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Nikki Haley On A State’s Right To Secede

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:31 pm

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In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Republican candidate Nikki Haley was asked about states being able to secede – specifically Texas, in light of the border crisis:

Speaker 3
Would you use force against Texas if they tried to secede over the board issue? Because I remember in twenty ten you said you U has states should have the right to secede.

Speaker 1
Do you still believe that.

I believe in states rights. I believe that everything should be as close to the people to decide. We know that’s not going to happen. That’s not the issue, but I do think, like right now, it’s a good issue on state’s rights. Biden won’t secure the border. If Governor Abbott goes and puts that fencing up there to keep people out. He has to protect Texans. When I was governor, I had to protect South Carolina, and you do whatever it takes to protect your people and keep them safe. If Biden’s saying no, cut that fence, I mean, a state has the ability to do these things because states rights do matter, and I think that states need to be able to do that.

Speaker 1
Would you use force against Texas if they ever try to succeed?

Use force against them? No, we don’t ever use force against our own Americans.

Speaker 3
Okay, I got it. I don’t mean like military or anything like that. I’m just talking about, like, would you be strong against them doing that?

I mean, I think you know, states are going to make decisions, but let’s talk about what’s reality. Texas isn’t going to succeed and succeed. I mean, that’s not something that they’re going to do.

Speaker 1
So why did you say you believe in that in two ten?

What was the context of it.

Speaker 1
I think you said you believe that states have the right to secede. That’s what you said. You believe the states of the United States have the right to seceed [sic] community.

I think that they do. I mean the Constitution says that. I think states have the right to make the decisions that their people want to make. I mean they do. In South Carolina, we said we didn’t want Syrian refugees. We said we didn’t want Guantana Mobay [sic] prisoners. We said those things. South. I do think that laws should be made as close to the people as possible because it empowers the people. If Texas decides they want to do that, they can do that. But I don’t think that if that whole state says we don’t want to be part of America anymore, I mean, that’s their decision to make. But I don’t think government needs to tell people how to live, how to do anything. I mean, I think that we need to let freedom live and [sic].

(Light edits made to simplify Questioner and Haley.)



A Thought

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:07 pm

Political correctness, at its heart, is the impulse to impose ruinous consequences on people for saying things that are reasonable, but unpopular with the denizens of rage-filled fringe political communities.

Sounds a lot like what Trump cult members do to anyone who questions the Glorious Wisdom of Dear Leader Donald Trump.

Therefore, Trump cult members are purveyors of political correctness.



Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:22 am

[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Russia must pay for the rebuilding of Ukraine:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday to allow the U.S. to seize frozen Russian assets to pay for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

The top Democrat and Republican on the panel were confident that Senate leadership viewed the legislation, called the REPO Act, as a priority for passage amid stalled efforts to deliver on further assistance for Ukraine.

Note: The vote was 20 to 1, with Sen. Rand Paul voting “no”.

It’s been said before, but can’t be said enough:

Whatever the price of helping Ukraine is, it’s cheaper than fixing the world if Ukraine doesn’t win.

Second news item

But will it produce good journalists?:

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is going tuition-free, its namesake Craig Newmark and the school’s dean, Graciela Mochkofsky, told Axios.

…It will be the first journalism graduate school to offer a tuition-free program — a move intended to help widen opportunities for journalists from more diverse backgrounds.

“If we’re serious about the future of trustworthy journalism as democracy’s immune system, we’ve got to create ways to make the pipeline and product more resilient to economics and shifting moods. Endowments help do that,” Newmark said.

The lofty “journalism as democracy’s immune system” is new to me. So much could be said…

Third news item

Supreme Court rules on wire barrier in Texas:

A divided Supreme Court on Monday temporarily allowed the Biden administration to remove a wire barrier Texas placed at the U.S.-Mexico border, amid a dispute over Border Patrol’s access to Eagle Pass.

