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"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

"Not one cent of our taxpayer money should be wasted on this absurd monument to Trump's racism and ignorance. It's revolting..."

"... to think that House Republicans can pull $5 billion out of thin air for this hateful vanity project, but immediately turn into hard-nosed misers should we dare to spend our money on something that actually matters and helps Americans, such as healthcare, education, or infrastructure. Go ahead, Donald, shut it down. You own it."Writes a commenter with over 3,000 up-votes on the NYT article "Government Shuts Down as Talks Fail to Break Impasse." From the article:While the president has been ...
Tags: Law, White House, House, Trump, Donald, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, Trump's Congress

Speaking of points...

A design of our Steel Slat Barrier which is totally effective while at the same time beautiful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018 There's your answer to ladders.Trump the Impaler?Is that "beautiful"?ADDED: When people get skewered will they just leave them up there as an example?AND: Protesters should catapult effigies up there and try to get them stuck. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Donald J Trump, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

Trump is pushing for the "nuclear option" to get his border wall.

This morning's tweet storm (click to enlarge and clarify). The top one says: "Thank you @SteveDaines for being willing to go with the so-called nuclear option in order to win on DESPERATELY NEEDED Border Security! Have my total support." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's Congress

I'm trying to read "Pre-Christmas Trump: Rebuked, rampaging"...

... which went up 3 hours ago at Axios. The bottom line: Unlike most others, who pretended to leave on fine terms, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis bailed with a sharp, specific, stinging rebuke of Trump and his America-first worldview....It was a historic letter and a historic moment capping a historic day, one you could easily see filling a full chapter of future books on the Trump presidency. The wheels felt like they were coming off the White House before Mattis quit. • The spiral began Wednesda...
Tags: Law, White House, Defense, America, Syria, Metaphor, Afghanistan, Grammar, Trump, Mattis, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Trump's wall, Trump derangement syndrome, Jim Mattis, Trump And The Military

"House Republican caucus was thrown into chaos Thursday as conservatives revolted against a funding bill that includes no new money for President Donald Trump’s border wall."

"On the brink of a Christmastime shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan is confronting resistance from rank-and-file Republicans, who have begun personally egging on Trump to force a shutdown over the wall."Politico reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, House, Paul ryan, Donald Trump, Trump, House Republican, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's Congress

"On gun control, criminal justice reform and now Syria, President Donald Trump is advancing policies this week that could appeal to voters far outside his much-talked-about political base."

Jonathan Allen observes (at NBC News):[And] Trump appears to be backing down from his threat to shut down parts of the federal government over Congress' refusal to give him $5 billion for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.The domestic and foreign policy maneuvers are converging partly on Trump's own timetable and partly as a result of the calendar...... Trump is signaling something bigger to the American public — that he is "starting to bring Americans home from some of these wars and int...
Tags: Guns, Law, Congress, Mexico, Nbc News, Syria, Gop, Donald Trump, Trump, Jonathan Allen, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump 2020, 2020 Campaign

The Wence.

Fund the #Wence! (Let engineers figure out how much is wall and how much is fence and other.)— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) December 19, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Scott Adams, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

"We have other ways to get to that $5 billion... At the end of the day, we don’t want to shut down the government, we want to shut down the border."

"There’s certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use that we can couple with the money that would be given through congressional appropriations that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our borders."Said Sarah Huckabee Sanders this morning. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's Congress, Trump's wall

"What'd you call this — 'lay-dare'?"

Watch this Trump supporter learn about ladders— joel tyler (@joeltyler_) October 11, 2017 ADDED: Maybe there's a solution... like this: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Comedy, Law, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

This might be the most positive presentation of Trump I've ever seen in the New York Times.

This is the lead article at the NYT website right now:A single author, Carl Hulse, begins:The trick in Washington has always been to make sure a government shutdown is pinned on the other guy. President Trump is the first to ever pin one on himself.In a new twist on the old game of shutdown politics dating to the 1990s, Mr. Trump was essentially goaded on Tuesday by Representative Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York into embracing ownership of a shutdown yet to come ...
Tags: Chuck, Headlines, New York, Jack Nicholson, Law, California, Washington, Mexico, Amy Schumer, George Carlin, New York Times, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Cruise, Nancy, Trump, Donald

Trump "must have said the word ‘wall’ 30 times... It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him — This wall thing."

Politico reports on what Nancy Pelosi said after her meeting today with Trump.Also — incredibly — she said "I was trying to be the mom," and "it goes to show you: You get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you."During the meeting, in the Oval Office, with the cameras running, Trump got ahead of the Democrats' effort to blame a government shutdown on him. He acted like he wanted it: "If we don't get what we want ... I will shut down the government... I am proud to shut do...
Tags: Law, Metaphor, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Oval Office, Pelosi, Ann Althouse, Insults, Trump rhetoric, Trump's wall, Democratic Party in Trumpland

I didn't know it was still predicted, but "A blue wave is predicted for the midterms. I’m not convinced" is...

