Emily Zanotti


Newsweek has fired the reporter who wrote a blindingly inaccurate story about President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving plans, according to the Washington Examiner, but the outlet is refusing to admit it committed its own mistakes in greenlighting and posting the faulty piece.

On Thanksgiving, Newsweek reporter Jessica Kwong, who covers the Trump family for the magazine, wrote a story then-titled, “How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing and more.” The “more” included a secret visit overseas to serve a Thanksgiving dinner to Americans serving in Afghanistan, but Kwong’s original piece didn’t include the trip, even though, by the time the story hit both the internet and social media, photos and narrative from Trump’s mission abroad were readily available, at least

“Hours after the president’s trip was announced, Newsweek edited Kwong’s story and added a note at the bottom of it. The beginning of the story now focuses on the president’s trip and his speech to the troops, while the new headline reads, ‘How is Trump spending Thanksgiving? Tweeting, golfing — and surprising U.S. troops in Afghanistan,’” the Examiner reports.

The note at the end of the story reads, ‘This story has been substantially updated and edited at 6:17 p.m. EST to reflect the president’s surprise trip to Afghanistan. Additional reporting by James Crowley.” There is no mention of Kwong’s very serious mistake.

Kwong also corrected her story on social media, Tweeting, “Trump headed to Afghanistan to surprise U.S. troops on Thanksgiving… Deleting this tweet because it was written before knowing about the president’s surprise visit to Afghanistan-an honest mistake. Story has already been updated, as shown in the screenshot.”

The President was quick to pounce on the “fake news” story, tweeting that he believed Newsweek had gone out of business.

Newsweek told the Examiner that they terminated Kwong: “The story has been corrected, and the journalist responsible has been terminated…We will continue to review our processes and, if required, take further action.”

“The next day, [writer Jessica] Kwong reached out to the editor on duty and relayed the president’s latest actions, after which the story was published,” the Examiner reported. “When the president’s trip to Afghanistan was announced, that editor then decided to assign another reporter to write a new story about it but neglected to update Kwong’s original piece in a timely manner.”

Kwong said on Twitter that she’d been assigned the story on Wednesday and filed it early Thursday. She says she had no control over when it posted, and appeared to blame her editors at Newsweek for both accepting the story and making it public without checking on its validity.

Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son, was unconvinced that it was merely a comedy of errors on Newsweek’s part, even if both Kwong and the paper say the whole ordeal was an “honest mistake.”

‘It wasn’t an ‘honest mistake’ you tried to dunk on Trump and ended up dunking on yourself because you couldn’t resist. Notice how there’s never been a story that broke in Trump’s favor & had to be corrected the other way? These aren’t mistakes, they are a very consistent pattern,” he tweeted.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Newsweek Fired Reporter Who Wrote Inaccurate Story About President Trump’s Thanksgiving Plans

Top Republicans — and even some Democrats and members of the media — now believe Democrats may pull back on officially impeaching the president, particularly as polls haven’t borne out a clear advantage for Democratic candidates.

After two weeks of impeachment hearings, which yielded little in the way of evidence that the president most definitely offered Ukraine a “quid pro quo” agreement trading an increase in foreign aid for an investigation into “corruption” involving former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is left with a choice: call off the impeachment and look weak or keep going and risk failure at the ballot box.

Multiple polls taken last week reveal that the impeachment hearings are having their most marked effect on independents, who are supporting the impeachment in ever-declining numbers, leaving moderate Democrats at risk of losing their seats and Democratic presidential contenders at a loss going into 2020.

The Hill reports Sunday that “public opposition to impeachment has some Republicans … voicing skepticism that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will go through with a vote on impeachment.”

Even President Donald Trump expressed skepticism, telling Fox News late last week that he doesn’t expect to face any true impeachment trial.

“I think it’s very hard for them to impeach you when they have absolutely nothing,” he said.

Pelosi hasn’t guaranteed a vote, but not taking one will put her in hot water with progressives and activist voters, who have been waiting since January 20 of 2017 to impeach Trump. She also runs the risk of handing Trump a major victory in his battles against a “witch hunt” right before he hits the campaign trail.

But polls show voters aren’t enthusiastic about impeachment, and a subsequent multi-state media push from Republicans ripping vulnerable Democrats for supporting Pelosi’s crusade has those same moderate Democrats reportedly begging the Speaker to halt the process.

