The lights went out on Broadway Saturday night, and Bill de Blasio was a thousand miles away in Iowa. It was the moment that perfectly captured his distracted, ego-driven failure of a mayoralty.
Bill de Blasio does not care about New York City. He does not care about its people. He does not care about how it’s run. He does not care about you or your taxes, creating jobs or improving lives. All Bill de Blasio cares about is Bill de Blasio.
And so, for the good of the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to remove the mayor from office.
Let’s face it: It’s only by accident de Blasio is mayor in the first place. Without Anthony Weiner’s onanistic implosion, the Campaign Finance Board’s sidelining of rival lefty John Liu, or the support of one peculiar, but well-funded, constituency — people who hate carriage horses — de Blasio would probably be calling for a socialist uprising on Community Board 6.
But there he was, the designated survivor of 2013, suddenly in charge of your money. And boy, did he spend it. He paid off the unions with generous contracts, expanded the taxpayer-funded workforce and poured cash into pet projects. Thanks to the success of Wall Street and real estate, he never lacked for funds, never had to make any tough budget choices.
Yet from the start, his lack of interest was apparent.
The Trump administration announced a major change in asylum policy on Monday that could lead to a drastic reduction in the number of people that are eligible for asylum who are attempting to enter the United States through the southern border.
“The new rule, published in the Federal Register, would require most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traversed – whether in Mexico, in Central America, or elsewhere on their journey,” Fox News reported.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ short-lived tenure as owner of the New Republic appears to have done a serious number on the publication that was once the in-flight magazine of Air Force One.
Because it is publishing stuff today that no reputable outlet would touch.
On Friday, the New Republic published a meandering, nasty, and disturbingly personal op-ed by gay author Dale Peck, who attacks South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the “Uncle Tom” of the gay community. But instead of calling him “Uncle Tom,” Peck calls the 2020 Democratic candidate “Mary Pete.” Clever.
The article is every bit as reprehensible as it sounds, each paragraph worse than the last. However, there is one passage that stands out above all others for its sheer viciousness. That passage reads as follows — it is not safe for work, and I would keep it away from children, the easily offended, and the faint of heart:
You can actually see Van Spronsen in the video at about :04.
And then CNN’s W. Kamau Bell actually asks people to “do what they can to support” the group pointing to what is now a protected tweet.
As you are watching the #UnitedShades episode about @PugetSoundJBGC & the good work they are doing to actively end white supremacy just understand that being on my show is bringing a lot more harassment their way. Do what you can to support them. 👇🏿 https://t.co/hJCEjTdXnh
This all of course followed a lot of demonizing of ICE from people like the ‘Gang of Four.’
Antifa terrorist Willem Van Spronsen carried out this terrorist attack after weeks of Democrats claiming migrant shelters are "concentration camps" and whipping up hatred against ICE and CBP https://t.co/cluqAdgc4x
5/ In his alleged "manifesto" found elsewhere online, van Spronsen specifically invokes AOC's "concentration camps" rhetoric to describe ICE facilities where a tiny subset of people in our country without US permission, are detained..
The State Department is raising concerns about the arrest and detention of an American rapper in Sweden and is urging the Swedish government to treat him fairly, according to a statement shared exclusively with POLITICO.
ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was arrested on July 2 after voluntarily going to the police in Stockholm for questioning about a street fight he was involved in.
A State Department spokesperson said that the department was aware of the case and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been briefed. Top officials at the department, including Ambassador Robert O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, are also closely monitoring the situation and working to make sure the rapper is treated fairly.
“There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” the spokesperson said. “We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. … We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”
A new internal Democrat poll in swing districts released on Sunday showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.
“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.”
“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%,” Axios added, whereas “capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”
The firm that conducted the poll gave the results to Axios on the condition that it not be named because it works “with all parts of the party.”
Media is flipping out at these comments, claiming he told the ‘Gang of Four’ to “go back to their own countries.”
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
He doesn’t actually reference AOC, Tlaib, Pressley or Omar by name. So no, he’s not saying they’re all from another country originally, as media is trying to say. He’s probably just referring to Omar.
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
Nor does he is he saying just “go back to your own country,” it’s a much more nuanced comment in which he’s saying if they (Omar) thinks it’s so bad here, go back and solve the problem where you were and then come back and tell us how you did it. And thereby recognize how lucky it is that you are here. But media is skipping all that. Naturally.
