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An activist sat in Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardt’s hearing for two hours wearing a swamp creature mask

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An activist sat in Interior Secretary nominee David Bernhardts hearing for two hours wearing a swamp

Under normal circumstances, protesters making a mockery of our Constitutional political system get no sympathy from me. But this time, I’m okay with it for two reasons. First, it was funny enough to be acceptable. Second, I’m not crazy about David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary.

What makes this more interesting is that she was able to stay on camera for nearly two hours before getting escorted out.

Let’s mark this one up with a chuckle as “Well Played.”

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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

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State Department investigation in Clinton email scandal reports 23 violations so far

Every time someone outside the FBI takes a look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for her and her staff when she was Secretary of State, they see a situation that was dangerous to the security of the United States. The latest to come to this conclusion is the State Department itself, which has found 23 violations and seven infractions that were allegedly committed.

And that’s just the beginning. The investigation is likely going to continue until the beginning of September.

This information comes through a letter sent to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) who leads the security review, according to Fox News.

“To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents,” Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, wrote to Grassley. “DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. … This number will likely change as the review progresses.”

Current and former staffers who committed violations or multiple infractions will have them noted in their permanent record. This record is used for many purposes, including determinations on current and future security clearances. The letter did not indicate if criminal charges were possible for anyone, nor did it reveal any names of those being scrutinized.

Opinion

The FBI successfully protected Hillary Clinton and her staff throughout the 2016 election. Though one can argue former FBI Director James Comey helped her lose the election by announcing a continuation into the investigation weeks before election day, the body of actions taken by the FBI demonstrate she was being shielded from prosecution and any investigation that went too deep into her potentially criminal activities.

Thy wanted her to win. They had no intentions of derailing that possibility by doing their jobs.

Now that the State Department is on the case, there may actually be some closure for over the whole scandal. It’s unlikely her detractors will see any real form of justice served as a result, but those involved are less likely now to get out of this unscathed.

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“omg.” – Huma Abedin upon finding out someone was trying to hack the private servers

Final Thoughts

We may never see Hillary Clinton in jail. We may never see anyone truly punished for putting America’s security interests at risk. But at the very least it appears we’ll get confirmation of wrongdoing, which is better than nothing.

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Immigration

Trump: ‘Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens’

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Trump Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens

One of the promises the President made through much of the 2016 election season was deportation. His views shifted throughout the campaign as he acknowledged the difficulty of deporting tens of millions of illegal immigrants while simultaneously saying it needed to be done. Some have called this a broken promise since deportation numbers have not reached the levels many expected, but that may be changing very soon.

In two Tweets, the President said, “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people long before they get to our Southern Border. Guatemala is getting ready to sign a Safe-Third Agreement. The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress. They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!”

In calling out the Democrats, the President referred to their continuous blocking of any actions that could actually help solve our border crisis, from the wall to border patrol resources to fixing the loopholes asylum seekers use to cross the border and get released to the interior while awaiting their hearing. As acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan noted last week, 90% of recent migrants haven’t shown up for their asylum hearings and were issued removal orders.

Are these the “illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States” the President was referencing? Though the numbers are high, they have not reached into the millions just yet. But combined with standing removal orders already on the books, the deportation potential does hit seven digits.

This was one of the few promises the President hadn’t kept yet, but it appears the deportation machine at ICE is getting ramped up. Finally. This is a great first step towards dissuading entry in the first place.

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Did Clarence Thomas just set up the overturning of Roe v. Wade?

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Did Clarence Thomas just set up the overturn of Roe v Wade

Legal analysts and news network experts are scrambling to decipher Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s intentions when he wrote an ominous line in his concurring opinion for Gamble v. United States, released Monday. The implications, many agree, represent an initial baseline for addressing Roe v. Wade.

“When faced with a demonstrably erroneous precedent, my rule is simple: We should not follow it,” he wrote.

With the likelihood of abortion laws passed in states across the country setting up a near-future examination of the 46-year-old abortion legalization decree, the timing of Thomas’s mention of precedent is conspicuous.

Kristen Clarke, the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, told Fox News that Thomas’ comments were part of a larger attack on abortion rights.

“One can’t ignore the timing of Justice Thomas’s concurring opinion which comes at a moment when we are seeing a coordinated and relentless attack on Roe v. Wade across the country,” Clarke said. “The laws that have been adopted in several states violate the Court’s settled precedent in Roe. In his concurring opinion, Justice Thomas has made clear his willingness to reject precedents that he personally deems incorrect, a position that unnecessarily politicizes the Court.

Opinion

We can debate all day (and I often do) about whether or not abortion is acceptable. As an adamant pro-lifer, clearly I do not think it is. But one thing that should not be up for debate is whether or not this is a state issue. Healthcare laws generally fall to the states despite attempts to impose single-payer healthcare on us, so the chants by pro-abortionists that it’s a women’s healthcare issue belies the need for it to be a national law.

The divided opinions on whether or not a fetus has rights, the role choice at multiple levels plays into abortion decisions, and at what stage an abortion becomes too barbaric is the very reason Roe v. Wade is obsolete. Is abortion healthcare? If so, then laws pertaining to it must be decided by the states. With no consensus about the status of a human being at the earliest stages of life, allowing federal laws to blanket it removes the righteous debate that must be held continuously as more knowledge becomes available.

There are arguments that this should not be a religious issue, but it’s false to claim there are no arguments against abortion outside of religion. If anything, the fact that we’re still debating it on scientific, ethical, and philosophical grounds is a clear indicator the debate must continue. That cannot happen in its fullest form as long as Roe v. Wade is the standing precedent.

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“The Constitution tasks the political branches—not the Judiciary—with systematically developing the laws that govern our society. The Court’s role, by contrast, is to exercise the ‘Judicial Power,’ faithfully interpreting the Constitution and the laws enacted by those branches.” – Clarence Thomas

Final Thoughts

Abortion legalization at the national level is demonstrably erroneous, fitting Thomas’s definition of precedent that should not be followed. Could abortion laws finally be left solely to states? Stay tuned.

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