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Cooperation Trumps Concrete on Border Security

Before the incoming Trump Administration starts implementing concrete measures to build the President-elect’s promised wall with Mexico, it might want to consider other ways to secure our borders that require a lot less concrete. Two innovative and road-tested alternatives are particularly noteworthy, in large part because they treat our continental neighbors as partners in border security, rather than problems to be walled off. As the designated new head of Homeland Security, John Kelly, will soon discover, engagement with Mexico in particular will be critical to accomplishing many of the new Administration’s border security goals. The first cooperative model that deserves a hard look comes from Canada, with whom we share a 5,525-mile border, the world’s longest. Some 40 percent of it is water, with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River making up the biggest part of the maritime boundary. Criminals have long exploited this watery domain to smuggle drugs, guns, untaxed tobacco and illegal aliens to ready markets in both countries. If the U.S. Coast Guard or Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have the law enforcement mission here, spotted smugglers on the water, the bad guys could simply zip across the maritime boundary to escape their pursuers. Worried in the…

FEC Deadlocks, Won’t Investigate Dark Money Group That Spent All Its Funds On An Election

BY: ROBERT MAGUIRE The Federal Election Commission announced today that it has deadlocked along party lines on whether to further investigate whether a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization called Carolina Rising should have disclosed the donors that funded its political ads in 2014 or register as a political committee. The deadlock ensures that the agency will drop the matter. The complaint against the group was filed in October 2014 by the North Carolina Democratic Party, but focused only on whether Carolina Rising should have disclosed the donors funding two ads that ran shortly before the election that year. The FEC’s Office of General Counsel said no, noting that there was no proof that Carolina Rising had received the funds “for the purposes of furthering” the ads, which is the criteria that triggers donor disclosure for a 501(c) nonprofit. Dallas Woodhouse at the Tillis campaign’s victory party, wearing a “Thom Tillis” hat. The FEC’s three Republican commissioners agreed with the OGC’s conclusions. But the two Democrats and one independent on the commission voted to find reason to believe that Carolina Rising failed to “organize, register, and report as a political committee” and failed to disclose its donors, based on significant information that was not considered in the original complaint or the OGC’s…

RedState’s Friday WaterCooler! 12/09/2016 – Open Thread – Charlie Brown and Christ’s Revival in 1965 [Video]

The Daring Story of Christmas with Peanuts [Full-Length Video] December 9, 1965, your local CBS Network television station broadcast an ill-advised and nervy Christmas cartoon for the first time. In the 7:30 pm primetime slot, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” preempted “The Munsters” and played warm-up for “Gilligan’s Island” that night. The only one with faith in the doomed project was its creator, Charles Schultz. The | Read More »The post RedState’s Friday WaterCooler! 12/09/2016 – Open Thread – Charlie Brown and Christ’s Revival in 1965 [Video] appeared first on RedState. …

A Movie About the Roger Ailes-Megyn Kelly Sexual Harassment Scandal Is Reportedly in the Works

The downfall of Roger Ailes has apparently been picked up as the subject for a Hollywood film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Charles Randolph, who co-wrote The Big Short, has been working on a project that Annapurna Pictures is putting on fast track. This film will reportedly focus on how the former Fox News chairman […] …