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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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Man Doxxed by Daily Beast Replies – on Facebook (the Company Complicit in the Doxxing)

As Elizabeth covered previously, an ex-con-turned-Daily-Beast-Reporter published an extremely detailed expose on the man who (supposedly) first published the “doctored” video of Nancy Pelosi over the weekend, expressing shock that the man was an African-American man from New York City and not some Russian plant.

Shortly after the Daily Beast piece was published Shawn Brooks, the man who was doxxed posted a public reply on his personal Facebook account.

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He wrote (spelling and punctuation unchanged,emphasis added):

So as many will see that an article of me has been posted online by a left leaning site called the daily beast. I’m being accused of creating the Pelosi video that went viral. I am one of the admins of the page but i DID NOT CREATE THE VIDEO NOR DID I POST IT to the Politics WATCHDOG page. They need a fall guy and they choose me because of my background. Yes i made some mistakes in my life but the details in that article about my past does not explain the full picture and it can appear to look like i’m just some bad guy. Anyone who has had any interactions with me either online or in person must understand that i am not the person they are painting me out to be in this article. Facebook was taking heat for not taking down the video so they made me the scapegoat of this pelosi video which was the final piece for The daily beast to throw me under the bus with their article. P.S Details in that article are not 100% accurate

Considering that Kevin Poulsen, the Daily Beast “reporter,” generously cited an unnamed Facebook official as authority for his contentions, Brooks’ assertion holds water.

This clip from “The View” shows both videos, and includes Whoopi Goldberg giving Facebook some heat for not taking down the video.

Poulsen’s article depicts a back-and-forth between himself and an unnamed Facebook official. Apparently Poulsen first spoke to a contact at Facebook, then spoke to Brooks, then took Brooks’ answers back to Facebook, giving Facebook the opportunity to rebut Brooks.

Brooks first shared an “unaltered” video on his personal Facebook page, and claims that the “edited” video was not posted by him. Poulsen took that back to the Daily Beast.

“Thirteen minutes later, a Facebook official told The Daily Beast, Brooks posted a very different Pelosi video to a Facebook page called Politics WatchDog…this clip had been altered to slow Pelosi down without lowering the pitch of her voice…to make it sound as though the Speaker of the House was slurring her words drunkenly while criticizing Donald Trump.

“It’s conceivable that someone else actually edited the clip. But a Facebook official, confirming a Daily Beast investigation, said the video was first posted on Politics WatchDog directly from Brooks’ personal Facebook account.”

Brooks told Poulsen the video was posted on Politics WatchDog by another page admin, not by him, and refused to name the other admin (understandably). Who knows whether that’s true or not, but the Facebook Official had an answer for that, too.

“And a Facebook official told The Daily Beast that they simply don’t exist. According to the official, there were indeed six other accounts registered alongside Brooks as page administrators, but the company determined last week that all six of them were controlled by Brooks. Facebook deleted those accounts under its real-name policy, the Facebook official said.”

After the publication of the Daily Beast piece, Brooks posted what he says is a screenshot showing the “current admins” of Politics Watchdog on his business page.

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The screenshot shows five other admins with current accounts.

Brooks started a GoFundMe Sunday, saying that he is exploring his legal options.

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CNN Purposely Takes Trump Out of Context and Misrepresents His Comments About Meghan Markle

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I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. On the plus side, I’m getting a lot of use out of the above fake news t-shirt picture.

When I first saw the headline for this story, I knew there had to be more to it. Trump is a bull in a china shop, but randomly noting that Meghan Markle “is nasty” seemed a bit much.

Here’s how CNN reported it.

Describing his comments, CNN reported in its headline: “Trump tells The Sun: Meghan Markle is ‘nasty’”.

The chyron on CNN’s television segment on the matter read: “Trump Calls Meghan Markle ‘nasty’ Ahead of UK Trip”.

Conservative establishment favorite and supposed straight shooter, Jake Tapper, got in on the action as well.

Seems bad doesn’t it?

I also think I’d be remiss not to note the obvious racial insinuations being made by these headlines. They might as well have written “Trump calls bi-racial woman nasty for no reason.”

