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Trump Warns Dems AGAIN: No Immigration Reform Without A Wall

President Trump has reminded Democrats yet again that he will not sign immigration reform that does not include a border wall.

Trump’s proclamation comes as Congressional Democrats are trying to use tricks to pass DACA related amnesty bills.

According to Breitbart:

“President Donald Trump shoved cheap-labor immigration back into the November election by suggesting he would veto any amnesty which emerges from the discharge petition process, and also by urging Congress to pass his four-part immigration package.

“I think it’s time to get the whole package,” Trump told Fox News’ anchor Brian Kilmeade. “It’s not such a big deal, Brian. It’s time to get the whole package … We’re going to change the system — we have no choice for the good of our country.”

Trump also rejected proposals for Congress to pass a quick amnesty for at least 2 million DACA illegals via the discharge-petition process. “Unless it includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me because I have to either approve it or not,” Trump said in the Thursday morning broadcast.”

Art Of The Deal: President Trump Says A North Korea Peace Summit May Still Happen If Conditions Met

President Trump said that a historic meeting with North Korea may still happen despite the announcement today that the Singapore summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un is being canceled.

Trump has repeatedly said in speeches quoting his book, “The Art Of The Deal,” that sometimes you have to walk away from a deal to get something better, could that be in play here?

According to The Hill:

President Trump on Thursday left open the possibility his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will still take place, just hours after cancelling it.

“It’s possible that the existing summit could take place, or a summit at some later date,” Trump said during a bill signing ceremony at the White House.

Trump added that if Kim takes “constructive actions” before the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore, “I am waiting,” but also that “we have to get it right.”

President Trump Pardons Black Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

President Trump, left, with Sylvester Stallone and Lennox Lewis (Politico)

President Trump has granted a pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson after Trump felt his conviction over a century ago was racially motivated.

According to Politico:

“President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.

Jack Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

Trump was joined by boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone as he announced the decision.

Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing, who crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era.”

POLL: GOP Gaining Steam with Slight Lead in 2018 Midterms

A Reuters/Ipsos poll has the Republican Party slightly beating out the Democrats in a generic congressional ballot vote for the first time. 38% of registered voters said they would vote for a Republican if the 2018 midterm elections were held today, whereas just shy of 37% said they would vote for a Democrat.

Most polls have shown Democrats with a sizable to small advantage: RealClearPolitics’ polling average has them up 3 percentage points as of May 22; FiveThirtyEight has them at a 5 percent advantage as of May 23.

But the Reuters poll shows that support for Republicans in 2018 might be growing—or perhaps it is that support for Democrats in 2018 is waning, or just not as strong as the media would like to pretend.

In order to retake the House of Representatives, Democrats need to flip at least 24 seats held by Republicans at this time.

The blue wave predictions for November 2018 may well be true, but polls in May, at least, show only light rain.

Pompeo: U.S. Will Impose “Strongest Sanctions in History” on Iran

Monday morning at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech explaining the Trump administration’s new approach to Iran.

Pompeo put forward a list of demands for the Iranian regime, including that Iran stop its enrichment of uranium and abandon its involvement (not least the funding of terrorist activities) in other nations, or pay the financial consequences:

“Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights abroad. It will not have the resources to do both,” Pompeo said.

He also demanded the release of all U.S. citizens currently being held in Iran.

“The sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime does not change its course from the unacceptable and unproductive path it has chosen to one that rejoins the league of nations,” he said. “These will indeed end up being the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete.”

Sec. Pompeo’s full speech can be viewed in full here: https://www.heritage.org/defense/event/after-the-deal-new-iran-strategy


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Breaking: FBI Spy Tried To Get Job In President Trump’s Administration

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Stefan Halper, the man suspected of acting as an FBI informant after infiltrating President Trump’s 2016 campaign, tried to get a job in the administration after the election.

Hapler reportedly eyed an ambassadorship in Asia.

According to Axios:

President Trump’s top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, recommended appointing Stefan Halper, an academic and suspected FBI informant on the Trump campaign, to a senior role in the Trump administration, Axios has learned.

During the presidential transition Navarro recommended Halper, among other people, for ambassador roles in Asia. A White House official said Halper visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last August for a meeting about China.

