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Ilhan Omar Deletes Tweet Belittling the Intelligence of Illegal Immigrants. Ted Cruz Called Her Out Anyway.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) is learning that she can run from her deleted tweets but she cannot hide from them.

Earlier this month, President Trump announced a proposal for a merit-based immigration system which, as Fox News reported, “would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country”:

The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.

Currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections inside the U.S. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.

“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.

He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”

[…]

The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order. However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims.

On Tuesday, Omar posted (and later deleted) a tweet in which she voiced opposition to such a system. Her comments seemed to insinuate that she believed illegal immigrants were not up to the task:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw it and called out the freshman Congresswoman:

As of this writing, Omar has not responded to Cruz.

In spite of Omar’s numerous attempts at silencing her critics in the past using the “progressive woman of color” card, Cruz has not shied away from condemning her rhetoric:

More recently, Cruz blasted Omar’s BFF Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) over her despicable attempts at revising Holocaust history. He also slammed Democratic party leaders for the slow but steady rise of anti-Semitism within their ranks.

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Mitt Romney Throws His Back Out Virtue Signaling for Barack Obama

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On Tuesday, the Senate took a vote on a judicial nominee named Michael J. Truncale. He garnered 49 yes votes because three Republicans couldn’t be there to vote. There was one exception though.

Mitt Romney was the lone Republican to vote against Judge Truncale. Other moderates like Collins and Murkowski voted to confirm him.

You’d think Romney perhaps had some really important judicial reason for voting no. You’d be wrong.

For Romney, it wasn’t a matter of jurisprudence or legal qualifications, but remarks made about former Democratic President Obama Truncale made in 2011, calling him an “un-American imposter.”

In a written response to questions from Senate Judiciary Committee Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Truncale said that the comments were some of many made while in previous “capacities as a candidate for the United States Congress or as a political commentator” and that such opinions would be inappropriate for a judge to express.

Yes, Mitt Romney voted against a completely qualified nominee because he once said something negative about Barack Obama. You can’t make this stuff up. Never mind that Truncale made the comments in his capacity as a political candidate at the time (which would be expected), Romney apparently finds offending the former President’s sensibilities a bridge too far.

“He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge,” Romney told the outlet. “This was not a matter of qualifications or politics; this was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party.”

What is Romney even talking about? Since when it is the former nominee’s job to protect the virtue of the former President who handily beat him? This is world class level virtue signaling and is just stupid.

To be clear, I’ve got no problem with Republicans who oppose Trump or have differing opinions as long as they have a salient reason. Pulling muscles to virtue signal for Barack Obama is not a salient reason. I may not always agree with Ben Sasse, for example, but I always respect his stances because he holds them in a logically consistent way.

What Romney is doing here is just silly. Has he ever ran to the defense of Donald Trump when Democrats savage him? Who does he think he’s earning good will with and why would you vote against an imminently qualified candidate just because they once attacked your opponent in a Presidential race? That’s an incredibly shallow  and selfish reason to try to scuttle a Republican judicial nominee.

Barack Obama, for his part, has never taken any occasion to defend Mitt Romney and instead relentlessly attacked him throughout the 2012 election. This kind of self-serving, subservience by Romney is exactly why Republicans said screw it and nominated Trump. No one is expecting all Republicans to be overly brash like Donald Trump. Quite the contrary. But most are expecting some semblance of a fight to be put up, even in a principled, non-crude way. Romney never does and it’s why he’s not President right now.

Mitt Romney can keep playing this game but it’s not going to lead him anywhere. Democrats will never actually respect him and Republicans are growing tired of his games. He forcefully speaks out against those in own caucus, including the President, but when’s the last time you saw a hard-nosed statement by him in support a Republican issue? I can’t think of one. The constant berating of his own side while always backing down toward his opponents has grown old. It’s not impressive and it’s not fooling anyway.

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UK Police Take the Silliest of Victory Laps Over Protecting Citizens from a Decent BBQ

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A quick glance into just how silly the UK has become in terms of crime prevention can be seen in a single tweet sent by Regents Park Police in Camden.

