Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year – POLITICO

Trump officials pressing to slash refugee admissions to zero next year – POLITICO. The Trump administration is considering a virtual shutdown of refugee admissions next year — cutting the number to nearly zero — according to three people familiar with the plan. During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services […]

It’s time to break up DHS.

It’s time to break up DHS.. by Fred Kaplan · July 19, 2019 Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images and Win McNamee/Getty Images. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got at least one thing right this week: The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez proposed breaking […]

Health insurance fraud: what can be done to stop it – Vox

Health insurance fraud: what can be done to stop it – Vox. In our story about the convicted health care con man David Williams, we detailed how the Texas personal trainer made off with millions by billing some of the nation’s largest health insurers as if he were a doctor providing medical services. Williams cannily exploited gaping loopholes in the […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Staff Frustrated By Leak Airing Union Dispute | HuffPost

Sen. Bernie Sanders' Campaign Staff Frustrated By Leak Airing Union Dispute | HuffPost. A cloud of resentment, fear and frustration consumed the Washington presidential campaign headquarters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday, as staff members fumed that an internal labor dispute was revealed without the union’s blessing. “People are confused,” said one member of the Sanders campaign union, who, […]

ESPN Host Goes After Own Network | Talking Points Memo

ESPN Host Goes After Own Network | Talking Points Memo. There was an obvious need for the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome” shortly after the president was elected because there had to be some way to explain the extreme and unconnected-to-reality claims being made by the president’s critics. One critic was Joe Biden, who called him an illegitimate president despite his […]

‘He doesn’t have any new ideas’: John Delaney bashes Biden – POLITICO

'He doesn’t have any new ideas': John Delaney bashes Biden – POLITICO. “I have a bunch of new ideas that can allow us to reimagine our future,” Delaney said in a wide-ranging interview with POLITICO reporters and editors. Joe Biden has the fundraising muscle, the lead in the polls and the cachet with voters from his years as Barack Obama’s […]

It’s time to break up DHS.

It’s time to break up DHS.. by Fred Kaplan · July 19, 2019 Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images and Win McNamee/Getty Images. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got at least one thing right this week: The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez proposed breaking […]

Biden Mimics GOP Fear-Mongering In His Attacks On ‘Medicare For All’ | HuffPost

Biden Mimics GOP Fear-Mongering In His Attacks On 'Medicare For All' | HuffPost. If some of former Vice President Joe Biden’s talking points against “Medicare for All” sound familiar, they should. He borrowed them from Republicans. It’s not just that Biden’s health care platform is less progressive than those of his rivals, especially Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), nor is it […]

Trump’s Assault on Somali Refugees Goes Way Beyond Just Ilhan Omar – Mother Jones

Trump’s Assault on Somali Refugees Goes Way Beyond Just Ilhan Omar – Mother Jones. During President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on Wednesday, the crowd chanted, “Send her back! Send her back!” in response to his criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Trump stood back and listened for more than 10 seconds before continuing, although now he […]

We’re no longer in Brave New World. We’re back in 1984.

We're no longer in Brave New World. We're back in 1984.. The fury of the crowd chanting “Send her back!” — send Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), an American citizen, back to her birthplace in Somalia, that is — at President Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Wednesday resembled nothing so much as the “Two Minutes Hate” of George Orwell’s 1984. […]

Democrats’ ban on lobbyists’ cash isn’t as strict as it seems – POLITICO

Democrats’ ban on lobbyists’ cash isn’t as strict as it seems – POLITICO. Campaigns won’t take money from registered lobbyists but will accept it from those who work in other sectors of the influence business. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and other leading Democratic presidential candidates have sworn off contributions from Washington lobbyists as a way to insulate themselves […]

Republican responses to Trump “send her back” chant equivocal.

