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Conservatives have mixed reactions to Ken Cuccinelli as DHS chief

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Conservatives have mixed reaction to Ken Cuccinelli as DHS chief

A group of conservatives sent a letter to President Trump urging him to nominate Ken Cuccinelli to lead DHS. Among those supporting him are Jim DeMint, Ginni Thomas, and Brent Bozell.

But not all conservatives are excited about the pick. Cuccinelli was an outspoken opponent to Donald Trump’s nomination in 2016, leading the group who wanted to free the delegates to allow Senator Ted Cruz to get the nomination instead. He famously tossed down his RNC credentials when it was clear they were not going to be heard.

A staunch border hawk, Cuccinelli has made many friends and enemies along the way. One important enemy is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who Cuccinelli has opposed for years.

Quin Hi’lyer at Washington Examiner explained why he believes Cuccinelli is the man for the job.

Cuccinelli would be the perfect choice for homeland security

Among the signatories were former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, former U.S. senator and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, longtime conservative publisher Al Regnery, pioneering direct-mail impresario Richard Viguerie, Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell (no relation to Kenneth), Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley, and leading conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell.

They closed the letter extolling Cuccinelli’s “tough on crime stance, his solution-oriented approach, his dedication to the rule of law, his love for America, and most importantly, his loyalty to the cause of making America great again.”

In conversations and interviews both on and off the record over the years, I’ve been equally impressed. If Trump wants a smart, take-charge guy to protect the American homeland, Cuccinelli should be his man.

Opinion

I like Cuccinelli, but I’m biased. I was with him trying to get Cruz nominated, but like Cuccinelli, I’ve grown to accept and even occasionally appreciate the President.

Is he a border hawk as some are saying? Yes. Is he the right guy for the job? Perhaps. I also like Kris Kobach, though that seems less and less likely. I’m not crazy about Pam Bondi or Rick Perry getting the job.

DHS is arguably the most important department right now when it comes to needing strong leadership. Admittedly, I haven’t heard a name floated that really gets me excited, not even Cuccinelli or Kobach. But then again, I can’t thing of a name that hasn’t been floated that would get me excited either other than perhaps Allen West.

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“I’ve not spoken to him about any of them. I have expressed my, shall I say, lack of enthusiasm for one of them… Ken Cuccinelli.” – Mitch McConnell

Final Thoughts

Whoever the President nominates for the position, they must be willing to do what it takes to slow or even stop the intense flow of illegal immigrants at our southern border. We cannot continue to be weak on border security.

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Eric Swalwell’s attempt to troll the NRA results in embarrassing display of futility

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Eric Swalwells attempt to troll the NRA results in embarrassing display of futility

Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell wanted to make a statement. He’s against guns and wanted to leave his mark on the nation’s largest gun owners’ rights advocates, the National Rifle Association (NRA). So, he went to the the NRA’s headquarters in Fairfax, VA, to hold a massive rally condemning the organization’s defense of the 2nd Amendment.

The results were embarrassing and conservatives took notice.

As most progressive news outlets pretended it didn’t happen despite the Congressman’s appeal to their desires of confiscating semi-automatic rifles and putting an end to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), conservative media sources honed in on the unpopular candidate and the tiny crowd he was able to draw.

But they weren’t the only ones who took notice. The NRA itself pounced on the opportunity to ridicule one of their most vocal yet powerless critics:

The American people are waking up to two facts. First, the rhetoric of the left against gun ownership is antithetical to preventing gun violence because in the vast majority of cases, it is known criminals and not formerly law abiding citizens who are committing violence with firearms. Second, the instant reaction of the gun control advocates pushing for new gun laws following any highly publicized shooting almost never confronts the actual issue involved. Time and time again, new laws are proposed that would not have had an effect on the crimes committed had they been in effect before.

Crazy and evil people will do crazy and evil things. Punishing over a hundred million law abiding gun owners for the sins of the few is not a solution. The left knows this, but it’s a popular rallying cry so they stick to their story.

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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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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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