Saagar Enjeti, Ilya Shapiro, Matt Walsh, Tom Bevan and guest co-host Kelsey Bolar joined WMAL on Tuesday!
Mornings on the Mall
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Hosts: Vince Coglianese and guest host Kelsey Bolar
Executive Producer: Heather Hunter
5am – A/B/C BORDER NEWS:
- Trump Announces ICE To Begin Removing ‘Millions Of Illegal Aliens’ Next Week
- Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….6:20 PM – 17 Jun 2019
- Illegal Border Crossings Projected To Fall After Trump Tariff Threat Against Mexico. U.S. officials project that illegal border crossings could drop up to 20% this month after Trump reached a deal with Mexico to ramp up border security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they detained 132,887 total illegal immigrants in May, the highest numbers in over a decade. Over 84,000 of those detained were among a family unit. Preliminary figures from CBP reveal a 13% drop in family units being apprehended at the border since the beginning of June, according to The Washington Post. U.S. officials say they expect a 15% to 20% overall drop in the number of arrests at the border this month.
- State Department cuts new funds to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, pending immigration fixes. The State Department announced Monday it will cut new foreign aid to the “Northern Triangle” countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — unless their governments take “concrete action” to stem the flow of migrants towards the United States. The aggressive move came less than two weeks after the Trump administration reached a last-minute deal with Mexico, which called for the country’s deployment of more troops to its own southern border and tighter asylum protocols. The U.S. and Mexico reached the accord shortly before the White House was set to impose a series of escalating tariffs on its southern neighbor. President Trump previously pushed in March to cut $615 million in aid to the Northern Triangle, noting that the nations have been home to some of the migrant caravans that have marched through Mexico to the U.S. border to claim asylum, in some cases fraudulently. On further review, the State Department said the administration has decided to continue to provide $432 million for anti-gang, education, and health initiatives. U.S. officials said the review looked at roughly 700 projects funded with fiscal 2017 money by the United States in the three countries and concluded that a significant number were too far advanced to end them.
- NY TIMES: NY State Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives
5am – D/E How Victim Mentality Is Pushing Women Toward Socialism. (Daily Signal/Kelsey Bolar / @kelseybolar) – Americans are no longer just flirting with the idea of socialism. They’re increasingly enamored by it. And women, in particular, are some of its biggest fans. It makes sense, in a way. When women are told enough times that they’re oppressed victims who need expansive government programs to address structural inequalities, they’re likely to start believing it. Indeed, a full 55% of women apparently believe it. According to a new Harris poll commissioned by Axios, a majority of women now say they’d be better off living in a socialist country than a capitalist one. By contrast, the survey found a majority of men would still prefer to live in a capitalist society. The survey reflects the distinct cultural messages being sent to men and women: Men are told they’re “privileged” members of society who benefit from the structural “patriarchy,” while women are told they’re victims of society oppressed by the structural “patriarchy.” Take the issue of abortion, for example. The left frames the debate as an equality issue, one in which women are lacking “reproductive freedom.” Until they have full, unrestricted access to government-funded abortions, it’s impossible for them to be equal. Of course, the ability to end the life of an unborn child has nothing to do with women’s equality (unless we’re talking about the life of a baby girl in the womb). But the left tells women otherwise. The “gender wage gap” is another example in which women are brainwashed into thinking society is stacked against them. Despite multiple studies indicating there’s a “gender choice gap” between the sexes rather than a “gender wage gap,” a stunning 83% of women believe a wage gap exists. When women’s magazines such as Marie Claire perpetuate these myths, publishing articles such as “14 Ways Women Still Aren’t Equal to Men,” it should come as no surprise that 55% of women now support a political movement whose end goal is to ensure equal outcomes through more government intervention. It’s obviously concerning, but one thing is clear: Whether it’s men or women, those who support socialism don’t appear to grasp what “socialism” fully means.
6am – A/B/C Racist Comments Cost Conservative Parkland Student a Place at Harvard. (NY Times) — MIAMI — Of the many student activists who emerged from the tragic shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kyle Kashuv stood out as a conservative defender of the Second Amendment, surrounded by classmates who were mobilizing for sweeping new controls on guns. He used that distinction to get meetings with the likes of President Trump and successfully push for what he believed would be more effective federal legislation to improve school security and help detect potential threats of violence at schools, as he proudly related in his admission essay to Harvard College. In the essay, he described hiding in a classroom closet during the February 2018 rampage in which 17 people were killed. He said he learned about the deaths of his classmates one by one and chose to devote himself to activism afterward.
