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Sasse leads fresh calls to use seized ‘El Chapo’ money to pay for border security

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Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., resumed calls Wednesday for Congress to use money and other assets seized from convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to pay for improved border security after a federal judge sentenced Guzman to life in prison.

“El Chapo’s going to spend the rest of his life behind bars, so the feds should seize his drug money and use it to secure the border,” Sasse said in a statement Wednesday. “This convict doesn’t need the cash – he’ll be getting three square meals a day and making collect calls from the big house.”

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Sasse is a cosponsor of the EL CHAPO Act, a bill authored by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would require any money seized by the U.S. Government from Guzman’s estate to be used “for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall.” EL CHAPO is an acronym for the bill’s full name — the Ensuring Legal Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act.

Cruz introduced the bill in January and pushed for it throughout the early part of 2019. He said the cocaine magnate’s empire was largely built by violating U.S. immigration laws.

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“There’s a justice to it,” Cruz told “Fox News at Night” in February. “You know those billions that El Chapo has were made trafficking illegally across the U.S. border, bringing narcotics across the border, and it is only right that those ill-gotten gains go toward fixing the problems and stopping the next narcotrafficker.”

Cruz noted after Guzman was convicted that prosecutors were seeking $14 billion of the drug lord’s assets, more than double the $5.7 billion President Donald Trump has said a border wall would cost.

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“By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and other murderous drug lords, we can offset the cost of securing our border and make meaningful progress toward delivering on the promises made to the American people,” Cruz said in a January statement.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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West Palm Beach uses ‘Baby Shark’ to keep homeless away from banquet hall

Officials in West Palm Beach, Fla., are playing continuous loops of children’s songs to keep the homeless from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned banquet facility.

Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” are only temporary fixes for the problem of homelessness at the glass-walled Waterfront Lake Pavilion, West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Director Leah Rockwell told The Palm Beach Post.

The facility hosted 164 events from June 1, 2018, to June 30 of this year, almost half of which were weddings. The hall brings the city about $240,000 in revenues annually.

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West Palm Beach has begun playing loops of children’s songs to deter homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned banquet facility.  (City of West Palm Beach)

“People are paying a lot of money to use the facility,” Rockwell said. “Thousands of dollars. We want to make sure people paying this money had a facility that was clean and open and continue to use it in the future.”

She said more homeless people have been seen bedding down on the Pavilion’s elevated patio, prompting the city to act.

Rockwell did not immediately respond to Fox News request for comment Wednesday.

Will the strategy work?

Illaya Champion, a homeless man, told the paper the music won’t bother him.

“I still lay down in there,” he said. “But it’s on and on, the same songs.”

But the tactic has paid off so far, Rockwell said.

“It has been effective and is a temporary measure to make the area accessible for those who have rented the facility and for future events,” she said. “We are not forcing individuals to stay on the patio of the pavilion to listen to the music. The music is heard only if you are on the patio, a very small area relative to the rest of the waterfront.”

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The city has tried weaponizing music before. To get rid of drug dealers, the police played classical music through rooftop speakers in protective casings. The electrical cabinet that powered the speakers was eventually smashed.

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national ice cream day origins

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I scream, you scream, we’re all screaming for National Ice Cream Day.

Whether you prefer to jump for joy or silently savor the dessert, bringing people together is what ice cream is all about, according to Carla Noboa, the owner and founder of BIVE Ice Cream Shop in New York City.

“I feel that ice cream is way to make people happy and a to-go product that consumers are wanting as a dessert and treat to share with others,” said Noboa, who shared her passion for the delectable dessert with Fox News — and helped to deliver the scoop (pun intended) on the day dedicated to ice cream.

National Ice Cream Day was first recognized by President Ronald Reagan, but it was never meant to be celebrated annually.

“National Ice Cream Day was only supposed to be one day — in fact, Ronald Reagan actually signed a resolution to make National Ice Cream Day on July 15, 1984,” explained Noboa.  “Despite the resolution only mentioning that specific day in 1984, Americans love ice cream and continued to celebrate it every year on the third Sunday in July.”

But while President Reagan put a day dedicated to ice cream in the history books, he was not the first president to enjoy the sweet dessert. “George Washington apparently loved ice cream, and in one summer, he literally spent $200 on ice cream,” Noboa told Fox News.

