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Our Fake Democracy

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:41
Timothy Egan, New York Times
Remember when Republicans used to pretend to care about crafting the people's business in sunlight?
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Losing Again, for the Same Reason

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:39
Henry Olsen, City Journal
Jon Ossoff's loss in Georgia shows that the Democrats have failed to broaden their appeal.
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Why Do Democrats Keep Losing in 2017?

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:38
Clare Foran, The Atlantic
Kansas. Montana. Georgia. South Carolina. A string of special election defeats in each state, and with each one, a missed opportunity to take over a Republican House seat, has left Democrats facing the question: Why does the party keep losing elections, and when will that change?
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The Republicans' Jekyll-and-Hyde Health Care Plan

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:35
Drew Altman, New York Times
The Senate Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare will benefit the wealthy and young adults but hurt many people who are old or poor.
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CNN’s Cillizza to Democrats post-Ossoff: There’s no such thing as second place–you lost

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:31

Democrats, you lost. I really don’t know what to say after this week’s double-defeat in Georgia and South Carolina. You lost. Period. It’s time to cut the talking points about having the momentum because it was close crap too. If you did, you would’ve won, especially in Georgia. Coming close doesn’t cut it. There is no trophy for second place. That’s what CNN’s Chris Cillizza drove home to the beleaguered cohorts of the Democratic Party. There’s a reason why the GOP is celebrating and you aren’t – they won:

National Democrats will tell you that the race should have never been this close — and that Ossoff even threatening Handel suggests big trouble for Republicans on the ballot next November.

But deep down they know they needed — and still need — a win in a high-profile race in which the fight was between Trump/Republicans and Pelosi/Democrats. Along with Archie Parnell’s loss Tuesday night in a South Carolina special House election, Democrats have now lost four straight specials this year where at least some within the party saw the chance for an upset. (Kansas’ 4th District and Montana’s at-large seat are the other two.)

There are no moral victories in politics. No matter what the losing side says — and they always say this — the only thing that really matters when it comes to special elections is the “W” and the “L.”

Had Ossoff won, he would have become an immediate national sensation for Democrats — proof positive that the Trump agenda was being rejected even in Republican-leaning seats in the south. Donations to the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees would have soared. Democratic candidates on the fence about whether or not to run in 2018 would have taken the Ossoff victory as a sign that the national environment was beginning to tilt heavily in their side’s favor.

Yes, the GOP could still lose the House, but we’re 400+ days from that election. Special elections aren’t the best indicators for midterm projections either, so tread carefully when the cream of left wing commentators try to spin this as a red flag for Republicans. Democrats have struggled to find solid candidates to run in competitive elections. Republicans are also not as vulnerable as Democrats were going into 2010 congressional map-wise. The rural areas that they snatched from the GOP were retaken and this territory is now firmly Trump country.

Now, colorful Trump associate Roger Stone, feeding into the notion about winning, has also said that losers don’t legislate. That’s true. The GOP should breathe a sigh of relief, but also remember that big-ticket items, like health care and tax reform, are still on the table. There’s also the issue of the border wall, which is a key issue that allowed President Trump attract a solid and devoted fan base. This election is over. We should be happy that we won, but we have to get back to work.

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Yeah, Democrats have a lot of momentum, or something.

Democrats had the worst May fundraising since 2003 https://t.co/2PfOdthskT pic.twitter.com/xkBPfkk9bb

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 21, 2017

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Report: Rep. Steve Scalise moved out of ICU

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:30

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been moved out of the ICU, according to multiple reports.

The Louisiana Republican has been undergoing treatment at a Washington, D.C., hospital since June 14, when a gunman opened fire on a GOP practice for the congressional baseball game. Scalise was in critical condition for several days but was upgraded to “fair” condition earlier this week.

Scalise has not been released from the hospital. In a statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise will undergo “an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”

Police said that James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, shot five people, including Scalise and two Capitol Police officers. Hodgkinson was fatally shot during the attack.