The brief 5-4 order vacated a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit that had prevented Border Patrol agents from cutting the concertina wire along the Rio Grande, part of a legal fight between Texas and the federal government over immigration enforcement in that area.

Twenty-five Republican governors are supporting Texas. And Donald Trump has entered the fray too, encouraging states to send their troops to the border.

Fourth news item

Raise your hand if you’re surprised:

The United States on Friday suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the humanitarian body that works with Palestinians, in light of allegations that 12 UNRWA employees were involved in the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks in Israel…“Any UNRWA employee who was involved in acts of terror will be held accountable, including through criminal prosecution,” Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA commissioner-general, said…The Biden administration, a strong supporter of UNRWA, said on Friday it is taking the allegations seriously.

“The United States is extremely troubled by the allegations that twelve UNRWA employees may have been involved in the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement. “The Department of State has temporarily paused additional funding for UNRWA while we review these allegations and the steps the United Nations is taking to address them.”


Fifth news item

But wait, they keep telling us that Israel is the problem, not the Jews:

A pair of Jewish-owned businesses in Scarsdale, N.Y., nearby a Jewish community center were vandalized overnight on Wednesday by an unknown vandal who spray painted “genocide supporter” on their front windows…The incident took place inside the congressional district represented by Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), a critic of Israel who has himself accused Israel of genocide…Hundreds of community members turned out on Thursday to show their support for the two businesses…Law enforcement officials are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

Read the whole thing to see Bowman’s response, as well as his primary opponent (and Israel supporter) Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s response to the anti-Semitism.

Sixth news item

Not good news for Evan Gershkovich:

A court in Moscow Friday extended the pretrial detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, arrested on espionage charges, until the end of March, meaning the journalist will spend at least a year behind bars in Russia.

United States Consul General Stuart Wilson attended the hearing at Lefortovo District Court, which took place behind closed doors because authorities say details of the criminal case against the American journalist are classified.

In video shared by state news agency Ria Novosti, Gershkovich was shown listening to the ruling, standing in a court cage wearing a hooded top and light blue jeans. He was pictured a short time later walking towards a prison van to leave the court.

The RSF accuses Gershkovich of “acting on the instructions of the American side, collected information constituting a state secret about the activities of one of the enterprises of the Russian military-industrial complex.”

The report notes that espionage trials can last for more than a year in Russia.

Seventh news item

They seem pretty proud, don’t they:

Have a great weekend!



Thinking About A Trump Running Mate

Filed under: General — Dana @ 12:40 pm

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More speculation on a running mate for “nominee” (see: previous post) Donald Trump, as friends and allies are pushing for a woman or a Black man to fill the slot. Suggested individuals include South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sen. Tim Scott, and Ben Carson. Two other Trump loyalists Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Kari Lake were also mentioned. The report notes that they both received an enthusiastic welcome during recent appearances in New Hampshire.

Despite having claimed on Jan. 10 that he knew who his running mate would be, Trump continues to solicit opinions from friends and advisors on a regular basis.

From the report:

Trump is looking for loyalty and deference in a running mate, the close Trump ally said. Remember whose name is on the side of the plane,” the ally said.


Mitch McConnell To Republicans: Don’t Undermine “Nominee” Donald Trump On Border Issue

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:05 am

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In a cynical and ultimately a self-serving move, Mitch McConnell prioritizes “nominee” Trump over border security:

In a private Senate Republican meeting on Ukraine, McConnell said effectively that time and the political will to pass a bipartisan immigration and border security compromise are quickly running out — and may have actually run out already.

McConnell told GOP senators that before border security talks began, immigration policy united Republicans and Ukraine aid divided them. “Politics on this have changed,” McConnell said of solving the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. That’s because former President Donald Trump wants to run his 2024 campaign focusing on immigration.

“We don’t want to do anything to undermine him,” McConnell said of Trump, a one-time collaborator turned nemesis.

This is a big about-face for McConnell, who earlier this week said Congress needs to pass the border security bill and unlock billions of dollars in new Ukraine aid.

