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Conservative columnist hammers Stephen Miller over Trump’s ’emergency’ wall strategy

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The National Review’s David French cast doubt upon the Trump administration’s chances of getting Trump’s ‘emergency’ wall funding past impending court challenges today in a new column. The conservative columnist specifically singled out Stephen Miller’s appearance on Fox News yesterday as a harbinger of doom for getting the wall past potential legal hurdles.

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“One of the first rules of effective litigation is that you don’t want your client to make statements out loud that reveal the weakness of your legal case,” French wrote. “On Sunday morning, Trump adviser Stephen Miller violated that rule.”

French went on to note that Miller’s legal arguments for the wall he laid out to Fox News host Chris Wallace yesterday on Fox News Sunday “demonstrated the extraordinary weakness of the administration’s statutory argument,” and further, called it “absurd.”

“[Miller’s argument] simply doesn’t match the plain language and obvious intent of the relevant statute [cited],” French said.

And while French couched his criticisms of Miller by saying he is “a capable defender of the president’s policies,” he ends the column with another arrow from his sling.

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“The fact that this is the best case he could make is ominous news for the administration’s legal defense,” he wrote.

Read the entire column here.


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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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Right-wing activists call on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking election security bills

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing renewed pressure to take up election security legislation, from a pair of unlikely sources: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Norquist — who once famously said that he wanted to slash government to a size where he could "drown it in a bathtub" — called for hand-marked paper ballots, and urged Congress to pass something similar to the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, which would have given states incentives to switch to secure voting methods and promoted data-sharing to identify threats. The measure was first introduced in 2017 by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (D-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but never came to a vote.

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