Worse still, the media is now fretting that the impeachment hearings weren’t the slam dunk Democrats are saying they were and it will cost them support.

The New York Times reports that the hearings lacked the damning evidence Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) promised, partly because the White House pushed back on Schiff’s claims and released primary sources to refuse Schiff’s version of events, and partly because, the Times says, the hearings featured no witnesses with first-hand accounts of the president’s malfeasance.

Lawmakers haven’t interviewed Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, even though he emerged as a key figure in inking any supposed deal with Ukrainian legislators. They haven’t interviewed Vice President Mike Pence or former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom were mentioned in testimony. They haven’t interviewed former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney or even former senior White House official John Bolton.

They also haven’t interviewed the whistleblower.

“Democrats have opted for expeditious over comprehensive,” the Times says, sadly, “electing to complete their investigation even without filling in major gaps in the story.”

The Dems’ strategy in clipping testimony is, of course, carefully crafted to prevent the White House from mounting any kind of defense and to keep Republicans from cross-examining important witnesses.

If impeachment goes forward, the White House will be able to put on any witnesses they choose in a Senate trial, and that defense will be well-timed for the president, who will be on the campaign trail just as the trial is kicking off.

For now, Dems are staying the course, the Hill says.

“The hearings were nearly flawless and extremely damning for the president,” one Democrat aide told the Hill. “While no decision has been made to proceed with impeachment, the key facts are uncontested and not proceeding at this stage will be called a ‘total exoneration’ by the president.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Will She Do It? Insiders Predict Pelosi May Not Go Through With Impeachment After Hearings

Around 100 students walked out of West Linn High School in Oregon last week in protest of the school’s decision to allow a Chick-fil-A food truck to sell chicken sandwiches during one of the school’s football games, among other microaggressions they said were making LGBT students feel “unsafe.”

“West Linn High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance organized the walkout and says the current culture at the school is not safe for LGBTQ+ students. They posted to Instagram saying students are being harassed in sports games and in classrooms,” local news station KATU reported.

The Chick-fil-A food truck was, apparently, the most egregious example of harassment, but a transgender student’s car was also vandalized with the word, “queer.”

“We walked out to show our student pride,” Billie Henderson, the student whose car was targeted, told the local public ration station. “To show that despite everything we’ve been through, we are still proud of who we are, and we won’t back down and we won’t make exceptions for anyone.”

“A group of counterprotesters also walked out of classes wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and waving American flags and Chick-fil-A bags,” the Washington Times reported.

The school’s public information officer, Andrew Kilstrom, could not confirm any specific incidents of harassment but said that there have been issues in the past, and the school continues to work to promote a culture of inclusion.

“The West Linn-Wilsonville School District takes all matters of school safety seriously, and diligently investigates and addresses all potential safety concerns,” he added. “That includes bullying or cyberbullying.”

West Linn High School noted that they did not approve of the walkout, though they do encourage students to speak their minds.

It’s not clear what prompted the Oregon school to invite Chick-fil-A to sell food on campus during sporting events, but the chicken sandwich chain has drawn protests from LGBTQ rights activsts across the country since 2012, when LGBTQ rights groups discovered that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is opposed to same-sex marriage and has donated to socially conservative organizations. Activists have staged protests against Chick-fil-A in a number of states, often to no avail. New store openings are typically marked by long lines and extended waits for the famous sandwich.

In some rare cases, activists have been able to prevent new Chick-fil-A locations from opening, typically in airports.

West Linn High School football boosters typically invite a number of vendors to sell food at football games over the course of the season, and the sports program receives a cut of the proceeds, the Washington Times reports. “The school said the Chick-fil-A food truck will remain at the football games throughout the season, but it will reconsider its vetting process moving forward.”

District staff, additionally, are working with the affected students to address their concerns.

The students do appear to have gotten at least temporary results with their walkout. The same local news organization, KATU, reported earlier this week that the Chick-fil-A food truck and and the company’s food cart were conspicuously absent from last friday’s sporting event.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Chick-Fil-A Food Truck Triggers Oregon Students, Sparks Walkout

Former Obama Administration official Julian Castro is laying off his campaign staff in both New Hampshire and South Carolina and shifting the focus of his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to Iowa and Nevada, according to a new report from Politico.

