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White House Says It Has Had Enough Of Rogue Federal Judges

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On Monday, a Clinton-appointed judge in the Ninth Circuit continued the campaign of lawfare against efforts by the Trump administration to enforce immigration laws.

In order to fight the scam whereby illegals make a claim of asylum and are then granted parole until their hearing, for which the majority never show up, the Administration had instituted a policy that required illegals making asylum claims to remain in custody until they received a hearing.

In a written decision that overturns a 2005 policy, Barr directed immigration judges not to release migrants on bail once their cases have been approved for expedited removal proceedings — a status granted only after an applicant successfully establishes “a credible fear of persecution or torture” in the home country.

“I conclude that such aliens remain ineligible for bond, whether they are arriving at the border or are apprehended in the United States” Barr, who has the authority to overturn prior rulings made by immigration courts, wrote.

Instead, asylum-seekers “must be detained until [their] removal proceedings conclude.” Only those people granted parole by the Department of Homeland Security will be eligible for release, according to Barr’s order.

Despite the fact that federal law gives plenary authority over immigration cases, right down to the ability to appoint and assign immigration judges and to review their findings, to the Attorney General, the God-Judge stepped in and decided that there was a constitutional right to bail for people who entered the country illegally.

“The court finds that plaintiffs have established a constitutionally-protected interest in their liberty, a right to due process, which includes a hearing before a neutral decision maker to assess the necessity of their detention and a likelihood of success on the merits of that issue,” Pechman wrote.

In her ruling, Pechman also took issue with an aspect of Barr’s policy that left open the possibility that migrants, still awaiting a hearing, could be re-detained by ICE after being released on bond.

“The Government’s unwillingness to unconditionally assert that Plaintiffs will not be re-detained means that the specter of re-detention looms and these Plaintiffs and many members of their class face the real and imminent threat of bondless and indefinite detention …,” she said.

The White House was not terribly amused by this development.

Yesterday, a single, unelected district judge in Seattle issued an injunction that prevents the government from ensuring the detention of those aliens who cross the border unlawfully until the completion of their immigration court proceedings. The decision ignores an express statutory prohibition on granting class-wide injunctive relief against enforcement of the immigration laws and also holds unconstitutional a statute passed by bipartisan majorities in Congress during the Clinton administration that specifically prohibits the release of certain immigrants on bond.

The district court’s injunction is at war with the rule of law. The decision only incentivizes smugglers and traffickers, which will lead to the further overwhelming of our immigration system by illegal aliens. No single district judge has legitimate authority to impose his or her open borders views on the country. We must restore our democracy and ensure Americans have the voice to which they are entitled under our Constitution.

Strong statement, but now what?

When the GOP controlled the House there was a window, under any Speaker not named Paul Ryan, to start voting bills of impeachment on federal judges who decided that they were the law and not merely a referee. True, the number removed from office would be close to zero, but holding these scofflaws accountable has a value all its own. But we no longer have that option.

At some point the Administration needs to follow the apocryphal quote attributed to Andrew Jackson: Mr. Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it. In this case, the President should declare this ruling null and void for the very reasons that is list here. This judge, and most of the Ninth Circuit, and NeverTrumpers of all political leanings (let’s face it, at this point there is zero difference between Bill Kristol and his gang and the campaign staff of Pete Buttigieg and there hasn’t been for a while) would hold their breath and stamp their feet but you can guarantee that the case would fast track its way to the Supreme Court and they would have to spell out for once and for all what had been traditional practice which was that judges can only decide the matters before them for the parties in that case.

This is really simple. A judge in Seattle cannot lawfully set immigration policy for the nation. A single judge, or a single federal circuit, cannot make a ruling that goes beyond its own jurisdiction.

The White House has laid down a marker with this statement. Talk is cheap. What do they plan to do?

