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Sunday, August 20, 2017

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Pokes Holes In Trump’s Proposed Border Patrol Surge

On the heels of President Trump’s proposed Border Patrol hiring surge, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver on Sunday examined the agency’s shoddy screening processes and susceptibility to corruption. In particular, Oliver highlighted the shortcomings of the previous Border Patrol hiring surge, in which George W. Bush oversaw a 100 percent increase in the number of agents — a surge, Oliver noted, “that was matched only by the surge in the number of reality shows about people making cakes.”

Oliver returned from hiatus last week to showcase conspiracy peddler Alex Jones’s lucrative supplement enterprise. (If you haven’t seen it already, Jones’s tone-deaf response is worth a watch.)

Border Agency Set To Jumpstart Trump’s Wall In A Texas Wildlife Refuge

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump’s border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it’s already received from Congress.

That’s what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official recently told a nonprofit group that raises money to support two national wildlife refuges in South Texas, according to the group’s vice president.

“I was alarmed,” said Jim Chapman of Friends of the Wildlife Corridor. “It was not good news.”

For the past six months, CBP has been quietly preparing a site to build a nearly 3-mile border barrier through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, according to The Texas Observer.…

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Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

 Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman!

That’s the image our current Commander-in-Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all “bad hombres,” he is drastically bulking up military spending and he imperiously slaps foreign leaders, whole ethnic groups, and entire nations with demeaning tweets and public rants. Posing as Patton-on-the-Potomac, President Donald Trump is out to “Make America Feared Again.”

How is that working out? Look south, to Mexico. Our bellicose president has repeatedly blasted Mexicans again and again as marauding thieves, murderers and rapists. Adding injury to insult, the smirking Trump pledged that he would immediately seal off Mexico by building a 1,800-mile-long, 30-foot high wall — which he described as “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful.” But the big man and his big wall are crumbling in the face of reality.…

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