Unfortunately, however, America’s first president did not get to enjoy his ice cream in a cone, largely because the ice cream cone wasn’t invented until 1904. “Ernest Hamwi, who participated in the St. Louis World’s Fair, had a waffle booth next to an ice cream seller,” explained Noboa. “The ice-cream seller ran out of dishes, so Hamwi actually rolled a waffle to hold his neighbor’s ice-cream and then the cone was born.”

Now that you know how thsi delectable day came into being, here are some ways you can celebrate:

Carla Noboa’s BIVE will offer an extra scoop for customers who buy a single scoop of ice cream, along with a free cone, on July 21.

Serendipity at Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida will offer its Golden Opulence Sundae, which sells for $1,000, and includes 50 scoops of gourmet ice cream, sorbets, a handmade chocolate spire, and edible 24 kt gold leaves.

Alamo Drafthouse will be offering a “Furious George” cookies and cream milkshake mixed with Monkey Shoulder Malt Scotch Whiskey.

Can’t eat the cold stuff? Here are some ice cream-themed games:

– Oops Scoops (YULU) – Stack the ice cream scoops on the shaking cone, if the tower topples over you are out of the game!

– Ice Cream Cart (PLAYMOBIL) – Build your Ice Cream Cart and bring the set to life with figures and accessories included.

– Foodie Surprise Ice Cream Food Cart (RedwoodVentures) – Deconstruct the ice cream themed food cart to reveal all supplies and ingredients needed to make your own gummy candy.

For more on National Ice Cream Day, watch BIVE Founder Carla Noboa’s full interview above.

Emily DeCiccio is a video producer and reporter for Fox News Digital Originals. Tweet her @EmilyDeCiccio.

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Police in Hawaii reportedly arresting protesters in standoff over construction of Mauna Kea telescope

Police in Hawaii reportedly have started arresting protesters Wednesday who have been attempting to halt the construction of a mountaintop telescope on The Big Island.

The arrests, which so far have been made without incident, according to Hawaii Public Radio, come on the third day of demonstrations in which crowds have blocked an access road to the construction site of the $1.4 billion ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) on Mauna Kea.

Police, the Hawaiian National Guard and self-described native “protectors” have been engaged in a tense standoff there since Monday’s scheduled start of construction. Some native Hawaiians consider Mauna Kea a sacred place.

“We are not against the science. We are not against the telescope. We are against the desecration of our mauna,” Kaho’okahi Kanuha, one of the demonstrators, said Tuesday in a press conference.

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A police officer gestures at demonstrators blocking a road at the base of Hawaii’s tallest mountain, on Monday, in Mauna Kea, Hawaii, who are protesting the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. (AP)

The telescope, when completed, will have a 30-meter prime mirror diameter that is “three times as wide, with nine times more area, than the largest currently existing visible-light telescope in the world,” its website says. The TMT International Observatory LLC, which describes itself as a “non-profit international partnership” between educational and scientific institutions around the world, is the designer of the project.

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Mauna Kea, the highest peak in Hawaii at nearly 14,000 feet, was chosen as the site for the telescope in 2009 because of its elevation and lack of light pollution. The TMT’s size will allow it to see into deep space and produce images 12 times sharper than the Hubbell Space Telescope, its website adds.

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An artists’ rendering of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea on The Big Island in Hawaii. (TMT)

The ongoing protests began Monday and have been marked with some demonstrators chaining themselves to a cattle guard in the middle of the road, KHON2 reported. Communication between the crowds that have gathered and the police have kept the demonstrations peaceful, but protesters say they are dug in on their stance against the TMT.

“I do know that every single one of these individuals are prepared to be arrested,” Kaho’okahi Kanuha told KHON2.

Some Hawaiians though are in favor of the telescope.

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“I believe science is an option our kupuna would have embraced,” Jacqui Hoover, the president of the Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference — a local organization that works with the government on planning decisions — told KHON2, while using the Hawaiian word for elder.

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Demonstrators gather to block a road at the base of Hawaii’s tallest mountain, on Monday. (AP)

“I’m very concerned that we’re losing opportunities to help our children transition into the world we live in today,” she added. “We need jobs, we need education, we need our community to have options other than those that we currently have.

TMT officials say the project will create 300 jobs, according to KHON2.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report. 

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‘Mr. Robot’ teases fourth and final season in new trailer

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After four years on the air, “Mr. Robot” is coming to an end.

The popular, Emmy-nominated hacker drama will air its fourth and final season on USA later this year, and the show dropped a short trailer for it on Wednesday.

