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From Portland, OR station KPTV:

Deputies ID wanted man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping girl in Milwaukie area
Deputies have identified a wanted man accused of breaking into a Milwaukie-area apartment and sexually assaulting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

Investigators are searching for 48-year-old Santiago Martinez-Flores.

And (wait for it) buried in paragraph seven:

Detectives said he has a long criminal history dating back to 1994. He was last known to have been deported to Mexico in March 2001 after serving two years in the Oregon Department of Corrections. But somehow, police believe he made it back to Oregon.

Portland being a sanctuary city and all that - he was probably on food stamps and welfare too - taxpayer dime.

Sanctuary Cities

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A reaction on the judge striking down President Trump's ruling - from The White House:

Statement on Sanctuary Cities Ruling
Today, the rule of law suffered another blow, as an unelected judge unilaterally rewrote immigration policy for our Nation. Federal law explicitly states that “a Federal, State or Local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” 8 U.S.C. 1373(a). That means, according to Congress, a city that prohibits its officials from providing information to federal immigration authorities -- a sanctuary city -- is violating the law. Sanctuary cities, like San Francisco, block their jails from turning over criminal aliens to Federal authorities for deportation. These cities are engaged in the dangerous and unlawful nullification of Federal law in an attempt to erase our borders.

Once again, a single district judge -- this time in San Francisco -- has ignored Federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country. This decision occurred in the same sanctuary city that released the 5-time deported illegal immigrant who gunned down innocent Kate Steinle in her father's arms. San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands. This San Francisco judge's erroneous ruling is a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering the worst kind of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and putting thousands of innocent lives at risk.

This case is yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge. Today’s ruling undermines faith in our legal system and raises serious questions about circuit shopping. But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful efforts to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States.

Next stop - the US Supreme Court. And this delightful report from the Washington Examiner:

Exclusive interview: Trump 'absolutely' looking at breaking up 9th Circuit
President Trump said Wednesday that he has "absolutely" considered proposals that would split up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where judges have blocked two of his executive actions.

"Absolutely, I have," Trump said of considering 9th Circuit breakup proposals during a far-ranging interview with the Washington Examiner at the White House. "There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous."

The hippies tears will be copious.

Heh - ESPN got very political and all Social Justice Warrior-y with their broadcsts and the general public responded with a resounding Meh... From the Los Angeles Times:

ESPN lays off Jayson Stark, Jay Crawford and about 100 other on-air personalities and writers
ESPN is cutting about 100 jobs, most of them on-air TV and radio personalities, as the cable sports giant struggles to adjust to profound changes in how viewers consume sports news and entertainment.

Unlike past rounds of cutbacks, Wednesday’s layoffs targeted prominent on-air personalities, including former athletes Trent Dilfer, Danny Kanell and Len Elmore. Studio anchors, including Jay Crawford, and stalwart reporters Ed Werder, Jayson Stark and Dana O'Neil also were ousted. ESPN declined to provide names of their workers who were affected, but dozens announced their dismissals on Twitter.

Good bye - if we want sports information, we generally do not want it served with a lardon of politically-correct commentary. We get more than enough of that from the mainstream media as it is.

Talk about spoiling it for everyone - from The Gateway Pundit:

Portland Cancels Annual Avenue of Roses Parade After Antifa Terrorists Promise to Rush Parade and Beat Republicans
The “Antifa” far left Communist group has managed to get an entire parade and carnival canceled in Portland because the Multnomah County Republicans were going to be in the parade. 

The communists threatened to riot, loot, assault people at the parade. The festival people decided to cancel the entire weekend of activities, which was going to be this weekend due to the threats of violence by the leftist group.

The Antifa group promised to rush the parade and drag away the Republicans.

The Repubicans response was excellent and to the point:

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) has for many years participated in the Parade, and calls upon the Mayor, the Police Chief, and the District Attorney to take action against this criminal conspiracy to commit crimes of riot and disorderly conduct in violation of Oregon law. “Under former Mayor Charlie Hales,” said James Buchal, MCRP Chair, “the City allowed this cancer of lawlessness to grow to the point where its leaders are now bragging, like some sort of comic book characters, that ‘the police cannot stop us’. But this is no laughing matter. The participation of political parties in public events like the Parade is not only an American tradition, but also reflects the most fundamental constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of assembly.”

The road to fascism begins with armed gangs of thugs using violence to shut down opposing points of view. The question now is whether the City of Portland will be complicit in such conduct. We hope the City’s new leadership has the courage to respond to these threats appropriately.”

Emphasis mine - very true words. These people have been allowed to act out illegally for way to long - it has given them the idea that their actions are allowed by the government. This is a perfect time to punch back twice as hard. Something to remember when reading the history of the Democrat party:

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From the San Francisco Chronicle:

BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, hold up riders
BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.

The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

Sounds like BART has a deferred maintenence problem:

Six of the nine cars on the train had working surveillance cameras, and BART police were viewing video from those cars as well as station cameras, Trost said.

“We are in the process of pulling all surveillance video, and we will share with Oakland police, Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Housing Authority to see if they can help identify the minors,” Trost said. “We have had success with sharing images of juveniles with this group and identifying and making arrests in the past.”

Emphasis mine - and this little gem:

The incident presents another challenge for BART, which hired a new police chief last week. The agency has struggled to contain fare evaders and is in the midst of installing surveillance cameras in train cars after The Chronicle reported that most of the existing cameras were decoys.