Republican responses to Trump "send her back" chant equivocal.. On Wednesday night Donald Trump’s spree of racism directed at four progressive congresswomen escalated into a “send her back” MAGA-rally chant directed at Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who came to the U.S. as a Somali refugee at age 12. On Thursday, some GOP congressmen said that they felt Trump and the […]

Bernie Sanders vs. Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein, explained – Vox

Bernie Sanders vs. Goldman Sachs’s Lloyd Blankfein, explained – Vox. by Emily Stewart · July 18, 2019 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has made no secret of his disdain for the big banks and the “millionaires and billionaires” who run them — so of course it makes sense for him to be feuding on Twitter with the former CEO of Goldman […]

Which Side Are House Democrats On? | HuffPost

Which Side Are House Democrats On? | HuffPost. When President Donald Trump tweeted a video of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) spliced among images of the Twin Towers collapsing, everybody knew the deal. Trump has one political play ― aggravated racism ― and he had decided to make Omar, a Somali refugee who came to the United States as a child, […]

The Democrats’ absurd impeachment flop

The Democrats' absurd impeachment flop. What a trip. For the first time since, well, the last time it happened and went absolutely nowhere, articles of impeachment against President Trump were introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon by Rep. Al Green of Texas, the same Democratic backbencher who produced them in 2017. Some 137 of […]

Trump-Ally Netanyahu Is Mulling Whether Omar, Tlaib Can Enter Israel

Trump-Ally Netanyahu Is Mulling Whether Omar, Tlaib Can Enter Israel. by Nicole Lafond · July 18, 2019 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — one of President Trump’s closest allies — will reportedly have to decide whether two of the President’s latest political enemies can enter Israel and the West Bank for a tour in coming weeks, Haaretz reported. Reps. Ilhan […]

House blocks arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE in rebuke to Trump – POLITICO

House blocks arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE in rebuke to Trump – POLITICO. The president is sure to veto the resolutions. The House voted on Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s emergency weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, delivering a rebuke to U.S. strategic allies over their involvement in Yemen’s civil war and alleged human […]

Trump impeachment: House votes against moving ahead – Vox

Trump impeachment: House votes against moving ahead – Vox. All year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tried to avoid a messy House of Representatives debate on impeachment — but this week, her luck ran out. Using a procedural tactic known as a privileged resolution, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has forced the House to take action on articles of impeachment against President […]

This Was Elizabeth Warren’s Plan All Along | HuffPost

This Was Elizabeth Warren’s Plan All Along | HuffPost. When Elizabeth Warren came to Washington — not the first time, as a bankruptcy expert, or the second time, to oversee the bank bailout during the Great Recession — but the third time, when she was elected to the United States Senate, she wanted to solve a growing problem: student debt. […]

China’s growth problem is an inequality problem

China's growth problem is an inequality problem. China’s economic growth rate has been slowing down for the last decade. This Monday marked a new low, with news of just 6.2 percent year-over-year growth for the second quarter. Of course, if a major western nation like the United States posted 6.2 percent growth, champagne corks would be popping. But for China, […]

J. Christian Adams Settles Lawsuit Over Voter Fraud Reports

J. Christian Adams Settles Lawsuit Over Voter Fraud Reports. A former Trump voter fraud commissioner will apologize to citizens he wrongly described as noncitizens in reports claiming mass voter fraud in Virginia, according to a tentative settlement agreement reached this week in a lawsuit brought against the commissioner. J. Christian Adams and his group the Public Interest Legal Foundation were […]

House thrown into chaos after Pelosi decries Trump’s ‘racist’ tweets on floor – POLITICO

House thrown into chaos after Pelosi decries Trump's 'racist' tweets on floor – POLITICO. The House voted along party lines to allow Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call President Donald Trump’s tweets about minority Democratic lawmakers “racist” in the Congressional Record on Tuesday, overriding a parliamentary ruling and GOP objections. Pelosi’s comments were initially ruled “out of order” on the floor […]

Trump’s racist tweets aren’t aimed at Pelosi and AOC.