The short teaser depicts Elliot, played by Rami Malek, as he listens to an unidentified female voice asking, “I wonder how many people you’ve had to hurt to get what you want. How many has it been, Elliot?”

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While an exact premiere date of the last season has not yet been revealed, many details about the show’s final episodes have slowly been trickling out, including from USA Network themselves, who said the season will “be filled with hacking, splashed with blood and answer the series’ most pressing questions.”

I can say this: It is a very impactful, emotional, and I think clearly well thought out way to end this story and this series. It’s remarkable.

— Rami Malek

At Tribeca Film Festival’s ‘A Farewell to Mr. Robot’ event back in April, the show’s creator Sam Esmail, told the audience the last season will be “one very long Christmas special.”

“You know what they typically do at the end – like [in] the British ‘Office’ – they tend to do a Christmas special,” Esmail told fans. “And so the final season of Mr. Robot is one very long Christmas special. It’ll last over about a week over Christmas of 2015,” referring to the time frame when the last season’s action takes place.

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Many of the show’s stars have been tight-lipped about the final season’s plot, but according to a March interview with Entertainment Weekly, Malek claimed the show’s last moments on television will be “very impactful” and “emotional.”

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“I trust Sam [Esmail] implicitly, so if that is the way he thought he could close out this story line, then I’m with him,” Malek told the outlet. “I can say this: It is a very impactful, emotional, and I think clearly well thought out way to end this story and this series. It’s remarkable. I’m in awe of the man and what he has done this season.”

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Pelosi rips Trump bid to link Dems to ‘Squad,’ vows not to ‘waste our time on that’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back hard Wednesday against President Trump’s efforts to cast New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive “squad” as the face of her party, now that the fractious caucus has united to condemn the president’s racially charged tweets.

“Will all due respect, let’s not waste our time on that,” Pelosi said during a Capitol press conference when asked about the president’s efforts to tie Democrats to the progressive lawmakers.

Speaking of Trump, she said, “We are not having him set our agenda. We are setting our own agenda.”

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In recent days, the president and the Republican National Committee have made a concerted effort to tie the entire Democratic Party to freshman progressive lawmakers Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. This, after Democrats came to their defense over the president’s tweets saying they should “go back” to the countries they came from (despite all but Omar being from the United States) and then return to show everyone how to fix things.

Trump on Wednesday tweeted: “The ‘squad’ has moved the Democrat Party substantially LEFT, and they are destroying the Democrat Party.” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel drew attention to the lawmakers’ left-wing stances on issues, tweeting, “Listen to what we hear from the Squad: It’s abolish ICE, it’s calling law enforcement Nazis. It’s anti-American and anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

During the press conference, Pelosi dismissed Trump’s actions as a designed distraction.

“You have to give him credit, he’s a great distractor, that’s what this is about,” Pelosi said. “So let’s just take it to a better place: America.”

She also repeatedly cited the late Republican President Ronald Reagan in condemning Trump for his comments.

“He is denigrating all the newcomers who come to our country in complete opposition to the beautiful words of Ronald Reagan in the last speech he made to the country as president of the United States,” Pelosi said.

Last week, the four congresswomen had an ongoing public spat with Pelosi, which got heated after Ocasio-Cortez suggested that the speaker was “singling out” them because they were “women of color.” Pelosi previously dismissed their vocal opposition to the House’s approval for border funding.

Their feud, however, seemed to have evaporated on Sunday after Trump targeted them on Twitter, suggesting they should “go back” to the countries they came from despite three of the four congresswomen being born in the U.S. and all four of them being U.S. citizens.

Trump’s tweets on Tuesday were formally condemned by the Democratic-controlled House, resulting in a 240-187 vote.

But while Trump’s comments are still dominating headlines, Pelosi and the progressive lawmakers are still working through their issues.

During a sit down with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King on Tuesday, Tlaib sent a warning message to Pelosi: “Acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that and what you’re doing, especially because some of us are getting death threats, because some of us are being singled out because of our backgrounds, because of our experiences and so forth.”

King followed up with Ocasio-Cortez, asking if she was “interested in having a conversation” with Pelosi, which Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Absolutely.”

On Wednesday, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement they “received a request from the Office of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for a one-on-one meeting. We are working to … schedule this meeting.”

Pelosi, during Wednesday’s press conference, also signaled she isn’t embracing a renewed effort from Texas Rep. Al Green to launch a fresh bid to impeach Trump because of his comments about the progressive lawmakers, suggesting she wants any effort to come out of the already-established process on Capitol Hill.