Most of the cameras were decoys? Seriously WTF! A perfect example of civilization in an entitlement era.

French politics

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Looks like the elites have their panties in a twist - good! From Breitbart:

Lefty French Mayor Calls Residents ‘A***holes’, Quits After His Town Votes for Le Pen
The left wing mayor of the northern French town of Annezin, Daniel Delomez, has announced his resignation after residents in his town voted for anti-mass migration Front National leader Marine Le Pen.

Delomez called the result of the first round of the French presidential election “catastrophic” as Le Pen and independent Emmanuel Macron advanced to the second round. The reason for his resignation, according to the mayor, was that he felt it was a waste of his time serving people he referred to as “arseholes”, L’Avenir de L’Artois reports.

Ms. Le Pen received a massive 38 per cent of the vote in the small town located in the Pas-de-Calais region, a Front National stronghold.

As they say: Don't let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you. Over 1,100 comments - some good points including this one:

Marine Le Pen hasn't won any position yet, and already she is cleaning France of Leftists!
Good job. :)

Indeed!

Great news from France

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They do their Presidential elections in two stages - a primary and then the general between the two primary winners. From Breitbart:

LIVE WIRE: Le Pen, Macron Through to Second Round of Voting in French Presidentials
As the last few results come in, Front National Leader Marine Le Pen and left winger Emmanuel Macron are vying for the top spot as both hover around 23 percent of the vote. What is certain is that the two candidates will go head to head in the second round of voting on May 7th.

Amidst tight security and an ongoing state of emergency, French voters headed to the 66,000 polling stations to cast their ballots for one of twelve candidates.

It would be wonderful for France if Le Pen won - in times like this, we need people who are committed to cutting down the size of government, to reduce the bureaucracies to a fraction of their bloated selves.

Getting interesting in France

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From the Wall Street Journal:

What Would a Le Pen Victory in France Mean for Markets?
As French voters head to the polls, investors are grappling with a remote yet not implausible possibility—victory for Marine Le Pen.

The anti-euro leader of the far-right National Front is unlikely to triumph in the two-round presidential vote that kicks off Sunday. But few observers discount a win for Ms. Le Pen entirely, and analysts say it could pose a major risk to European equities and spur concerns over the future of the eurozone.

“It would be seismic, bigger than Trump or Brexit for markets, if Le Pen got into office and called into question the euro itself,” said Paul Griffiths, chief investment officer of fixed income and multiasset at First State Investments.

I love that the WSJ says that Ms. Le Pen "is unlikely to triumph" - they were saying the same exact thing about President Trump right up until the end. Same thing with England's Brexit vote too. At least they wear their colors on their sleeve and are upfront about it.

An interesting insight to one of our worst government offices (and that is saying a lot). From The Washington Free Beacon:

History of EPA Employee Misconduct Could Result in Layoffs
The Environmental Protection Agency has been riddled with employee misconduct, including workers who drink, smoke marijuana, and watch porn on the job.

Inspector general reports over the past few years detailing employee misbehavior could serve as ammunition for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is seeking to eliminate 25 percent of the 15,000 employees at the agency.

Only 6.5 percent of EPA employees are "essential," according to the government's own calculations when it faced a shutdown in 2013. At the time, just 1,069 employees were deemed necessary to continue working during the 16 days the government closed.

The most notorious case of misconduct was the EPA official who earned $120,000 and performance bonuses after being caught watching pornography for up to six hours a day.

The geologist in the EPA's Office of Air and Radiation downloaded over 7,000 pornographic files on an agency server and admitted to masturbating at work. He received paid leave for nearly two years after being caught.

The official was not alone in viewing pornography at the EPA. Another employee was suspended just five days after admitting that he had "watched pornography regularly at work for the past several years," the inspector general reported to Congress last year. The employee's punishment was he no longer could telework or "attach any unauthorized external drive devices to a government computer."

Talk about dysfunctional. The people who run organizations like this need to be able to fire miscreants, not just reprimand them. Government unions are a bad thing.

Words of wisdom

From Vanity Fair of all places - a great editorial:

PLEASE, GOD, STOP CHELSEA CLINTON FROM WHATEVER SHE IS DOING
Amid investigations into Russian election interference, perhaps we ought to consider whether the Kremlin, to hurt Democrats, helped put Chelsea Clinton on the cover of Variety. Or maybe superstition explains it. Like tribesmen laying out a sacrifice to placate King Kong, news outlets continue to make offerings to the Clinton gods. In The New York Times alone, Chelsea has starred in multiple features over the past few months: for her tweeting (it’s become “feisty”), for her upcoming book (to be titled She Persisted), and her reading habits (she says she has an “embarrassingly large” collection of books on her Kindle). With Chelsea’s 2015 book, It’s Your World, now out in paperback, the puff pieces in other outlets—EllePeople, etc.—are too numerous to count.

One wishes to calm these publications: You can stop this now. Haven’t you heard that the great Kong is no more? Nevertheless, they’ve persisted. At great cost: increased Chelsea exposure is tied closely to political despair and, in especially intense cases, the bulk purchasing of MAGA hats. So let’s review: How did Chelsea become such a threat?

