Trump targets already-approved $8 billion to build 234 miles of steel border wall

by Anna Giaritelli

{washingtonexaminer.com} ~ The White House plans to use $8 billion in previously-appropriated funding to build 234 more miles of barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the national emergency order President Trump issued Friday… according to senior administration officials. President Trump announced the plan Friday in the White House Rose Garden. Trump issued it alongside with signing a congressionally approved spending bill to keep open a slew of federal agencies, including $1.375 billion to go toward additional wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump’s move faces near-certain legal action, including from immigrant groups and land conservation organizations. House Democrats say they’ll try to block the move in Congress and will sue if that doesn’t work. Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Friday the executive branch is not touching Army Corps money for disaster relief projects in parts of the country that are still recovering from severe hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 and 2018. In addition to the money Congress gave Trump through the spending measure, he is using $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund; $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program; and $3.5 billion from a military construction fund. Mulvaney blamed Congress for failing to give Trump the $5.7 billion he requested in December, but said Trump’s emergency declaration is legal. Mulvaney added he does not think it will create a new precedent for future presidents to grab money by circumventing Congress…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-targets-already-approved-8-billion-to-build-234-miles-of-steel-border-wall?utm_source=WEX_Breaking%20News%20Alert_02/15/2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_Breaking%20News

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House Passes Border Security Bill With Most Democrats Voting In Favor And Most Republicans Against It

by Mike Brest

{dailycaller.com} ~ The House passed the border security bill Thursday, with a majority of Democrats voting in favor of it and most Republicans voting against it… The bill will keep the government open until September, while providing President Donald Trump with $1.375 billion for the wall. The final vote was 300-128, with 213 Democrats voting in its favor and only 87 Republicans doing the same. Conversely, 19 Democrats voted against the bill, along with 109 Republicans. After passing both houses of Congress, the bill will next go to the president’s desk to be signed.“I’ve just had an opportunity to speak with President Trump and I would say to all my colleagues he’s prepared to sign the bill … he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time,” McConnell declared on the Senate floor earlier on Thursday…  https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/14/house-border-security-wall-dems-republicans/?utm_medium=email

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Trump Reveals Liberal Hearts and Minds

by PAUL KENGOR

{spectator.org} ~ I wrote here last week about the reaction to President Trump’s condemnation of socialism in his State of the Union. He said something indisputably factual and indubitably obvious to most Americans… “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” As I said, it was a revealing, signature moment for both President Trump and for the Democratic Party. I noted that, to their credit, Nancy Pulosi and Chuck scumbag-Schumer applauded, as did a decent number of Democrats in that chamber. That was in contrast to the Democratic Party’s two socialist stars, commie-Bernie Sanders and commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Poor commie-Sanders looked so agitated that he seemed ready to leap from his seat and denounce the president as an enemy of the Proletariat. commie-Ocasio-Cortez did a better job concealing her displeasure, as she sat stone-faced. But I’ve since learned something even more interesting among Democrat reactions. No less than Elizabeth dinky-Warren, about as left-wing as a Democrat senator can get, joined scumbag-Schumer and Pulosi in applauding Trump’s condemnation of socialism. Yes, Elizabeth dinky-Warren. Better, whereas Pulosi offered mild applause from a seated position, dinky-Warren stood and clapped emphatically, as a sea of silent white-wearing congresswomen sat behind her unmoved…  https://spectator.org/trump-reveals-liberal-hearts-and-minds/?utm_source=American%20Spectator%20Emails&utm_campaign=0f1be9c9e4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_15_05_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_797a38d487-0f1be9c9e4-104608113

