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Mexico also has to recover from Mother Natures forces….

It has and is a rough time for the southern part of North America….

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Desperation set in Saturday as Mexico reeled from a pair of deadly disasters that struck the country on both coasts.

Recovery efforts were underway near the epicenter of one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the nation. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 90, authorities said.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after hundreds of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

The quake struck off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday.

At least 61 dead in Mexico earthquake, tsunami warnings issued

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.

Simultaneously, officials were readying for the possibility of flooding and landslides along the eastern coast after Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday as a Category 1 storm….

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Hurricane Irma is a Category 5 Hurricane with 185 MPH Winds ….

Here we go again…..

This time Florida and the Carribean Island are in for a rough going….

Is Mother Nature gonna break the US Budget this year?

Out hopes are for no loss of life….

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As Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, aimed for Puerto Rico and other islandsthroughout the Caribbean, residents scrambled Tuesday to rush out of flood zones, stock up on the last available water, food and gas, shutter their homes and brace for what is now, and could remain, a mammoth Category 5 hurricane.

“We have to prepare for an event that we have never experienced here,” said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico at a news conference, as he went on to call the hurricane’s arrival imminent and its potential catastrophic.

Packing winds of up to 185 miles an hour, Irma threatened havoc and widespread destruction across Puerto Rico, a United States territory of 3.4 million people, the nearby island of Hispaniola (home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the United States Virgin Islands, among others. Cuba is also threatened. The storm is expected to rake or sideswipe Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

President Trump declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, Florida and the United States Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center and Bryan Norcross, the hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. The hurricane center said Irma had winds of up to 185 mph as it approached the Leeward Islands. There have been other storms with comparable winds in the Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico, where the warm waters fuel particularly dangerous hurricanes.

With Harvey’s destruction still fresh on people’s minds, Florida hustled into action….

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Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in history, was picked up machines used to measure earthquakes.

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There are MORE US troops in Afghanistan than previously announced…..

The troop build up in that country was actually on its way already….

The scoop on troops. The Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold and Nancy Youssef finally got the Pentagon to admit something we all assumed: there are far more U.S. troops in Afghanistan than the government has said. There are actually 12,000 Americans serving in the country, and not 8,400, which has been the official number since the Obama administration.

The practice of muddying the truth about deployments began under Obama, and has continued under the Trump administration. The Pentagon has said it will only count the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq who are there on long-term deployments, and not those on “temporary” deployments that only last a few months.

There are 5,262 U.S. troops authorized to be in Iraq, and another 503 in Syria, but it is generally understood that there are at least 6,000 troops in Iraq at any given time, and around 1,000 in Syria.

President Trump has signed off on a larger deployment to Afghanistan of around 4,000 troops, which would bring the total to around 16,000.

Trump and Biden, likeminded leaders? Trump’s plan to keep the U.S. troop count in Afghanistan (relatively) low, and focus on counterterrorism has a precedent. It sounds a lot like former VP Joe Biden’s plan that was rejected by president Obama and the Pentagon back in 2009….

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Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump ain’t getting along….

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And THAT isn’t a good thing for Republicans AND Donald Trump….

Trump has been after McConnell personally for NOT being able to get a Repeal of the Healthcare Law  and other legislation and  also NOT helping him get out from under Robert Mueller’s investigation of him and his aides and family….

Donald Trump is continuing his history of attacking ANYTHING or ANYONE who doesn’t give him what he wants….

But like with judges?

Attacking his adopted party’s leader isn’t gone get him far….

Other GOP Senator’s have been quiet….

But they are said to be VERY unhappy with Trump’s attacks against McConnell and Republican lawmakers….

Trump will NEED McConnell and Republicans support on  important legislation coming up this fall ….Throwing at them isn’t  making them happy …..

Added to all this is yesterday’s threat from Steve Bannon, in his new job , against Republican lawmakers who don’t give Trump what he wants….

Let me add also that most people have forgotten that Donald Trump campaigned AGAINST these very people of HIS party in Congress, so this dissing should not be a surprise….

But all of this has led to comments from McConnel slipping out that he doesn’t think Trump will last in office….

Trump has gone on to say that he thinks McConnell, who has his leadership post by the votes of fellow Republicans in the Senate,  should step down if he can’t get Trump what HE wants….

…..Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee rebuked Mr. Trump last week for failing to “demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence” required of presidents. On Monday, Senator Susan Collins of Mainesaid in a television interview that she was uncertain Mr. Trump would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2020.