Castro reporteldy can no longer afford a significant presence in early primary states and notified his New Hampshire and South Carolina teams that they would no longer be needed Tuesday morning.

Politico’s source told the Washington, D.C.-based outlet that “the campaign will continue focusing on Iowa and Nevada with a $50,000 television ad buy in Iowa beginning Tuesday morning. The moves amount to a long-shot attempt to remain in the presidential contest in the hopes of catching fire before the first contests begin next February.”

It’s not a very likely scenario. Although Castro has been “instrumental” in shaping the policy debate among the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, according to Politico, he’s failed to capture the imagination of Democratic voters and, according to the pollsters at FiveThirtyEight, has never been able to clear 1% in any meaningful national poll.

Castro wasn’t even registering in New Hampshire polls and was at 1% in South Carolina, according to the most recent polling data. He’s at 1% in Iowa and at 1% in Nevada, where he’s hoping to capitalize on the high percentage of Hispanic voters (former vice president Joe Biden has a commanding eight-point lead over the next highest Democrat, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in Nevada).

Castro is now well behind even upstart campaigns, like businessman Andrew Yang’s, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s, and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson’s.

News of the Castro campaign’s demise has been long in coming, though. As recently as last week, the campaign was sending out desperate fundraising emails, begging supporters to help him raise $800,000 in ten days so that he could continue to purchase ad time in key states, according to USA Today.

“I’m asking you to fight for me like never before,” read Castro’s email plea. “If I don’t meet this deadline, I won’t have the resources to keep my campaign running. I’m counting on your $5 in this critical moment.”

“This isn’t a fundraising gimmick — it’s the transparency and honesty I have promised you since I entered this race,” the letter continued. “The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people. If I can’t make the next debate stage, we cannot sustain a campaign that can make it to Iowa in February.”

Iowa is now fewer than 100 days away, but the next 100 days will be critical to any candidate who wishes to stay in contention for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination beyond the first week of February.

Castro is hardly the first contender to scale back his campaign. Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke called it quits on his campaign over the weekend. New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand ended her bid in late summer. California Senator Kamala Harris has reportedly pulled back operations in early primary states to focus on Iowa, and is consolidating her Iowa staff in areas where she has the best chance to pick up potential caucus-goers.

Even some of the bigger names — Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders — have cleared their calendars, though for Sanders, the problem isn’t financial, it’s physical. He had a heart attack last month.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Next? Julian Castro Lays Off Staff In Primary States Amid Campaign Struggles

A private group called “We Build the Wall” says they’ve finished construction on a segment of border wall in New Mexico, closing a gap in the existing border wall themselves rather than waiting for Congress and the President to come to an agreement over how to fund the massive construction project along the United States’ southern border.

The Washington Times reports that We Build the Wall unveiled their half-mile section over the weekend.

“The 18-foot steel bollard wall is similar to the designs used by the Border Patrol, sealing off a part of the border that had been a striking gap in existing fencing,” the Times says. The gap runs from the Texas border, where it ends at the Rio Grand, up through southern New Mexico along the “lower elevations” or Mount Cristo Rey.

We Build the Wall claims the half-mile section of steel wall is the first privately constructed part of the border wall, and that their project moved faster and, at $8 million, required less funding than a similar project headed up by the federal government. The group, led by former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, also says they’ve got the blessing of President Donald Trump and United States Border Customs and Protection, who were grateful for the help.

“We’re closing a gap that’s been a big headache for them,” Kobach told reporters.

The half-mile segment of border wall, the group says, closes a gap frequently used to smuggle both people and drugs. Kobach added that on a “typical night” around 100 migrants and $100,000 worth of illegal narcotics passed through the half-mile hole.

The Trump Administration was working on a plan to construct around 234 miles of steel fencing, effectively sealing off the southern border with a “border wall,” but attempts to secure funding for the project have stalled. Congress refused to agree to any funding for the border wall beyond the $1.6 billion promised in the 2018 budget, and President Donald Trump’s “national emergency” declaration — which would have detoured funding to the border wall from other Army Corps of Engineers projects — was halted by a judge pending ongoing litigation.

Funding for the border wall has also taken a backseat to a more urgent need: funding for border processing. More than 100,000 migrants are presenting themselves at the United States’ southern border per month now, and, forced by law to process anyone who requests asylum, the CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are now overwhelmed with detained immigrants.

