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Video: Female Host Fearlessly Grabs Back After Animal Rights Activist Storms Stage and Steals Mic From Kamala Harris

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MoveOn Chief Public Affairs Officer Karine Jean-Pierre confronts an aggressive protester. 6/1/19. Screen grab via CBS News.

On Saturday, MoveOn.org hosted what they called a “Big Ideas Forum” in San Francisco, where several of the Democratic candidates for president appeared to answer questions and stump for votes.

Sen. Kamala Harris’s segment was briefly interrupted by an animal rights protester who rushed the stage and physically confronted Harris:

In footage of the incident at the Big Ideas Forum hosted by MoveOn, the male protester can be seen entering the stage just as Harris took a question about the gender pay gap in the United States before being stopped by Karine Jean-Pierre, MoveOn’s chief public affairs officer.

The protester, named Aidan Cook, said he wanted ask for Harris’s attention on “a much bigger idea” before he was removed from the stage by security. Harris continued speaking after his removal.

Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights organization based in California, said in a statement that the man was an activist who wanted to call on Harris “to support ordinary citizens rescuing animals rather than the factory farms that abuse animals.”

Watch as Jean-Pierre literally does not waste a moment of time before getting up and stepping between Cook and Harris in an attempt to grab the mic back:

Here’s a photo of Aidan Cook:

While some journalists and liberals – including Harris’s spokesman – absurdly boiled down Cook’s actions to “mansplaining” to a woman of color, this was a serious matter and it could have happened to any of the Democratic candidates, no matter their gender or color. And the outcome could have been a lot worse.

It should not have happened.

Harris, to her credit, calmly walked away from the protester as she’s probably been instructed to do in the past by her security staff. In spite of my issues with Harris (and there are MANY), I doubt very seriously if Cook scared her. She’s a former federal prosecutor who no doubt faced a number of threats in that role, and as she’s said in the past, she owns a gun for her personal safety. She’s probably taken self-defense classes, too.

In any event, thankfully no one was hurt but MoveOn should face some major heat from her campaign over what took place. It took too long for security to intervene. Just like the milkshake incident involving Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL-1) over the weekend, these incidents have no place in a civilized society.

Also, they aren’t just dangerous for political candidates – they’re dangerous for protesters, too. The Secret Service would not have been so forgiving with Cook.

In any event, hats off to Jean-Pierre for her quick actions. Some have suggested she put herself in danger in doing what she did, but it was clear from the video that Jean-Pierre knew how to handle herself – and the situation.

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Pete Buttigieg Has Completely Original Idea, Calls for Supreme Court to Be Packed

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addresses supporters at a campaign event, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

No one has ever thought of this.

Pete Buttigieg has went from the moderate who likes Chick-Fil-A to one of the most far-left candidates in the 2020 Democrat party seemingly overnight. He continues his march toward crazy by adopting a favorite fetish of liberals everywhere, namely packing the Supreme Court.

Because if you don’t like the results, just change the system right?

WASHINGTON — As Democrats agonize over a spate of state laws restricting abortion rights and even a potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, one 2020 presidential candidate is putting an ambitious, long-shot plan to reform the Supreme Court front-and-center of his campaign.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has talked about his plan to overhaul the high court since his first days as a candidate. In short, it calls for expanding the number of justices from nine to 15, with five affiliated with Democrats, five affiliated with Republicans, and five apolitical justices chosen by the first 10.

Anyone think a court packing plan put forth by Donald Trump would be met with descriptors like “ambitious?” Of course not. Ambitious is what the media call insanely stupid ideas that come from Democrats. Elizabeth Warren’s student loan plan isn’t incredibly unworkable and dumb. No, it’s “ambitious.” You get the idea.

While Buttigieg’s plan isn’t actually ambitious, it’s completely unconstitutional.

Let’s start with the fact that idea that two political parties, which do not exist within our constitutional framework, would somehow be in charge of appointing people to the court. That makes absolutely no sense and would disenfranchise those who don’t belong to either group. It’s akin to the communist system in China, where the communists have a party who then “appoint” whoever they want to positions of power without voters having a say.