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Friday Deadline Set For the Trump Administration to Make a Final Decision on the Citizenship Question in Census 2020

This has been a day of confusion on the subject of the inclusion of a question on the 2020 Census as to the citizenship status of members of households. The administration made a hurried push to include this question. Lawfare ensued with the case making its way to the Supreme Court. In a splintered ruling, the SCOTUS agreed that the administration had the authority to add the question, but, for reasons that remain rather opaque to me…beyond sucking up to the the liberals on the bench…Chief Justice Roberts concluded that the administration needed some reason and the reason they gave just, by gum, wasn’t good enough.

Over the weekend, President Trump made noises about pressing on with the question. Then yesterday, Justice informed the judge overseeing a related case — a judge who, we might add, is an Obama appointee, and yes there are Obama judges — claiming that the citizenship question is racist, that the Administration had folded.

Read my post on that decision, Trump Administration Folds On The Issue Of Counting US Citizens In The 2020 Census.

This morning, President Trump threw the matter into turmoil:

See Bonchie’s coverage of that development BREAKING: Trump Calls Report He’s Surrendering On Census Citizenship Question False.

What followed was a hurried teleconference between the judge, and a couple of attorneys from Justice. These are the highlights:

U.S. District Judge George Hazel: [T]his morning I saw a tweet that got my attention. I don’t know how many federal judges have Twitter accounts, but I happen to be one of them, and I follow the President, and so I saw a tweet that directly contradicted the position that Mr. Gardner had shared with me yesterday.

Josh Gardner, DOJ attorney: Your Honor … I’ve been with the United States Department of Justice for 16 years, through multiple Administrations, and I’ve always endeavored to be as candid as possible with the Court. What I told the Court yesterday was absolutely my best understanding of the state of affairs …

Gardner: The tweet this morning was the first I had heard of the President’s position on this issue, just like the plaintiffs and Your Honor. I do not have a deeper understanding of what that means at this juncture other than what the President has tweeted. But, obviously, as you can imagine, I am doing my absolute best to figure out what’s going on …

Judge Hazel: I assume, although maybe I’m wrong about this, that the parties aren’t suggesting I can enjoin the President of the United States from tweeting things. Maybe you are suggesting that. But I will say my initial reaction to that is to have some concern.

Joseph Hunt, assistant attorney general for the civil division: We at the Department of Justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward, consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision, that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census. We think there may be a legally available path under the Supreme Court’s decision. We’re examining that, looking at near-term options to see whether that’s viable and possible.

Hunt: And so to the extent we can identify an option for that to work, if we continue to examine the decision and believe that we have a viable path forward to that work, our current plan would be to file a motion in the Supreme Court to request instructions on remand to govern further proceedings in order to simplify and expedite the remaining litigation and provide clarity to the process going forward.

Judge Hazel: If you were Facebook and an attorney for Facebook told me one thing, and then I read a press release from Mark Zuckerberg telling me something else, I would be demanding that Mark Zuckerberg appear in court with you the next time because I would be saying I don’t think you speak for your client anymore.

According to NPR, Judge Hazel is giving the Adminstration until Friday to, as they say, sh** or get off the pot.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel is now giving the administration until Friday to decide whether it will enter into a written agreement that confirms it will no longer pursue including a citizenship question on census forms, plaintiffs’ attorneys Denise Hulett of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Shankar Duraiswamy of Covington & Burling tell NPR. If the administration does not enter the agreement, the judge is prepared to start reconsidering recently resurrected discrimination and conspiracy allegations against the administration’s decision to add the question.

The formal deadline is 2 p.m.

Read the whole call transcript.

This is all fun and games for the left but the fact of the matter here is that Hazel is not only hostile to what the administration is doing, he’s irrelevant. The only question hanging out there is whether Justice and Commerce can cobble together a plausible rationale that will pass the smell test for 5 justices on the Supreme Court.

No one really cares about the lawsuit in Hazel’s court because he doesn’t have the authority to impose an injunction preventing the mailing of the forms or their processing as that is an enumerated responsibility of the Executive in the Constitution. If he did try to do that, he would be in direct conflict with the Supreme Court which would have already allowed the question into the Census. The only reason his injunction is still in place is because the case in his court was not the one heard by the Supreme Court.

