7 Things: Barbarians at the southern gates, man killed on Black Friday didn’t fire shots that hit victims, Alabama Tourism Director credits Doug Jones for some convoluted reason and more …
— On Saturday, President Donald Trump announced the deal and tweeted, “Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court,” and added a threat of border closure, saying, “If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!”
— On Sunday, the new Mexican government said there is no agreement, but future Interior Minister Olga Sanchez agreed there may be a “short-term solution.” Mexico also ruled out a plan to become a “safe third country” where the migrants may seek asylum.
6. Those poor Clintons are having a hard time grifting from the sideline
— Now that it appears the Clinton family will not be wielding any official influence anytime soon their charitable foundation has seen its donations dry up from $62,912,331 in 2017 to $26,566,825 in 2018.
— President Trump seized on this news to point out that this organization was created to sell influence, as most have understood for years. He said, “Clinton Foundation donations drop 42% – which shows that they illegally played the power game. They monetized their political influence through the Foundation.”
5. Illegal “drive-by voting” has been happening in Alabama according to the Alabama secretary of state
— Secretary of State John Merrill relayed instances of illegal “drive-by voting” in 2016 and 2018 to Alabama Public Television on Friday, saying, “I’ve had instances in 2016 and again this year where we had people that were allowing drive-by voting – curbside voting. If you came up to the polls and you were not able to get out of the car, or you said you were disabled, they were allowing people to take the ballots out.”
4. A climate change report has American media excited as they ignore America has more than led the way on this
— A new government report says the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars or possibly more than 10 percent of its GDP by the end of the century; more shockingly, it could kill thousands prematurely every year.
— Since 2005, the U.S. is near the top of the world in greenhouse emissions reductions, by percentage. As number one in total reductions in greenhouse gasses, the U.S. shows it is invested in addressing this concern in spite of the perception that no one cares.
3. Alabama bureaucrat credits U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) with the state’s increase in tourism
— Alabama Tourism Department director Lee Sentell cited the election of Doug Jones as something that led to more people visiting the state and his reasoning is confusing, at best. In a statement to the Montgomery Advertiser about empty threats from out of state, Sentell said, “[W]e had lots of calls and emails the month leading up to (the election of Sen. Doug Jones), people saying, ‘We will never come to Gulf Shores again.”
— This isn’t the first ridiculous thing that some in Alabama are trying to give Jones credit for. Jones and others have claimed that his election was responsible for bringing the Toyota-Mazda plant to Alabama and, to be kind, that is just not true.
2. Man killed by police in Hoover was not the shooter — Reports state he had a weapon and “may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation“
— Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving turned deadly at the Galleria in Hoover when a fight resulted in gunfire that injured two. In the chaos that followed, law enforcement reportedly killed a man who was not the shooter but was armed.
— Social media posts and media reports show hundreds of migrants from a caravan we were told did not exist evading Mexican riot police and rushing the border. They were pushed back by tear gas after some of the migrants threw rocks.
— Following through on an earlier threat by President Trump, US Customs and Border Protection closed road and pedestrian bridges on Sunday at the San Ysidro.