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Democracy 2020 Digest: New shots fired in Biden-Sanders Social Security feud

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:24
There’s no letup in the brawl between Democratic presidential front-runners Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden over the former’s repeated claims that Biden years ago pushed to make cuts in Social Security.

Schiff hammered after apparently confusing 'Zelensky' for 'Zlochevsky' in Parnas docs

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:55
House Intelligence Commitee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is again under fire Wednesday for mischaracterizing evidence in Democrats' impeachment inquiry -- this time after he apparently confused Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky with Burisma Holdings founder Mykola Zlochevsky.

Illegal Immigrant Caravans and Criminal Catholics

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 12:32

Illegal Immigrant Caravans and Criminal Catholics
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2020

The latest, lawless migrant caravan hurtling from Honduras to our southern border is as organic as AstroTurf.

The Central American trespassers now number between 2,500 and 4,000. Two weeks ago, slickly designed flyers disseminated on social media beckoned them to sign up for the latest journey and meet at a bus stop in San Pedro Sula. That village is caravan ground zero, where Honduras’s destabilizing Libre Party and its former top legislator-turned-agitator Bartolo Fuentes, have brazenly spearheaded past caravan organizing campaigns since President Donald Trump took office.

On Monday, the throngs reached the Mexico-Guatemala border, where mobs of mostly young men threw rocks and sticks at police—while sympathetic international “journalists” selectively captured and curated tired women and crying children on the trek with state-of-the-art cameras and livestreams.

Make no mistake: These are not desperate people suddenly seeking refuge from violence and harm. They are low-wage workers, pew-fillers and future ethnic-bloc voters being exploited by Big Business, the Vatican and the Democrat Party.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras may be the most recognizable name behind the caravans, but global Catholic elites play a central role in the coordination of this transnational human smuggling racket. Trump-bashing, American sovereignty-trashing Pope Francis donated $500,000 nine months ago from his Peter’s Pence fund to assist illegal immigrant caravan participants. The subsidies cover “27 projects in 16 dioceses and Mexican religious congregations” for “housing, food and basic necessities,” as well as “migrant” assistance programs “run by seven dioceses and three religious congregations: the Scalabrinians, the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Hermanas Josefinas,” according to the Catholic News Service.

As I have reported on my investigations in “Open Borders Inc.,” the Catholic “Underground Railroad” of migrant safe houses that extend across Central America, through Mexico, and up to and into the U.S. is a well-oiled machine. The United Nations’ International Organization for Migration in Mexico has guaranteed supplies of medicine, hygiene products, construction materials, as well as therapy services and legal training, for caravan marchers who are housed at the Hermanos en el Camino shelter, along with the Catholic-run Hogar de la Misericordia shelter and Jesus el Buen Pastor del Pobre y el Migrante shelter. Funding comes not just from Catholic parishioners, but also U.S. tax dollars. The La 72 shelter in Tenosique is run by Franciscans. The El Caminante shelter in Palenque is overseen by Catholic nuns. The Scalabrinians operate Casa del Migrante in Tijuana and have managed an entire shelter ministry network since 1999.

On the southern border of Mexico in Chiapas, the city of Tapachula is the first entry point for Central Americans headed to the U.S. There, the Fray Matias de Cordova Human Rights Center provides “comprehensive support” to illegal immigrant travelers including legal consultations, monitoring of detention centers and “online resources, art and social activities, job training, and basic social services.” The group has received nearly $200,000 from the liberal MacArthur Foundation.

Also in Tapachula, the Jesuit Refugee Service opens its churches and pastoral centers to provide shelter, monetary aid, voluntary aid and emergency assistance. Its team of lawyers, psychologists, social workers and Jesuit clergy spread from Tapachula to Comalapa and Mexico City. JRS staff served as sherpas for the 2018 caravan marchers and liaisons with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees.

Jaime Calderon Calderon, the Catholic bishop of Tapachula, Mexico, immediately pledged aid this month to the newest waves of border-jumpers and river-crossers, openly acknowledging that he received a heads-up from other bishops in the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). But while Calderon and the bishops blame “violence” for the most recent invasion, homicide rates have either fluctuated or fallen significantly in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador since Barack Obama’s executive amnesty programs (DACA and DAPA) were announced in 2012.