The tweet contained an update as to what the police had accomplished that day, and included with it a photo of items they had secured for safety. If you were to just read the text update, you would believe that the police had seized heinous and deadly weapons.

“Yesterday we conducted weapons sweeps, dealt with a person injured from a van reversing on them, reported a burglary and collected all these from @scope charity shop who diligently didn’t want them to get into the wrong hands & disposed of correctly & safely,” read the tweet.

What they really had confiscated was utensils you’d find in your everyday kitchen. This includes bread knives, carving forks, steak knives, a couple of steel honing rods, and — horror of horrors — a spoon.

That’s right, folks. UK police have saved those under its care from the ever-present and monumentally dangerous threat of a BBQ.

To be fair, some of the blades posted in the photo are weapons, such as the rapier and what appears to be a tanto. However, as a Texan living in a state where it’s legal to strap a bastard sword and a rifle to your back and go walking around town, this comes off as overdramatic. One of the swords is clearly for decorative purposes.

This isn’t the first time Regents Park Police have bragged about, and posted a photo of, seized everyday items. In April of last year, the PD posted a picture of a pair of scissors, pliers, and screwdrivers. This was the result of what they called a “weapons sweep,” and assured everyone that they were “safely disposed of and taken off the streets.”

I get that the UK has had a 52 percent spike in knife crime. It’s easy to see why. With guns banned throughout the country, criminals intent on doing people harm will naturally begin reaching for the next best thing.

What I don’t get is why the UK insists on doing two things. For one, why are they asking everyday citizens to turn in knives? They’re already lacking the best means of self-defense thanks to the firearm ban, but now it’s all about giving up your second means of defense? Do they think that criminals would be as good-natured as everyone else? I think with the aforementioned 52 percent spike in knife crime, we have the answer here. It’s so illogical it boggles the mind.

Still, the UK insists that people dispose of their knives as if that’s going to keep people safe. They even put “knife bins” up around the country. Surprising no one, criminals broke into one and took those knives.

Secondly, why are they going so far as to engage in the dramatics of pretending they’re keeping the UK citizenry safe by confiscating scissors, pliers, bread knives, and SPOONS?

Are they protecting the country from the scourge of freshly sliced sourdough and straightly cut paper? Should citizens be on the lookout for roving gangs of ne’er-do-wells eating other people’s morning bowl of cereal?

Well, rest easy, Britain. Heroes watch over you.

Tis a silly place.

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A Millennial’s Take On Gen Z Humor

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I’m not going to pretend I have a full understanding of the age group known as Generation Z. The last thing I want to do is give off some “how do you do fellow kids” vibe. I’m not part of that generation and I’m not going to pretend to be in order to try to fit in or get their good graces.

What I can gather about their humor, for the most part, is that they’ve abandoned the idea that political correctness has to be a part of any joke being made. Watching some of their videos or listening to their back and forth talk can make one feel like they just walked into a living, breathing episode of South Park.

And as shocked and offended as we are, I’m not so sure it’s a bad thing.

As much as we rail against political correctness, we’re still soaked in it. My age group, the millennials, especially seem to be a slave to political correctness to the point where even comedy and jokes are completely out of the question unless it results in what Ben Shapiro calls “clapter,” or the act of pretending something is funny when really it’s just a political statement said in a humorous tone. The call to limit free speech polls far higher than it should. We’re so offended all the time.

This disposition toward society is the infected sore of years of politically correct programming. We can’t speak truths or even say jokes for fear that it would hurt somebody’s feelings. We’ve become humorless and are willing to allow lies and mistruths to thrive out of fear that correcting them would make you a social pariah.

Then enter Gen Z.

It’s a light intro, but from being a fan of Tik Tok to watching various Gen Z aged people give their opinions on various topics on YouTube, I’m consistently surprised at what I find. Their social commentary is crude and offensive, but very often spot on. They comfortably throw terms like “faggot” around and make jokes about Hitler. All while not remotely hating gay people and not remotely being fans of Nazism.

The darker the humor, the funnier it is. For Gen Z, what would be shocking for everyone else is fun for them.

In fact, it’s not the joke that seems to be the most fun part, it’s the reaction it gets from the easily offended.

