Janet Napolitano: Trump’s ‘Mythological’ Border Wall ‘Does Not Suffice as an Immigration Policy’


Friday at the Brookings Institution forum on immigration policy, former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is a “mythological structure” that “does not suffice as an immigration policy.” Napolitano said, “I think the notion of building a wall across the Southwest border—I mean, I just, first of all, just doing it that border from a geography standpoint, you’re talking about going through riverbeds, over mountains. There’s a great deal of private property ownership along the border. When there was money set aside and a Secure Fencing Act a decade and a half ago, a number of the property owners whose property would be used for that sued. Those cases, many of them are still in litigation. So you’ll have those issues. You have Indian reservations that straddle the border in Arizona, the community lives on both sides of the border. They’ve already said they’re not going to have a wall. So, just the pure doing of it, not to mention the actual cost. Which, you know, I think the numbers I’ve seen are low numbers. And I think you’re probably talking in excess of $20 billion to build
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Tucker Takes Rob Reiner to Task Over ‘War With Russia’ Claim — ‘This Is Deeply Disingenuous’


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson debated director and actor Rob Reiner about his claims we are at “war” with Russia over their 2016 presidential election meddling. Discussing Reiner’s organization the “Committee to Investigate Russia” releasing a new video about Russia cyberattacks on the United States, Carlson asked, “How would you respond if President Trump took you seriously and sent the B-52s to St. Petersburg or blockaded the Gulf of Finland? Would you support that?” Reiner responded, “We’re not advocating going to war … or a traditional war with Russia.” Carlson accused Reiner of hypocrisy for focusing on Russia and not China, saying,  “A lot of this is deeply disingenuous. Anyone who looks at cyber warfare will tell you — any honest person will say the Chinese military is the primary culprit in the United States. They hacked into the White House not that long ago, into the computer system there and almost every federal agency and nobody says anything.” He continued, “You guys in Hollywood sell your movies in China. You bow to the imperatives of their propaganda and censorship office. You change your movies to suit them. And yet no one says we
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Strange Predicts Win: Polls ‘Almost ‘Meaningless,’ It Is About ‘Ground Game’


Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Happening Now,” Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) said he was confident he will beat his opponent former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore next Tuesday because now it is all about “ground game effort,” therefore “the polls are almost meaningless.” When asked if he has the votes to win, Strange said, “I do. I think this is going to be a ground game effort now. The polls are almost meaningless at this point. It’s who gets their voters out to the polls. The fact that the president is coming in and vice president on Monday night—to have the president and the vice president say, ‘This is the guy we need in Washington because we can work with him. He’s effective, he understands how to get things done.’ I think that’s going to be the difference in the race. I really do.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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John Lewis: Trump ‘Made It Very Comfortable for People to Put on Those Hoods, Put on Those Sheets’

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Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Town Hall on Civil Rights, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said the election of President Donald Trump emboldened racists to “to put on those hoods, put on those sheets.” Lewis said, “When we had this most recent election, it helped create the climate and environment to bring out something that had been a little asleep, and people feel like now they can just get away with doing everything.” He continued, “What happened in Virginia made me very sad. We faced mobs, we faced the Klan, we faced overt, open racism during the ’60s. During the freedom rides in 1961, black people and white people couldn’t be seated together on a Greyhound bus, leaving Washington, D.C. to travel through the South. We were beaten, attempted to burn us on the bus, we were left bloody and unconscious by angry mobs.” “When we attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery just for the right to vote, to protest in a peaceful, orderly, non-violent fashion, we were beaten by the state police and left bloody and some unconscious, and some of our people died,” Lewis added. “After the march on Washington in 1963, there was so much hope
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Mika Brzezinski: ‘It’s Crazy’ Melania Does Not See Donald Trump Is a ‘Rude,’ ‘Mean,’ ‘Bully’


Thursday on ABC’s “The View,” while discussing first lady Melania Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly about combating cyber-bullying, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski said “it’s crazy” the first lady would make such a speech without acknowledging her husband, President Donald Trump, was a “bully.” Brzezinski said, “Do you guys know she is married to the guy who tweeted I was bleeding badly from a facelift? Among other things, the guy is a bully. The guy is a bully up and down, whether it’s verbal, whether it’s written, whether it’s tweeted, he is rude, and he is mean to people. And I think it’s strange the first lady would make a speech on such a platform just completely not discussing the fact that her husband, the president of the United States, is a bully. It’s crazy.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Obama: GOP Is Seeking to ‘Inflict Real Human Suffering’ By Repealing Obamacare


Wednesday in New York during a speech to the Gates Foundation, former President Barack Obama said it is “aggravating” the Republican Party is seeking to inflict “real human suffering” with their attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Obama said, “But it was better, so when I see people trying to undo that hard-won progress for the 50th or 60th time with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions, the cancer survivor or the expecting mom or child with autism or asthma, for whom coverage would once again be untenable, it is aggravating. And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic or actuarial or plain common sense rationale. It frustrates—and it is certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents.” He added, “But typically, that’s how progress is won and how progress is maintained on every issue. We have to stand up for each other, recognize that progress is never inevitable.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Pelosi: DREAMers’ Families Did a ‘Great Thing’ Illegally Bringing Children to America


Wednesday at her weekly press briefing, when asked about the DREAM Act negotiations in Congress, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the families of DREAMers did a “great thing” bringing them into America illegally. Pelosi said, “Their families did a great thing for our country bringing those kids here—who are working, who are in the military, who are in school, who are a brilliant part of our future.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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Huckabee Sanders: Obama Did Not Put America First — There Was a Lot of ‘Apologizing for Our Success’

White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders smiles during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May 5, 2017. Sanders discussed the republican health care bill and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration of President Barack Obama did not always put America first. When asked about Trump calling Kim Jong-un “rocket man,” Sanders said, “That’s a Trump original. He is a master at branding. One of the reasons I think you hit the nail on the head. This is a problem we have been dealing with for 20 years. Americans wanted somebody, a strong leader, somebody who wasn’t going to put up with it anymore. That’s one of the reasons I think Donald Trump won. They saw strength. They saw somebody who was not going to apologize for America. Was not going to apologize for America’s sovereignty and our success. They wanted somebody to stand up and be a fighter. They got that in Donald Trump. I think that was on full display yesterday in one of his stronger moments. It was a great reminder why people supported him and certainly why he is going to be very successful president.” She added, “Certainly I don’t think the previous administration was always putting America first. I think there was a lot of, as I said apologizing
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Keith Ellison Compares DACA Recipients to Jews in Nazi Germany


Monday in Minneapolis, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) compared recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to Jews in Nazi Germany. Ellison said, “I heard today as many as 3 million DACA recipients live with someone who is a citizen of the United States. Add that to the people who work with DACA recipients. Add that to the people who are the parents of a DACA recipients. Add that to people who are parents to America citizens. You are literally talking about over 100 million Americans who are in some way—way more than 100 million, maybe well over that—who are deeply connected to people who have immigrated to the United States, some with official papers some with not. So this is not someone else’s fight. This is all our fight, but some are in the bullseye, and others of us are not exactly the target. Therefore, it is our responsibility to stand up and fight and do the right thing.” He continued, “I’m going to tell you right now, I’m one of the people who believe we should give our neighbors sanctuary. And if you ask yourself what I would do if I were a Gentile in 1941, if
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