“With all due respect in the world for him, we have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in,” she said. “That is the serious path that we’re on.”

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Dodge Challenger cop car adds muscle to the Florida Highway Patrol fleet

The Florida Highway Patrol has a challenge for would-be speeders.

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Well, a Challenger.

The agency’s Troop G in Jacksonville has added the Dodge muscle car to its fleet.

“As you can see, we take aggressive driving seriously! Please slow down, buckle up, reduce distractions. We are watching,” the FHP advised in a tweet accompanying a photo of the new car.

The model is a high performance Challenger R/T with a 375 hp 5.7-liter V8 that’s been painted in the patrol’s signature black and tan colors and equipped with hidden emergency lights that preserve its sporty profile.

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The Charger sedan is a mainstay of the FHP fleet. (Florida Highway Patrol)

The troop left the stylish, high performance rims and tires on it, rather than swapping them for a set of the steel wheels that the Chargers in the fleet use, and added a 360-degree camera system, police radio and laptop computer.

The two-door doesn’t have a cage, but Sgt. Dylan Bryan says baddies could end up getting a ride to the station in the passenger seat, as long as they’re not potentially dangerous.

The coupe has also been submitted as the FHP’s entry in the American Association of State Troopers’ 2019 Best Looking Cruiser Contest.

Of course, there are a plenty of cars that can outrun it, including the 797 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, but that’s what backup is for.

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Harris rides the wave in California

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On the roster: Harris rides the wave in California – Time Out: Now we know beans  Dem fundraising juggernaut raked in $246 million – House wreckers – Cruel, unusual

HARRIS RIDES THE WAVE IN CALIFORNIA 
Quinnipiac University: “Native daughter Kamala Harris comes from behind to win the support of 23 percent of California Democrats and voters leaning Democratic, with 21 percent for former Vice President Joe Biden, leaving the Democratic primary too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today. Also in the running are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 18 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 16 percent. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has 3 percent and entrepreneur Andrew Yang has 2 percent. There are four Democratic contenders with 1 percent and 15 candidates scoring less than 1 percent. … Looking today at candidates’ qualities, California Democrats say: 26 percent that Biden would be the best leader, with 18 percent for Harris, 17 percent for Sanders and 14 percent for Warren; 28 percent that Warren has the best policy ideas, with 20 percent for Sanders, 11 percent for Biden and 9 percent for Harris…”

Bullock makes the cut for second round of debates – Politico: “The field is set for the second round of Democratic primary debates — and a number of candidates will go onstage knowing it could be their last. Twenty candidates have qualified for two nights of debates in Detroit on July 30-31, according to a POLITICO analysis — including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who missed the first debates in June but vaulted onto the stage after Rep. Eric Swalwell’s campaign ended… POLITICO projects these 20 candidates will appear in the Detroit debates: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julián CastroBill de BlasioJohn DelaneyTulsi GabbardKirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, John HickenlooperJay InsleeAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeTim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang.”

Biden campaign paid for coaching after tanking first debate – WashEx: “The day after Joe Biden tanked in the first round of Democratic presidential debates, his campaign hired a prominent speech coach for the 36-year senator and 8-year vice president. Records from the Biden’s second-quarter Federal Election Commission filing show his campaign paid Washington, D.C.-based Sheehan Associates $5,300 for ‘strategic consulting’ on June 28. The night before Biden was put on the defensive in the first round of Democratic debates by California Sen. Kamala Harris… Michael Sheehan, the principal of the firm, has coached both Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as numerous vice presidents, first ladies, members of Congress, and governors.”

Steyer defends wealth – The Guardian: “Tom Steyer entered the Democratic primary with a singular advantage: the largest fortune of any 2020 candidate. It could also be his biggest liability. Reflecting on the ethics of a billionaire candidate at a time when growing inequality is a key election issue, the former hedge fund manager and Democratic party mega-donor offered up an unusual defense: Queen Bey. ‘Should we put a limit on what Beyoncé makes? I don’t see why,’ Steyer told the Guardian by phone. ‘I don’t think in the United States of America, we should put a ceiling on how far people can go.’ Steyer transitioned to a critique of communism and the argument that ‘at the heart of every great fortune is a crime…’”

AARP warns 2020 presidential candidates about ignoring older voters – Fox Business: “While a lot of emphasis is focused on attracting young voters during election cycles – 2020 candidates might want to turn more attention toward an older demographic: Baby Boomers. Americans age 65 and over are expected to make up about 23 percent of the electorate in 2020, according to research from The Pew Research Center. That is their largest share since at least 1970. And while Generation Z will make up one-in-ten eligible voters, researchers noted that – based on historical trends – older Americans are more likely to turn out to vote, which means that older generations could end up accounting for a larger share of actual voters than their share of the electorate. AARP chief advocacy and engagement officer Nancy LeaMond told FOX Business it would be unwise for candidates to ignore older Americans – and their top concerns.”