Although the Trump administration officially ended the “catch and release” policies of the Obama administration, the federal government has reportedly — according to Politico — been shipping migrants who declare asylum to cities in Texas and California, far from the southern border, in order to relieve the stress on border patrol facilities.

“The Trump administration is flying migrants to San Diego and Del Rio, Texas, and busing them to El Centro, Calif., and Laredo, Texas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official familiar with the plan,” Politico says. “There, they are being processed — which includes photographs, health screenings, fingerprints and background checks — before they are often released and told to return for a court hearing at a later date.”

The administration is also reportedly considering sending migrants to less populated areas in Florida and in the American southwest, in the hopes that, by personally relocating them, they’re better able to track asylum seekers while they await their day in court.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Fed Up Waiting For The Feds, Private Groups Are Building A Border Wall In New Mexico

President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he intends to send armed troops to the country’s southern border in response to an incident that occurred late last week, where Mexican officials detained two U.S. Army soldiers on the American side of the border and disarmed one of them.

The Daily Wire’s James Barrett reported on the incident Friday, which involved armed Mexican military personnel who pulled aside two U.S. Army soldiers, forcing one to hand over his sidearm. The American soldiers complied, hoping to “de-escalate” the situation. The Mexican military eventually let the two American soldiers go, and later claimed that they were “confused” over whether they were in American or Mexican territory since the incident took place south of the border wall, but not south of the actual border.

Trump explained Wednesday that he believes the incident was no accident, but rather a “diversionary tactic” meant to take focus off of drug-running activities, and accused Mexican authorities not just of ignoring the rising smuggling problem, but of actively facilitating “coyotes and cartels” conducting illegal border-jumping operations.

In response, the president says, armed National Guard troops will be deployed to the border.

“Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!” Trump tweeted.

He’s not messing around.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was “concilatory,” reports Bloomberg, and promised, in response to the President Trump’s concern, that the incident will be fully investigated.

“We are going to review the case, take into account what he is pointing out and assure him that we will always have a responsible attitude and respect for the government and people of the United States,” Lopez Obrador said during a press conference on Wednesday.

American troops are already at the border, deployed to assist United States Customs and Border Protection in apprehending and processing illegal immigrants and asylum seekers who turn up along the U.S.-Mexico border. They’re also handling much of the border infrastructure work, maintaining sections of the border wall and handling day-to-day administrative tasks for CBP so that CBP can focus on interdiction.

The presence of members of the military along the border has caused some consternation among left-leaning politicos, and several, including California’s Governor Gavin Newsom, have pulled their National Guard troops from service, refusing to allow members of his state’s National Guard to help enforce immigration laws.

Trump also said Wednesday that he’s considering renewing his threat to close the border with Mexico to trade — a threat that got results just weeks ago, and forced Mexico to step up interdiction efforts and scale back on the number of migrant visas they issue to members of so-called “migrant caravans.” Mexico has also reportedly stepped up arrests and deportations — just not enough to satisfy President Trump.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Dailywire: Trump: We’re Sending Armed Soldiers To The Border After National Guard Incident

The top two Democrats in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), have called a time out on impeaching President Donald Trump, crushing the dreams of thousands of progressive activists and many of their House colleagues.

Pelosi announced the decision to forgo instituting impeachment proceedings on a call with House leaders Tuesday morning telling 170 Democratic Members of Congress on an insane, 90-minute conference call, that the House will instead focus on investigating the President and let the American people decide what to believe in November of 2020.

Fox News reports that Pelosi told her colleagues that “we have to save our democracy.”

“This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy. If it is what we need to do to honor our responsibility to the Constitution – if that’s the place the facts take us, that’s the place we have to go,” she added, before claiming that the “facts” simply don’t point to removing the President from office quite yet — but that further investigation could lead there.

“We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”

In a letter released ahead of the call, Pelosi got into greater detail.

“While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi wrote to Democratic Members. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”

“Whether currently indictable or not,” she added, “it is clear that the president has, at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds.”

In other words, Pelosi plans on spending the next eighteen months directing multiple investigations into Trump, his finances, his businesses, and his White House, in the hopes that the public impact of such probes will seriously injure the President, giving Democrats an advantage in the 2020 election.

