SESSIONS WARNS ILLEGALS: ‘THIS IS THE TRUMP ERA…THE BORDER IS CLOSED. GO HOME.’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a message to those who still seek to come to the United States illegally…there’s a new sheriff in town.

That was the message Sessions sent while appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” where the AG boasted of the change in status since president Trump’s inauguration.

“Can you believe that we have had the lowest number of entrances at the border in 17 years? This is the direct result of Donald Trump’s strong, clear leadership,” said Sessions.

“It has an impact. The most important thing for us is to send a message to the world that the border is not open. Please don’t come. You will be apprehended if you do come, and you will be deported promptly. And if you’re a criminal, you’ll be prosecuted. And if you assault our officers, we’re going to come at you with a ton of bricks,” he warned.

“This is the kind of message we need to send It is already being sent,” added Sessions. “It is having a dramatic effect so far. I knew strong presidential leadership unlike the wishy-washiness we’ve seen in the past would impact the flow, but not as much as we’ve seen already. The numbers are down 70 percent since President Obama left office. It is really a remarkable achievement.”

Sessions, who toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, said during a press conference after the tour that he believes Trump’s get-tough approach to immigration prosecutions will help to clean up a lot of the “filth” brought into the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels.

“This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” he said. “The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”

Speaking of the soon-to-begin construction of Trump’s border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Sessions said the wall will only aid in the war on drugs and crime.

“The barrier, the wall, will have a great and positive impact and will continue our ability to follow through on a commitment to end the lawlessness,” he said.

Critics blasted the initiatives touted by Sessions as racist fear-mongering and baseless in fact.

“Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born. He and President Trump are wasting more federal taxpayer dollars going after illegal border crossers instead of protecting the American public,” said Gregory Z. Chen, director of government relations for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Undeterred, Sessions said the tough new stance on illegal immigration will continue.

“When we talk about MS-13 and the cartels, what do we mean? We mean international criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent civilians, and who profit by smuggling poison and other human beings across our borders,” Sessions said. “It is here on this very sliver of land—on this border—that we take our stand. It is a direct threat to our legal system, peace and prosperity.”

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‘THE O’REILLY FACTOR’: CONSERVATIVE TALK SHOW HOST HIT WITH FRESH CLAIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Bill O’Reilly, host of the Fox News evening program “The O’Reilly Factor” has been hit with with a major drop in advertisers amid claims by a former program contributor that she was the target of sexual harassment.

As of Tuesday, nine major sponsors including such brand names as Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, GlaxoSmithKline, T. Rowe Price, Allstate, and Constant Contact had announced that they were withdrawing ads from “The O’Reilly Factor,’’ as news of the latest controversy surfaced.

The companies say they made the decision to pull advertising from O’Reilly’s program after The New York Times published an article (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/01/business/media/bill-oreilly-sexual-harassment-fox-news.html) in which it claimed that five women who had accused Mr. O’Reilly of sexual harassment had received settlements totaling $13 million.

In addition to the New York Times piece, Dr. Wendy Walsh claimed on Monday that her snubbing of Bill O’Reilly’s sexual advances cost her a paid job at Fox News.

Walsh, a psychologist and former The O’Reilly Factor commentator, claims that O’Reilly asked her to have dinner at the Bel-Air Hotel and after talking about her potential for future appearances on his show, withdrew his offer after she declined his sexual advances.

Fox’s “very tired, tattered playbook” of attacking women who speak out against the network’s “money-makers” needs to close,” said Walsh’s attorney, Lisa Bloom. “No company in America has the right to use its riches to flout the law, and that includes Fox News.”

O’Reilly has publicly denied any wrongdoing via a statement on his website, which reads:

“Just like other prominent and controversial people, I’m vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity. In my more than 20 years at Fox News Channel, no one has ever filed a complaint about me with the Human Resources Department, even on the anonymous hotline.

