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White House Plays Hardball on Immigration; NFL Players Kneel, VP Pence Exits

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White House Plays Hardball on Immigration

President Trump and his team have outlined a list of immigration demands that have already alienated many Democrats and pro-immigration types.  The administration, which had previously hinted at a deal with Dems that would allow DACA beneficiaries to stay, wants to cut funding to sanctuary cities, build a border wall, and hire more Border Patrol agents and immigration judges.  Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer described the demands as unrealistic and unreasonable.

Dem Congressman Slanders President

Congressman Luis Gutierrez, always front and center in the immigration debate, called President Trump’s immigration demands an “extension of the white supremacist agenda.”  What’s an accusation these days without the words “white supremacist?”  This is the same Luis Gutierrez who recently called retired Marine Corps General John Kelly “a disgrace to his uniform.”

NFL Players Kneel, VP Pence Exits

Vice President Mike Pence was ready to watch a Sunday NFL game in Indianapolis, but he wasn’t at the stadium very long.  When about 20 of the visiting San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the National Anthem, Pence and his entourage quickly bolted.  One protesting player called the VP’s exit a “stunt” and an example of “systemic oppression.”

The Killer’s Mysterious Note Revealed

CBS News’ ’60 Minutes,’ in a segment that aired last night, interviewed four law enforcement officials who put their lives at risk by barging into Stephen Paddock’s hotel room last Sunday night.  In addition to seeing his astounding arsenal, they noticed a piece of paper that has since been the subject of much speculation.  The hand-written note included calculations involving the distance and trajectory of the bullets he was planning to fire at the crowd, another indication of Paddock’s meticulous planning.

D-Day (Decertification-Day) Coming for Iran Nuke Deal

President Trump will announce his final decision on the Iran nuclear arrangement on Thursday.  He is expected to “decertify” the deal, which will put the ball back in Congress’s court.  The president has long denounced the deal as horrible for the United States, but many national security observers insist that it has been working as planned.

Trump’s War of Words With GOP Senator

Senator Bob Corker, chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced that he won’t seek re-election next year.  He has since engaged in a Twitter feud with President Trump, who claims Corker begged for his endorsement.  Corker returned fire yesterday, describing the Trump White House as an “adult day care center.”  More seriously, the senator warned that the administration may be putting the USA “on the path to World War III.”

Hollywood Conspicuously Silent on Harvey Weinstein

Just about everyone in the movie business knew about mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of gross harassment and assault, even as they lectured America on the importance of women’s rights.  Now, with a few exceptions, the Hollywood elite is keeping very mum on Weinstein’s well-known habits.  Meryl Strep, who once referred to Weinstein as “God” and who has defended child rapist Roman Polanski, finally issued a statement last night claiming she was totally unaware of Weinstein’s proclivities.

Weinstein Fired From His Own Company

The Weinstein Company’s board of directors met Sunday and ousted the tycoon who started the firm.  Weinstein didn’t help his cause when he issued his much-ridiculed statement about coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s, when the rules of workplace behavior were different.  He may try to win back the affections of Hollywood liberals by taking aim at the National Rifle Association and President Trump.  Also, the Weinstein Company said this morning that it may change its name.

Senator Feinstein Befuddled by Gun Question

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, always a very reliable vote for gun control, was asked point blank on Meet the Press which law might have prevented the Las Vegas massacre.  She came up empty, except to say that she would have to do more research.

Child Rapist Given Joint Custody

Christopher Mirasolo, now 27 years old, was charged with kidnapping, raping, and threatening to kill a 12-year old girl nine years ago.  Now, according to the Detroit News, a Michigan judge has granted Mirasolo joint custody of the child conceived during that rape.  The rapist spent just six months in prison before being released so he could supposedly comfort and care for his sick mother.  This is a long and sordid and complicated story, one that is certain to elicit outrage among any decent person.

A New World Record in Bad Marketing

What in the world was Dove soap thinking?  The company and its high-priced marketers created an ad showing a black woman taking off her shirt and suddenly being a white woman.  Dove quickly removed the ad, saying it “missed the mark,” but these days images, like diamonds, are forever.  Dove has long branded itself as “gentle” and “mild,” but reactions to its ad were just the opposite.

Catalonia and Spain on the Brink

While many people in Spain’s Catalonia region want to separate from Spain, there are hundreds of thousands who wish to remain under Madrid’s administration.  Many of them took to the streets of Barcelona yesterday, demanding a peaceful resolution that will essentially maintain the status quo.  The Spanish government has hinted that it will stop at nothing to prevent Catalonia from declaring its independence.

Bergdahl to Admit Guilt

According to various reports, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will soon plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.  He abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was then captured by the Taliban.  President Obama notoriously swapped Bergdahl for five Taliban commanders and warmly welcomed the deserter’s parents to the White House, while National Security Adviser Susan Rice actually declared that Bergdahl had served “with honor and distinction.”  The New York Post describes the entire debacle as “one of the most shameful episodes of President Obama’s tenure.”

Columbus Statue Survives Maria

How’s this for a feel-good story on Columbus Day? (Or shall we say Indigenous People’s Day?)  The world’s largest Christopher Columbus statue, standing 350-feet tall on Puerto Rico’s waterfront, emerged unscathed after Hurricane Maria ravaged most of the island.  The massive statue, called “Birth of the New World,” was assembled on Puerto Rico just a few years ago.

KISS Goes Red, White, and Blue

During a concert in Louisiana Saturday night, the band KISS stopped the show and invited the audience to join them in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Guitarist Paul Stanley explained the move by saying, “It’s always cool to love your country.”  Considering that the NFL is desperate to prove its patriotism, perhaps the league should ask KISS to perform at halftime of the Super Bowl.  After all, their uniforms have apparently already malfunctioned.

 

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