That’s less of a political move than a strategic one. All along, Democrats have assumed — rightfully — that President Trump would likely benefit from impeachment proceedings in the House, particularly if he could use those proceedings to justify his claims of a “witch hunt,” and substantiate his supporters’ fear that Democrats are simply “out to get” Trump and stalled on any real policy initiatives.

They would much rather make the election a referendum on Trump than give Trump the opportunity to present his defense.

Hoyer made a similar point to CNN’s Dana Bash Tuesday morning. “Based on what we have seen to date,” Hoyer said, “going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point. Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.”

For Democrats, it’s likely the right, most politically expedient choice. But that doesn’t mean progressive activists and fellow Dems weren’t left utterly bereft, on a sea of sadness, at the thought of forgoing their chance to impeach the President simply to earn the upper hand in an upcoming election.

Former Obama Administration speechwriter, Jon Favreau.

Chris Hayes:

Left-leaning commentator Judd Legum.

The list goes on and on and on.

One particularly Crooked Media journalist was so enraged, he posted an entire thread on the subject.

That’s just rough.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Dailywire: Pelosi, Hoyer Say Impeachment Is Off The Table, Leaving Democrats Crushed

George Mason University says that United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will continue to teach a single summer course at the Antonin Scalia Law School, despite concerns from the student body that Kavanaugh’s presence made them feel “unsafe.”

“Even if the outcome is painful,” the school’s president, Angel Cabrera, told a group of students who gathered at a “town hall” even earlier this week, “what’s at stake is very, very important for the integrity of the university.”

The school’s provost noted that George Mason saw “no reason for university administrators to override” the law school’s decision to welcome Kavanaugh as a guest lecturer during the summer semester, and Cabrera agreed, even though the students at the town hall were left completely bewildered as to why the administration had failed to take their “mental health” into consideration when extending an invitation to Kavanaugh.

The Huffington Post reports that students organized the town hall as a protest, alongside an ad campaign and a petition, which received around 10,000 signatures. But it was to no avail.

“Even if in this particular case the outcome is one that you deeply disagree with, the process by which these decisions are made and the reason why we are so firm in defending them is actually essential to the way a university like ours operates,” Cabrera insisted to the students.

The town hall, arranged by anti-sexual assault activists on campus, quickly turned, then, from a discussion between students and administrations into an airing of grievances, with students openly condemning Kavanaugh for his own “alleged sexual assault” — a single accusation of impropriety leveled by a former high school classmate about an incident that took place decades ago, and which the FBI could find no proof of. Kavanaugh has routinely and stridently denied the allegation.

One activist even suggested the Kavanaugh contract — which has the Supreme Court justice teaching a single class for the next three summers at the school’s campus in the United Kingdom (not even in the continental U.S.) — was evidence that GMU somehow encouraged sexual violence on campus.

“How could Kavanaugh possibly be hired despite Ford’s allegations? Why is the college student that recorded women in the bathroom still on this campus?” said one protester, according to HuffPo. “A blatantly obvious response by GMU [would be one] that states that first they do not believe Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony and second do not care about the safety of their students.”

“In hiring Kavanaugh, to what extent did you consider the mental health of the survivors on campus and how that might affect them and their education?” asked another — a question which HuffPo describes as earning “snaps” from the gathered students (clapping is, it seems, now considered triggering).

Others were left simply baffled.

“Oh, my God,” one female student said aloud.

“Why?” asked another, to no one in particular.

Kavanaugh, of course, defended himself against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations in an appearance under oath in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has now served on the Supreme Court for half a term.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Dailywire: George Mason University To Protesters: Brett Kavanaugh WILL Teach Here, Sorry

UPDATE: President Donald Trump confirmed Nielsen’s departure —and Kevin McAleenan’s appointment — on Twitter late Sunday.

“Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump tweeted. “am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov. I have confidence that Kevin will do a great job!”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has been charged with managing the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, may tender her resignation to the White House during a meeting Sunday with President Donald Trump, according to a report from CBS News.

The meeting was set to take place at 5 p.m EST. CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that Nielsen’s status is still unclear as of Sunday evening.

CBS News reports that Nielsen’s possible resignation is just one of several expected in a “a massive DHS overhaul” designed to take the Department of Homeland Security in a “tougher direction,” more in line with Trump’s campaign rhetoric. CBS says the move is “orchestrated” and “engineered” by White House adviser Stephen Miller, who has encouraged Trump to take a very tough line on illegal immigration.

