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Via Newsbusters, I read the tweet the same way Sanders does. It’s the problem of sanctuary cities that’s “breeding,” he means to say. But Trump sometimes sounds in his tweets like English is a second language for him, ironically. Who the hell comes up with “breeding concept” when they mean to say (I think) “growing problem” or “spreading crisis”? There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018 The media is convinced that he’s prejudiced against Latinos, for some understandable reasons, so he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt on ambiguous language when he’s discussing immigration. Lest they doubt his deep appreciation of Latino culture, though, need I remind them of the time he ate a taco bowl at Trump Tower to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Or, more substantively, that a few months ago he offered to make citizens of upwards of two million DREAMers? That would signal a certain comfort level with Hispanic Americans, one would think. Important people are upset, though: This, of course, bears no relation to reality. This is just an appeal to...

A reality check for POTUS’s critics about his odds of winning again in 2020. The numbers have been strikingly consistent among the last four presidents in year two of their terms when Gallup asked voters if they deserve reelection. Trump pulls 37 percent right now, the same number as Barack Obama did in October 2010 and just a point lower than Bill Clinton pulled in October 1994. The only outlier is Dubya, who was still surfing the tide of post-9/11 national goodwill to the tune of 60 percent on this question in September 2002. By the time each man came up for reelection, though, their fortunes had reversed. Obama and Clinton won a second term easily while Bush scraped his way to a narrow victory over John Kerry. And their fortunes kept trending in opposite directions over their second terms. Obama and Clinton each left the presidency with high approval (59 percent for O, 66 percent for Bill) while Dubya collapsed to a 34 percent rating in the wake of Iraq and the financial crisis. Trump may never match the two Democrats but only a fool would write off his chances at reelection. The incumbent is always the favorite, basically without exception. On the other hand, don’t read too much into the Obama/Clinton comparisons: Trump’s approval ratings have been significantly worse than those of his predecessors at similar points in their presidencies. And his re-elect figures do not match...

Just a day after the funeral for his wife Barabara, former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized for an infection. CNN reports he is currently in intensive care: Former President George H.W. Bush, who just buried his wife first lady Barbara Bush on Saturday, is in intensive care, CNN has learned… Bush, 93, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday morning with an infection that led to sepsis, which can be life-threatening, according to a source close to the former Republican President. He was in critical condition, the source said. The source added that Bush’s blood pressure kept dropping and a couple of times there was serious concern about whether he was going to come through, but that he had been stabilized. The story adds that Bush’s family has been concerned about how he would handle the stress of losing his wife. President Bush is 93-years-old.  A spokesman issued this brief statement about the hospitalization: Statement by the Office of @GeorgeHWBush on President Bush's health. pic.twitter.com/8UkB53JHqD — Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 23, 2018 Barabara Bush died last week and, in a previous statement, his spokesman revealed President Bush was with her until the end: Jean Becker, chief of staff at the Office of George H. W. Bush, gave this update on the 41st President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/pjOKi3szVc — Jim McGrath (@jgm41) April 18, 2018

Looks like Minnesota will have a wild run to the finish in both of its gubernatorial nomination contests. That may be the real takeaway from the twice and future (?) governor, Tim Pawlenty, who tells WCCO that he’s not going to let a little something like a nominating convention stand in his way. Having jumped in the race too late to have a realistic chance of gaining enough delegates, Pawlenty’s focused on the primary instead: _informq.push(['embed']); Still, it’s not clear if Pawlenty can win over the required 60 percent of delegates to earn his party’s endorsement. He, like other candidates, has the option of going straight to voters in the August 14 primary. “The 1,300 delegates, or so, that you need to get endorsed may already be pledged to other candidates,” Pawlenty said on WCCO Sunday Morning. “If that is the case, the cake may already be baked, but either way our campaign is not stopping with the endorsing convention. You get on the ballot in Minnesota by running and winning a primary, and that is what we intend to do.” … The Minnesota DFL is also going into their June convention without a clear outcome. The front-runner is Congressman Tim Walz — who won the caucuses and is leading in fundraising — but state auditor Rebecca Otto and State Representative Erin Murphy are working hard to win over delegates. While Otto and Murphy say they will abide by...

