Thursday Top Headlines

by Media Editors: Wages and salaries jump by 3.1% — the highest level in a decade (CNBC)

Trump backs off executive order threat, says Congress is better path to end birthright citizenship (The Washington Times)

Border surge highest since 2011; each illegal immigrant costs $70,000, or sevenfold more than deportation price (Washington Examiner)

Trump says he could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border (NBC News)

During debate, Elizabeth dinky-Warren learns about ethics complaint against her for Kavanaugh fundraising email (The Washington Free Beacon)

Jon Tester’s campaign takes a hit after shady mailer prompts Libertarian to drop out, back GOP candidate (Fox News)

House Republicans, White House commit to 10% middle-class tax cut next year (Washington Examiner)

DeVos rewrite of Title IX sex-assault rules will allow cross-examination of accusers (Fox News)

Harvey Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old (New York Post)

Bill de Blasio subpoenaed in corruption trial (Hot Air)

Federal grand jury indicts synagogue shooting suspect on 44 counts (The Hill)

Google employees to walk out to protest treatment of women (Associated Press)

Nearly half of Afghanistan under terrorist control as U.S. pours billions into country (The Washington Free Beacon)

Humor: commie-Bernie Sanders cheerily greets trick-or-treaters before stealing their candy for redistribution (The Babylon Bee)

Policy: America’s 5G rendezvous with destiny (Hudson Institute)

Policy: Why wind power isn’t the answer (City Journal)

~The Patriot Post


Nearly Half of Afghanistan Under Terrorist Control as U.S. Pours Billions Into Country

by Adam Kredo

{} ~ The Afghan government has lost control of nearly half the country to terrorist forces… the lowest levels of control since government officials began tracking the situation in November 2015, according to the latest oversight report. The Special Investor General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR, noted a significant decline in the Afghan government’s ability to govern the district, a decline of about 16 points. Total Afghan government control stands at 55 percent, the lowest number since November 2015. Insurgent control and influence over key regions has risen about 5.5 percent, according to the report, which highlights the U.S.-backed government’s growing inability to retain influence in areas it once maintained control of. The ongoing decline in the Afghan government’s control over key territories is awakening new concerns among security officials and others who have warned that the Taliban is experiencing a resurgence despite the United States pumping billions into Afghanistan reconstruction effort over the past decade. Independent Afghanistan experts have confirmed in recent weeks, based in part on government data, that just over half of the Afghan population is outside of the government’s control…


Trump Emphasizes ‘Unbreakable Solidarity With Jewish People’ at Florida Rally

by Adam Kredo

{} ~ Echoes of “CNN sucks” could be heard reverberating throughout the Hertz Arena in Southern Florida Wednesday evening as some 8,000 people turned out to see President Donald Trump rally for Republican candidates… including Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), who is locked in an increasingly tight race to become the state’s next governor. Trump opened the rally, part of several stops the president will be making to galvanize Republican voters ahead of Election Day, with a heartfelt denunciation of the recent deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 Jewish worshipers dead. Condemning the “evil, anti-Semitic” attack, Trump emphasized his “unbreakable solidarity with the Jewish people,” a comment that received rousing applause from those in attendance, many of whom were decked out in Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats. Trump slammed dummycrats-Democrats in Congress and across the country for what he described as their efforts to stall his agenda, including domestically and abroad…


Trump gives the all-clear for Iran oil sanctions to kick in Sunday night

by John Siciliano

{} ~ President Trump said Wednesday that there is enough oil to support the global energy market without Iran… giving the green light to re-impose energy sanctions on the Islamic Republic next week. There “is a sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products from countries other than Iran to permit a significant reduction in the volume of petroleum and petroleum products purchased from Iran by or through foreign financial institutions,” Trump said in a formal declaration. Trump said he came to the conclusion “after carefully considering” the reports submitted to Congress by the Energy Information Administration, the analysis arm of the Energy Department, which has been tracking the supply issues that could arise from sanctions.The sanctions go into effect on Monday at midnight. “The key to the strategy in the administration view is to reduce Iran’s exports to the maximum extent possible,” said Kenneth Katzman, the Congressional Research Service’s foremost Iran expert, speaking at a Mideast policymakers summit in Washington on Wednesday. Katzman’s most recent analysis from September says the effect of sanctions on the market will be modest, which would back up Trump’s assessment… Don’t know if you noticed the price of gasoline has raisen.


Don Lemon’s Attack On ‘White Men’ Isn’t Just Racist, It’s Incredibly Misleading

by David Harsanyi

{} ~ The notion that a person’s race predisposes him to act violently is unequivocally racist. It’s also easily debunked by a cursory reading of history… Then again, in today’s environment, where identity politics often strips Americans of their accomplishments, ideas, and actions so they can be judged by their melanin, it’s an unsurprising thing to hear. “I keep trying to point out to people and, not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity,” CNN host Don Lemon explained to his colleague Chris Cuomo, before telling him that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men,” adding that “there is no travel ban on them” This isn’t a new accusation. Now, Lemon is right that the vast majority of white shooters are men. He’s also correct that men are more violent than women. The majority of men in the United States are white. So some quick back-of-the-envelope calculation informs us that most shooters are probably going to be white men, just as most murderers in Arab countries are Arab men and most murderers in Asian countries are Asian men and so on. A terrorist is a person who uses illegal violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims. This is not a movement. These white men have no palpable ideological or philosophical connection. They are not part of a concerted effort. They do not idolize the same people or subscribe to the same set of ideas. They do not share a worldview. Most of them do not kill in the name of “whiteness.” Few of them have a coherent message. I have as much to do with the Pittsburgh shooter as Lemon does…


Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles


{} ~ The Navy is developing three new ship-based weapons that could improve the ability of Navy surface ships to defend themselves against missiles… unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and surface craft: the Surface Navy Laser Weapon System (SNLWS), the electromagnetic railgun (EMRG), and the gun-launched guided projectile (GLGP), previously known as the hypervelocity projectile (HVP). The Navy refers to the initial (i.e., Increment 1) version of SNLWS as HELIOS, an acronym meaning high-energy laser with integrated optical dazzler and surveillance. EMRG could additionally provide the Navy with a new naval surface fire support (NSFS) weapon for attacking land targets in support of Marines or other friendly ground forces ashore. The Department of Defense is exploring the potential for using GLGP across multiple U.S. military services. Any one of these three new weapons, if successfully developed and deployed, might be regarded as a “game changer” for defending Navy surface ships against enemy missiles and UAVs. If two or three of them are successfully developed and deployed, the result might be considered not just a game changer, but a revolution. Rarely has the Navy had so many potential new types of surface-ship air-defense weapons simultaneously available for development and potential deployment. Although the Navy in recent years has made considerable progress in developing technologies for these new weapons, a number of significant development challenges remain. Overcoming these challenges will require additional development work, and ultimate success in overcoming them is not guaranteed…


No Asylum. Period.

by Hans von Spakovsky

A caravan of more than 7,000 Central Americans is descending on the United States. Like millions of foreigners, they want to live in the U.S. But these people are doing it their way — refusing to participate in our extensive legal immigration process.

Most will probably attempt to claim asylum when they get to the border. None should get it, for multiple reasons.

Under federal law (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(42)), to be granted asylum, an alien must prove that he faces persecution, or has a “well-founded fear of persecution,” in his native country “on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Yet media interviews with those marching toward the border leave little doubt that the vast majority are coming for economic reasons. That doesn’t fit within the statutory requirement for asylum.

While asylum may be granted to those fleeing persecution, the applicable immigration statute (8 U.S.C. 1158(b)) doesn’t require it. Rather, that decision is left to the discretion of the attorney general or the secretary of homeland security.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pointed this out in a June immigration decision involving an illegal alien from El Salvador who sought asylum in 2014. “Asylum is a discretionary form of relief from removal,“ Sessions noted, “and an applicant bears the burden of proving not only statutory eligibility for asylum but that she also merits asylum as a matter of discretion.” In fact, immigration law directs that the official determining whether an alien is entitled to asylum make a “credibility determination” about the alien’s claim.

This is important because people often make false asylum claims to get into the country, then disappear into the heartland with no intention of ever showing up for their hearing.

None of those in this latest wave of caravaners — including those who might meet the “persecution” requirement — has sufficient basis for a discretionary grant of asylum. In footnote 12 of his June opinion, Sessions reminds all “asylum adjudicators” that a “relevant discretionary” factor in deciding to grant asylum is whether the alien, while en route to the U.S., “passed through any other countries” where they could have asserted asylum. Were there “orderly refugee procedures…in fact available to help her in any country she passed through” and did the alien make “any attempts to seek asylum before coming to the United States[?]”

It’s a crucial question — and one fully in keeping with the procedures of the European Union, which pro-amnesty advocates love to cite as an enlightened entity. The Dublin Regulation requires those seeking asylum in the EU to assert their claim in the first EU country they enter.

The U.S. has such an agreement with Canada, but Mexico has refused to enter into such a pact. Mexico’s refusal, however, in no way prevents the U.S. from enforcing such a requirement under its own immigration law and the discretionary authority granted to the attorney general and the secretary of DHS.

And Mexico does, in fact, have a very generous asylum law, passed in 2011. Indeed, it is broader than the U.S. law. As the Center for Immigration Studies explains, in addition to the U.S. categories of fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, Mexico also grants asylum to those who have fled their native countries because they are “threatened by generalized violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violations of human rights or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order.”

This refugee/asylum law, administered by Mexico’s Commission for Refugee Assistance, is available to every alien in the caravan. By the way, the law suspends all proceedings to remove or deport any asylum seeker until the commission reaches a final decision in that person’s case.

Passing through another country without seeking asylum undercuts any claim made upon arrival at the U.S. border. For example, a Honduran who claims he was forced to flee due to political persecution has no compelling reason to go further than Mexico. He obviously has no credible reason to fear he will be persecuted by the Mexican government. Thus, ignoring Mexico’s asylum process is prima facie evidence that a claim for asylum in the U.S. is bogus.

That is why the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice should use their discretionary authority to categorically refuse asylum to all those in the caravan.

The only reason for these aliens to delay asserting asylum until they reach the U.S. is that they have no credible claim of being persecuted and simply want to get into America for economic or other reasons that don’t meet the requirements of U.S. asylum law.

Enforcing this discretionary rule would encourage the Mexican government to return to their native countries all Central and South Americans who illegally enter Mexico on their way to the U.S. Right now, Mexico is not only shifting this problem to the U.S., it is encouraging illegal immigration by accommodating these caravans. There also seems to be involvement by American open border activists according to the Capital Research Center, which points to organizers from Pueblo Sin Fronteras or “People Without Borders” who are “embedded in the caravan.”

The U.S. should continue to grant asylum to refugees with legitimate persecution claims. But it must act to stop — before they get into the country and into the administrative hearing process — those who would assert false asylum claims. And that includes everyone in this current migrant caravan.

~The Patriot Post


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