Public figures react to the death of Barbara Bush

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Within minutes of the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died Tuesday at the age of 92, tributes began pouring in from political figures, including those in her own family.

George H.W. Bush, her husband of 73 years, issued a statement that praised his wife as a “proponent of family literacy,” and noted that she is survived by 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a brother.

In a written statement released by the White House, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said they “join the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.”

Albuquerque Just Made it Harder to Deport Illegal Immigrants

The lawmakers in Albuquerque, N.M. apparently have no interest in the rule of law. In a 6-3 vote, the city council barred immigration officials who do not have a warrant from going into city-operated areas to detain illegal immigrants.

Albuquerque’s majority-Democratic council voted 6-3 in favor of a measure to prevent federal immigration officials from entering city-operated areas, including a prisoner transport center, without a warrant.

In a televised meeting, the council also barred city workers, including police, from collecting information on peoples’ immigration status and prohibited local tax dollars from being spent on federal immigration law enforcement. (Reuters)

These measures are underlined by a Pew Research study showing New Mexico has one of the highest levels of illegal immigrants in the country, Reuters reports.

The Trump administration and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have been confronted by city and state officials across the country refusing to cooperate. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to sue the Department of Justice for announcing they'd strip grant money from any jurisdictions acting as sanctuary cities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was part of an effort to prepare schools to resist ICE if they show up at their doors. 

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the rebellion has been in California. Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, infamously warned the illegal immigrants in her community about an upcoming raid in the area in the next 24 hours, allowing hundreds of individuals to flee - and, in a few cases, commit more crimes. The DOJ is currently considering what legal action to take against her.

The most recent politician to try and stall Trump's anti-illegal immigration agenda is Gov. Jerry Brown, who announced his intention to place limits on Trump's order to send the National Guard to the border.

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Identity Of Michael Cohen’s ‘Mystery’ Client Revealed As Sean Hannity

Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed Monday to be one of Michael Cohen's recent clients.

Trump’s personal lawyer once represented the Fox News host, according to Cohen’s lawyer.

ichael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has also represented Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a court hearing revealed Monday.

Cohen’s lawyers exposed the identity of Cohen’s previously unnamed client in a courtroom in New York after a federal judge ordered them to do so.

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Michael Cohen's previously unnamed third client is SEAN HANNITY. 

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Cohen appeared in court Monday as part of a federal investigation into his business and financial dealings. The FBI raided his office last week, seizing documents related to payments he made to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, and another woman Trump has been accused of having a sexual relationship with in the past. 

Clifford sat in on Cohen’s hearing with her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Monday.

Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, arrives at the United States District Court for th YANA PASKOVA VIA GETTY IMAGES Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, arrives at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney.

In a court filing Monday morning, Cohen’s lawyers argued that Cohen should not be required to identify his clients. Cohen had at least 10 clients between 2017 and 2018, Reuters reported, and he did “traditional legal tasks” for three of them, including Trump, former Repu

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Senate Republican midterm alarm over white hot Democrat fundraising

Money doesn't equal happiness, at least not for Senate Republicans.

After a dismal fall and winter where many Republican candidates failed to raise as much money as Democrats, the GOP finally found their groove in the first quarter of 2018. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican fundraising behemoth, entered the race against Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., early last week, while Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., posted a $1.1 million dollar haul in only six weeks — both of which give Republicans hope.

But Democrats still hold a massive advantage after incumbents and key candidates continued to pile up their own cash in the first three months of 2018.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, posted a $6.7 million quarter, while Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, raised $3.9 million and $3.3 million, respectively. The two incumbent Democrats each have over $11 million in the bank, agitating to Republicans.

"We have seen absolutely white-hot fundraising from Democrats up and down the board for over a year," said Josh Holmes, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "Lots more needs to be done. We're not anywhere near where we need to be."

In addition to Scott's entrance and Cramer, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised $3.3 million — less than half of O'Rourke's total, but both reported just north of $8 million in cash on hand.

Other Republicans have remained underwhelming on the fundraising circuit.

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., posted $1.2 million in the first quarter, an uptick from the paltry $500,000 he raised at the end of last year. However, he has only $1.6 million in the bank compared to $10 million for Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

"We have very robust numbers. If you look at our candidates, they've done very well," said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "A key indicator from my perspective is the amount our candidates are raising online. That's a sign of a lot of grassroots energy and activism."

Two top Republican candidates in key races, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Missouri Attorney Gen. Josh Hawley, both posted underwhelming figures in the eyes of top Republicans in the final months of 2017, raising questions about their campaigns in the process. Neither has released their openin

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Rep Massie Explains Why Congress Is More Broken Than It’s Ever Been’

America’s massive national debt is the most critical issue confronting the country Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R) asserted during an interview with Townhall.

This financial problem also loomed large back when he won his first election—the debt clock he placed in his office that once read $16 trillion now displays $21 trillion and he said there will be another trillion this year. He called it “a crying shame,” noting that Republicans hold the executive branch and both houses of Congress.

Rep. Massie said the government should spend less and explained that to achieve reductions Congress should return “to a regular appropriations process.”

Congress should vote on 12 individual appropriations bills instead of one massive omnibus bill, he explained.

“Congress is more broken than it’s ever been,” Rep. Massie declared.

While Congress should “have a budget” and should “be starting on appropriations bills,” Rep. Massie said Congress will spend the time leading up to the midterm elections “debating, amending and voting on pretend bills. They’ll call them messaging bills, but they’re really pretend bills because they’re going nowhere in the Senate,” he said. “And so that’s what Congress will do.”

But that is not what Rep. Massie wants them to do. “If Congress has one job it’s to allocate the tax dollars responsibly,” he said.

He wants Congress to pass the 12 individual bills, but he predicted that legislators in both parties will vote for a continuing resolution in the fall.

“They’ll take the 1.3 billion and they’ll cut, copy, paste on or about September 30th.” The congressman strongly criticized this prospect: “I think that’s despicable really.”

He previously viewed the Speaker of the House as the problem, but said that he thinks when Paul Ryan received the Speakership “he really tried to go back to regular order. I watched him at least make an effort and I watched my colleagues push back,” Rep. Massie said.

While they “ostensibly” wanted to constrain “their ability to participate in the debate and amendments because it limited the ability of the Democrats

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