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Buck Sexton: Dems’ objection to planned ICE raids a step toward ‘mass nullification of immigration law’

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Democrats are inching closer to effectively opposing any law governing immigration, according to radio host and former CIA analyst Buck Sexton.

Politicians who made critical statements ahead of planned ICE raids this weekend believe some people can ignore certain laws if the statute does not follow Democratic orthodoxy, Sexton claimed Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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“There’s a momentum toward insanity at this point,” he said, adding: “It’s quite clear that they’re engaged in mass nullification of immigration law.”

Sexton was reacting to statements by several Democratic politicians, in a montage played by host Tucker Carlson.

In the video, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called the raids “a crime against humanity.”

Responding, Carlson said he believed Harris was saying that enforcing court-ordered deportations is somehow a crime.

In another example, Hillary Clinton tweeted a cautionary flyer in Spanish with the caption “Por favor comparte” or “please share.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., released a video in which he advised people who receive visits from law enforcement to respond, “No abras la puerta.” (“Do not open the door.”)

“Without a warrant, you do not have to open the door,” Newsom said.

In response, Sexton claimed such politicians are flirting with defying another immigration law.

“They’re getting close to violating another statute of immigration, which is aiding and abetting,” he said.

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Carlson further added, “picture a Republican governor making a video, telling voters how to cheat on their taxes, or how to buy illegal guns.”

Starting Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country.

The reinvigorated effort comes just weeks after President Trump tweeted that ICE was preparing to kick off days of raids in at least 10 major cities. The operation was halted, however, the day before it was set to start, to give Congress time to arrive at a legislative solution on immigration. Trump said his administration would relaunch the raids after a two-week window, and that time now seems to have arrived.

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“It’s unprecedented. But there is a political purpose behind it,” Thomas Kilbride, a retired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent and ICE policy adviser, told Fox News. He said the president has tried to get Democrats to come to the table because asylum laws need to change, and this is a way to bargain.

ICE agents are expected to target a minimum of 2,000 immigrants who have already been listed for deportation, but Kilbride said there will be “collateral” fallout.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Liberty Vittert: Census shouldn’t ask about citizenship

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President Trump is fighting hard to have the 2020 census ask the question: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

Democrats are fighting just as hard to keep the question off the census.

What’s this all about?

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The citizenship question sounds reasonable. Why shouldn’t we know how our population breaks down between citizens and non-citizens? The information, by law, can’t be used against anyone, so what’s the big deal?

Since the census, at its core, is a statistical accounting, I decided to look at it as a statistician. I’ve concluded that it makes the most sense to leave the citizenship question off the census, because that will enable the government to get the most accurate count possible of our total population.

The Constitution requires that the federal government count the number of people living in the U.S. every 10 years. The census is supposed to include everyone – regardless of citizenship status. In other words, for the purpose of the census, citizenship is irrelevant.

The major purpose of the census is to determine representation in the House of Representatives and the number of Electoral College votes each state gets, and also to determine the amount of some types of federal aid that go to states and localities, based on their populations.

Representation, Electoral College votes and some federal aid are based on the total number of people – not U.S. citizens – living in states and communities. This is a crucial distinction.

The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

The first census was in 1790 and counted 3.9 million people living in the U.S. The 2010 census counted 308.7 million people.

The census originally included slaves (though each slave only counted as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats and Electoral College votes), who had no voting or other rights.

White women were also counted in the census, even though women did not get the right to vote nationwide until 1920. Children were also counted, although they were not allowed to vote.

If our nation’s founders wanted to only count eligible voters in the census, they would have limited the count to adult white men.

The accuracy of the census is important. If it fails to correctly count the number of people in the nation, some states could get more representation in the House, more Electoral College votes (which determine who is elected president), and more of some types of federal aid than they are rightfully entitled to. Some could get less.

The argument to not include the citizenship question on the census form is quite clear. Given the political climate and immigration debates occurring in our country, many Democrats contend that asking a citizenship question will scare people away from answering.

The thought is that this will not only stop some illegal immigrants from responding to the census, but also stop some non-citizens living in the U.S. legally, and even some citizens who live in households with non-citizens.

An undercount caused by people not responding to the census could disadvantage Democrats, because states and congressional districts they represent have a higher proportion of immigrants.