Secondly, the power to appoint justices is written into the Constitution as solely the purview of the executive, with confirmation coming from the Senate. It would take a constitutional amendment to enact Buttigieg’s plan and that’s so unrealistic as to not even be worth discussing.

In an NBC News interview in front of the Supreme Court, Buttigieg said he would support “whatever Supreme Court reform will depoliticize this body” and stop the court from being viewed as “an almost nakedly political institution.”

Oh I see. We’ll depoliticize the Supreme Court by having the two major political parties pick the justices….wait what?

Here’s Buttigieg talking about his plan

“The reform of not just expanding the number of members but doing it in a way where some of them are selected on a consensus, nonpartisan basis, it’s a very promising way to do it,” Buttigieg said. “There may be others. But the point is, we’ve got to get out of where we are now, where any time there is an opening, there is an apocalyptic, ideological firefight. It harms the court, it harms the country and it leads to outcomes like we have right now.”

Anyone see the problem with what he’s saying?

It is Democrats who have turned the court’s appointment process into the circus it is today. When Obama had two openings early in his Presidency, they got broad support from Republicans despite the fact that they were left-wing ideologues. It wasn’t until an election year opening of Scalia’s seat that Republicans said they weren’t going to just rubber stamp a replacement. Regardless, Republicans didn’t accuse Merrick Garland of rape, slander him in the media nonstop, and proclaim people would die if he got confirmed. They simply chose not to give their consent, which is their legal right.

The Democrat party is 100% responsible for the partisan rancor present in Supreme Court appointments. They started it back in the 80s with Bork and Thomas. They continued it with Gorsuch and Kavanaugh under Trump. For a Democrat to now assert he can fix the situation when it’s his party that broke is a little rich. It’s akin to Democrats now trying to “fix” healthcare after they just enacted Obamacare a little over five years ago.

Maybe people who constantly fail at things shouldn’t keep being the ones to try to fix it? Just a thought.

As to Buttigieg, good luck to him with his new plan. It’s simply a rehash of the many other court packing plans we’ve seen. There is nothing wrong with the Supreme Court. If Democrats want to stop Republican influence over it, they should try winning elections. Trying to completely change the system because they didn’t get their way smacks of the kind of third world garbage we see in places like Turkey and Venezuala. You’d think such radical ideas would have the “muh political norms” crowd up in the arms, but I guess not. That only seems to apply to Trump.

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Just When Did The Investigation Into The Trump Campaign Begin?

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The origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign and its relationship with Russia will be on everyone’s lips within the beltway, likely for the remainder of the summer. Some are already calling the investigations into how the Russia Collusion hoax started a scam — and those investigations now include separate inquiries led by Attorney General William Barr, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Attorney John Durham (picking up where Utah Special Prosecutor John Huber leaves off), and a called-for investigation by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)).

However, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who served under President George W. Bush, appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo and questioned the veracity of Mueller’s report where it deals with when the investigation started.

Transcript below:

BARTIROMO: Do you think we’re going to see accountability?

I mean, when you look at, like, the informants and the wiretapping and the abuse for the FISA court, it just seems so bad. Do you think we’re actually going to see accountability?

MUKASEY: Absolutely.

BARTIROMO: You do?

MUKASEY: Yes, because of who’s been appointed and who is ultimately responsible, which is William Barr, an attorney general who has fidelity to only one thing, and that is finding out what happened and finding it out under the law.

BARTIROMO: But they’re trying to take him down.

I don’t understand why both sides of the aisle would not agree that you don’t want a person in power putting their finger on the scale, like Peter Strzok did in 2016.

MUKASEY: Because there are a lot of nervous people in Washington.

When he decided that he was going to investigate how this all got started, I think a lot of people got very nervous. I will tell you that the Mueller report, the first line…

BARTIROMO: Yes.

MUKASEY: … says that they opened the file in — I forget — in 2016, after Papadopoulos had this conversation in the bar.

BARTIROMO: Right.

MUKASEY: That’s not what started the investigation.

BARTIROMO: No.

MUKASEY: So, the first line of the Mueller report.

What’s interesting about this exchange is that the music had begun playing and Mukasey was cut off. But he clearly seems to be implying that the investigation into the Trump campaign started before 2016, which runs counter to the accepted narrative. And, more importantly, that the Mueller report might not be accurate, at least as it relates to that part of the timeline.