As usual, the real story turns out to be much more different than CNN makes it out to be. Here’s the full transcript.

What Trump was actually saying was that he didn’t realize that Meghan Markle had been nasty about his possible election with her pledge to leave the country for Canada. He was not calling her “nasty” as a person and he was answering within the context of a question asked of him.

This isn’t even one of those times where you have to sort of interpret what Trump meant. The transcript is clear. Anybody that speaks English can read it and see exactly what he was saying. Framing it as Trump asserting that Markle “is nasty,” as CNN did, is simply false.

Furthermore, instead of engaging with the reporter, who’s obviously trying to get a rise out of him, he goes on to praise Markle in an attempt to clear the air and move on. In its full context, this story resembles absolutely none of the impressions the headlines CNN put out are giving.

Remember this the next time Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta, or whoever at CNN gets their feelings hurt at being called fake news. These people have earned the moniker and continue to justify its use every single day. No one is making them bare their biases so regularly. It’s an active decision.

Want more credibility? Act more credibly.

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Taylor Swift Criticizes Trump, Lobbies Senate to Support LGBTQ Equality Act

For years, pop star Taylor Swift made headlines for the most unique of political stances: refusing to take one. In a crowd of actors and musicians who have protested wars and engaged in stream-of-consciousness rants on their social media accounts, Swift’s silence earned cheers from many who don’t always want a lecture with their entertainment selections, and sneers from the “woke” crowd who expect (with good reason) most celebrities to lean left, and to help carry the torch of their various causes. Swift shared photos from the voting line at her precinct during the 2016 elections, encouraging her supporters to go vote, but was enigmatic about for whom she was casting her ballot.

Lately, however, she has started speaking out occasionally on political issues, first breaking her political neutrality to endorse Democrat Paul Bresden, who was challenging Republican Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee’s Senate seat. Her latest round of activism targets President Donald Trump and Sen. Lamar Alexander, who represents her state of Tennessee, for their opposition to the Equality Act, an LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill that passed the Democrat-controlled House recently.

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, over concerns that the anti-discrimination provisions do not provide adequate consideration of religious liberties, and parental rights.

Swift takes issue with these objections, and posted an open letter to Alexander that she posted on Twitter yesterday, along with a Change.org petition in support of the Equality Act.

Swift’s letter asks Alexander to consider giving his support to the Equality Act, and mentions several dozen companies that have sent open letters to Tennessee lawmakers regarding this same issue. Near the end of the letter, Swift publicly criticizes Trump for the first time:

I personally reject the President’s stance that his administration “supports equal treatment of all,” but that the Equality Act, “in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to determine parental and conscience rights.” No, one cannot take the position that one supports a community, while condemning it in the next breath as going against “conscience” or “parental rights.” That statement implies that there is something morally wrong with you being anything other than heterosexual or cisgender, which is an incredibly harmful letter to send to a nation full of healthy and loving families with same-sex, non-binary or transgender parents, sons or daughters.

Swift cites a recent study that she does not identify as showing that over 64% of Tennesseans support laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, and that nationally, this support crosses party lines, with 81% of liberals, 78% of moderates, and 55% of conservatives in favor.

“To vote against this bill would be to vote against the wishes of most Tennesseans and Americans,” wrote Swift.

Swift changed her Twitter bio to say “Support the Equality Act” and a link to her Change.org petition, which as of Sunday morning had over 80,000 signatures. She is also encouraging her 83 million Twitter followers to write and post their own letters to their Senators, using her hashtag #lettertomysenator.

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Children, Behave: Liberal Protestor ‘Milkshakes’ Florida Congressman Outside Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) had spent his afternoon doing what we want Members of Congress to be doing — holding a town hall meeting with his constituents — when he was assaulted by a liberal protestor who was caught on video dumping a drink on him. Media Matters campaign director Jordan Uhl gleefully tweeted the video, commenting, “Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola.”

The video, posted by WKRG, Pensacola’s CBS affiliate, shows Gaetz leaving the town hall meeting in Pensacola, one of several he scheduled around his congressional district this weekend. Protestors can be heard yelling various chants, taunting Gaetz as he walks out, when a drink is lobbed at him, appearing to strike him in the back and shoulder.

