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Westlake Legal Group > Press Releases (Page 54)

Jayme Closs suspect reportedly applied for job, labeled himself an ‘honest guy,’ the day teen escaped

Jayme Closs’ alleged kidnapper Jake Patterson reportedly submitted an online job application to a Wisconsin liquor business the same day the 13-year-old escaped from capture.

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Air traffic controllers say they are caught in middle of shutdown battle: ‘Safety is not a partisan issue’

About 10,000 air traffic controllers continue to work in airports across the country without pay. It’s an inherently stressful job. Even before the shutdown, staffing levels at air traffic control towers have been at a 30-year low, meaning people are often working eight- to 10-hour shifts, sometimes six days a week.

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Laura Ingraham: I sort of admire Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and she should come on my show

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Via Mediaite, I’m probably the only person on either side who thinks an AOC appearance in Fox primetime would be good for her and her cause if she can get the host to agree to certain ground rules beforehand.

I made that case half-jokingly on Twitter yesterday afternoon and had lefties scoffing at me. “Please. If our new progressive hero went into the lion’s den at Fox, the conversation would devolve within five seconds to calling her a communist, an open-borders fanatic, the long-lost daughter of Che Guevara. There are no inroads to be made among the white working-class base by a young brown-skinned Latina from New York who’s comfortable being called a socialist. They want people like her marginalized. And they’d demand nothing less than her total humiliation on air by Tucker or Ingraham.”

Maybe. The odds of Tucker giving her the full Avenatti treatment, replete with mocking chyrons while she’s onscreen, can’t be less than 60 percent. Only a fool would gamble on cable news rising to the occasion of fruitful discourse when ideological enemies engage. And don’t forget that AOC would have her own incentives to engage in bloodsport. For every Trump fan watching who’d want to see the left’s new star obliterated there’d be a Trump-hater tuning in to see Ocasio-Cortez call Carlson a white supremacist to his face. There’s no denying that political pressures from both sides would point to this degenerating into a total sh*tshow.

But. I believe Ingraham here when she says she admires AOC’s populist moxie. And Tucker has done at least one segment on his show amplifying a point Ocasio-Cortez has made about corporate welfare. Carlson in particular has been more consumed lately with tilting the right towards economic populism than with tilting the rest of the country towards the right, broadly speaking. All of which is to say, I think the two Fox hosts really would be interested in engaging with AOC on her own populist economic proposals. The “Green New Deal” would be a non-starter, but higher taxes on the rich? Regulating corporate cronyism? Maaaaaybe Medicare for all, if she had some vaguely plausible-ish suggestion on how to pay for it?

Yeah, I think that could be a friendly enough conversation. And it would be useful to AOC insofar as it would give her a chance to pitch populist Fox viewers, who spend most of the viewing day marinating in the idea that leftists are gargoyles, on Bernie-style economic reform. Obama’s team liked to talk about “permission structures” on the right, the idea that certain policy proposals would be ruled out of hand by the right-wing rank-and-file unless and until they received a seal of acceptability by someone like Rush Limbaugh whose right-wing authenticity was beyond reproach. Having Tucker nod along receptively while Ocasio-Cortez talks up confiscatory tax rates on the rich would help provide that seal of approval. It’s not a heresy anymore! This proposal may be considered. Carlson especially, I suspect, would revel in a chance to use a confab with AOC to make the point that he and she aren’t enemies (yet), it’s the establishment of both parties that’s the enemy.

But as I say, there’d have to be ground rules. No immigration talk, which would derail the interview immediately. No Green New Deal. No name-calling. The point going in, overtly, would need to be “common ground,” with the two sides on their honor to stick to it. Could they do that? Eh, probably not. But I do think Ingraham and Carlson would be sincerely interested in chatting on air with her about policy and open to select proposals. If nothing else, ratings would be yuuuuuuge.

