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More than 2,500 people died when a 1928 hurricane caused the lake to sweep over an embankment and flood surrounding communities. The existing Herbert Hoover Dike was dedicated in 1964.
The lake level was lowered in 2008 after Hurricane Katrina broke through dikes in New Orleans in 2005 and caused flooding deaths. The lower lake level is blamed for water discharges in 2018 that caused toxic algae blooms that choked estuaries and closed beaches in South Florida, where the tourism industry depends on beaches.
The Lake Okeechobee dike was identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as one of the nation's riskiest dams before the $1.6 billion dike strengthening project was launched.
"We're making it stronger than it would ever have been. It's really in great shape," Trump said Friday.
DeSantis said federal, state and local officials are "really singing the same tune right now" on water issues.
Rubio said disaster relief funding that Congress approved in 2018 made money available for the dike repairs, which freed up money for other Everglades projects. Water historically flowed naturally from the lake through the Everglades before canals were used to drain the famed "River of Grass" for agriculture and development.
And Scott, who as governor requested $100 million from the Florida Legislature to speed up the project, said Trump "came through" in helping getting the dike fixed.
"It would not have happened but for what President Trump did. He took charge of this," Scott said.
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"All the current and former officials who paid for, promoted, and perpetuated the single greatest hoax in the history of politics in our country. They have to be, I'm sorry, they have to be accountable"
"The crazy attempt by the Democrat party and the fake news media right back there, and the deep state to overturn the results of the 2016 election have failed ... This is nothing more than a sinister effort to undermine our historic election victory and to sabotage the will of the American people."
He warned that those behind the probe "would be held accountable," aired his grievances about the "unfair" media coverage of the investigation and seethed that the matter that shadowed his White House was an attempt "to tear up the fabric of our great democracy.""
Trump said the "officials" who were behind the establishment of the Russia collusion investigation as well as the "dirty dossier" have to be held accountable.
"All the current and former officials who paid for, promoted, and perpetuated the single greatest hoax in the history of politics in our country. They have to be, I'm sorry, they have to be accountable," Trump said.
In response, the crowd chanted, "lock them up."
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UPDATE: MEXICO WARNS: 'Mother of all caravans' pushes north...
IT IS A NATIONAL EMERGENCY
Congressional Democrats fail to override the national emergency
After the collapse of the 2-year, $25 million false Russian collusion debacle over the weekend, House Democrats this afternoon attempted yet again to reverse President Donald J. Trump’s national emergency declaration for our southern border. In the end, despite Democratic control of the House, they fell a few dozen votes short of overriding President Trump’s veto of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) resolution.
“The Democrat-sponsored resolution would terminate vital border security operations,” President Trump explained before signing his veto on March 15. “Congress’s vote to deny the crisis on the southern border is a vote against reality.”
Too few in the media have bothered explaining to the American people why the situation at our southern border is a national emergency in the first place. The reality is that our immigration problem today is vastly different than what it was even just a few years ago.
In fiscal year 2000, for example, most U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions were of single adult males. Of these individuals, 95 percent were repatriated within hours. Today, apprehensions largely consist of family units and minors, many of whom end up remaining in the United States for a long time because of loopholes in our immigration laws.
Smugglers know these loopholes and exploit them to circumvent our safe, lawful, and secure immigration system. As a result, apprehensions of family units have surged by a jaw-dropping 338 percent this year. Daily attempts to cross the southern border illegally have hit a 13-year high, as well.
Here’s what that means: “The surge has maxed out the capacity of existing detention centers” near the U.S.–Mexico border, NBC News reported today. “The Department of Homeland Security is now in negotiations with the Department of Defense to detain and care for the overflow on U.S. military bases.”
In other words, America’s immigration system is so broken that our military bases may have to become temporary shelters while U.S. courts try to keep up with the case backlog. The President’s national emergency declaration tries to limit the damage by allowing access of up to $3.6 billion in military construction funds for border security.
Today’s vote demonstrates yet again that Congress refuses to address the security and humanitarian crisis its own negligence has created. It should at least allow President Trump to use his executive authority to step in and fix it.
"The conspiracy to frame Trump began deep in the bowels of the offices of Hillary’s secret police, the detectives who silence critics and slander women to protect the reputations of the Clintons. Determined to craft a narrative that would discredit Trump, they hired Fusion GPS to help concoct a dossier filled with false and lurid tales of collusion.
We now know that the dossier was largely written by Nellie Ohr and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS. Nellie, of course, is also the wife of Bruce Ohr, the number four person at the Justice Department.
To lend their fantasies credibility, they paid former British spy Christopher Steele to slap his name — and reputation — on the dossier and, armed with that credibility, induced Sen. John McCain to have his staff give the dossier to the FBI.
There, in the overtly partisan hands of Director of Counterintelligence Andrew McCabe and his aides Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the dossier became an “insurance policy" in the unlikely event that Trump got elected.
Then, media leaks did the rest, seeming to implicate the president in the most unholy of conspiracies to collaborate with Russia to subvert our election."
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“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
August 15, 2016 ~ FBI Agent Peter Strzok to FBI Lawyer Lisa Page
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"In almost every way, the effort to re-elect Trump is a stark contrast to the insurgent, chaotic bid that propelled him to the White House in 2016"
Arlington, Virginia (CNN) Nearly 20 months out from the presidential election, the Trump campaign is already more organized and better-structured than its 2016 predecessor ever was. It's hired dozens of staffers, expanded its already impressive data operation, and begun to build out a formidable ground game across the country.
It's also raised (and spent) a record amount of money for a presidential re-election campaign at this stage. The campaign ended 2018 with $19 million in the bank, after raising more than $100 million alongside its joint fundraising committees over the first two years of Trump's presidency.
Perhaps the most significant difference is the relationship the campaign has with the Republican National Committee. Compared to the uneasy, bolted-on partnership forged in the final sprint to Election Day in 2016, the Trump campaign and RNC are now practically one entity. Under an unprecedented agreement
announced earlier this year, the two merged their field operations and fundraising efforts and will share office space.
Under this setup, the RNC will pay for and provide much of the infrastructure, and the Trump campaign will call the shots.
"The next election will not be a matchup between a larger than life Donald Trump and one of the twenty-odd, Left-lurching munchkins. It won’t even be a contest between a Republican and a Democrat (Socialist). It will be a contest between those who love this country and those who don’t."
Ask yourself this, how many people share the same distain for our country that most leading Democrats do?
The Left wants to destroy everything most of us believe in. It wasn’t a slip of the tongue when New York Governor Cuomo said that he didn’t think America was that great. Democrats somehow have convinced themselves that most of the problems in the world can be blamed on the United States. They are now willing to openly advance Socialism as the only cure for the inequities of Capitalism.
They believe traditional morality is passé. Marriage is outdated. People of faith are only slightly higher than Neanderthals. The Left worships humanism, diversity, the environment and the latest class of victims. Their only sacrament seems to be the sacrificing of the unborn, slaughtering them even after babies are born alive.
It is sick!
Voters see it clearly. They know that the anti-America crowd cannot relate to them, let alone understand how they feel. Donald Trump clearly loves this country and he does relate to them.
Distain for America may be just the ticket to move the Democrat base. Democrats don’t see the oncoming train, but they have punched their ticket to electoral disaster in the general election
By Gil Gutknecht