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(Excerpt) In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump's stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States. Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West. The American people know this, and even the elites sense it. The whole Western world is worried about its borders as issues of immigration and identity convulse almost every country.
Trump's portrait of an unsustainable border crisis is dead on: In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 violent killings.
"America's southern border is eventually going to be militarized and defended or the United States, as we have known it, is going to cease to exist."
Reggie Singh, whose brother Ronil Singh was gunned down by a suspected illegal immigrant, weighs in on the battle over border security and describes the pain his brother’s death has caused his family. Mr. Singh was seated next to President Donald Trump during the border briefing.
Watch: Brother of Police Officer Murdered by Illegal Alien Delivers Remarks During Border Security Briefing
The National Emergencies Act grants the president broad authority to declare emergencies, and several federal laws then could clear a path for the White House to move ahead with building a wall.
One statute, 33 U.S. Code § 2293 - "Reprogramming during national emergencies," permits the president to "apply the resources of the Department of the Army’s civil works program, including funds, personnel, and equipment, to construct or assist in the construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of authorized civil works, military construction, and civil defense projects that are essential to the national defense."
Another law, 10 U.S. Code § 2808 - "Construction authority in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency," permits the secretary of defense, in a presidentially declared emergency, to use "funds that have been appropriated for military construction" for the purpose of undertaking "military construction projects."
UPDATE: Pence to reporters ...
"There Will Be No Deal Without A Wall"
After the contentious meeting between President Trump and Democrat leaders on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence fired back when he was asked a series of questions from reporters eager to know whether the president had lost his temper, since Trump had walked out of the meeting.
Oval Office = 9:01 P.M. EST - January 8, 2019
"This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice"
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The Trump Revolution has been adopted by the French middle class .. who have been abandoned by their open border globalist masters.
"Last Wednesday night the arrest of a key political organizer of the Yellow Vest protests, a 33-year-old truck driver named Eric Drouet, spurred the movement to claim French President Macron was now arresting his political opponents"
Yellow Vest demonstrators are now allied with various groups from across the political spectrum; most peaceful, but some, notsomuch. This led to French government ministry official Benjamin Griveaux warning Emmanuel Macron yesterday that a “full blown revolution” was possible.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases the December 2018 jobs report and the numbers are “eye-popping.” ♦ In the month of December 312,000 new jobs were added. ♦ Real wage growth now 3.2%. ♦ Prior October and November jobs reports were adjusted upward by 58,000 jobs.
"For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
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President Trump is considering declaring a national emergency to redirect funds from the Department of Defense and elsewhere to fund the border wall, according to ABC News.
From all appearances President Trump is not backing down from his demand for border security that includes a border wall physical barrier. And while Democrats thought they had him painted into a zero-sum corner, well, there’s every indication the White House is prepared to let the partial government shutdown go on for months if needed.
It looks like President Trump tasked Chairman Kevin Hassett, of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), to run the numbers on how the prolonged government shut-down might have an impact on the economy.
Hassett’s rough estimate, calculated from the withdrawal of income from the furloughed federal employees, is around 1/10th of one percent per pay cycle (every two weeks) in GDP impact. Little to no actual economic effect.
Simultaneously, all of the economic adversaries, like China, are watching this and realizing that President Trump doesn’t bluff. As they are engaged with representatives from the U.S. delegations they carry the concern that President Trump’s team is not afraid to embrace any political confrontation in their determination to achieve victory.
by sundance - Read it all @ The Shutdown
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A plan for Iranian airlines to buy Russian-built passenger jets appears to have collapsed as a result of U.S. sanctions, marking a further set-back for the country's beleaguered aviation sector.
Iranian airlines have been struggling to find ways to replace their ageing fleets ever since President Donald Trump announced in May 2018 that he was going to pull the U.S. out of the Iranian nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions.
Prior to that, in the brief period when most international sanctions on Iran were lifted, the country's airlines had ordered hundreds of new planes worth tens of billions of dollars from Boeing and Airbus.
However, since U.S. sanctions were reimposed both Boeing and Airbus have had to halt deliveries – during the brief respite from sanctions only three Airbus planes were handed over and none from Boeing. The U.S. trade restrictions affect both aircraft built in the U.S. and those from anywhere else which have a significant proportion of U.S. parts in them.
By Dominic Dudley - Read it all @ Iranian Plans Collapse
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We're already seeing an early skirmish: Bernie versus Beto: Democrat cannibalization begins
But this is only the beginning of the fun. Nearly three dozen people are definitely or theoretically interested in the 2020 Democrat nomination. The race to see who can be the most radical leftist during the primary season will be a Donkey demolition derby of epic proportions.
This race to the bottom will include their two favorite things to obsess over: Trump and ObamaCare
(Excerpt) - The complete and total implosion of the Democrats, especially the majority in the House, will be the story of 2019. We will see the implosion over two issues: health care and the mad impulse to get Trump.
On health care, the Democrats are deeply divided between the socialized medicine crowd and a realistic wing that knows we don't have the money to do it. Many of this "realist wing" was elected in competitive districts and have a tough reelection waiting for them in 2020.
On "getting Trump," they will find that impeachment is about "high crimes and misdemeanors," not defeating Hillary Clinton or appointing conservative judges.
By the fall of 2019, the cracks will be very evident.
.Read it all @ Donkeys vs Donkeys
.By Silvio Canto, Jr.
Happy New Year
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“I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on.”
McCaskill is not alone in noting how far left the donkeys are moving:
Ocasio-Cortez’s strident opposition to the fossil fuel industry is already roiling manufacturers in so-called fly-over states. Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), for one, took issue with her anti-oil mission.
“To me the Green new Deal is just a regurgitation of the keep it in the ground movement. What I’ve seen so far I’m not that impressed with. It scares the heck out of me.”
Chris White | Energy Reporter