As attorney James W. Lucas wrote in the National Review last year: “California’s non-citizen residents give California voters (mostly Democrats) about 11 percent more voting power than Americans in states with smaller immigrant populations have.” As a result, he wrote: “California, the first sanctuary state, has five or six more members of the House that it would if House seats were based on citizen population alone.”

However, it would take a constitutional amendment to count only citizens in determining House representation, Electoral College votes and some types of federal aid. Some people no doubt think this would be a good idea – but unless the Constitution is amended, citizenship will not matter for these purposes.

In arguing to include the citizenship question on in the census, the Trump administration’s Justice Department first said the question would help the department enforce the Voting Rights Act. But the Supreme Court rejected that argument last month.

Now the Trump administration is scrambling to find another way to add the citizenship question to the census. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the administration will take action in the next few days that he believes will allow the citizenship question to be asked, but did not specify exactly what it will do.

From a purely statistical perspective – without conducting a pilot study – the addition of the citizenship question is a trade-off. What is the cost of increasing non-responses to the census, versus the benefits of gaining knowledge about the number of non-citizens in the U.S.?

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The clear conclusion is that our best chance at getting every single individual living in the U.S. to be counted in the 2020 census is to not include a question that very likely will result in non-responses from a portion of the population.

If the government wants to know how many citizens and non-citizens are living in the United States, it has every right (as far as I understand) to do that – but that question, statistically speaking, does not have a place consistent with the mission of the 2020 census. That’s why I believe it should not be included in the census.

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Rapinoe says US women’s soccer team would be ‘very happy to accept’ Schumer’s invite to Senate

The U.S. women’s soccer team’s star forward Megan Rapinoe told reporters Monday that the team would be “very happy to accept” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s invitation to come to Capitol Hill to celebrate their victory and discuss equal pay legislation.

“What the #USWNT did was extraordinary, and they deserve to be compensated fairly,” Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted on Monday. “All women need to be compensated fairly. Period. And we ought to pay attention to this not just once every four years during the World Cup, but year-in and year-out.”

Earlier, Monday, during remarks on the Senate floor, Schumer invited the team to the Senate to celebrate the historic victory in the 2019 Women’s World Cup. He also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation up for a vote that would ensure all women earn equal pay.

“And, while today we celebrate their victory, we also recognize that these women, these athletes, have challenges and they make us really think about the future of women’s sports,” Schumer said on Monday. “They make us grapple with the deep unfairness in how female athletes are treated, and paid, compared to their male counterparts.”

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Reacting to Schumer’s call for equal pay, Rapinoe said, “That’s great. I love that. Interested to see what McConnell does. Thank you, Chuck Schumer, for inviting us out. We are very happy to accept your invitation to come.”

McConnell did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

On Sunday, President Trump unequivocally congratulated the United States women’s soccer team after its repeat World Cup win — putting aside, at least for the moment, the firestorm surrounding Rapinoe’s vow never to visit the White House.

Asked by reporters later in the day whether men and women World Cup soccer teams should make the same money — which Rapinoe has demanded — Trump responded, “I would like to see that, but you’ve also got to look at numbers… you have to look at who’s taking in what” and “see how they’re performing.”

“I don’t know what those numbers are,” Trump added. “And, you have to see year-round how are they all drawing — what is the attendance for women’s soccer outside of World Cup, but I would like to see it.”

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The U.S. women’s soccer team posing with the World Cup trophy after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rapinoe, the pink-haired team captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player and the Golden Boot as top scorer, has been an outspoken opponent of what she’s described as systemic gender inequality in the United States. Rapinoe previously knelt during the national anthem prior to rules changes that barred the practice.

“I’m not going to the f—— White House,” Rapinoe said in a widely publicized magazine interview in June. “No f—— way will we be invited to the White House. [Trump] tries to avoid inviting a team that might decline. Or, like he did when the [Golden State] Warriors turned him down, he’ll claim they hadn’t been invited in the first place.”

Rapinoe has largely stood by her comments in recent weeks, except for the explicit language she used. On Saturday, Rapinoe said that she believed that “not many, if any” of her teammates would visit the White House if they won the final against the Netherlands.

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Rapinoe told reporters on Monday, “We’ve said publicly, I’ve said that I think most the team, if not everybody, I think everybody is with me. We don’t want to go to the White House, so I figure that’s why the invitation hasn’t come.”

