DML Briefing: Stories I am watching May 15
Today is May 15, and here are the stories I am following…
1 – U.S. Embassy staff told to leave Iraq. The U.S. ordered all its nonemergency staff to leave Iraq immediately, amid heightened tensions with Iran over recent attacks against oil tankers and facilities in the Persian Gulf region.
MY TAKE: Will Trump have the backbone to go to war with Iran in an election year? i’m say yes.
2- Alabama looks to outlaw nearly all abortions
Alabama’s state Senate passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state and make performing one a felony unless the mother’s health is at risk. The bill will make the punishment for performing abortions up to 99 years or life in prison, although the woman who undergoes the procedure would not be subject to a felony charge. Democratic lawmakers pressed for amendments that would creation exceptions for instances of rape and incest but failed. The vote is expected to reignite a debate over Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation, and push Supreme Court justices to re-evaluate the laws. Meanwhile, a government report being released Wednesday says the nation’s birth rates for women in their teens and 20s reached record laws last year, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years.
MY TAKE: Pro life always wins.
3- House Democrats investigating Trump’s lawyers for possible obstruction
President Trump’s legal team slammed House Democrats on Tuesday evening after a report that the House Intelligence Committee has been investigating possible obstruction by Trump’s lawyers after the 2016 election. “Instead of addressing important intelligence needs, the House Intelligence Committee appears to seek a truly needless dispute,” Patrick Strawbridge, who represents attorney Jay Sekulow, told Fox News. The statement came in response to a New York Times article published Tuesday that said the committee, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., “is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel’s inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony.”
MY TAKE: Sorry for wasting your time with this, but sadly it remains news.
4- Freshman Muslim ‘sisters’ stick together, vow not to be silenced
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., defended her colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., from criticism over controversial remarks about the Holocaust, insisting that the backlash is “designed” to “silence” Muslim voices. Appearing on MSNBC, Omar said that she and Tlaib, whom she referred to as “my sister,” have the “strength to endure any of the mischaracterization or efforts to distort and vilify and mischaracterize” their message. “I think we are seeing what happens when people really see these kind of attacks for what they are. It is designed to silence, sideline, and sort of almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse,” Omar told MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
MY TAKE: Dumb and Dumber are the poster girls for those who want limited immigration to the US.
5- The U.S. fertility rate has reached a record low, and the total number of births in 2018 was the lowest it has been in more than 30 years, Axios’ Stef Kight reports.
MY TAKE: When you strip the middle class of the American Dream they stop having kids, what is it that lawmakers do not to understand. My 2024 speeches are going to be so powerful.
6- The Transportation Security Administration plans to send hundreds of officials to help with efforts to deal with migrant inflows on the southern border just as the busy summer travel season begins, according to an internal email obtained by CNN. The task of the TSA workers, which a source said will include air marshals, will be to assist temporarily with immigration duties. TSA acknowledged in an internal email the “immediate need” comes with the acceptance of “some risk” of depleted resources in aviation security. TSA plans for the deployments to involve up to 175 law enforcement officials and as many as “400 people from Security Ops,” according to two sources and the email. At least initially, the efforts will not involve uniformed airport screeners, according to the email, which says that some parts of TSA would be asked to contribute “around 10%” of its workforce.
MY TAKE: Next week they’ll be sending waiters and waitresses to serve food and drinks faster. What a disaster. Never imagined this when I voted for Trump. If people don’t vote out these Dems in 2020, the country is lost forever.
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