“While I support a conservative viewpoint on the Second Amendment, I know that finding common ground is the path to protecting our students,” he wrote. “I still believe that from the pits of despair, goodness can and will prevail.” Harvard accepted him into its freshman class — briefly. On Monday, Mr. Kashuv revealed on Twitter that the university this month rescinded its admission offer over a trail of derogatory and racist screeds that it turns out Mr. Kashuv, 18, wrote as a 16-year-old student, months before the shooting that would turn his high school into one of the most famous in the country.
Mr. Kashuv, who had apologized for the comments when they became public last month, did so again on Monday as he announced Harvard’s decision on Twitter. It followed, he said, a campaign against him organized by political opponents and former classmates who long ago stopped being his friends.
6am – D Teen Vogue blasted for ‘promoting sex work’ as ‘real work’ to young girls. (RT) — Teen Vogue is facing backlash for “promoting prostitution” after publishing an article which advertises sex work as “real work” to its audience, which is made up mostly of girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The article, headlined “Why Sex Work Is Real Work” was originally published in April, but has received renewed attention and criticism after the magazine decided to promote it again on Twitter this week. In the piece, Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng argues for the decriminalization of sex work across the world, citing global efforts to ensure better labor rights for the women involved. The continued criminalization of sex work is “a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination” around prostitution, she argues. Yet, large chunks of Mofokeng’s article come across more as an advertisement for sex work as a potential career path than a simple argument for decriminalization – with little said about the dire circumstances which often lead young girls into that world. Mofokeng tells teen readers that people often “misunderstand” what sex work actually is, writing that “sex-worker services” can include “companionship, intimacy, nonsexual role playing, dancing, escorting and stripping.” She also suggests that relationships that started off as sexual could “evolve” into “emotional and psychological bonding.” The idea of “purchasing intimacy” can be affirming for people in need of “human connection, friendship and emotional support,” the article says, seeming to promote prostitution as a kind of caring profession serving people in need. Mofokeng even compares her work as a medical doctor offering advice and treatment for sex-related problems to sex work, arguing that she is not criminalized for her work, so “sex workers” should not be either.
6am – E HILLARY’S EMAIL SERVER
- State Department Identifies 30 Security Incidents Related To Hillary’s Email Server. (Daily Caller/Chuck Ross) — The State Department identified at least 30 separate security breaches during its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the agency recently disclosed. In a letter to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a State Department official said that at least 15 State Department employees were responsible for 23 violations and seven security infractions related to Clinton’s server.
- TRUMP TWEET: TRUMP: Wow! The State Department said it has identified 30 Security Incidents involving current or former employees and their handling of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s Emails. @FoxNews This is really big. Never admitted before. Highly Classified Material. Will the Dems investigate this?
6am – F US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions. Washington (CNN) The US will send 1,000 additional US forces and more military resources to the Middle East amid tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Monday. “In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement. “The recent Iranian attacks validate the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and interests across the region,” Shanahan said, adding that the “United States does not seek conflict with Iran.” Shortly before the announcement the Pentagon released a detailed set of photos that it said showed Iranian boats removing a mine from one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13. The US attributes the attack to Iran. Tehran has vigorously denied the charge. “The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national interests,” Shanahan said. “We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and credible threats.” One US official says the deployment will include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and missile defense for force protection. News of the additional troop deployment comes as the State Department announced Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel Tuesday to the command center that oversees Middle East military operations.
7am – A INTERVIEW – SAAGAR ENJETI – Chief Washington Correspondent & Host at The Hill — discussed the latest 2020 news and Trump’s immigration push.
Trump Announces ICE To Begin Removing ‘Millions Of Illegal Aliens’ Next Week
- Trump Announces ICE To Begin Removing ‘Millions Of Illegal Aliens’ Next Week
- Illegal Border Crossings Projected To Fall After Trump Tariff Threat Against Mexico.
- State Department cuts new funds to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, pending immigration fixes.