President Donald Trump offered his support for Scalise during remarks Thursday evening at a congressional picnic and said that he gave Scalise’s kids “a beautiful tour” of the White House.

“Beautiful children,” Trump said of Scalise’s kids, Harrison and Madison. “We just gave them a tour of the White House, just gave them a beautiful tour of the White House. They got the A tour. Sometimes we give the B, the C, the D and the F tours, just like, here it is, let’s get out of here. We gave them the A tour.”

Thanks @POTUS for the kind words and for hosting Madison & Harrison at the @WhiteHouse. pic.twitter.com/drqaaBMPCK

— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 23, 2017

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Time for Democrats to Admit Obamacare Fails Americans

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:24
Ronna McDaniel, The Hill
OPINION It's time to put aside their partisan calculations and work with Republicans to pass meaningful healthcare reforms that will benefit all Americans.
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A Theft of Historic Proportions

Real Clear Politics - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:23
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- The "health care bill" that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn't really about health care at all. It's the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich -- a theft of historic proportions.
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LGBT group bans police from parade over Castile verdict — but backlash has a way of changing things

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:05

Twin Cities Pride — a Minneapolis LGBT group — earlier this week decided to ban the city’s uniformed police officers from participating in its annual unity parade Sunday after a suburban cop was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop last year.

“… Twin Cities Pride has decided to forgo this part of the police participation in the parade for this year and respect the pain the community is feeling right now,” the group noted Tuesday on Facebook. “There will just be one lone unmarked police car starting off the parade and there will limited police participation in the parade itself.”

Backlash was intense — starting with Janeé Harteau, Minneapolis’ first openly gay police chief, who served as grand marshal in 2014, KARE-TV reported.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

“I am beyond disappointed that you didn’t feel you could talk with me before making such a divisive decision that has really hurt so many in our community, including the LGBTQ members of this Department (and their family members) and those who serve and protect throughout the state,” she wrote to Twin Cities Pride. “I really struggle to see how this decision helps our community heal, and the message of division and not inclusion is so hurtful to many of us.”

Disappointment was widespread, including from other gay officers.

“As the only openly Out gay male officer with the Saint Paul Police department, this is a horrible decision,” Darin McDonald wrote on Facebook. “Thought Pride message was about inclusion, and not exclusion.”

Shan Diedrich agreed: “I could have never imagined something like this. Not only am I a gay woman that grew up with being the odd one out but now in my own community, I’m being once again put out for being a police officer. This is hateful and hurtful. This is not bringing the community together and building stronger relationships, this is dividing us. A huge step in the wrong direction. This is discriminatory and I’m hurt. Excluding a group of people is wrong.”

And backlash has a way of changing things.

After meeting with Harteau and other officials, Twin Cities Pride on Friday reversed its ban and apologized to police, the Star Tribune reported.

The group’s Executive Director Dot Belstler wrote “we recognize this decision has made members of the law enforcement community feel excluded, which is contrary to our mission to foster inclusion. Our intent is and was to respect the pain that the people of color and transgender communities have experienced as of late, but our original approach fell short of our mission.”

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Officers are now invited to “hold the Unity flag or marching alongside the Rainbow, Bisexual, or Transgender flags,” Belstler said.

“To our transgender and people of color communities,” she added, “we will continue to respect your pain and angst by bridging the divide and continuing conversations on both sides of this issue to ensure we consider alternatives that make each group feel comfortable and safe.”

But as you might guess, not everybody was pleased with the reversal.

“The police are a tool of systemic oppression against minority groups, so to say you wish to consider both sides is to effectively allow the continued pain of the mouse in favor of the feelings of the elephant,” Dionne Sims wrote. “I’m disappointed but not at all surprised. It is not the job of the oppressed to bridge the divide created by the oppressors. If the cops want to be included in community events, they should start by treating members of that community with dignity and respect, not by strong-arming their way into things.”

Bri Lopez Donovan was similarly put off: “So the hurt feelings of police officers being uninvited to a parade matter more than the grieving people of color who are killed by police on a now regular basis? Nice. This is pathetic and such a disgrace.”