Why would anyone participate in America’s unserious, self-serious political-media culture unless their livelihood depended on it? In a world of endless entertainment options, who would choose to divert themselves by scarfing down the woke Twitter-puke du jour? The most embarrassing thing about this is that Jay Feely is a former NFL player. No guy who earned a paycheck playing football should need a weapon to remind his daughter’s prom date that There Will Be Consequences if he gets aggressive with her afterward. Wait, let me check my notes: Jay Feely was … a kicker? Ah, in that case, he should have brandished an AR-15. Even a pistol can’t make a kicker intimidating. Wishing my beautiful daughter and her date a great time at prom #BadBoys pic.twitter.com/T5JRZQYq9e — Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 22, 2018 The obvious point is that both kids are in on the joke. Feely’s daughter seems to have been caught mid-eyeroll while her date looks like he’s stifling an embarrassed laugh at being forced to pose for a picture this corny. Even the white belt with dark slacks plays like a goof on classic cringey paternal attire. The only thing that could have made it cheesier would have been Feely wearing a “World’s Most Dangerous Dad” hat. But since every brain fart cut on social media is an opportunity for its audience to express their virtuous concern about farts, the usual...

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell vowed to crackdown on homeless camps in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle last Friday: “Enough is enough,” Farrell said Friday. “We have offered services time and time again and gotten many off the street, but there is a resistant population that remains, and their tents have to go.” When it comes to tent camps, Farrell added, “We have moved as a city from a position of compassion to enabling (unacceptable) street behavior, and as mayor I don’t stand for that.” As a supervisor in 2016, Farrell wrote the voter-approved anti-tent Proposition Q, giving city officials the right to remove tents if they give campers 24 hours notice and offer them shelter. As Ed pointed out in February, an investigation by a local NBC affiliate found the city was covered in trash, used drug needles, and human feces: The Investigate [sic] Unit spent three days assessing conditions on the streets of downtown San Francisco and discovered trash on each of the 153 blocks surveyed. While some streets were littered with items as small as a candy wrapper, the vast majority of trash found included large heaps of garbage, food, and discarded junk. The investigation also found 100 drug needles and more than 300 piles of feces throughout downtown. And that’s just a small fraction of the overall problem. Author Erielle Davidson wrote last month that “In November of 2017 alone, 6,211 needles were collected, while via the 311 App (the...

Could it be true? Yes, they’ve gotten our hopes up too many times in the past, but this time even some of the skeptics think it could happen. There’s work taking place in the Golden State which is well financed and expected to succeed in gathering enough signatures to advance a ballot initiative to split up California. Previous efforts to break up the state into either two or as many seven different sections failed. But the new plan calls for three Californias and they won’t need as many signatures as previous campaigns required. It sounds like the choice may finally be put before the people. (LA Times) If the “Three Californias” measure qualifies for the ballot later this spring — and there’s no reason to think it won’t — voters will be confronted with an existential question. With one check mark, they could start the process of breaking the 168-year-old Golden State into three pieces: the new states of California, Northern California and Southern California. Voters might reasonably assume that a decision of such magnitude would come before them only after months, if not years, of study by academics, planning by elected officials and vetting by policy analysts and others well-versed in the mechanics of governance. But voters would be wrong. This far-out plan to break up California is the brainchild of just one man — albeit one worth an estimated $1 billion, which he can spend freely to turn his...

Shouldn’t they be? Anyone who has watched North Korea consistently abrogate agreements and pull a bait-and-switch ahead of talks has to take claims that the Kim regime will agree to denuclearization with a Lot’s-wife-sized grain of salt, especially when that word comes out of Seoul rather than Pyongyang. The Washington Post reports that the White House has privately taken a more realistic view than one might assume from their public reactions: The Trump White House is reacting skeptically in private to North Korea’s announcement of plans to freeze nuclear weapons testing, warning that dictator Kim Jong Un could be setting a trap and promising not to back off a hard-line stance ahead of a potential leaders’ summit. President Trump called Pyongyang’s move “progress” and “good news” in a pair of tweets after the news broke Friday evening. Behind the scenes, however, his aides cautioned Saturday that Kim’s statement that the North would halt testing and shutter one nuclear facility was more notable for what he left out: a direct pledge to work toward nuclear disarmament. Although some foreign policy analysts were heartened that Kim appeared eager to set a positive tone for his summit with Trump, which could come in late May or early June, Trump aides were less enthused. In their view, Kim’s moves aimed to offer relatively modest pledges — which could be quickly reversed — to create the “illusion” that he is “reasonable” and willing to compromise. That, the Trump...

