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Judge rules against Sessions’ plan to withhold grant money from sanctuary cities

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Sanctuary cities are a big problem, particularly for those living in them. They are magnets that attract those who would need sanctuary, namely criminal illegal immigrants who don’t want to be held by local authorities on behalf of ICE when they’re arrested for their other criminal activities. We’ve seen time after time how criminals have been released in spite of ICE requests to hold them, only to see them commit more crimes.

Some have been heinous.

Today, a U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide injunction preventing Attorney General Jeff Sessions from withholding federal grant money from sanctuary cities. The injunction will hold until the court hears the case brought up by Chicago and its liberal mayor Rahm Emanuel. While the injunction is temporary, the judge indicated he believed the city had “a good case.”

This doesn’t bode well for the Trump administration’s plans to put an end to sanctuary cities altogether.

Perspectives

Breaking! Judge rules against plan to defund sanctuary cities… – The Right Scoop

http://therightscoop.com/breaking-judge-rules-against-plan-to-defund-sanctuary-cities/I wouldn’t be surprised if this were overturned on appeal, but even if it’s not, this is only the first attempt by the Trump administration to cow sanctuary cities under the federal boot. There might be other ways that the fed can force them to do what they want… even if some might say that using the power of the federal government in this way is not really a conservative principle.

Federal judge rules Jeff Sessions cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/federal-judge-rules-jeff-sessions-cannot-withhold-funds-from-sanctuary-cities/article/2634613Chicago argued that the new conditions that mandated cities allow immigration agents into jails, as well as having to give at least a 48-hour notice before releasing someone suspected of immigration violations, were unconstitutional.

Federal Judge to Sessions: Attorney General Can’t Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities – Matt Vespa

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/09/15/federal-judge-to-sessions-attorney-general-cant-withhold-money-to-sanctuary-cities-n2382221Sanctuary city ordinances, which are reportedly meant to offer illegals protection from deportation if they report crimes, became a focal point when Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal alien, who had been deported multiple times, in San Francisco. More family members of those who have had loved ones lost to illegal alien homicides also came forward to denounce the policy. Even America’s sheriffs noted that illegals don’t report crimes.

Federal judge blocks Trump from denying funds to sanctuary cities | TheHill

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/350937-federal-judge-blocks-trump-from-defunding-sanctuary-citiesThe judge, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan, explained that he halted the DOJ policy nationwide because there is “no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the Attorney General would differ in another jurisdiction.”

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities – Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/15/judge-sessions-cant-deny-grant-money-for-sanctuary/Chicago has applied for $2.2 million in the federal grant money – $1.5 million for the city and the rest for Cook County and 10 other suburbs. But in a recent court hearing, attorneys representing the city said that more than 30 other jurisdictions across the United States filed court briefs supporting Chicago’s lawsuit and have up to $35 million in grants at stake. At least seven cities and counties, including Seattle and San Francisco, as well as the state of California, are refusing to cooperate with the new federal rules.

 

Final Thoughts

While sanctuary cities should be ended, they should be ended from within, not by DC. It’s up to the people to demand that their cities defend them from criminals. Leaving it up to the federal government to threaten and punish these cities accelerates us down the path towards increased statism.

Foreign Affairs

First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

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First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova is allegedly part of Project Lakhta, a Russian operation intended to sow political division ahead of the midterm elections as well as other elections around the world. She has been charged by the Justice Department for interfering with the United States political system.

Here is the press release from the DOJ:

Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/russian-national-charged-interfering-us-political-system“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This case demonstrates that federal law enforcement authorities will work aggressively to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of unlawful foreign influence activities whenever feasible, and that we will not stand by idly while foreign actors obstruct the lawful functions of our government. I want to thank the agents and prosecutors for their determined work on this case.”

According to allegations in the criminal complaint, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the chief accountant of “Project Lakhta,” a Russian umbrella effort funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering. Project Lakhta includes multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in the United States, members of the European Union, and Ukraine, among others.

My Take

This story will be spun from its surface assertion of Russian interference helping President Trump and other Republicans win in 2016. That assertion is inaccurate as the DOJ release indicates, but it won’t stop mainstream and leftist media from calling this the smoking gun against Trump’s presidency.

What this project allegedly did was push forth divisive messaging that was intended to affect people on both sides of the political aisle. This is important to understand because it wasn’t intended to drive one candidate or another. It was designed to take whatever political position any given person has and amplify their anger towards the opposing side.

Russia knows if they push the far right further to the right and the far left further to the left, our own anger will fuel the division. They are taken advantage of our freedom.

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Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards charged for leaking financial data on Robert Mueller’s targets

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Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards charged for leaking financial data on Robert Muellers targets

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of leaking financial documents to BuzzFeed. These documents contained information about some of Robert Mueller’s targets in his probe of Russian election meddling, including Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Maria Butina, and the Russian Embassy.

Natalie Edwards: Treasury FinCEN official charged with leaking financial records in Russia probe

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/natalie-edwards-treasury-fincen-employee-charged-with-leaking-financial-records-in-russia-probe/U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement that Edwards “betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information.”

“SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties,” Berman said.

My Take

There has never been a presidency that had so many government employees attempting to derail it. For a senior Treasury Department employee to be willing to go to jail to help a leftist media outlet post some stories exemplifies how unhinged President Trump’s opponents can be.

Trust of public employees is extremely important and, anecdotally, at an all-time low. It isn’t just people in the White House. There are clearly an large number of unhinged activists working for the federal government.

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If Keith Ellison wins his election, #MeToo has officially jumped the shark

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If Keith Ellison wins his election MeToo has officially jumped the shark

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) should be a prime target for the #MeToo movement. He’s a powerful man who allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend. She has corroboration and evidence to back her claims. She’s a fellow Democrat, so she’s not a political plant by his opposition. She’s a woman with a story of abuse that, by #MeToo movement standards, should be believed.

The problem is Ellison is a powerful Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and is in the middle of a tight election. Therefore, he’s protected from the people who would have sunk Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation despite no evidence or corroboration.

The hypocrisy of it all is stunning. The message being sent by the #MeToo movement based on their unwillingness to confront Ellison and call for his removal from offices, current and future, is that women are to be believed if they’re accusing the right people. Keith Ellison isn’t the right person. He’s an ally to the #MeToo movement because he’s a Democrat, a Muslim, a minority, and someone who’s in the middle of an important election in Minnesota.

Despite the #MeToo movement looking away, it seems that voters in Minnesota are starting to look closer.

Domestic abuse charges diminishing Ellison’s lead

https://onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2018/10/16/domestic-abuse-charges-diminishing-ellisons-leadRep. Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn.) lead in the polls – to become Minnesota’s newest attorney general in the midterm elections – has continued to vanish after his ex-girlfriend’s domestic abuse allegations.

Before the Karen Monahan’s charges were made public, the Democratic Muslim candidate was believed to be a shoe-in in the contest to become the deep-blue state’s top cop, but since then, polls show that his once long-shot Republican competitor, Doug Wardlow, has closed in on him – big time.

Misogyny and abuse of power are real problems in America. This is why the initial iteration of the #MeToo movement was so powerful. It worked. That cannot be denied. But what it has become is a shadow of its original self.

The highest ranking law enforcement official n the state of Minnesota may be a many accused by his ex-girlfriend of physical and mental abuse. Unfortunately, #MeToo doesn’t believe her.

#MeToo will only go after people like Keith Ellison if there’s incontrovertible evidence against them. They’ll go after Brett Kavanaugh no matter what. #MeToo is not the women’s empowerment movement they claim to be. It’s a political activist front.

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