But most importantly, I’m a father who cares deeply for my children and who would do anything to avoid hurting them in any way. And so I have put to rest any controversies to spare my children.

The worst part of my job is being a target for those who would harm me and my employer, the Fox News Channel. Those of us in the arena are constantly at risk, as are our families and children. My primary efforts will continue to be to put forth an honest TV program and to protect those close to me.”

Fox News has not yet issued a formal statement on the controversy, but an internal memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/wendy-walsh-talks-bill-oreilly-calls-fox-news-investigation-990746) indicates that an internal investigation is ongoing.

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RICE DENIES KNOWLEDGE: DEFIANT FORMER OBAMA OFFICIAL FACES GROWING CALLS TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Susan Rice, the embattled former Obama administration official at the center of the growing unmasking scandal, says she did nothing wrong during her time at the White House and denies that she revealed the names of Trump transition members that were obtained during surveillance of then president-elect Trump.

Speaking publicly on Tuesday for the first time since the scandal broke, Rice, who infamously took a political beating for falsely claiming that an internet video was the cause behind a bloody attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, said she “absolutely” did not order the unmasking of individuals for political purposes, and that she revealed the names of no one.

“The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes, that is absolutely false,” Rice told MSNBC before adding that sometimes such a request would be necessary for an investigation.

sometimes, in that context, in order to understand the importance of the report and assess its significance, it was necessary to find out, or request the information as to find out who that U.S. official was,” Rice continued.

Despite her claims of any wrongdoing, Republicans have come out on attack, publicly calling for the former diplomat to be compelled to testify on the matter before Congress.

“She needs to testify under oath,” Sen. John Cornyn, (R)-Texas, a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Select Committee on Intelligence, Tweeted on Tuesday.

Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R)-S.C., who also serves on the Judiciary Committee, said “when it comes to Susan Rice, you need to verify, not trust.”

Sen. Rand Paul, (R)-Ky, echoed Graham’s comments by saying that, at this point, Rice should be under subpoena.

During an appearance Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio program, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said “Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy. Every time something went wrong, she seemed to turn up in the middle of it.”

Cotton also said there was “no doubt” that Rice should be the subject of a committee hearing and vowed that the Intelligence Committee “ought to review…and will review” both Rice’s alleged actions to see if criminal charges against her should be placed on the table.

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EDUCATION OR INDOCTRINATION? OUTRAGED MOMS LAWYER UP OVER PRO-ISLAMIC CURRICULUM

CHATHAM, N.J. — Two mothers of New Jersey middle school students have hired attorneys after they say they were targeted for harassment since appearing on television to voice concerns about Islamic indoctrination at their childrens’ school.

The pair had appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Show” to voice their frustration over the curriculum, which they said was more indoctrination than education.

“Libby Hilsenrath and Nancy Gayer were subjected to personal attacks throughout their campaign to stop Islamic indoctrination at the Chatham Middle School. They were defamed as “bigots” and “Islamophobes”, “hateful”, “ignorant”, “xenophobes”, “intolerant”, “racist”, “closed minded”, “sad and ignorant” in social media, and the list goes on. The attacks significantly intensified after their appearance on the Tucker Carlson Show,” reads a statement from the Thomas More Law Center (https://www.thomasmore.org/press-releases/chatham-middle-school-students-taught-islam-true-faith-two-mothers-pilloried-making-public-must-see-video/).

Hilsenrath and Gayer, who each have sons in the seventh grade at Chatham Middle School, say they first voiced their concerns over the curriculum to the Chatham Board of Education at a February 6, 2017 public meeting.

They say Superintendent Michael LaSusa responded by saying that any change to the curriculum was unlikely, and then refused to meet with them privately with him to discuss the matter further.

At the center of the controversy is a video that children in the district were instructed to watch (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikVGwzVg48cz0 in which one child explains to another the fundamentals of his Muslim faith.

“The promotion of Islam is worse than what the mothers presented to Tucker Carlson,” Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center said in the statement.

