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We Predict, They Comply

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February 22, 2017
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PoliPundit, February 7th:

From the pattern of his decisions, it’s apparent that Kennedy wishes he could be Scalia, but he doesn’t want to subject himself to the unreasoning virulence of the Left.

SCOTUS, yesterday:

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.

Among the concerns raised by justices was whether non-U.S. citizens injured by drone attacks overseas that are directed from the United States could file similar claims if the lawsuit was allowed to move forward.

In a closely watched case that could affect U.S. immigration actions under President Donald Trump’s administration, the court’s liberal justices expressed sympathy toward allowing the case to move forward, indicating the justices could be headed toward a 4-4 split. Such a ruling would leave in place a lower court’s decision to throw out the civil rights claims against the agent, Jesus Mesa, filed by the family of Sergio Hernandez.

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Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sides with the liberal justices in close cases and whose vote could be pivotal in this one, voiced doubt about the family’s arguments during the court’s hour-long argument.

Which Poll Should You Believe?

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February 22, 2017
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I choose Rasmussen:

As Nate Silver notes, Trump’s recent approval ratings vary from a high of 55 percent (with 45 percent disapproval) in the aforementioned Rasmussen poll to a low of 39 percent (with 56 percent disapproval) in a survey from Pew Research. The differences are most likely the result of a combination of sampling and survey techniques. Trump consistently does better with narrower samples. Rasmussen claims to be measuring likely voters, even though we are more than a year and a half away from the next national election. Pew is sampling all adults, a significantly larger universe than those who will ultimately vote in that next election. Rasmussen is also famously a robo-pollster, which means he’s only reaching the half of the electorate that has land lines. Pew utilizes a traditional live-interview methodology, which is generally thought to be more accurate, but that some theorize can be misleading with respect to highly controversial politicians like Trump. (This is the “shy Trump voter” theory.)

While polls like Rasmussen’s have a poor reputation and polls like Pew’s are considered closer to the gold standard (FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings give Raz a C+ and Pew a B+), we are in a period of great uncertainty about polling quality. And as it happens, the final 2016 national poll from Rasmussen pretty much nailed Clinton’s popular-vote margin over Trump, while the final Pew poll (conducted two weeks out, to be fair) showed Clinton up by six points.

Vote Democrat in 2018!

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February 22, 2017
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Because America needs more “refugees,” illegal aliens, campus snowflakes, and pussy hats!

This Should Drive Democrats Nuts

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February 22, 2017
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And lead to their opposing popular policies. Again.

The Trump administration plans to roll back protections for transgender students, reversing federal guidance that required the nation’s public schools to allow children to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that matched their gender identities.

In a letter to the nation’s schools, administration officials plan to say they are withdrawing guidance issued by the Obama administration that found that denying transgender students the right to use the bathroom of their choice violates federal prohibitions against sex discrimination, according to a draft of the letter obtained by The Washington Post.

Quote of the Day

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February 22, 2017
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An ultra-liberal on the new DHS deportation policies:

“The memo contemplates a massive expansion of people being removed from the country without ever seeing the inside of a courtroom.”

Confirmed: Republicans and Democrats See Each Other as the Enemy

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February 22, 2017
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But Republicans more so:

40 percent of Democrats say that Republicans are an enemy to people like them. When you flip that question around, though, 56 percent of Republicans say the same about Democrats. Why the imbalance? One possibility: Trump is serving as a lightning rod for Democratic animosity right now whereas, because there’s no single standout Democratic Party leader, Republicans’ animosity towards Democrats is directed more broadly at the party itself.

I wonder how the ten Democrat senators from Trump states who’re up for re-election in 2018 feel about that. Will a majority of North Dakotans, Indianans, Missourians, Ohioans, and West Virginians vote for an “enemy?” And will the Democrats’ loathing of Trump make things even worse for these senators over the next two years?

Why Does Amazon Hate Muslims?

