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Jason Nichols: Slavery reparations deserve serious study – Congress should act because justice demands it

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Republicans expressed outrage Wednesday –  a holiday known as Juneteenth that celebrates the abolition of slavery – about a reasonable proposal by House Democrats to create a commission to study some form of compensation for the descendants of Africans who were enslaved.

The disgraceful failure of the U.S. government to at least examine the issue of such reparations until now for the descendants of people who were treated like animals and denied the most basic human rights long ago is no excuse to continue ignoring the issue.

While justice and morality cry out for some way of compensating the descendants of enslaved Africans for their horrific treatment, their economic exploitation is something that is potentially quantifiable. Just because slavery ended in 1865 is no excuse to dismiss the rightful claims of descendants of enslaved people for justice, even at this late date.

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In fact, in 1865 reparations almost happened. Union General William T. Sherman wanted to give 400,000 acres of coastal land to former slaves, and issued an order called Special Field Order No.15 to accomplish the task. But less than a year later, following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, President Andrew Johnson canceled Sherman’s order.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced legislation titled the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act in 1989 and kept introducing it for almost 30 years. The same bill is now sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and was the subject of a hearing Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

It’s important to remember that while slavery is long gone, blatant and legal discrimination against African-Americans continued well into the 20th century and more subtle discrimination remains a fact of life today. And no one can deny that black American lag far behind whites in terms of wealth, homeownership, educational attainment and many other factors.

These gaps did not arise due to moral failings or lack of ambition among black people, but because the legacy of slavery and severe racial discrimination remains with us even today.

It’s important to remember that while slavery is long gone, blatant and legal discrimination against African-Americans continued well into the 20th century and more subtle discrimination remains a fact of life today

Slavery was a moral stain on America that time cannot wash away, no matter how hard some people try to forget it and brush it off as ancient history irrelevant to today.

The hundreds of years that slavery was legal were the most atrocious, wicked, and shameful period in our country’s history – endorsing the most damaging and humiliating acts imaginable.

Human beings were auctioned like cattle, beaten, separated from their loved ones and sexually exploited and raped.

The words of the Declaration of Independence – a beautiful document praising human rights – did not apply to black people. Imagine yourself an enslaved person hearing these words in 1776:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” How would you have felt knowing you were excluded from these rights?

There is no way for our country to make up or compensate for the emotional and physical horrors visited upon the enslaved. However, the basis of the entire system of slavery was capitalism. We can at least study and discuss the economic element and see if some form of compensation is feasible for those affected by its legacy.

There are many misunderstandings about reparations. Many people believe that no one was compensated when slavery ended, but that’s not true. In Washington – where the debate over the study of reparations is now taking place – Congress passed a bill in 1862 to provide slaveholders $300 per slave (roughly $6,100 today) for their loss of “property.”

What about compensation for those who had been held as property? Forget about it – they got nothing.

The commission proposed in the bill by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is a sound and fair idea. Her legislation does not determine whether there would be compensation for the descendants of slaves, how much would be paid, or whether payments would be made to individuals or be in the form of programs designed to level the playing field to create equal opportunities for African-Americans.

If we truly believe in “America First,” why wouldn’t we compensate our own citizens who have been held back by racism for hundreds of years?

Space does not permit me to list all the ways black Americans have been discriminated against since Emancipation ended slavery. They include the denial of voting rights, discrimination in education, discrimination in hiring, wrongful conviction of crimes, police brutality, denial of participation in many government programs, denial of access to housing and mortgage financing, discrimination in public accommodations and much more.

Have things gotten better over the years? Of course they have. Racial discrimination is no longer legal – but it would be naive to say it no longer exists.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed the need for reparations to the descendants of enslaved people in comments to reporters Tuesday.

“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that (slavery), and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate,” McConnell said. “No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”

However, McConnell ignores the fact that corporations that benefited and built enormous wealth from the institution of slavery still exist. These companies include New York Life, JP Morgan Chase, Fleet Bank (which merged with Bank of America in 2004) and CSX. All have links to the slave trade.

