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Judge Orders White House to Restore Acosta’s Pass for Now, but He Could Lose it Again Soon

According to the Associated Press:

A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly announced his decision Friday morning.

CNN had asked that Acosta’s credentials be returned while a lawsuit over their revocation goes forward.

So I suppose now he can go to press conferences and stand up for 45 minutes asking questions. In fact, Acosta can decide he’ll take questions from the press too. Maybe he can attend briefings in his Halloween costume.

The judge was appointed by President Trump.

However, one thing is very important to note here. The White House, if it’s going to make a fight about this, could very easily revoke the pass again and it might stay revoked until the case is decided.

According to CNN itself:

Kelly made his ruling on the basis of CNN and Acosta’s Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass.

He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the “very limited” nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.

So it’s a technicality, essentially. The judge is not saying that Acosta has a first amendment “freedom of the press” or “freedom of speech” right to be in the White House while the case is being decided.

Which makes sense to me. CNN has other reporters who can cover the place, and Acosta can continue to report from off campus, even though that’s not as good as reporting from the White House. But if the White House is making the case the Acosta has abused his privileges there, then it seems reasonable that he be kept off the property while the case is decided.

Again, my position is that Acosta should be offered a second chance and given his pass back if he promises to obey White House protocols. Freedom of the press suggests that any White House reporter should be permitted to enter the premises. But it stands to reason that such freedom does not allow you to do whatever the hell you like once your there.

Number of Migrants With Children Arriving at the Border Surges

This is why the Trump administration sought to enforce the law in a policy that, according to current rules, forced the separation of children from the adults they came to to the United States with.

A change in the law to allow everyone to be held together was apparently a nonstarter among Democrats, who would rather wail about SS Officer Trump separting families upon arrival.

And of course, they want these people here, as many as possible.

#FutureDemocraticVotersProject

The Mexican and Central American migrants are poor, but they’re not stupid. And so they game the system.

According to the Wall street Journal:

The number of Central American families with children arriving at the U.S. border seeking asylum has surged in recent years—and they keep coming, as more migrant caravans make their way through Mexico.

Having children in tow can be a successful tactic because of American immigration rules. Families from crime-ridden Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are able to gain entry by demonstrating a credible fear of returning home.

Then, as they wait for court hearings on their asylum claims in a process that can take years, most are released into the U.S. because of a 20-day limit on detaining minors; an adult traveling alone could be detained much longer.

Doris Paz, a 29-year-old mother of three, said that is how her sister-in-law reached San Antonio. It is how a neighbor recently crossed into the U.S. with two children. It is why a cousin grabbed her children and joined a caravan of migrants that left Honduras last month. And it is why Ms. Paz joined the same caravan with her 6-year-old son.

“They say that bringing your child is your ticket in,” said Ms. Paz. After a few days walking with her son under tropical heat, however, she turned around and went home.

In fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 2017 to September 2018, a record of 107,212 immigrants traveling in families were apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico, compared with 14,855 in fiscal year 2013, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The number of apprehended families hit a new monthly record in October, with officials catching roughly 23,100 immigrants traveling as families. Most are coming from Central America.

Kamala Harris Compares ICE to the KKK

My apologies to the men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. This person is actually running for president.

Actually, what Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., says is that there is a “perception” among some that the way ICE goes about enforcing the laws has parallels to the KKK.

As in, Hey, not me, there just this perception out there. But she also says there “might need to be some work done to correct the perception.” And it’s a sneaky way of making an assertion without taking full responsibility for it.

Harris is also trying to set up the argument she plans to make during the presidential campaign that ICE needs to be abolished.

If there are people who think the men and women of ICE have anything in common with the KKK, it is those people, not our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line protecting this country, who need to do some “work” on their own perceptions.

Trump Endorses Sentencing Reform – But Press Doesn’t Care Because He’s “a Racist”

President Trump Tuesday endorsed the “First Step Act,” a measure that would overhaul sentencing laws and disproportionately benefit African Americans, and while the press dutifully reported on it, no one in the MSM that I saw presented the move as perhaps belying claims that Trump is a racist.