Perhaps the best way to start is by revisiting some of Chelsea’s major post-2008 forays into the public eye. Starting in 2012, she began to allow glossy magazines to profile her, and she picked up speed in the years that followed. The results were all friendly in aim, and yet the picture that kept emerging from the growing pile of Chelsea quotations was that of a person accustomed to courtiers nodding their heads raptly. Here are Chelsea’s thoughts on returning to red meat in her diet: “I’m a big believer in listening to my body’s cravings.” On her time in the “fiercely meritocratic” workplace of Wall Street: “I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t.” On her precocity: “They told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to too. The first thing I learned to read was the newspaper.” Take that, Click, Clack, Moo.

Wonderful stuff - some people lap this shit up like it was ice cream. She is going to fall flat on her face once she steps outside of the elitist bubble she lives in. Much more at the site - a very fun read from an unexpected source.

President Trump in the news

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Good news at that - from The Washington Post:

Freed Egyptian American prisoner returns home following Trump intervention
An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt’s brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.

President Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.

Shows what happens when you have an effective state department - Clinton and Kerry? Fscking poseurs...

How to swing an election - France

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From the London Daily Mail:

Dramatic video captures French police shooting dead terrorist who killed officer and wounded two others just days before French election - as it's revealed he was released EARLY from 20 year sentence for trying to kill cops
A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris - just three days before the French presidential election.

The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim C - who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 - parked his Audi and opened fire after police stopped at a red light on the world famous avenue.

French police said the attack was probably a 'terrorist act' and dramatic video footage captured the moment police shot at the assailant, who later died./p>

Police have now launched a desperate manhunt for a second suspect after heavily armed officers flooded the area in the heart of the French capital. 

France is holding its elections in a few days and one of the cantidates is Marine Le Pen - the conservative leader of the National Front. The New York Times wrote earlier today (before the terrorist attack):

Marine Le Pen Leads Far-Right Fight to Make France ‘More French’
Slipping in polls in the final days before the start of France’s presidential voting on Sunday, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen is rallying her base by hardening a line — already very hard — on her principal campaign theme: immigration.

At her party’s campaign rally Wednesday night in Marseille, a city where immigrants are omnipresent, Ms. Le Pen, the leader of the National Front, vowed to clamp down, expel, stamp out and restrict immigration, and to make France “more French.”

The tough talk was met with thunderous chants of “This is our home!” from a hall packed with 5,000 supporters waving French flags, many bused in from all over southern France.

I bet she gets a nice bump in the polls from this - it would be good if she wins. First England with Brexit and now France. A breath of fresh air.

As Venezuela circles the drain

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Sad story from The Washington Free Beacon:

Socialist Venezuelan Leader Steps Up Arming of Supporters After Outlawing, Confiscating Civilian Guns
The socialist leader of Venezuela announced in a speech to regime loyalists his plan to arm hundreds of thousands of supporters after a years-long campaign to confiscate civilian-owned guns.

"A gun for every militiaman!" Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said to uniformed militia members outside the presidential palace, Fox News reported on Tuesday. The Bolivarian militias, created by Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez, already number in the hundreds of thousands and are being used to supplement the regime's armed forces. Maduro is boosting the number of armed supporters in hopes of keeping control over the country from what he labels "imperialist aggression."

The arming of Maduro's supporters comes five years after Venezuela's socialist regime outlawed the commercial sale and civilian ownership of firearms. Only the military, police, and groups like security companies can buy guns and only directly from one state-run arms company under the law passed in 2012, according to the BBC. The country recently doubled down on its gun ban through a combination of gun buybacks and confiscations in the summer of 2016.

"We are going to bring disarmament and peace," Interior Minister Nestor Reverol told Reuters during one confiscation event.

Talk about Orwellian Ingsoc and Newspeak - to call tyranny by the name of disarmament and peace is a thoughtcrime in my book. I pity the citizens.

Doing his job - President Trump

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The cost of the Federal Government just got a lot less - from The Hill:

Study: Trump has eliminated $86B in regs
President Trump has saved taxpayers more than $86 billion in regulatory costs during his first three months in the White House, according to a new study from a conservative group.

The American Action Forum (AAF) points to several Obama-era regulations that Trump has either rolled back on his own or with the help of Republican lawmakers using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).

This includes the Education Department’s school accountability standards, the Environmental Protection Agency’s waters of the United States rule and the so-called “blacklisting” rule for government contractors.

I still want to see this puppy running backwards...

Good - too many offices spread around. From Utility DIVE:

Is the EPA shutting down its Chicago office?

Dive Brief:

    • Budget cuts at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could mean closure of the Chicago regional office, according to the Chicago Sun Times. The office would be consolidated with operations in Kansas, the paper reported.
    • A second regional closure is reportedly planned, but so far the identity of that office remains under wraps. Last month the Trump administration released a proposed budget called for reducing EPA funds by more than 30%, alongside a 6% cut at the Department of Energy.
    • However, EPA officials are now pushing back on the rumor, telling reporters "at this time, our discussions have not veered into the subject of an office closure."

Dive Insight:
Last month's revelation that the White House wants to slash the EPA budget by almost a third sent a shock through the industry, and now details are leaking out about how those cuts might be accomplished. The Chicago Sun Times says EPA's Region 5 office is on the chopping block; it serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and 35 Native American tribes.

A couple of things: the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and the 35 Native American tribes are not going to be without representation, this representation is just going to move from Chicago - a very corrupt and expensive city for business - to somewhere in Kansas. This is about a five hundred mile move - not catastrophic and what with email and Skype, relocating an office should not be any major headache if everyone is operating efficiently.

