Today is April 15. Good morning!
Here is what’s developing for Monday, April 15, 2019:
FOX NEWS REPORTS: REP. OMAR BLAMES TRUMP TWEET FOR DEATH THREATS: Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., says she’s received an influx of death threats since President Trump tweeted a video on Friday that combined comments from the congresswoman — which critics said were dismissive of the Sept. 11 attacks — with footage from Ground Zero … “I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” Omar tweeted in a statement on Sunday night. Omar said that hate crimes around the world by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise around the world and accused Trump of encouraging acts of hate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she had taken steps to ensure the freshman congresswoman’s safety and called on the president to take the tweet down.
MY TAKE: GOP should take steps to have Omar removed from Congress.
ALSO: TRUMP’S $30M CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST: President Trump’s re-election campaign raised $30.3 million in the first quarter of this year, far pacing the leading fundraisers among the Democrats, Fox News confirmed Sunday … The Trump campaign said nearly 99 percent of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. In all, the campaign had $40.8 million cash on hand, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in the campaign.
MY TAKE: Problem is Democrats have raised more than double. We must share the Walk & Talks!
AXIOS IS REPORTING: Ohio voters who have flipped between parties in past presidential elections and supported Donald Trump in 2016 now say their first choice in 2020 is … Barack Obama. None of the 18 Democrats actually running have broken through in rural Ohio as the antidote to President Trump. These swing voters’ desire to rebuke Trump — by voting for his predecessor! — shows the long road for 2020 Democrats in the parts of the Midwest.
MY TAKE: Trump must spend an incredible amount of time in Ohio and Florida this election or else he loses.
ALSO FROM AXIOS: “In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group,” the N.Y Times’ Paul Mozur writes. “The facial recognition technology, which is integrated into China’s rapidly expanding networks of surveillance cameras, looks exclusively for Uighurs based on their appearance and keeps records of their comings and goings.” A twist: “The A.I. companies have taken money from major [U.S.] investors.” Why it matters: “The practice makes China a pioneer in applying next-generation technology to watch its people, potentially ushering in a new era of automated racism.”
MY TAKE: The Chinese sure are smart.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS: White House weighs broader immigration curbs. Mr. Trump and his top aides are weighing rules designed to clamp down on countries whose nationals overstay short-term visitor visas as part of a broader push for new ways to curb immigration. The White House also is seeking to push through other rules that would tighten student and investor visas.
MY TAKE: This and a mandatory eVerify order from POTUS is the only way to stop the flow.
AND LAST, FROM WSJ: Boeing woes spread at two airlines. American and Southwest said they would cancel 737 MAX jetliner flights into August, cutting an average of 275 flights a day. While some airlines initially expected to see the grounded jetliners back in service by later this month, some are anticipating they could be out of service for most or all of the summer.
MY TAKE: Drive instead.