The strategy in Hazel’s court is to try to throw up enough obstacles to the Census going out with the citizenship question in a timely fashion that the Administration will have to fold. If the Administration makes it across the hurdle set by SCOTUS, the odds of a nothingburger case like the one here derailing the Census approaches zero. The single important thing that happened here was that the government was given an immaterial deadline to declare its intentions. If it doesn’t, the only thing happens is that a bunch of lefties get to masturbate to fantasies of Trump getting a comeuppance when the case Hazel is overseeing restarts.

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Photos Show Children Laying On Top of a Drag Queen at a Portland Library’s Drag Queen Story Hour

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In this Saturday, May 13, 2017 photo, Lil Miss Hot Mess poses for a photo with a child after reading to a group of children during the Feminist Press’ presentation of Drag Queen Story Hour! at the Park Slope Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, in New York. “Drag queens and children don’t usually get together, which I think is a shame and one of the benefits of a program like this,” Lil Miss Hot Mess said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

You were told you were a bigot when you raised objections to the increasingly popular “Drag Queen Story Hour” popping up in various libraries throughout the United States. You were told you didn’t have anything to worry about and you were just paranoid because drag queens were just different and you’re not used to different.

Recently released photos from one “Drag Queen Story Hour” at St. John’s Library in Portland Oregon has proven a lot of people’s fears correct as photos have now come out showing children laying on a drag queen named Carla Rossi.

According to LifeSite, the library hosted the event and posted the photos to their Flickr account, but promptly took the photos down once LifeSite reported on the story:

Photo evidence of children having inappropriate contact with drag queen Carla Rossi at Portland, Oregon’s St. John’s Library last October has been brought to the attention of LifeSiteNews. The photos are posted on the Multnomah County Library’s own Flickr account (Note: photos have been removed after LifeSiteNews published this report.

Regardless of their attempts to erase what they did, the internet is forever. I posted them to Twitter where they will now reside until Twitter decides to take action against me.

How this is okay, I’m not sure. If a man put on a dress and wig and asked children to lay on him, police would immediately be investigating him. However, this story doesn’t seem to be getting any traction anywhere except right-leaning sites.

This isn’t the first mention of a drag queen story hour becoming oddly sexual. Recently, a drag queen was seen doing a dance in front of children that involved a measure of stripping to a song that ended in profanity in front of children. At this location, a mother who had come to see the show was forcibly removed by police then threatened by members of Antifa for attempting to expose what was going on there.

This has gone beyond teaching tolerance, and has delved into full blown child sexualization.

 

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“The Truth Sets You Free”: Pastors Push Back After AOC Disputes Their Claims on Border Conditions

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As Red State‘s Sarah Lee wrote this morning, a group of pastors recently toured detention centers in El Paso County, TX not long after hearing reports from attorneys and human rights advocates of alleged abuses, harassment, and mistreatment of migrants at the border.

A quick recap, via Fox News:

[Rev. Samuel Rodriguez], the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and senior pastor of New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento shared his firsthand experience touring a migrant detention center during a press briefing Monday.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

Ocasio-Cortez fired back after hearing that the pastors, among others like Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), were pushing back on claims of “deplorable” conditions at border detention centers:

The “other members of Congress” have said that some of the migrants told them they were told if they wanted water they’d have to drink it out of the toilets. None of the members of Congress actually witnessed this taking place.

In response to AOC’s tweet saying she and her crew are right and everyone else is wrong, several of the pastors who toured the facilities are clapping back:

“I must be living in a parallel universe somewhere…I did not find soiled diapers. I did not find crying children. I did not find deplorable conditions,” Rodriguez told Fox News host Shannon Bream. “Quite the opposite. I found amazing people on both sides trying to make a very difficult circumstance better. I don’t know where everyone else is visiting! I spoke to border patrol agents, the vast majority of which are Latino and many attended churches that are part of our network, and I asked, ‘Hey guys, did you stage this? Did you flip the script to accommodate people like me?’ And they went ‘Pastor Sam, absolutely not. You are looking at the very thing that existed here for a number of weeks, so it’s not that we shifted because of any deplorable conditions that were discovered.’”