WKRG reported that police “quickly detained and arrested” Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev for the alleged assault. Kondrat’yev said she was there to protest the town hall.

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Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev. Law enforcement photo.

According to WEAR, the local ABC affiliate, Kondrat’yev was one of the candidates who unsuccessfully ran against Gaetz in 2016 for the congressional seat. She has been charged with battery.

Gaetz has often attracted a higher degree of media attention than one might otherwise expect for a freshman Congressman, partly due to his enthusiastic and vocal support for President Donald Trump, and partly due to his penchant for controversial comments and social media posts.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) takes a selfie with President Donald Trump. Photo via Representative Matt Gaetz on Facebook.

In other words, while Gaetz has his ardent supporters, he also attracts a large number of critics.

Fine. Hooray for the First Amendment. That’s part of what being an elected official entails. Kondrat’yev and her fellow protestors had every right to protest outside Gaetz’s town hall and speak their mind.

But when Kondrat’yev decided to physically attack Gaetz, she wasn’t exercising her free speech rights. She was committing a crime. [Allegedly, allegedly, allegedly, etc. — this incident was caught on video and Kondrat’yev was identified and arrested immediately at the scene. She is, of course, presumed innocent in our criminal justice system.]

I’ve certainly had my criticisms of Gaetz over the years, and I’ve made no secret of my skepticism of Trump. But how pathetic and childish are these protestors when they can’t figure out how to express themselves in words and resort to throwing drinks and food like toddlers?

Uhl, the Media Matters campaign director, and the other liberals who cheered Kondrat’yev’s [alleged] attack, drawing the parallel to the milkshakes thrown on pro-Brexit politicians in the UK, are perhaps even worse. They are openly cheering for physical assaults on other people, just because they don’t agree with them on a political issue.

The Pensacola Congressman seemed unharmed, fortunately, other than some minor laundry issues for his shirt, but this idea that “milkshaking” is a harmless prank and an acceptable form of protest is absolutely wrong. Any time someone throws a physical object at someone, especially where a lot of people are gathered closely together, there’s a potential for injury or sparking an incitement in the crowd. There’s a long standing tradition for treating all unwanted physical contact as criminal behavior, for good reason.

James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst, tweeted that he was “no Matt Gaetz fan” but condemned the “utterly shameful and disgusting” assault and those who were celebrating it, expressing his worries that this was an escalation that could lead to violence.

As Kondrat’yev contemplates spending thousands of dollars on legal fees and court costs, plus whatever sentence the criminal justice system may impose, she should ask herself what she actually achieved today.

Matt Gaetz is not going to stop supporting Trump, resign from office, change his vote on any bill, or switch his position on any issue whatsoever. Her little stunt accomplished absolutely nothing, except to create potential challenges for her own future. “Assaulted a Congressman” isn’t the kind of resume line most employers crave.

Gaetz seemed in good spirits about the whole kerfuffle, tweeting his thanks to local law enforcement who “keep everyone safe at our events,” and quipping that “[c]learly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team.”

UPDATE: The Pensacola News Journal confirmed that Kondrat’yev was one of Gaetz’s congressional opponents in the 2016 race, and further reports that she has been released from jail on a $1,000 bond. Kondrat’yev is also one of four plaintiffs suing the city of Pensacola to force the removal of a cross from Bayview Park.

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Children, Behave: Liberal Protestor ‘Milkshakes’ Florida Congressman Outside Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) had spent his afternoon doing what we want Members of Congress to be doing — holding a town hall meeting with his constituents — when he was assaulted by a liberal protestor who was caught on video dumping a drink on him. Media Matters campaign director Jordan Uhl gleefully tweeted the video, commenting, “Matt Gaetz got milkshaked in Pensacola.”

The video, posted by WKRG, Pensacola’s CBS affiliate, shows Gaetz leaving the town hall meeting in Pensacola, one of several he scheduled around his congressional district this weekend. Protestors can be heard yelling various chants, taunting Gaetz as he walks out, when a drink is lobbed at him, appearing to strike him in the back and shoulder.