7am – B/C USDA says leftover food only safe for 3 to 4 days after cooking. (Fox5DC) — LOS ANGELES – If you have a Sunday ritual of meal prepping for the entire week to save time or to set yourself up for success in your health goals, you may want to reconsider how much food you make in advance. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, prepared meals or leftovers aren’t intended to stretch for as long as you may think. “Cooked meals are only safe for up to four days in the fridge,” the Food Safety and Inspection Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealed in a post on Twitter. So if you cook pre-portioned meals for the week through Friday, your prepared meals can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days — or frozen for three to four months, the Food Safety and Inspection Service states on its website. Spoilage bacteria can grow at low temperatures, such as in the refrigerator, if left for too long. This kind of bacteria is unlikely to make you violently ill (but might make you gag), according to experts. Signs that your meal-prepped food has spoiled include all the usual suspects: a change in color, texture, an unpleasant odor — or it just downright tastes bad. Leftovers should be put in shallow containers and refrigerated immediately for quick cooling. The other kind of bacteria found in refrigerated foods is pathogenic bacteria, which can grow rapidly between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This kind of bacteria also causes food poisoning. Experts say to never leave perishable foods out of refrigeration for more than two hours.
7am – D INTERVIEW – ILYA SHAPIRO – director of Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute – recapped the SCOTUS rulings on Monday.
- VA GERRYMANDERING: US Supreme Court dismisses VA House Republicans’ appeal in racial gerrymandering case, forcing GOP to defend slender majority on hostile, court-redrawn map. (Richmond) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a GOP appeal in Virginia’s long-running racial gerrymandering case, allowing a redrawn House of Delegates map to stand for the 2019 election cycle. In a 5-4 opinion delivered by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court majority ruled that one state legislative chamber controlled by Republicans could not continue to fight a ruling that Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring had accepted. Herring, whose office typically defends the state against lawsuits, had declined to appeal the lower court’s ruling. “In short, the State of Virginia would rather stop than fight on,” Ginsburg wrote. “One House of its bicameral legislature cannot alone continue the litigation against the will of its partners in the legislative process.” In an opinion that seemed to cut across ideological lines, Ginsburg was joined by liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, as well as conservative justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch. The ruling could boost Democrats’ chances of retaking control of the House this fall. The redrawn House map makes a half-dozen GOP-held districts more competitive for Democrats, including the home districts of House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk. The new map will only be in effect for one legislative election cycle. The lines will change again in the 2021 redistricting process following the completion of the 2020 census. Still, the opinion could prove politically significant in an election year, when Democrats are trying to take full control of state government for the first time in decades. Herring called the opinion “a big win for democracy in Virginia.” Cox said House Republicans, who currently have a 51-48 majority, were disappointed in the ruling but are “prepared to defend and grow our majority.” Cox also faulted Herring, saying in a statement that the attorney general had “once again declined to do his job and defend the law of the Commonwealth.”
- What Is Gerrymandering? Supreme Court Decision Favors Democrats. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case, tossing out a case that gives the state’s Democrats a long-sought-after victory. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday has ruled against the Virginia House of Delegates in a racial gerrymandering case, tossing out a case that gives the state’s Democrats a long-sought-after victory. Gerrymandering occurs when voting districts are redrawn to benefit one party over another in elections, forcing the other side to “waste” votes. For example, someone drawing district lines might bunch opposition party voters together in one district in order to concentrate their votes so that they influence only a few seats. The high court said in a 22-page opinion the G.O.P.-controlled house didn’t have a legal right to challenge a previous lower court opinion that struck down several district maps they had drawn as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. As a result of the ruling, court-ordered maps favoring Democrats will remain in use. Or, it could mean grouping those opposition voters into districts where the other party gains a hold on power, making it very difficult for the opposing party to win elections. The Supreme Court took the case after Virginia’s House of Delegates filed an appeal after the state’s attorney general, a Democrat, decided not to appeal the ruling striking down the voting maps.