Here’s a news report that ran just prior to the reversal:

(H/T: Heat Street)

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Townhall Review Podcast - Georgia 6, North Korea, Political Violence and Immigration

Townhall.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:00
Mike Gallagher spoke with William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal about the outcome of the wild election and the broader state of affairs. Robert Costa of the Washington Post was interviewed by Mark Davis about the referendum the Democrats initiated with Jon Ossoff.
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Trump signs VA reform bill into law

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:41

President Trump signed a Veterans Affairs bill into law Friday which is designed to make it easier for the agency to fire problem employees. From CNN:

“For many years, the government failed to keep its promises to our veterans. We all remember the nightmare that veterans suffered during the VA scandals that were exposed a few years ago,” Trump said during remarks in the East Room of the White House.

“Veterans were put on secret wait lists, given the wrong medication, given the bad treatments, and ignored in moments of crisis for them,” he said. “Many veterans died waiting for a simple doctor’s appointment. What happened was a national disgrace, and yet some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls. Outdated laws kept the government from holding those who failed our veterans accountable.”

“Today,” Trump said, “we are finally changing those laws.”

This is one of the few things that has happened since the 2016 election which has had strong bipartisan support. The bill passed 368-55 in the House and was approved unanimously in the Senate. CNN credits Trump with keeping one of his campaign promises, one of the few times I can remember CNN giving the President positive marks for anything.

But CNN also published a new video story today pointing out that problems with wait times at the VA have not disappeared since they were first discovered in 2014. Eric Hannel, the lead investigator for the House Veterans Affairs Committee tells CNN, “It was that way in 2014 when you reported on the wait time scandal; it is that way in 2017. You still cannot trust VA’s information.” This clip is worth four minutes of your time:

The CNN report on problems at the VA is being released in the middle of the extremely contentious debate over repealing (or altering) of Obamacare. The VA is a completely socialized health care system, a step beyond single-payer, and it is an ongoing disaster. That ought to be part of the discussion about where our system is going, but for some reason, Democrats are never asked or expected to defend the VA even as they agitate for moving the entire nation in the direction of greater government control over health care.

I think this is one of those cases where the left is actually hampered, albeit indirectly, by having a national media that seems incapable of viewing some issues from multiple points of view. Franky, if we had a press that wasn’t so simpatico with Democratic goals on health reform, the country could have had a real discussion about the costs as well as the benefits of moving toward a more socialized system. Instead, we got a media that went along with every lie the Democrats told about Obamacare until it was too late to matter. And to this day, most of the media has never admitted that one of the goals of the effort was to slide the country toward single-payer without admitting that was their intent.

The American people may not have been up on all the details of various proposals but I think they had a good sense they were not being given the truth. That’s why we are where we are now, i.e. on the verge of another major change of direction in health care policy. It probably could have gone differently if the media had worked to keep Democrats honest about their goals and the potential downsides of their plans from the start, i.e. all the things they are now eagerly doing with the Republican plan.

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Tom Cruise was once a ‘born-again Christian,’ actor claims in new book

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:10

Actor Curtis Armstrong is claiming in his forthcoming book that movie star Tom Cruise was at one time “a born-again Christian,” though he also asserts Cruise was quite promiscuous in the early years of his Hollywood career.

The revelation about Cruise comes from an excerpt published by The Hollywood Reporter of Armstrong’s book, “Revenge of the Nerd: Or … The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger,” in which the actor details his experiences starring alongside Cruise in the 1983 hit movie “Risky Business.”

Armstrong, 63, describes Cruise, who today is well known for his practice of Scientology, as, at the time, “a born-again Christian” and credits the Hollywood star’s reported faith as the foundation of the discipline he exhibited while making the hit ’80s movie.

“[Cruise] self-identified as a born-again Christian and the rumor was he had actually considered shepherding souls for a living,” Armstrong writes. “I could believe it. Away from the set, initially, Tom made straight arrows look like corkscrews.