Many major universities – including the University of Maryland, which I love and have devoted the last 25 years of my life to – used slave labor long ago. The vestiges of slavery are all around us.

McConnell was alive when the flagship university in his home state of Kentucky was a segregated institution, Born in Alabama, he was a teenager when a quiet and dignified woman named Autherine Lucy caused a riot by simply attempting to attend the University of Alabama.

While some argue that they should not be taxed for something they were not directly involved in, they need to take a refresher course on how taxes work.

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Whether or not you call the police or fire department, your taxes support them. Your tax dollars fix roads you will never drive on. Your tax dollars fund schools your children will never attend. Your tax dollars support wars you may be opposed to, and provide foreign aid to countries you will never visit and whose governments you may disagree with.

In the end, all that is being requested in the legislation before the House is further inquiry. If simply inquiring into how to build a more equitable society for people of color is met with such a negative response from Republicans, perhaps we haven’t come as far as some think we have.

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Alan Dershowitz: Trump ‘perfectly entitled to invoke executive privilege’

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President Trump is within his rights to invoke executive privilege, including when it comes to former White House communications director Hope Hicks, according to Alan Dershowitz.

Congressional lawmakers often claim presidents are not “above the law” in many of these cases, but Congress itself is also not “above the law,” Dershowitz told host Laura Ingraham on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Each branch of the government has a form of executive privilege,” Dershowitz said Wednesday night. “The president is perfectly entitled to invoke executive privilege. If they think it goes too far … let the courts decide.

“The president is perfectly entitled to invoke executive privilege. If they think it goes too far … let the courts decide.”

— Alan Dershowitz

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“As far as the current issue is concerned, all three branches of government have privilege,” he continued. “You can’t call a law clerk at the Supreme Court and ask the law clerk, ‘What did you discuss with the justice?’ Imagine if they tried to call legislative assistants of senators or congressmen, the same congressmen who are demanding that [Hicks] speak would be up in arms.”

Dershowitz claimed there is a risk of weakening privilege power throughout the three branches of government in cases where such powers are challenged.

“The danger is you can diminish executive privilege and legislative privilege and judicial privilege, not only for this administration but for future administrations,” he said.

“That would have a big structural impact on government and on civil liberties.”

Hicks was questioned behind closed doors Wednesday by members of the House Judiciary Committee as part of the panel’s review of obstruction allegations and Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report on the Russia investigation.

Some Democrats complained that Hicks – who is now the chief communications officer at Fox Corp. – was ordered by the White House to stay quiet about her time as an aide to Trump.

“She’s objecting to stuff that’s already in the public record,” Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said. “It’s pretty ridiculous.”

Earlier Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., declined to comment on the substance of the interview: “All I’ll say is Ms. Hicks is answering questions put to her and the interview continues.”

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In a letter Tuesday to Nadler, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote that Trump had directed Hicks not to answer questions “relating to the time of her service as a senior adviser to the president.”

Cipollone said Hicks was “absolutely immune” from compelled testimony with respect to her service to the president because of the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches. The White House similarly has cited broad executive privilege with respect to many of the Democrats’ investigative demands, using the president’s power to withhold information to protect the confidentiality of the Oval Office decision-making process.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Doug Schoen: Pelosi’s right – Concentrate on issues, not impeachment to defeat Trump in 2020

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Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reaffirmed her position that Democrats would not yet pursue impeachment against President Trump, much to the dismay of many members of her own party.

“I don’t think there’s anything more divisive we can do than to impeach a president of the United States, and so you have to handle it with great care,” Pelosi said on Sunday. “It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”

While many members of the Democratic Party vocally disagree with Pelosi and are aggravated by her lack of will to impeach the president, the Speaker’s decision to push back on calls for impeachment and to instead focus on beating Donald Trump is the right move.

