Posts by William A. Jacobson  (Page 2)
 

Bid Notice: Trump’s Mexican wall to be 30-feet tall and look good from north

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Posted by    Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 5:00pm 3/18/2017 at 5:00pm

Things are moving fast on the Mexican border.

Or at least, the planning is moving fast.

According to AP, contract proposal solicitations specify a 30-foot wall that is hard to cut through and only looks good from...

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Reuters: Mexicans increasingly heading for Canada

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Posted by    Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:30pm 3/18/2017 at 1:30pm

The Trump administration’s renewed enforcement of current immigration laws is having an impact beyond actual deportations.

Illegal immigration from Mexico appears to be in decline as fewer people are being detained crossing the border.

Another effect appears to be Mexicans increasingly heading to Canada, after Canada eased restrictions just as Trump was increasing...

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Turkish President to Turks in Europe: “Have five children, not three. You are Europe’s future”

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Posted by    Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:30am 3/18/2017 at 11:30am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist, is in a fight with the Netherlands, as we reported the other day.

Erdogan is pushing for the large Turkish immigrant population in Europe, who can vote in Turkish elections, to support his referendum to expand his powers and further entrench his authoritarian rule....

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Donna Brazile confesses to leaking town hall questions to Hillary campaign during primaries

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Posted by    Friday, March 17, 2017 at 8:55pm 3/17/2017 at 8:55pm

One of the most astounding revelations from the Podesta email published by Wikileaks was that then interim DNC Chair and CNN commentator Donna Brazile leaked potential primary town hall questions to the Clinton campaign.

That was astounding in two regards — that it happened, and that the media didn’t make a bigger deal...

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Maddow on Trump Tax Scoop Fail: People expected too much

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLa9tJ-4m4M
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Posted by    Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:00pm 3/17/2017 at 4:00pm
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Rachel Maddow’s big SCOOP on Donald Trump’s tax return turned into an embarrassing flop, with mockery coming at her from all directions, Rachel Maddow’s career committed suicide live on national TV tonight.

Maddow did the unthinkable — bringing together pro-Trump and anti-Trump together in horror at the horrendous clickbait.

What was key was how...

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Report: Jordan unlikely to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro pizzeria bombing

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Posted by    Friday, March 17, 2017 at 10:00am 3/17/2017 at 10:00am

We reported a few days ago on the unsealing of a criminal complaint against Ahlam al-Tamimi, the mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria suicide bombing in Jerusalem, U.S. to seek extradition of Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro Pizzeria bombing.

The Sbarro bombing killed fifteen people, including two American citizens. Ahlam’s only regret,...

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Hawaii TRO and 9th Circuit En Banc Denial effectively strip Trump of executive powers (Update – Maryland too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npvd-VVqh9Q
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Posted by    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 10:05pm 3/15/2017 at 10:05pm
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Two big developments on judicial usurpation of presidential immigration and national security powers.

The federal district court in Hawaii issued a TRO and the 9th Circuit denied en banc hearing of the first appeal. Both Orders are embedded in full at the bottom of this post.

The net result is that Trump has...

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READ: U.S. Criminal Complaint against Ahlam Tamimi in Sbarro Pizzeria bombing

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:00am 3/15/2017 at 9:00am

Yesterday we reported how the mastermind of the 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria bombing, Ahlam Tamimi, might be brought to justice in the U.S. for the killing of two American citizens (among a total of 15 people killed).

Tamimi currently lives in Jordan, where she is a TV announcer, after being released in the...

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Rachel Maddow’s career committed suicide live on national TV tonight

http://www.mrctv.org/videos/cecile-richards-maddow
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Posted by    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 9:25pm 3/14/2017 at 9:25pm
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Rachel Maddow has a history of claiming big scoops which then flop.

There was the debunked 2012 big scoop about supposed GOP wrongdoing in Michigan. And the 2014...

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U.S. to seek extradition of Ahlam Tamimi, the Savage of Sbarro Pizzeria bombing (Updated)

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:00pm 3/14/2017 at 4:00pm

The 2001 Sbarro Pizzeria suicide bombing in Jerusalem for me has been one of the place markers in the history of terrorism, one of those reference points which changed everything.

Other such “before and after” points, to me, are the 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli athletes (1972); the bombing of the Beirut...

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To boost diversity, NY State drops teacher literacy test

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Posted by    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 11:30am 3/14/2017 at 11:30am

New York State has been trying to raise teacher standards in order to solve the problem of low graduation and literacy rates in minority school populations.

That makes sense – how can an academically unqualified teacher be expected to help raise academic success among students. These increased standards were meant to help...

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From the patient trenches: Lies, Damn Lies, and CBO Scoring

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Posted by    Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:30pm 3/13/2017 at 8:30pm

I was against CBO health care scoring before it was cool to be against CBO healthcare scoring.

In the run-up and aftermath of passage of Obamacare, I devoted numerous posts to the way the way Democrats gamed CBO scoring to present an unrealistic projection of how the law would actually work.

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Rasmea Odeh Prosecutors: Departure of U.S. Atty will have no effect on case

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Posted by    Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:35pm 3/13/2017 at 6:35pm

Rasmea Odeh is scheduled for re-trial on immigration fraud charges in Mary 2017.

For background on the case, see this recent summary.

The U.S. Attorney for the E...

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Jewish Voice for Peace’s long embrace of convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh

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Posted by    Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 8:15pm 3/12/2017 at 8:15pm

Rasmea Odeh will be a featured speaker at the 2017 annual meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace in Chicago, March 31st – April 2nd.

The invitation has created controversy, particularly after Rasmea’s involvement in the March 8, 2017, International Women’s Strike and Day Without A Woman created widespread media attention.

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Carlos “The Jackal” goes on trial in France

http://news.sky.com/story/carlos-the-jackal-faces-trial-for-1974-paris-shop-bombing-10799387
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Posted by    Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 12:30pm 3/12/2017 at 12:30pm
http://news.sky.com/story/carlos-the-jackal-faces-trial-for-1974-paris-shop-bombing-10799387

“Carlos the Jackal” is a name I haven’t heard in a really long time.

I assumed he was dead.

In fact, he’s been serving a life sentence in France, and now is going on trial again.

Sky News reports, Carlos the Jackal faces trial for 1974 Paris shop bombing:

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Israel defeats Cuba for 4th straight win in World Baseball Classic

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/218980042/israel-beats-cuba-to-stay-unbeaten-in-wbc-17/
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Posted by    Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 12:00pm 3/12/2017 at 12:00pm
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WUT!

Israel’s remarkable run in the World Baseball Classic has now carried into the second round.

After three straight wins to top Pool A in Seoul,...

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VIDEO: Lone Trump supporter heckled at Rep. Tom Reed town hall in Ithaca (#NY23)

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/03/gallery-best-photos-tom-reed-town-hall-ithaca/
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Posted by    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:00pm 3/11/2017 at 9:00pm
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I don’t know Dr. Tom Taylor.

But I understand his situation when he decided to attend Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s town hall this morning in Ithaca, NY, where I work at Cornell Law School. In case you were unaware, Ithaca is like Berkeley, California, only smaller.

Ithaca is in the NY-23 District. Reed...

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