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Russians, Democrats and David Webb

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Russians, Democrats and David Webb.

I had the opportunity a short while ago to have a nice little conversation on the air with David Webb. Webb, a conservative pundit has a regular call in show on Sirius XM. We got to speaking about the Russian attempt to meddle in our elections. I like listening to Webb because he is a great analyst. He gets right to the fundamentals, often before many other folks.

The thing that caused me to call into the show that particular day, was Webb’s comment regarding the Democrat Party and Russian meddling in our election. As usual, Mr. Webb brought into focus something that has been long ignored, actual Democrat culpability in the Russian Interference issue. I’m not talking about Clinton, the “dossier” or any of that media chum.

I’m talking about the ultimate Russian objective, which wasn’t to elect a preferred candidate in the U.S. Presidential election, but rather to sow chaos and undermine the public’s faith in our system. Webb as far as I know, is the only major pundit to clearly call out the Democrats—and the press too, for actually helping to achieve the Russian objective of sowing discord—discord meant to undermine the public faith in our electoral systems and institutions.

And what a result the Russians achieved! With the help of the Democrats, the press and of course their RINO enablers, the Russians were able to keep the first two years of the Trump Presidency focused on a 35 Million Dollar investigation that proved—nothing. While busily proving nothing, the investigation sucked attention from the President’s many accomplishments and kept the entire nation focussed on a crime that never happened.

Mr. Webb asked me, based on my undergraduate work in Soviet Foreign Area Studies and Russian Language, what was my take on Putin’s objectives, especially given that Russia really has only one asset—oil, so it’s difficult for him to have a large impact on the U.S. without expending scarce resources.

What was really happened, I responded, was that Putin used the old Soviet technique of disinformatsiya (disinformation, PSYOP or Public Dipolomacy) as an Economy Of Force” operation. EOF ops are used when military forces are extended across multiple fronts or geographic locales. Because we cannot be everywhere at all times, commanders must set priorities.

The examples I used were Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. The U.S. Military was deeply engaged in both Afghanistan and Iraq, burning through resources at an unsustainable clip and giving units little down time to rest, rearm and refit, before being sent back into the fight. At that same time, we has serious problems in Africa, where Al Qaida was making significant inroads.

Instead of landing yet another Heavy Corps with tanks and mechanized/motorized troops, CENTCOM (US Central Command) used Special Operations forces to conduct an Economy Of Force operation across the top of Africa; Special Forces used to train indigenous forces while Civil Affairs units helped out with such things as digging wells for the locals, which along with our own information ops, helped gain and maintain public support for the local government’s fight against Al Qaida.

How does that tie into Russia? Putin did essentially the same thing. Using very few resources, he turned the entire United States Government on its head. The Russians likely spent less than a million bucks for some Facebook ads and a “bot” farm to put out false or misleading information…against both Trump and Clinton.

Think about this. If you are the President of these United States, what are your two most precious commodities? The answer of course, is time and personal energy. For a pittance, the Russians were able to execute an operation with very effort, that took a goodly chunk of our President’s time and energy and diverted it away from supporting and defending the Constitution of these United States…each and every day since he was elected.

As I told Mr. Webb, the FSB (successor to KGB) Lieutenant Colonel who developed and ran this op, likely passed up full Colonel and is now a General. The constant cacophony of the Democrats, the press and more than a few RINO enablers helped secure that promotion.

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#Journalism: Taking a Ghoulish Page out of the Pro-Abortion Handbook, the NYT Has a New Term for “Fetal Heartbeat”

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A few weeks ago, Hollywood’s pro-abortion mouthpiece Alyssa Milano decried the use of the term “fetal heartbeat” to describe an unborn baby’s heartbeat in the first few weeks after conception.

The actress, upset over irrefutable biological facts about when fetal heartbeats begin, took to the Twitter machine in an attempt to correct the media, Republicans and pro-lifers on the matter:

Just a couple of weeks later, CNN “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota went from neutral anchor to pro-abortion activist in a flash with her line of questioning of Indiana AG Curtis Hill (R). The subject was the recent Supreme Court decision to sidestep the most controversial aspects of a 2016 pro-life bill Mike Pence signed into law when he was governor.