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February 21, 2017
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Discrimination against Muslims is never OK:

Dozens of Muslim Amazon workers and their supporters took part in a “pray-in” Friday in a protest against what they contend is religious discrimination by the tech giant.

The workers and supporters with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) answered the noon call to prayer near the grand plaza inside Amazon’s South Lake Union campus.

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“I believe in fairness and building this country up. It’s why I do security now,” Ismail said in a statement provided by SEIU. “But when I asked management for a prayer space to use on my work breaks, I felt I was treated unfairly. I tried to go through the proper channels to fix this. But I couldn’t get anything resolved.”

Maybe the DoJ’s Civil Rights Division should sue Amazon on behalf of these persecuted people.

It’s Time

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February 20, 2017
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To primary Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin:

My Democratic Party believes in science.

My Democratic Party believes in protecting the environment.

On February 17, 2017 two Democratic United States Senators voted for a man who is a climate denier, a science denier and a destroyer of the environment to head The Environmental Protection Agency.

For that alone, Joe Manchin and Heidi Heitkamp must be “primaried” in 2018 and we should start finding qualified, principled, Progressive candidates in their states today who can take them on and represent true Democratic values in Congress.

Poll: What’s the First Word That Comes to Mind When You Think of Anti-Trump People?

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February 20, 2017
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Why a Former General is Running DHS

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February 20, 2017
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General Kelly is building a deportation army:

Secretary Kelly ordered the director of ICE to immediately begin the process of hiring 10,000 to effectively enforce the immigration laws in the interior regions of the U.S., according to a DHS memo obtained by Breitbart Texas. In addition, Kelly authorized the agency to hire additional operational and mission support staff, along with legal staff.

73 Percent!

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February 19, 2017
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That’s the percentage of Americans who say Democrats should work with Trump!

Of course, vulnerable senators like Heidi Heitkamp will never be allowed to work with Trump. Vive la Resistance!

Marine Le Pen is Very Lucky

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February 19, 2017
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French “centrist” candidate plummets in polls after alienating everyone:

Mr Macron provoked outrage on the Right by describing colonial rule as a “crime against humanity” during a visit to Algeria, once the jewel in France’s imperial crown.

The 39-year-old independent, a relative political newcomer, then infuriated Left-wing supporters by trying to reach out to Right-wingers who opposed gay marriage, saying they had been stigmatised and “humiliated” under President Hollande’s Socialist government.

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According to an OpinionWay poll, Mr Macron and Mr Fillon ended the week level-pegging on 20 per cent, with both men trailing Ms Le Pen, on 26 per cent.

An IFOP survey indicated a wider gap, with Mr Macron and Mr Fillon both on 18.5 per cent. Ms Le Pen is expected to win the first-round vote in April but polls suggest she will be defeated by whichever candidate goes through to the decisive second round runoff the following month.

Maybe. Maybe not!

The French establishment has been so decimated that the opposition to Le Pen consists of virtual unknowns. No wonder Fillon and Macron both self-destructed.

Le Pen’s political skills, on the other hand, have been honed by years of vicious ostracization by the establishment. She won’t be so easily put away.

A Modest Proposal

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February 19, 2017
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Said John McCain:

“We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital.”

Agreed. Let’s ban foreign interests from controlling the “vital” American “free press.” Starting with Carlos Slim and the Old York Times!

Charts of the Day

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February 19, 2017
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Did You Know About This “Day Without an Immigrant?”

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February 19, 2017
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Apparently, there was a “Day Without an Immigrant” on Friday. This immigrant didn’t know about it, didn’t notice, and wouldn’t have participated anyway. But some people did, and got their just desserts:

The manager of the ironically named “I Don’t Care” Bar and Grill in Catoosa, Oklahoma is hiring…

After firing 12 staff last week for violating his “no call/no show” policy.

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A message to one of the employees reads: “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.”

Bwahahahaha!