There are few recent precedents for the rift. The last time a president turned on a legislative leader of his own party was in 2002, when allies of George W. Bush helped force Trent Lott to step down as Senate minority leader after racially charged remarks at a birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond, Republican of South Carolina.

For the moment, Mr. McConnell appears to be far more secure in his position, and perhaps immune to coercion from the White House. Republicans are unlikely to lose control of the Senate in 2018, and Mr. Trump has no allies in the Senate who have shown an appetite for combat with Mr. McConnell.

Still, some allies of Mr. Trump on the right — including Stephen K. Bannon, who stepped down last week as Mr. Trump’s chief strategist — welcome more direct conflict with Mr. McConnell and congressional Republicans.

Roger J. Stone Jr., a Republican strategist who has advised Mr. Trump for decades, said the president needed to “take a scalp” in order to force cooperation from Republican elites who have resisted his agenda. Mr. Stone urged Mr. Trump to make an example of one or more Republicans, like Mr. Flake, who have refused to give full support to his administration.

“The president should start bumping off incumbent Republican members of Congress in primaries,” Mr. Stone said. “If he did that, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan would wet their pants and the rest of the Republicans would get in line.”

But Mr. McConnell’s allies warn that the president should be wary of doing anything that could jeopardize the Senate Republican majority.

“The quickest way for him to get impeached is for Trump to knock off Jeff Flake and Dean Heller and be faced with a Democrat-led Senate,” said Billy Piper, a lobbyist and former McConnell chief of staff.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expressing doubts that President Trump can succeed in office after a summer of controversies and crises, according to a bombshell report from The New York Times.

The Times reported Tuesday that McConnell has privately questioned Trump’s willingness to learn how to govern and the president’s ability to lead the GOP into the 2018 midterm elections, according to people who have spoken to him.

The report that McConnell has expressed reservations about Trump’s ability to salvage his presidency follows a week in which the president was put on the defensive after blaming both sides for the violence in Charlottesville, Va., after a white supremacist rally.

McConnell was reportedly troubled by Trump’s remarks that placed equal blame on hate groups and counterprotesters.

The Senate GOP leader also signaled his unease with Trump’s comments to business leaders who quit their posts on presidential advisory councils in recent days, according to the report….

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For some undoucumented immigrants…Yes….Self Deportation….

Quietly,  below the radar,  Donald Trump’s promise to send undocumented immigrant men, women and children in America has worked….Immigration and Customs agents have stepped up raids from the lull durning President Obama’s last year in office….

With Trump putting the Ban issue on the front pages, the media has covered the actions against those staying illegally in this country also….

While some places around the country have stronger enforcement actions then others ?

The word is out….

The NY Times does a piece on  a family in Iowa who only know what it is to be American’s….But have chosen to leave this place on their own free will (self deportation) rather than be shipped back after being detained by the US Government and shipped back under duress….

Her American journey was waning, and she had little left to lose.

Her husband, Jesús Canseco-Rodriguez, was already gone — deported to Mexico in 2015. Ms. Rivera had jettisoned their apartment and sold off what the family had built here in Hampton: their small business power-washing hog barns, Mr. Canseco’s work truck, their furniture

Now, at this tense juncture for immigrants and their adoptive hometowns across the conservative swaths of rural America, Ms. Rivera planned to sever one last tie. She was returning to Mexico — and to her husband — with Steven, 13 years old and American-born.

Some politicians call it “self-deportation.” She called it her family’s only hope of being together.

The heartland is freckled with Hamptons and Ediths. In small agricultural towns that supported President Trump by 20-point margins, residents are now seeing an immigration crackdown ripple through the families that have helped revive their downtown squares and transform their economies.

In Hampton, Latinos make up 51 percent of the elementary-school rosters and sit in the next pews over at the bilingual Easter Mass.

Like Ms. Rivera, many are weighing whether to stay, hide or leave altogether.

As she angled her gray Camry north, farms and silos whipping by under a sunny spring sky, Ms. Rivera scrolled through memories and fears as if they were pictures on her phone. The apartment by the golf course where she used to chase Steven through the grass. The curling prairie trails where they walked after school. The quiet blacktops where she went jogging.

Agriculture is a mainstay of the economy in and around Hampton.CreditTim Gruber for The New York Times

“I love the days like today,” she said.