The basic problem is that our government has grown way to large in the last 100 years starting with Woodrow Wilson through L. B. Johnson (Lyin' Bastard), Nixon, Carter and Obama. Our government is not financially sustainable and we need to either cut spending or come to grips with the fact that we are passing a crushing debt on to the next several generations - our children.

There are some people who need the social safety nets - it is needed. Fraud and gaming the system? Not so much.  What gets me is the massive duplication of effort from multiple agencies in the government as well as the huge number of programs that were founded on something that sounded good as opposed to something that actually works.

When was the last time you ever heard a bureaucrat say this:

The work we set out to do has been completed successfully, let us all have dinner at a really nice restaurant and then tell the Federal Government that we are no longer needed.

I rest my case...

Driving in Atlanta

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Atlanta, Georgia traffic got worse last month when a crackhead lit a fire that caused on of Atlanta's interstates to collapse. And that was the beginning - from the St. Louis, Missouri FOX affiliate:

Atlanta traffic made worse after section of I-20 buckles
Atlanta’s running out of interstates.

The metropolitan area is served by four interstates. Last month, a five-lane section of one collapsed during rush hour and took part of that highway out of commission.

Monday afternoon, things just got worse. Way worse.

A section of another interstate buckled due to an underground gas leak, and now a portion of that freeway is shut down too.

Sounds like someone failed to maintain their infrastructure - 138 years of straight Democratic rule will do that. Maybe there is hope for the state at least. The current Governor - Nathan Deal - is Republican, his predecessor - George E. "Sonny" Perdue also rocks the big 'R' after his name. It is straight Democrat rule for the previous 131 years - talk about entrenched.

Go get 'em Jeff

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Great news from The Hill:

Sweeping change at DOJ under Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought sweeping change to the Department of Justice.

In just two months as the nation’s top cop, Sessions has moved quickly to overhaul the policies and priorities set by the Obama administration.

He has rolled back protections for transgender students that allowed children to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity and rescinded plans to phase out the federal government’s use of private prisons.

He called for a review of reform agreements, known as consent decrees, reached with local police departments to address allegations of misconduct. Many of the consent decrees were drafted in response to fatal shootings by police.

Sessions has made immigration enforcement a top priority. Late last month he put “sanctuary cities" on notice, announcing that grant money would be withheld from state and local governments that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities and turn over undocumented immigrants arrested for crimes.

Federal prosecutors have also been alerted to a new national push to crack down on violent crime. Sessions tapped Steven Cook, a federal prosecutor and outspoken opponent of criminal justice reform, to lead the charge as assistant deputy attorney general; he will be leading Sessions’s new Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.

Change is good - especially when that change is just a simple matter of enforcing the laws already on the books. A lot more at the site. This article seems to have hit a nerve as it has over 8,000 comments for a post that is only 24 hours old.

And she really wonders why?

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Talk about clueless - from Huffington Post:

Elizabeth Warren Says Mitch McConnell Won’t Even Say Hello To Her
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has apparently been ignoring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) since moving to silence her on the Senate floor in February, Warren told The Boston Globe.

McConnell cut Warren off in February as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King during a speech on the Senate floor, explaining her opposition to Jeff Session’s nomination to be attorney general. McConnell invoked a little-used rule that blocks senators “by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Even though Sessions was eventually confirmed and two months have passed since the incident, the relationship between the two senators still remains frosty.

“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me,” Warren told the Globe in an interview published Saturday. “I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”

Warren has been anti-Trump since day one and she has been abusive of the Senate Rules and Decorum. Her entire career has been based on lies and trying to game the system starting with her claiming native blood to get into Harvard. Here are a few highlights:

Not as dirty and crooked as Hillary but getting there...

A question and an answer

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Heh - a question from Senator Fauxcahontas:

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And an answer from Jessie Jane Duff - a retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who's now a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research:

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Warren lives in a bubble of her own making. Just pitiful really if she wasn't doing so much damage to this nation.

Two million for what?

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Jazz Shaw echoes my thoughts on an upcoming book - from Hot Air:

Huma Abedin would like $2M for her “tell all book.” But telling what?
In terms of political careers, this is a fairly standard move. When you pack up your things and leave the political circus or just go on hiatus for a couple of years, one of the first things many players try to do is land a book deal. It turns out that long time Hillary Clinton confidante Huma Abedin is thinking along just those lines and is shopping a proposal for a “tell all” memoir. She want’s a hefty price for the honor of publishing it, though. (NY Post)

Huma Abedin is ready to tell all – for a cool $2 million.

The estranged wife of disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner and former top aide to Hillary Clinton has been meeting over the past few weeks with top literary agents to discuss her writing a book, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Abedin, 40, is seeking as much as $2 million for the book, which would likely detail her husband’s sexting scandal and her role in Clinton’s failed presidential bid, according to the report.

Clinton has reportedly given the green light for the purported book.