Rapinoe’s teammate Alex Morgan weighed in on the invitation, telling reporters on Monday, “We have a lot to talk about within the team.”

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She added that “she is sure that anything” that the team could do to “raise our voice and use their platform for, we will do so.”

Fox News’ Courtney Crawford, Gregg Re, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Frank Luntz: Debates show ‘This is not your parents’ Democratic Party’

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The Democratic Party is becoming unrecognizable from what it was a generation ago, according to pollster Frank Luntz.

This week’s 2020 Democratic presidential debates are the latest proof the party has lurched to the left in recent years, Luntz said Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“This is not your parents’ Democratic Party,” he said. “This isn’t even your older sister’s Democratic Party. It has changed considerably. And over the last two-and-a-half years, it has lost the center — both on economic policy and … on social policy.

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“The question for the Democrats right now is, are they going to move so far left that they lose the center and have no ability to unite between now and 16 months from now?”

Luntz added he believed Democrats are speaking to a more liberal audience than the eventual nominee will be addressing when that candidate challenges President Trump in a general election debate next year.

“These are Democratic debates,” he said of this week’s events.

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“They are trying to appeal to a Democratic audience — an audience that is often atheist or agnostic or at least not regular churchgoers. So the audience itself represents — the language they are using represents — the average Democrat today.”

One Democratic candidate on the second night’s debate stage also alluded to changes in the Democratic Party.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., addressed former Vice President Joe Biden, asking him to “pass the torch,” as the longtime U.S. senator from Delaware himself had said during a previous presidential bid.

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Swalwell, one of the youngest candidates in the 2020 field, took a direct swipe at Biden’s age during Thursday’s debate.

“I was six years old when a presidential candidate came to the California Democratic Convention and said, ‘It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of Americans.’ That candidate was then-Senator Joe Biden,” Swalwell said.

“Joe Biden was right 32 years ago, and he’s still right today.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Illinois senators call on MLB to extend protective netting to corners of ballparks

U.S. senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth called on Major League Baseball on Thursday to extend safety netting to the right and left corners of ballparks in the wake of a recent spate of fans being injured by foul balls.

Durbin and Duckworth, D-Ill., wrote a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, urging him to push all major league teams to extend their safety netting to the corners.

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A young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“Clearly, more needs to be done to put the safety of fans first,” the senators wrote. “Players are hitting balls with a velocity of more than 100 mph onto the field and into the seated areas.  A Bloomberg analysis found nearly 1,800 people annually have suffered foul ball-related injuries while attending games. Extended netting could help prevent many of these injuries.”

In their letter, Durbin and Duckworth cited recent incidents involving foul balls that have injured fans, including a 2-year-old girl who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, in May and two incidents that occurred this month at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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FILE – In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019, file photo, a young child is carried from the stands after being injured by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

They credited the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals with taking the steps to already extend the netting while the Los Angeles Dodgers are mulling the option. The Texas Rangers plan to have netting to the corners in their new ballpark. The senators added that they believe extended netting could prevent many injuries.

“We appreciate the efforts MLB and individual teams have taken so far for the safety of fans. However, it is clear the current extended netting is not sufficient to protect fans from serious injury or death. We hope all teams will follow the leadership of the White Sox, Nationals, Dodgers and Rangers in this matter,” the letter reads.

Major League Baseball has not responded to a request for comment by Fox News.

The letter comes as it was learned the girl who was struck by a foul ball in Houston last month suffered a skull fracture. The ball came off the bat of Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr., who appeared visibly upset after the play.

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Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr., center, takes a knee as Jason Heyward, left, and manager Joe Maddon, right, talk to him after hitting a foul ball into the stands during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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It’s just one in a series of examples of incidents involving foul balls. On Sunday, a girl in Dodger Stadium was hit by a foul ball off Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger. A woman died from a brain hemorrhage last year after she was struck by a foul ball at in the same ballpark.

In 2017, a boy at Yankee Stadium was hit by a portion of then-Yankee Chris Carter’s broken bat. That same year, a fan was hit by Aaron Judge’s foul ball, which was traveling at 105 mph.

In September 2017, a 2-year-old girl was hospitalized from the impact of a 105 mph foul ball hit by then-Yankee Todd Frazier.

In 2018, all Major League Baseball teams extended netting past the home plate area to the far edge of each dugout to protect fans from foul balls. The girl in Houston was sitting 10 feet past the area where the netting ends.