And it’s mostly not highlighted in on news websites this morning. The New York Times does have it near the top but mentions Trump’s role almost in passing. Axios suggested Trump was dragged kicking and screaming into supporting the proposal.

Trump said during an event at the White House:

Today, I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time. So important . . .

And we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens. And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before. It is true. Our economy is so strong, that when people are getting out of jail, they’re actually able to find jobs.

And I have three instances of companies that hired people coming out of prison, and they are so thrilled by the performance of these people. And now they’re doing it more and more and more. And a lot of people are seeing this. It’s great . . .

Our pledge to hire American includes those leaving prison and looking for a very fresh start — new job, new life.

In polite society, you can’t say Trump does anything beneficial for black people. No matter that he supports sentencing reform and regularly meets with African American groups. But if Trump reacts poorly to three African American reporters, two of whom asked questions that focused on the idea that he and Republicans are allegedly racists, that gets tons of press.

One person on the left, Van Jones, gave Trump some credit. I kind of like Van Jones. He’s very liberal, but he’s smart, he seems to actually care about issues at least as much as he cares about promoting himself, and he’s an iconoclast, not always in line with the MSM herd of sheep.

Video || Nancy Pelosi to Al Sharpton: “Thank you for Saving America”

Al Sharpton, our savior.

We all know the Lord works in mysterious ways. But if Al Sharpton saved America, then the Lord works in completely inscrutable ways.

Anyway, we can be pretty sure this is not true, because Pelosi peppered her remarks with several other obvious lies. “We’re going to be visionary, we’re going to be unifying, we’re going to be healing, we’re going be transparent in how we do this, we’re going to be respectful of other views,” she said.

The Democrats, of course, are going to be none of these things.

Here’s our savior, Version 1.0.

Politico: Nelson Not Likely to Prevail in Florida Senate Race Recount

It looks Sen. Bill Nelson is just too far behind Gov. Rick Scott for Democrats to cheat their way into the seat. But maybe that’s not giving them enough credit.

According to Politico:

Nelson has two major problems, experts say: Nelson’s lawsuits were filed so late and courts generally frown on last-minute post-election changes, and the margin he trails Scott by is so big that even expanding the pool of available ballots to count makes it highly unlikely that Nelson could make up enough ground.

“A royal flush is right on the money. Nelson would have to have a perfect hand,” said Michael Morley, a Florida State University election law professor, echoing two other experts who spoke to POLITICO.

“He would have to win in every case. And even then, it would not seem to be enough to change the outcome,” Morley said. “One study that I’ve seen shows that in the 21st Century, there have only been three statewide races that have had their results changed as a result of a recount. And in each of those races, the margins were in the hundreds, not more than 12,000.”

As of the most recent update, only 7,871 absentee ballots were rejected statewide due to “voter error,” which could include mismatched signatures on the ballots compared with what’s on file with the state. And of them, 35 percent were cast by Republicans, 36 percent by Democrats and 29 percent by independents. Another 10,186 ballots were rejected because their envelopes were unsigned. Of them, 31 percent were cast by Republicans, 44 percent by Democrats and 24 percent by independents.

So if all those ballots were counted, Nelson would have to win 85 percent of them statewide in an election where he couldn’t get 50 percent of the vote so far.

Trump Attacked for Treatment of Military By Those Who Nearly Destroyed It

It’s hilarious, truly, to hear the whining from Democrats and the carping in the press about President Trump’s supposed offenses toward our servicemembers. In recent days, he’s taken a boatload of you-know-what – let’s say, opprobrium – from the left for his treatment of the armed forces members serving on battlefields – and those buried… Continue Reading

Bob Woodward Opposes CNN Lawsuit, Saying It Helps Trump

Legendary reporter Bob Woodward says CNN’s lawsuit to reinstate Jim Acosta’s press pass is a bad idea, suggesting it only helps Trump, according to remarks reported by NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers on his Twitter feed. “This is a negative … Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great,’” Woodward said at the Global Financial… Continue Reading