THE RULEBOOK: BEAT THE BOSS TO BE THE BOSS   
“The steady operations of war against a regular and disciplined army can only be successfully conducted by a force of the same kind. Considerations of economy, not less than of stability and vigor, confirm this position.” – Alexander HamiltonFederalist No. 25

TIME OUT: NOW WE KNOW BEANS 
Smithsonian: “Of all the great debates … few have been more polarizing than chocolate versus vanilla. Those of us aligned with chocolate—the product of ground, roasted cacao beans—find it warm, comforting, ambrosial, and generally dismiss all things unchocolate as ‘vanilla,’ meaning bland and boring. Those who prefer vanilla, a climbing orchid that bears long podlike fruit, praise its aromatic sweetness and note that it enhances the flavor of chocolate, which unembellished would be dull and kind of flat—in short, vanilla. The one aspect of the chocolate-and-vanilla divide that has seldom been disputed is the question of provenance. But over the last year two new studies have radically rejiggered the origin stories of both. On the chocolate front, the earliest chemical evidence of cacao use has been pushed about 1,400 years further into the past and about 2,000 miles south. For vanilla’s part, researchers now believe that the beans were not only used by humans more than two millennia earlier than previously thought, but an entire ocean away.”

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SCOREBOARD
Trump job performance
Average approval
: 44.2 percent
Average disapproval: 51.2 percent
Net Score: -7 points
Change from one week ago: up 0.4 points 
[Average includes: NBC News/WSJ: 45% approve – 52% disapprove; ABC News/WaPo: 47% approve – 50% disapprove; CNN: 45% approve – 51% disapprove; Gallup: 41% approve – 54% disapprove; IBD: 43% approve – 49% disapprove.]

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DEM FUNDRAISING JUGGERNAUT RAKED IN $246 MILLION 
Politico: “Democratic campaigns and organizations are riding high off support from small donors. ActBlue, the online fundraising platform used by most Democratic candidates and outside groups, announced that 3.3 million donors contributed $420 million through the platform in the first six months of the year. ActBlue’s first filing of the year with the Federal Election Commission, which covers the same time period, is due at the end of the month. The group said $246 million came through ActBlue during the second quarter of 2019. Nearly 8,700 campaigns, committees and organizations use the platform, and 1.1 million donors gave via ActBlue in the final 10 days of the second quarter alone. The numbers demonstrate the incredible growth of online fundraising in recent years, especially among Democrats. The party broke fundraising records in 2017 in response to President Donald Trump‘s inauguration…”

Kraushaar: Fundraising takeaways – National Journal: “Democrats have good reason to cheer their congressional candidates’ second-quarter fundraising figures. … But Republicans also picked up their fundraising levels from last year’s midterms. Five GOP senators facing competitive reelections raised more than $2 million in the quarter. Two highly touted House GOP recruits hit the half-million-dollar mark, an impressive tally for first-time challengers. On the leadership front, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise both outraised Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here are five other clues the numbers can give us into the trajectory of the 2020 congressional campaigns: 1. Several Democratic Senate recruits still have to prove their strength. … 2. Targeted House Democrats continue to bring in big bucks. … 3. Texas Republicans pick up the pace. … 4. Stage set for Mike Pompeo in Kansas. … 5. Scandal-plagued Republicans in desperate territory.”

Bwhahahah – NY Post: “The Big Apple showered Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of tiny South Bend, Indiana — with $2.35 million in donations during the past three months, Buttigieg’s campaign revealed Tuesday. The haul is more than twice the $1.1 million that Mayor Bill de Blasio raised in total — nationwide — since launching his own White House bid in May. Buttigieg also humiliated de Blasio in his own back yard by collecting contributions from 14,000 city residents, more than twice de Blasio’s total 6,700 donors. … Buttigieg’s local supporters include such quintessential Gothamites as longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour, media tycoon Barry Diller and financier Bill Ackman, who each made maximum contributions of $2,800, with Ackman doubling down for both the primary and general elections.”

