President Trump sees immigration as biggest concern ahead of Midterm Elections

first_imgPresident Trump sees immigration as biggest concern ahead of Midterm Elections AP, HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his immigration rhetoric at a midterm rally in Texas, falsely accusing Democrats of “encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overwhelm our nation.”With weeks to go before Election Day, Trump is seeking to drive Republican turnout with his hard-line immigration policies. He cast the November choice in stark terms before the Houston rally for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday night, saying Democrats “have launched an assault on the sovereignty of our country.”Trump spoke before a massive crowd on behalf of his former foe, who faces a strong challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. When the two competed in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Trump would frequently deride his rival as “Lyin’ Ted” but said in Texas that their relationship had come a long way.“Nobody has helped me more with your tax cut, with your regulation,” Trump said, also attacking O’Rourke, as a “stone-cold phony.”With the midterms drawing near, Trump has emphasized immigration, targeting a migrant caravan heading to the U.S. southern border. The president’s focus on immigration politics comes as he seeks to counter Democratic enthusiasm in November. Trump believes that his campaign pledges, including his much vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are still rallying cries.Trump is betting that his latest focus will further erode the enthusiasm gap that began to close during the debate over Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. But the approach offers both risks and rewards.The hard-line rhetoric may be popular among the red-state rural Republicans who will play an outsized role in the top Senate contests. But it may further alienate the moderate Republicans and women in the overwhelmingly suburban races that will decide the House majority — including several in Texas, California and Florida that feature large Hispanic populations.On Monday night, Trump called the caravan an “assault on our country” and suggested, without citing evidence, that “Democrats had something to do with it.” He added: “We need a wall built fast.”Earlier Monday, Trump said the U.S. will begin “cutting off, or substantially reducing” aid to three Central American nations because of the caravan.In Texas, an enthusiastic crowd packed into Houston’s Toyota Center, wearing red Make America Great Again hats and waving signs, including some with the president’s new catchphrase, “Jobs vs. Mobs.”Speaking before Trump took the stage, Cruz made clear that their conflict was behind them and that the two were working together. His biggest applause came when he predicted that “in 2020, Donald Trump will be overwhelmingly re-elected.”A series of elected state officials were among the warmup speakers, as well as Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump and son Eric Trump, who told the audience that “we are driving the Democrats absolutely nuts.”Trump gleefully used his latest attack line against Democrats, saying, “Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs.” He declared Democrats would be a “big risk to the American family,” and went after some of his favorite targets, including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Rep. Maxine Waters, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.The president stressed tax cuts, the strong economy and the hurricane response in the state. He repeated his pledge for a new middle-income tax cut of about 10 percent, though he offered few details on the plan. Trump said they would be “putting it in” next week, though Congress is not in session.Trump also criticized so-called globalists, declaring, “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist.”Trump’s Texas stop is part of a campaign blitz that is expected to last until Election Day.Although political relationships tend to be fluid, Trump’s appearance for Cruz is notable, given that the two were bitter enemies during the 2016 primaries. After Trump insulted Cruz’s wife and father, and Cruz refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention, it was far from clear that the two would ever put it all behind them.But they started rebuilding in the closing days of the campaign and have worked together since Trump took the White House.The White House views Cruz as a loyal vote for his agenda. Trump promised he would come to Texas after the Senate race grew closer than expected, with O’Rourke out-fundraising Cruz and drawing large and enthusiastic crowds around the state. Cruz, who is leading O’Rourke in the polls, said over the summer that he would welcome Trump’s support, though he has brushed off any suggestion he’d need Trump to win.During the 2016 Republican primary, Trump assailed Cruz as a liar and “dishonest politician,” insulted his wife’s appearance and promoted unsubstantiated claims that Cruz’s father had links to President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.Trump on Monday did not voice any second thoughts about labeling Cruz the son of a presidential killer, telling reporters, “I don’t regret anything.”Cruz gave back as good as he got in 2016. He savaged Trump as a “pathological liar,” an “amoral bully” and a “sniveling coward.” After Cruz lost the primary, he gave a speech at the Republican National Convention in which he did not endorse Trump and instead called on Republicans to “vote your conscience,” drawing boos from the crowd. But he announced his support about a month before Election Day — and won points in Trump’s camp for not withdrawing after the “Access Hollywood” tape was released in which Trump bragged about groping women.___Associated Press writer Steve Peoples in New York contributed to this report. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter AP Posted: October 23, 2018 October 23, 2018last_img read more

