Must-See Moments: Is the Media Making Much Ado About Nothing?

The Daily Signal’s Facebook Live show “Top 10” features the top news stories of the week—many of which go misreported by the mainstream media and some aren’t reported at all.

This week, the media fixated over President Donald Trump’s comments about Haiti—but are they making much ado about nothing?

And a story that went largely underreported: Activists are protesting Gov. Greg Abbott’s presence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Arlington, Texas. Watch the full video above.

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Black Unemployment at Lowest Rate on Record

In Friday’s jobs report, black unemployment reached a record low: 6.8 percent. That’s the lowest black unemployment has been since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment, which started in 1972. “The lowest in nearly 5 decades and a credit to [President Donald Trump’s] economic policies!!” tweeted White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

Trump weighed in, too:

And so did the new president of The Heritage Foundation, Kay Coles James:

Watch the video above to see Fox Business’ Charles Payne discuss the record low number.

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Must-See Moments: Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Withering Response to the Media

The Daily Signal’s Facebook Live show “Top 10” features the top news stories of the week— many of which went misreported by the mainstream media and some weren’t reported at all.

This week, the media has fixated over author Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury”—but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had a withering response to the media. “Every question, basically, that I’ve been asked has to do with that. It’s not like I came out here and read excerpts from the book,” Sanders says.

And a story that went largely underreported: Oregonians have to pump their own gas and they’re not happy about it. Watch our first episode of 2018 above.

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Acting ICE Director: Let’s Charge Sanctuary Cities for Violating Federal Law

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan spoke to Fox News host Neil Cavuto Tuesday about California’s decision to become a “sanctuary state.” Watch above, or read the transcript below.

Neil Cavuto:  There are sanctuary cities and towns, but a sanctuary state? Well, California officially becoming the first such state in the country. Gov. Jerry Brown says it is, well, meant to really protect illegal immigrants living in the shadows of society and making sure authorities don’t try to yank them out of there. But acting ICE Director Thomas Homan says it is putting politics above public safety. He joins us now with his first interview since the Golden State became the sanctuary state. Very good to have you, Acting Director. I mean, I couldn’t believe this when I first heard it because it’s one thing when a city or community kind of unofficially espouse these views, quite another for a governor to put his stamp and his blessing behind it on a statewide level. What do you make of it?

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan: I think it’s terrible. I mean, you have a state …  that wants to put politics ahead of public safety, ahead of officer safety. What they’ve done is force my officers to arrest dangerous criminals on their turf, in their homes, and places of business rather than arresting them in the safety of security of the county jail. It’s ridiculous to knowingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk and the American communities themselves put at risk. When you release a public safety threat back into the public, it’s just a foolish decision they made.

Cavuto: What can you do if you’re not going to get local help in trying to track down folks you say not only shouldn’t be here, but they’re a threat to people here?

Homan: Well look, if he thinks he’s protecting immigrant community, he’s doing quite the opposite because if you think ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. As a matter of fact, we’re in the process now—I’m going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. We’re already doing it. We’re going to detail additional enforcement assets to California. California better hold on tight. They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California. If the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, then ICE will.

Cavuto: So Director, what do you do if local police turn the other way and say our loyalty is to the governor?

Homan: Well, first of all, the street cops, they do not like this legislation. They’re totally against it. The street cops understand what we’re trying to do. We want to take public safety threats out of the communities. And so this comes to—this is a political decision. This isn’t a law enforcement decision. No one thought about the safety of law enforcement when this decision was made. No one thought about cases like Kate Steinle. You know, I can give example after example.

In Sonoma County a few weeks ago, an illegal alien was arrested. We put a detainer on him. He was arrested for domestic violence. Sonoma County didn’t honor the detainer. What happened? Two weeks later, he killed that girl. Now she has two young daughters without a mother. So I can give example after example of the effect this law is going to have on community safety in the state of California. The state of California better hang on tight because the smuggling organizations are using the sanctuary cities law, the sanctuary state law as a selling ploy. More illegal aliens will be coming to California. More criminal aliens will be coming to California. So Californians just bit off a lot more than they can chew.

Cavuto: How do you follow up on that, though? How do you search these individuals out without looking, as I think the governor was intimating, like the Gestapo?

Homan: I’ve got 20,000 American patriots that work for ICE. They strap a gun to their hip every day and leave the safety and security of their homes to protect these communities and to protect the homeland. So shame on Governor Brown for that opinion. What I can tell you is that we’re going to do responses. As I said, we’re going to vastly increase our enforcement footprint in the state of California. We’re going to be all over the place and we’re going to enforce law without apology.