“I would ask him at the end of the day if he would like to join us at the bar for a drink,” Armstrong continues. “‘No,’ I recall [Cruise] saying, ‘Got an early call tomorrow. Got to work out still, study my lines. And then I like to read the Bible a little before bed.’”

Cruise allegedly told Armstrong that reading Scripture before going to sleep helped keep him “on the right track.”

But not for long, apparently. Cruise’s co-star also claims the A-list actor was having sex with several young women at the same time he was allegedly practicing his Christian faith.

Armstrong wrote that on one particular night he “found three or four young girls — late teens, I suspect — lined up in the hall outside of Tom’s room.” Armstrong said it happened on an evening he thought Cruise was immersed in Bible reading.

“I remember thinking, ‘Tom’s going to be really upset if these hot girls interfere with his Bible reading,’” Armstrong wrote. “So I asked them, with all the stern gravitas of my 28 years, if there was something I could do to help them.”

Alas, Cruise was allegedly entertaining each of the women.

“This was a young man who knew something about time management and understood how to successfully juggle Bible study and [sex],” Armstrong recalled. “I went to bed alone that night thinking it served me right for not being religious.”

As for Cruise, he has since clarified his religious beliefs. In October, the 54-year-old actor opened up about his belief in Scientology in a rare interview with ITV News.

“It’s something that’s helped me incredibly in my life. I’ve been a Scientologist for over 30 years,” he said at the London premiere of “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.” “It’s something that has, you know, without it, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

He went on to say Scientology is a “beautiful religion” that he is “incredibly proud” to represent.

It should be noted, though, that not everyone has such a rosy perspective about Scientology — including some of the religious sect’s former members, such as actor Leah Remini, who said last week it is her “passion” to take down the Church of Scientology.

She said the religion, which has for years been shrouded in mystery, is “tearing families apart.”

Remini now hosts a show on A&E called “Scientology and the Aftermath,” in which she explains why she left the religion and educates viewers about why — in her mind — the sect is so dangerous.

“[My agents] don’t want me to be known as somebody who does a show about Scientology,” she said. “I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Not do it? This is my passion.’”

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Democrat Official on Scalise: "I Wish He Was F***ing Dead!"

Townhall.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:01
"I'm Glad He Got Shot!"
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City of Ferguson pays out big money to settle Michael Brown wrongful death suit

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:54

The city attorney for Ferguson, Missouri, has disclosed the settlement amount in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown.

Attorney Apollo Carey told The Associated Press Friday that the city’s insurance company paid the family $1.5 million to settle the lawsuit. The settlement was first announced Tuesday, but figures of the settlement had not initially been disclosed.

The 18-year-old Brown, who was black, was fatally shot in August 2014 by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Though Brown was unarmed, credible witnesses during the grand jury trial said 6-foot-5, 289 pound Brown charged Officer Wilson, who fired 12 shots at Brown, critically wounding him several times.

The incident sparked protests in Ferguson, which increased tensions between the black community and the police, and quickly transpired into violent riots and looting, leading Ferguson police to resort to armored vehicles and military weapons.

Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing by the grand jury, but resigned in November 2014 shortly after the decision was made not to indict him. The Obama Department of Justice also concluded that Brown’s civil rights were not violated by Wilson in a report that cast serious doubts on the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative.

However, the Department also concluded that racial bias existed within the Ferguson police department in a separate report, and the city of Ferguson agreed to make changes to address racial bias in its police department and local court system.

Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden, filed the lawsuit in 2015 against the city of Ferguson, the former Police Chief Tom Jackson, and Officer Wilson, claiming the police culture in the city contributed to their son’s death, and that Wilson used excessive force during the incident. All defendants denied the allegations.

Federal District Judge E. Richard Webber approved the settlement, stating that it was “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff,” instructing that the money was to be split between the two parents.

 

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Audio: Nebraska Democrat says he’s glad Rep. Scalise was shot

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:51

“I wish he was {expletive} dead.” That new era of unity didn’t last very long. A now-fired Nebraska Democratic party official links healthcare reform to last week’s Alexandria shooting, and there’s audio. Oddly enough, you have to dig down to local news to find the story:

An audio recording was posted on YouTube Thursday with Phil Montag, a technology chairman, voicing how glad he was that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got shot last week at a GOP baseball practice. Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb confirmed to FOX 42 News Thursday it was really his voice.

