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Senator John McCain has brain cancer

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CNN is reporting that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The 80-year-old veteran, long-time Senator, and 2008 GOP nominee for President has been absent from Capitol Hill since last week.

Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

On Friday, McCain underwent minimally invasive surgery at Arizona’s Mayo Clinic to remove a two-inch clot. Reports at the time were that the surgery was successful. Today’s diagnosis puts his return to the Senate in question.

“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona,” McCain’s office said. “Further consultations with Senator McCain’s Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”

According to the Daily Mail:

Reports suggest the 80-year-old veteran politician was given the diagnoses following pathology tests after surgery.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on Trumpcare because of McCain’s absence, though now it seems that there was more opposition than originally reported.

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Democrats own the caravan and every tragedy that comes from it

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Democrats own the caravan and every tragedy that comes from it

The mass of humanity trekking towards our southern border is 100% the fault of the Democratic Party. It’s not just a handful of politicians or political activists who are causing this event and all tragedies that come as a result. Every leftist politician as well as anyone who voted for them is to blame.

This is not going to end well. Some will simply not be able to walk the entire 3000+ miles. Reports have already shown people getting carried or left behind after collapsing. There is no telling what is currently happening to women and children in the caravan; mainstream media conveniently only shows footage of happy faces. The physical and psychological effects of such a journey are harsh, but one can easily argue that the situation they were leaving was even harsher.

When they make it to the border, there will be a clash of some sort. Remember, these people who want to claim asylum are bypassing thousands of miles of safety in Mexico to get to the United States, so they will not be deterred easily. If border patrol, local police, or even the military attempt to stop them from illegally entering our country, there will be violence.

Assuming some or even most make it into the United States, the potential for more tragedies escalates. Kate Steinle. Ronald Da Silva. Sarah Root. Drew Rosenberg. Mollie Tibbetts. All of these tragic deaths could have been avoided if criminal illegal immigrants, including those from Honduras, could have been kept out of the country.

The caravans have swollen to over 5,000 people. If only 1% are dangerous (and it’s almost certainly a higher percentage than that), then that’s 50 additional criminal illegal immigrants poised to bring more tragedy to American citizens.

This is all on the Democrats. Here are three reasons why:

Invitational propaganda

Everything coming from the Democratic camps across the nation that is getting filtered to their proxies in Central America is a veiled invitation. That veil is lifting lately. Now it is blatant.

The message: “We will accept illegal immigrants and we will protect you from the Republicans.”

This isn’t just a play for votes from Hispanic citizens. This is a future play. The Democrats have known for decades if they’re able to help enough illegal immigrants enter the country and stay here, they will give birth to more Democrats. That’s not a conspiracy theory. This is well understood in quiet Democratic circles. It’s a generational play for power.

“Si se pudo!”

These words can be heard in chants across the caravan. It literally means “yes we could” and is eerily similar to the chants of “yes we can” heard at President Barack Obama’s rallies. This is not a coincidence.

Obama and the Democrats have been beacons of hope for illegal immigrants for over a decade. Adopting his chant as the symbol of their own plight should tell us all where they’re getting their inspiration.

Blocking the wall

If the border wall had been fully funded and in the process of being built, this caravan would never have formed. The Democrats aren’t the only ones to blame for this, of course, as Republicans have failed to use their majorities in the House and Senate to push through enough funding for the rapid building of the wall. Nevertheless, it’s the Democrats who have pushed back the hardest.

If even a few of them had accepted the wall and embraced the protections it gives to every American citizen, we wouldn’t be talking about the caravan today.

With election day two weeks away and early voting already started in most places, the caravan should act as a rallying cry for Republicans and Independents to keep as many Democrats as possible out of office.

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

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Saudi foreign minister does damage control on American press

The foreign relations mess stemming from Jamal Khashoggi’s murder continues to grow more chaotic despite Saudi Arabia’s attempt to cover it up with regularly changing stories. The latest attempt at damage control comes from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Fox News’ Bret Baier him, pressing multiple times about Mohammad bin Salman’s role in or knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s murder. The blame is being placed on the individuals who carried out the operation; as much space is being created between the direct actors and Saudi leadership as possible.

One important note in the interview was when al-Jubier said they do not believe the entire 15-man “kill team” was at the consulate where when Khashoggi was killed there. He admitted he did not know whether Turkey really had a recording of what happened during the incident, nor whether the United States had intelligence that contradicted the Kingdom’s story.

The responses from the foreign minister were in stark contrast to the indignation exuding from the Kingdom for two weeks following the initial report of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

My Take

As I wrote last week, Saudi Arabia gravely underestimated the international response to this incident. They thought they could get rid of a dissident as they have done in the past and the response would be muted. They didn’t take into account his American ties and the desire of the Turks to expose them at every turn.

How is this going to end? It won’t, at least not for a while. Unlike other international news stories of similar magnitude, this one has multiple forces bent on keeping the story going until a satisfactory resolution is reached. It won’t be reached. The White House and the Kingdom will do whatever they can to sweep this under the rug and make people forget.

This stinks, but here’s the sad reality: “Justice” will not be delivered the way it should and the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States will return to the status quo in a few months.

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Pulling out of the INF treaty isn’t just about Russia

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Pulling out of the INF treaty has very little to do with Russia

Russia has broken the treaty already, according to this administration as well as its predecessor. That’s enough to prompt President Trump to put out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, famously signed by President Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev in 1987.

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45930206The US will withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

My Take

This isn’t about Russia. Their actions are the excuse for pulling out, but the reason for doing so is because China has no such restrictions. They’re advancements in weaponry have prompted the United States and our allies to explore means of warfare that have been prohibited.

Until now.

This is a counter to China’s continued aggressive actions. Russia will keep doing what Presidents Obama and Trump already acknowledged. No we can step up our missile program as well.

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