But the future scared her. She worried about her family’s safety in their home state of Veracruz, where gangs slaughter rivals and civilians alike. How would they earn a living on their tiny, remote ranch? How would Steven adjust to a country he had visited just once, last summer? Would she ever see her American friends — or America — again?

And when their departure date finally arrived, could she bring herself to get on that Delta flight and leave?

The most indelible American stories are often road trips of one kind or another, whether they end at Plymouth Rock or in Hampton, Iowa. Ms. Rivera’s first journey whisked her away from her poor home in southern Mexico when she was 14, across the Arizona border illegally, to join relatives looking for jobs in North Carolina. Another road trip brought her to Iowa with her husband and child, then a toddler.

In the decade the family spent in Hampton, they drove to Minneapolis, where her husband played first base in the Liga Latina de Béisbol, and where young Steven began, as one friend said, to “breathe baseball.” They drove to horse races and to a water park in Des Moines…..

After Mr. Canseco’s arrest in 2015 on charges of illegally re-entering the country, there were trips to jail and to a federal courthouse.

Now, one final road trip waited: The drive from Hampton to a 5:45 a.m. flight out of Des Moines. The itinerary: Atlanta to Mexico City to Veracruz, and the start of an uncertain new life.

“I don’t know how we’re going to provide everything,” Ms. Rivera said. “It’s no work, no opportunities there.”

“I’m afraid at how she’s going to face all this,” Mr. Canseco said in a telephone interview from Mexico. “You can’t imagine how different it is.”…

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Trump goes after McConnell…..

Anyone surprised at this?

Shouldn’t be….

Don’t matter if John Kelly is his chief of staff, or the guy is paying tons of lawyers to defend his rear….

Donald Trump goes AFTER (in tweets) those who do NOT do what HE WANTS….

That work’s for those who he employs like Jeff Sessions or the general’s….

But it’s been ineffective with some in Congress…..

McConnell has recently complained about his parties adopted leader and his lack of political knowledge….(Healthcare fiasco)

Trump is now firing back at the guy he NEEDS in the Senate….

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Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed in the Senate last month.

Some members of the GOP have since pushed for Republicans to keep up the healthcare push, while others have argued lawmakers should move onto other agenda items.

McConnell earlier this week vented his frustrations about the president’s “excessive expectations” for his agenda.

The Kentucky Republican criticized Trump’s “artificial deadlines” during the healthcare debate.

“Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before. And I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell said.

On Wednesday, Trump pushed back against McConnell’s characterizations.

“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” Trump asked in a tweet….

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Federal employees including Obama holdovers voice their displeasure with their boss…

it’s been seven months since Donald Trump became President….

Since getting in office he has hasn’t had one kind word about federal employees…As a matter of fact?….Trump and  GOP lawmakers have been talking about taking benefits away from government workers…

So it should be little surprise that some of those workers are grumbling out loud….

A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.

The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda…..

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Bill coming to protect Mueller’s back….

Back in the day the Special Prosecutor was  given free reign to go wherever they wanted with criminal probes since there was no formal law written…President’s where NOT the only target of the probes…

After Watergate ?

Formal rules where  drafted….

Robert Mueller’s job  has been threaten by Trump mumblings ……

So a Democratic AND Republicans Senator are gonna file a bill that will make it more difficult for Trump to get rid of Mueller who has support from BOTH sides of the congressional aisle…

Two bipartisan senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons — plan to introduce a bill today designed to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from interference as his Russia probe continues, per CBS News.

What the bill would do: It would take the decision to fire a special counsel out of the hands of the president, granting the authority only to the most senior Department of Justice official heading the investigation. Additionally, it would allow a fired special counsel to challenge their removal in front of a panel of federal judges — with a guarantee that the case would be heard within two weeks.

Why it matters: The move shows that protecting the integrity of the government’s Russia investigation is a rare issue that manages to bridge partisan divides in Washington. Additionally, it indicates the respect for Mueller on both sides of the aisle….

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The Senate Bill that doesn’t follow it’s own rules….

McConnell is desperately making shit up to get ‘Aye’ votes….

Even if what gets voted on has NOTHING to do with what will  be  put on paper…

The Senate Parliamentarian, who determines whether the bill follows those rules, has issued guidance that many of the GOP ideas included in the various iterations of Senate legislation proposed so far don’t comply. That includes provisions that would:

  • Restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Allow insurers to charge older adults five times as much as younger adults.
  • Institute a six month waiting period to buy insurance if you haven’t had continuous coverage (which is supposed to function as a replacement to the individual mandate).
  • Make available waivers to allow states to forgo insurance market regulations.