Migrants themselves refute the “fleeing violence” narrative: An International Organization for Migration poll of more than 3,200 Guatemalan households in 2016, highlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Kausha Luna, reported that 91% of migrants surveyed had moved to the U.S. for economic reasons (jobs, homes, income boosts)—while only 0.3% blamed violence, 0.2% cited extortion and 0.2% attributed their decision to gangs.

It’s all about the dinero. Central American workers, legal and illegal, sent back nearly $20 billion in remittances to their home countries in 2018, a tidy sum of which will end up back in Catholic collection plates. Remittances sent to El Salvador are now equal to 20% of its GDP; Guatemala, 11%; and Honduras, 18.8%. Meanwhile, the percentage of the population of Guatemala now living in the U.S. is close to 7%; for El Salvador, the percentage now stands at 22%; and for Honduras, we now have absorbed 9.2% of their people.

This is a deliberately orchestrated, relentlessly executed, slow-motion criminal invasion. If my fellow Catholics continue to aid and abet these illegal immigrant gravy trains without consequences, American sovereignty doesn’t have a prayer.

NRSC releases impeachment trial hype video: 'The Senate exists for moments like this'

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:02
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign group dedicated to boosting GOP numbers in the Senate, released a slickly produced video Tuesday to mark the start of President Trump's impeachment trial. 

Trump, in Davos, appears confident of Senate impeachment trial outcome: ‘We have a great case’

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 04:46
President Trump voiced optimism regarding the Senate impeachment trial as he arrived for a breakfast meeting with American CEOs and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday morning.

OMB releases 192 pages of Ukraine-related documents minutes before midnight

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:59
The Office of Management and Budget late Tuesday released a batch of documents related to Ukraine as the opening day of President Trump’s impeachment trial stretched into the early-morning hours.

Murkowski says she called Trump to reassure she doesn't 'hate' him

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:44
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told a home-state newspaper that in late 2019, she called President Trump to reassure him after he reportedly told attendees at an event that the moderate lawmaker "hates" him, the paper reported Tuesday.

Gabbard, Yang, other Democrats slam Clinton remarks on Sanders as petulant, divisive

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:30
Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang were firing back at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night, hours after her remarks about Bernie Sanders in an upcoming documentary were published by The Hollywood Reporter.

Los Angeles’ Garcetti to meet with HUD Secretary Carson to talk homelessness: report

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:46
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is reportedly flying to Washington, D.C., late Tuesday to meet with Ben Carson, the head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to discuss the homelessness, a report said.

Chief Justice Roberts admonishes both sides at Senate impeachment trial, after marathon session erupts into shouting match

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 21:19
An ongoing, marathon first day in the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump erupted into a shouting match well after midnight early Wednesday morning, as Trump's legal team unloaded on Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. -- in an exchange that prompted a bleary-eyed Chief Justice John Roberts to sternly admonish both sides for misconduct in the chamber.

Hillary Clinton responds to uproar after bashing Sanders: 'I will do whatever I can to support our nominee'

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:37
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have walked back her strong opposition to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after she suggested that she would not support her 2016 rival if he were to win the Democratic nomination in 2020 as he did for her candidacy.

2020 election: Lower-tier Democrats still fighting in the primaries

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:21
With the first presidential primary just weeks away, the list of Democratic candidates remains one of the most crowded in decades.

Pro-Trump group targets Doug Jones' impeachment vote with ad buy

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 20:05
America First Policies, a pro-Trump non-profit, announced a $1 million ad campaign in three states on Tuesday, to counter the impeachment narrative from congressional Democrats as the president's Senate trial gets underway. 

Biden campaign touts Ukrainian anti-corruption activist who previously called Hunter Biden's actions 'very bad'

Fox News (Politics) - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:38
Joe Biden's presidential campaign released a video Tuesday evening that features a Ukrainian anti-corruption activist who previously called Hunter Biden's actions in the country -- including obtaining a lucrative board role while his father oversaw Ukraine policy as vice president -- a "very bad thing."

Everything on Demand

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:20
Reporters complain about business. We overlook the constant improvements in our lives made possible by greedy businesses competing for your money.

Iran’s Incompetence is a Nuclear Nightmare

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:05
The list of reasons Iran should not become a nuclear nation is lengthy; but recent events present the starkest reason yet why that must never happen.

Education Choice Could Shift the Black Vote

TownHall Latest columns - Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:01
Sometimes the timing of events is so auspicious that it is hard to attribute it to coincidence.

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