Rodriguez said he found out that the attorneys who reported the original “deplorable” conditions “never, ever walked through the center.”

“They never visited what I visited. They took that information anecdotally to interviews with children, with children mind you, from the age of 2 to the age of 17. The truth sets you free.”

Kevin Wallace, pastor of Redemption to the Nations Church, who joined Rodriguez, slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s allegations as “totally absurd.” Instead, he witnessed “kind, considerate and passionate” Border Patrol agents.

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Ocasio-Cortez described being fearful of the border agents. But Tony Stewart, the pastor of Citylife Church who also toured the center with the delegation of seven pastors, said border agents were in tears about the mischaracterization about them.

The CBP responded to claims made by Ocasio-Cortez by saying her allegations are false. Other witnesses to the border detention centers have disputed some of her claims as well.

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—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–

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12-Year-Old ‘Drag Kid’ Desmond is Amazing’s Mom Blasts a ‘Convicted Pedophile’ for Sexualizing Her Son

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[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/tweettruth2me/status/1084332546895368192]

 

 

In 2018, I covered the story of 11-year-old “drag kid” Desmond is Amazing (here).

Information for my article was culled only from Desmond’s official website as well as the official Facebook page for the anti-gun group with which he protests.

Subsequently, a website called what I wrote a “hit piece,” which it was not.

I merely stated what existed. In a colorful way, yes; but with no abject criticism.

As I marveled in March:

We’re living in a bizarre time when things are so strange that simply recognizing their existence can be interpreted as making fun of them.

Nonetheless, following the form of much online journalism, other websites copied the initial, untrue story — RedState writer attacks 11-year-old boy.

But here’s more hoopla surrounding the drag kid situation as of late; or at least, the circumstances of Desmond’s mom, Wendy Napoles.

Last week on Instagram, Wendy slammed a “convicted pedophile” blogger for sexualizing her little boy. Additionally, she condemned “conservative media” for accusing her of “purposely attracting pedophiles.”

Here are some excerpts:

This is extremely disturbing. Convicted pedophile Tom O’Carroll has written a blog post stating that Desmond is hot & feels sexy performing. He also sexualizes fellow drag kid Queen Lactatia. We do not approve of his statements & have written to @wordpressdotcom several times but they have yet to remove it. It is highly inappropriate to speak of minors in this manner.

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[T]he Conservative press is currently accusing us of purposely attracting pedophiles & accusing the LGBTQ community of supporting this. What Tom O’Carroll has said is out of our control & we do not know him or associate with him or any other pedophiles or sex offenders. I think if a pedophile wants to act on their urges, NO child is safe.

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Desmond came out as gay when he was 11. Although, honestly we knew before then. He got same sex crushes that he would tell me about. Desmond knows the difference between a heterosexual & homosexual. Just because he identifies as gay does not mean he is sexually active or wants to be. He knows what sex is…he’s in middle school and has had sex education class. Apparently, he said all the kids giggled through the whole course. Anyone discussing anything remotely sexual on Desmond’s social media is immediately blocked & reported. We are just appalled at this whole situation – Mom.

So there ya go.

Earlier this year, Child Protective Services visited the Napoles home. The reason: A video appeared online showing Desmond dancing at the 3 Dollar Bill — a gay bar in Brooklyn — while patrons threw cash at him.

Desmond also made headlines due to a video made when he was — at the oldest — 11, wherein he mimicked sniffing a drug with a drag adult:

I’m assuming Wendy Napoles enjoys controversy.