Trump’s racist tweets aren’t aimed at Pelosi and AOC.. Making his reliance on white supremacy explicit, the president spent a portion of his weekend emitting racist salvos against four sitting American members of Congress. Several observers saw this as a calculated move. David Axelrod suggested that Donald Trump “wants to raise the profile of his targets, drive Dems to defend […]

Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tweets racist. The resulting chaos, explained. – Vox

Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tweets racist. The resulting chaos, explained. – Vox. The House of Representatives devolved into chaos Tuesday over whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the right to call a series of tweets from President Donald Trump that told four progressive lawmakers of color to “go back” to other countries “racist,” as a matter of official record. The […]

Judges Side With Trump Administration In Bid To Weaken Federal Unions | HuffPost

Judges Side With Trump Administration In Bid To Weaken Federal Unions | HuffPost. A federal appeals panel delivered a stinging setback to unions representing government workers on Tuesday, overruling a decision last year that had blocked three controversial executive orders by the Trump administration. The trio of orders was meant to weaken unions’ clout and make it easier for agencies […]

Biden is relying too much on Obama nostalgia

Biden is relying too much on Obama nostalgia. Former vice president and current Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden officially unveiled his health-care proposal on Monday, and let’s just say the whole thing was rather Bidenesque — slightly gaffe-prone, and maybe a little over-reliant on Biden’s association with his onetime boss, former President Barack Obama. “If you like your health-care plan, […]

The Palestinians Need to Have an Identity Crisis

The Palestinians Need to Have an Identity Crisis. by Aaron Kliegman · July 19, 2019 In a recent interview, Israel’s prime minister explained why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists. “The reason we can’t get peace,” said Benjamin Netanyahu, “is because nobody goes to the heart of the problem, which is the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any […]

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Why It Matters | National Review

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Why It Matters | National Review. It was a Cold War victory at a moment when the country needed one. In an Oval Office meeting a few days after Soviet Russia launched Sputnik in October 1957, two points emerged. Eisenhower’s deputy defense secretary, Donald Quarles, told the president that “there was no doubt that the Redstone, had […]

Everything I Don’t Like Is Racist

Everything I Don’t Like Is Racist. There is a new trend in politics that’s a hit with all the kids. It’s been around for a while, but was never really as popular as it is right now. So, in the interest of science, I’ve decided to hop on “The Squad” train and try thinking like a progressive member of Congress. […]

Mogadishu Mon Amour

Mogadishu Mon Amour. The French movie Hiroshima Mon Amour is based on human memory and forgetfulness as recounted by two lovers. The tale of the congresswoman who calls herself Ilhan Omar is a tale of an anti-Semite bred-in-the-bone corruptocrat whose rise in political power rests very largely on complicity by the media’s airbrushing of her history because they thought this […]

Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump

Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump. by Margot Cleveland · July 19, 2019 The special counsel’s investigation was a sham controlled by the intelligence community. Evidence has long suggested as much, but testimony earlier this week from Michael Flynn’s ex-lawyer—that Flynn’s former legal team had not seen recently revealed information purporting to implicate Flynn […]

Biden compares Trump to George Wallace | TheHill

Biden compares Trump to George Wallace | TheHill. by Jessica Campisi · July 20, 2019 Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday compared President Trump to segregationist former Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Days after Trump’s attacks on a group of minority, progressive congresswomen, Biden, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, told a crowd in California that Trump is “more George Wallace […]

Senators roll out pilot program to speed asylum claims

Senators roll out pilot program to speed asylum claims. by Tanvi Misra · July 19, 2019 A group of nine senators — six Republicans and three Democrats — is proposing a new pilot program to better manage the influx of families seeking asylum at the southwest border. “Operation Safe Return,” as the group calls it, would be the first bipartisan […]