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With 2020 on the horizon, Democrats need to focus on perpetuating a narrative that is centered around pro-growth economic policies, fixing the health care system, and fixing our country’s crumbling infrastructure.

Ultimately, it is a self-hurting move for Democrats to expend energy on impeachment, and Pelosi is right to try to steer her party away from it.

A recent NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll reveals that only 22 percent of Americans want to begin impeachment proceedings against the president, while 25 percent want to continue investigations into potential political wrongdoing. The same poll reveals that, in fact, only 36 percent of Democrats believe that impeachment should begin, while 37 percent think that investigations into President Trump should continue.

Indeed, what these figures tell us is that impeachment is a fool’s errand. If impeachment is pursued, it is only marginally guaranteed that a resolution to impeach the president will pass the Democratically controlled House of Representatives, and once the proceeding goes to the Republican-controlled Senate for trial, the president’s own party would certainly not vote to remove him.

The best way for Democrats to ensure that Donald Trump leaves office as soon as possible is by focusing their energy on the issues, not on impeachment.

Job creation, unemployment, health care, education, and income inequality will be the critical and substantive issues that drive voters to the polls, not the “resist and impeach” mantra that has been loudly touted by the further-left fringes in the Democratic Party.

The best way for Democrats to ensure that Donald Trump leaves office as soon as possible is by focusing their energy on the issues, not on impeachment.

To be sure, this anti-impeachment sentiment has been echoed by the party’s more moderate members.

Current Democratic primary frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, told a crowd at a campaign event this month: “I am not looking forward to an impeachment process – I really mean it. I think it’s a gigantic distraction from things we should be focusing on getting done. But the truth of the matter is there is a Constitutional investigation. I’m going to do it a different way. Beat him.”

Ensuring Americans have access to affordable health care, limiting economically crippling debt for college students, and crafting policies to guarantee a quality education for children all across the county are issues that are going to decide this election, and are the issues that the party needs to focus on – not on impeaching a president with a strong economy and solid approval ratings.

I make this case having worked alongside President Bill Clinton as he faced partisan-fueled impeachment proceedings and ended up coming out of the process stronger than ever.

For Democrats to retain control of the House, remain competitive in the Senate, and have a chance at defeating President Trump, they must run on a platform that resonates with voters and focuses on issues that impact every day Americans.

While a number of prominent Democrats make the argument that impeachment should be a statement against a corrupt president, the historical precedent is clear that it would only hurt the Democrats.

Not only did Republicans fail to convict Clinton in the Senate, but President Clinton’s approval rating after the trial skyrocketed to 73 percent approval, and the Republicans lost a handful of seats in the House.

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For Democrats to retain control of the House, remain competitive in the Senate, and have a chance at defeating President Trump, they must run on a platform that resonates with voters and focuses on issues that impact every day Americans.

Ultimately, if Democrats focus their attention on impeachment, the only thing they will end up with is four more years of Donald Trump.

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As Democrats debate reparations for slavery, polls suggest Americans are not convinced

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As Democrats consider the idea of reparations to black Americans for slavery, polling indicates that the public is far from convinced about the idea.

House Judiciary Democrats on Wednesday were holding a hearing in the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee on H.R. 40 — a proposal by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Calif., to set up a commission to study and develop a response to the question of reparations for slavery.

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But polling suggests that such a commission would also need to change the minds of a significant number of Americans for the move to get support.

A Fox News poll in April found that 60 percent of Americans oppose paying cash reparations to descendants of slaves, while just 32 percent support it. A Rasmussen poll in the same month found that just 21 percent of likely voters think taxpayers should pay reparations to black Americans who can prove they are descended from slaves.

However, in a finding that could put 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls in a bind, the Fox poll found that among Democratic primary voters, 54 percent said they were likely to support a candidate who backed reparations, while 33 percent said they were not likely.