You need to read Ed’s post from this morning to see why the pressure on Paul to flip was so intense. He’s the deciding vote on the Foreign Relations Committee, and since all Democrats are voting no, that means Pompeo was facing a rare thumbs down from the FRC. That in itself would be embarrassing but no bar to confirmation thanks to a few red-state Democrats like Joe Manchin flipping to yes in the full Senate vote. Just one problem: If the FRC voted not to recommend Pompeo for confirmation, that would give Democrats the option of mounting a filibuster before the entire Senate voted. Then McConnell would have to either pass another rule nuking the filibuster, a la the GOP did prior to Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation, or Trump would need to admit defeat on Pompeo and yank his nomination. And with the margin as tight as 51/49 and Paul on the other side, there’s no guarantee McConnell would get the 50 votes he needed. All of which is to say, with Paul joining Team Blue because of Pompeo’s hawkishness towards Iran and previous support for enhanced interrogation, this was either going to be anywhere from a major embarrassment for POTUS and his team or a major disaster. Unless, of course, Paul flipped at the last second before the FRC. Lo and behold: After calling continuously for weeks for Director Pompeo to support President Trump’s belief that...

We’ve already known that USA Gymnastics kept Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of athletes under wraps using a non-disclosure agreement before the scandal made headlines. We also know that the US Olympic Committee knew about Nassar for a year before taking action. At least one athlete says that it might have been kept quiet for as long as five years. An NBC News report over the weekend exposed efforts to silence Nassar’s victims in order to keep the US Olympic effort from being derailed, an effort at times that may have even included the FBI: USA Gymnastics tried to silence top athletes after they reported being molested by team doctor Larry Nassar and as they pushed to meet with law enforcement officials, the gymnasts and their family members told NBC News. Claims that the sports federation stressed discretion above all else are bolstered by text messages, emails and other materials reviewed by NBC News during a months-long investigation for a special edition of Dateline that aired Sunday. USA Gymnastics claims that they were only apprised of the issues with Nassar in 2016. However, McKayla Maroney insists that she blurted out in 2011 that Nassar had sexually assaulted her in her hotel room, with coach John Geddert in the car. Her teammates corroborated the story: “I was bawling naked on a bed him on top of me, and I thought I was gonna die.” @McKaylaMaroney details one of...

The New York Post checked in on the New York gubernatorial race this weekend to see how Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding up now that he has a celebrity primary challenger in the form of Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. If we’re only going by optics and perceived “coolness” of the Governor, not very well apparently. There’s been some typical state campaign maneuvering going on, none of which is particularly out of the ordinary around here, but Cuomo has reportedly been issuing threats and strongarming people across the liberal spectrum. And there are signs that he’s not as scary as he once was. Gov. Cuomo insists he’d never dream of threatening anyone in his war on the Working Families Party, let alone going after the WFP’s nonprofit allies: “Punishment is for God,” he told reporters. Guess that means his staffers and campaign aides were doing God’s work when they pushed several City Council members to skip a City Hall rally in support of the nonprofits facing the vendetta. More than half a dozen sources confirmed being lobbied. And this follows Cuomo’s reported “lose my number” threat to the unions that had long backed the WFP if they didn’t withdraw from the party — which they all quickly did. The allegations also ring true since the gov’s been bullying journalists, nonprofit execs, union leaders and elected officials for years. Yes, Cuomo has allegedly been reading the riot act to the state’s...

A white rental van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, Canada a short time ago, hitting as many as ten people. The driver of the van drove off but was confronted by police a short time later. He pulled out what appeared to be a gun but officers did not fire on him. He has been arrested. Authorities haven’t released anything else about the suspect or his possible motive so far but this certainly seems reminiscent of the attack in New York last year which also utilized a rental truck. Collision, numerous pedestrians have been struck by a white van on Yonge St and Finch area. further when I get more. #GO725711 ^gl — Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) April 23, 2018 The van involved in multiple pedestrians stuck in the Yonge and Finch area of Toronto has been located and the driver arrested. ^sm — Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) April 23, 2018 Here, from Sky News, is the scene where the attack took place. If you stick with this clip, there’s an eyewitness who was in one of the buildings overlooking the scene who says the van seemed to be hitting pedestrians deliberately. Police in #Toronto say a van has struck at least eight pedestrians in the city – witness Henri Miller describes the incident pic.twitter.com/47f20FsDA9 — Sky News...

