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This Day in History | 1954

On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892.

Good Morning Middle Americans, 

Former UN Ambassador Niki Haley says that former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff tried to recruit her to combat President Trump’s agenda in the White House.  Tillerson is strongly denying those claims.  This is just the latest example of former Trump cabinet members going at it, when it comes to policy differences. Both Tillerson and Haley are hoping for some sort relevancy in the future.  Haley also has a new book out. Who do you believe.  

Today we also have stories about the White House’s varying legal strategies acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney going his own way, in yet another sign that impeachment is fracturing the White House from the inside out.  The House of Representatives says President Trump can’t sue to prevent Congress from releasing his tax returns. And San Francisco, if it weren’t already, is about to become the most liberal place on earth. Thanks to the city’s new district attorney. Read all about it. 

– Fraser Dixon

The White House Is at War with Itself 

(The Washington Post) – The White House’s bifurcated and disjointed response to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry has been fueled by a fierce West Wing battle between two of President Donald Trump’s top advisers, and the outcome of the messy skirmish could be on full display this week, according to White House and congressional officials.

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has urged aides not to comply with the inquiry and blocked any cooperation with congressional Democrats. Top political aides at the Office of Management and Budget, which Mulvaney once led, have fallen in line with his defiant stance, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk freely about the behind the scenes developments.

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Judge: Trump Can’t Sue to Block Tax Return Release

A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York officials that was aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns.

Judge Carl Nichols handed down a 19-page ruling, finding the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., does not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

Trump sued New York’s attorney general, tax commissioner and the House and Ways Means Committee in July, seeking an injunction to block the application of a New York state law known as the TRUST Act that could allow the Democratic-controlled House to obtain the tax returns.

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San Francisco’s New DA Pushes City to Far-Left Fringe 

(Fox News) San Francisco‘s newly elected district attorney has promised not to prosecute public urination and other quality-of-life crimes that have plagued the lucrative Bay Area amid a crippling homelessness crisis affecting urban communities across California.

In response to an American Civil Liberties Union questionnaire reported by The San Francisco Chronicle last month, Chesa Boudin said such crimes should not be prosecuted.

“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes,” he said. “Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted. Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted; we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”

Learn more about Chesa Boudin here

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