Additionally, Data For Progress found in a poll last year that while the measure had only 26 percent of Americans in favor, it had net positive support among voters under 45. A Point-Taken Marist poll in 2016 found that while 68 percent of Americans were opposed to reparations, 6 in 10 black Americans said they were in favor.

A number of 2020 presidential candidates have dabbled in talk of reparations, although they have yet to really dive into the controversial waters — remaining vague about the extent of their plans.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., suggested to The Grio in February that it could include a generic tax credit to families making under $100,000 — a much less controversial proposal. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has gone a step further and said that Native Americans should be “part of the conversation.”

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who will testify at the hearing Wednesday, has introduced a Senate version of Lee’s bill to study the question. In his prepared testimony, he says the U.S. has yet to “truly acknowledge and grapple with the racism and white supremacy that tainted this country’s founding and continues to cause persistent and deep racial disparities and inequality.”

The hearing on Wednesday will include testimony from activist and actor Danny Glover and author Ta-Nehisi Coates — who wrote an influential 2014 essay on “The Case for Reparations” for The Atlantic.

According to the legislation being discussed at the hearing, the commission would “study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”

Such plans would likely face significant Republican opposition. In a news conference Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that he was opposed to reparations.

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“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate,” he said. “No, I don’t think reparations are a good idea.”

It is also unclear to what extent Democratic leaders would support such a push on such a divisive issue. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has supported the commission, but has described reparations as a “challenging issue.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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House Judiciary Chair backs AOC’s tweet comparing migrant centers to concentration camps

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., suggested on Tuesday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., was right to compare migrant detention centers under President Trump to the concentration camps seen during the Holocaust.

“One of the lessons from the Holocaust is ‘Never Again’ – not only to mass murder, but also to the dehumanization of people, violations of basic rights, and assaults on our common morality,” he said, retweeting Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on the issue.

Ocasio-Cortez ignited a media firestorm on Tuesday when she accused the administration of dehumanizing migrants through “concentration camps” at the border.

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“This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying,” she said.

To back up her claim, the freshman New Yorker linked to an article describing “concentration camps” as inclusive of detention camps that don’t necessarily meet the horror of Dachau or Auschwitz.

As head of the Judiciary Committee, Nadler, who is also pursuing the administration in the Russia investigation, is responsible for helping to craft immigration laws. After mentioning the Holocaust in his tweet, he went on to call for people to point out what he considered to be “inhumanity” in the administration.

“We fail to learn that lesson when we don’t callout such inhumanity right in front of us,” he said.

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Others weren’t as supportive of her argument. On Twitter, House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., accused Ocasio-Cortez of demeaning Holocaust victims with her comparison.

“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez followed up with tweets claiming concentration camps were different than death camps and pressing the Wyoming congresswoman on why she wanted to detain people without trials.

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“And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps,” she said.

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Cal Thomas: ‘Hypocrisy’ and ‘lie’ have lost all meaning in today’s politics

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There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word “racism,” hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm.

The media and Democrats are agog over President Trump’s comment to former Bill Clinton adviser and current “Good Morning America” host, George Stephanopoulos. Trump said if a foreign power had “dirt” on one of his political opponents he’d “listen” and would not necessarily inform the FBI.

On Friday, he backtracked somewhat, telling “Fox & Friends” he might tell the FBI if he received such information from a foreign government.

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Unsatisfied, congressional Democrats say the first remark provided more grounds for impeachment. Opposition research is what Democrats (and Republicans) have long done, said the president.

Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough writes that Hillary Clinton was once fine with obtaining dirt on her opponents from foreign sources. Recall the Steele dossier, which falsely claimed bad behavior by Donald Trump when he stayed in a Moscow hotel, allegedly cavorting with prostitutes and urinating on a bed in which the Obamas had slept.