But he should just not say anything when they are shooting themselves in the feet.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) reportedly said Democrats don’t need “more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice” during a liberal Netroots Nation conference on Sunday, a comment that comes as racial politics threaten to divide the party.
The Washington Post reports Pressley said she’s not interested in bringing “a chair to an old table.”
“This is the time to shake that table. . . . We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” Pressley reportedly said during the event. “We don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.”
Pressley’s spokeswoman, Lina Francis, told the Post the congresswoman was making the point that “diversity at the table doesn’t matter if there’s not real diversity in policy.” The Hill has reached out to Pressley’s office.
Pressley’s comments followed a tumultuous week of Democratic infighting, as establishment Democrats continue to clash with a new wave of elected progressives in the party.
Rahm Emanuel, the former chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and Chicago mayor, slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N..Y) chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti for attempting to “clear the moderate and centrists out of the party.”
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published a piece on Saturday detailing the “generational and ideological tangle” between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and Ocasio-Cortez.
Chakrabarti, who co-founded the liberal Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress groups before joining Ocasio-Cortez’s office, sparked backlash a couple weeks ago when he compared moderate and Blue Dog Democrats, some of which are African American, to Southern segregationists in the 1940s. He would go on to delete the tweet, but he doubled down on his message and said, “I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system.”
Emanuel, who formerly served in the House of Representatives and was credited for helping Democrats take back control of the House in 2006 during his tenure as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, expressed his disgust of Chakrabarti in Dowd’s piece, saying he was trying to undermine Pelosi.
Democrat presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren promised a crowd of supporters on Saturday that on her first day in the White House, she would create a commission to investigate “crimes committed by the United States against immigrants.”
The well-known Warren Commission of days gone by investigated the killing of a president. A new Warren Commission would, in essence, be about a president killing the United States.
“On my first day, I will empower a commission in the Department of Justice to investigate crimes committed by the United States against immigrants,” she declared at the leftist Netroots Nation conference.
In an outrageous, sweeping attack on the good people working Border Protection missions during the current Democrat-fueled immigration crisis, Warren broad-brushed baseless accusations that are making life for them more dangerous and difficult.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Saturday that if he is elected president, he will ask soccer player Megan Rapinoe to be his secretary of state.
He said at the progressive Netroots Nation conference that one of his first acts as president would be to get a secretary of State who embraces world unity and “love rather than hate” as he rebuked President Trump’s foreign policy.
“My first act will be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of State,” he said. “I haven’t asked her yet, so this could be a surprise to her.”
“I actually believe this because what I think what she has said that has inspired us so much is such an antithesis of the president’s foreign policies,” he added.
A nationwide crackdown to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country began late Saturday in the nation’s largest city and several other places, according to an official.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resumed its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants who’ve been given orders to leave the country, targeting people in at least 10 cities. The ICE raids began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions,” not just New York City, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News.
In an exclusive interview on “FOX & friends,” Acting ICE Director Matt Albence said while he couldn’t speak to anything specifically from an operational perspective, the overarching concern when the agency conducts any sort of enforcement operation is “the safety and security of both our officers that are conducting the operation as well as the public.”
“We are doing targeted enforcement actions against specific individuals who have had their day in immigration court and have been ordered to be removed by an immigration judge,” Albence told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. “We are merely executing those lawfully issued judge’s orders.”
Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) on Saturday questioned the patriotism of American-born citizens, claiming she “probably love[s] this country more than anyone who is naturally born” in the United States.
Omar participated in a foreign policy panel at the liberal Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia when she made her comment. Omar began her remarks by making light of her past anti-Semitic comments and the backlash that has resulted from them.
“Something that I get criticized for all the time. It’s not what you think, so don’t gasp,” Omar said, prompting laughter from the panel and audience.
“It is that I am anti-American because I criticize the United States,” Omar said. “I believe, as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born and because I am ashamed of it continuing to live in its hypocrisy.”
All we want is a cable news channel that reports the news, but CNN and company insist that we want panels of contributors and analysts to tell us how to interpret what little they allow to get through in the first place.
We’d thought that Chris Cillizza had the gig of political analyst at CNN, so we were surprised to see that his name wasn’t on this hot take; it’s Zachary B. Wolf telling us that we need to look at the context of deportations under Presidents Obama and Trump to understand why Obama deported so many more people.