After aggressively grilling Hill with questions like “Why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?”, Camerota backtracked on the use of the term “children” to describe unborn babies:

While [Camerota] already had acknowledged at several points that the end result of a pregnancy is, indeed, a child, she catches herself referring to it as such in the womb.

“Yeah but lots of families make that decision based on — Hold on a second. Lots of families do have to make that decision based on the single characteristic of finding out their children, that their fetus, has a severe abnormality,” she said.

In the latest twist involving the mainstream media switching up the terminology they use to describe unborn children and their development in the womb, the New York Times wrote last week about Louisiana’s fetal heartbeat bill, which was signed into law Thursday by pro-life Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.

Except they have a new term they’re using for “fetal heartbeat”, as Life News writes:

On Wednesday, the newspaper described the Louisiana heartbeat law with bizarre new language that dehumanizes unborn babies and ignores decades of scientific evidence.

Rather than say the word “heartbeat,” the New York Times used the words “the pulsing of what becomes the fetus’s heart.” It also described the legislation as a “so-called fetal heartbeat bill” – as if it is questionable whether the unborn baby actually has a heart or a heartbeat.

The anti-scientific language did not end there. In its description of the Louisiana law, the New York Times wrote:

“The measure would require an ultrasound test for any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy, and forbid abortion if the test detects embryonic pulsing – which can occur before many women know they are pregnant.”

This new terminology is not based on facts or scientific evidence. It’s based on an agenda that supports abortion on demand. “Embryonic pulsing,” for example, is such a vague description that it is hard to understand precisely what it means. And it appears to have been used that way on purpose.

You better believe it was on purpose:

Why is this change in terminology so notable and important? Allie Beth Stuckey gets to the heart of the matter (no pun intended):

Indeed. The pro-abortion left, including their mainstream media allies, realizes that the most surefire way to keeping people believing in the “right to choose” is by dehumanizing unborn life by way of using vague or clinical terms. Like in their use of “fetus” instead of “child” or “baby.” Like in the way they’ve (falsely) asserted that there is no such thing as a “late term” or “partial birth” abortion.

Democrats and their feminist supporters have been very effective over the years at shifting the debate over abortion from being about the unborn baby and instead to being about the “woman’s right to choose.” They’ve been successful in this endeavor because liberal mainstream media news outlets like the New York Times and CNN willingly and eagerly go along with them.

Related: NPR Is Instructing Journalists On How To Make Pro-Abortion Reporting More Palatable

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Color Us Confused: Budweiser Proposes Additions to Gay Pride Flags and Crayola May Get Jealous

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In an attempt at corporate signaling Budweiser really should just wave the white flag.

In the latest bout of corporate virtue signaling Budweiser UK has come out with ads showing its support for Pride Month. While the effort itself is not, a surprise, as numerous companies are showing their support in June, the manner in which the beer maker goes about it is…curious.

It almost seems that Bud attempted to make the proper stance with the Pride demographic, but then it ran into a familiar challenge within that community: the Inclusion Paradox. There are tripwires when signaling properly here, because you may actually end up offending sub groups by not acknowledging them in a fashion they deem appropriate.

Just look at what happened as the brewer attempted to go above and beyond in recognizing those prideful sectors.

As one who is unclear on all of the machinations behind these movements, I believe this to be a nod to the intersectionalists in the pride community? But then Budweiser found itself in a quandary; what if they did not go far enough in recognizing the vital groups in the movement? After all, it seems like every week they add another sector to the LGBTQIA-califragilistic-expialidocious community.

Just as you can imagine the young marketing executive looking smug after drawing up that newly inclusive flag panic may have set in. What if they had forgotten to include another facet?! Then the beer producer could appear insensitive! Quick, fire off another addition to the flag!

There, that should cover things nicely! But wait, there are numerous other genders out there to consider! What if we forget to note those who identify otherly?! Back to the graphics design board…

As Budweiser fell into the vortex of signaling-propriety you have suddenly gotten to a point where this flag will either have stripes that are a millimeter wide, or the flag itself will need to be six feet in length.

