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After Protests, Feds Mum on Migrant Dispersals...
'Repatriate the aliens'...
SHERIFF JOE: 'CALCULATED' CRISIS...
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RICK PERRY INVITES PRESIDENT TO BORDER...
Obama wants to use the crisis for one of two things (or maybe both, come to think of it): (1) coercing Republicans into passing a “comprehensive” bill and giving him what he wants, on pain of being called obstructionist do-nothings (2) doing it himself and getting exactly what he wants.
So far, the plan has worked for him.
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Today’s Colombia’s run-off election.
Pres. Santos thinks it’ll get him another term:
Colombian Leader Sets Goal: Win Soccer Match, Then Win Presidency
President Juan Manuel Santos, Whose Job Is at Stake in a Sunday Election, Hopes for a Political Assist from His World Cup Team. I don’t quite get the logic, but apparently it has to do with the thought that larger turnout would favor Santos,
Political strategists say a Colombian victor [sic] against Greece on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, could generate a broad feel-good moment for Colombia, drive higher voter turnout the next day and tip the scales in Mr. Santos’s favor over his rival, Óscar Iván Zuluaga.
That’s assuming that
- The fans are not hungover, and they’ll want to go out and vote, and
- The fans are not staying home or at the sports bar or sports club watching whatever other game may be on:
Ricardo Rodríguez, a soccer-loving doorman from Bogotá, is one fan who plans to forgo voting Sunday. “It’s a thousand times better to see soccer than to go out to vote,” he said.
I don’t know enough of Colombian political thinking to guess whether the average Joe conflates the soccer team with “team Santos”, if at all.
We’ll find out later this evening.
Kids on the US-Mexico border & other US-Latin America stories of the week with Miguel Portillo-Cuadra from El Salvador, and of course host Silvio Canto.
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Meet Scott Fistler:
Scott Fistler didn’t have much luck as a Republican candidate. He lost a 2012 write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, then lost a 2013 bid for a Phoenix city council seat now held by Laura Pastor, Ed’s daughter.
After petitioning a state superior court last November and paying $319, Fistler now legally shares the name of the celebrated labor movement icon, Cesar Chavez. Earlier this year, Chavez (formerly Fistler) became a Democrat, and – before Ed Pastor announced his retirement from Congress – filed to run in the heavily Hispanic 7th Congressional District.
The original union activist Cesar Chavez opposed illegal immigration. Makes ou wonder how that would go over in his district, doesn’t it?
But don’t fret. Fistler/Chavez is not taking questions:
Chavez did lay out some ground rules for media questions, should he be able to get to them. Questions must be screened, no more than five questions, no question longer than five words and Chavez will not discuss his name change, he explained in the email.
Not stepping in enough doo-doo as it is, Fistler/Chavez crowns his campaign by using photographs of Chavista demonstrations in Caracas, which had been carefully staged for deceased dictator Hugo Chavez as the crowds were bussed in and paid.
Meanwhile, in Venezuela, Hugo’s legacy lives on.
Well, isn’t this precious?
Leaders of Mexico’s main leftist party trekked to Washington this week with a warning for U.S. power brokers—investors could lose their shirts if they put their money in the country’s energy industry.
Jesus Zambrano, leader of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, the main party of Mexico’s splintered left, and other leftist politicians are in the middle of an unprecedented pilgrimage to Washington. They are meeting with U.S. officials, legislators and businessman to explain that a referendum being pushed by the PRD could undo a historic constitutional change passed late last year that opens the country’s oil and gas industries to private companies and foreign investors for the first time in 75 years.
Their message: Mexico’s energy reform is not a done deal. Until the fine print is dry, the country’s oil and gas fields are no place to bet a bundle.
Zambrano, a former communist guerrilla who has referred to D.C. as an enemy, didn’t get the turnout he expected last year when protesting the energy reforms.
Since it’s unlikely that the PRD would gather at least 1.6 million signatures, and get the Mexican Supreme Court to approve a referendum, they tried the next best thing: a junket to Washington, D.C.