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Trump Immigration Plan Ignites Debate

specially the immigration ban (Fox News).  Details on the ban itself (Washington Examiner).  The move caused protests at airports (NY Post).  The rollout was a big part of the problem (National Review).  McCain is among those troubled by Trump’s decision (CBS News).  Many of the countries on the list have their own discriminatory policies (Daily Caller).  More countries may be added (Washington Times).  Apparently, Obama played a role (Townhall).  From Ed Stetzer:  If America bans refugees, it makes a statement to the world that we don’t want to make. It is the picture of someone who sits, arms crossed and turned away, with a raised eyebrow and a ready attack on the helpless, the homeless, the broken.  We must do better (Christianity Today).  Dan McLaughlin explains why he believes it is “not the dangerous and radical departure from U.S. policy that his liberal critics make it out to be. His policy may be terrible public relations for the United States, but it is fairly narrow and well within the recent tradition of immigration actions taken by the Obama administration” (National Review).  Ben Shapiro clears up some confusion on the move (Daily Wire).  From Quinnipiac:  By a narrow 48 – 42 percent, American voters support “suspending immigration from terror prone regions, even if it means turning away refugees” (Quinnipiac).  The ACLU us bragging that they’ve used the controversy to set a fundraising record (USA Today).  Starbucks pledges to hire 10,000 refugees (CNN).  Trump snapped at McCain and Graham over their differences (Washington Examiner). Customs and border agents appear to like Trump’s moves (Washington Examiner).

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Pence at March for Life: Life is Winning Again in America

Before the large crowd in Washington DC, VP Mike Pence also discussed how the new administration would advance the pro-life cause (The Hill).  One telling moment came when he said “Let this movement be known for compassion, not confrontation.” Imagine hearing that from the other side.  Another story notes it is “the first time a Vice President of the United States will attend in the Washington, D.C. March’s 44-year history” (Life Sites News).  From Dr. Albert Mohler: This will make history in defense of life (Twitter).

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Trump Signs Executive Orders on Immigration

From the story: The first executive order called for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, while the second involved various provisions relating to enforcement of immigration laws, including withholding federal grant money from sanctuary cities (CBS News).  And there’s more to come (CBS News).  California Democrats are apoplectic (Sacramento Bee).  Why a wall is so complicated (Washington Post).  Meanwhile, Trump is expected to undo an Obama executive order against gun collecting (Gun Owners).   He may issue another looking into voter fraud (CNN).  Some voting fraud evidence (LA Times).

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Despite Tears on the Left, Trump to Begin Presidency

Poll shows optimism on economy (Fox News).  The clashes have begun (Fox News) as people protest in Washington and New York (USA Today), some led by celebrities (CBS News).  Trump starts with a divided country (Washington Post) and a hostile media (see this CNN story as just one example).  From Hugh Hewitt:  Those alarmed by Trump should recognize that those personality characteristics do not define the entire man or his agenda for the next four years — and that, in fact, there are good reasons to welcome the brashness. The vast, suffocating bureaucratic state has grown so powerful and utterly muffling of genuine ideological diversity that we need to break the ice forming over the national conversation. Trump is Thor’s hammer in that regard. It could get loud, but we could also end up hashing some hard things out (Washington Post).  Some hope (WSJ). Today’s events (WSJ).  Some schools refuse to show the inauguration (Fox News).

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Media and Democrats Seek to Vilify the Charitable DeVos

She held her own (Weekly Standard).  From Rich Lowry:  The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the Left (RCP).  Media outlets misrepresented DeVos on guns and grizzlies (Washington Examiner).  One story notes “Betsy DeVos is being criticized for her charitable giving because it happens to be motivated by faith in God” (National Review).  David French explains “moms and dads want choices for their kids. Many states and cities have the resources to provide those choices without raising taxes or straining the present school financing system. But the liberal elite says no — no to moving children who fail to thrive, no to moving children who are being bullied, no to moving kids who seek a chance at better scores, no to moving kids for the sake of the very “fit” they crave for their own children” (National Review).  From a USA Today op-ed:  It’s about time we had a secretary of Education who truly maximized the educational opportunities of all children — including those living in poverty who are frequently forced to attend their all-too-often failing local school. While President Obama’s secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, challenged the entrenched interests in education, he didn’t go far enough. DeVos will disrupt business-as-usual — with an intensified focus on the rights of parents to choose the right school for their children, no longer being subservient to their neighborhood zip code-mandated school or some anonymous education bureaucrat assigning kids to a school based on arbitrary laws irrespective if that school is failing (USA Today).

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Democrats Lost Enormous Ground Under Obama

From the story:  Democrats have lost 10 percent of their Senate seats from the 111th Congress, 19 percent of their House seats, and 20 percent of their seats in state legislatures during Obama’s time in office. On top of that, the party has lost more than a third of its gubernatorial seats. The Democratic Party finds itself in its worst shape since before the Great Depression — just a few short years after its ascendancy to dominance during the Great Recession.

 

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Torture of Trump Supporter Now Considered a Hate Crime

From the story:  A Fox News analyst noted on Thursday that the teens could face up to 30 years in prison (Townhall).  The White House struggled with the hate crime concept (NTK).  And an investigator said they will “determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving.”  Do they work that hard to determine motives when anti-black or anti-Semitic comments are spray painted on a wall? (USA Today). From Todd Starnes:  while the police were trying their best to tone down the racial motivations of the attackers, the Mainstream Media was trying to whitewash their skin color. It took the Washington Post nine paragraphs to get around to the skin color of the attackers. “In the video, the attackers appear black,” the Post reported (Fox News).  From a more detailed story:  …a police spokesman said that the four suspects copped to the torture in their police interviews and none expressed remorse (Daily Mail).   The thugs even sent taunting text messages to the captive’s parents (People).  CNN’s Don Lemon said “I don’t think it’s evil. I think these are young people and I think they have bad home training” (Breitbart).

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