During the transition everyone involved in Trump’s presidential campaign were asked to submit resumes for administration positions. Halper, who already knew Navarro in the context of being a China scholar and interviewing for his anti-China book and film, pitched himself for an ambassadorship in Asia, according to a source briefed on their interactions. Navarro says he submitted Halper’s name.”

Rick Scott: In It To Win It

The Briefing, Vol. VI, Issue 21

This week:

  • Rick Scott is in it to win it, and spending big early on
  • Georgia Dems’ fork in the Road: Good Stacey, or Bad Stacey?
  • How Brad Little Triumphed in Idaho

Primary elections, May 22:

  • Arkansas
  • Georgia (Governor)
  • Kentucky
  • Texas (Runoff)

Senate 2018

Florida: Republican Gov. Rick Scott is doing exactly what you’d expect — putting his practically infinite resources to full effect with early and constant advertising in his race against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D.

The number of Scott ads at this early date — in English and Spanish, with multi-million dollar buys behind them — is almost mind-numbing. Having already spent $8 million just on television, he is clearly committed to the race. Needless to say, the field is clear for him in the primary. And of course, despite suffering huge unpopularity ahead of his 2014 re-election, Scott is still popular enough after two terms as governor that there’s no obstacle to him winning. What’s more, Florida’s Democratic Party is a perennial disaster, given how closely divided the state has been since the 2000 election.

Scott’s job at this point is to define both himself and Nelson early on. Nelson has not been able to do much in response, and Democrats are already quite concerned.

As long as Republicans don’t suffer some kind of election-defining gut-punch scandal, Scott simply can’t be counted out until it’s over. One poll this month actually hints at a substantial Scott lead, although it’s the only available poll and  not from a well-trusted pollster. But whether you believe that survey or not, it’s a sign that this will be a competitive race.

This race is a must-win for Democrats, and it’s going to be a very expensive race. If Scott wins in Florida, there’s basically no practical way for Democrats to take control of the Senate.

Indiana: Good news for Republican nominee Mike Braun, who narrowly leads Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in an early poll. However, candidates with sparse political backgrounds can sometimes end up with unpleasant surprises. Democrats are scraping and scouring every corner of the state to figure out if there’s any way to bring this guy down.

Pennsylvania: In sharp contrast to Florida, here’s a state where Republicans don’t like the way things are going at all.

You may wonder why, after Trump’s 2016 win in the Keystone State, there’s so little talk about Republican Rep. Lou Barletta and his effort to oust Sen. Bob Casey, D.

The fact is, Republicans are right to fear a total wipeout in the Keystone State this year. Assume that Barletta can’t cobble together a decent organization, and then throw in the longshot nomination of businessman Scott Wagner for governor, and the partisan Democratic court-forced re-map of the state’s House seats. Put all those together, and Republicans could suffer huge losses from one end of the state to the other, and from the top of the ballot to the bottom.

Governor 2018

Georgia: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is favored to come out on top in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the Georgia governor’s race, but there’s little chance he can get 50 percent and avoid a runoff July 24. Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sen. Hunter Hill are vying for the second-place spot in that GOP runoff.

On the Democratic side, the race is between the two Staceys — state Reps. Stacey Evans and Stacey Abrams. Abrams is the progressive choice, Evans the more moderate, establishment Democrat. It’s not immediately obvious which one is a better pick simply in terms of trying to win in November.

The question of when or whether Georgia turns Blue is the topic of constant discussion in Georgia, but so far Republicans have held on to the gains of their 2002 revolution. Their legislative majorities have only grown, and they’ve completely locked Democrats out of the statewide races since 2006.

The strategy of nominating a moderate Democrat keeps failing again and again, as with Michelle Nunn’s run for Senate in 2014 and Jim Martin’s in 2008, and Jason Carter’s disappointing run for governor against a very unpopular incumbent in 2014. The progressive strategy, on the other hand, could be so crazy that it works…but it could also end up being much worse for the party at all levels.

And yet the progressive Abrams is the overwhelming favorite, which is going to make for a very interesting 2018 either way.

Likely Republican Retention.

Idaho: Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little exceeded our expectations and won last week’s primary by a solid if unspectacular 9,000 votes, a 4.7 point margin. The reason for Rep. Raul Labrador’s failure to win a race where he seemed to be the favorite is easy enough to understand if you look carefully at the 2016 presidential primary map.

