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Texas Billboard: “Liberals, Please Continue Until You Have Left The State”

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, A billboard spotted in Texas is likely to send people running to safe spaces and cry rooms.  The billboard tells liberals to continue driving on I-40 until they have left the “great state of Texas.” “Liberals,” the billboard reads. “Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.” A photo of the sign was posted to Facebook by Kyle Mccallie, of Fritch, Texas. He wrote the billboard was six miles east of Vega, a city roughly 35 miles west of Amarillo, on the eastbound side of the highway. Mccallie’s post, which was uploaded earlier Tuesday, now has over 14,000 shares as of Tuesday night. According to USA Today, the photo of the billboard shows a logo for “Burkett” below the content of the sign. A spokesperson for Burkett Media of Austin, Texas said that company is unaffiliated with the content on the billboard. It’s actually pretty odd to see anti-liberal messages around.  Most often, we are bombarded with leftist propaganda and authoritarian brainwashing to accept a wholly tyrannical state. Mccallie said he is supportive of the sign’s message which asks liberals to leave Texas. He said he doesn’t know who’s behind the billboard, which he said is located about an hour’s drive from his hometown.  However, not everyone agrees that the message is humorous or in good taste.  On social media, many have reacted negatively to the...

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Dem Candidate in California Never Voted in State Elections Before Filing to Run in 2017

Democratic congressional candidate Josh Harder pitches himself as a “fifth-generation resident of California’s Central Valley” to the constituents of the 10th Congressional District, but he didn’t vote in any state elections in the district before filing to run for Congress last April. Harder has been eligible to vote within his district since November 2005, but before filing to run he only voted in the 2008 presidential primary election and the 2016 presidential election, according to the Stanislaus County office for the Registrar of Voters. While Harder grew up in Turlock and attended Modesto High School because of its baccalaureate program, he left the area to study at Stanford University. After graduation he worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group for three years before taking a leave of absence to organize small farmers in Kenya and Uganda on behalf of the Gates Foundation and other nonprofits. He then studied in the MBA / MPP Joint Degree program at the Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools. After graduating with two degrees from Harvard, he moved to the San Francisco area to serve as the Vice President of Bessemer Venture Partners, a prominent tech investment firm between 2014 and 2017. Following his stint at the tech investment firm, he moved back to his hometown in Turlock and announced that he was running for Congress, saying that he had been “frustrated and tired of...

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Trump Signs Order Halting Family-Separation at the Border

President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the practice of separating children from parents who enter the United States illegally after a nationwide outcry opposing the policy and pressure from Republicans in Congress trying to find a solution to end it. Trump had defiantly defended the practice and blamed Democrats for the problem for several days as dissent against the separation policy continued to expand and images of crying immigrant children sleeping on floors in cages filled news reports. The president switched positions Wednesday, pledging to continue his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting immigrants who cross into the country illegally while agreeing to stop the separation of children from their parents while they are detained and go through the legal process. “We are keeping families together, and this will solve that problem,” he said after signing the order in the Oval Office. “At the time, we are keeping a very powerful border, and it continues to be a zero tolerance [policy]—we have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.” Trump quickly added that he “didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.” “It’s a problem that’s gone on for many years, too many administrations,” he said, claiming that no one has had the “political courage” to deal with the issue he claimed has been a problem for more than 60 years. As...

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Baldwin Dodges When Asked Whether She Called Out Obama Admin for Family Separation at the Border

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) on Wednesday dodged a question on whether she spoke out against migrant family separation at the U.S. southern border during the Obama administration. Baldwin has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has led many children to be, in accordance with federal law, separated from their parents who are prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally. CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked the senator about any steps she may have taken back in 2014 to criticize then-President Barack Obama for similar immigration actions. “But here’s a question for Democrats, because you hear the president now, on a lot of topics and this one included, looking back to previous administrations, ‘Well, they should have done more,’ right?” Brooke Baldwin said. “So as so many people in this country are certainly outraged by the cages and the thermal blankets and the facilities housing these kids, they were all there in 2014 under President Obama, and my question to you, Senator Baldwin, is, did you speak up against them then?” Senator Baldwin did not answer the question. “You know, on this issue that we get into a moment where we are making progress and then when it stalls, we turn around. I think we all need to continue to be focused on it and press it through,” she said. “The American people need confidence...

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Trump Signs Order Stopping Family Separation at the Border

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to keep families together at the border while their immigration cases are processed. Trump said his order maintains border security but shows compassion toward migrant families, pushing back on criticism from former President Barack Obama and others that his administration has been cruel. “We’re keeping families together and this will solve that problem at the same we are keeping a very powerful border and it continues to be a zero tolerance,” he said at the White House. “We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.” The Trump administration has implemented a zero-tolerance immigration policy, under which all individuals who cross the border illegally, including those who claim to seek asylum, are charged with unlawful entry. Federal law prohibits children from being held in the same detention facility as those charged with unlawful entry, so border patrol agents have separated children from their parents who are prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally. Trump insisted that the problem of keeping the border safe while treating families well has been mishandled by many past presidents, but added that his order will keep families together. “It’s about keeping families together, while at the same time being sure we have a very powerful, very strong border, and border security will be equal, if not greater than, previously,” he said. “I didn’t like the sight...