But the most impressive aspect of it all is that because of their non-attentiveness to the politically correct, it has allowed them to see the proverbial man behind the curtain. Their social commentary is often laced with hard truths. They don’t dance around feelings, they cut right to the issue.

Many of my generation and older see this and immediately reach for the alarm. The ideas they espouse are considered “dangerous.” Take for instance BuzzFeed’s attack against 14-year-old YouTuber Soph. After watching a few more of her videos, I’m noticing that while her language and takes on things are biting, I didn’t disagree with a lot of what she was saying, and I can’t consider her to be the villain she’s painted as. Sure, there are things she said that are ridiculous and I expect that from a young teenager going through what I call the “prime dumbass years.”

But a villain? No. In my opinion, she is to 2019 what Matt Stone and Trey Parker were to the 90’s.

In fact, I found myself enjoying a lot of it because for the first time I felt like I wasn’t listening to carefully crafted and cautious commentary, I was listening to unapologetic realism laced with humor I was told by society was out of bounds and evil. It was like a mental itch being scratched.

But even among the right and those who are supporters of freedom of speech, I found many who were disgusted by this Gen Z approach. Fair enough. I don’t expect that many would throw Soph, or people like her a parade. Not everything she and the Gen Z crowd are saying would be considered wise by any account.

That said, I have to wonder if this isn’t good for us as a society.

I look around and see absolute fear when it comes to social expression. Humor has become a liability. Say the wrong thing and the mob will come for you. Make the wrong joke and you may be ruined for life. You may lose your job, or be deplatformed. Mark Meechan of the UK (aka Count Dankula) used his dog to make a Nazi joke and found himself facing a prison sentence. People like Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, and Lauren Southern have been banned from various social media platforms for expressing the wrong opinion or engaging in unapproved activism.

I could list a ton more, but this is just one finger swipe of the icing that makes up the entire cake. Trying to list a sufficient amount would take an entire book.

Gen Z seems to stand defiant of the consequences and collectively throws a middle finger to the threat the mob presents. It’s a very “you can’t get us all” attitude. It makes the PC police seem very small by comparison, and groups like Antifa easier to laugh at, which is a blessing, seeing as how my generation has been trained to react with outrage toward this kind of thing. I have to appreciate it.

I appreciate it because, at this time, the scale is currently tipped toward a hard left, social justice lunacy that is tearing society apart both figuratively and literally. Gen Z is, perhaps unintentionally, applying the correct amount of pressure to tip the scale back ever so slowly. It’s injecting the idea into society that being offensive is okay, and even warranted at times. It’s weaponized desensitization, and we desperately need it in a time when we’re so sensitive about everything.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. I suspect even members of Gen Z would read this and laugh off the idea that they’re doing anything political at all, that they’re just having fun, and fair enough. However, from my millennial perspective, I have to admire the effect it’s having at this time.

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Barr’s Pick To Lead Russia Collusion Investigation Has Been On The Case Since At Least October

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It turns out that John Durham, the prosecutor chosen by Attorney General William Barr to lead the probe into the origins of the Trump/Russia Collusion investigation isn’t so new to the case after all.

Real Clear Investigations’ Eric Felten published an excerpt from former FBI General Counsel James Baker’s October 3, 2018 closed testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. Baker is currently under criminal investigation for possible illegal leaking of classified information to the press.

During questioning by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), it was revealed that John Durham is the prosecutor assigned to Baker’s case.

The following partial transcript (via Real Clear Investigations) from Baker’s October 3, 2018 testimony shows how this was discovered.

Note: David Corn is the Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones. He was one of the first journalists to write an article about the Steele Dossier in October 2016. Throughout the summer and fall of 2016, the FBI received various versions of the dossier from different sources. One of those came from David Corn.

Rep. Jordan: Tell me about your relationship with David Corn.

Baker: David is a friend of mine.

Jordan: Tell me about that. A close friend? Long-time friend?

Baker: Long-time friend.

Jordan: When did you first meet Mr. Corn?

Baker: I don’t specifically remember. A long time ago, though.

Jordan: Years ago?