Ted Cruz won Idaho quite convincingly in 2016, and with Labrador’s endorsement. But in this race, Labrador himself was unable to bring out the large majority in his own district that Cruz had won. In fact, he did so much worse than Cruz in the three largest counties in his own district that it probably cost him the race (although that depends on whether you get him to that percentage by adding or reallocating voters).

Kootenai County, in the northern panhandle, was a huge source of strength for Cruz in 2016. He carried it with 53 percent of the vote in what was at that point a four-way race. But Labrador, who again has represented the area for nearly eight years, somehow managed only 43 percent there, with a disappointing 1,200 vote margin over Little. Labrador also dramatically underperformed Cruz’s percentages in Canyon County (Idaho’s second-largest), and Ada County (its largest). Combine this weakness in his own district with his expected failure to replicate Cruz’s success in the eastern section of the state (as Cruz did), and Labrador was left in the dust.

Why did Labrador fall short? It’s likely that he’s rubbed some people the wrong way in the last three years, especially given his initially staunch opposition to Trump. Labrador became a somewhat controversial figure in the state GOP, although it never showed up in any of the non-competitive races he’s faced in recent years.

Another theory is that developer Tommy Ahlquist’s self-funded campaign, instead of siphoning moderate voters away from Little, siphoned the state’s quiet but extremely important Mormon vote away from Labrador, his co-religionist, allowing the mainline Protestant Little to slip by.

But perhaps that sells Little short. He made a credible case that he’s a true conservative, running ads portraying himself as an unabashedly pro-life supporter of traditional marriage and the Second Amendment. Although it didn’t take, he also put himself prominently behind the state government’s push to open up the Obamacare exchanges to non-Obamacare plans. This was part of his strategy to gain credibility on the Right. All of this probably helped at the margins, which was all he needed.

On the Democratic side, there’s a new Barack Obama — Paulette Jordan, who hails from Coeur d’Alene and is a member of the Indian tribe of that same name. She faces the most uphill of climbs against an opponent who is about as avuncular and personally likeable as any Republican in the state.

Democrats failed to crack 40 percent in the last two Idaho governor’s races. Even worse, the Democratic share in presidential races has been falling. Obama’s 35.9 percent in 2008 was a modern Democratic high, the best since Michael Dukakis’ 36.0 percent in 1988. Obama slipped to 32 percent in 2012, and then Hillary Clinton won only 27.5 percent in 2016.

Idaho is the fastest growing state in America, and the thinking right now is that the influx of California refugees is only making its politics less Democratic, not more. Jordan will try to prove otherwise. Likely Republican Retention.

Trump Administration to Slash Taxpayer Support for Planned Parenthood

Good news broke late Thursday evening for pro-lifers: “On Friday, the Trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood under Title X, a program that provides $260 million annually in federal funding for contraception and other ‘family planning’ initiatives,” according to The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack.

The HHS will essentially reinstate a Reagan-era regulation that requires organizations or entities receiving Title X funds to be financially as well as physically separate from those who perform or refer for abortion.

“The 1970 law establishing Title X states: ‘None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.’ But in the 1970s and 1980s, the law was interpreted to allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies—so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions. In 1988, President Reagan’s secretary of Health and Human Services issued regulations to end these practices that blurred the line between funding contraception and promoting abortion.”

Technically, the proposed regulation doesn’t totally defund Planned Parenthood, as it does not remove all federal funding from the organization—only legislation passed by Congress could do this, and that seems unlikely with the current crop of legislators.

Numerous attempts to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress have been taken up since 2015, when undercover journalists put forward video footage depicting Planned Parenthood employees engaging in potentially illegal behavior, such as the sale of fetal tissue.

“But defunding efforts largely failed in 2017 for several reasons,” McCormack offers by way of context: “A few senators who supported defunding Planned Parenthood in 2015—Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana—opposed defunding in 2017, leaving the Senate divided 50-50 on the issue. In March 2017, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Still, $260 million out of Planned Parenthood’s pocket is something to celebrate. Perhaps the $30 million the organization planned to spend on women’s healthcare electing progressives candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterms will help?