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Nine teams have placed additional netting beyond the dugout.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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Conservative group hits back after Feinstein accuses Republicans of packing courts by rushing confirmations

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A conservative organization has hit back after Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused Republicans of trying to stack federal courts by pushing President Trump’s nominees so quickly through the confirmation process.

“Senate Republicans are stacking the federal courts. The speed with which nominees are moving through the Senate is proof enough,” Feinstein said on Twitter last Thursday.

“All nominees must be thoroughly reviewed — regardless of the party in power — to ensure these judges are qualified for lifetime appointments.”

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative organization that pushed for Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh’s confirmation, blasted Feinstein for her statements on Monday — disputing her contention that Republicans rushed nominees through the Senate.

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It also claimed the slow pace was the result of Democrats obstructing the nomination process.

“The fact that it took more than a year to confirm these non-controversial nominees is entirely due to Senate Dems’ full-frontal assault on the nomination process, using every tool they have to slow it down,” the group said.

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Feinstein’s comments came amid a broader controversy surrounding Trump’s judicial nominations, some of which have faced intense scrutiny by the California Democrat and others.

Trump previously came under fire for nominating according to a list of judges compiled by conservative groups. Liberal activist groups reportedly compiled a similar list, although it’s unclear which Democratic candidates, if any, will follow it. It’s unclear how involved Feinstein is involved in that process.

In a statement provided to Fox News, JCN Chief Counsel Carrie Severino accused Feinstein obstructing the nomination process and pushed for her to call for the report’s release.

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“It feels like Groundhog Day every time Senator Feinstein complains about the judicial nomination process that she’s spent the last two and a half years obstructing,” Severino said.

“President Trump, Majority Leader [Mitch] McConnell, [R-Ky.], and Chairman [Lindsey] Graham, [R-S.C.], are delivering to the American people exactly what they promised. If Senator Feinstein was truly interested in a process that the American people approve of, she would demand her liberal allies release their secret list of judicial nominees so the voters can see what kind of judges Democrats want. But she won’t. What are they hiding?”

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Cal Thomas: ‘Hypocrisy’ and ‘lie’ have lost all meaning in today’s politics

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There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word “racism,” hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm.

The media and Democrats are agog over President Trump’s comment to former Bill Clinton adviser and current “Good Morning America” host, George Stephanopoulos. Trump said if a foreign power had “dirt” on one of his political opponents he’d “listen” and would not necessarily inform the FBI.

On Friday, he backtracked somewhat, telling “Fox & Friends” he might tell the FBI if he received such information from a foreign government.

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Unsatisfied, congressional Democrats say the first remark provided more grounds for impeachment. Opposition research is what Democrats (and Republicans) have long done, said the president.

Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough writes that Hillary Clinton was once fine with obtaining dirt on her opponents from foreign sources. Recall the Steele dossier, which falsely claimed bad behavior by Donald Trump when he stayed in a Moscow hotel, allegedly cavorting with prostitutes and urinating on a bed in which the Obamas had slept.

Clinton excused the dossier, which was initially paid for by her campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saying it was “part of what happens in a campaign.” The Daily Caller even reported that Christopher Steele told a State Department official that “a former Russian spy chief and a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin” were sources for the dossier.

No problem for the media or Democrats now campaigning openly for President Trump’s impeachment because they loved Hillary and hate Trump. This attitude colors all media reporting. Consider The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, which appear to be anti-Trump, all the time.

Another example of hypocrisy is coming from Democrats, the left and the media (do I repeat myself?) at the announcement that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign at the end of the month and return to Arkansas.

Reporters are honing in on a statement Sanders made alleging that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost support” for its former director, James Comey. She later said she “misspoke.” Critics called her a liar.

From PolitiFact: “Jay Carney, Barack Obama’s press secretary, echoed Obama’s claim that Americans could keep their current health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. As Obama’s plan moved from idea to legislative reality, the statement became inaccurate. Ultimately, the statement was repeated dozens of times with insufficient context, earning PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year for 2013.” Carney never said he misspoke.

Many press secretaries for Republican and Democratic presidents have lied or “spun” on behalf of their bosses, but those working for Democrats mostly get a pass or were treated better than Sanders. In 1971, when asked if American and South Vietnamese forces were preparing to invade Laos, President Nixon’s press secretary, Ron Ziegler, replied, “The president is aware of what is going on in Southeast Asia. … That is not to say anything is going on in Southeast Asia.”

