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The new Emerson poll has Bernie ahead of Biden and Buttigieg in third.

Details here.Spencer Kimball, Director of Emerson Polling, said “while still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination; the numbers had him at 0% in mid-February, 3% in March and now at 9% in April.”Kimball also noted that “Biden has seen his support drop. In February, he led Sanders 27% to 17%, and in March the two were tied at 26%. Now, Sanders has a 5 point lead, 29% to 24%.”Also, on the issues: "47% of voters support building a w...
Tags: Law, US, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bernie, Pete, Emerson, Kimball, Spencer Kimball, Buttigieg, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Campaign, Emerson Polling

"In Rebuke to Trump, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach at US-Mexico Border."

Reads the headline at Inside Hook.“As you all know, as you did and do and will do, in culture, we build bridges, not walls,” Ma said, taking a verbal jab at President Trump’s attempts at building massive walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. After his performance, the artist, referring to the bridge that connects the two cities, said:. “I’ve lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between musics. Between generations.” [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Music, Protest, Law, Mexico, US, Trump, Ma, Bach, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump Yo Yo Ma Plays Bach

"Mexico has one gun shop. So why all the murders?"

Asks BBC.Short answer: It's the U.S.'s fault.New question: Can't Trump use this in his argument for his wall? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Murder, Crime, Guns, Law, Mexico, Bbc, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

"Questions like 'Should Northam resign?' or 'Is the wall racist?' divide voters today by ideology far more than race."

"'White' is a description of a person’s race, whereas feelings about whether whites are privileged or whether diversity makes the country stronger are part of a person’s racial ideology. Liberal whites — not minorities — are setting the tone on these issues. Since 2012, white liberals have moved considerably left on questions related to race, reflecting both a campus- and online-driven cultural awakening that has accelerated in response to Mr. Trump."From "Americans Are Divided by Their Views on...
Tags: Hope, Law, Obama, Posters, Racists, Kaufman, Northam, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Right-wing Ideology, Left-wing Ideology, Obama the mood elevator, Trump's wall, Eric Kaufmann, Gov. Northam

Beto O'Rourke's hacker name was "Psychedelic Warlord," so that must mean he's done hallucinogenic drugs — right? — and is that something that's okay in a presidential candidate?

Scott Adams addresses the question whether Beto has done hallucinogens:Scott's first pass at the question is another question: "Have you seen Beto?" He giggles while waiting for the question to soak in. He says anyone who's taken hallucinogens (which Scott has) will have an "easier time" with the question.Eventually he gives his answer: He'd place a "large bet" on "yes."He's quick to add that it's not a criticism. "In fact, I might even prefer it." This preference interweaves with his reason for...
Tags: Art, Law, United States, Kim Jong-un, Propaganda, Kim, George Bernard Shaw, BETO, Trump, Lsd, Scott, Scott Adams, Kim Jong, Shaw, Robert F Kennedy, RFK

Kamala Harris is terribly awkward when asked about Jussie Smollett.

She acts as though she doesn't remember what she tweeted, then, when reminded that she called it "an attempted modern-day lynching," she looks back (at 0:27) as if to seek help from somebody (perhaps that grim, frowning woman behind her), then turns forward again, says "sorry" and giggles. She giggled in response to the idea of lynching!Then she partly composes herself, lifts her eyebrows halfway up her forehead and says "ummm, uh, uh, okay" and otherwise stalls for 10 seconds before coming out ...
Tags: Law, Mexico, New Hampshire, Socialism, Times, New England, Kamala Harris, Trump, Sanders, Jussie Smollett, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Concord Asked

"We need wall. Wall works. Wall makes safe. You don't have to be smart to understand. And in fact, it's even easier to understand if you're not that smart."

"So you can all see why I have to fake this national emergency. I have to because I want to." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Snl, Alec Baldwin, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and pop culture

"President Trump... pointed to nearly five dozen previous instances in which presidents of both parties have declared emergencies.... But there is no precedent for what he has just done."