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An Ice Cream Vendor Is Sticking It to Entitled “Influencers” by Charging them Double

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Being an “influencer” can mean big bucks, and not just for you but for the business you talk about on your social media feeds. Arguably the most popular influencer in the world is Kim Kardashian who charges around $500,000 for a promotional photo on Instagram. It’s a hell of a way to make a living, and she’s leading a slew of people to try to lead the same kind of lives…or at least attempt to.

Many people consider themselves “influencers” and as a result, attempt to exchange their popularity for cash or free stuff. The idea is that their talking about something on their Twitter feed or Instagram will immediately result in more business for the subject being discussed. Truth be told, it actually works, but not everyone is as influential as they think they are.

In fact, they’re really just entitled brats who are more self-important than they are important.

That’s why one ice cream vendor is taking a stand and charging influencers who try to get their ice cream free double the price.

“We’ve decided to make this thing official with signage. We truly don’t care if you’re an Influencer, or how many followers you have. We will never give you a free ice cream in exchange for a post on your social media page. It’s literally a $4 item…well now it’s $8 for you,” said CVT Soft Serve in Los Angeles in an Instagram post.

The stand against “infludencers” has caught national attention and CVT’s declaration has been covered by various news outlets, including People and Newsweek.

The business’s owner, Joe Nicchi told time that he’s inundated with requests by influencers for free product every week.

“I’m truly embarrassed for these people,” Nicchi told People. “I’m not really 100 percent sure what they actually do, and their followers, likes, and comments can all be purchased, so I have trouble looking at them as being reputable.”

“I’m sure there are some legitimate ‘influencers’ out there, but we haven’t come across any at our trucks or through event requests,” he added.

Nicchi told People that he “received a request for an event to comp them 300 servings in exchange for “exposure”…I believe that’s an influencer’s favorite word.”

As a guy who has had businesses request free work in exchange for “exposure,” I can tell you that it really doesn’t pay the bills. The people offering up “exposure” aren’t getting paid in exposure themselves. It’s essentially you doing all the work and them benefiting from it at no cost.

I’ve played Oregon Trail enough to know you can die from exposure.

We currently live in a culture where you can be famous for being famous, and it’s creating a group of people who attempt to utilize their popularity in getting what they want from people who aren’t as popular. This would be like the popular kid in school telling the nerdy kid that they’d hang out with them for an hour for money in order to increase their standing.

Only many of these “popular kids” aren’t as popular as they think they are. In fact, they’re the most annoying people in the cafeteria.

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The Twitter Account of Antifa Group that Attacked Andy Ngo Still Active as Twitter Censors the Right

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Andy Ngo was attacked by Portland’s Antifa chapter. That much is undeniable, and in no small part because there’s video evidence of it.

No matter how many times Twitter tries to take the video down, it’s going to pop up somewhere like Fox News where millions of people are going to see it anyway.

Portland’s Antifa chapter has a Twitter account known as “Rose City Antifa.” From there, Antifa releases propaganda and coordinates meetups with various links to its website. Recently, it has been posting various articles and tweets that speak out against Ngo and attempt to deny, downplay, or excuse their physical attack on him.

This is the same Antifa group that has blocked routes to hospitals and committed violence against anyone they deemed to be a “fascist,” which can be anyone at anytime for any reason.

They even turned on one of their own after she was caught giving police information about marching routes. According to Willamette Week, June Davies was an Antifa medic who wanted to let cops know where the medics would be so they wouldn’t get arrested or moved by officers. Upon a “friend” discovering four months worth of texts between she and one of the Portland officers, she was ostracized and received death threats:

It was awful. I woke up and half of my friends were just gone. Everybody was talking about me. I got threats, I got told that I had to leave the city. It wasn’t exactly explicit, but it was implied that bad things would happen to me if I showed up at certain places.

I didn’t leave my house for like a month. I was afraid. The night that everything happened and the next morning, I was suicidal. I’ve had mental problems for a while, but I haven’t had suicidal thoughts that strong since I was 16.

All this to say that Portland Antifa is definitely in the business of doing wrong and their Twitter account helps them coordinate to do it.