In 2009, Michael Collier of the San Francisco Chronicle compiled a list of some of the lies associated with modern presidents. They include John F. Kennedy’s aides who claimed Kennedy had to cut short a visit to Chicago and return to Washington because he had a cold. It was 1962 and the truth was the Cuban missile crisis demanded his attention.

Pentagon spokesman Arthur Sylvester said at the time the government had a “right” to lie in such instances.

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Lyndon Johnson lied about “guns and butter,” claiming the Vietnam War could be fought without damaging the economy.

A funny one Collier discovered might be apocryphal, but it makes a point: “Franklin D. Roosevelt went to Pittsburgh before the start of World War II and promised that the United States would not go to war. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — when war became inevitable — he asked his aides what he should say to the American people. They told him: ‘Say you were never in Pittsburgh.’”

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Charlie Kirk: Two courageous Dem governors stand up to radical left in their party

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On occasion, I like to engage in the very trendy American activity of “connecting dots.” While Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker famously warned us back in 2003 about the risk of such activity, it is, nonetheless, sometimes appropriate and always a bit fun.

Last week, two seemingly unrelated events took place. I believe the two are, in fact, connected, and could indicate an upcoming schism in the Democratic Party.

In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a “heartbeat” abortion bill. The fetal heartbeat abortion ban applies to pregnancies as early as six weeks and provides exceptions only for “medically futile” circumstances. The bill does not include exceptions for pregnancies stemming from rape and incest.

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Edwards did run for governor as a pro-life candidate but this bill is at the far north end of abortion restrictions and certainly runs contrary to Democratic ideology.

Meanwhile, across the country in Nevada, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak gambled a bit and vetoed a bill passed in the Legislature and supported by the organization National Popular Vote. The bill would have made Nevada part of a compact of states agreeing to give their electoral votes in a presidential election to the overall national vote winner, regardless as to how the people of Nevada may have voted.

I have previously written about the inherent risks to our nation of abandoning the Electoral College and turning over our governance to the tyranny of the majority. Mob rule is almost a plank in the Democratic Party platform.

Why are these two seemingly unrelated events related in my mind? I believe they are a sign that some members of the Democratic Party are recognizing that the rapid radicalization of the party that is taking place is posing a risk in terms of alienating mainstream American voters in general, and moderate Democrats in particular.

Regarding abortion, which has been front and center in the news cycle for the past month with a number of states passing very restrictive laws, recent Marist polling shows that not only do American split about equally in terms of identifying as pro-life or pro-choice; 80 percent of Americans favor limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy. The trend is shifting toward pro-life, with those identifying as Democrats leading the way.

States recently sanctioning very late-term abortions, like New York and Illinois, do not reflect the typical Democratic voter. They are reflecting a very militant and aggressive movement within the party that appears hellbent on attacking traditional Western Civilization values and replacing them with those of cultural Marxism.

There has been a butterfly effect at work since the stunning (to some) victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District Democratic primary last year and her subsequent win in the general election. Since she flapped her socialist wings, a tsunami effect has swept over the Democratic Party with a field of now over 20 presidential candidates all trying to out-Marx the other.

Socialist-mania has been spreading like a viral YouTube video. A recent Gallup survey indicated that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a “good thing.” A result like this would have been unimaginable a decade ago. It is tragic that Gallup cannot conduct a test of those responding to the poll to first determine if they actually understand what socialism is and what it leaves in its wake.

Last week’s featured issues, along with others, are indicative of what the socialist movement is about. Unrestricted abortion is a means by which to devalue human life so as to make choices regarding the disposing of people’s lives generally easier. Eliminating the Electoral College is a way to fundamentally deconstruct the foundation of the United States to make it easier to completely disassemble. AOC’s Green New Deal is a socialist economic strategy to level the United States globally and to redistribute wealth.

All of this is radical, and it appears, as I connect dots, that some Democratic leaders are starting to recognize the peril.

These two Democratic governors need to be commended for their courage. Standing up against your party and making a stand for what is right isn’t easy; just ask most elected Republicans in Washington. During President Trump’s first two years in office, when Republicans had control of both Houses of Congress, they were unwilling to stand with him and take strong action to address critical problems created by past excess.