CNN: Study blames president for premature births – WND

CNN: Study blames president for premature births – WND. There was an obvious need for the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome” shortly after the president was elected because there had to be some way to explain the extreme and unconnected-to-reality claims being made by the president’s critics. One critic was Joe Biden, who called him an illegitimate president despite his resounding […]

Obama’s Administration Helped With Russian Collusion Hoax

Obama's Administration Helped With Russian Collusion Hoax. by Matt Margolis · July 19, 2019 On Thursday, Judicial Watch and The Daily Caller News Foundation released 84 pages of documents revealing that the Obama State Department was central to advancing the Russian collusion hoax narrative prior to the 2016 presidential election. Included in the documents is “a September 2016 email exchange […]

Why Trump Won’t Bomb Iran | The National Interest

Why Trump Won't Bomb Iran | The National Interest. by Lawrence J. Korb · July 20, 2019 After President Donald Trump decided not to “bomb Iran” in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned Navy drone that was either very close to Iranian air space, many of his conservative critics accused him of acting more like President Barack Obama rather than […]

Why ‘Adversity’ Shouldn’t Be a New Advantage in College Admissions

Why ‘Adversity’ Shouldn’t Be a New Advantage in College Admissions. Martin Smith, a professor at Rowan University and an alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania, shared his thoughts over the College Board’s recent unveiling of an “overall disadvantage level”—in shorthand, an “adversity score”—to supplement students’ SAT scores. “You can’t manufacture equal outcomes when everyone isn’t given the same resources,” he […]

The Electric Obamaphone | The American Spectator

The Electric Obamaphone | The American Spectator. Elon just admitted something that is getting very little coverage — and no explanation. He announced that Tesla will no longer be selling the “affordable” $35,000 Model 3 he promised would be Tesla’s first mass-market electric car. Like so many of Elon’s promises, that one’s out the window, too. The price of the […]

O’Rourke: Americans Are ‘Loud and Clear’ for Not Eliminating Private Insurance

O'Rourke: Americans Are 'Loud and Clear' for Not Eliminating Private Insurance. Struggling presidential hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke pushed back on his Democratic primary rivals calling for abolishing private insurance in comments defending private plans Friday. The former Texas congressman claimed he heard from “fellow Americans” that it was important to maintain choice on health care. “At one point in […]

Planned Parenthood: Abortion Is The Mission | National Review

Planned Parenthood: Abortion Is The Mission | National Review. If performing a significant share of the country’s abortions were merely incidental to its mission, Planned Parenthood would gladly give it up. Poor Leana Wen. She took Planned Parenthood’s propaganda a little too seriously. And now she’s out of a job. For the longest time, Planned Parenthood has insisted that it’s […]

‘Send Them Back!’ When The New York Times Cracked the Whip Against Uppity Refugees

‘Send Them Back!’ When The New York Times Cracked the Whip Against Uppity Refugees. ”America is a country where the rule of law rules. This picture (a U.S. Marshall pointing a genuine assault rifle at a terrified 6 year old Hispanic immigrant, whose mother had just drowned or been eaten alive by sharks) illustrates what happens to those who defy […]

Chick-fil-A inspires new religious liberty law in Texas

Chick-fil-A inspires new religious liberty law in Texas. by Nicole Russell · July 19, 2019 Chick-fil-A is known for its delicious chicken sandwiches and summertime lemonade. Now, it can add another accolade to its list of accomplishments: being the inspiration for a religious liberty law in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law that doesn’t explicitly mention the famous fried […]

Ousted Planned Parenthood head says she tried to ‘depoliticize’ group | Fox News

Ousted Planned Parenthood head says she tried to 'depoliticize' group | Fox News. The former Planned Parenthood president, ousted from her position after eight months on the job, says the move came as she was trying to “depoliticize” the organization. “In the end, I was asked to leave for the same reason I was hired: I was changing the direction […]

