Jeffrey Epstein Charged As Sex Trafficker; Who Is Worried?

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Jeffrey Epstein, a prominent money manager who owns sprawling homes in Palm Beach, New York, the Virgin Islands and other locales, was just charged as a sex trafficker and pedophile by federal prosecutors. Epstein, who has been accused repeatedly over the years of manipulating and molesting underage girls, was arrested at a New Jersey airport on Saturday, according to multiple media reports. The Daily Beast, which broke the news of … Read More

DOJ Swaps Out Lawyers In The Citizenship/Census Case

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The Department of Justice switched up the team of lawyers representing the Trump administration in its push to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census, according to the Washington Post.  The DOJ announced the decision in a statement after the Post asked the department about the move. A person familiar with the matter told the Post that some career lawyers … Read More

Document Dump: The OIG Report On Border Detainees Is Disturbing

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The Atlantic: The report echoed the accounts of lawyers who visited a border facility in Clint, southwest of El Paso, last month. Department of Homeland security officials had sought to rebut those claims. During a meeting with reporters last Friday to discuss border arrests, Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of DHS, called the lawyers’ descriptions “unsubstantiated allegations.” The Trump administration has repeatedly … Read More

SCOTUS WrapUp: Trump Denied Citizenship Question In 2020 Census; On The Other Hand, Democracy Is Screwed

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The last day of the term meant the handing down of two critical and important opinions. The first, Department of Commerce v New York, was a blow to the Trump administration. The issue involves the inclusion of a question non the census about citizenship. It was challenged on the grounds that it was arbitrary and capricious — in essence, that … Read More

The Perils Of Immigrants

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This photo hit the public yesterday and went viral. Chuck Schumer: “President Trump, I want you to look at this photo. These are not drug dealers or vagrants or criminals. They are people simply fleeing a horrible situation in their home country for a better life.”Via The Hill pic.twitter.com/r9an1kA7Br — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 26, 2019 The man and his … Read More

Trump Denies Rape

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Trump, during an interview with The Hill, was asked about the recent rape allegation made by writer E. Jean Carroll: “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” the president said while seated behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. When asked if Carroll was lying, Trump … Read More

Nobody Pays Attention To Trump’s Rape Victim

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This is how low we’ve sunk. A very credible claim of rape, and it doesn’t register on the news: Acclaimed author E. Jean Carroll publicly alleged for the first time Friday that President Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s. Two days later, the hosts of the most popular Sunday morning talk shows in the U.S. … Read More

The Purge Begins (In Words Only, Probably)

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Trump announced, on Twitter, a massive sweep of undocumented immigrants across the United States: “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of … Read More

Trump Ends Tariffs Threat After Working Out A Deal With Mexico, Except….

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Except the “deal” was going to happen anyway. Yup: The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations. Friday’s … Read More

D-Day Plus 75

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160 U.S. veterans of that day attended today’s ceremony in Normandy. One hundred and sixty. On June 6, 1944, American, British, and Canadian forces stormed the 50-mile stretch of coastline in northwest France in the largest seaborne invasion in history. https://t.co/2rZ3pEO1kx #DDay75 pic.twitter.com/6QznpvHwY3 — US National Archives (@USNatArchives) June 6, 2019

Smoking Gun: Hard Drive Of Deceased GOP Consultant Shows Census Question Had Partisan Motive

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The move by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the census can be traced back directly to the work of a Republican redistricting expert who studied how to create maps that “would be advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites,” according to new evidence revealed in court documents filed Thursday. How the evidence even fell into the challengers’ … Read More

Meanwhile, A Fifth Migrant Child Dies In Custody Of Border Patrol

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The U.S. government says a 16-year-old Guatemalan died Monday at a Border Patrol station in South Texas, the fifth death of a migrant child apprehended by border agents since December. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that Border Patrol apprehended the teenager in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley on May 13. The agency says the teenager was … Read More

The Alabama Abortion Bill: Too Much Too Soon

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Alabama’s state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw nearly all abortions, creating exceptions only to protect the mother’s health, as part of a multistate effort to have the US Supreme Court reconsider a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. The country’s strictest abortion bill was previously approved by the Alabama House of Representatives and will now go to … Read More