... the title of an essay in WaPo by Paul Theroux, who wrote a book I like a lot — "The Mosquito Coast" — so I'll give it a read. I doubt if the author wrote the headline, but it is what caused me to click — only because I was just thinking that the term "blue wave" had been abandoned and the elections were now being discussed as some sort of dead heat to the finish line. Ihave quite a lot of sympathy for certain Trump voters, and (wait, please, let me finish) I've been making a list of some con...
Tags: Law, Mexico, America, Donald Trump, Emmett Till, Oaxaca, Paul Theroux, Trump, Rosa Parks, WaPo, Annette Funicello, Ciudad Juarez, Mexicali, Theroux, Ann Althouse, Reynosa

"Apache woman, in odd twist, has key to new US border wall."

Yahoo News reports.Since it was impossible to build the wall in the middle of the Rio Grande River, which marks the natural border with Mexico, US federal authorities built it a couple miles (kilometers) north of the riverbank. That meant some of the lands through which the wall already passes... are owned by native tribes and private farmers.This is what happened almost 10 years ago to [Eloisa] Tamez, a nursing professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a tribal rights activist....
Tags: Real Estate, Law, US, Native Americans, Rio Grande River, Yahoo News, Mexico US, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Eloisa -RSB- Tamez

Oh, but The Wall is more of an idea.

Drudge, this morning, links to "Hopping the wall into Trump's US, in under 2 minutes" (Yahoo).Isn't just the message of WE DON'T WANT YOU worth all the money and effort? And don't you like that hulking rusty monstrosity outlining our border?Isn't it sort of like locking the doors on your house — a determined burglar can kick the door in, but it keeps out the "opportunistic criminal," like the kid who tries doorknobs to see if he can maybe just walk in and swipe something?Or is Yahoo kind of fake...
Tags: Yahoo, Law, US, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall

"President Trump said... he planned to order the military to guard parts of the southern border until he can build a wall and tighten immigration restrictions..."

"... proposing a remarkable escalation of his efforts to crack down on migrants entering the country illegally.... The president on Tuesday also raised the issue of the 'caravans' of people he says are headed to the United States through Mexico. The caravan has been a popular topic on Fox News — the president’s favorite news network. The president of the National Border Patrol Council, Brandon Judd, said recently on 'Fox and Friends' that America’s current immigration policy is luring a caravan ...
Tags: Law, Mexico, America, Fox, United States, Fox News, Trump, Ann Althouse, Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, Pueblo Sin Fronteras

"HAPPY EASTER!... NO MORE DACA DEAL!... Mexico doing very little, if not NOTHING!... stop their cash cow NAFTA! NEED WALL!..."

A man with 50 million followers only has 6 "Moments"... just one of the many inexplicable things about Trump.Did he go to church on Easter? I notice there's a 2 hour gap between "HAPPY EASTER!" and  NO MORE DACA DEAL!... Mexico doing very little, if not NOTHING!... stop their cash cow NAFTA! NEED WALL!..."Is he eating too much candy?HAPPY EASTER!...  NEED SALVATION!... [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Mexico, Easter, Trump, Nafta, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration

Why is President Trump threatening to veto a $1.3 trillion spending bill?

Not because of too much spending....I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Bill, Trump, Omnibus Spending Bill, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, Trump spending

I have no idea where this article goes, but I want to praise the NYT for this beautiful, evocative, mysterious, screen-filling presentation.

I spent 5 minutes looking at the details of that photograph — which is by Damon Winter — and thinking and talking about it with Meade. I still haven't read anything more than the words you see there, the caption — "Erik Hagerman heads out for his morning ritual, a thirty minute drive into town for coffee and a scone, at his favorite coffee shop in Athens" — and the byline — "Glouster, Ohio" (so the Athens is Athens, Ohio not Athens, Georgia). I really haven't read anything more, even now, as I w...
Tags: Coffee, Photography, Law, Obama, Barack Obama, Nike, Elephant, Chicago, United States, Athens, Silence, Astronauts, Glenn Gould, Solitude, Nothing, Trump

I tried to watch Trump's CPAC speech. I'll just read the transcript and blog it, beginning at the place where I clicked it off and said "It's a white power speech."

The video is embedded in the previous post, along with some comments from last night's open thread. I watched a little, thought Trump looked a lot better than usual, theorized that he'd used that classic beauty trick to reduce puffiness, then clicked it off when he said:Year after year, leaders have stood on this stage to discuss what we can do together to protect our heritage, to promote our culture, and to defend our freedom.Here's what I said out loud (to my audience of one): "That's a dog wh...
Tags: Apple, Taxes, Guns, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Navy, California, Israel, Jerusalem, America, House, Paris, Army, Marines

At the Demand-Superior-Walls Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. These walls have ears. No one says that anymore. All the trite phrases that have gone away. Occasionally you notice one. Remember when people said Let's run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes?Anyway, that image is a screenshot from Meade's computer the other day. I don't know if some algorithm picked up his interest in Trump's wall or what. It was last Tuesday, the day of the Fat Tuesday Café — pictured in the screen grab. You may remember th...
Tags: Google, Law, Advertising, Pink Floyd, Handbags, Ashley Madison, Trump, Chloe, Meade, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Fido, Althouse, Trump's wall, Althouse Portal to Amazon, Demand Superior Walls Café