Right off the bat I’ll just say best of luck to her. Seriously. This is America and everybody deserves a chance to cash in (legally) where they can. But any publisher is going to have to be taking into account what the potential market for this book might be before they lay out an advance of two million bucks. Politicos with national name recognition can move a lot of books under the right conditions, but we’re talking about Huma Abedin here. Yes, if you either write about politics for a living or you spend most of your free time soaking in our stories you almost certainly know her name, but that’s a vanishingly small segment of the country. (And to be honest, many of us don’t actually read those books anyway. We often wait for somebody else to do it and bookmark the juicy parts if any are to be found.) On a quick search I wasn’t able to find anyone polling her approval ratings so her name recognition probably isn’t above the teens.

Yeah - I'll wait for other people to write about it. Probably show up on the 90% off table at Barnes and Noble in a few months. $2 Million is a bit much - she has already had her 15 minutes.

I like this new President

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From the White House website:

Reorganizing the Executive Branch: We Need Your Input!
On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people. This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies.

President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people.

Share your ideas below by June 12th!

Reduce, reform and eliminate. Cut the government down to size and make hiring new people hard so that it stays small.

Another example of accountability and excellent cash management from The Seattle Times:

Seattle neglected to collect $3.4M payment for affordable housing as two skyscrapers were built
For almost four years, Seattle officials neglected to collect a $3.4 million payment for affordable housing from the developer of a high-profile, luxury condominium project.

They secured the money with interest from the Insignia Towers project last year only after auditors reviewing the city’s Incentive Zoning program discovered the oversight.

In the meantime, two 41-story towers were built, condos began selling for more than $500,000 each and Seattle struggled with a painful affordable-housing shortage.

Public housing selling condos for a half-million bucks each? I am in the wrong business... And of course, the standard response of all bureaucrats everywhere:

Officials have acknowledged the issues, adding a quality-control supervisor and working to install new project-tracking software — and there’s urgency in their efforts.

When there is trouble, it is not because you screwed up, it is because your kingdom was too small. Add as many people and resources as you can get away with in this budget cycle and then ask for more in next years budget. New custom software is always a winner.

Much more at the site and over 230 comments which are worth reading.

It seems that the Chinese embargo is not quite what it seems - from The Washington Post:

Kim Jong Un’s rockets are getting an important boost — from China
When North Korea launched its Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite into space in February last year, officials heralded the event as a birthday gift for dead leader Kim Jong Il. But the day also brought an unexpected prize for the country’s adversaries: priceless intelligence in the form of rocket parts that fell into the Yellow Sea.

Entire sections of booster rocket were snagged by South Korea’s navy and then scrutinized by international weapons experts for clues about the state of North Korea’s missile program. Along with motor parts and wiring, investigators discerned a pattern. Many key components were foreign-made, acquired from businesses based in China.

The trove “demonstrates the continuing critical importance of high-end, foreign-sourced components” in building the missiles North Korea uses to threaten its neighbors, a U.N. expert team concluded in a report released last month. When U.N. officials contacted the implicated Chinese firms to ask about the parts, the report said, they received only silence.

Let us hope that the Chinese are a little more circumspect in their dealings with this nation. Turning back the coal ships was awesome but the world is watching very closely.

From Need To Know Network:

You Will Never Guess What Elizabeth Warren Watched On Election Night
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) spent election night binge-watching HBO’s “Ballers” with her husband, Bruce Mann, instead of watching coverage of what was expected to be the election of America’s first female president, Hillary Clinton.

Warren revealed how she spent election night 2016 in her new book, scheduled to be released April 18. NTK Network obtained an early copy of the book.

“Ballers,” for those unfamiliar with the show, stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a retired NFL player, turned financial manager obsessed with making money. The show depicts the lavish lifestyle of NFL players, often featuring scenes of wild parties that feature scantily-clad women and drug use.

Slate’s review of “Ballers” was critical of the show’s treatment of women:

“Women who are referred to as “hoes” or “bitches” or “ass” and span the full spectrum of stereotypes: Nagging Wife, Vindictive Mistress, Stalker Groupie. Even after four episodes, you’re hard-pressed to remember the name of a single female character.”

Warren, however, calls “Ballers,” a “terrific” show in her new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.”

We all have our guilty pleasures. Why does she need to write a book? I have no desire to read what she thinks - she does not represent me in the least. Destined for the Barnes and Noble deep discount shelves in a few months.

One by one people are waking up. First, from Michigan Live:

Lansing no longer a sanctuary city
The Lansing City Council backed out of its decision to declare itself a sanctuary city Wednesday evening, holding a vote to rescind the barely week-old resolution.

After hours of public comment, the council voted 5-2 to rescind the resolution containing a reference to sanctuary city passed April 3. Council member Jessica Yorko was not present for the vote.

The council members then decided not to take up a resolution reaffirming Lansing as a "Welcoming City" for immigrants.

I have no problem with people who come here legally to make a better life for themselves and their families. Criminals who come here to game the system and get on the dole are another matter entirely.

Second, from The Christian Post:

New Hampshire Catholic Bishop Says Churches Shouldn't Shelter Illegal Immigrants
A Roman Catholic bishop who oversees the diocese for the state of New Hampshire has stated that churches should not house people who entered the country illegally.

The Most Reverend Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester sent a letter to clergy last Friday noting that congregations cannot allow undocumented immigrants to be housed within their churches to avoid being deported.

In the letter, which the Diocese provided The Christian Post, Bishop Libasci explained that there were two definitions for the term "sanctuary churches" being used.

"Some use this term and mean what I have described above – a welcoming community ready to offer immediate aid to anyone in need. In these works, of course, we will always be involved," wrote Libasci.

