GOP senator: Use sanctuary cities’ funds for border wall

(Daily Signal) One Republican senator is proposing a new solution for sanctuary cities that do not follow the law: take some of their federal funding and transfer it to a budget for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

“How many innocent American lives must be lost before security becomes the first priority of immigration?” Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., asked the audience at an event Thursday at The Heritage Foundation titled “Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities.”

“How many criminal aliens have to be released shy of justice being served for the rule of law to be affirmed as the first priority of a functioning society?”


Source: Trump, Kushner never blackmailed Scarborough

(Fox News) A top White House aide never suggested a quid pro quo during a call with Joe Scarborough regarding an upcoming National Enquirer Story, a source told Fox News – despite Scarborough’s claim Friday morning that a Trump adviser recently tried to blackmail him into giving positive coverage of the president.

Scarborough made the allegation during Friday’s “Morning Joe,” as he and Mika Brzezinski provided a fierce response to a pair of tweets President Trump directed at the MSNBC hosts a day earlier.

But a source familiar with the matter said Scarborough called senior adviser Jared Kushner, with whom Scarborough has a friendly relationship, to ask about a National Enquirer article slated to run in early June regarding the relationship between Scarborough and Brzezinski, who have since announced their engagement.


Left uses NRA ad to spread fear over right wing extremism

A recent membership recruitment video out from the National Rifle Association is causing a stir among the anti-firearm left. Critics are claiming the video’s message, which decries leftist control of the nation’s media establishment and efforts to incite massive street protests, is a call to violence against the left.

The video released by the NRA about two months ago features a monologue delivered by conservative commentator and NRA spokesman Dana Loesch.


They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance. All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia and smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law abiding — until the only option left is for police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America and I’m freedom’s safest place.

After journalist and author Jeff Sharlet characterized the ad as “a call for civil war” in a tweet this week, liberal blogs and news outlets lined up to decry its message.


ThinkProgress suggested that it would cause NRA members to commit hate crimes, declaring: “[T]he election of President Trump at the end of a campaign where he demonized immigrants and embraced white nationalism led to an explosion of hate incidents throughout the country, with 261 occurring between November 9 and February 9. Forty-two percent of those incidents involved specific references to Trump, his election, or his policies.”

Huffington Post, meanwhile, called the ad spot “outrageous.”

And the liberal Vox declared that the “chilling” video is an dog-whistle call to violence against the left.

From the outlet: “It’s not hard to figure out what the narrative is here. A liberal insurgency is destroying American society. The “only way” to protect yourself from this surge in left-wing violence (a made-up threat, to be clear) is to donate to the NRA — an organization that exists solely to help people buy guns.

“The ad isn’t an outright exhortation to violence. NRA ads never are. But the NRA has a very long history of using apocalyptic, paranoid rhetoric about the collapse of American society in order to sell people on the notion that they need to act now to preserve their gun rights.”

Writing for Esquire, Charles Pierce asks what the NRA is trying to accomplish with the message before deducing that the ad “tends toward incitement.”

But does it really?

There are a few important things to remember here. First, conservative Americans aren’t worried about a “liberal insurgency.” They’re concerned about the deeply rooted liberal establishment increasingly appealing to the least intelligent among its base to stir up trouble. The goal of that establishment– made up of long-entrenched coastal elites and holdover bureaucrats still forcing the previous administration’s will from marbled halls in Washington– is to stymie reforms  which could grow from the newly conservative Washington majority.

Second, this isn’t “apocalyptic, paranoid rhetoric.” Have you watched the news lately? Conservatives are being portrayed as murderers outright by the liberal establishment. Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently said “people will die” as a result of conservative healthcare reform. Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot as he practiced for a congressional baseball game earlier this month. Before his condition was even downgraded from critical, leftist outlets were suggesting that Scalise may have learned a lesson from the ordeal. No joke. Meanwhile, liberal actors are using celebrity microphones to celebrate the memory of John Wilkes Booth, the French Revolution, and the assassination of Julius Caesar. In each case, the current president has been supplanted in the victim’s role.

For thousands of gun-owning Americans, many of them single-issue voters focused on the 2nd Amendment, this is a troubling reality. More troubling still, is the anti-Trump left’s advocacy of total faith in the government conservatives wish to shrink combined with its call for universal disarmament.

Make no mistake, the left is certainly hinting at– or, at least wishfully mentioning– violence to counter growing conservative sentiment in the U.S. And despite their attempts to label conservatism as “fascism,” history tells a far different story. If you disagree, do a little research and re-watch the NRA’s ad once you’ve learned whether pro-government or government-limiting factions are responsible for more unnecessary deaths throughout the course of human history.

In that context,  the NRA’s call for truth and personal responsibility for self defense are pretty unassailable.

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Trump sending feds to quell Chicago violence

(The Hill) President Trump tweeted on Friday he will send federal resources to Chicago in order to quell the city’s violence.

Trump’s tweet comes after authorities confirmed to The Chicago-Sun Times reported that Trump had sent 20 agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to the city.

Twenty new ATF agents have joined a force of 35 to 40 agents who were already in the city, according to the report.

The agents are collaborating with the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police on a strike force that will work to track down gun traffickers and solve shootings in the city with the help of ballistics technology.