“After viewing one of the videos which the seventh graders were directed to watch, I can’t imagine any objective person saying this is not Islamic indoctrination. Clueless school administrators across our nation are allowing this type of indoctrination to take place and it’s up to vigilant parents to stop it. Libby and Nancy should have been praised, not pilloried,” the statement continued.

When asked about the involvement of lawyers, school Superintendent Michael LaSusa said the following:

“As we have discussed before and as we stated at our March 6 Board of Education meeting, our school district meets and exceeds the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in all areas. As part of the school district’s social studies program, students are exposed to the tenets of all major world religions, including Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and more.”

Despite LaSusa’s statement that the curriculum covers study on most major religions, Gayer says her son was prevented from presenting a power point demonstration to the class on his Christian faith because it was deemed “proselytizing”.

Hilsenrath says she will continue the fight against what she calls “indoctrination” for as long as it takes.

“One of my fundamental obligations as a parent is to guide the religious and secular education of my children. That’s why I will continue the fight against the Islamic indoctrination now taking place at Chatham, regardless of the personal attacks,” she said.

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‘FIRE HIM’: LIBS CALL FOR BILL O’REILLY’S FIRING AFTER ON AIR CRACK ABOUT MAXINE WATERS’ HAIR

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly is under fire after comments he made about Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair went viral.

During a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends”, O’Reilly, when asked about Waters’ comments about president Trump’s patriotism while speaking on the House floor, said that he “didn’t hear a word” Waters said because he was too distracted by “the James Brown wig” that she was wearing.

“If we have a picture of James, it’s the same wig,” joked O’Reilly.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt jumped in to defend Waters after O’Reilly’s remarks.

“I’ve got to defend her on that. I have to defend her on that,” said Earhardt. “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” responded O’Reilly.

“Her hair is pretty,” countered Earhardt.

“I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair. James Brown — all right, the ‘Godfather of Soul’ — had,” said O’Reilly.

In response to the almost instant backlash over his comments, which many in the African-American community declared racist, O’Reilly quickly issued a public apology to the Democratic senator from California.

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on ‘Fox and Friends,’ calling her ‘old school,’ ” said O’Reilly in a statement.

“Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair, which was dumb. I apologize.”

By Tuesday afternoon, O’Reilly’s comments had become a top trending topic on Twitter.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted that the Fox News host crossed a “huge, bright, red line.”

“I seem to recall Don Imus being fired for similar commentary about black women; though in that case, not about a *member of congress*,” she wrote in a flurry of tweets. “A man accused of spousal abuse and sexual harassment is attacking a member of congress in crass racial and gender terms on a major network.”

“I love you, Maxine. I want to see you on The Factor,” O’Reilly said on air. “And when hell freezes over, I’m sure that’ll happen.”

When contacted for statement, a representative for O’Reilly said he will have no further comment on the matter.

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‘KILL THE BILL’: TRUMP ORDERS RYAN TO PULL OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has ordered Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to kill the hotly contested Republican bill to replace ObamaCare.

The move comes after weeks of intense disagreement by Republicans on the controversial program and one day after Republican law makers failed to gain enough support to secure a vote on whether or not to approve the program.

Trump has “left everything on the field when it comes to this bill,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today during an afternoon press briefing, adding that House Speaker Paul Ryan “has done everything he can” to push the bill through but “at the end of the day, you can’t force people to vote.”

According to ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-leaves-field-crucial-health-care-vote-looms/story?id=46346773), White House budget director Mick Mulvaney had told Republican legislators that if the House failed to act on the measure today, the president is prepared to leave the Affordable Care Act in place and let the chips fall where they may.

But despite efforts by Vice President Mike Pence and health secretary Tom Price, who rushed to Capitol Hill for an urgent meeting on the matter in an effort to appeal to House conservatives, the bill failed to gain the support needed to garner a vote.

