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The ‘diversity visa’ program Trump is attacking also produced a Muslim immigrant hero

After near-silence on a domestic terror attack in Charlottesville that killed one and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed dozens and injured hundreds, Donald Trump finally found an incident of terrorism he was willing to get shouty and red-faced about. He made no call for the perpetrator of the Charlottesville attack to be summarily put to death, as he has for the New York attacker. He offered up not a single damn bit of legal change that would prevent future mass murderers from, next time, killing even more Americans, but he insisted that the New York attacker could be pinned on a specific immigration program.

This is because Donald Trump is a blustering xenophobe and racist, a half-senile old man who reliably only offers up outrage when the perpetrator of a violent attack is an immigrant, non-white, Muslim, or any combination of the three.

So here’s a story

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The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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The Republican tax cuts plan, now with more people losing their health insurance

What was definitely missing from the Donald Trump Tax Cuts Act the House Republicans unveiled this week? It didn’t have enough Obamcare repeal. So they’re going to add it. Because it’s just one more way to screw over the middle class.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said Friday that lawmakers are considering repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate as part of their tax-reform bill given President Trump’s repeated demands to do so.
Brady said Trump has told him twice by phone and once in person that he wants the mandate repealed in the tax bill. Trump has also publicly called for the idea. […]

“No decisions have been made; we’re listening to members and certainly the president as well,” Brady said.  

Still, he noted that the idea is under consideration. He said lawmakers have asked the Congressional Budget Office for an updated analysis with the mandate’s repeal

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Nearly 120,000 immigrants will find out this month if they’ll be deported

The clock is ticking for nearly 120,000 people from Haiti, Hondurans, and Nicaragua who will find out by the end of this month if they and their families will be torn from the United States or be forced underground. Previous presidents from both parties have renewed Temporary Protected Status without much controversy, but the program is now in danger due to the white supremacist policies of Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and the ghoulish Stephen Miller:

In the days ahead, the Trump administration will have to decide whether to extend or terminate the Temporary Protected Status program for the four countries of Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras, impacting more than 300,000 beneficiaries who have received temporary legal status in the United States.

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is given to people facing ongoing violence, disasters, or conditions that make their return impossible. Within these

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Nearly 120,000 immigrants will find out this month if they’ll be deported

The clock is ticking for nearly 120,000 people from Haiti, Hondurans, and Nicaragua who will find out by the end of this month if they and their families will be torn from the United States or be forced underground. Previous presidents from both parties have renewed Temporary Protected Status without much controversy, but the program is now in danger due to the white supremacist policies of Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and the ghoulish Stephen Miller:

In the days ahead, the Trump administration will have to decide whether to extend or terminate the Temporary Protected Status program for the four countries of Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras, impacting more than 300,000 beneficiaries who have received temporary legal status in the United States.

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program is given to people facing ongoing violence, disasters, or conditions that make their return impossible. Within these

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Gun deaths on the rise in Trump’s America

Welcome to another banner year in America, where gun deaths are on the rise, and where gun violence—and death—still can’t be considered a public health issue.

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. rate for gun deaths has increased for the second straight year, following 15 years of no real change, a government report shows.
Roughly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides and those have been increasing for about 10 years. Until recently, that has been offset by a decline in people shot dead by others. But there’s been a recent upswing in those gun-related homicides, too, some experts said.

Overall, the firearm death rate rose to 12 deaths per 100,000 people last year, up from 11 in 2015, according to the report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, the rate had hovered just above 10—a level it had fallen to in the late

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Government officials have repeatedly blocked detained 10-year-old child from accessing post-op care

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tells Broadly that government officials have now twice blocked 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez from two follow-up medical visits with her primary doctor and surgeon following her emergency gallbladder surgery last week. Rosamaria’s doctors recommended that she be discharged to relatives and allowed to recover at home after the procedure, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents ignored the advice of medical professionals and have instead kept the girl, who has cerebral palsy, locked up in a Texas detention center for unaccompanied minors. The child’s “doctors, lawyers, and family have maintained that her health and safety are in danger at the facility where she’s been detained … the government has yet to comply with multiple requests for the child’s release”:

When Rosa was discharged, Border Patrol officers violated doctor’s orders to return the child to her family and instead took her to a child housing facility in San Antonio operated by

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Trump groped them and called them liars. These women just want us to remember that.