Clinton excused the dossier, which was initially paid for by her campaign and the Democratic National Committee, saying it was “part of what happens in a campaign.” The Daily Caller even reported that Christopher Steele told a State Department official that “a former Russian spy chief and a top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin” were sources for the dossier.

No problem for the media or Democrats now campaigning openly for President Trump’s impeachment because they loved Hillary and hate Trump. This attitude colors all media reporting. Consider The Washington Post, The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC, which appear to be anti-Trump, all the time.

Another example of hypocrisy is coming from Democrats, the left and the media (do I repeat myself?) at the announcement that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign at the end of the month and return to Arkansas.

Reporters are honing in on a statement Sanders made alleging that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost support” for its former director, James Comey. She later said she “misspoke.” Critics called her a liar.

From PolitiFact: “Jay Carney, Barack Obama’s press secretary, echoed Obama’s claim that Americans could keep their current health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. As Obama’s plan moved from idea to legislative reality, the statement became inaccurate. Ultimately, the statement was repeated dozens of times with insufficient context, earning PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year for 2013.” Carney never said he misspoke.

Many press secretaries for Republican and Democratic presidents have lied or “spun” on behalf of their bosses, but those working for Democrats mostly get a pass or were treated better than Sanders. In 1971, when asked if American and South Vietnamese forces were preparing to invade Laos, President Nixon’s press secretary, Ron Ziegler, replied, “The president is aware of what is going on in Southeast Asia. … That is not to say anything is going on in Southeast Asia.”

In 2009, Michael Collier of the San Francisco Chronicle compiled a list of some of the lies associated with modern presidents. They include John F. Kennedy’s aides who claimed Kennedy had to cut short a visit to Chicago and return to Washington because he had a cold. It was 1962 and the truth was the Cuban missile crisis demanded his attention.

Pentagon spokesman Arthur Sylvester said at the time the government had a “right” to lie in such instances.

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Lyndon Johnson lied about “guns and butter,” claiming the Vietnam War could be fought without damaging the economy.

A funny one Collier discovered might be apocryphal, but it makes a point: “Franklin D. Roosevelt went to Pittsburgh before the start of World War II and promised that the United States would not go to war. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor — when war became inevitable — he asked his aides what he should say to the American people. They told him: ‘Say you were never in Pittsburgh.’”

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Ilhan Omar blames Trump for Iran-linked attacks on oil tankers

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, is placing blame on President Trump for last Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers, which the U.S. has linked to Iran.

“None of this would be happening if Trump didn’t back out of the Iran nuclear deal,” Omar tweeted. “America’s response should be to return to the table and reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Increasing tensions and threats of war serve nobody’s interests.”

President Trump declared Iran was responsible for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, pointing to video released by the U.S. Navy showing an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine.

“Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump said during an interview on “Fox & Friends” last Friday. “They’re a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you.”

Omar took to Twitter on Monday condemning Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal shortly before the Pentagon approved sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East in response to the attack.

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Critics slammed Omar for “appeasing the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.”

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Trump’s plan to repaint Air Force One has some Democrats fuming

President Trump’s plan to give Air Force One a bolder, more updated, “more American” look has some Democrats angrier than a traveler who just missed a flight.

On Thursday, the president revealed mockups of a proposed new design for the presidential jet, showing a new red-white-and-blue color scheme that features a darker blue base color instead of the lighter “sky blue” that has been used on the plane since the Kennedy administration.

In approving the plan, Trump reportedly said he wanted the plane to look “more American,” rather than be painted in a “Jackie Kennedy color.”

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“I think it’s going to look much better, actually,” Trump said Friday morning on Fox & Friends. “I like the concept of red, white and blue.

“The baby blue doesn’t fit with us,” Trump added.

The proposed redesign comes as part of a contract with Boeing to build two new Air Force One jets to replace the current models, which are more than 30 years old. Trump reached a deal with Boeing to buy the jets for $3.9 billion – after negotiating a $1.4 billion reduction from the original estimate.