Edwards and Sisolak showed no such apprehension last week.

There could well be a civil war coming inside of the Democratic Party. There are a host of traditional Democratic positions with which I disagree but with which I can certainly have a reasonable debate. In the context of the American Constitution, a traditional Democrat and I can argue the proper role for government in education, the right amount of social welfare support that can be provided, and just how much power and preference ought to be granted to labor unions.

These are the kinds of reasonable debates we have had over the past 100-plus years without either side ever considering for a moment that the United States being chloroformed was the answer.

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Now, inside the Democratic Party, the butterfly effect has produced a powerful movement that is determined to have the revolution that Marx foretold. The United States, unlike 1917 Russia, is a mature capitalist country. There are Democrats who feel this is their moment. In their mind, the United States is ready. They are ready.

But some of their leaders are not. Let us find ways to send reinforcements to governors and other elected leaders like Edwards and Sisolak so that they might be able to hold off the threat from within. Our job as conservatives is clear: To fight the Marxist-Democratic threat from without.

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Trump swipes at Schumer after top Dem claimed president won’t ‘follow through’ on tariffs

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President Trump took a swipe Tuesday night at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  who said he believes Trump ultimately will back down on the threat of tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

“Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!” Trump tweeted.

Trump has vowed to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports next week unless the country does more to stem illegal migration.

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The president last week threatened to impose the monthly tariff which would rise to a total of 25 percent by October.

“Frankly, I don’t believe that President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “President Trump has a habit of talking tough and then retreating, because his policies often can’t be implemented or don’t make sense… so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if President Trump doesn’t follow through on these tariffs, either.”

It is unclear what more Mexico could do — and what would be enough — to satisfy Trump on illegal immigration, a signature issue of his presidency.

The United States has not presented concrete benchmarks to assess how sufficient the U.S. ally would be stemming the migrant flow from Central America. Mexican officials have called the potential tariffs hurtful to the economies of both countries and useless to slow the northbound flow of Central American migrants.

Lawmakers and business allies have worried publicly that the tariffs would derail the long-promised United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Trump had promised to replace.

Trump has indicated he will rely on the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a national emergency executive action he can take without congressional approval.

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Republican senators are declaring deep opposition.

All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, have remained hopeful that high-level talks would ease the president away from his threat. But, with the tariffs set to start next Monday, some Republicans in Congress have warned the White House they’re ready to stand up to Trump.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Hampshire GOP Gov. Chris Sununu rules out 2020 Senate run

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Ending months of speculation, New Hampshire’s popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday that he will seek a third term in 2020 instead of challenging Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Sununu’s decision makes him the clear favorite to retain the governor’s office in Concord, but it also leaves the GOP without a top-flight candidate to challenge Shaheen, a former governor who’s seeking a third six-year term representing the crucial battleground state in the Senate.

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Republicans currently control the Senate 53-47 but are defending 22 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2020.

In his announcement, made in a Medium post and in an email to his supporters on Tuesday evening, Sununu slammed Shaheen, the senior member of New Hampshire’s all-Democratic congressional delegation.

“We all know that I would defeat Jeanne Shaheen, but others can too,” Sununu touted. “Never before has a sitting twelve-year Senator from New Hampshire accomplished so little.”

Shaheen’s Senate office had no immediate comment when asked about the attack by the governor.

Sununu, who enjoys some of the highest approval ratings of any governor in America, touted his record, saying he’s “getting the job done … more people are working today in New Hampshire than at any time in history. We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.”

The governor also took aim at Democrats who won back majorities in the state House of Representatives and Senate in last year’s elections, saying his political opponents’ agenda “has become more radical than any of us ever believed possible.”

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Longtime New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley, a vocal Sununu critic, pointed to the governor’s strong support of President Trump as he reacted to Sununu’s 2020 news.

“While we regret missing the opportunity to retire Chris Sununu in a campaign for U.S. Senate, we look forward to replacing him as Governor in 2020, along with his mentor, Donald Trump, Buckley said. “After four years of enriching himself and leaving New Hampshire families in the dust, Chris Sununu will face a successful and strong challenger.”

Sununu, 44, is currently the second youngest governor in America. He’s the son of former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, who later served as chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, and the younger brother of John E. Sununu, a former New Hampshire Republican congressman who defeated Shaheen in a hotly contested 2002 Senate race before losing the rematch six years later.

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