The prototypes of the Trump border wall are taking shape this month in a sunbaked swath of scrubland abutting a run-down neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico. Lined up next to each other, the 30-foot-tall concrete and steel sample barriers — some with extra-stout reinforced bases, others topped with metal spikes — certainly look ominous.
The requirements established to realize President Trump’s vision call for “a fence that is impenetrable, it’s unscalable,” said Roy Villareal, acting chief patrol agent of the San Diego border sector. “They can’t dig under it. They can’t cut through it.”
Source: Trump’s border wall: Mexicans are not impressed with 30-foot-tall prototypes – The Washington Post
Trump, nine months into his presidency, has found it harder to get things done than the ease with which he made promises on the campaign trail, making speeches to adoring audiences like Friday’s in Washington key to boosting the President’s morale. And the audience at the Values Voter Summit, an annual socially conservative conference, didn’t fail to deliver.”We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values,” Trump said to applause, before slamming people who don’t say “Merry Christmas.””They don’t use the word Christmas because it is not politically correct,” Trump said, complaining that department stores will use red and Christmas decorations but say “Happy New Year.” “We’re saying Merry Christmas again.”
Source: Trump: ‘We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values’ – CNNPolitics
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has offered to provide evidence that the Russian collusion narrative is false in exchange for a pardon from President Trump.The president, apparently, has not yet gotten the message. On Saturday, President Trump told reporters that he has “never heard” of Assange’s offer to make a deal.Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told The Daily Caller that Trump is being blocked from knowing about the potential deal with Assange. “I think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher said.
Source: Assange Ready to Provide Evidence Russian Collusion Narrative is False
Homeland Security said it began construction Tuesday on the prototypes for President Trump’s new border wall.In a short notice, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the building began in San Diego on eight prototypes, which had been awarded over the summer.Four of the prototypes are concrete walls, and four are non-concrete designs.“We are committed to securing our border and that includes constructing border walls,” said Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner at CBP.The prototypes are designed to test out new approaches, materials, strategies and technology as Homeland Security pushes forward with Mr. Trump’s goal of a border wall.
Source: Trump border wall construction begins – Washington Times
Victim’s father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters.”This is because the police are Muslims themselves, and have scant sympathy for Christians who are victimized and brutalized; they may also want to avoid having an angry Muslim mob show up at the police station.
Source: Pakistan: Muslims beat and rape Christian boy, police side with perpetrators
A retired U.S. Army infantryman told The Washington Times that the new tactics may well be preparation for a metamorphosis. Islamic State will transform itself from an occupation force defending territory to an insurgency trying to undermine the authority of the governments of Iraq and Syria.The marching orders are contained in the Islamic State’s authoritative Al-Naba publication, which regularly releases guidance to fighters trying to retain the terrorist army’s weakening hold on land and people.
Source: ISIS changes war tactics after losing territory – Washington Times
Fox News Channel will part ways with host Eric Bolling, a host and contributor whose on-air presence at the 21st Century Fox-owned network had been growing in recent months, after allegations surfaced that he had harassed colleagues there, the network confirmed Friday.“Fox News Channel is canceling ‘The Specialists,’ and Eric Bolling and Fox have agreed to part ways amicably,” the network said in a statement.” We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck.” A Huffington Post report had disclosed allegations that Bolling had sent lewd messages to colleagues via smartphone.Bolling, a former commodities trader and best-selling author, had been a longtime co-host of “The Five,” and more recently helped launch a new late-afternoon show, “The Fox News Specialists.” He also anchors the Fox News program “Cashin’ In.” Fox News intends to keep Bolling’s co-hosts, Eboni Williams and Kat Timpf, as contributors. The show will be replaced at 5 p.m. eastern with an hour of news coverage for the foreseeable future, with rotating anchors holding down the slot.
Source: Fox News Will Part Ways With Eric Bolling After Investigation | Variety
Ahead of a high-profile Supreme Court case focused on the battle between religious liberty and LGBT rights, the Trump administration announced on Thursday that it has sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.The Justice Department filed an amicus brief on Thursday on behalf of Jack Phillips, who was found guilty of violating the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act in 2012 for insisting his religious beliefs prevented him from being able to bake a cake for same-sex couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins.The Trump administration argued that Colorado violated Phillips’ First Amendment free expression rights by citing him for discrimination, saying that his cakes are a form of expression so he can’t be forced to use those talents for something that goes against his beliefs.
Source: Justice Department Sides With Baker Who Refused To Make Gay Couples Wedding Cake | NewNowNext
A new Fox News poll released Wednesday findsthat an overwhelming 69 percent of Republican voters believe the news media poses a greater threat to the United States than white supremacists. In comparison, just 18 percent of Republicans in the poll said that white supremacy was a greater problem.In the same poll, 70 percent of all respondents said that President Trump hates the news media more than he hates white supremacists. That number includes 83 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans.
Source: Poll: GOP voters say news media poses greater threat to US than white supremacists | TheHill