"But others use this term 'sanctuary' to refer to churches that will allow individuals in fear of deportation to live in the church."

The bishop went on to state that the latter definition, that of allowing unauthorized immigrants to live within a church, was problematic "because it creates a false hope to tell individuals living in fear that we can protect them from law enforcement actions."

"'Sanctuary' is not a designation recognized by law and provides no such legal protection," cautioned Libasci.

Good - there is a very big difference between these two definitions and the letter of the law needs to be followed.

Kim's big day

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Yesterday, it was reported that North Korea was planning a "big event" for Thursday. It looks like a one-two presentation. From The London Daily Mail:

Do these satellite images prove North Korea is preparing to detonate a new nuclear bomb to mark sinister 'Day of the Sun' as Trump's armada moves in
New satellite images have emerged purportedly showing how North Korea is preparing to detonate a nuclear bomb to coincide with its 'Day of the Sun' national day on Saturday.

Aerial photos taken yesterday show continued activity at the Punggye-ri Nuclear site where US officials fear a nuclear device has been installed in a tunnel ahead of another test.

It comes as the regime today warned foreign journalists to prepare for a 'big event' on Thursday and as tensions remained high after President Donald Trump sent a US Navy strike group steaming toward the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's most important national day is on Saturday April 15 when North Korea commemorates the birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung. However, the big event may have been the grand unveiling of a sprawling housing project in Pyongyang.

And, buried almost at the end of the article was this:

Kim Jong-un today made a public appearance in Pyongyang, to open a prestige housing project featuring residential tower blocks of various shapes - round, square and octagonal - with the tallest proclaimed as 70 storeys, or 234 metres, high, and including nearly 5,000 apartments in total. 

Around 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th anniversary of 'Day of the Sun'.

Officials had given no details as to the nature of a planned 'big' event today or where it would take place, and similar announcements in the past have been linked to relatively low-key set pieces. In the end, it turned out to be the grand unveiling of a block of flats.

And this little item:

But the most prestigious flat, a penthouse at the top of the tallest tower has no hot water, reporters found at the opening.

It will be interesting when the North Korean people finally join the real world - talk about cognitive dissonance...

People unclear on the concept

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Hillary did herself in during her campaign - she is crooked and people did not want to have a crooked president. That and she had no leadership qualities at all. From The Daily Caller:

Clinton Campaign Left Frustrated, Angry After Bill and Hillary Continuously Blamed Them For Sucking
Bill and Hillary Clinton made no secret of the fact they blame campaign staffers for her defeat in the presidential election, according to a new book about her failed bid.

“She was visibly, unflinchingly pissed off at us as a group,” an unnamed staffer said in the book, according to an excerpt obtained by The Hill.  “And she let us know she felt that way.”

The book reveals the former secretary of state was full of excuses for why she faired poorly against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary and President Donald Trump in the general election. Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes co-authored the book, titled “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

Reportedly furious after a dismal showing in the primaries, Clinton manufactured multiple reasons for her performance. She blamed her former campaign director Robby Mook for not selecting the right travel stops and for spending heavily in the wrong areas.

That is what you get for living in a bubble and surrounding yourself with Yes-Men - it may take a couple of years but eventually reality penetrates the bubble and bites you in the ass.

Okay... News from The Best Korea

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From Reuters:

Foreign journalists in North Korea told to prepare for 'big' event
Foreign journalists visiting North Korea have been told to prepare for a "big and important event" on Thursday, although there were no indications it was directly linked to tensions in the region over the isolated state's nuclear weapons program.

Around 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15, North Korea's biggest national day called "Day of the Sun".

Not holding my breath - they have a history of big events falling flat.

A Mega March

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Not President Trump's MAGA, this one was in protest to the Trump Presidency. The first two paragraphs from The Dallas Observer paint the picture:

Dallas' "Mega March" An Enthusiastic Bust
The last time Dallas' Latino leadership organized a march of this intended scale, in 2006, attendance was estimated at somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000. This time, even before the march, organizers guessed attendance might be 100,000.

On Sunday, they claimed after the event that 20,000 people showed up to march through downtown Dallas to Dallas City Hall for rights and respect for Dallas' immigrant and refugee population. After the march, Dallas police estimated 3,200 people marched and attended the subsequent rally.

Yawn. Big difference between someone who is actually doing something with the economy and people who keep saying the same things regardless of what is happening in the real world.

From Jim Hoft writing at The Gateway Pundit:

Wikileaks Bombshell: Guccifer 2.0 Admits “Seth” Rich Was DNC Leaker
Wikileaks confirms Seth Rich as source of DNC Leak and provides proof–

Wikileaks released a series direct messages from US alleged “Russian spy” Guccifer 2.0 to actress model Robin Young (according to Young).

In the stream of texts the discussion leads to the DNC leaker.

His name is “Seth”…

From a text:

Guccifer 2.0: his name is seth.he was my whistleblower. I suppose you know who I’m talking about
Robin Young: Yes, and it was horrifying to hear abut his death. I have no facts, but my opinion is Hillary had him murdered.

And the murder?

On July 8, 2016, 27 year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich was murdered in Washington DC. The killer or killers took nothing from their victim, leaving behind his wallet, watch and phone.

Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family.

Seth Rich’s father Joel told reporters, “If it was a robbery — it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money — he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life.”