WKRG reported that police “quickly detained and arrested” Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev for the alleged assault. Kondrat’yev said she was there to protest the town hall.

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Amanda Leigh Kondrat’yev. Law enforcement photo.

According to WEAR, the local ABC affiliate, Kondrat’yev was one of the candidates who unsuccessfully ran against Gaetz in 2016 for the congressional seat. She has been charged with battery.

Gaetz has often attracted a higher degree of media attention than one might otherwise expect for a freshman Congressman, partly due to his enthusiastic and vocal support for President Donald Trump, and partly due to his penchant for controversial comments and social media posts.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) takes a selfie with President Donald Trump. Photo via Representative Matt Gaetz on Facebook.

In other words, while Gaetz has his ardent supporters, he also attracts a large number of critics.

Fine. Hooray for the First Amendment. That’s part of what being an elected official entails. Kondrat’yev and her fellow protestors had every right to protest outside Gaetz’s town hall and speak their mind.

But when Kondrat’yev decided to physically attack Gaetz, she wasn’t exercising her free speech rights. She was committing a crime. [Allegedly, allegedly, allegedly, etc. — this incident was caught on video and Kondrat’yev was identified and arrested immediately at the scene. She is, of course, presumed innocent in our criminal justice system.]

I’ve certainly had my criticisms of Gaetz over the years, and I’ve made no secret of my skepticism of Trump. But how pathetic and childish are these protestors when they can’t figure out how to express themselves in words and resort to throwing drinks and food like toddlers?

Uhl, the Media Matters campaign director, and the other liberals who cheered Kondrat’yev’s [alleged] attack, drawing the parallel to the milkshakes thrown on pro-Brexit politicians in the UK, are perhaps even worse. They are openly cheering for physical assaults on other people, just because they don’t agree with them on a political issue.

The Pensacola Congressman seemed unharmed, fortunately, other than some minor laundry issues for his shirt, but this idea that “milkshaking” is a harmless prank and an acceptable form of protest is absolutely wrong. Any time someone throws a physical object at someone, especially where a lot of people are gathered closely together, there’s a potential for injury or sparking an incitement in the crowd. There’s a long standing tradition for treating all unwanted physical contact as criminal behavior, for good reason.

James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst, tweeted that he was “no Matt Gaetz fan” but condemned the “utterly shameful and disgusting” assault and those who were celebrating it, expressing his worries that this was an escalation that could lead to violence.

As Kondrat’yev contemplates spending thousands of dollars on legal fees and court costs, plus whatever sentence the criminal justice system may impose, she should ask herself what she actually achieved today.

Matt Gaetz is not going to stop supporting Trump, resign from office, change his vote on any bill, or switch his position on any issue whatsoever. Her little stunt accomplished absolutely nothing, except to create potential challenges for her own future. “Assaulted a Congressman” isn’t the kind of resume line most employers crave.

Gaetz seemed in good spirits about the whole kerfuffle, tweeting his thanks to local law enforcement who “keep everyone safe at our events,” and quipping that “[c]learly it takes more than a drink to slow down our great team.”

UPDATE: The Pensacola News Journal confirmed that Kondrat’yev was one of Gaetz’s congressional opponents in the 2016 race, and further reports that she has been released from jail on a $1,000 bond. Kondrat’yev is also one of four plaintiffs suing the city of Pensacola to force the removal of a cross from Bayview Park.

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That Squirrelly Guy from Vox Is Trying to Get Steven Crowder Banned on Youtube

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If you’ve ever visited Steven Crowder’s Youtube channel before, you’ve probably stumbled across some of his rebuttal videos. In them, he uses comedy and facts to challenge claims made by politicians or media members.

One outlet that’s been the subject of several of his videos is Vox. Why? Because it’s a flaming pile of garbage that routinely makes false or misleading claims in their “explainer” videos.

That’s apparently got Carlos , a particularly grating host at Vox, up in arms. He’s accusing Crowder of “bullying” him and is working directly with Youtube to get him banned from the platform.

Spoiler: It’s absolutely about trying to get conservatives voiced silenced.