But one day earlier, a Connecticut Democrat introduced an amendment to a Pentagon spending plan that calls for congressional approval for spending on “interior, paint and fixtures.”

The Democrat-controlled House Armed Services Committee adopted Rep. Joe Courtney’s amendment on a 31-26 vote that went along party lines, the Hartford Courant reported.

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U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn.

Courtney told the newspaper why he introduced the amendment.

“Additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane,” Courtney said.

But the Democrat insisted he had no intention of blocking the president’s plan.

“We are not handcuffing the Air Force and Boeing,” he said. There is some flexibility.”

Another Democrat, Rep. John Garamendi of California, told the newspaper that the U.S. should be careful before changing the appearance of a plane that he said is symbolic of American leadership around the globe.

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U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif.

“The Air Force One plane is iconic,” Garamendi told the Courant. “It is known throughout the world. It has been the representation of the United States, the power of the president.”

Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., noted that because the new planes aren’t scheduled to be delivered until 2024, the amendment shouldn’t be interpreted as a slight directed toward the president.

“This president is not going to fly on these planes,” Smith said, according to Military Times.

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But to some Republicans on the committee, the Democrats’ explanations sounded more like an effort to simply obstruct the president.

“They want to impede the president at every turn,” Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., told the Courant.

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U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va.

The broader spending bill still requires passage from both the House and Senate, as well as the president’s signature, before any new planes will be ordered, the Times reported.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this story.

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House Dems rip into Sarah Sanders’ tenure after Trump announces her departure

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Several House Democrats had some harsh words for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after President Trump announced her eventual departure at the end of June.

Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Mark Pocan, Wis., both unleashed a series of criticism — mainly focusing on the accusation that she lied for the president.

“She will be remembered for disgracing her office, ushering in an era of opacity unprecedented in the modern era, publicly treating journalists like dirt, assailing the First Amendment to the Constitution, and lying directly to the American people who paid her salary,” Beyer tweeted on Thursday.

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Meanwhile, Pocan mocked Trump’s tweet describing Sanders as having “extraordinary talents.”

“Extraordinary talents including lying, lying with a straight face, defending the President’s lies, dodging questions, falsely claiming ignorance, not holding daily press briefings, and…lying,” he tweeted.

Others like Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, piled on. Beatty, in particular, took aim at Sanders’ eventual refusal to hold press briefings.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., seemed unphased, tweeting a simple “Bye, Bye.”

Sanders said on Thursday that serving as press secretary was, besides having children, the “most special experience” of her life and that she “loved every minute, even the hard minutes.”

Trump and Sanders both appeared at a White House event on Thursday where he praised her as “tough.” “We’ve been through a lot together and she’s tough, but she’s good,” he said.

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On Twitter, Trump also encouraged Sanders to run for her father Mike Huckabee’s old position as governor of Arkansas.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic,” he said. “Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

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Jason Chaffetz: House Dems’ planned contempt votes on Barr, Ross puts their hypocrisy on full display

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The upcoming House Oversight Committee vote on Wednesday on a contempt resolution against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a little bit of everything – misdirection, hyperbole, projection, hypocrisy, and abuse of authority.

The gamesmanship on display from Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., demonstrates just how desperate Democrats have become to reestablish their fact-free narrative against President Trump.  With the Mueller report failing to establish collusion or obstruction, Democrats have turned to the Commerce Department to shore up their disintegrating storyline.

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In a hyperbolic letter to Secretary Ross, Cummings seems more worried about reaffirming his party’s crumbling obstruction of justice narrative than about the actual question at issue – the inclusion of a census question about citizenship status.

Cummings writes to Ross, “Unfortunately, your actions are part of a pattern. The Trump Administration has been engaged in one of the most unprecedented cover-ups since Watergate, extending from the White House to multiple federal agencies and departments of the government and across numerous investigations.”  With that tenuous link to the Mueller obstruction narrative, Democrats misdirect readers about the real source of the conflict.