- DOUBLE JEOPARDY: Shamefully, Only Two Justices Find that You Can’t Be Prosecuted by a State and the Feds for the Same Crime. (Cato Institute/Ilya Shapiro) — This morning, in the case of Gamble v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2—with only Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent—that state and federal governments can continue having a second bite at the apple, both prosecuting someone for the same crime if they wish. It’s really unfortunate that the justices declined to withdraw the “dual-sovereignty” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause. The Court itself created this doctrine decades ago, before the federal criminal code (unconstitutionally) exploded and before the Double Jeopardy Clause even applied to the states. As Justice Gorsuch wrote, “the separate-sovereigns exception to the bar against double jeopardy finds no meaningful support in the text of the Constitution, it’s original public meaning, structure, or history.” To put a finer point on it, it’s fully consistent with federalism to say that nobody should be prosecuted twice for the same crime. That is, federalism—the division of sovereignty between the federal and state governments—exists to protect our liberties. It divides power to lessen the chance of government abuse. It decidedly does not multiply power or act as some sort of redundancy whereby the federal and state government both get to regulate in the same areas—including the criminal law. It’s a shame that the Supreme Court failed to correct the constitutional anomaly here, and to ensure that criminal defendants receive the protection against multiple prosecutions that the Fifth Amendment so plainly commands.
- CAKE BAKERS: Supreme Court tosses ruling against bakers who refused cake for gay couple. The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a ruling against two Oregon bakers who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The couple, Melissa and Aaron Klein, cited religious beliefs as their reason for not providing services for a gay wedding. This touched off the latest in a series of such cases making headlines in recent years. During the court’s last term, justices ruled in favor of a Colorado baker in a similar situation, stating that a state body demonstrated improper hostility toward the baker’s religion in finding that he violated a state anti-discrimination law. On Monday, the Supreme Court sent the Klein case back down to a lower court “for further consideration in light of” their Colorado decision. The central disputes in the case — which pits LGBT rights against religious freedom considerations — have yet to be addressed by the Supreme Court. A similar case involving Washington state florist Baronelle Stutzman previously was sent back so the state court could review its decision against Stutzman in light of the Colorado case. The Washington court upheld its decision, and the case is expected to go back before the Supreme Court once more. The Kleins’ case arose when Rachel Bowman-Cryer went to them in January 2013 to see about a wedding cake. When Aaron Klein asked for information, including the name of the groom, she told him there was none. Klein then said the bakery does not make cakes for gay weddings, court documents said. Bowman-Cryer’s mother, who was with her, said Klein quoted the Bible when explaining his decision. The Kleins had to pay a $135,000 judgment to the couple for discriminating against them in violation of a state public accommodations statute. They ended up closing down their bakery. The couple is represented by First Liberty, who celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision as a win.
7am – E Bootleg liquor eyed as cause of Dominican Republic tourist deaths (New York Post) – Cops are investigating whether at least seven tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, The Post has learned. Officials want to know who supplied the alcoholic beverages the victims drank in the minutes and hours before their deaths over the past year — and if the drinks had any dangerous chemicals in them, law enforcement sources said. The FBI is assisting and will take blood samples from the dead back to its research center in Quantico, Va., a source said. The Dominican government insists the fatalities are isolated incidents, while reps for both of the resorts where victims have died — the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Bahia Principe — described the deaths as simple accidents. But most of the deaths bear similarities, as they involve apparently healthy adults — at least some of whom drank from their hotel room minibar before suddenly becoming gravely sick. Five American tourists have died in mysterious circumstances on the island this year, while the family of two others who died in 2018 say they now suspect their loved ones met foul play. Others have reported falling ill, but surviving, after drinking from their minibars. A Post reporter at one of the resorts noted the vodka in the room had a strange, potent smell resembling pure alcohol. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, said the symptoms among some of the dead — including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea — were consistent with poisoning from methanol or pesticides. Methanol is a type of alcohol not safe for humans. It is regularly used as antifreeze.
8am – A INTERVIEW – MATT WALSH – columnist for The Daily Wire and author of new book, THE UNHOLY TRINITY: BLOCKING THE LEFT’S ASSAULT ON LIFE, MARRIAGE, AND GENDER
- Racist Comments Cost Conservative Parkland Student a Place at Harvard. (NY Times) — MIAMI — Of the many student activists who emerged from the tragic shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kyle Kashuv stood out as a conservative defender of the Second Amendment, surrounded by classmates who were mobilizing for sweeping new controls on guns. He used that distinction to get meetings with the likes of President Trump and successfully push for what he believed would be more effective federal legislation to improve school security and help detect potential threats of violence at schools, as he proudly related in his admission essay to Harvard College. In the essay, he described hiding in a classroom closet during the February 2018 rampage in which 17 people were killed. He said he learned about the deaths of his classmates one by one and chose to devote himself to activism afterward. On Monday, Mr. Kashuv revealed on Twitter that the university this month rescinded its admission offer over a trail of derogatory and racist screeds that it turns out Mr. Kashuv, 18, wrote as a 16-year-old student, months before the shooting that would turn his high school into one of the most famous in the country. Mr. Kashuv, who had apologized for the comments when they became public last month, did so again on Monday as he announced Harvard’s decision on Twitter. It followed, he said, a campaign against him organized by political opponents and former classmates who long ago stopped being his friends.