Getting rid of these provisions makes Swiss cheese out of the bills Republicans have put forward so far. It’s unclear what that will mean for their final bill proposal. At the moment, two of the options seem to be to leave those provisions out (as would be the case with a true “skinny repeal” bill that just ended the individual mandate, the employer mandate and perhaps a few other things) and hope they can get enough votes without them, or they could choose to overrule the Parliamentarian, ending the Senate as we know it….

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New York City Firefighter’s Summer Hot and Fire job….

The New York Times does a piece on how urban firefighters have to do their jobs wearing heavy protective gear in sweltering heat to fight fires….

New York City firefighters respond to emergencies wearing more than 100 pounds of equipment in thick, insulated suits — a uniform that can raise a person’s body temperature above 100 degrees. Because of this, firefighters are at increased risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, heat stroke.

We visited Engine Company 54 in Manhattan to find out how the New York Fire Department keeps its firefighters safe during the summer.

“You sweat profusely and immediately as soon as you put everything on,” said Colin Maxwell, a firefighter, over a glass of water.

The department encourages firefighters to drink more fluids than usual and to eat a light diet when it’s hot, said John Hodgens, a deputy assistant chief.

The Fire Department also takes precautions in the field:

More firefighters. “We get more staffing on the scene so that we can relieve our members more quickly than we would in normal, cool weather,” Chief Hodgens said.

Removing equipment. After being relieved from a fire, firefighters make their way to a designated Recuperation and Care Unit, a truck known as a RAC unit, outside the scene. There, they remove their equipment — insulated boots, pants, jacket, helmet, harness, self-contained breathing tank and heavy tools — to quickly cool off.

Towels and fans. The care units provide the firefighters with liquids, wet towels and misting fans. Each of the five boroughs has a RAC unit staffed by one worker. But during the warmest days of the summer, an additional truck is deployed, and each is staffed by an additional person Chief Hodgens said.

Injuries are most common during consecutive days of high temperatures, said James Long, the director of public information for the Fire Department……

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Trump HAS stuck with Obama’s Nuclear deal with Iran….

In an example of ANOTHER break with his misguided campaign promises…..

The Trump Administration has continued the Obama administration sanctions against Iran , which is abiding by the terms of the deal….It has also certified to Congress that Iran is doing what it promised ….

Wednesday [ 5/17/17] was the deadline for the Trump administration to extend sanctions relief for Iran, which must be renewed every 120 days.

Since Trump took office, his advisors have warned him that pulling out of the nuclear deal was more complicated and less advisable than he had indicated during last year’s campaign.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency, which is charged with monitoring Iran’s compliance, says that the accord is working so far and that nuclear activity is controlled.

Supporters of the deal argue that if the United States pulls out, it would be in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution that approved the accord and that Iran would have a justification for resuming its nuclear program.

Under the deal, which was negotiated by the U.S. and five other world powers, key sanctions on Iran’s economy were lifted, allowing it to sell oil on the open market, join global financial systems and do business with once-proscribed nations.

Although it is leaving those concessions in place, the Trump administration is insisting it will take other punitive actions.

“This ongoing review does not diminish the United States’ resolve to continue countering Iran’s destabilizing activity in the region,” Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, said Wednesday.

That includes Iran’s backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad  in that country’s civil war and its support for militant organizations such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels of Yemen.

Officials said the Treasury Department put new sanctions on seven targets involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which was not covered in the nuclear deal…..

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Defense Sec Mattis runs his own show…..

Donald Trump started off the campaign last year by saying….’ he wouldn’t rely on the ‘genera’s’..he was pretty smart himself.’…

Well that was then….

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President Trump IS relying on one former general so much, that James Mattis is running his shop with little interference from Trump people….

James Mattis has the respect and therefore the support of the nation’s commander-in-chief who deferr’s to Mattis in most Defense related policy….

And THAT makes a LOT of people sleep easier every night….

James Mattis is quickly becoming one of the most powerful Defense secretaries in recent memory, with access to President Trump that few can match.

Trump last week gave the former Marine Corps general full authority to decide the number of additional U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan, a move that comes even before a war strategy has been set. The president has given Mattis similar authority in Iraq and Syria.