And then it just continued, as the brewer’s marketing team clearly was foundering, their attempt to look propper now spiraling out of control.

and…

By now there are blatant problems. We have used black for three different identifiers, and we are up to at least four shades of blue. By now the Pride Flag is beginning to resemble the paint chip display board at the Home Depot.

But we are not yet finished.

And then we get so far down this rabbit hole that we have to dispense with stripes entirely. The groups have become so fractured as to require colored shapes.

By this point I just want to fly the amber-colored flag — to signify my choice…of bourbon.

I have no idea what Budweiser is even acknowledging anymore, but I hope they are proud of their attempt at pandering.

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CNN Ratings Dive Results In Cutting Jobs In London. What’s next?

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Someone get the crying towel out for Jim Acosta and Don Lemon.

Just a couple days ago before President Trump’s visit to Great Britain and London in particular, comes the word that “The Worldwide Leader in News” is shrinking its reach in England’s capital city.

You don’t say!!!

According to  The Guardian

CNN is preparing to make substantial cuts to its London-based television news operation in a move that is likely to result in at least a dozen employees losing their jobs.

The announcement was made by Jeff Zucker, the CNN boss, at a “town hall” meeting on Tuesday in the company’s office in central London.

Staff, including some managers whose shows were affected, were given no advance warning of the announcement, according to some of those present. Zucker told them that the international channel was losing $10m (£8m) a year, according to those present.

The cuts come shortly after the longstanding CNN International boss Tony Maddox unexpectedly announced he was leaving the station earlier this month.

People losing their jobs is never a good thing but if you watch CNN you know why these and other cuts are happening. The ratings continue to shrink because they are pretending to be a news organization while being advocates for certain points of views. No one can honestly watch Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and say they are news guys. They are really bad at trying to frame stories from a certain point of view. The people who are on other networks like Fox and MSNBC at these same times freely admit they are partisans.

Thus, therein lies the rub.

CNN gave up the objectivity ghost long ago under the leadership of Jeff Zucker and no amount of railing against that point will make it any less true. Saying you are just a “news” organization but you have the programming of the editorial staff of the New York Times damn near 24/7 undercuts that talking point.

CNN should send Jake Tapper out and just admit that most of the hosts on the network don’t like Trump, conservatives in general or pro-life people and freely admit it. That would be intellectually honest instead of this hodgepodge mess they have right now. Side note to Tapper, please STOP defending your colleagues just because they are your colleagues. Just because you work at the same place does not by some magical virtue dust make them right.

AT&T recently bought out Time Warner, which owns CNN, and speculation is they are the ones pushing for these and more cuts from the flailing network. If that is true we may see even more cuts for CNN and some personnel changes coming in the very near future.

Which means Jim and Don will have to share those cry towels.

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Not Today, AOC: Delaney Campaign Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Criticism of His Anti-Medicare for All Stance

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As Red State‘s Elizabeth Vaughn wrote this morning, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) was dismissive of former Rep. John Delaney’s (D-MD-6) anti-Medicare for All stance over the weekend. In a tweet, she told Delaney to “sashay away” since he was booed “for a full minute” at California’s Democratic convention:

First, his comments:

In response to the boos, he defended himself on Twitter later:

That wasn’t good enough for AOC:

The Delaney campaign fired back at the freshman Congresswoman in a statement and series of tweets Sunday and Monday, reports The Hill:

Delaney’s press secretary, Michael Starr Hopkins, released a statement on Monday saying that Ocasio-Cortez’s comments only help President Trump move toward reelection in 2020.

“The only person Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez helped with her tweet about Congressman Delaney was Donald Trump,” Hopkins’s statement reads. “If Democrats are serious about beating the President at the ballot box, we need less political grandstanding and more truth-telling from the Bernie wing of the party.

“2016 should have taught us that if we allow this primary to become a popularity contest on Twitter rather than a debate of ideas in the public square, the country will lose. We’ve seen this playbook before and it ends with a second term for Donald Trump.”

When it comes right down to it, a debate over universal healthcare vs. Medicare for All would really just amount to liberals trying to “out-liberal” each other. But the sound-bites from it could potentially be beneficial for Republicans on down the road.