On the floor Wednesday, McConnell asserted that supporting Ukraine was a matter of “cold hard American interest.” But the Kentucky Republican made his own cold political calculation later in the day that the scheme he had been relentlessly pushing for weeks was in jeopardy and a new approach was needed.

The report notes that McConnell referred to Trump as the “nominee” during the meeting.

If the report is accurate, one must assume from McConnell’s prioritizing of Donald Trump over border security, that the crisis at the border isn’t really that big of a deal if it’s more important to delay support of a bipartisan border security measure so that Trump can run on the issue (and blame President Biden). Win-win for the man who would be king! But how does waiting a year actually help American border cities and towns that are struggling today?

Spot-on responses to the news:

If you had any doubts about the head of the Republican Party, doubt no more.

P.S. Perhaps Mitch was aware of this:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is reviewing a draft resolution that, if approved, would declare Donald Trump the party’s presumptive 2024 presidential nominee even as Nikki Haley continues to wage a vigorous campaign against the former president and frontrunner.

The draft resolution…follows RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel saying after the former president defeated Haley in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary that it was time for Republicans to unite behind the frontrunner and focus on defeating President Joe Biden.

“RESOLVED that the Republican National Committee hereby declares President Trump as our presumptive 2024 nominee for the office of President of the United States and from this moment forward moves into full general election mode welcoming supporters of all candidates as valued members of Team Trump 2024,” reads a key portion of the draft resolution.



Failing L.A. Times: We Support George Gascon

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:38 pm

Ignoring all evidence of incompetence, illegality, and retaliatory actions against whistleblowers, the Los Angeles Times has endorsed George Gascon for District Attorney.

Also, the Los Angeles Times has announced a massive round of layoffs, prompting staffers at the paper to engage in a walkout this past Friday. The paper is reportedly losing $50 million a year, causing many to wonder about its future.

What does one say when a newspaper, which knows nothing about your institution and yet endorses someone who is ruining it, appears headed for ruin itself?


Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:52 am

[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Huh. I guess we missed the indictments of previous presidents at the end of their terms… And, at least in my lifetime, that would have been a number of presidents going down…

Look, we’ve already experienced the awful fallout from the former president’s illegal efforts to subvert a legitimate election, seen his complete disregard for the rule of law, and witnessed his clear disdain for the Constitution in his call for the “termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.” As Ms. Cheney accurately observed at the time: No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.

This latest demand for “full immunity,” while awaiting a ruling by Supreme Court, is the cheap rant of a guilty man trying desperately to stay out of prison. It most certainly has nothing to do with the furtherance of democracy. And it most certainly has nothing to do with any future presidents – except God save us – if Trump gets re-elected… Along with trying to save himself, this latest demand reveals his compelling urge to rule like his idols: Putin and Xi. The thuggish authoritarian bottled up inside Trump is beyond frustrated that he is remains constrained by pesky annoyances like the Constitution and rule of law. And make no mistake, without the necessary guardrails, his inner-thug would run wild. And no aide or advisor would be able to rein him in. They never have been (see: 2016-2020). He has shown us who he is, repeatedly. And for some, an authoritarian, even a “dictator” Trump is just who they want:

MICHAEL SHURE: The other day, Donald Trump said on his first day is going to be a dictator for a day.

TRUMP FAN: I like that! Yeah, I like that!

MICHAEL SHURE: Would you rather have Donald Trump as a dictator for four years or reelect Joe Biden for four years?

TRUMP FAN: I would rather have Donald Trump. I’d like to see the repeal the Roosevelt law so that he can be a president for a lot more than four years. But we this country, needs a dictator. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth.

Sad, indeed.