What I’m also doing is working with the Department of Justice. For these sanctuary cities that knowingly shield and harbor an illegal alien in their jail and don’t allow us access, that is in my opinion a violation of 8 U.S.C. 1324, that’s an alien smuggling statute. I’ve asked the Department of Justice to look at this. Are these sanctuary cities—can we hold them accountable? Are they violating federal law? So there’s more to come on that. There’s certainly an angle we’re looking at.

Cavuto: What if they do just that? What do you do?

Homan: Pardon me?

Cavuto: What if they do just that? What do you do?

Homan: I think we charge some of these sanctuary cities with violating federal law. I think if they are knowingly harboring and shield a known illegal alien, a public safety threat in the jail, and won’t give us access to that alien …

Cavuto: But they are, Director, right? In a lot of cases they’re doing just that. Then what do you do if they’re protecting or if there’s a shield, a protection around such individuals, how do you force the point?

Homan: We got to work with the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice needs to do a couple things. N0. 1, they need to file charges against the sanctuary cities. No. 2, they need to hold back their funding. Another thing they need to do, they need to hold these politicians personally accountable. I mean, more citizens are going to die because of these policies and these politicians can’t make these decisions and be held unaccountable for people dying. I mean, we need to hold these politicians accountable for their actions.

Cavuto: Does the president share your views, sir?

Homan: Absolutely he does.

Cavuto: He’s told you that?

Homan: The president is totally against sanctuary cities. He knows, as well as I do, that people are dying, people are being victimized by illegal aliens in this country and there are certain sanctuary cities that don’t want to cooperate with us.

Look, this is about the American public. This is about the U.S. citizens being victimized by some of these criminal illegal aliens. We’ve got to hold sanctuary cities accountable. This is going to continue. The crime rate in California is going to increase … At least 50 percent of these criminal aliens being released back into the public re-offend the first year. Seventy-five percent will re-offend in five years. This is a victimization of the American community. This isn’t the America I grew up in. We’ve got to take these sanctuary cities on. We’ve got to take them to court and start charging some of these politicians with crimes.

 

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This Marine Veteran Just Died of Cancer at 36. Here’s Why He Fought Assisted Suicide.

“I was depressed. I was going through difficulty at that point. I needed counseling, I needed care, not assisted suicide pills,” J.J. Hanson, who died Dec. 30 at age 36, told The Daily Signal last year about a time in his life after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Hanson, who is survived by his wife, Kristen, and two sons, James and Lucas, was a Marine veteran. Told when he was diagnosed in 2014 he would only live a few months more, he managed to have three more years with his family.

“JJ lived his motto: ‘Every day is a gift, and you can’t ever let that go.’ … JJ’s death is a loving example of an authentic ‘death with dignity,'” said Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference.

Hanson also spoke about his decision to fight for life, and against assisted suicide legalization, in this video produced by the Patients Rights Action Fund, which he worked for:

If you wish to donate to his wife and children, the YouCaring page is here.

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Best Daily Signal Videos of 2017

In 2017, we increased our video production efforts, and hit a new record of 125 million video views. Thank you for watching!

Above we have five of our best mini-documentaries. And just below is our compilation of a few of our best commentary videos.

And here are some of our most popular social videos of 2017:

We’re looking forward to continuing to travel around the country and bring you more firsthand reporting, insights, and powerful videos in 2018. Stay tuned!

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The Good News About Trump the Liberal Media Won’t Report

The economy is booming, the nation is en route to “energy dominance,” the Environmental Protection Agency’s war on coal is over, and that’s not all. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared the big accomplishments the Trump administration achieved in 2017.

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Must-See Moments: Text Messages Prove Bias and Corruption in FBI

The Daily Signal’s Facebook Live show “Top 10” features the top news stories of the week—many of which have gone either misreported or underreported by the mainstream media.

This week, text messages revealed that FBI investigators who were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team sent each other derogatory text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and GOP congressmen weren’t happy about it.

The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules and the left says the internet as we know it is over. And a story that went largely underreported: Trump announced that he wants the U.S. to go back to the moon and beyond. Watch the final episode of 2017 above.

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Must-See Moments: Corruption and Bias in the FBI

The Daily Signal’s Facebook Live show “Top 10” features the top news stories of the week—many of which have gone either misreported or underreported by the mainstream media. This week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill called for an investigation into the “special treatment” of Hillary Clinton and the bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Donald Trump made an important decision this week, as he announced that he plans to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. And we also address one widely misunderstood story—Patagonia and others claimed that “the president stole your land” when  Trump scaled back the last-minute federal land grab from the Obama administration in Utah.

We covered all of this and much more on this week’s top 10 must-see moments. Watch the full video above.

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