Charlie Savage writes in the NYT.None of the times emergency powers have been invoked since 1976, the year Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act, involved a president making an end run around lawmakers to spend money on a project they had decided against funding. I don't think it's exactly true that Congress has decided against funding. They put some funding in the budget bill, there's been a lot of talk about deferring the issue of the wall, and there hasn't been any vote against the wa...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, White House, George Bush, George W Bush, Separation of Powers, Trump, Charlie Savage, Persian Gulf, Executive Power, Brennan Center, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Elizabeth Goitein

"I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster…. I just want to get it done faster, that’s all."

That's something Trump said while explaining his need to use emergency powers, and as MSNBC's Steve Benen puts it, it's "probably the one thing Trump will regret saying."It will be used as evidence that not only that it's not an emergency but that at the time of deciding to rely on the concept of emergency, he himself did not believe it's an emergency. Of course, the lawsuits have already started. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Msnbc, Trump, Steve Benen, Executive Power, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration

Subtitle of the Day.

Why Trump’s Going to Win on the National Emergency There’s one arena where the president always succeeds: getting the Republican Party to abandon its principles. By JEFF GREENFIELD   February 15, 2019 At Politico. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Republican Party, Separation of Powers, Trump, Jeff Greenfield, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, what Trump did to the GOP

Want to be able to do things the easy way or not?

Tweets Alan Dershowitz this morning.It is unconstitutional to use the 25th Amendment to circumvent impeachment provisions. The 25th can be used only if POTUS is physically or psychiatrically incapacitated. Any other use is unconstitutional. I challenge anyone to argue differently'And here he is last night on Tucker Carlson, saying the same thing much more vehemently (replete with the word "treason"):Meanwhile:Trump just said; “I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.” Whatever...
Tags: Law, Congress, Treason, Separation of Powers, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Neal Katyal, Alan Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Impeachment, Neal K. Katyal

"Trump’s border emergency: President plans a 10 a.m. announcement in the Rose Garden."

WaPo reports.President Trump is set to hold an event at 10 a.m. in the Rose Garden at White House, where he is expected to sign spending legislation to avert a government shutdown while at the same declare a national emergency with the aim of securing about $6.5 billion more to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval.Many of Trump’s Republican allies have called the move ­ill-advised, and Democrats are promising immediate action aimed at blocking it. The declaration is...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, WaPo, Rose Garden, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Treasury Forfeiture Fund

Ted Cruz's brilliant Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act – the El Chapo Act.

On the day of the guilty verdict against El Chapo, Cruz promotes the bill he first introduced in April 2017 and reintroduced last month, Fox News Reports. “America’s justice system prevailed today in convicting Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka El Chapo, on all 10 counts,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday shortly before the Sinaloa cartel boss was convicted on drug trafficking, weapons violations and money laundering charges in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, N.Y. “U.S. prosecutors are seeking $14 billion in drug...
Tags: Law, Congress, Drugs, America, Brooklyn, Ted Cruz, Cruz, Trump, El Chapo, Sinaloa, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's new Congress, El Chapo Cruz, Fox News Reports

Trump in El Paso last night: "I'm guilty! I'm guilty! I also live behind walls, okay?"

"The biggest proponents of open borders are rich liberals and wealthy donors. These are hypocrites who oppose security for you, while living their entire lives — I do too, to be honest with you, I'm guilty! I'm guilty! I also live behind walls, okay? — They live behind walls and gates, and they have guards all over the place. Me too! Because I want to be safe and I want to make America safe, if you don't mind."Here's the precise clip:Meanwhile, in Congress (NYT): House and Senate negotiators on ...
Tags: Law, Congress, Australia, Senate, Wikipedia, America, House, Geelong, Trump, El Paso, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, Trump's new Congress, Trump's shutdown, House Bollard

"I always say this is one city of 400,000 people divided by a fence. But now it’s divided by concertina wire."

"If the president gets his billions of dollars they’re not going to spend it in Nogales. We’ve had a wall. Now we have a wall with concertina wire."Said Arturo Garino, the mayor of Nogales, Arizona, quoted in "Trump’s troop deployment strung ‘lethal’ razor wire on the border. This city has had enough" (WaPo). The city already has an 18-foot fence, but now there are rows of coils of razor wire. The tensions with the town have been exacerbated by the fact that federal authorities have shut out loc...
Tags: Law, Arizona, Trump, U S Customs, Border Protection, Nogales, Nogales Arizona, Nogales Mexico, Garino, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Arturo Garino, WaPo The city, Ambos Nogales

"A defiant President Trump declared on Thursday that he has all but given up on negotiations with Congress over his border wall and will proceed without lawmakers..."