Chicago police said Superintendent Eddie Johnson first met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March to discuss the strike force.


States resist handing over voter info to election commission

(Daily Caller) Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Thursday have both refused to hand over registered voter information from their states to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

All 50 states received a request from Kris Kobach, Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asking for a list of all registered voters in their respective states, the last four digits of these voters’ social security numbers, their addresses, date of birth, political affiliation and voting history from 2006 forward.

Additionally, Kobach’s letter also asked about election policies and laws of each state. The letter requests that all publicly available voter roll information be sent to the White House by July 14.


The WIRE: Your week in review

From CNN’s disgrace to Mika Brzezinski’s face — and most points in between — it’s time for a look back at the week that was. Personal Liberty Digest® presents: The WIRE!

Three CNN staffers resigned this week after the embattled network was forced to retract their story falsely connecting a Trump transition team member to a Russian banker.

The most trusted busted name in news.

Playboy contributor Brian Karem threw a bit of a tantrum after Trump spokesmodel Sarah Sanders threw hard shade at the epidemic of fake news.

Dude from a magazine built on pictures of naked women “mansplaining” news to a woman. Because that’s not sexist.

Karem’s colleagues were quick to join him in the victim’s brigade, accusing Trump of waging “war” on the media.

Remember how angry the media got when Obama illegally wiretapped their colleagues? Neither do they.

Speaking of free speech, the price appears to be going up at The Washington Post, which alerted staff to a new social media policy which forbids them from criticizing advertisers.

Democracy Die$ In Darkne$$!

Liberals got their panties in a wad when “Kate’s Law” passed the House; bemoaning the tightening of national security.

Unfortunately, the law’s namesake was unavailable to respond.

Senator Bernie Sanders sounded off against the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plans, whining “If one person loses their insurance because of the Republican health care plan, that’s too many.” Yo, Rip Van Winkle, did you miss “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan?”

Come on, old timer. At least make it a challenge.

Bernie has some issues of his own. His wife Jane is facing federal scrutiny for potential bank fraud.

What is it with socialists and other people’s money?

President Donald Trump took an earful from Republicans this week, after tweeting ugly remarks about MSNBC pundit Mika Brzesinski. I get that MSNBC is a bloody clown car, but come on, man!

That line between “keeping partisan hacks on their heels” and “being a pig?” It’s behind you.

Democrat efforts to pile on rang a little hollow; especially when they complained Trump’s behavior was “beneath the dignity of the office.” Yeah, because that’s always been a big concern of theirs.

Heh. You said “dignity.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi worried observers this week when the near-octogenarian repeatedly lost her train of thought and babbled nonsensically during an event in New York.

You can’t keep these older models out this late without a recharge.

Pelosi’s odd behavior only boosted intra-party calls for her replacement as minority leader, leaving wings of the Democratic Party caught in the custody battle.

Mommy and daddy, please don’t fight!

Pelosi also weighed in on Republican efforts to undo Obamacare, accusing the GOP of “dishonoring God” by attempting to defund Planned Parenthood.

But He is totally ok with “dilate and extract,” right?

Democrats reacted angrily this week to a new NRA ad depicting Democrat violence. In same month they incited an assassination attempt, they’re attacking the NRA for suggesting people defend themselves against assassination attempts.

They’re worried armed citizens make for harder targets.

Think American presidential politics have maxed out on weird? Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Holder is apparently considering a run for the top office in 2020. It’s sure to be a “Fast and Furious” campaign.

Holder 2020: A chicken in every pot, and an AK for every cartel thug.

A new University of Washington study revealed that Seattle’s new arbitrary minimum wage hike ordinance has not only lowered work hours, but cost the city 5,000 jobs.

If only someone had warned against arbitrary minimum wage hikes.

Lots of leftist laughs as a deranged Democrat destroyed a monument to the 10 Commandments less than 24 hours after it was installed on Arkansas State Capitol grounds.

They influenced nearly every code of laws for 4,000 years. No wonder the Democrats hate them.

And, the Eiffel Tower will be surrounded by a bulletproof glass enclosure as French authorities work to protect the iconic structure against rising Islamic terrorist attacks.

Kinda like a wall? It might be crazy enough to work!

And that’s your week in review! For the Personal Liberty Digest®, I’m Ben Crystal saying “See you next week, on The WIRE!”

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White House puts North Korea on notice

President Donald Trump on Friday said the time for patience in dealing with North Korea has ended.

Trump’s remarks came during a joint press conference at the White House with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea,” he said. “The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response.”

President Barack Obama famously called for a policy of “strategic patience” in dealing with North Korea. Trump clearly stated that this will not be his White House’s approach.

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed — many years it has failed — and, frankly, that patience is over,” he said.

The president didn’t mention possible U.S. military moves against the North Korean regime, despite national security adviser H.R. McMaster’s warning earlier this week that a U.S. military strike is an option, albeit one “that no one wants to take.”

Instead, the president called on U.S. allies in the Asia-Pacific region to “demand that the North Korean regime choose a better path, and do it quickly, and a different future for its long-suffering people.”

Trump is expected to reiterate his call for increased international pressure on North Korea next week when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

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