On a related note, if showing sustained disapproval for comments made during a formal setting is grounds for disqualifying candidates for higher office – as AOC suggests, here’s a suggestion for what should happen with her seat this election cycle:

Make it happen, Democrats. Make it happen.

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Mexico Starts Negotiating After Trump Slaps Them With Tariffs Over Illegal Immigration

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A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are loaded on to a van, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Granjeno, Texas. At least six local, state and federal law enforcement agencies patrol the five mile zone which is illegal immigration’s busiest corridor. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Last week, President Trump set off a firestorm by saying he was going to apply tariffs of 5%, escalating to 25%, on Mexico for their failures on the border. Most reactions were negative, with countless media op-eds being churned out amid Republican and Democratic cries that it was taxation of Americans to punish Mexico.

I found some arguments persuasive, others not so much. If we are speaking about tariffs in a vacuum, they are indeed a negative impact on U.S. consumers. Sometimes absorbing a little pain can lead to long term betterment though. Using tariffs as a tool of leverage holds more value than trying to use them as a means unto themselves. Admittedly, Donald Trump has been an incredibly bad messenger on this point, constantly shifting between saying tariffs are to ensure betters deals and saying the tariffs themselves are great for America. It doesn’t work both ways. If the tariffs are great, you don’t need need a new deal, but if the purpose is to bring people to the table, then that’s more palatable.

It appears the latest threat was for the latter, as Mexico is now sending a delegation to Washington a week before the new tariffs hit their economy.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Fighting to stave off punitive tariffs announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, a senior Mexican delegation was set to begin high level talks on Monday in Washington, where it will be pushed to do more to hold back Central American migrants.

Here’s a preview of what some of our demands will be.

The U.S.-Mexican talks begin on Monday with a meeting between Mexican Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. On Wednesday, Ebrard meets U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump on Sunday called Mexico an “abuser” of the United States and said he wanted action, not talk. Mexico has signaled it would retaliate to the tariffs, with targets likely to include farm products on Trump supporting states.

In a possible sign of U.S. priorities in the talks, which are due to run through at least Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on Sunday that Mexico should deploy more personnel to interdict illegal migrants along a 150 mile (241.4 km) stretch of border with Guatemala.

Mexico simply doesn’t have the leverage to retaliate on the needed scale. They are heavily reliant on U.S. exports and their economy has already retracted in the 1st quarter of this year.

I suspect some kind of deal will be reached and announced. Whether it’ll have much teeth, I don’t know. Mexico has the ability to police it’s 150 mile border with Guatemala in a much heavier fashion. By contract to the U.S. border, it’s a tiny fraction of the size. Currently, U.S. DHS agents are already down there in advisory roles. That border will be the key to stemming the flow. If hundreds of thousands of people continue to make it to the expansive U.S.-Mexico border, no amount of enforcement will be viable to stop what’s happening.

There is something to be said about the different schools of thought here. When I first saw these new tariffs announced, my first thought was that some kind of deal would be reached before they even become a factor. If that happens, Trump comes out looking like a winner. If it doesn’t, the economic impact could ultimately harm his re-election. He’s in a game of chicken right now and Mexico looks like it’s willing to blink first.

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‘King Maker’ AOC Tells 2020 Democratic Hopeful To Just “Sashay Away”

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AOC’s power trip continues. Yes, the order came from on high over the weekend that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney must exit the race.

The former congressman from Maryland spoke before the California Democratic Convention and said, “Medicare for all may sound good but it’s actually not good policy nor is it good politics.” He added that it would “kick 150 million Americans off their health care.”

His remarks were not well received by the audience who responded with a long and strong boo. Please watch the videos in the tweets below.

Many were actually laughing at Delaney. He tried to explain further. “We should have universal health care. We should have universal health care. We should have universal health care, but it shouldn’t be a kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care. That’s not smart policy.”

Regardless of the fact that Medicare for all is estimated to cost approximately $32 trillion over the first ten years, and we simply can’t afford it, the crowd wasn’t having it and their disapproval continued.

AOC, who now boasts over four million followers on Twitter, sent out the following tweet on Sunday evening.

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It’s really incredible that this young woman has become such a powerful figure in the Democratic Party in such a short period of time. Move over Nancy. There’s a new kid in town.

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