HOUSE WRECKERS 
Roll Call: “A day after Rep. Emanuel Cleaver abandoned his post presiding over House proceedings in frustration over bickering between Republicans and Democrats, the Missouri Democrat urged lawmakers and the American people to ignore President Donald Trump’s online antics as he ‘tweets away his presidency.’ ‘We can’t continue to react to this,’ Cleaver said Wednesday on CNN’s ‘New Day’ about the chaos that ensued as Democrats tried to hold a vote to condemn racist tweets the president posted over the weekend attacking four minority female congresswomen. … On Tuesday, the House eventually voted, 240-187, to approve a nonbinding resolution that that ‘strongly’ condemned Trump’s ‘racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.’ In the end, four Republicans — Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Will Hurd of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan — and independent Justin Amash of Michigan … voted with all 235 Democrats in favor of the resolution.”

Trump’s tweets drive wedge between campaign and critical voters – WashEx: “President Trump’s incendiary claims that his Democratic critics in Congress are un-American are driving a deep wedge between his 2020 campaign and critical elements of the coalition he needs to secure a second term. Suburban women and college-educated whites sidelined doubts about Trump and provided support crucial to his victory over Hillary Clinton. But many, fed up with the president’s antics and rhetoric, defected to the Democratic Party in midterm elections two years later. Senior Republican strategists are warning that Trump’s divisive attacks on the four female minority congressional Democrats could permanently exile these key voting blocs, costing the president reelection. ‘Republicans want this election to be about the economy and judges. If it’s about Trump’s tweets and temperament, it’s likely that Democrats will have an enthusiasm advantage,’ said Alex Conant, a GOP operative who has advised presidential candidates.”

Squad goals: Trump’s attacks foreshadow 2020 – NYT: “With three days of attacks on four liberal, minority first-term congresswomen, President Trump and the Republicans have sent the clearest signal yet that their approach to 2020 will be a racially divisive reprise of the strategy that helped Mr. Trump narrowly capture the White House in 2016. It is the kind of fight that the president relishes. He has told aides, in fact, that he is pleased with the Democratic reaction to his attacks, boasting that he is ‘marrying’ the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party to the four congresswomen known as ‘the squad.’ His efforts to stoke similar cultural and racial resentments during the 2018 midterm elections with fears of marauding immigrant caravans backfired as his party lost control of the House. But he is undeterred heading into his re-election campaign, betting that he can cast the entire Democratic Party as radical and un-American.

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R.I.P. John Paul Stevens – NYT

Ocasio-Cortez gets new 2020 challenger: a Republican immigrant from Jamaica – Fox News

AUDIBLE: GOT IT?
“You got to be against Yucca Mountain and you gotta say Nevada right.” – Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., giving advice to presidential candidates who visit her state per the WSJ.

FROM THE BLEACHERS
“The Democrats in Congress missed a great opportunity to chastise the president, bring Republicans to their side, and take a giant leap for civil discourse. Trump’s remarks deserved condemnation; they were not the occasionally-well-intentioned ‘love it or leave it’ phrase. Some congressmen’s misrepresentation of facts deserved to be challenged, but Mr. Trump went beyond that to claim they hated our country. While such I-know-your-heart attacks are common, they are still wrong. But the resolution hid the president’s misbehavior by making the dubious claim of racism – this was easily dismissed as partisan trash. What a disappointment to read the excellent phrases about our immigrants love for our United States in the first part of the resolution to see the effort destroyed in its accusations. Thank you for your civil discourse!” – Tom Parks, Rogers, Ark.

[Ed. note: But your premise assumes, Mr. Parks, that the aim was persuasion. That was pure base boosting alloyed by just a pinch of sticking to the other side. That whole fracas – allegations or dispatriotism, racism, corruption and worse – is how we let politicians behave these days.]

“You said [in Monday’s Halftime Report that] Trump attacked persons elected to the branch superior to his. That is incorrect. Legislative, executive, and judicial branches are co-equal, no? I realize Congress is upstream of the president in the sense that it passes the laws he is responsible for enforcing, but still, ‘co-equal’ is the term I’ve always heard used to describe the relative standing of the three branches. I might be wrong, though, and if I am, I would be grateful for instruction. Think you do a great job.” – Thaddeus Perry, Fishers, Ind.