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By Weaponizing Border Policy, Democrats Play Political Games With People’s Lives

by Beth Bailey

{thefederalist.com} ~ Since the latest government shutdown, Democrats have fed Americans many a line about border security. Their unified messaging started with the collective outcry that President Trump was throwing a temper tantrum, and that the border crisis did not exist, or is manufactured… Their claims were debunked with facts, and further destroyed when House Speaker Nancy Pulosi (D-CA), demanded the president re-open the government in order to “proceed with a much-needed discussion to protect the border.” Next, we heard the bit of messaging that stuck: that Trump did not care about the plight of government employees. For nearly three weeks, Democrats flooded the media with statements about the 800,000 federal employees without work, paychecks, and heat during the shutdown. That funeral dirge changed to a victory crow the moment Trump re-opened the government for three weeks to pursue negotiations regarding border security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D-NY) hoped that “Trump had learned his lesson.” Pulosi gloated that the president “‘underestimated’ the unity among Democrats.” The mainstream media, too, jumped aboard and sung along. According to a Sunday CNN headline, Trump “lost the shutdown and Pulosi won.” The article tallied polling data showing declining support for the president, closing on a Fox News poll that says voters find “Pulosi is better than Trump at ‘Washington gamesmanship.’” Democrats Were Using the American People…  http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/15/weaponizing-border-policy-democrats-play-political-games-peoples-lives/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=c571d8de57-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-c571d8de57-83771801

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Rouhani Remarks Point to Need for Improved Homeland Missile Defense

by Bradley Bowman and Behnam Ben Taleblu

{fdd.org} ~ In remarks this week celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop various types of missiles.” Rouhani’s remarks indicate Tehran may continue to develop… the technologies necessary to deploy an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of threatening the United States. Iran already possesses a formidable arsenal of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles that enable Tehran to strike targets throughout the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. However, the development of an ICBM that could reach the United States would be especially concerning, since the U.S. intelligence community has warned that “Tehran would choose ballistic missiles as its preferred method of delivering nuclear weapons, if it builds them.” In his January 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats testified that “Iran’s work on a space launch vehicle (SLV)—including on its Simorgh—shortens the timeline to an ICBM because SLVs and ICBMs use similar technologies.” The 2019 Missile Defense Review included a similar warning. Echoing years of testimony from Department of Defense (DOD) experts, the Missile Defense Review also noted that building a new ground-based interceptor (GBI) site in the continental United States“would add interceptor capability against the potential expansion of missile threats to the homeland, including a future Iranian ICBM capability.” GBIs are a principal element of the ground-based, mid-course defense system, which is designed to defend the United States from an ICBM attack by a rogue state…  https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/02/14/rouhani-remarks-point-to-need-for-improved-homeland-missile-defense/

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

by Arnold Ahlert: “Being crazy isn’t enough.” —Dr. Seuss

According to the Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll, President Donald Trump’s approval rating reached 52% this week. No doubt part of this high-water mark was engendered by his inspirational State of the Union Address. Yet just as likely, it’s because he represents a stark contrast to a Democrat Party engaged in an unprecedented race to the bottom of the socialist/Marxist barrel.

We begin with anti-Semitism. As far back as their 2012 national convention, Democrats heartily booed making Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Since then, their contemptible connections with rabid anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan remain ongoing, including the latest revelation that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wrote a column for the Final Call, an official publication of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam. Tlaib’s colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), was forced by party leaders to issue an apology for the age-old anti-Semitic smear about Jewish influence and money affecting foreign policy. And in a first for Democrats, both women are supporters of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Congratulations!

Abortion on demand is another topic where Democrats have finally clarified their position — in contemptible terms. In New York, legislators cheered a bill that eliminated most restrictions on abortions after 24 weeks, allows midwives and nurse practitioners to perform the procedure, and ends criminal charges for harming children in the womb. “I am directing that New York’s landmarks be lit in pink to celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow,” gushed Gov. Andrew evil-Cuomo.

evil-Cuomo’s “bright light” shone brighter in Virginia, where State Delegate Kathy Tran (D) testified in favor of her own legislation permitting abortions “through the third trimester,” which “goes up to 40 weeks,” she declared. Unbelievably, Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam upped the ante. “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered,” he stated. “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

A discussion about post-birth abortion? In the real world, that’s called murder. Among Democrats? A “woman’s right to choose.”

