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

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

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

Trump Doubles Down On Charlottesville “Both Sides” Comment

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Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee. He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019 Joe Biden’s presidential launch has again cast a spotlight … Read More

Trump Complains To Twitter About His Follower Count

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Imagine being the most powerful man in the world with access to intelligence and data that could make any human’s mind spin with amazement. Now imagine using that power to drag in the CEO of Twitter to complain that your follower count isn’t as high as the previous President. President Trump on Tuesday met privately with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, … Read More

Notre Dame Will Go On

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From singing in the streets to donations of more than $678 million — here’s how the world is reacting to the Notre Dame fire pic.twitter.com/QK5Y3q3zdh — NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 16, 2019 There are few events that can so transfix the world that it seems everyone is watching, but as flames poured out of the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, the world … Read More

Breaking: Notre Dame Burning Down

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Just happening. Cause unknown, but it may be related to renovations. Idiot chimes in… AFP’s reporting on the fire’s origins doesn’t seem to be making it into English language media (it started in the attic in connection with ongoing renovation work, according to firefighters). Hit that translate button, CNN. https://t.co/nH02Ojoji7 — southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) April 15, 2019 Fire coming through the … Read More

Kirstjen Nielsen Ousted As Secretary Of Human Cruelty

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So Kirstjen Nielsen, whose legacy will be the most heartless and lawbreaking immigration policy this nation has known in at least 70 years, wasn’t heartless and lawbreaky enough for Donald Trump, who accepted her resignation Sunday evening so he can move immigration policy in “a tougher direction.” Trump essentially fired Nielsen because he wants a “tougher” approach to the migrant crisis … Read More

Suing Fictional Cows And Other Twitter Embarrassments

Ken AshfordCongress, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is funny, but also disturbing in the sense that some are actually taking it seriously. Yesterday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued a fictional cow for $250 million. In addition to the anonymous Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” Nunes is suingthe “Devin Nunes’ Mom” Twitter account, a political operative named Liz Mair, and Twitter itself. Nunes, a close ally of President Trump, … Read More

Trump To Speak Live From The Oval Office To Sign His First Veto

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump didn’t just lose any old Senate vote on Thursday. He didn’t even just lose a vote on his signature issue. When 12 Republicans voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, they did so despite Trump’s personal lobbying and insistence that the vote was about Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports that, in calls to Republican senators, “the president spoke of the battle almost … Read More

Senate Passes Not-An-Emergency Resolution, Setting Up Trump’s Veto

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The Senate delivered a high-profile rebuke to President Donald Trump over his signature agenda issue Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats to overturn the President’s national emergency border declaration. The vote was 59-41, an overwhelming vote against the President’s executive action.Lawmakers don’t have enough votes, however, to override a certain veto from the President, but passage of the resolution in … Read More

In A Rare Event, Fox News Condemns Its Own “Journalist”

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Fox News on Sunday night denounced remarks by host Jeanine Pirro this weekend suggesting that Rep. Ilhan Omar supports Sharia law in defiance of the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab. “We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed … Read More

DHS Had Database Tracking Journalists

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This is creepy and evokes memories of Nixon’s enemies list. The Trump administration kept track of activists, journalists, and social media influencers tied to the Central American caravans in a secret database, documentsobtained by KNSD-TV revealed.  Journalists who covered the caravans and activists said they felt they were undergoing intense inspections and scrutiny by border officials From KNSD: One photojournalist said she was … Read More

The Senate Will Join The House In Blocking Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators were still looking into whether the joint resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration can be amended. But, the Kentucky Republican also said he anticipated the Senate would pass the measure disapproving of the border security emergency. “I was one of those hoping the president would not take the … Read More