This isn’t about a Watergate-style cover-up.  This is about Democrats wanting to influence the news cycle ahead of a big Supreme Court decision.

In reality, the Commerce Department has already produced 14,000 pages of documents in response to the subpoenas. What has not yet been produced is tied up in litigation at the Supreme Court that will conclude by June 28 – the last day the Court could issue its ruling on the census issue.  Democrats fail to mention the three upcoming Commerce Department witness interviews scheduled June 11, 18, and 21.

So why the hyperbolic language and extreme step of scheduling a contempt resolution? Ranking Member Jim Jordan suggests the real motive:

“This is yet another reckless and transparent attempt by Chairman Cummings to interfere with ongoing litigation before the Supreme Court over the 2020 Census. Chairman Cummings’s interest in the Census is entirely about scoring political points, not conducting meaningful oversight. The Democrats’ desperation to affect the outcome of the case raises the question: why don’t they want to know how many American citizens are in the United States of America?”

With the Mueller Report failing to establish collusion or obstruction, Democrats have turned to the Commerce Department to shore up their disintegrating storyline.

In his letter, Cummings goes on to reference President Trump’s vow to fight all subpoenas in the House’s duplicate Russia Collusion investigations, implying the Commerce Department was also refusing to comply in this investigation.

The facts differ. The Commerce Department is complying with subpoenas. Witnesses have been scheduled.  Documents have been produced and others will arrive as soon as the litigation concludes, which could be at any time. Turning to contempt is hardly a last resort for Cummings.  It is a political game.

There are few clearer examples of projection than Cummings’ letter to Ross, which better describes the actions of Democrats during the Clinton investigation than the actions of Commerce Department officials now.

Cummings’ letter is a good description of how the Obama administration and House Democrats responded when I issued a subpoena to Hillary Clinton IT aide Bryan Pagliano in September 2016.  Pagliano failed to even show up after twice being subpoenaed to testify about the private server he set up in Hillary Clinton’s residence.

The Obama administration really did stonewall on documents in his case. For nearly four years Pagliano served as an IT specialist at the Department of State, but the administration claimed he never sent nor received a single email during his four-year stint there.

Pagliano had already been inexplicably granted immunity by the Obama Justice Department and faced little legal jeopardy for his testimony. Yet Cummings and his colleagues expressed no concerns about the process by which an administration was flouting congressional authority at that time.

When we voted to hold Pagliano in contempt, neither Cummings nor any other member of his party supported that contempt resolution.  In his letter this week, Cummings describes strategies with which he is very familiar – since he and the Obama administration used them to avoid complying with the Pagliano subpoenas. Those allegations do not apply to Secretary Ross or his department.

One thing is crystal clear: Democrats have one set of rules for their own presidential administrations and another set of rules for Republican administrations.  All of the strategies Cummings decries in his letter were deployed by the Obama administration and steadfastly defended by Oversight Committee Democrats.

Cummings writes, “The Administration has been challenging Congress’ core authority to conduct oversight under the Constitution, questioning the legislative bases for congressional inquiries, objecting to committee rules and precedents that have been in place for decades under both Republican and Democratic leadership, and making baseless legal arguments to avoid producing documents and testimony.”

One thing is crystal clear: Democrats have one set of rules for their own presidential administrations and another set of rules for Republican administrations.  All of the strategies Cummings decries in his letter were deployed by the Obama administration and steadfastly defended by Oversight Committee Democrats.

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Now, they have deliberately requested materials that are tied up in litigation. It’s the same tactic they are deploying with the Mueller report, wherein they have threatened to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt if he doesn’t produce grand jury materials he is not legally permitted to disclose.

Neither case is about precedent. This is about grandstanding. When Elijah Cummings refers to decades of precedent under both Republican and Democratic administrations, you can bet he isn’t referring to the precedents the Obama administration set back in the fall of 2016.

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