- MATT WALSH: Kyle Kashuv’s Harvard Acceptance Is Rescinded. Ralph Northam Is Still Governor. The Rules Are Not Applied Equally. (Daily Wire)- As The Daily Wire previously reported, Parkland shooting survivor and gun rights advocate Kyle Kashuv’s Harvard admission has been rescinded over comments he made privately to his friends when he was 16 years old. The comments in question are certainly gross, stupid, and racist, but they were also the comments of a high school boy joking around with his buddies and trying to be as shocking and outrageous as possible. He was not a public figure at the time and would have had no idea that a couple of years later he would be in the limelight due to a massacre at his school. Kashuv has apologized for the comments, which were leaked to the media in a transparent effort to destroy him for his Second Amendment advocacy. Since taking on this new role as a gun rights champion, he has not said or done anything to demonstrate racism. He says he has changed — due in large part to the traumatic event that he and his classmates endured — and all of the evidence seems to support this claim. Still, despite his efforts to repair whatever damage the gross jokes he told privately when he was 16 might have done to the people who were exposed to them after they were leaked in a coordinated effort to destroy his reputation, he was punished anyway. This move by Harvard is craven and nakedly partisan. Every sane person knows that Kashuv’s affiliation with the conservative movement weighed heavily against him. Would his admission have been revoked had he been an anti-Second Amendment liberal like his classmate David Hogg? We can’t know for sure, but we have reasons to be suspicious. The rules, after all, are not applied equally. Take the governor of Virginia, for example. College yearbook photos of Ralph Northam surfaced months ago appearing to show Northam in blackface. Northam denied that he was the one in the image, but he admitted that at a different point in his 20s he smeared shoe polish on his face and dressed up like Michael Jackson. This means Northam is guilty of wearing blackface at least once as an adult. If you think that the guy who advocated infanticide may be capable of lying, then you may tend to believe that he was also the one wearing blackface in the yearbook. In any case, the fact remains that Northam, as an adult, engaged in blatantly racist behavior. Yet he is still governor of the state of Virginia.
8am – B Md. lawmakers ditch their cars for mass transit. Could you survive ‘the transit challenge?’ Could you put your car in park and get by for a week? ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) — Could you put your car in park and get by for a week? That’s the challenge in one of the wealthiest counties in the country. In Montgomery County, there’s an average of two cars for every household—and it has the congestion to prove it. “The car has not moved all week and will not all week,” said Montgomery County Councilman Andrew Friedson, who’s among the 10 local lawmakers who have traded the roads for rails and buses all week long—no driving. Friedson showed WUSA9 his latest commute from Bethesda to council chambers in Rockville. Usually a 20 minute drive took 51 minutes on two different buses. “If you live along that corridor, it’s terrific but if you live outside that corridor which I also represent, it’s not nearly as great.”
8am – D INTERVIEW – TOM BEVAN – Publisher of Real Clear Politics – discussed the latest 2020 polls and previewed President Trump officially announcing his bid for 2020 presidential race.
- POLLS: Former Vice President Joe Biden is still leading the Democratic primary, but is potentially seeing some soft spots in his foundation, according to a group of polls released in recent days. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders has plateaued, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren is surging, with Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg holding steady right behind the top three.
- Fox News NATIONAL poll (which counts for the July debate stage) Biden 32% Sanders 13% Warren 9% Buttigieg 8% Harris 8% O’Rourke 4% Booker 3% Klobuchar 2% Yang 2% Everyone else at or below 1%
- CBS News poll on Iowans’ first choice for the Democrats’ 2020 nominee: Biden: 30% Sanders: 22% Warren: 12% Buttigieg: 11% Harris: 5% Klobuchar: 4% O’Rourke: 4% Booker: 3% Delaney: 2%
8am – E INTERVIEW – MARIA KEFFLER – a former school teacher and parent whose children attend Arlington Public Schools – previewed the upcoming school board meeting on a new proposed transgender policy.