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Louisiana Republican rants: Obama wants to use immigrants to build ‘one-party state’

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Rep. John Fleming misrepresented President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration to paint it as a tool in an alleged plan for Democratic Party dominance, Buzzfeed reported.

“Make no mistake about it, that this is a part of a grand plan for the Democrat Party to make this nation into a single party state, as they have already accomplished in California,” Fleming told radio host John Fredericks. “And you see the devastating impact it’s having there.”

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Fleming said that Obama’s action, which he announced last November, would impact “5 or 10 million illegals,” but in fact, the expansion of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would cover between 3 and 4 million undocumented immigrants.

He also falsely stated that immigrants covered by the order would “enjoy free healthcare,” a possible reference to the Affordable Care Act. As the Washington Post reported at the time, they would not be eligible for subsidies under the law, commonly known as Obamacare.

While “the people who come across the border” were hard workers and had “great values,” Fleming complained, they also tended to vote for Democrats. He did not mention his party’s anti-immigrant rhetoric as a possible cause for this trend.

“We know they come from cultures that look to government for solutions and so the Democrat Party knows this,” he said. “They know that if they can’t win elections using American citizens, this is a good way to go around that.”

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The president’s order has not been implemented as a result of an injunction granted last month. The order has been challenged by 26 states arguing that Obama overstepped his authority in ordering the DACA expansion.

“We think we are going to win,” Fleming said. “But we hope that stay isn’t lifted because a lot of damage can be done in the meantime.”

Listen to Fleming’s remarks, as posted by Buzzfeed, below.

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‘Smart rats jump a sinking orange ship’: Columnist predicts more Republicans will flee Trump

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New York Times contributing columnist Wajahat Ali predicted that more Republicans would likely flee President Donald Trump in the coming weeks.

Already, Trump's own officials, appointees, and staff are lining up to testify to the House committees, despite Trump saying they will not cooperate with any investigations.

"I believe smart rats jump a sinking orange ship, and if you don't believe me, you haven't paid attention to the last week," Ali told CNN's Don Lemon. In the past week, several of Trump's appointees have lined up to give a deposition or testify. Even outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview, that Rudy Giuliani was to be the point person on all things related to Ukraine.

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Max Boot calls BS on Republicans for trying to claim Syria is Nancy Pelosi’s fault because of impeachment

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President Donald Trump is conducting foreign policy like a 1980s television character, according to conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot.

In a panel discussion about the letter Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Boot mocked Republicans for suddenly trying to claim that Trump's withdrawal from Syria was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fault because of impeachment. It is unclear if Republicans are confessing the president is too distracted by impeachment to be making foreign policy decisions or if they are blaming Pelosi for military decisions.

"I mean there's a lot of really lame Republican talking points out there, Don," Boot said to CNN host Don Lemon. "But to suggest, as Rep. Liz Cheney and others have done that somehow Trump's inexplicable decision to give the Turks the green light to invade Syria — that was somehow the fault of Nancy Pelosi because of the impeachment process? What?"

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Ex-counterintel official explains how lobbying laws could bring down Rudy Giuliani

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Justice Department counterintelligence official David Laufman explained to Chris Cuomo how President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani could go down for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

"Why does this matter, this area of the law?" asked Cuomo.

"This was a statute enacted in the 1930s in response to pro-Nazi German elements of the United States, engaged in subversive propaganda activities so that the U.S. people or lawmakers when confronted with content, whether lobbying or an op-ed, can make an informed assessment based on who the real party is behind it," explained Laufman. "If it's a foreign party, the American people should be able to take that into account and assigning whatever weight they want."

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