“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (expletive) kick people off (expletive) health care. I’m glad he got shot,” said Montag in the audio recording.

 …

“I wish he was (expletive) dead,” said Montag in the recording.

The official has since been terminated. Police and the DNC were notified. Can you imagine the national news media hurricane that would have ensued had a Republican official, even at the state level, said they wished Rep. Giffords had died after being shot by Jared Lee Loughner? Every Republican in the country would have been asked to denounce it. This? Meh, it’s a local news story.

This comes after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suggests Republican rhetoric is to blame for violence. This comes after CBS News’ Scott Pelley mused that perhaps Scalise shot himself:

It’s time to ask whether the attack on the United States Congress, yesterday, was foreseeable, predictable and, to some degree, self-inflicted.

Too many leaders, and political commentators, who set an example for us to follow, have led us into an abyss of violent rhetoric which, it should be no surprise, has led to violence.

Republicans have been held to this media double-standard for years where they are reflexively accused of violence that they had nothing to do with. The uneven treatment is even more unacceptable where Republicans are the victims of a crime. The FBI, in the meantime, is protesting like Baghdad Bob that this guy, who had a history of anti-Republican rhetoric and a list with the names of six Republican congressmen, did not set out to kill Republicans.

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Professor posts absolutely sickening comment about Otto Warmbier’s death

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:39

A public university professor posted an outright despicable Facebook comment Wednesday about Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died after being detained by North Korea for more than a year.

University of Delaware anthropology professor Katherine Dettwyler took to Facebook the same day that Warmbier died. The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was detained by North Korea in January 2016 after stealing a government propaganda poster. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

North Korea released Warmbier back to the U.S. last week in what doctors said could best be described as a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.”

Warmbier died one week later.

But as much of the nation grieved the loss of one of its own, Dettwyler wasn’t as compassionate.

“Is it wrong of me to think that Otto Warmbier got exactly what he deserved?” the professor wrote in a Facebook post.

Dettwyler went on to say that Warmbier “went to North Korea, for f***’s sake,” and she called Warmbier a “spoiled, naive, arrogant” American college student who “never had to face the consequences of his actions.” Dettwyler recalled seeing Warmbier crying at his sentencing.

“‘What did you expect?'” Dettwyler said she thought to herself as Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

“How about a few moments of thought given to all the other people in North Korea who are suffering under the repressive government there? Just because they are North Koreans, and not US citizens, we shouldn’t care about them?” Dettwyler said.

The University of Delaware professor also posted about Warmbier’s race in the comments section of a National Review article.

“Otto is typical of the mindset of a lot of the young, white, rich, clueles [sic] males who come into my classes. These are the same kids who cry about their grades, because they didn’t think they’d really have to read and study the material to get a good grade,” Dettwyler wrote, according to the Daily Caller.

“They simply deserve a good grade for being who they are. Or instead of crying, they bluster and threaten their female professors,” she said.

Campus Reform reported that one reader confronted Dettwyler in the National Review comments section over “the hatred you spew at ordinary white college kids.”

Dettwyler then resorted to further racially charged attacks. She claimed she never specifically attacked Warmbier — just the “white, rich, clueless males” who are “like” him and who “think nothing of raping drunk girls at frat parties and snorting cocaine, cheating on exams, and threatening professors with physical violence.”

In addition to attacking Warmbier (or the students “like” him), Dettwyler went after Warmbier’s grieving parents for raising their child to think that “he could get away with whatever he wanted.”

As extreme as Dettwyler’s comments were, though, it’s apparently not the first time she has shocked others with her incendiary remarks.

According to Dettwyler’s RateMyProfessors page, her students describe her as being “very opinionated” and “obnoxious.”

“It’s her opinion or no opinion and she won’t be afraid to express it even if it may offend half the class,” one student wrote.