And while former President Obama talked frequently to his top commanders overseeing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Trump has instead chosen to speak only to Mattis and a handful of other Cabinet secretaries, according to a White House spokesman.

There is a “very, very close and good relationship” between Trump and Mattis, the spokesman said, describing frequent working dinners “almost on a weekly basis, sometimes more than once a week.”

The two are sometimes joined at the dinners by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, another former Marine Corps general.

But Mattis above all seems to command the most time with Trump.

“They talk very, very regularly, Mattis probably more than any Cabinet secretary,” the spokesman said.

Mattis enjoys strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 98-1 vote, with only Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) voting against him. No other Trump Cabinet nominee has come close to that level of support…..

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Trump hires another lawyer for himself…

Trump’s original personal lawyer Micheal Cohn has hired HIS OWN lawyer…

Marc Kasowitz and Trump lawyer has told staff members NOT to lawyer up….

Nobody has taken his advice including Mike Pence, who has joined others in getting their own lawyer…

Trump has now hired an inside the Beltway lawyer to his increased legal team as Mueller’s office grows in size and expand’s its inquiries….

President Trump has hired another lawyer in the wake of the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian election meddling.

Washington legal veteran John Dowd will join Marc Kasowitz, Michael Bowe and Jay Sekulow in representing the president in the investigation, a spokesman for the team said Friday, according to Reuters.

Dowd has represented a number of high-profile clients in the past, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on congressional ethics charges in a banking scandal in the 1980s and 1990s. McCain was eventually cleared in the matter….

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Some Democrats want Hillary Clinton to shut Up….

The 2016 Democratic nominee for President has voiced her anger over winning the popular vote , but losing the election….

She is publicly blaming EVERYONE , but not pointing much to herself….

Blaming her party has made some Democrats feel that Clinton should be curtailing her comments and appearances…

It appears to some that she has given up running for office and feels she isn’t burning her bridges with her party….

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Of course this  criticizing IS all strange if you look over at Donald Trump who is unafraid to attack anybody and ANYTHING, eh?…..

BTW?

A LOT of Clinton complaints about is right on..The DNC IS and WAS a mess…..And has been losing things since Obama got into office…

“She’s saying the same stuff she would say on a phone call with me,” said one former aide, who worked on the 2016 campaign. “And I think she’ll continue to have a national dialogue on what needs to be fixed.”

Some Democrats say Clinton is better off laying low.

“I’m not sure there is a political strategy here,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “It sounds to me like more of a personal strategy.

“Complaining about an outcome and blaming everyone else is not a good political strategy,” Bannon added.

Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, acknowledged some frustration among Democrats over Clinton’s remarks.

“Some people I know are just frustrated that it’s happening,” he said. “She is a national hero and a great public servant and has the right to be upset.”

But Simmons added that if she’s going to discuss the loss, “it would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed.”….

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Zbigniew Brzezinski Carter adviser and father of Mika Brzezinski is gone…

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, a longtime political scholar who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, died Friday. He was 89.

His daughter, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” confirmed his death in an Instagram post Friday night.

As one of Carter’s top aides from 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski played a role in major events including the Camp David Accords, the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan….

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Trump / Republican Congress Immigration policy Updates…

While Trump has NOT been able to get his ‘wall’ or Muslim ban?

He has jaw boned illegal border crossing down by record amounts….

In addition, while he has not gotten money for more immigration enforcement ?….Immigration and Border cops HAVE increased their searches for illegals resulting in increased deportation cases…

The Hill does a piece on a new House bill offered up and the actions of the Trump admin to increase sticking to the letter of the law  against illegal’s in America….

The Trump administration has found a way to deport millions of undocumented aliens without hearings, and the Republican-controlled congress is working on enforcement-only legislation.

On May 16, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), introduced the Davis-Oliver Act, H.R. 2431. Davis and Oliver were law enforcement officers who were murdered by an alien returning to the United States illegally after being deported twice. …

Section 314 makes crimes out of illegal entry and unlawful presence. If an offender does not have three misdemeanor convictions or a felony conviction, a first offense can result in imprisonment for up to six months. Subsequent offenses can result in imprisonment for up to two years.

The Davis-Oliver Act would make it possible for the states to take over the responsibility for immigration enforcement if a future president limits enforcement the way Obama did. ..

The Republicans can deport most of the undocumented aliens in the country if they choose to do so, but it would take a long time and would be very expensive politically as well as financially…..

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Update on Haitian Refugees ….

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BREAKING: Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians

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