Meanwhile, various accounts on the right continue to be suspended or even taken down by Twitter for so much as sneezing in the left’s direction. Meghan Murphy, Alex Jones, Nick Monroe, and more have been permanently banned by Twitter, while countless others have either been temporarily suspended or shadow-banned for a myriad of reasons.

Even President Donald Trump is going to have his tweets marked with warning labels if they “break the rules,” though as we’ve seen, those rules seem to be nebulous.

Meanwhile, Rose City Antifa continues to have an account that’s going strong.

If someone like Jones — whether you like him or not — can have his account removed because of something he did outside of Twitter, shouldn’t Antifa qualify at this point? Why does a group that openly promotes violence get to continue to organize via help of their Twitter account and continue to exist on the platform?

But if the fact that Twitter is choosing which rules to enforce on whom again, then how about the fact that the DHS has labeled Antifa a domestic terrorist group? If the government recognizes them as such, then why is Twitter allowing them to continue to organize and propagandize on its platform while it suspends someone like Erick Erickson for making jokes about Elizabeth Warren?

By the left’s own rules in regards to allowing speech on platforms that equates to violence, Twitter is complicit in every Antifa attack that takes place.

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As We Prepare to Celebrate Independece Day with a Salute to America the MSM Focus on More Negativity

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President Donald J. Trump touted his plans for the “Salute to America” celebration in Washington on the Fourth of July in a tweet: n a tweet on  Tuesday morning:

I have supported the president’s efforts to celebrate Independence Day with a military parade here at RedState, first in 2017 and again last year — a portion of which was published in USA Today.

Coverage of President Trump’s Salute to America plans by the biased media wing of the Democrats’ Party — the new nattering nabobs of negativism, is largely negative. Most of the coverage focuses on critics’ concerns about the cost of the event and false claims that President Trump is turning the Independence Day celebration into a partisan, political event.

Hallie Jackson complained on NBC’s Today that “critics worry the President is taking the focus away from patriotism and putting it on partisanship.”

On NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt said that “some Democrats are accusing him [President Trump] of exploiting the annual celebration.” On ABC World News Tonight, Cecilia Vega complained of a “growing backlash over President Trump’s Fourth of July plans.” Vega added that “there are questions about just how much it will cost, and whether his speech from the Lincoln Memorial will turn the holiday into a partisan event.”

Kaitlan Collins said on CNN’s Situation Room, “The President is setting himself up for a clash with his critics who say he’s turning the patriotic celebration into a partisan one.”

USA Today says Trump’s “‘Salute to America’ already is eliciting strong opinions over whether a president revered by supporters and reviled by opponents was injecting politics in an event above the partisan fray that enjoys national appeal.”

Major Garrett said on the CBS Evening News that the “Fourth of July on the National Mall has been a tribute to universal American themes, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, a star-spangled civic hymn. This year by design, it will be much more about” Trump.

Ryan Lizza said on CNN’s Situation Room the event will be “classic Trump, where this will be a lot about him and he will push the envelope on sort of the nationalist view that he has.”

The Associated Press complains that “Trump is politicizing what traditionally has been a nonpartisan celebration.”

Reuters cites “questions about the cost and tone of the celebration.” Congressional Democrats “have questioned whether Trump will turn a nonpartisan patriotic celebration into a taxpayer-funded campaign rally.”

The Associated Press reports at least two Army tanks have arrived in Washington ahead of the celebration. The New York Times says tanks’ presence “suggests that Mr. Trump has largely succeeded in turning the city’s annual Independence Day festivities into a salute to the American military.” Streif has shot down this complaint.

I don’t understand the opposition to honoring the military with a parade in Washington, D.C. on Independence Day.  What’s the big deal? There have been Fourth of July military parades in the nation’s capital before.

President John Adams reviewed a handful of military companies in Philadelphia on Independence Day in 1798, and Thomas Jefferson attended a military parade in Washington, D.C. In 1803 and 1804. On July 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln reviewed  30,000 federal troops assembled for the defense of Washington. Parades celebrating victory in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the first Gulf War — Operation Deseret Storm were also held in D.C. Military units march in the annual National Independence Day Parade which takes place on July 4 down Constitution Avenue.