We’re back to this idiocy again. Let’s everyone knock it off, please. “I will make that decision down the road,” Romney, who is running for US Senate, said in an interview with CNN as he waited for his turn to speak at the Utah GOP convention where he was vying for his party’s nomination. “As a person of political experience, if I endorse someone, I’ll want to know what’s in it for Utah and what help would he provide for us on key priorities in Utah.” “So I’m not a cheap date,” he said. He’s not going to waste his endorsement on a no-shot like Jeff Flake even if he’s marginally better on “key priorities for Utah” than Trump is. And he’s not going to challenge Trump in the primary himself. I see that idea floated now and then and always come away wondering just how much of a glutton for punishment people think Romney is. He lost the primary badly in 2008, lost the general election badly in 2012, and would undoubtedly lose a primary against Trump badly in 2020. If he’s sincere about putting Utah’s priorities first, a futile primary challenge against Trump would be about the worst thing he could do. If Trump went on to win the presidency again, he’d hold a grudge against Romney and Utah would get short shrift from the White House. If he lost the presidency to the Democratic nominee, Romney would be...

This is a very strange story which gives me flashbacks to Anthony Weiner claiming he’d been hacked. Back in December, MSNBC’s Joy Reid apologized and took responsibility for some material found on her old blog deemed insensitive to gays. Now a new batch of similar material has been revealed from the same defunct blog, but this time Reid is claiming the blog was hacked and that the anti-gay comments were added by someone else as part of an effort to make her look bad. Mediaite published her full response to the latest report: In December I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog, The Reid Report, to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology. I began working with a cyber-security expert who first identified the unauthorized activity, and we notified federal law enforcement officials of the breach. The manipulated material seems to be part of an effort to taint my character with false information by distorting a blog that ended a decade ago. Now that the site has been compromised I can state unequivocally that it does not represent the original entries. So what do the “manipulated” entries say? One blog post was a defense of NBA star Tim Hardaway who made some comments deemed homophobic. There’s a screenshot of the blog post at Mediaite: Keeping it real … most straight men feel exactly the same way, and...

Texas passed a revenge porn law in 2015 which went into effect in September of that year. The wording of it was a bit on the vague side, worrying some legal analysts, but it was a popular measure nonetheless. Here’s how it described the offense in question. “A person commits an offense of unlawful disclosure of intimate images if without the effective consent of the depicted person, the person intentionally discloses visual material depicting another person with the person’s intimate parts exposed or engaged in sexual conduct.” Before too long, they had one of their first test cases when Jordan Bartlett was accused and later convicted of “sharing” a nude photo of a woman without her consent. Bartlett challenged the law, claiming that it was a violation of his constitutional rights. And now, the 12th Court of Appeals has rendered their verdict. Amazingly, the court agreed with Bartlett, saying the law was too vaguely worded and infringed on his First Amendment rights. (Dalla News) Is distributing intimate photos of current or previous sexual partners without their consent protected by the First Amendment? A state appeals court says yes. Now it will be up to the state attorney general’s office to defend the state’s “revenge porn” law, which was passed in 2015 and punishes those who post intimate images from previous or current relationships online. The Tyler-based 12th Court of Appeals said the law is unconstitutional because it’s too broad and infringes on...

It’s all over but the shouting. Or is it? With a critical committee vote coming this afternoon, another red-state Democrat has added his name to Heidi Heitkamp’s, all but ensuring a majority for Mike Pompeo’s confirmation vote. Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would honor the CIA director’s “exemplary career” by voting in his favor. Assuming, that is, that Manchin and Heitkamp get the opportunity: After meeting with Mike Pompeo, discussing his foreign policy perspectives, & considering his distinguished time as CIA Director & his exemplary career in public service, I will vote to confirm Mike Pompeo to be our next Secretary of State. — Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) April 23, 2018 And with that, Josh Kraushaar predicts, other red-state Democrats in the Senate will have enough cover to flip to Pompeo: Expect the other red state Ds to follow suit in short order. Pompeo vote: A no brainer politically for those Ds in tough races. https://t.co/ng12RsFPja — Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 23, 2018 And not long afterward … Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) on Monday became the third Democrat to say he will vote for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be President Trump’s next secretary of State. “We need a Secretary of State who will give the president an honest assessment on critical issues, including Russia, Syria, and the defeat of ISIS. I believe Director Pompeo is capable of...