Second news item

Meanwhile, after the Trump’s Iowa win, I was gobsmacked by a suggested strategery to persuade suburban Republican women to vote for Trump: insult them. Here is the quote:

Do Republicans really believe that insulting half the population with a patronizingly outdated and inaccurate generalization of women is the way to get more women on board with a foul, dishonest narcissistic lunatic who has a bit of an ego problem? If this sort of dipshittery is what Republicans believe will be effective with suburban women, then they are nuttier than I thought…and they should definitely employ this tactic, at all costs!

But what do I know? I’m just a silly suburban woman who quit the Republican Party because I saw that the the Party sold its collective soul to a corrupt, narcissistic liar with authoritarian urges and a compelling interest in only himself. So much so, in fact, that he even fomented an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In other words, I looked at the evidence before me, studied the facts as they became known, and then made what I believed to be the logical decision. (Insert *wink* emoji here.)

For more reasons influencing my decision to leave the Republican Party, see Item #1.

Third news item

Band-Aid applied:

Congress narrowly averted a partial government shutdown, buying a few extra weeks to try to work out an agreement on a set of bills that will fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

After several days of nail biting over Friday’s looming deadline, which would have seen four of 12 government funding bills expiring, both chambers passed the short-term funding bill — allowing them to get out of town as another snowstorm barrels toward the East Coast.

There were 107 Republicans that backed the bill and 106 opposing it. 207 Democrats supported it, with two opposed.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene had already threatened to oust him as speaker, à la Kevin McCarthy, if he allows a vote on a package being negotiated in the Senate. Her tipping point:

…Ms Greene said that her red line to oust Mr Johnson would be additional funding for Ukraine.

“For me, it’s the United States Congress, in the entire federal government would really be waging a war against Russia itself in Ukraine at this point, funding this war when it’s pretty much over,” she said.

She needs to go.

P.S. Speaker Johnson told Fox News that he speaks regularly with Donald Trump, specifically about the ongoing border negotiations. Additionally:

Trump allies on Capitol Hill have privately lobbied the former president to come out vocally against any Senate compromise as he rails on immigration on the campaign trail and has little appetite for giving President Joe Biden a victory on the hot-button issue.

And after Trump publicly lambasted a potential Senate deal, GOP critics and supporters of the former president were in unison: Trump’s position will make it perilous – if not impossible – for a wide-swath of Republicans to get behind any bipartisan deal. And that could have the effect of derailing the package altogether, which would include emergency aid package for Ukraine and Israel.

Fourth news item

The Department of Justice released its report on the horrific mass shooting at Uvalde:

It described insufficient planning and major departures from established active-shooter protocols. After the shooting had ended, investigators described a chaotic scene in which dead bodies were transported in ambulances and injured students were loaded onto buses. One teacher died on a sidewalk outside the school, where she was being treated…

“The extent of misinformation, misguided and misleading narratives, leaks, and lack of communication about what happened on May 24 is unprecedented and has had an extensive, negative impact on the mental health and recovery of the family members and other victims, as well as the entire community of Uvalde,” the Department of Justice report said.

The law enforcement response to the shooting was “a failure that should not have happened,” an emotional Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a news conference Thursday, announcing the findings of the Justice Department’s year-long review into the massacre.

And then there is this:

“Other than the attacker, the Committee did not find any ‘villains’ in the course of its investigation,” the report said. “There is no one to whom we can attribute malice or ill motives. Instead, we found systemic failures and egregiously poor decision making.”

Investigators said it was not their job to determine whether officers should be held accountable, saying that decisions rests with each law enforcement agency.

Fifth news item

Former dean of Harvard hits nail on head:

Why antisemitism seems to be a problem at Harvard and other universities is one of the still-unanswered questions that precipitated the University’s downward spiral.

But, it surely is not Claudine Gay’s fault. It is not because Harvard admits antisemitic students or hires antisemitic faculty. No one is suggesting there are comparable antisemitism problems in other kinds of institutions — such as hospitals or libraries — so there must be something that uniquely happens in universities.

That something must be the source of our woes.


