartisan confirmation process.  Republicans are hoping to have him confirmed by Oct. 1 when SCOTUS begins its new term despite the complication from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not voting giving a slim 50-49 majority and requiring support from every remaining Republican to put Kavanaugh on the bench.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Brett Kavanaugh kicked off his first day of Senate meetings on Tuesday by talking with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and is expected to schedule several others in the coming weeks in his bid to win confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh Monday night, and the judge was accompanied to the Senate on Tuesday by Vice President Mike Pence and former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who has been selected to shepherd him through the process.

Kavanaugh met with McConnell, R-Ky., in the leader’s office near the Senate chamber at 11 a.m.

“I think the president made an outstanding nomination,” McConnell said as he stood in his office next to Kavanaugh, Pence, ad Kyl. “We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks.”

Pence said the White House “is very confident,” the confirmation process will show Kavanaugh “is the most qualified and most deserving” of the appointment to the Supreme Court. None of the men answered questions from reporters about whether they believe they can win over any Democrats.

Kavanaugh is also expected to sit down with another critical leader, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who will decide the pace and timing of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Grassley has not scheduled Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing yet, and Republicans are pushing to have him on the bench by Oct. 1, the start of the court’s next term.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Breaking: Trump Announces SCOTUS Nominee

President Trump has been teasing his pick for the Supreme Court for the better part of two weeks. And the political web has been abuzz with speculation about who the final pick may be. But at 9pm Eastern last night, Trump finally answered all the pundits with an announcement that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the official pick.

At 53, he’ll be one of the youngest members of the Supreme Court if confirmed. And that was precisely one of the president’s goals as he works to reshape the Court with conservatives who can serve for 20 years or more. Kavanaugh brings with him a strong resume from the DC Court of Appeals along with a uniquely conservative record. And that reality has Democrats already preparing for the confirmation battle in the Senate in hopes of blocking Kavanaugh and preventing Roe v. Wade from being overturned.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Over the weekend reports had concurred that President Trump had narrowed down his final choices for the Supreme Court to four.

Those four were D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman; 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett; and 6thCircuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge.

All are smart lawyers with high praise from their supporters.

Read more…


Issues, Politics

Walmart In Hot Water for Anti-Trump T-shirt

Walmart is in hot water after ‘Impeach 45’ merchandise was found on its website and a customer uproar ensued. The world’s largest retailer has already removed the offensive apparel in a bid to quell the ‘bad for business’ headlines. It’s a mistake they’ll likely not make again after being reminded that the bulk of Walmart stores reside in the south where the vote for President Trump topped 70% in some states. That aside, the president’s polling numbers, contrary to what the mainstream media portray, continues to be at or better than that of President Obama in the same timeframe of his first term.

Here’s more from Yahoo…

Walmart on Tuesday removed shirts and other gear from its online marketplace bearing the phrase “Impeach 45” after supporters of US President Donald Trump lambasted the retail giant on social media.

Walmart nixed the items after images of jerseys and baby gear with the anti-Trump slogan went viral on social media. At midday, the phrase #BoycottWalmart was trending on Twitter.

“These items were sold by third party sellers on our open marketplace, and were not offered directly by Walmart,” a company spokesman said. “We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.”

The controversy highlights a challenge of doing business in a country increasingly polarized by politics, where supporters and critics of Trump have become more vocal in pressuring companies with boycott threats when they appear to be taking sides.

Other brands that have aroused howls on social media include athletic clothing and equipment brand Under Armour after its chief executive praised Trump, and sporting goods chain Dick’s Sporting Goods that restricted some gun sales.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Trump Reverses Obama-Era Affirmative Action Regs

President Trump continues to unravel the Obama legacy this week.
After reading a report that Harvard University is intentionally discriminating against Asian applicants in order to ‘diversify’ its campus in the favor of other (non-white) minorities, President Trump acted.
He announced a reversal of Obama administration guidelines strongly encouraging that schools consider race as a factor in admissions in order to achieve ‘diversity’ regardless of grades or other compelling candidate qualities.
Affirmative action is nothing more than reverse racism under another name. We do well to remind ourselves of Martin Luther King’s oft-quoted speech at the Lincoln Memorial in which he hoped people would be judged by the ‘content of their character, not the color of their skin’.
Here’s more from Hot Air…

The Trump administration is advising schools to avoid using race in admissions decisions. The change will reverse guidance issued by the Obama administration which recommended that schools consider race as one factor in admissions. The NY Times reports the change appears to be aimed at having an impact on a lawsuit filed against Harvard University over its admissions policies:

The Obama administration believed that students benefit from being surrounded by diverse classmates, so in 2011, the administration offered schools a potential road map to establishing affirmative action policies that could withstand legal scrutiny.