Baker: Years and years and years ago, yeah. Our kids carpooled together. We carpooled with them when our kids were little

Jordan: Prior to the election of – Presidential election of 2016. How many times did you talk with David Corn in the weeks and months prior to election day?

Baker: I don’t remember.

Jordan: Is it fair to say you did talk with Corn?

Baker: Yes, I did, but I just don’t remember how many [times].

Jordan: So did you talk to Mr. Corn about anything that the FBI was working on? Specifically the now infamous Steele dossier?”

Baker’s lawyer, Dan Levin: (interrupts) One second. (Levin and Baker speak privately.)

Levin: I cannot let [Baker] answer these questions right now. You may or may not know, he’s been the subject of a leak investigation which is still – a criminal leak investigation that’s still active at the Justice Department. I’m sorry. I’m cutting off any discussion about conversations with reporters.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC): You’re saying he’s under criminal investigation? That’s why you’re not letting him answer?

Levin: Yes.

Jordan: There is an ongoing investigation by whom?

Levin: The Justice Department.

Jordan: I mean, is the inspector general looking at this or is this—

Levin: No. It’s Mr. John Durham, a prosecutor…I don’t want him talking about conversations he’s had with reporters because I don’t know what the questions are and I don’t know what the answers are right now. Given that there is an ongoing investigation of him for leaks which the Department [of Justice] has not closed, I’m not comfortable letting him answer questions.

This particular excerpt from Baker’s testimony was disclosed in January, and at that point, the name John Durham would have been meaningless to most of us. It is good news that John Durham is already familiar with at least some aspects of the case. I would even say it’s likely he’s been working on the larger investigation for longer than the public has been led to believe.

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Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because … Racism

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The war on so-called “offensive” college monikers continues, and the latest example comes from Brooklyn.

The New York Post reports:

Long Island University’s athletic programs merger between its Brooklyn and Post campuses is creating unrest.

Alums of LIU Brooklyn are upset that as part of the two programs being melded together — Post is Division II and Brooklyn Division I — the Blackbirds nickname is going to be dropped beginning next fall. The three new nicknames being suggested after polling students and alumni, according to an email obtained by The Post, are the Sharks, Eagles and Falcons. The Blackbirds nickname dates back to 1935.

[…]

On March 25, a group of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the school’s president, Kimberly Cline, to address their concerns after repeated attempts to speak to the administration. But Cline told them they were getting rid of Blackbirds for a few reasons, according to a source who attended the meeting.

They didn’t want to diminish Post in the merger. Cline also said the school has heard that the Blackbird is an offensive racist mascot. The group also asked Cline why not include Blackbirds and Pioneers as part of the ballot, but she said a marketing firm the school has consulted suggested to wipe the slate clean.

This is just … crazy. I have never in my life heard anyone, not even militant social justice warriors, say that the name “blackbird” is racist. I mean think about it: The bird is black.

That is why it’s called a “blackbird.”

Oh well. The blackbird may be on its way out at LIU-Brooklyn but we can still enjoy this cute video made a few months ago of the mascot high-fiving and posing for pictures with students of all colors on campus:

He can even make a basketball shot from half court!

RIP, Blackbird.

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Movie Review: The Documentary MOSUL

 

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A new perspective on a long-running conflict exposes the complexity of the strife, and the region.

While in many ways a straightforward wartime documentary “Mosul” is a different film as it delivers a different perspective. Centered on a reporter who is embedded with the forces this is not a tale told by an American media member while decamped with allied forces. Here we get an Iraqi journalist who is connected with Iraqi troops as they lead a collection of forces to retake the second largest city in the country from the clutches of ISIS.

The film is centered on Ali Maula, who is connected with a variety of leaders from the disparate forces who have come together to extricate a common enemy. ISIS has become such a disruptive and violent presence in the city that the normally combative sectarian groups — Christians, Sunnis, Kurds, and Shiites — are unifying to remove the scourge of the hyper-militant faction in the city.

As Maula intends to follow Iraqi troops when they enter the city he first speaks with the various leaders, including one female resistance leader who supports her troops with food as she avenges the death of her husband months earlier at the hands of ISIS. Maula also is along to film a river collection of displaced citizens and visits a refugee camp where the women collectively shed their burkas once free of the strict oppression.