Another case of Arkancide by the Clintons. Quite the long list. Guccifer 2.0 was one of the major leakers during Crooked Hillary's presidential campaign.

Interesting times ahead - a two-fer

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First - great news from the Office of Management and Budget - from Breitbart:

Mick Mulvaney Orders Federal Agencies to Prepare for Massive Cuts
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney will send a letter this week ordering federal agencies to prepare for massive cuts, according to a report from Axios.

As part of Donald Trump’s plan to streamline federal government, Mulvaney will demand that federal agencies significantly reduce their costs and increase efficiency. The reorganization will likely involve selling assets, laying off employees, and the cancellation of programs deemed unnecessary.

The letter will fall in line with Trump’s executive order from March 13th, which dictates Mulvaney “propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies (as defined in section 551(1) of title 5, United States Code), components of agencies, and agency programs.”

Second - I was thinking this might happen but surprised that it happened so quickly - from Zero Hedge:

South Korean Paper Reports China Has Deployed 150,000 Troops To North Korea Border
While the catalyst is unclear, it appears the market dropped as headlines of further sanctions against Russia appeared and reports of China deploying 150,000 troops to its North Korea border.

According to Korean news agency Chosun, the "Chinese army has deployed about 150,000 troops to the North Korean border in two groups to prepare for unforeseen circumstances." The reason: the prospect of "military options", such as preemptive attacks on North Korea, like the one the United States launched on Syria.

Interesting times indeed...

Poor Hillary - a list of reasons...

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...for why she did not win last November. Comical really - from the Washington Examiner:

Here's a list of everyone Hillary Clinton blamed this week for 2016 (she's not on it)
Hillary Clinton emerged from the woods this week for her first big interview since the Nov. 8 election.

Over the course of her soft-focus conversation with the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, the former secretary of state identified some of the reasons she thinks she lost to President Donald Trump.

Clinton blamed FBI director James B. Comey, who re-opened the investigation of her private emails in the final days of the campaign. She also blamed Russia for allegedly meddling in the election by reportedly hacking the personal email accounts of Democratic National Committee staffers and her campaign chairman, John Podesta.

She blamed the hacking group WikiLeaks for publishing the stolen emails during the election.

Clinton blamed the "weaponization of information."

She also jokingly blamed her chief Democratic primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and media for her general election loss.

"To what extent do you assign blame to Bernie Sanders, to media for focusing on emails – " Kristoff started to ask.

"How much time do we have?" Clinton laughed after checking her watch.

She also blamed misogyny.

And a bit more:

Notably absent, however, from Clinton's hall of blame were mentions of the many things her campaign got wrong.

She didn't mention, for example, the fact that she didn't set foot in Wisconsin once during the entire general election. She didn't mention her team's initial decision to frame the campaign in terms of how voters could help her ("I'm with her!") and not vice versa. She didn't mention her team's mind-boggling decision to outsource part of its millennial outreach efforts to Al Gore, 69, and Dave Matthews, 50. She didn't mention the campaign's bizarre decision to send Lena Dunham to North Carolina. She didn't mention the moment she claimed at a fundraiser in New York City that "half" of Trump's supporters were "irredeemable" bigots.

Clinton also ignored all mentions of the fact her team actively ignored and took for granted disaffected white and working class voters whom Obama had won, even after Bill Clinton, who won the rust belt twice, implored them to reconsider their strategy.

Life inside a bubble can be very comfortable and easy but, please remember, it is NOT reality. If you live inside a bubble, you do not know what is happening in the rest of the world. It is very easy for those outside the bubble to look in but it seems to be impossible for those inside to look out.

The dignity of the US Senate

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Michael Ramirez nails it:

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From The Daily Wire:

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion (Billion!) In Errors During Audit Of Obama HUD
Ben Carson was the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins, so, he's kind of a super hero.

But apparently, he's also not a bad accountant.

President Trump picked Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, whose budget grew by leaps and bounds under Barack Obama.

In one of his first acts as HUD Secretary, Carson ordered an audit of the agency. What he found was staggering: $520 billion in bookkeeping errors.

"The total amounts of errors corrected in HUD’s notes and consolidated financial statements were $516.4 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively," the auditors wrote.

But there were plenty of other problems, too.

There were several other unresolved audit matters, which restricted our ability to obtain sufficient, appropriate evidence to express an opinion. These unresolved audit matters relate to (1) the Office of General Counsel’s refusal to sign the management representation letter, (2) HUD’s improper use of cumulative and first-in, first-out budgetary accounting methods of disbursing community planning and development program funds, (3) the $4.2 billion in nonpooled loan assets from Ginnie Mae’s stand-alone financial statements that we could not audit due to inadequate support, (4) the improper accounting for certain HUD assets and liabilities, and (5) material differences between HUD’s subledger and general ledger accounts. This audit report contains 11 material weaknesses, 7 significant deficiencies, and 5 instances of noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Again, the biggest problem we have is all of these unelected bureaucrats who operate with no oversight and zero consequences for their actions. Fire them and make sure they stay fired - not getting rehired by some other agency. We have a lot of veterans who need work - hire them - they have already proven that they want to support our Nation.

From Bloomberg:

Senate Republicans Force Historic Rule Change to Advance Gorsuch
Senate Republicans ignited the "nuclear option" to allow confirmation of President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee and bar Democrats from blocking future picks, a dramatic rule change that could deepen partisan divisions and put more ideologically extreme justices on the court.