Another Year of Postponing Facility Maintenance for Military Services

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Facility sustainment accounts would fall short of requirements in all four military branches, forcing the services to accept continued risk in maintaining their installations, under the fiscal 2017 budget request released Tuesday by the Defense Department.The Army’s facilities budget, for example, would drop $294 million from the current year, marking the latest in a series of cuts over the past several years. In FY 2014 the Army’s total facilities budget was $2.6 billion; by FY 2016, it had fallen to $1.6 billion, reported Defense News.“Unfortunately, we could only afford to fund about 67 percent of our facilities sustainment requirements,” Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander, the Army’s budget director, told reporters during the service’s budget briefing.“This is a consistent funding level across the entire Department of Defense, and an area of risk for the Army as it will exacerbate the amount of backlog maintenance that already exists on our installation facilities,” he said.The Army’s request supports base operation support requirements at its 74 major installations more fully, however, funding those items at 95 percent, according to Horlander.The moves were made to preserve the Army’s size and readiness. “While the Army accepts short-term risk in modernizing and sustaining its installations, these strategic tradeoffs have long-term consequences that eventually degrade future readiness and capabilities,” according to an overview of the department’s budget request.Similarly, the budget requests for the Air Force, Navy and Marines maintain facilities sustainment at minimal levels.“The Navy continues to take calculated risk in funding installations but is mitigating this risk by focusing investment on capabilities that directly support the operational forces, implementing a force laydown that supports the defense strategy, and arresting degradation of facilities by focusing on the ‘envelopes’ (roof, walls, support structures) of our buildings,” according to the overview.The Marine Corps’ request would fund facility sustainment at 70 percent of the department’s model, requiring deferment of new construction and restoration projects.last_img read more

Live At 35 Warner Music Signs Deal To Bring Live Music To

first_imgNews Warner Music Nashville announced today that it will expand and continue its popular Live At 35 airline concert program Brian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 1:54 pm Warner Music Nashville announced today that it has inked a deal with Southwest Airlines to expand and continue its curious Live At 35 program, a live concert series that takes place on airborne passenger planes. See Your Favorite Artists Perform At 35,000 Feet live-35-warner-music-signs-deal-bring-live-music-airplanes Launched in 2011, Live At 35 has become an extremely popular treat for passengers lucky enough to travel aboard one of the randomly selected flights that have featured artists such as Devin Dawson, NEEDTOBREATHE, Five For Fighting, O.A.R., and Better Than Ezra, among others. Dawson’s most recent appearance was booked to commemorate the deal signing.The expanded deal means the pop-up concert series will continue for the foreseeable future, with Warner Nashville continuing to employ Southwest as its carrier of choice when transporting featured artists by air.Keep an eye out on the next flight you take with Southwest — maybe you’ll get the chance to see one of your favorite artists play a set at 35,000 feet!Concerts & Technology: The Future Is Now NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 8, 2017 – 5:07 pm Devin Dawson Talks “Dark Horse” Origins Twitter Live At 35: Warner Music Signs Deal To Bring Live Music To Airplanes Email Facebook last_img read more

Actress Nawshaba granted bail finally

first_img.A Dhaka court on Tuesday issued bail to actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed who was earlier denied bail in a case relating to spreading rumours.She was sued under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Debabrata Biswas granted the bail upon a bond of TK 5,000 after hearing on a bail petition, said sub-inspector Mokbul Hossain, general recording officer of the court.On Monday, metropolitan magistrate Mahmuda Akhter denied her bail after being produced before it on completion of her treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).Later, she was sent to jail.On 13 August, Nawshaba was admitted to the DMCH for treatment following a court order as she fell sick in the courtroom.A Dhaka court earlier on 11 August put her on a two-day fresh remand in the case when Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit inspector and the investigation officer of the case, produced her before the court on expiry of her four-day remand and sought a 10-day fresh remand.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on August 4 over spreading ‘rumours’ on Facebook over the attack on protesting students.In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection.In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.last_img read more