"... even as he dismissed any suggestions of wrongdoing in the investigations that have ensnared his associates. In an interview in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump called the talks 'a waste of time' and indicated he will most likely take action on his own when they officially end in two weeks.... Addressing a wide range of subjects, Mr. Trump brushed off the investigations that have consumed so much of his presidency, saying that his lawyers have been reassured by the outgoing deputy attorney general...
Tags: Law, Congress, New York Times, The New York Times, Wikileaks, Trump, Oval Office, Ann Althouse, Sulzberger, Trump's wall, President Trump, Rod J Rosenstein, Roger J Stone Jr

"Let me be very clear: I'm not going to vote for a wall under any circumstances... And I do support border security, and if we want to talk about that, let's do that."

Said Kamala Harris, disparaging the wall as a "medieval vanity project.""Let’s upgrade the technology, let’s look at the fact that the folks who are working on border security on the ground know that they need upgraded infrastructure around things like drones, and they need cameras... So yes, I’m all for increased border security where we need it. I’m not for a wall."What if the experts came up with a plan for an "upgraded infrastructure" that included, in some places, something that is a wall, ...
Tags: Law, Kamala Harris, Howard, HARRIS, Meade, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

"Cheap labor isn't so bad for me... My landscaping is beautiful. There's not a bit of slime on my pool. It's good for me, but I care about my fellow Americans," says Ann Coulter.

And then hearing some muttered snark from Bill Maher about the pool, she rises to the comic occasion, leans forward, and confides, "He doesn't come to my pool."The part I'm quoting begins around 6:00. Bill Maher's effort at a retort is, "I'm sorry, I'll make it up to you in bed tonight." What? She got off a good punchline, so he's the one who's suffered the conversational damage? He should have let his guest have the glory of a good joke.And by the way, can a man go sexual with a woman like that...
Tags: Law, Labor, Donald Trump, Trump, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Sartre, Maher, Coulter, Ann Althouse, Rhhardin, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, AZ Bob

"Trump Caves!"

So said the headlines — of left-wing media and right-wing media. But some righties are working on the "Genius!" theory.I'm reading "‘Trump caves’ or ‘Genius’: Right wing splits after Trump ends shutdown with no wall funding" in the "Internet Culture" section of The Washington Post.What exactly is the Genius! interpretation here? I know there will be one, and I was trying to sketch it out in my head, but I decided what the hell!, I have better things to do and so many people are going to work on ...
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump, Sean Hannity, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's genius, Trump's shutdown, Trump Caves

Trump's speech just now.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2019 As reported in the NYT (boldface mine):President Trump agreed Friday to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations proceeded over how to secure the nation’s southwestern border, backing down after a monthlong standoff failed to force Democrats to give him billions of dollars for his long-promised wall.The decision paved the way for Congress to quickly pass spending bills that Mr. Trump will sig...
Tags: Law, Congress, Trump, Northeast, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's shutdown

"The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown..."

"... one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, a compromise between Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, offers the first hint of a path out of the partial shutdown, which is now in its fifth week and has left 800,000 federal workers without pay. The two announced it Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor."The N...
Tags: Law, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Trump, Chuck Schumer, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's new Congress, Trump's shutdown

"So you think that he's right that there is at this moment 'a crisis' at the border?" the NYT podcaster Michael Barbaro asks an Arizona sheriff.

Answer: "Michael, yes. And it's not Trump's crisis or this administration's crisis. This has been a crisis the entire 31 years I've been in this valley."That's at about 4 minutes into a 24-minute podcast titled "What a Border Sheriff Thinks About the Wall/A sheriff in Arizona tells us how President Trump's immigration policies have played out in his county, and why his interpretation of the president's message has changed." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Michael Barbaro, Arizona, Michael, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall


I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Mcallen Tx, Jim Acosta, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

"Both sides have taken absolutist positions that leave no room for the kind of split-the-difference compromise that usually ends budget impasses...."

