Good morning. Today is April 30, and here are the stories I am watching.
FROM THE RIGHT
FOX NEWS reports… An asylum overhaul to counter a border crisis
President Trump has called for a sweeping overhaul to an asylum system he has long said is rife with fraud — including a new fee to process asylum applicants, and the capacity to rapidly adjudicate applicants’ claims while also barring them from working in the U.S. in the meantime. In a presidential memorandum, Trump specifically told Attorney General Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that the move was necessary to address a crisis at the border. Arrests along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months, with border agents making more than 100,000 arrests or denials of entry in March, a 12-year high. Immigration courts that process asylum claims currently have a backlog of more than 800,000 cases.
MY TAKE: This is the right approach. Cut off the jobs magnet and people won’t come.
ALSO…Trump sues to block subpoenas of business records.
President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Monday against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas for his business records, claiming House Democrats are simply attempting to harass him. Two House committees subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and several other financial institutions earlier this month as part of investigations into Trump’s finances. The lawsuit by Trump, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric and his daughter Ivanka, was filed in Manhattan federal court. The Trump Organization and the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust are among the other plaintiffs. Politico reported that in a joint statement, Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee and Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called the Trump suit “meritless” and claimed it was a delay tactic.
MY TAKE: Nobody has ever lost a Superbowl because they ran out the clock when ahead in the game. Run it out!
FROM THE LEFT
Axios reports…Facebook continues to make mountains of money, serve more users than ever before, and plan bold new moves, Axios’ Scott Rosenberg (who wrote that headline), Sara Fischer and Ina Fried report.
Facebook is still the most powerful digital marketing platform on the planet. Advertisers would love to diversify the digital ecosystem and rely less on Facebook, but no one has come up with a better alternative. Why it matters: That’s all after the company’s two-year cascade of controversy, criticism by lawmakers, and negative coverage over privacy lapses, allegations of bias, failures to rein in hate speech, charges of monopolistic behavior, and fears of Facebook-fueled digital addiction.
MY TAKE: The left is so very scared that Facebook will once again be a platform used by the right come election time.
ALSO…”The Trump administration is pushing to issue an order that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization,” the N.Y. Times reports. Why it matters: The move would bring “the weight of American sanctions against a storied and influential Islamist political movement with millions of members across the Middle East.”
MY TAKE: AMEN, GLORY BE TO GOD.
FROM THE MIDDLE
The WSJ reports…Google shows first cracks in years. Google’s once-untouchable online-advertising operation took a body blow after its parent Alphabet posted its slowest revenue growth since 2015. The company was hurt by mounting competition and struggles within its increasingly high-profile YouTube unit. The internet giant’s ad machine seems to have slipped a gear.
MY TAKE: I hope Google dies a fast, painful death.
ALSO…Europe’s economy sees pickup. The eurozone economy regained some lost momentum at the start of 2019, offering fresh evidence of surprisingly resilient global growth amid lingering uncertainties about its trade relationship with the U.S. and the strength of demand for its exports from China.
MY TAKE: This is good for Trump.