The 52-48 party-line vote called for by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday will let the Senate confirm Neil Gorsuch on Friday to take a court seat that Republicans refused to let President Barack Obama fill during his last year in office.

The rule change means Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees can be confirmed with a simple majority vote and will no longer face a 60-vote hurdle.

McConnell said Democrats’ move to filibuster Gorsuch is part of a “much larger story” in which the left is trying to politicize the courts and confirmations.

The Democrats were not playing along - in politics, you have to play along. They walked right into this.

The finest government in the world

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Another bit of the swamp that needs draining - from TechDirt:

Another Major Scandal At The Copyright Office: $25 Million 'Fake Budget' Line Item
On Monday, we published documents we obtained that revealed a massive amount of incompetence and waste at the Copyright Office. They had officially asked for $1.9 million on a technology modernization program, then spent $11.6 million on it without telling anyone about the ever-growing money pit, only to cancel the contract with the vendor last October with nothing to show for it. Oh, and throughout the process, it appeared that the Copyright Register misled both Congress and the Library of Congress.

It would appear that this is not the only time that the former Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante, was found to be misleading Congress and the Library of Congress concerning the Copyright Office's budget and monetary needs. In the recent markup for a bill in the House Judiciary Committee that would make change the Copyright Register position to be a Presidential appointment, rather than by the Librarian of Congress, Rep. Zoe Lofgren revealed that Pallante had apparently put in place a fake $25 million budget line item, asking the Librarian of Congress to testify under oath what it was for, despite it being made up. You can see the comments here.

And just so we are on the same page here, Ms. Pallante was an Obama appointee. The biggest problem we have is all of these unelected bureaucrats who operate with no oversight and zero consequences for their actions. I do hope that things change but under the Obama administration, Ms. Pallante would lie low for six months and then quietly be appointed to some other office with a pay raise. Much more at the site.

If you screw up this bad. it should hurt for a long long time.

Seems the high-tax states do not like it one bit - from the New York Post:

House GOP pushing tax overhaul panned by New York officials
House Republicans are moving ahead with a plan to eliminate deductions for state and local taxes in the new federal tax code — a move Gov. Cuomo has warned would be a “deathblow” to New York.

Kevin Brady (R-Texas), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday that he’s working closely with the White House on a plan that to create three federal tax brackets — 12, 25 and 33 percent.

But the plan would also end the deduction for state and local taxes.

“We are proposing a change,” Brady said in an interview. “Rather than keep Washington taxes high and have just a few get relief from state and local taxes… No longer will Washington punish or reward you based on how much you earn or where you choose to live.”

And the wailing is coming from two states:

Eliminating the state and local tax deduction would hit New York and California especially hard, according a Tax Policy Center 2016 study. Combined, residents of the two states accounted for 32 percent of the total state and local tax deductions claimed nationwide.

I love it! A bit more - some details:

Brady said he and White House started in agreement on “80 percent” of the items and have since become closer. The final unified plan is expected to be introduced this spring.

The goal of the GOP House plan is to make the tax code so fair and simple that Americans can file their taxes on a postcard.

Tax breaks would be preserved for home mortgage interest, charitable giving, child credits, savings plans, higher education and earned income tax credits.

“We kept the key elements most families count on,” Brady said.

Trump’s campaign tax plan didn’t eliminate the state and local tax deduction completely, but made claiming it more difficult by capping all itemized deductions to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples.

Emphasis mine - there are way too many loopholes. It is time to wipe the slate clean and make it simple. Art Laffer had it right. Tip of the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man for the link.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Harvard Grad Students Start ‘Resistance School’
A group of Harvard graduate students are starting a "resistance school" to oppose President Donald Trump.

The grad students, who consider themselves a progressive version of "Dumbledore's Army," have enlisted former Obama staffers to teach the class sessions. The syllabus includes readings on "Black-Palestinian Queer Reciprocal Solidarity."

"On November 8, we lost more than just the presidency," the website for the free online course reads. "We lost yet more ground in the decades-long campaign against progressive values. Republicans now control the Senate, House, and more state legislatures than they have in almost 200 years. Those losses have emboldened the right to launch an all-out attack against our nation's creed—that all are created equal."

Just keep rocking that echo-chamber of yours and stay irrelevant. We will be over here making money and having a fantastic time with our new-found freedom from regulatory overburden.

Susan Rice

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An interesting story unfolding - from Breitbart:

Rand Paul: Susan Rice ‘Ought to Be Under Subpoena,’ Asked If Obama Knew About Eavesdropping
Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called on former National Security Advisor Susan Rice to be brought in front of Congress under subpoena and asked questions about allegations she was behind the unmasking of American identities in raw surveillance.

And from Zero Hedge:

Susan Rice Responds To Trump Unmasking Allegations: "I Leaked Nothing To Nobody"
If anyone expected former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, the same Susan Rice who "stretched the truth" about Benghazi, to admit in her first public appearance after news that she unmasked members of the Trump team to admit she did something wrong, will be disappointed. Instead, moments ago she told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that she categorically denied that the Obama administration inappropriately spied on members of the Trump transition team.

From The Daily Caller:

Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump
Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

He has a good point

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From Irons in the Fire:

Since they're following the lead of the Confederate States of America, when do we start referring to NYC, LA, San Francisco and other 'sanctuary cities' as the Confederate Cities?

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