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Mexico cracks down on illegal entry at southern border: ‘Get in line and you can enter our country’

Dec 12, 2018 — Washington Times

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s top security official said Wednesday the government will close off illegal entries at its southern border with Guatemala, but didn’t say how the country plans to do it.

Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero also said the migrant caravans that crossed the southern border in October “is no longer an issue.”—More…


Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison

Dec 12, 2018 — Washington Times

A federal judge in New York on Wednesday sentenced President Trump’s longtime fixer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for his role in a “smorgasbord of criminal conduct,” including lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Cohen is the fourth person who has pleaded guilty and sentenced to prison as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling int he 2016 election. He also received the longest prison sentence.—More….


Trump warns against impeachment: ‘The people would revolt’

Dec 12, 2018 — Washington Times

President Trump warned against efforts to impeach him Tuesday, raising the specter of a popular uprising against a Congress that did that.

Mr. Trump issued his caution in an Oval Office interview with Reuters news agency, saying he wasn’t worried that Democrats, more of whom are publicly demanding he be removed from office, will be in control of the House next month. —More….


Judge rules Trump administration justified in ending Obama-era immigration program

Dec 11, 2018 — Washington Times

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration provided adequate justification for its decision to end a program that reunited hundreds of immigrants from Central America with family members in the U.S., a federal judge ruled Monday.

Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler threw out the bulk of a lawsuit that argued the termination of the Obama-era Central American Minors program was arbitrary and violated the U.S. Constitution.—More…


Asylum claims soar 67 percent at U.S. border

Dec 10, 2018 — Washington Times

The number of migrants demanding asylum at the U.S. border soared 67 percent in 2018, Homeland Security officials said Monday, swamping an already overloaded system and fueling a testy debate on Capitol Hill over how the government is responding.

Both the official border crossings and Border Patrol agents who patrol between the ports of entry reported massive increases, and authorities said the numbers could have been even higher but there’s just not enough space to process and hold people, particularly at the ports.—More…


Trump pushes back on Tillerson criticism: ‘He was dumb as a rock’

Dec 7, 2018 — Washington Times

President Trump called his former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock” Friday after the ousted cabinet member made unflattering comments at a charity event.

“Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity needed,” Mr. Trump wrote. “He was dumb as a rock and I couldn’t get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell.”—More…


Mueller interviewed John Kelly in obstruction probe: Report

Dec 7, 2018 — Washington Times

Special counsel Robert Mueller has interviewed White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly as part of his ongoing investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump administration and Russia, according to a report Friday.

CNN reported Mr. Kelly had responded to questions from the Mueller team regarding possible obstruction of justice allegations lodged against President Trump.—More…..


Trump cuts price tag of border wall to $15 billion

Dec 7, 2018 — Washington Times

President Trump seemed to undercut the price of his own border wall Friday, saying it could be built for as little as $15 billion — far less than the $25 billion figure his administration has submitted to Congress.

Mr. Trump also claimed the wall will save the country money by stopping the flow of heroin coming into the country over the southern border.—More….


McCabe opened obstruction of justice probe into Trump before Mueller investigation: Report

Dec 7, 2018 — Washington Times

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe reportedly opened an investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice after the president fired James Comey, the agency’s former director.

The FBI had previously considered looking into obstruction of justice but did not act on it until after Mr. Comey was fired by the president, CNN reported Friday.—MORE…


Sen. Mazie Hirono: ‘We Democrats know so much’ that we tend to alienate voters

Dec 5, 2018 — Washington Times

Sen. Mazie Hirono suggested Tuesday that Democrats have a hard time connecting with voters because their breadth of knowledge tends to turn people off.

The Hawaii Democrat made the comment during a discussion at the “Bend Towards Justice” conference in Washington when she was asked by Slate editor Dahlia Lithwick how to make the judicial system a top campaign issue for voters.—More….