Unapologetic antisemitism — whether the incidents are few or numerous — is a college phenomenon because of what we teach, and how our teachings are exploited by malign actors.

The Harvard online course catalog has a search box. Type in “decolonize.” That word — though surely not the only lens through which to view the current relationship between Europe and the rest of the world — is in the titles of seven courses and the descriptions of 18 more.

Try “oppression” and “liberation.” Each is in the descriptions of more than 80 courses. “Social justice” is in over 100. “White supremacy” and “Enlightenment” are neck and neck, both ahead of “scientific revolution” but behind “intersectionality.”

Though word frequency is an imperfect measure and the precise counts are muddied by duplicate numberings and courses at MIT, this experiment supports the suspicion that the Harvard curriculum has become heavily slanted toward recent fashions of the progressive left.

Proposed remedies:

The political bias in our faculty is now widely accepted. One solution is to use a kind of affirmative action program for conservative thinkers to change the faculty, but that idea is noxious and misses a crucial point.

Professors should not be carrying their ideologies into the classroom. Our job as teachers of “citizens and citizen-leaders” is not to indoctrinate students, but to prepare them to grapple with all of the ideas they will encounter in the societies they will serve.

Instead, individual faculty might diversify what they teach. Committees and departments could enforce a standard that curricula exhibit intellectual diversity and a variety of agreed-upon topics and techniques.

Read the whole thing. It’s worth your time.

Sixth news item


I’m not going to go on a rant about why the U.S. should continue to provide aid to Ukraine. I’ve explained it repeatedly. Suffice it to say, we absolutely can, and should. And shame on Republicans.

Seventh news item

President Biden responds to questions about the effectiveness of U.S. airstrikes on the Houthis:

“When you say working, are they stopping the Houthis, no. Are they going to continue, yes,” Biden said in an exchange with reporters before departing the White House for a domestic policy speech in North Carolina.

Um, I’m going to need more information…

Have a great weekend.


Let Ted Lieu Tell Us What Is Really Important

Filed under: General — JVW @ 6:27 am

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Well, let’s see: Israel continues trying to bring Hamas under heel, Ukraine is still battling for its very existence against Russia, Pakistan and Iran are trading missile attacks, China remains a malevolent force in the world, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs are killing Americans at an increasing rate, the leading Presidential candidates from both parties are foolish, doddering, corrupt old coots, and we’re now $34 trillion in debt and have no way of turning that back around. So what is on the agenda of my (and our host’s) United States Representative, Ted Lieu (D – Publicity)? Behold:

What a waste of a Congressional seat. Rep. Lieu has now represented me for over eighteen years, first in the California Assembly, then in the California Senate, and now in the United States House of Representatives. He is a showhorse, not a workhorse, and his entire political career has been about small-bore initiatives designed to win over some important Democrat interest group so he can continue his climb up the political ladder. He’s absolutely the sort of clown who gives ingratiatingly ambitious politicians such a bad name.



Constitutional Vanguard: The Dispatch, My Favorite Site, Is Misleading Its Audience About the Maine Secretary of State’s 14th Amendment Decision

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:13 pm

Today’s piece, running nearly 6,000 words, is entirely free to all subscribers. Excerpt:

Isgur and French have both told their readers and listeners that the level of process given by the Maine Secretary of State was “none.” Isgur, who is the principal offender, has also: said that Donald Trump was not given an opportunity to defend himself; strongly implied that the Maine Secretary of State conducted no hearings and took testimony from no witnesses; and repeatedly claimed (and since corrected herself, on this claim only) that the Maine Secretary of State did not make it clear what standard she was applying.

As I will show in detail in this post, all of these claims are false. The Maine Secretary of State gave the parties notice and an opportunity to respond, which are the hallmarks of procedural due process. The Secretary of State conducted a hearing with testimony from witnesses. Trump, through his lawyers, participated in that hearing. Before that hearing, the parties exchanged witness lists and exhibit lists. There was briefing. Trump filed objections. And the Maine Secretary of State issued a written decision, detailing all of the procedures she had followed, explicitly stating the standard she was using, and explaining her reasoning—including descriptions of the evidence that she used to reach her conclusions.