Even some Democrats knew Northam went too far. Thus, with a lot of help from other party loyalists, more familiarly known as the mainstream media, Northam became the face — make that the blackface — of a coordinated campaign designed to change the conversation from infanticide to racism.

Unfortunately for Democrats, their entire identity-politics agenda became the center of attention. It turned out Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he also donned blackface at a party in 1980, despite issuing a statement calling for Northam to step down, while Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault and rape, respectively. Fairfax’s reaction to the assault allegation? “F—k that b—ch.”

These stalwarts are joined by Elizabeth dinky-Warren who, despite repeated denials that she used faux Native American bona fides to advance her career, wrote “American Indian” on her 1986 registration card for the Texas legal bar. Warren also implied there may be other equally “clarifying” documents in existence.

Racism? #MeToo demands to unquestionably believe the victim of sexual-assault allegations, irrespective of proof? Going as far back in the past as necessary to impugn someone’s reputation? Cultural appropriation? As of now, every one of these Democrats have made it clear they intend to reject their party’s “ethos of enlightenment” and persevere. The very same ethos their party and the media inflicted on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“Democrats need an identity-politics intervention,” the Wall Street Journal editorial board insists. “Having unleashed race, gender, sexual orientation and class as the defining issues of American politics, these furies are now consuming their authors. Where’s Barack scumbag/liar-nObama when Democrats need him?”

Barack scumbag/liar-nObama? The Cambridge police “acted stupidly” scumbag/liar-nObama? The “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon” scumbag/liar-nObama? The “slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ” scumbag/liar-nObama? The same scumbag/liar-nObama who attended Rev. Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright’s church for 20 years? How about the scumbag/liar-nObama who championed Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell, credited with pioneering “critical race theory,” which maintains America’s legal system is inherently biased against blacks and other minorities?

Barack scumbag/liar-nObama did as much as any president in the history of the nation to advance the odious idea that America is inherently flawed and requires “fundamental transformation.” And Democrats have not only embraced that agenda, they have doubled down on it.

And they’re still doing it. As part of the deal to avert a government shutdown, Democrats demanded and apparently received a total of 40,520 ICE detention beds, representing a 17% reduction from current levels, and far short of Trump’s request for 52,000. That ICE has released tens of thousands of convicted criminal aliens awaiting the outcome of their deportation proceedings — including murderers, those convicted of sexual and aggravated assault, kidnapping and drunk driving? According to former ICE Director Tom Homan, the agency is currently detaining 47,000 criminal aliens.

Are Americans ready for 6,480 more of them to hit the streets so Democrats and their spineless GOP collaborators can cut a deal to keep the government open? Will they tire of a Democrat Party that prioritizes the needs of illegal aliens over those of American citizens?

On Monday, 37-year-old Joseph Alcoff was bought to court to face charges that include aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. He was allegedly part of an antifa mob that attacked two Hispanic Marines last November. He was also an organizer for Smash Racism DC, a group that took to heart the “push back” and “get up in the face” intimidation tactics championed by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Sen. scumbag-Cory “Spartacus” Booker (D-NJ), respectively, when they massed outside Tucker Carlson’s home in an effort to intimidate the Fox News host.

Why bring up the trials and tribulations of an alleged thug? Because according to Fox News, Alcoff was “a well-connected, aspiring political player in Washington who may have even had a hand in key policy proposals” advanced by Democrats. All while he remained “an Antifa leader in Washington.”

Finally, we must address the terminally addled commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal. Aside from the economy-wrecking efforts and the jackboot level of government control it represents, two things stand out: Only a nation with a thoroughly compromised education system could produce legions of people ignorant enough to believe this could actually work; and nearly every Democrat 2020 presidential contender supports it — all its pernicious nonsense notwithstanding.

“Trump in 2020 might have controversially slurred his future Democratic rival as a socialist, radical late-term abortion advocate, open borders chauvinist, a Medicare destroyer who wished to make it free for everyone, or wacko environmentalist intent on banning gas and diesel engines,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. “Now he won’t have to smear anyone: the Democrats have largely done that to themselves.”

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch. ~The Patriot Post

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