“You can’t pretend and say this is a win for us,” Representative Mark Walker, (R-N.C.), told reporters, adding that the killing of the bill was a “good moment” for Democrats.

“Probably that champagne that wasn’t popped back in November may be utilized this evening,” he said.

If enacted, The Republican bill would have replaced the Affordable Care Act, which mandates that almost all citizens in the United States is required to have health insurance. But hard line conservatives opposed the bill in it’s current form, calling it a slap in the face to conservative values and nicknaming it “ObamaCare Lite”.

At the center of the debate is the Republicans’ stance that the verbiage of the bill may force American taxpayers to pay healthcare costs for illegal immigrants.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who lead the opposition to the bill said that there are too many similarities between the proposed legislation and the original ObamaCare program and that anything short of a complete repeal would be a betrayal to the American people.

“We own repeal. We ran on it. It is our idea. We have to pass it cleanly, now,” Paul said in an op-ed drafted with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows. “Then we owe the American people a real-old fashioned period of allowing all ideas to be debated and voted on to produce the best product possible.”

Meadows, appearing of Fox News Channel’s Hannity (https://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/03/06/freedom-caucus-chair-meadows-replacement-sets-new-entitlement-keeps-some-taxes-doesnt-repeal-all-of-obamacare/), concurred, saying that Ryan’s version of the bill “sets a new entitlement, keeps some taxes and doesn’t repeal all of Obamacare.”

“We’ve got to do better, and hopefully, with some amendments, we can do that,” he added.

Speaking at a press conference just a short time after news of the pulling of the bill broke, Speaker Ryan said, “The worst is yet to come with ObamaCare. We will be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future until we can find a way to get it replaced.”

“This is a setback, no two ways about it,” he added. “But we’ve got to do better and I know we can.”

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NUNES ON TRUMP SPYING SCANDAL: ‘THERE’S SOME INFORMATION IN THOSE DOCUMENTS THAT CONCERNED ME’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who came forward this week with information that the Obama administration collected and shared information from surveillance of President Trump’s transition team told a waiting throng of reporters that documents he’s been shown “concerned” him.

“There’s some information in those documents that concerned me and I don’t think belonged in there,” Nunes, (R-Calif.), told the press.

While Nunes said it appeared the information obtained on Trump and his associates was collected legally through a FISA order, the real concern, he said, was that the names of some of the people surveiled were unmasked.

“It appears like this was all legal survillance from what I can tell,” he said, but then added: “You have to ask why were names unmasked. Maybe someone has a good reason for it but not from what I’ve been able to read.”

When asked how many individuals names had been unmasked Nunes said that remains to be seen.

“There was additional unmasking that was done in the documents I read the other day. I don’t know who asked for them to be unmasked, i just know there are more,” he said.

Nunes also addressed president Trump’s concerns that Trump Tower had been wiretapped, saying that those allegations appeared unfounded.

“There was no wiretapping of Trump Tower — that didn’t happen,” he said.

Nunes caused an uproar in D.C. on Wednesday when he told reporters that he had been provided with information that seemed to support president Trump’s allegations that he and members of his administration had been surveiled without their knowledge at some point just prior to and after Trump’s election.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ James Rosen reported on Friday that the National Security Agency is expected to produce more documents to the committee on the matter, including what a source described as a potential “smoking gun” to substantiate Trump’s spy claims.

King, a member of the Intelligence Committee, told Ed Henry on “America’s Newsroom” (http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/24/its-scandalous-rep-king-says-nunes-had-tell-trump-about-obama-surveillance) that the details emerging could only be described in one word: “scandalous.”

Noting that the intelligence obtained had nothing to do with Russia, a claim highly touted Democrat leaders, King said the fact that names were revealed was a blatant violation of law.

“Much of this information was then unmasked and sent throughout the intelligence community and it looks as if, to me, this is surveillance. … This goes against the law and regulations,” said King.

Additional intelligence is expected to be released by the NSA by Friday.

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