[Ed. note: Great question, Mr. Perry! Certainly there are those who agree with the concept of “co-equal branches,” but that’s not how the Constitution reads. The charter goes in order: Legislative, executive and judicial. Congress is given the most significant powers – especially the power to declare war and to tax – and while Congress has the power to remove officials from the other branches, the other branches can do nothing similar to Congress. Certainly, the judicial branch is the weakest. It relies on the legislative branch for its money and the executive branch to enforce its edicts. America has been slouching toward excessive executive power since at least the Wilson administration because it’s just easier. Americans have gotten to be extraordinarily lazy guardians of their own liberty and the pitiful decrepitude of Congress is probably the greatest evidence.]

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CRUEL, UNUSUAL 
AP: “Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children’s songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility. West Palm Beach parks and recreation director Leah Rockwell tells the Palm Beach Post they’re trying to discourage people from sleeping outside the glass-walled Waterfront Lake Pavilion, which she says rakes in some $240,000 annually from events. The loop of ‘Baby Shark’ and ‘Raining Tacos’ is a temporary fix to keep homeless people off the patio. Rockwell says the city wants to formalize hours for the facility, which should make trespassing laws easier to enforce. Illaya Champion tells the Post ‘it’s wrong’ to chase people away with music. He says he’ll still sleep there, but ‘it’s on and on, the same songs.’”

AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“A broad national consensus is developing that health care is indeed a right. This is historically new. And it carries immense implications for the future. It suggests that we may be heading inexorably to a government-run, single-payer system.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on March 30, 2017.

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Lil Nas X shares Area 51-themed ‘Old Town Road’ music video

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” continues to dominate.

The viral single, which has sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks straight, is close to becoming the longest-running #1 single in the chart’s history. Just days shy of breaking the record, the rapper has a new remix and music video titled “Old Town Raid,” inspired by the recent wave of “Area 51” memes.

‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ RAPPER LIL NAS X APPEARS TO COME OUT DURING PRIDE MONTH

The new video comes in the wake of a recently created Facebook event, titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” in which users pledged to raid the famed, conspiracy-ridden military base, in the hopes of uncovering a secret alien population.

Lil Nas X released the animated music video on Tuesday, after fans urged the rapper to perform at the event, scheduled for Sept. 20.

The outrageous new video is for the rapper’s most recent remix of the hit, featuring newcomers Young Thug and “Walmart yodel kid” Mason Ramsey, alongside previous guest Billy Ray Cyrus.

The animated video depicts the four artists approaching the military base on horseback, along with many humorous images of Keanu Reeves running toward the Area 51 gates and fearful military guards unprepared for their arrival.

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The recent trend of Area 51 raid memes permeated nearly every corner of the Internet over the past week, and while most involved seem to acknowledge the non-serious nature of these plans, the United States Air Force has personally warned Internet users that any attempt to raid the base would fail.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. … The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets,” spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post last Friday.

‘STORM AREA 51’ SOCIAL MEDIA MOVEMENT IS ‘GETTING SOMEWHAT OUT OF HAND,’ SAYS UFO EXPERT

Experts also agree that a civilian raid on Area 51 would not go over well. Annie Jacobsen, the author of “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” dismissed the idea that civilians could get close to the facility. She explained that the classified military facility is housed inside a classified testing and training range which is the size of Connecticut.

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“That base is so jealously guarded, both in terms of media and in terms of actual physicality. I don’t think the Air Force or any of the other military partners or intelligence community partners that are all working out there at Area 51 are gonna let anybody anywhere near the entrance to Area 51,” Jacobsen told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

Fox News’ David Montanaro contributed to this report.

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Chicago Bears’ Cordarrelle Patterson has interesting thoughts on being a Super Bowl champion

Chicago Bears wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is coming into the new season about five months removed from winning his first Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots.

The aura of winning the big game has apparently run its course as Patterson gave a curious answer to a question from Redline Media about what it feels like to be a Super Bowl champion.

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“Honestly, that Super Bowl don’t mean s–t to me, because I’m in a new role right now,” Patterson said. “I’m on a new team, so it’s a new opportunity for me to bring my legacy and live on to another team. So, whatever happened last year in the past, that’s in the past. I’m trying to just move forward.”

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In his only season with the Patriots, Patterson caught 21 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns. In the playoffs, he had four receptions for 32 yards and zero touchdowns.

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He signed a two-year deal with Chicago in March.

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