Maza’s campaign includes trying to start a drive to flag Crowder’s videos. He also claims that he’s getting direct messages from Youtube to discuss taking action based on his “concerns.”

The irony here is that what set Maza off was a rebuttal video to his claims that Fox News was a propaganda outlet. So it seems he can dish it out but can’t take it. This dude sounds pretty sensitive.

Here’s a tip, and it’s the same way I feel about people like Talia Lavin (who savages conservatives with smears and then whines that she gets criticized).

If you don’t want pushback, criticism, or to be made fun of, then get out of the public eye. You may have a right to trash others falsely with silly explainer videos, but you don’t have a right to do so while demanding a protective bubble be maintained around you. In this country, we are allowed to dissent and Maza doesn’t seem to understand that. If he doesn’t want to be rebutted or laughed at, then he’s welcome to go find another job.

What’s more concerning here is that Youtube appears to be playing along with Maza.

Crowder has routinely been wrongly flagged or copyright claimed on Youtube, only to win each and every case he engages in. Despite that, Youtube has never DMed him personally to work out an issue. That Youtube is jumping to “investigate” Crowder based on the word of some clown from Vox isn’t a good sign and shows the clear double standards at play.

Has Crowder made some off-color remarks about Maza? Sure, but again, it’s a freaking comedy show. Maza, for his part, has never had an issue with bad language and personal attacks in his videos. It’s pretty hypocritical for him to now cry about it being done back to him.

At some point conservatives are going to have to wake up and decide if they want to be subservient to the tech giants or if they are ready to put up a fight. These companies have the right to curate speech. They don’t have the right to do so while avoiding all liability for the speech on their platforms.

This is why I didn’t rush to make fun of Devin Nunes for his lawsuit against Twitter. Someone needs to get this stuff in court so these companies are forced to chose one path or the other. They can’t keep straddling the fence in a middle ground that doesn’t actually exist. If they want to be publishers, then they should bare the full brunt of liability that comes with that.

I have a feeling that when push comes to shove, they’ll chose the profit that comes from being an open platform over pandering to Vox.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Decides He Won’t Challenge Trump in 2020

Today, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) put to rest chatter that he was considering challenging President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination. Hogan announced his decision in an interview with the Washington Post‘s Robert Costa.

“I’m not going to be a candidate for president in 2020,” said Hogan.

Hogan had refused to vote for Trump in 2016, instead casting a write-in vote for his father, a former congressman. Hogan had continued to be an outspoken critic of the President, one of the few current Republican office holders to continue to do so after Trump was sworn into office.

Hogan has enjoyed high favorability ratings as governor, and received a lot of personal support from his constituents when he was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2015. Hogan reported that the cancer was in remission late that year, and finished his final chemotherapy treatments in 2016.

Still, popularity in Maryland is not necessarily the same kind of popularity that can take on an incumbent president. A Baltimore Sun poll conducted April 29-May 4 showed that while Hogan had a sky-high approval rating of 76%, among Maryland Republican primary voters, he would capture only 24% of the vote to Trump’s 68%, with 8% undecided.

In the interview with Costa, Hogan acknowledged the uphill path his potential presidential challenge would have, but that the more important issue in his mind was the commitment he had made to the people of Maryland who just re-elected him as their governor in 2018.

“I have a commitment to the 6 million people of Maryland and a lot of work to do, things we haven’t completed,” said Hogan.

Hogan added that he had discussed the possibility of a presidential campaign with his family, and his wife had encouraged him to stay focused on Maryland.

“Her big push was, ‘You just got reelected to a second term as governor. You made a commitment to the people of Maryland and that’s where your focus should be,’” said Hogan. “She said there is plenty of time to think about the future but right now my attention should be on my day job.”

In addition to his gubernatorial duties, Hogan will launch an advocacy organization called “An America United” this week, which he described as attempting to “transcend partisanship” and find issues both political parties could support, like infrastructure improvements. He dismissed suggestions this group was laying the groundwork for an independent presidential run.

He confirmed he is still considering running for President in 2024, saying “I believe there’s going to be a future in the Republican Party beyond President Trump. It’s either going to be next year or four years later. But at some point we’re going to be looking for what the future is going to be like.”

