Immigration activists, federal officials and reporters wrestled Wednesday with interpretations of a White House memo authorizing "a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary)" by the troops deployed on the border with Mexico. The directive specified the purposes for which force could be used as "crowd control, temporary detention and cursory search." Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis downplayed the likelihood of a serious clash, saying he envisioned the use of troops for "minutes" as a first response to an emergent threat. Enforcement will continue to be the responsibility of customs and Border Patrol officers.
Divided We Stand The country is hopelessly split. So why not make it official and break up? -- Journalist Sasha Issenberg writes an in-depth piece looking at the reasons why states should be allowed to do their own thing for health care and other issues. Issenberg writes about the seemingly hopeless state of federal politics: "Come January, we are likely to find that we've simply shifted to another gear of a perpetual deadlock unlikely to satisfy either side. For the past eight years, there has been no movement toward goals with broad bipartisan support: to fund new infrastructure projects, or for basic gun-control measures like background checks or limits on bump stocks. Divided party control of Capitol Hill will make other advances even less likely."
When a man with a rifle charged into Canada's parliament in 2014, Michelle Rempel, a Conservative politician, was among the people who fled from a caucus room as gunfire rang out around them. Security guards killed the intruder, who had shot a sentry outside. Deeply unsettled by the attack, Ms Rempel pondered a friend's claim that a ban on guns could have prevented it. She delved into regulations, studied crime data and came to an unexpected conclusion. The young politician from Alberta bought a handgun, joined a sports-shooting club and became Canada's most prominent proponent of gun ownership -- as a responsible pastime, she says. Ms Rempel is at the forefront of a debate that has gained urgency.
** (Disclaimer: This video content is intended for educational and informational purposes only) ** The Washington County sheriff's office has released dash-cam video that show a shootout with a gunman Sunday. The agency said on Facebook that Sheriff Tim Helder chose to release the footage because bystander video has already been posted online and "because of the great public interest it has generated." The video, viewable above, also includes 911 audio and shots of the bullet holes in Washington County Cpl. Brett Thompson's vehicle. "We are so thankful Corporal Thompson, all other officers who were involved, as well as citizens who were in the areas of the incident, were unharmed," the statement on Facebook noted. Police identified the gunman as Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29. read more
The US does not have anything resembling open borders, and no major politician in the US wants to have open borders. But Fabio Rojas does want open borders, and on the latest episode of the Future Perfect podcast, he tells us why. Rojas, a sociology professor at Indiana University Bloomington, is part of a small but growing movement of libertarians and leftists who are questioning the need for any restrictions on entering the United States.