Another student said: “My problem with her is that she says we are not ‘entitled to our own facts,’ but she clearly seems to think she is.”

And yet another one of Dettwyler’s students claimed that the professor once said that she “hates America and U.S. ways.”

TheBlaze contacted Dettwyler to ask for a comment but she did not immediately respond.

The University of Delaware also did not return a request for comment Friday.

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North Korea Denies Torturing Otto Warmbier

Townhall.com - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:25
Said he was in a "normal state of health."
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Illegal immigrant blames Trump after college says she can’t assume elected student gov’t position

The Blaze - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:12

Ana Ramirez recently became the first undocumented student elected to Western Washington University’s Student Board of Directors, KING-TV reported.

“I literally cried,” the 19-year-old Ramirez told the station at the Bellingham campus Wednesday. “I knew a lot of other people would be proud of me so that made me happy.”

But her tears of joy were soon wiped away when the school told Ramirez she couldn’t take office because she’s not a United States citizen and would be violating federal law by doing so because it’s considered “work,” KING reported.

“Until or unless an undocumented student candidate receives DACA approval, that student cannot be employed by the University in any capacity,” a school spokesman told KING in a written statement.

Former President Barack Obama signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law, which protects children of illegal immigrants, in 2012. President Donald Trump last Friday moved to keep DACA intact, which was an about-face from his campaign platform.

And Ramirez blames Trump for her decision to not apply early for DACA — as university officials urged her to do if she wanted to run for a student government position, KING reported.

“It was during a time when he was talking about repealing DACA,” she told the station. “It costs $495 to apply. I didn’t want to apply early and lose all that money.”

Image source: KING-TV video screenshot

Ramirez believes Western Washington University should let her take office while her DACA paperwork is being examined, KING reported.

“I mean, I already won this election,” she told the station. “There is no reason to take away this position. I’m fully capable.”

When asked why the university should make an exception for her, Ramirez told KING, “The rules always need to be challenged. This is something that wasn’t created for someone like me, or other undocumented students. That needs to change.”

She told the station that she hopes to become a member of Congress some day — and that this experience is practice for upcoming battles.

Ramirez’s campaign bio reads: “I’m running for VP for Governmental Affairs because I have a passion for politics and a commitment to fighting for the needs of students of color. Students of color are the most affected by the current political climate, and yet continue to be neglected. I believe we can best prioritize and fight for the needs of students of color through governmental affairs.”

(H/T: EAGNews)

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North Korea: Otto Warmbier’s death is a ‘mystery’

HotAir - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:01

How low can the North Korean regime go? Friday a spokesman claimed his death was a mystery. The statement comes close to suggesting his treatment here in America was responsible for his death. From NBC News:

North Korea claimed Friday that it doesn’t know why American college student Otto Warmbier’s health was so poor that after months of imprisonment he ended up dying — and said it even revived him after his “heart was nearly stopped.”

“The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well,” a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Maybe there’s something going on with the translation here but the phrase “in his normal state of health indicators” makes it sound as if it’s normal for a 22-year-old to be in a coma for a year. And the focus on his dying “suddenly” after returning to the U.S. sounds like an attempt to blame his care here rather than what happened to him there. Is there anyone dumb enough to think Wambier received better treatement at the hands of North Korea prison doctors than he did here at home. Let’s just call this statement by North Korea what this is: trolling. And it continues:

The spokesman also blamed the Obama administration for failing to act sooner to help Warmbier, saying the 22-year-old University of Virginia undergrad was “a victim of policy of ‘strategic patience.'” The Obama administration, the spokesman said, never asked for his release.

I’m not a fan of the Obama administration but this is just pure propaganda. The Obama administration failed to secure Warmbier’s release but it succeeded in getting 10 other prisoners of the regime free. The idea that they never asked for is release? That’s just more, grim trolling from a nation run by a deranged and paranoid man-child. Having kidnapped, tortured and ultimately murdered an American college student they are now spitting on his grave by proclaiming their own innocence.

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