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Robert Mueller Purposely Edited a Phone Call From Trump’s Legal Team to Make It Seem Like Obstruction of Justice

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This is a pretty big deal.

The issues with Robert Mueller’s report are apparent, especially given his decision to overstep DOJ guidelines and smear those who he had no intention of charging. Part two of the report reads like a roadmap too impeachment, full of insinuations and scatter shot “evidence” that doesn’t actually add up to anything but more speculation.

Mueller’s inability to do his job smacked of political gamesmanship. He winked and nodded at Congress but didn’t have the fortitude to just recommend charges against Trump. There was no regulation stopping him from doing so and in the end, he failed to complete the one task his special counsel was appointed to do.

We did not need Robert Mueller to investigate Facebook trolls or DNC emails. The only reason for his existence was to answer questions of criminality on the President’s part given the supposed conflict of interests at the DOJ. When Ken Starr was tasked with that during the Bill Clinton years, he had the courage to put in his report exactly the laws the former President had broken. Mueller chose not to because he didn’t have the goods but wanted to still leave a negative impression.

The more we learn, the worse Mueller looks and this newest revelation is pretty damning.

Remember a few weeks ago when the media and Democrats thought they had a bombshell based on a voicemail that supposedly showed Trump’s legal team trying to coordinate with Flynn’s legal team after he agreed to cooperate with the government? I wrote at the time what a garbage accusation it was.

Let’s just say that I’m getting tired of being right all the time.

Here’s the original source who caught this.

This is pretty crazy. The report is the size of a moderate length novel but Mueller just had to edit those lines out? And as the media ran crazy with accusations of obstruction of justice and witness tampering, Mueller sat idly by even though he’s been speaking out on other matters.

Those that are still hanging onto a virtuous image of “Saint” Mueller are delusional. This guy is as cunning and manipulative today as he was a decade ago in the Pan Am case.

John Dowd, who’s Trump’s lawyer in the call gave a comment (Techno Frog may lack the coveted blue checkmark, but he’s a legit insider on this stuff).

So there you have it.

Robert Mueller and his team purposely edited a call to remove context and to try to paint something totally innocuous as a sinister attempt at obstructing justice. This is exactly why he does not want to testify and why Democrats are not subpoenaing him. They know he’d get destroyed if forced to defend his report.

If Mueller was willing to do this, what else was he willing to manipulate in his report?

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AOC Accuses ICE Agents of Purposely Killing Children Because She’s a Moron

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I’m going to break one of my own rules. I normally refrain from name calling in headlines and try to not do it in the body of my articles unless it’s just unavoidable. I.E. calling people idiots, morons, etc.

Let’s call this an unavoidable situation. There is no more of an accurate way to describe this latest nonsense from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than moronic.

There are so many questions.

First, I’ll note that Jessica Valenti’s link above doesn’t work. While I can’t be sure what it said, what I can guarantee is that her description of what happened is almost certainly not accurate. She’s a dishonest hack and routinely misrepresents matters to push her rabidly pro-abortion views.

Also of note is that at the time that AOC reacted to the tweet, the link was still not working, which means she had no actual context for what she was responding to.

Regardless, AOC is comparing ICE agents having an accidental death happen in their custody to abortion doctors who purposely choose to kill children.

In short, she’s accusing ICE agents of murdering kids.

This harkens back to an episode a few weeks ago when a Democrat Representative made this same argument, accusing DHS of making policy choices with the intention of killing kids. That was quickly swept under the rug and the media completely ignored it. We didn’t even get one fact-check.

Now, we have AOC equating ICE agents with abortionists, asserting they are making the same affirmative decision to end the lives of babies. That’s her words, not my interpretation. She says it’s the “same thing.”

This kind of language is disgustingly vile but not unexpected from someone with very little mental fortitude. It probably never even crossed her mind how illogical her comparison was.

No matter what one thinks of immigration policy as a whole, CBP and ICE are doing everything they can to treat people humanely given the impossible situation at hand. They are not purposely killing anyone and in the rare event someone dies in their custody, accusing them of doing it intentionally is just gross.

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