Minnesota man explains mall stabbings

Featured image We noted the case of “Minnesota man” Mahad Abdiaziz Abdiraham (or Abdirahman) this past November 14 and November 15. Abdiraham was charged with first-degree assault in connection with the stabbings of two customers at the Macy’s Mall of America’s Macy store on Sunday evening, November 12. The second of the two linked posts quotes the charges. The stabbing victims were brothers Alexander Sanchez (19 years old) and John Sanchez (25). »

Is Trump About to Trump the Dems on Immigration?

Featured image Angelo Codevilla and, as Paul has noted, Mark Krikorian both express dismay over President Trump’s offer of a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million illegal immigrants who could be classified as among the “dreamers” (kids brought here by their parents), which is a lot more than the 800,000 or so officially registered DACAns. They are right on the merits. But I wonder if Trump isn’t calling the bluff of »

The Senate politics of Trump’s immigration proposal

Featured image Tom Cotton is right, the support of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin isn’t necessary to pass an immigration bill. However, some Democratic support is. The proposal President Trump has put forward likely will need more than nine Democratic votes, since not all Senate Republicans can be expected to vote for it. For example, Ted Cruz says he’s opposed. Indeed, he believes there should be no path to citizenship for the »

Who Cares What Chuck Schumer Thinks About Immigration?

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he rejects President Trump’s compromise proposal on immigration, which would trade legalization of certain illegal aliens for important reforms in our legal immigration system, plus the wall. The press is treating Schumer’s obstinacy as a big deal, but is it? Senator Tom Cotton says No: Memo to media: Schumer & Durbin aren't necessary for any immigration bill. It would be as if Gang of »

Trump’s grand immigration bargain, Take One

Featured image The Hill reports that the White House will endorse allowing as many as 1.8 million young immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship in an immigration plan that will be released next week. In exchange, for the “Dreamer” protections, President Trump will seek billions of dollars for a border wall and sweeping changes to the immigration system. The sweeping changes would include limiting chain migration such that U.S. citizens and permanent residents »

More skewed immigration reporting from the New York Times

Featured image The following isn’t exactly fake news, but it’s certainly misleading. The New York Times (per Maggie Haberman, Katie Rogers, and Michael Shear) reports: President Trump said on Wednesday that he is open to a path to citizenship after 10 to 12 years for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, days after rejecting a bipartisan plan with that as its centerpiece. Mr. Trump once »

The Power Line Show, Episode 51: Getting Tired of All The Greatness!

Featured image Trump said there’d be so much winning that we’d get tired of all the winning, though I don’t think I’ll get tired of watching the Trump Administration move from one “outrage” to another, like withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, shredding the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I don’t think any other Republican in the 2016 field, with the possible exception of »

The Deal, Take Three

Featured image My first take on the deal that ended the brief partial government shutdown was that Chuck Schumer caved and the deal was a big win for Republicans. My second take was that my first take might be wrong — that the Democrats may have received more than they are getting credit for, and may be able to parlay what they got into a win, or at least a draw, down »

Did the GOP really win the shutdown showdown?

Featured image My initial reaction to the deal that ended the partial government shutdown was that Chuck Schumer caved and that the deal was a big win for Republicans. That’s the conventional view shared by, to name just a few, Brit Hume, Marc Thiessen, and Ben Shapiro . However, I’m no longer sure this was a true victory for Republicans, at least those of the conservative variety. The Democrats may have received »

Trump Routed the Democrats On the Shutdown. What’s Next?

Featured image The Schumer Shutdown came to an ignominious end after only three days. Obviously, the Democrats were looking at internal poll results that were disastrous for them. It’s a good reminder that, while the Chamber of Commerce might join liberals in advocating a more or less open borders policy on immigration, the large majority of Americans are not only firmly opposed to illegal immigration, but, if anything, would prefer to reduce »

Civil War on the Left, Part 53: Riot of the Cavemen

Featured image Talk about your Feel Good Story of the Day, from The Hill: That’s so much fun to read it’s worth repeating again: From the copy: Progressives are hammering Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his agreement with Senate Republican leadership to end the government shutdown on Monday. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has spoken out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it. “I don’t »

Shutdown to end as Dems cave [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured image The Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting Republican and Democratic leaders in an agreement on immigration and spending. The bill agreed to would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) »

Shutdown politics, a leftist’s take

Featured image David Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist and associate editorial page editor at The New York Times. Obviously, he writes “from a liberal progressive perspective.” Leonhardt is urging Democrats to capitulate on the shutdown. He wants them to “accept[] a short-term funding bill that ends the shutdown and diffuses the tension.” Why? Because “the shutdown has created one of the more treacherous political moments of Trump’s presidency for Democrats.” (Emphasis added) »

Sen. John McClellan: (D) or (R)?

Featured image The true story of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 is almost unbelievable. I don’t know of a single statement regarding the effects of the act made its congressional proponents that proved to be true. Either they did not know, or could not frankly admit, what they were doing. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a column by NPR News correspondent Tom Gjelten on “The curious history of chain migration” »

Shutdown politics, who has the upper hand?

Featured image Last night, in considering which party will be blamed the most for a sustained partial government shutdown, I mentioned two polls. The first, by the Washington Post, found that, by a 20-point margin, more Americans will blame President Trump and Republicans than Democrats. This, I believe, is similar to what most polls are showing, even though it was the Dems who voted to defeat a bill that would have kept »

Schumer Flees From Tom Cotton

Featured image Politico reports that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to cut Senator Tom Cotton out of any future immigration negotiations: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Donald Trump this week that there will be no deal on Dreamers if hard-line conservative GOP Sen. Tom Cotton is involved, according to several congressional sources. *** Cotton — and his role in the hugely controversial Jan. 11 Oval Office meeting over »

A Primer on the “Government Shutdown”

Featured image It seems Senate Democrats are determined to have a government shutdown probably because of the default requirement of the Democratic base of “total resistance” to Trump. They are attaching the demand that DACA be “fixed” as a condition to funding the federal government (as OMB director Nick Mulvaney pointed out this morning, Democrats do not oppose any of the funding specifics of the continuing resolution), because they know that if »