In a pair of policy guidance documents, the Education and Justice departments told elementary and secondary schools and college campuses to use “the compelling interests” established by the court to achieve diversity.They concluded that the Supreme Court “has made clear such steps can include taking account of the race of individual students in a narrowly tailored manner.”…


Culture, Media

Melania Makes Surprise Visit to Injured Service Members

First Lady Melania Trump arrived for an unannounced visit Tuesday to our injured military men and women and their families at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
In yet another show of class, the press was kept out and only informed after the fact when the First Lady shared heartfelt pictures of her visits across her social media accounts.
It’s a stark contrast with the previous administration and just one more example of what leadership and magnanimity can do in uniting the country on the path of making America great again.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…


Melania Trump made a surprise visit Tuesday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit injured service members and their families.

“@FLOTUS has just arrived to @WRBethesda for an unannounced visit to combat-injured service members & their families,” the first lady’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham tweeted.

“This administration will never stop supporting our men & women in uniform & the families who love them,” she added. “Thank you!!!”

Shortly after the trip, Trump shared a few photos from her visit.“I had a wonderful visit to @WRBethesda today. Thank you to the many dedicated service members & medical staff who take such good care of our men & women in uniform,” FLOTUS captioned her post on Instagram.

The first lady underwent kidney surgery at the medical center in May for a benign embolism and missed President Donald Trump’s trip to Singapore for the historic meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and the G-7 summit in Canada.



Are Millennials More Compatible with Socialism?

If the victory of the latest celebrity political candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, in New York is any indication, America may soon have a crisis of rising socialism, not only in urban cities but in our heartland.

Even the most prominent liberals like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) don’t openly embrace socialism, but the rising generation does.

More alarmingly, they are winning on it — and the mainstream media is celebrating it.

Bernie Sanders was a force to be reckoned with during the 2016 Democrat presidential primary, strong enough to motivate Hillary Clinton to cheat.

And his appeal to the younger generations is not waning, not by a longshot.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A few months ago, Hillary Clinton was asked about whether her self-identification as a capitalist had hurt her among members of her own core constituency. She said it had. She was right. And the Democratic Party is now moving openly in the direction of embracing socialism.

All of this follows what are, in any serious sense, relatively minor wins for self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists within the party. The momentum began with Bernie Sanders’ stunning 2016 presidential run, which galvanized young people in a way Hillary’s campaign never did. Sanders’ radicalism permeated the party and radicalized ambitious politicians like Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). But Warren and Booker and Harris and Gillibrand still don’t openly embrace socialism as a philosophy.


Big govt, Courts, Politics

Politico: Conservatives Urge Woman for SCOTUS

With the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement, Democrats’ plan to oppose whomever President Trump nominates may get a little tricky.

According to a Politico report, conservatives are urging Trump to nominate a woman, most likely stalwart conservative Amy Coney Barrett.

If he does, Democrats in the Senate will be faced with the prospect of appearing anti-woman just ahead of the November elections.

Recall Barrett was assailed by Democrats — Sen. Diane Feinstein in particular — last year during her confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Things went south when Feinstein attacked Barrett for her devout faith charging that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”

Here’s more from Hot Air… 

How can Donald Trump best indemnify himself against political attacks over his upcoming Supreme Court nomination? Some conservatives concerned about the optics of replacing Anthony Kennedy, the center square on abortion issues for the last generation, have a strategy in mind, reports Politico’s Josh Gerstein. And that’s to play a little identity politics with the party that usually masters it:

No matter whom President Donald Trump picks for the Supreme Court this time around, the nominee is almost certain to come under withering liberal attack as a grave threat to women’s rights. Several conservatives close to the White House, however, say they know just how to blunt that looming assault: Pick a woman for the job.

With Roe v. Wade appearing to hang in the balance, the battle to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy will be an order of magnitude more intense than the fight last year over filling the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Choosing a female nominee could turn down some of the heat on the abortion issue, give some political cover to female Republican senators like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, and complicate the imagery in TV ads that are expected to savage the nominee, whoever he — or she — may be.