As they Mosul we follow along as the Iraqis move from house to house, painstakingly reclaiming the city one house at a time. With each advancement we encounter citizens who relate their experiences under the violent regime. As Maula states he himself has to question the motivations of each person they encounter, unsure if they may be sympathizers to the invaders. Especially captivating are discussions with area children they encounter, as they detail the strife they have had to accept as part of their existence.

While the imagery is arresting, delivering a visceral real-world atmosphere that the news networks cannot come close to representing, there is also drama built into the coalition that has formed. The normally combative groups are bonded by a new common enemy, and their leaders uniquely discuss the probability of a new unification, as they gather to fight the cause. There is much doubt with these claims. More than one leader pledges fealty to Iran in their efforts, touting that regime as an ally who supports their cause with no ill-effects for the country.

That political complexity serves as a tumultuous backstory to go with the gripping action we see up close. “Mosul” does more than present us with gripping footage. It lays out the deeply intertwined conflicts in a country, and how a violent incursion is so disturbing that normally battling factions bond over reclaiming a city. The after effects do not promise much in the way of peace, but for a time liberating Mosul is enough to at least deliver some hope.

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Report: Long Island University-Brooklyn to Drop “Blackbirds” Nickname Because … Racism

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The Long Island University -Brooklyn Blackbirds mascot. Screen grab via LIU-TV.

The war on so-called “offensive” college monikers continues, and the latest example comes from Brooklyn.

The New York Post reports:

Long Island University’s athletic programs merger between its Brooklyn and Post campuses is creating unrest.

Alums of LIU Brooklyn are upset that as part of the two programs being melded together — Post is Division II and Brooklyn Division I — the Blackbirds nickname is going to be dropped beginning next fall. The three new nicknames being suggested after polling students and alumni, according to an email obtained by The Post, are the Sharks, Eagles and Falcons. The Blackbirds nickname dates back to 1935.

[…]

On March 25, a group of 12 former LIU Brooklyn athletes and alumni met with the school’s president, Kimberly Cline, to address their concerns after repeated attempts to speak to the administration. But Cline told them they were getting rid of Blackbirds for a few reasons, according to a source who attended the meeting.

They didn’t want to diminish Post in the merger. Cline also said the school has heard that the Blackbird is an offensive racist mascot. The group also asked Cline why not include Blackbirds and Pioneers as part of the ballot, but she said a marketing firm the school has consulted suggested to wipe the slate clean.

This is just … crazy. I have never in my life heard anyone, not even militant social justice warriors, say that the name “blackbird” is racist. I mean think about it: The bird is black.

That is why it’s called a “blackbird.”

Oh well. The blackbird may be on its way out at LIU-Brooklyn but we can still enjoy this cute video made a few months ago of the mascot high-fiving and posing for pictures with students of all colors on campus:

He can even make a basketball shot from half court!

RIP, Blackbird.

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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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Latest Q Poll Shows Several Democratic Contenders Beating Trump in Pennsylvania

Quinnipiac University released their latest presidential poll for the key swing state of Pennsylvania today, and the results showed several of the Democratic contenders outpolling President Donald Trump, and Biden and Sanders continuing to dominate the primary contest.

The poll was conducted from May 9 through 14 using live interviewers calling landlines and cell phones. A total of 978 Pennsylvania voters were contacted, including 431 registered Democrats. The overall margin of error was +/- 4.2 percentage points, and the portions of the poll directed at the Democrat primary voters had a margin of error of +/- 6.2 percentage points.

As I wrote earlier today, the Democratic primary field is a crowd of twenty-three candidates so far, but about half of those candidates have been polling at 1 percent or less in surveys over the past few months. This trend held with this Q poll for Pennsylvania:

Joe Biden 39%
Bernie Sanders 13%
Kamala Harris 8%
Elizabeth Warren 8%
Pete Buttigieg 6%
Cory Booker 5%
Beto O’Rourke 2%
Amy Klobuchar 1%

All other candidates were listed as getting less than 1 percent. It’s entirely possible that some of them received zero votes from poll respondents.

