A national emergency declaration to build a wall would set precedent – NC SPIN

by Brad Crone, Communications consultant and NC SPIN panelist,  February 11, 2019.

Gun control advocates are hoping and praying the President will declare a national emergency to get funding for the Mexican wall.  The folks who are pushing for tighter restrictions on hand-guns and gun access believe that a national emergency declaration by the President will set a precedent that will enable a future Democrat President to use the national emergency declaration as a means to bypass Congress on gun control measures.

While the President wants to build his wall – using a national emergency declaration could truly open Pandora’s box for the NRA and gun rights supporters.

Just imagine this scenario not so distant in the country’s future…a Democrat is elected to the White House, there is a school-yard massacre again and the President declares a national emergency implementing an aggressive gun-control policy regarding private sales, background checks and specific equipment that is currently legal and available in today’s market.

Could you imagine the uproar coming from gun owners and advocates? (Read more)

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Basketball Team Refuses To Play On MLK Day After Teenagers Display A Trump Flag – News One

A predominately Black basketball team is refusing to play today — on MLK Day — due to entitled teenagers displaying a “Trump 2020: Keep America Great!” flag. The coach for the team is now speaking out.

Michael Walker coaches Minneapolis Roosevelt High School and wrote on Facebook, “I coach a predominantly black inner city high school team. We go out to a rural area in Jordan, MN and this is there. Please explain how and why this is appropriate at a high school basketball game?” See below:

After the coach and the basketball team saw the flag,  they refused to play their scheduled game for today. (See more)

Trump asked National Enquirer CEO to help campaign by silencing women

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The Gate Keeper response: Gone from gettting gooder and gooder to getting damn gooder and gooder!

The revelation is contained in a lengthy and highly detailed Wall Street Journal article about Trump’s alleged involvement in the hush money payoffs.

President Donald Trump personally asked the publisher of the National Enquirer, his longtime friend David Pecker, to help his presidential campaign by silencing women who might come forward with details of his sexual relationships with them, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

According to the Journal, then-candidate Trump asked Pecker during an August 2015 meeting at Trump Tower, “What can you do to help my campaign?” (Read more)

The worst hour of Donald Trump’s presidency just happened – The Point

(CNN)Two massive clouds that have been hanging over Donald Trump’s presidency for months broke open almost simultaneously on Tuesday afternoon — and poured rain all over the President.

Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, two narratives — both disastrously bad for Trump — emerged:

1. Paul Manafort, the man who spent five critical months leading Trump’s campaign in 2016, was found guilty of eight financial crimes. On the 10 other charges brought against Manafort, the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous conclusion and the presiding judge declared a mistrial on those counts.

2. Longtime Trump personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen agreed to a plea deal with the Southern District of New York in which he admitted guilt on eight charges and acknowledged that he had discussed or made hush payments to two women alleging affairs with Trump in order to keep damaging information from becoming public, at the direction of and in coordination with a candidate for federal office. That candidate, although Cohen didn’t name him, is obviously Donald Trump. (Read more)

RUDY GIULIANI CLAIMS FACTS ARE ‘IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER,’ CALLS TRUMP THE MOST ‘HONEST’ PRESIDENT IN HISTORY – NewsWeek

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said Tuesday that in the modern era facts are “in the eye of the beholder.”

In a back and forth exchange between Giuliani and Chris Cuomo on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time, the former mayor of New York City called Trump one of the most honest presidents in history.

“If fact counting is anything, we’ve never had anybody with the level of mendacity that he has,” Cuomo quickly responded, likely alluding to the over 4,000 false or misleading claims Trump has made, according to The Washington Post since taking office.

“It’s in the eye of the beholder,” Giuliani said. When Cuomo tried to respond that factual statements are not in the eye of the beholder, the attorney answered with “nowadays they are.”

The statement came after the two discussed Paul Manafort’s trial and the accusations being made by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. Her most recent claim is that President Trump knew about the hacked Democratic emails obtained by Wikileaks before they were released during the 2016 election. (Read more)