Isn’t she a country star? Since when are country stars apologetic for being right-wing and populist? For cripes sake. She should be singing songs like “Ain’t Nothin’ Here To Drink (But Liberal Tears),” not “Feeling All Wokey in the Okefenokee.” She didn’t even vote for the guy! I think if she were either not Canadian or not a pop-country specialist, she would have stood firm. In combination, though? Not a chance. Apparently the mere desire to support Trump, even if unacted upon, now constitutes a sin in the eyes of the Church of Liberalism. Here’s what she told the Guardian: It is not the only way in which she expresses her conservatism. If she had been able to vote in the US election, she would have plumped for Donald Trump, she says. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?” Do you want straight or polite? When some fans started grumbling, she chose … polite: I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral...

CNN’s Chris Cuomo interviewed Rep. Jim Jordan this morning and went after him for going after Andrew McCabe who was fired at the recommendation of FBI investigators. “McCabe, did he lie? They say yes in the IG report, they made a referral for him to be prosecuted,” Cuomo said. He continued, “But about what did he lie?” “Same thing Michael Flynn did,” Rep. Jordan replied, referring not to the content of the lie but the nature of the offense (lying to the FBI is a crime). “I’m not saying what he did, I’m saying what did he lie about,” Cuomo said. “Here’s what I don’t get about you guys. McCabe lied, allegedly…in saying he wanted to go after [Hillary] and his concern that the DOJ wouldn’t. So what are you criticizing that for?” Cuomo continued, adding, “He’s going after exactly what you wanted him too.” Apparently, if Andrew McCabe was going after the right target, the GOP should be giving him a pass? Rep. Jordan pointed out, again, that lying to the FBI is a crime. “You guys are so selective in your outrage. You want to go after McCabe. McCabe was trying to push to investigate Clinton, which is what you say you wanted,” Cuomo said. It’s pretty clear what Chris Cuomo is trying to do here. He’s suggesting that Republicans can’t really believe McCabe was a bad guy because his lie to the FBI was about his interest in going after Hillary, something the...

There’s something strange going on in Turkish politics and, while perhaps unlikely, it could end up spelling trouble for the Tyrant of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Their president recently announced a surprise maneuver which could potentially further cement his hold on absolute power there, but the opposition parties have proven to have a bit more fire in their belly than I would have thought. In an unexpected move, several legislators from one opposition party have switched ranks to join up with a separate opposition group, expanding their appeal. (Time) More than a dozen Turkish opposition lawmakers switched parties Sunday in a show of solidarity as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rivals scramble to challenge him in a surprise snap election that could solidify his rule. Officials from the pro-secular Republican People’s Party, or CHP, said 15 of its lawmakers would join the center-right Iyi Party. The CHP, which is the main opposition party, said the decision was borne out of “democratic disposition.” The snap presidential and parliamentary elections called for June 24 last week caught Turkey off guard. The opposition is in disarray as it struggles to put forward candidates and campaign plans. The elections were initially supposed to take place in November 2019. The impetus for this shift in alliances came when Erdogan suddenly announced snap elections for this June. The next regularly scheduled elections weren’t supposed to take place for a year and a half, but Erdogan clearly feels he has the...

Did Cambridge Analytica hack Facebook and steal data from tens of millions of users? That’s what Mark Zuckerberg led Congress to believe, but the researcher behind the app accused the Facebook CEO of being “flat-out wrong.” Facebook should be viewed as the Amazon of personal data, Aleksandr Kogan told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s Good Morning America. All Cambridge Analytica did was place an order, and Facebook delivered the data: In a live interview with ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America,” Kogan responded to Zuckerberg’s accusation that he violated Facebook policy by sharing data with a third party, Cambridge Analytica. “I think they’re being a little misleading,” Kogan told Stephanopoulos on Monday. “The idea that this was a hack is flat-out wrong.” He continued, “Imagine a warehouse: we didn’t break in — we went on Amazon and ordered the data, and they delivered it to us. This is a key feature of their system.” That may be a little misleading, too, or at best too simplistic. The app used by Cambridge Analytica didn’t just place an order for data, nor did it confine itself to data from just the people who used their app on the Facebook platform. It sucked data off from the friends and friends-of-friends of those users without their consent and then sold the data off to third parties. To use the Amazon metaphor, it’s as though they put in an...