Patiently Squeezing Iran

Patiently Squeezing Iran. What appears to be an oil tanker war brewing in the Red Sea and beyond, including the downing of an Iranian drone by a U.S. Navy ship, is more evidence that Iran is showing the strain of American-led sanctions and reluctant European acknowledgement that appeasing the Islamic Republic is a losing proposition. Cornered, Iran is aggressively pushing […]

Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump

Flynn Case Proves Special Counsel Was A Cover For Taking Down Trump. by Margot Cleveland · July 19, 2019 The special counsel’s investigation was a sham controlled by the intelligence community. Evidence has long suggested as much, but testimony earlier this week from Michael Flynn’s ex-lawyer—that Flynn’s former legal team had not seen recently revealed information purporting to implicate Flynn […]

General: Iran’s ship seizures show U.S. winning – WND

General: Iran's ship seizures show U.S. winning – WND. The seizure Friday by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of two oil tankers reflects the Islamic regime’s desperation in the face of an effective U.S. strategy of political and economic isolation, contends retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane. Keane, a Fox News analyst, was asked to respond to a comment that President Trump […]

America No Longer Needs the Middle East | The National Interest

America No Longer Needs the Middle East | The National Interest. by George Seay · July 18, 2019 One of the intriguing things about grand strategy and the great game is how slowly professional practitioners in the field clearly see material strategic changes when they occur. A compelling example is how alone Winston Churchill stood in Depression-era Great Britain against […]

Chinese Activist: Camps in Communist China Like ‘During the Holocaust,’ Body Organs Being Sold

Chinese Activist: Camps in Communist China Like ‘During the Holocaust,’ Body Organs Being Sold. Jewher Ilham, a human rights activist who fled Communist China after her father was imprisoned, noted that China’s concentration camps are like the ones that operated during the Holocaust and that human body organs are being sold. Ilham spoke at this week’s Ministerial to Advance Religious […]

College Kowtows to Students Saying ‘Free Speech Harms’

College Kowtows to Students Saying 'Free Speech Harms'. by Jonathan Butcher · July 19, 2019 It became known as “The Bloody Morning Scout.” In 1755, Ephraim Williams Jr. led colonial forces and some 200 Mohawk allies into battle against French and Indian troops near Lake George, New York. But Williams marched into a deadly ambush. He was killed in the […]

The ‘Squad’ and the Democrats | The American Spectator

The ‘Squad’ and the Democrats | The American Spectator. by Abraham H. Miller The “Squad,” as they are now called, is interested not in legislation but in political theater. And in this they have been very successful. After their recent face-off with President Trump, they have received more media attention than the whole crew of Democratic presidential candidates. But they […]

The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees. – Reason.com

The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees. – Reason.com. The New York Times Says Heat Waves Are Getting Worse. The National Climate Assessment Disagrees. At least in the lower 48 states. | 7.19.2019 1:10 PM Media Contact & Reprint Requests Sweltering in the East (Cherriesjd/Dreamstime) Americans east of the Rockies are sweltering […]

He Persisted – Washington Free Beacon

He Persisted – Washington Free Beacon. by Matthew Continetti · July 19, 2019 On July 20, Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. His first tenure lasted from 1996 to 1999. This second stint began in 2009. Bibi has won five elections since. The most recent victory, in April, was Pyrrhic. He failed to form a government. An unprecedented rematch […]

George Washington Mural & America’s Past & Present | National Review

George Washington Mural & America's Past & Present | National Review. We’ve seen something like this fight before, in 1861 — and it didn’t end well. The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States. The San Francisco Board of Education recently […]

Is Corporate America Selling Out Our Country?

Is Corporate America Selling Out Our Country?. Within hours of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt began summoning the heads of American industry to Washington. Roosevelt knew the country would need an unprecedented buildup of planes, ships, and other war materiel. Without hesitation, American companies responded. Ford, Packard, Chrysler, 3M, Hormel, General Mills, Pillsbury, Cargill, Boeing, and many other major U.S. […]