9th Circuit Court strikes down federal law against encouraging illegal immigration

Dec 5, 2018 — Washington Times

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court struck down a federal immigration law Tuesday that opponents warned could be used to criminalize a wide range of statements involving illegal immigration.

The law made it a felony for someone to encourage an immigrant to enter or live in the U.S. if the person knew either act is illegal.—More….


Eric Trump blasts George Conway over ‘utter disrespect’ for wife: ‘Frankly his actions are horrible’

Dec 4, 2018 — Washington Times

One of President Trump’s sons got involved in other White House family matters Monday evening.

Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said attorney George Conway’s public criticisms of the president, another one of which came Monday morning, are a dishonor to his wife, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. @KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible,” he wrote.—MORE…

 


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes aim at Mike Huckabee, daughter: ‘Leave the false statements to Sarah’

Dec 3, 2018 — Washington Times

Rep.-elect Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez got into a Twitter spat with former Gov. Mike Huckabee — and then went after his daughter.

The former Arkansas governor was mocking the 28-year-old democratic socialist for comparing her election this November to the 1969 Moon landing.—More….


Putin developing fake videos to foment 2020 election chaos: ‘It’s going to destroy lives’

Dec 3, 2018 — Washington Times

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to “muck around” in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road — one that represents an attack on reality itself.

Policy insiders and senators of both parties believe the Russian president or other actors hostile to the U.S. will rely on “deep fakes” to throw the 2020 presidential election cycle into chaos, taking their campaign to influence American voters and destabilize society to a new level.—MORE…


Wall Street execs too afraid to hire women in wake of #MeToo: Report

Dec 3, 2018 — Washington Times


Feds catch convicted murderer in migrant caravan: DHS

Dec 3, 2018 — Washington Times

Homeland Security said Friday that a convicted murderer was among the members of the migrant caravan, and was caught trying to sneak into the U.S. late last week.

Until four months ago Miguel Angel Ramirez, 46, was in a Honduran prison serving time for murder, authorities said. On Saturday he was nabbed near the San Ysidro border crossing along with two other Honduran illegal immigrants, having just crossed without permission.—More…


‘Deep fakes’ most sinister threat yet to U.S. elections, devastating to democracy

Dec 2, 2018 — Washington Times

AUSTIN, Texas — U.S. leaders say Vladimir Putin used a familiar cyber playbook to “muck around” in the midterm elections last month, but intelligence officials and key lawmakers believe a much more sinister, potentially devastating threat lies just down the road — one that represents an attack on reality itself.

Policy insiders and senators of both parties believe the Russian president or other actors hostile to the U.S. will rely on “deep fakes” to throw the 2020 presidential election cycle into chaos, taking their campaign to influence American voters and destabilize society to a new level.—More….


Tijuana shuts down migrant caravan shelter

Dec 2, 2018 — Washington Times

MEXICO CITY — The city government of Tijuana announced Saturday that it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the U.S. border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans who hope to get into the U.S.

Officials said all the migrants were being moved to a former concert venue much farther from the border. The city said in a statement the sports complex shelter was closed because of “bad sanitary conditions.”—More….


Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes rescinds resignation, vows fight ‘to the very end’

Dec 2, 2018 — Washington Times

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The fallout over Florida’s turbulent recount is escalating after the state’s outgoing Republican governor decided to oust a South Florida elections official.

Gov. Rick Scott late Friday suspended embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes even though Snipes had already agreed to step down from her post in early January. Scott replaced Snipes with his former general counsel even though Peter Antonacci has no elections experience.—MORE…


Judge OKs sanctuary cities, rules anti-sanctuary law unconstitutional

Nov 30, 2018 — Washington Times

A federal judge in New York has ruled the Trump sanctuary city crackdown illegal Friday — but even went further and also ruled the law Congress passed requiring information-sharing is unconstitutional.

Judge Edgardo Ramos‘ decision frees sanctuary jurisdictions in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia to continue their policies without fear of losing federal money.—More…