Not only would you know virtually none of this from listening to the Advisory Opinions podcast, you would actually conclude the opposite of the truth—because that podcast described the process as “none,” and strongly implied there had been no hearing and no witnesses. You would also be misled if you relied on the Collision newsletter, which said that Trump had no chance to provide his side of the case, and that the Maine Secretary of State had failed to disclose the standard she applied, or the evidence upon which she had relied.

All of that is just flat wrong.

Hopefully by next Monday, I will publish a piece principally for paid subscribers that I have been worked on, off and on, for months. This one I wanted to make public to all, because I am seeking a correction from my favorite legal podcast, and I want the hosts of that podcast to be able to read my entire argument.

Read it here. Subscribe here.


Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:09 am

[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

More drama in the Red Sea as U.S. and British militaries respond to attacks by the Houthis:

The U.S. and British militaries bombed more than a dozen sites used by the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen on Thursday, in a massive retaliatory strike using warship- and submarine-launched Tomahawk missiles and fighter jets, U.S. officials said. The military targets included logistical hubs, air defense systems and weapons storage and launching locations, they said.

. . .

“These strikes are in direct response to unprecedented Houthi attacks against international maritime vessels in the Red Sea — including the use of anti-ship ballistic missiles for the first time in history,” Biden said in a statement. He noted the attacks endangered U.S. personnel, civilian mariners and jeopardized trade, and he added, “I will not hesitate to direct further measures to protect our people and the free flow of international commerce as necessary.”

There has been commentary about the seeming delay in our response to the attacks. Consider:

President Biden is receiving pushback from Democrats about the action. For example, this from Rep. Ro Khanna:

The President needs to come to Congress before launching a strike against the Houthis in Yemen and involving us in another middle east conflict. That is Article I of the Constitution. I will stand up for that regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the White House.

Three points in response. . .

Second news item

An outrage that she was arrested in the first place:

An Ohio woman who faced a felony charge after she miscarried at home will not be charged, a grand jury decided Thursday.

Brittany Watts, 34, had been charged with abuse of a corpse after she miscarried into a toilet on Sept. 22 at her home in Warren, 60 miles south of Cleveland.

The young woman did precisely what millions of women do when they miscarry at home. There is nothing abusive about it. And given the trauma of experiencing a miscarriage and the intensity of emotions when the miscarriage is happening in one’s home, flushing the remains is the typical response. But let’s see how the application of Ohio’s law lead to the decision to arrest Ms. Watts:

Watts, who is Black, was charged under a section of Ohio law that penalizes treatment of a human corpse in a “way that the person knows would outrage reasonable family sensibilities” or “community sensibilities.”

The charge is a fifth-degree felony, and, had she been convicted, Watts would have faced up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.

I suspect that anyone whose sensibilities might have been offended by Ms. Watts’ actions has not experienced the awfulness of such a personal and jarring event, nor the difficult aftermath.

Third news item

The border crisis isn’t skipping a beat. Border states like Texas and Arizona, taking the biggest hits of uncontrolled immigration at the Southern border, are sending undocumented migrants to New York City, (the state that has received the most), Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Denver. Those cities, overwhelmed by the sudden influx, are struggling with the increased number of migrants.

Because of a massive winter storm, New York City officials made a decision to move 500 migrant families from their shelter tents at an airfield to a public high school auditorium. As a result, parents were notified that classes were being canceled the next day and remote learning would take place:

About 2,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday evening from their tent shelter at a remote former airplane runway in Brooklyn to James Madison High School. Families with children piled onto the floor and into auditorium seats to sleep. By 2 a.m., several families said they were asked to prepare to return to the tents.