I don’t know that AOC would do it, though, and not just for fear of Tucker or Ingraham luring her with promises of a friendly chat and then blindsiding her. One of the striking things about her much-celebrated social-media offerings is how little there is about finding common ground with the other side. She comes from a deep blue district and can afford that luxury, but normally members of Congress will pay some lip service to bipartisanship, how people of all stripes just want a better life for their kids, etc. There’s practically none of that in Ocasio-Cortez’s daily patter. Her WaPo interview is striking for the absence of it, in fact: She’s only been in Congress for two weeks but already she’s painting Republicans and “the right” with a broad, highly unflattering brush. The word “deplorable” hasn’t been used thus far but give it time. This is an underappreciated part of her appeal to the left too, I think. She seems to disdain the Republican base more than they disdain her and really makes no pretense of trying to win them over, help them “see the light,” and so forth. Her message seems to be that the left has the numbers at the polls and should, and will, simply crush these people, sweep them away. Why would she go on Fox and try to reach out to them, then, no matter how receptive to parts of her message they might be?

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How Kirsten Gillibrand went from pushing for more deportations to wanting to abolish ICE

With Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entering the 2020 presidential race on Tuesday, her dramatic shift on the issue of immigration over the past decade will likely be one of the central questions about her candidacy as she seeks to take on President Donald Trump.

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Kennedy to Barr: Does your Catholicism disqualify you from office?

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Does the dogma live loudly within William Barr? This exchange between the Attorney General nominee and Sen. John Kennedy comes as close to fireworks as anything seen in the two days of Barr’s confirmation hearing, and it’s not aimed at Barr at all. Instead, the Louisiana Republican put two of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members in the crosshairs with questions to Barr over his Catholicism.

“Do you think that disqualifies you from serving in the United States government?” Kennedy asked. “Some of my colleagues think it might.” The exchange starts just past the 3-minute mark:

Barr, a practicing Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, was asked by Sen. Joe [sic] Kennedy (R-LA) if he were Catholic and what this meant.

“You’re a Roman Catholic, are you not?” asked Kennedy. After Barr confirmed that he was, Kennedy then asked him if he thought that this “disqualified” him from having a position in the U.S. government.

“Some of my colleagues think it might,” Kennedy added. Barr replied that if he were the attorney general, he would “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”

Kennedy’s question appeared to reference the recent controversy that erupted following a CNA report that Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) questioned judicial nominee Brian Buescher about his membership in the Knights of Columbus, which they described as an organization with “extreme views” that are “opposed to marriage equality” and “women’s reproductive rights.”

Nor was that the last word on the subject of Catholicism, the Knights of Columbus, and the imposition of a de facto religious test for federal appointments. Sen. Ben Sasse cited attacks on the KoC by two Senate Democrats — Kamala Harris and Mazie Hirono — and accused them and others of attempting back-door religious tests on Catholics. “This is the kind of garbage,” Sasse declared, “that was thrown at another member of this body — John F. Kennedy — sixty years ago when he was campaigning for the presidency.”

Sasse introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution to rebuke attempts to disparage the Knights of Columbus and Catholicism, challenging senators to demonstrate their allegiance to the Constitution and their oaths of office. It later passed without objection:

On Wednesday the Senate approved a resolution that rebuked two Democratic senators for questioning judicial nominees about their membership in the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), affirmed “the sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus violates the Constitution of the United States.” The Senate proceeded to affirm the resolution without objection. …

“If a senator has a problem with this resolution, you’re probably in the wrong line of work because this is what America is. This is a super basic point, no religious test. If someone has a problem with this resolution, what other parts of the Constitution are you against: freedom of the press, women’s right to vote, freedom of speech? This isn’t hard. No religious test for serving on the federal bench. We should, in this body, rebuke these anti-Catholic attacks,” Sasse said.

And so they did, but don’t expect this to go away. The issue may not have come to the forefront with Barr, whose term of office has at least some final endpoint — two years or six years, depending on Trump’s re-election chances and his mercurial pleasure. Thanks to the need to defend the Democratic sacrament of abortion, however, the same people who got rebuked yesterday (and who quietly went along with it) will continue to fight to keep practicing Catholics out of the judiciary. We have not heard the last about the loudness of dogmas or from the Know-Nothing caucus.

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House Democrat calls on Mnuchin to cut Davos trip short for hearing on IRS shutdown plan

The top Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means committee on Thursday asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to testify next week about the decision to bring more than 36,000 IRS workers back to work unpaid as the government shutdown drags into tax season.

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