This poll was conducted before Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, the most recent Democrat to announce he was running, got in, but when a far more recognizable candidate like O’Rourke is struggling for oxygen at 2 percent — not to mention the embarrassing zero percent for several of the senators and governors — his entry seems unlikely to shake up the race.

Quinnipiac pollsters also asked about match-ups between Trump and six of the Democrats, with five of the six beating Trump:

Biden 53%, Trump 42%
Sanders 50%, Trump 43%
Warren 47%, Trump 44%
Buttigieg 45%, Trump 44%
Harris 45%, Trump 45%
Trump 46%, O’Rourke 44%

Biden was also the runaway favorite response to a question asking which candidate had the best chance of beating Trump, with 61 percent of Pennsylvania Democrats choosing him. Sanders was next with 6 percent, Harris and Warren both with 3 percent, Buttigieg 2 percent, Booker and O’Rourke with 1 percent, and the rest of the field tied at that embarrassing statistical zero.

The former Vice President also swept the questions asking who would be the best leader (Biden 45 percent, Sanders 11 percent, Warren 9 percent, Harris 5 percent, Buttigieg 4 percent, Booker 2 percent, Klobuchar and O’Rourke both at 1 percent, everyone else less than 1 percent) and who has the best policy ideas (Biden 23 percent, Warren and Sanders 18 percent each, Harris 6 percent, Buttigieg and Booker 2 percent each, Klobuchar and O’Rourke 1 percent, everyone else at less than 1 percent).

Pennsylvania voters were generally very positive about the economy, with 71 percent rating their state’s economy as “excellent” or “good,” and 77 percent assessing their own personal financial situation as “excellent” or “good.”

When asked if they were better off financially than they were in 2016, 54 percent said better off, 22 percent said their financial situation was the same, and 21 percent said worse off.

In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania with 48.18 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton’s 47.46 percent.

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Donald Trump Jr. WILL Testify Before the Senate After Winning Concessions from Lawmakers

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. confer on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, during the committee’s confirmation hearing for CIA Director-designate Rep. Michael Pompeo, R-Kan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Maybe this will get Democrats to stop demanding jail for their political opponents, if for only a few days.

Donald Trump Jr. originally resisted a new subpoena from the Senate but has now agreed to appear in a closed door setting. In doing so, he’s managed to extract a list of concessions about his testimony which must be abided by.

Here’s the report.

Donald Trump Jr. and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee reached a deal on Tuesday for the president’s eldest son to return for a time-limited private interview with senators in the coming weeks, an accord that should cool a heated intraparty standoff.

Apparently, Trump Jr.’s lawyer was ready to send a letter telling the committee to pound sand on Monday. That might have meant pleading the 5th. Before that went down though, committee aides called and decided compromise was the better path here.

These are the details.

The terms of the compromise include an appearance by Mr. Trump in mid-June, with the questions limited to about a half-dozen topics and the time limited to no longer than two to four hours, according to the person familiar with the discussions. Another person familiar with the agreement, who would not be identified, said the scope included more like a dozen topics.

The Senate has also agreed that this will be the last time Trump Jr. is called to testify for any matter related to the 2016 election or Russian actions.

Regardless, this is still a waste of time. You can guess what the Democrats want to talk about.

Senate investigators are particularly interested in asking the younger Mr. Trump about an infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, as well as about his knowledge of a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow. Some Democrats have accused Mr. Trump of potentially misleading other congressional committees.

Because two years of focus on that meeting, including a full special counsel investigation, wasn’t enough. Now we need Senate Democrats to question Trump Jr. for a second time so they can try to set a perjury trap.

There’s no actual new information to garner. Sen. Richard Burr indulging this as Committee Chairman was a misstep, likely in an attempt to pacify Sen. Mark Warner’s repeated demands. Of course, when you give Democrats an inch, they’ll just take a mile so good luck to Burr in his future endeavors with his committee.

You can trust that if Trump Jr. and his lawyers agreed to this new, limited interview, that they are confident nothing will come from it. You can take it to the bank though that Democrats will find some random word usage to claim Trump Jr. mislead them on some irrelevant nonsense. That’s what this is really all about.

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