The evacuation led officials to call a remote day of classes for the more than 3,400 students enrolled at the high school, sparking immediate backlash from politicians and parents that echoed on a national stage.

The report notes that the school was inundated with phone calls from angry parents. At the very end of the report, readers are informed that it wasn’t just Republicans that were upset about the decision:

In a letter to school leaders, the city’s principals’ union wrote that “while we recognize the safety concerns brought on by the storm,” schools “should never be used to temporarily house non-student populations.”

“We urged the city to consider more viable alternatives,” union officials said, adding that some migrant students from Floyd Bennett Field would be likely to need “additional support in the coming days as they navigate through this unsettling experience.”

Polling continues to show that immigration is bad news for President Biden, whom the governors hold responsible for the lack of control at the border:

[T]here’s immigration, a subject in which Biden is down by 40 points, with 30 percent of respondents approving of his handling of the issue compared to 70 percent who disapprove.

That’s a four-point swing in the wrong direction for Biden on this issue since CBS News and YouGov last asked about it in November, but more saliently a 12-point tumble for Biden’s overall immigration performance since their May poll (when 36 percent approved of the job Biden was doing at the border compared to 64 percent who disapproved), conducted days after the end of Title 42.

So why do I think that there isn’t a cohort of the electorate pining for higher immigration levels that Biden is failing to deliver? Because in a separate question, respondents were asked: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling matters concerning the U.S.-Mexico border?”

The results were nearly identical, with 68 percent of those polled disapproving of the job that Biden is doing at the Southwest border, compared to 32 percent who approved.

Fourth news item

Word from Liz Cheney when she made an appearance on The View this week:

There are some conservatives who are trying to make this claim that somehow Biden is a bigger risk than Trump. My view is, I disagree with a lot of Joe Biden’s policies. We can survive bad policies. We can not survive torching the constitution. It’s not even the same level.

Fifth news item

Via JVW, this blistering rebuke at the singular standard by which the European community judges Israel is from 2014, yet remains applicable today:

Sixth news item

The Eternal Victim just couldn’t keep his yap shut in the courtroom. As expected, Trump went on a tear. Some of his reported comments:

“The facts are: The financial statements are perfect, there are no witnesses against us. The banks got all their money paid back. They were great loans.”

“The banks got all their money. They’re as happy as can be.”

“This was a political witch hunt. … We should receive damages.”

“We have a situation where I’m an innocent man, I’ve been persecuted by somebody running for office, and I think you have to go outside the bounds.”

“She hates Trump and uses Trump to get elected,” he said of James.

“What’s happened here, sir, is a fraud on me. They want to make sure that I don’t win again, and this is partially election interference.”

“I know this is boring to you.”

“You have your own agenda,” Trump sneered at Engoron, before the judge shut him down and at which point Trump turned and walked out of the courtroom.

Because Trump was allowed to rant and rave, he cannot whine to MAGAland that he was illegally silenced! in a courtroom by a corrupt judge! .

Seventh news item

South Africa accuses Israel of genocide at The Hague:

South Africa accused Israel on Thursday of carrying out genocide in Gaza and demanded that the U.N.’s top court order an emergency suspension of Israel’s devastating military campaign in the Palestinian enclave…”The intent to destroy Gaza has been nurtured at the highest level of state,” Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, advocate of the High Court of South Africa, told the court. He said Israel’s political and military leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were among “the genocidal inciters”.

“That is evident from the way in which this military attack is being conducted,” he said.

South Africa did not condemn Hamas, nor did they accuse the terror group of genocide, nor recognize the horrors of Oct. 7 and the hostages that have been been released, killed, or remain in captivity.

The U.S. responded to the accusation leveled by South Africa:

The White House declined to comment on how it might respond if the court determines Israel committed genocide. But National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the allegations “unfounded.”

“That’s not a word that ought to be thrown around lightly, and we certainly don’t believe that it applies here,” Kirby said.

Not all South Africans are in agreement with the accusations:

Have a good weekend.


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