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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Exploring Shutdown Claims from Democrats

The weekslong partial government shutdown has led to around 800,000 federal employees not working or working without pay. It also has led to some false or questionable claims from Democrats about the shutdown’s impact on a host of federal services.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised “security concerns” due to the shutdown as a reason to suggest postponing the State of the Union address. But 83 percent of Secret Service employees are exempt from the shutdown.
  • Some Democrats, including Sen. Jeff Merkley, have falsely claimed that the government shutdown affects Social Security and Medicare recipients and workers.
  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said it’s possible that people who file tax returns “won’t get their refund checks.” But the IRS said it will recall its furloughed staff back to work in order to process tax returns and “provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.”
  • Hoyer also wrongly claimed that “flood insurance is at risk.” More than a week before he said that, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had already announced it would “resume the sale of new insurance policies and the renewal of expiring policies.”

The partial shutdown began on Dec. 22 amid a budget standoff between Democratic congressional leaders and President Donald Trump over funding for his proposed border wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Congress has yet to pass seven appropriations bills to fund a number of federal departments and agencies, resulting in staff shortages.

Trump Deliberately Intended to Deceive About Wall Effect In El Paso

President Donald Trump falsely claimed that El Paso went from “one of the most dangerous cities in the country to one of the safest cities in the country overnight” after “a wall was put up” along the Mexico border.

Here are the facts:

  • El Paso has never been “one of the most dangerous cities in the country.” The city had the third-lowest violent crime rate among 35 U.S. cities with a population over 500,000 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 – before construction of a 57-mile-long fence started in mid-2008.
  • There was no “overnight” drop in violent crimes in El Paso after “a wall was put up.” In fact, the city’s violent crime rate increased 5.5 percent from 2007 to 2010 — the years before and after the construction of the fence, which was completed in mid-2009.
  • Along with the rest of the country, El Paso’s violent crime rate spiked in the early 1990s and has been trending downward ever since. The city’s violent crime rate dropped 62 percent from its peak in 1993 to 2007, a year before construction on the fence began.

The president, who is locked in a budget standoff with Congress over funding for his border wall, made his remarks about El Paso during a Jan. 14 speech at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Louisiana. Trump pointed to the border city as an example of the impact that a wall can have on crime.
Trump, Jan. 14: In El Paso … it was one of the most dangerous cities in the country. A wall was put up. It went from being one of the most dangerous cities in the country to one of the safest cities in the country overnight. Overnight. Does that tell you something?
No, it doesn’t tell us something.

Alabama Falls at No. 3/3 Tennessee, 71-68, in Contest That Went Down to the Wire

Sophomore John Petty Jr. matches a career high with 30 points in losing effort
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Alabama men's basketball nearly pulled off an improbable upset, but could not overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and fell at No. 3/3 Tennessee, 71-68, in front of a sellout crowd of 21,957 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Sophomore guard John Petty Jr. put on a show, finishing with 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor and 6-of-9 from deep, while senior Donta Hall collected his league-leading ninth double-double of the year as he finished with 16 points and 12 boards in the loss. Hall also recorded his 700th career rebound in the process, becoming just the fifth player in program history to collect 700 rebounds (705) and 200 blocks (206) in his career.

Epic Auburn comeback falls short in 82-80 loss to Kentucky

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn students lined up for hours in the rain, eager to witness Saturday's matchup between No. 14 Auburn and No. 12 Kentucky. 

The game was worth the wait, and the sellout crowd brought the energy, helping No. 14 Auburn overcome a 17-point second half deficit before falling 82-80 at Auburn Arena.

Bryce Brown scored 28 points on 8-of-9 shooting including 6-of-7 on 3-pointers to lead the Tigers, who lost at home for the first time this season.

"I knew in the second half I just had to be a little more aggressive," Brown said. "Just staying positive. Every timeout I just tried to encourage my guys, me and Jared both. Just let them know that we're right there. We just tried to chip away at the lead little by little, every chance we got, and we ended up doing it."

Alabama State Bowl cruises through first day of competition at SWAC RoundUp

DALLAS, Texas | Alabama State ran through the competition on the opening day of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) RoundUp, winning all five of its matches.

The Lady Hornets (35-35) ran their record to .500 for the first time this season and edge head coach Andrew Chatmon closer to 500 wins (494). Alabama State took down Prairie View A&M for the first time this season, 861 - 855, and won comfortably in its other four matches. The Lady Hornets amassed 4,546 total pins on the day, averaging 181.6 per game. Additionally, six Alabama State competitors found themselves inside the top-20 on the individual leaderboard at the end of the day.

TRAVELING TO MONTGOMERY? Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway

TRAVELING TO MONTGOMERY? Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway
Whether you’re visiting for business in Alabama’s capital city or touring the many universities in the area, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, Montgomery at Chantilly Parkway is the perfect home base. With proximity to both I-85 and I-65, traveling between local attractions couldn’t be easier. Explore the rich culture of the city by visiting Alabama State University, the Montgomery Zoo and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Unwind with a dip in the heated indoor pool or re-energize with a workout in our fitness center. Stay connected with friends and family via free high-speed Internet access before a restful night’s sleep.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.