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RNC Sets Another Fundraising Record, Hauls in $14.6 Million for May

The Republican National Committee has set another non-presidential year fundraising record, raising $14.6 million in the month of May. The haul, announced on Wednesday, brings the RNC’s total fundraising numbers for the first two months of the second quarter of 2018 to nearly $28 million. The RNC raised $39 million during the first quarter. RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement that Americans are “enthusiastic” about President Donald Trump’s agenda and that the GOP is building on this enthusiasm for the midterm elections in November. “Americans are enthusiastic about President Trump and the Republican agenda and they want to see this great American comeback continue,” she said. “We are building on that enthusiasm this cycle. We will have the biggest ground game in our party’s history. We are not leaving a single vote unturned and we are ready to defy the odds this November.” McDaniel announced in April that the RNC was promising to spend $250 million during the 2018 election cycle to help Republicans maintain control of the House of Representatives. The RNC has raised $199.1 million for the 2017-2018 election cycle to date. The Democratic National Committee, in contrast, has struggled to raise money this election cycle. April 2018 marked the DNC’s worst April of fundraising in a midterm election year since 2006, according to Federal Election Commission data. The RNC ended May with $47.4 million total cash on hand. The...

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Study: No Racial Difference in Police Shootings Compared to Crime Rates

Black Americans are not more likely to be shot by the police than White Americans in proportion to each group’s rate of interaction with the police, as measured by crime rate, a new study argues. The report, by psychologists Joseph Cesario and David Johnson and criminologist William Terrill, analyzes trends in fatal shootings by police in 2015 and 2016 using a variety of data sources. Measuring racial disparities in police use of force is a touchy subject. High-profile shootings of black men by police have been a focal point for Blacks Lives Matter and similar groups, which see such shootings as both endemic of larger police abuses and an epidemic in their own right. Most analyses of the police shooting disparity compare the number of black and white people shot to each group’s proportion in the population. Black people make up about 13 percent of the population, the argument goes, so should make up about 13 percent of police shootings. These analyses regularly find vast disparities between racial groups, with whites underrepresented and blacks substantially overrepresented. The paper argues that this methodology is misguided, because it “carries with it a critical assumption: the opportunity for [police shooting] to occur is equally likely for every person within each group.” In other words, black and white Americans as distinct groups are not equally likely to be in a situation where they...

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Denver Withdraws Bid to Host 2020 Democratic National Convention, Cites Scheduling Conflict

Denver has withdrawn its application from the shortlist to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention due to a scheduling conflict after the city was informed of the event’s scheduled mid-July dates. Amber Miller, a Denver city spokeswoman, said that the Democratic National Committee set the dates for the convention after the deadline for cities to submit their host bids and that Denver believed the timeline was more open-ended, the Denver Post reported Wednesday. The DNC announced last week that the convention will be held from July 13-16, two weeks earlier than in 2016 in anticipation of a crowded and contentious primary. When Miller and the city found out the dates were set in stone, Denver withdrew its application from the running. Miller emphasized that the decision to withdraw the bid was after the dates were scheduled and before the short list was released to the public. “There are major commitments that cannot be moved without significant impact,” Miller said. Politico reported early Wednesday morning that Denver made the shortlist along with Houston, Miami Beach, and Milwaukee. Denver previously hosted the Democratic National Convention back in 2008. The convention was held in Philadelphia in 2016. DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a statement last week that the earlier scheduling for mid-July is to ensure that the nominating process is the “most transparent” in the Democratic Party’s history. “The Democratic Party is committed to...

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Former Obama Spokeswoman: Putin ‘Expected Deterrent Measures’ and Didn’t See Them, ‘Felt They Could Keep Pushing’

Former Obama State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin expected deterrent measures when Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election but didn’t see them so he felt he could “keep pushing.” “I think it’s probably the case that the Russians expected deterrent measures and didn’t see them, and so felt they could keep pushing,” Nuland said during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. During eight years of the Obama administration, Russia was able to invade Ukraine, annex Crimea, prop up Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and interfere in the 2016 election. In response to its aggressive behavior, Obama personally warned Putin to “cut it out.” As his presidency was coming to an end, Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats and the implementation of new sanctions against the country. “Why did Vladimir Putin think he could get away with treating the United States the way he treats countries he’s near abroad, that they think should be under Russia’s control and under their thumb?” Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio asked. “In my experience with this particular leader, if you don’t make these aggressive moves cost directly for him and his circle in his own context, then he will keep pushing,” Nuland said. Rubio mentioned Obama’s warning to Putin and asked Nuland if she thought those actions had a deterrent effect. “I think its pretty well unknowable...

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Paul Ryan on Family Separations at Border: ‘We Don’t Think Families Should Be Separated, Period’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said Wednesday that Republicans do not want immigrant families to be separated at the U.S. border. “We do not want children taken away from their parents,” Ryan told reporters gathered at the House Republican leadership’s weekly press briefing. He insisted that it is possible to “enforce our immigration laws without breaking families apart.” Currently, families crossing the border illegally are separated after entering the United States. This policy has spurred domestic and international criticism, with Pope Francis expressing his support for statements by U.S. Catholic bishops calling family separations “immoral.” Republican lawmakers have also called on the president to change the policy. Ryan said the House will vote on legislation on Thursday that would ensure families who are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border “will remain together under DHS [Department of Homeland Security] custody throughout the length of their legal proceedings.” He added that “additional funding is also going to be made available so that DHS has sufficient resources to house and care for families during this entire process.” The House speaker decried what he called a “false choice” between “enforcing our laws, securing our borders, and keeping families together.” The legislation to be voted on Thursday “makes sure we can enforce our laws and keep families together.” “We don’t think families should be separated, period,” Ryan repeated for emphasis. President Donald Trump...

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