The Washington Post complains that the White House is giving tickets to the President’s Fourth of July speech on the Mall “to Republican donors and political appointees, prompting Democratic lawmakers to question whether the administration’s planned celebration violates federal ethics rules.” Maybe the Democrats will finally pull the trigger on their constant threats impeach President Trump over this alleged ehtics complaint.

The so-called news media’s constant negativism about any and all things Trump has continued the loss of respect for the media that began with growing mistrust of the mainstream media in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has grown over two generations into a form of visceral hatred of the “fake news enemies” of the people.

In rebuttal to all the negative media coverage of the idea of a military parade in which Americans can show their appreciation of the military, I continue to support President Trump’s “Salute to America” which seeks to draw the attention of Americans to the real meaning for the holiday. It is a patriotic, flag-waving, red white and blue celebration of America’s birthday. Happy Independence Day

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Marble Halls & Silver Screens Podcast Ep. 76 — The Pacific Northwest Thuggery Edition

 

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An exclusive podcast from RedState about the connections of politics and entertainment, covering the stories from Burbank to The Beltway

Astonishingly, we were forced this week (in much the same way everyone else was) to discuss whether or not journalist Andy Ngo, who was beaten into the ER by everyone’s favorite white, middle class cowardly thugs Antifa, got what he deserved because those were the terms of the debate laid out by Antifa and their media handlers. You can probably guess where we came down on the issue, but listen anyway to find out.

There’s also a discussion this week about some canceled shoes:

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And Russell Crowe’s introduction to just how agenda-driven Hollywood can be when it comes to political storytelling.

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We also talk about the #USWNT (that’s the U.S. ladies’ soccer team to you non-followers) and the things that make them mad while they’re playing absolute bang-up soccer in the World Cup; and we round it out with a little look at how China’s film industry may be affected by the larger trade relationship Trump is developing with that country.

Give us a listen!

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John Solomon: Interview With Russian Oligarch Leads to New Questions for Robert Mueller

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Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally, once controlled Russia’s largest aluminum producing companies. Interestingly, this mysterious man has ties to figures on both sides of the Trump/Russia collusion story. He was once a client of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager. He has also been a client of Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Steele dossier. And, along the way, Deripaska has acted as a friendly cooperator to the FBI through which he’d become acquainted with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Deripaska and the three companies he once controlled were sanctioned by the Trump administration to financially punish Putin for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. In January, after Deripaska’s stake in each company had been reduced, the Treasury Dept. lifted sanctions against the companies. However, the sanctions against Deripaska himself remain in force.

The oligarch agreed to an interview with The Hill’s John Solomon, who now has even more questions for Robert Mueller when he appears before Congress in two weeks.

Deripaska confirmed to Solomon a story he had heard over a year ago. FBI agents had most definitely interviewed him in September 2016. Deripaska said he told agents he strongly doubted that the Trump campaign, through Manafort, had colluded with Russia to steal the election. Deripaska said:

I told them straightforward, ‘Look, I am not a friend with him [Manafort]. Apparently not, because I started a court case [against him] six or nine months before … . But since I’m Russian I would be very surprised that anyone from Russia would try to approach him for any reason, and wouldn’t come and ask me my opinion.’

I told them straightforward, I just don’t believe that he would represent any Russian interest. And knowing what he’s doing on Ukraine for the last, what, seven or eight years.

Solomon asks us, why should we care that Deripaska told the FBI he did not believe the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election?

The most important reason is that, according to Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing:

Deripaska’s interview with the FBI reportedly was never provided by Team Mueller to Manafort’s lawyers, even though it was potential proof of innocence. Manafort, initially investigated for collusion, was convicted on tax and lobbying violations unrelated to the Russia case.”

That omission opens a possible door for appeal for what is known as a Brady violation, for hiding exculpatory information from a defendant.