"But Mr. Trump’s claim that he can and may attempt to build his wall another way opens the door for him to sign a spending bill with no wall funding, reopening the government without capitulation by either side. While any such move by Mr. Trump is certain to prompt outrage from his critics and wild approval from his supporters, there is good reason to believe that it is unlikely to result in much immediate change. His push for a wall would be channeled into a lengthy court fight, keeping lawyers...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Trump, Executive Power, Eminent Domain, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Trump's wall, Trump's new Congress

"And, most important, Pelosi and Schumer failed to use the one word that millions of Americans were longing to hear — compromise."

"But Trump did. That is why the president won the night. Schumer and Pelosi appealed to their base, while Trump made an effective appeal to persuadable Americans."Writes Marc A. Thiessen in The Washington Post.Here's the text of Trump's speech, if you want to look for where Trump used the word "compromise." He uses it twice, but both times it's about not compromising. First, there's a criticism of those who oppose the wall and won't compromise:How much more American blood must we shed before Con...
Tags: Law, Congress, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump rhetoric, Marc A Thiessen, Trump's wall, Pelosi Schumer, Trump's shutdown

Somebody... or everybody... is lying.

"President Trump claimed last week that 'some' former presidents privately confided to him that they support his mission to build a border wall. As of Monday, every living president has said otherwise" (CBS News).ADDED: A comment by sdharms makes me see how it could be that no one is lying. The comment is "so? HRC talked to Eleanor Roosevelt and no one had a problem with that." It could be that none of the living presidents have confided to Trump that they support building the wall, but some of ...
Tags: Law, Obama, Mexico, Cbs News, Politico, Lying, Cbs, Ghost, HRC, Hillary, Trump, Eleanor Roosevelt, George H W Bush, Ann Althouse, Bush I, Trump's wall

Does Trump have "emergency powers" that he can use to build The Wall?

Charlie Savage examines the question in the NYT:The president has the authority to declare a national emergency, which activates enhancements to his executive powers by essentially creating exceptions to rules that normally constrain him.... The National Emergencies Act...  requires [a president] to formally declare a national emergency and tell Congress which statutes are being activated....One of the laws [Trump could point to] permits the secretary of the Army to halt Army civil works project...
Tags: Law, Congress, Army, Separation of Powers, Savage, Trump, Charlie Savage, Executive Power, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome

Is it news that Trump's wall is not a wall made out of concrete?

I'm trying to read "Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall" by Maggie Haberman in the NYT. The concrete border wall that President Trump has repeatedly called for as a signature campaign promise...What? Trump has been repeatedly calling for a "concrete" wall? I thought he'd been saying all along that it needs to be see-through and couldn't be a solidly opaque wall. The word "concrete" is ambiguous. Is the NYT using it to mean the opposite of "abstract...
Tags: Law, White House, Customs, Border Patrol, Wall, Trump, Border Protection, Kelly, Maggie Haberman, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, John F. Kelly, Trump's Congress, Mr Kelly, Los Angeles Times Well

Beto O'Rourke's anti-Wall ad reframes the question around upscale American interests.

It's not about the longings of poverty-stricken outsiders anymore. Look! — Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 28, 2018 It's about the aesthetics of the environment, Big Bend National Park-type vistas of the Rio Grande, the seizing of property from Americans through eminent domain, the "exile" of American land on the Mexican side, and the sealing off of corridors used by animals.It's like that ad were made precisely for me. Here's what I blogged in February 2016:Wh...
Tags: Law, Mexico, Animals, Advertising, America, Arizona, Environmentalism, San Pedro, Trump, Newsweek, Rio Grande, John Henry, Big Bend National Park, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Javelina Pecari

"We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall..."

"...  & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. Hard to believe there was a Congress & President who would approve!"Tweets Trump this morning.And here's a related tweet I'm noticing this morning:This is outrageous. Federal employees don’t go to work wearing red or blue jerseys. They’re public servants. And the President is treating them like poker chips at one of his failed casinos.— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) December 27, 2018 [Author...
Tags: Law, Congress, Warner, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's Congress, Tweets Trump