Tapper reports that Nielsen is at the White House to discuss how the Department of Homeland Security handles asylum requests. Rumors of Nielsen’s imminent resignation have swirled before, and Nielsen has remained in her post.

“It is believed within the administration that President Trump will be pushing for personnel changes and there are others afoot beyond the ICE director nominee who was pulled Friday,” Tapper tweeted late Sunday. CNN’s source, a “senior administration official,” “notes President Trump‘s frustration with the current asylum laws, and his desire for individuals who work for the administration to block Central American asylum seekers from entering the United States — contrary to the laws on the books that allow their entry.”

Nielsen has served as DHS Secretary since 2017, making her one of the longest serving current cabinet members. She ushered DHS through several crises, including a public outcry over a departmental policy of separating minor children from parents declaring asylum at the United States-Mexican border.

The policy, which was designed to help the United States Customs and Border Protection agency skirt an Obama-era court order mandating that full families not be kept in CBP custody more than 21 days, drew ire from both Republicans and Democrats and was quickly scrapped.

But in the ensuing months, Nielsen has been forced to contend with an endless parade of migrant caravans from Guatemala and Honduras. The thousands of migrants are apparently instructed to request asylum upon arriving at the border rather than try to cross illegaly. As a result, CPB and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement have been utterly overwhelmed, trying to process thousands upon thousands of asylum requests, and caring for thousands upon thousands of asylum seekers who are being detained while their claims are adjudicated.

The only other currently available option for CBP and ICE is to “catch-and-release,” the way the Obama Administration did, allowing asylum seekers to enter the United States temporarily, either under the care of family and friends, or wearing small tracking devices, like ankle monitors, pending a pre-scheduled asylum hearing. The majority of these asylum seekers, of course, rarely return for court dates.

At one time, President Trump threatened to close the border completely, but relented late last week after he says Mexico agreed to enforce its own immigration laws.

If Nielsen does tender her resignation, it is expected that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will replace her, at least temporarily.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Dailywire: REPORT: Department Of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Step Down Amid ‘Massive DHS Overhaul’

Perhaps threatened by newcomer upstart Pete Buttigieg, former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has made major changes to his stated policy platform in recent days — moving further to the left — culminating in a tweet issued Saturday, wherein Beto committed fully to the ideas of Democratic socialism.

O’Rourke, who hadn’t articulated a national domestic policy until Saturday, appears to be further to the left than Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), two of the most leftward candidates in the race. In fact, based on his rhetoric, it seems Beto could be much closer to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) than any other of the 2020 Democratic contenders.

“The unprecedented concentration of wealth, power and privilege in the United States must be broken apart,” O’Rourke tweeted. “Opportunity must be fully shared with all. We must all have the opportunity to succeed. Together. As one country.”

That’s…rather extreme. Instead of simply redistributing wealth the way Warren, Harris and others are looking to do, with huge increases in income and corporate tax rates, O’Rourke seems to believe wealth, power, and “privilege” must be taken by force from those that hold them — and he’s oddly vague on the details.

His speeches are lofty, but his concrete policy positions seem to begin and end with an open borders immigration policy and universal background checks for gun buyers — the only two issues he’s been clear on thus far. Late last week, O’Rourke seemed to take an extreme position on abortion, claiming that he, as a male, had no right to interfere with a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy, even up until the moment of birth.

This statement represents a similar extreme viewpoint on taxation, but a few Twitter users were quick to notice that if Beto O’Rourke wants to redistribute wealth, power, and privilege, by force, he should probably start with his own.

Others pointed out that O’Rourke shouldn’t be so vague; if Communism is what O’Rourke wants, he should be clear about it.

Still others pointed out that Beto O’Rourke’s fresh new economic theory has flaws.

Ultimately, Beto O’Rourke has more than just socal media users to contend with. Opportunity abounds, thanks to a recovering economy, and there are more jobs available than there are unemployed Americans. Wages, as well, are at an all-time high. If opportunity is what you seek, America is currently in a position to provide, without breaking up concentrations of wealth, power, and privilege.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Dailywire: Beto O’Rourke Goes Full Socialist, Says He Will ‘Break Apart’ American Wealth

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