Downing contacted Solomon after reading one of his articles and explained:

Recent revelations by The Hill prove that the Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) claim that they had a legitimate basis to include Paul Manafort in an investigation of potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government is false. The failure to disclose this information to Manafort, the courts, or the public reaffirms that the OSC did not have a legitimate basis to investigate Manafort, and may prove that the OSC had no legitimate basis to investigate potential collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.

The second reason why this is relevant to Mueller’s testimony goes back to Deripaska’s dealings with the FBI in 2009. Solomon had heard this story a year earlier from one of his FBI sources (and reported on it) and Deripaska confirmed it during their interview.

Note: Robert Mueller was serving as FBI Director during this time.

In 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson had been captured in Iran during a CIA mission.

At the FBI’s request, Deripaska told Solomon he had “spent more than $20 million of his own money between 2009 and 2011 on a private rescue operation to free Levinson. McCabe, then a rising FBI supervisor who was a former colleague of Levinson was one of those who asked him to help.”

Deripaska said, “I was approached, you know, by someone that he is under a lot of scrutiny now — McCabe. He also said that it was important enough for all of them [FBI officials]. And I kind of trusted them.” Solomon wrote:

Deripaska said his privately funded rescue team came very close to a deal with the Iranian captors to secure Levinson’s release but he was told by his FBI handlers that the deal ran into difficulties at Hillary Clinton’s State Department and was scuttled. “I heard that some Russian ‘hand,’ or whatever you call people who are expert on the Russians at the State Department, [said], ‘We just don’t want to owe anything to this guy,’ ” Deripaska told me, adding that he never expected any U.S. favors for his personal efforts to free Levinson.

Solomon asked Deripaska if he believed Levinson was still alive. He replied, “I don’t think so. If Levinson had been alive, he likely would have come home in 2016, after the Obama administration struck a nuclear deal with Iran.”

He told Solomon he “is continuing to investigate what really happened at State with Levinson.”

The fact that Deripaska had spent $20 million to fund Levinson’s “rescue mission raises questions about a conflict of interest. Mueller’s FBI had first received a gift…before Mueller, as special prosecutor, investigated Deripaska’s ties to key figures in the Russia case.”

The story continues. Deripaska said that in 2012, his legal team hired Christopher Steele to conduct research for a lawsuit against him. “It was a research project to support what was the case against me in London. But my understanding is that the lawyers trusted him for some reason, and he was for quite a time on retainer.”

At that time, unbeknownst to him, “Steele was also working for the FBI on a special program to recruit Russian oligarchs to provide intelligence on Putin and Russian organized crime.

He told me that Steele invited him to a September 2015 meeting with some Justice Department officials, under the guise that they might be able to help with the Russian’s long-running battle with State to get visas to visit the U.S. He said the offer to help with his visa problem was a “pretext” to recruit him.

“They actually never talk, you know, about the [visa] problem. They start talking about anything else. They ask, ‘Do you have anything? Give me names. Cases, whatever,’ ” Deripaska recalled.

He said he later was shocked to learn that Steele eventually went to work for the Clinton campaign through Fusion GPS, and the FBI, and spread allegations of the now-disproven Russia-Trump collusion.

Deripaska’s is currently suing to have the sanctions against him reversed and to obtain a normal visa from the State Department.

Solomon asked about the State Department allegations against him. They allege that, “earlier in his life while consolidating power in the aluminum industry, he had ties to Russian mobsters and may have killed or encouraged killing critics.”

Deripaska replied, “There is no evidence. What is there to dispute? Do you believe that I could kill someone 25 years ago and there will be no victims, no corpses, no names?”

And he concludes:

Throughout the interview, it was clear Deripaska chose his words in English carefully. But there was one word he offered only twice — once in response to the Steele dossier’s allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, and the other time to respond to the allegations used to sanction him. “Balderdash,” he insisted.

Now it’s time for Team Mueller to answer the same questions.

July 14th is going to be a very long day for Robert Mueller.

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