Donald Trump is hoping to keep his gross treatment of women out of court. The women who’ve come forward to tell their stories of being groped, kissed, and grabbed by Trump over the years are hoping that a lawsuit brought by one of them, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, will at least mean that their experiences are heard and taken as seriously as those of Harvey Weinstein’s victims. Or Bill Cosby’s. Or Kevin Spacey’s. Or Mark Halperin’s.

Not that any of those accusers got justice, even in the court of public opinion, quickly—but they didn’t have to watch their harassers or rapists be inaugurated president, either. The White House press secretary didn’t call them liars on national television. And it’s that response that’s at the center of the lawsuit that Trump’s victims hope will let them be fully heard:

The plaintiff in the lawsuit — Summer Zervos, a

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Sessions is proven to be a liar again—and this may be the final straw

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is either the most forgetful man on the planet, or the most deceitful. Either way, he’s not fit to be the attorney general.

Standing before reporters in February, President Trump said unequivocally that he knew of nobody from his campaign who was in contact with Russians during the election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told the Senate the same thing.

Court documents unsealed this week cast doubt on both statements and raised the possibility that Mr. Sessions could be called back to Congress for further questioning.

It’s not just that Sessions was personally present at a meeting between Trump and George Papadopoulos where the 29-year-old adviser informed the room that he was working to arrange a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin. It’s not just that those present recall Sessions personally intervening to tell Papadopoulos to shut up about the topic.

At a March 31, 2016,

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Russia turns Trump from ‘one of the great memories of all time’ to ‘I don’t remember much’

You’d think that it would be a memorable moment for a presidential candidate when one of his foreign policy advisers offered to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. You’d think that memory might be kept fresh when Russian election interference turned into a major story and a serious problem for your presidency. But not Donald Trump:

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Just last week, Donald Trump claimed to have “one of the great memories of all time.” Mysteriously enough, this week that great memory isn’t up to the task of remembering an offer of a Putin meeting. Or maybe it’s that that type of offer was so run-of-the-mill that Trump can’t remember this specific occasion? Or … crazy thought here: maybe he’s lying.

You can take this job and shove it! Twitter employee goes rogue, pulls the plug on Trump’s account

Last night for eleven glorious minutes, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deactivated. Twitter promised an investigation and before long they revealed how and why Trump’s account had been closed for business. 

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And with that, Twitter began celebrating the unknown rogue employee.

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Trump’s interview with Laura Ingraham: We don’t need diplomats, but we need more wall money

Donald Trump doesn’t just go on Twitter to get his unfiltered message out to America. After all, Twitter can be out for five minutes. But Fox News never pauses in their effort to not just spread the gospel of Trump, but help Glorious Leader when he hits tricky patches with language, or math, or logic. On Thursday, it was Lara Ingraham’s turn to prop Trump up for the evening, and their wide-ranging discussion covered immigrants (how to not have them), the State Department workers (how not to have them), and of course, Hillary (how would we live without her). And many, many things were said.

Trump on who’s really important around here:

INGRAHAM: And there—there’s a concern that the State Department currently is undermining your agenda.
TRUMP: So we don’t need all the people that they want. You know, don’t forget, I’m a businessperson and I tell my people,

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Cartoon: Law &amp; Oranger

Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is circling closer to the Oval Office. Actually, it’s been circling that part of the White House for a while since everyone close to President Trump seems to have been meeting with someone from Russia throughout the campaign. As the investigation progresses, we will see Trump throw more people under the bus.

Paul Manafort? He was hardly ever part of the campaign, plus, he did all his illegal things before he worked for me! George, I hardly knew him! The Trump crew will keep spinning and keep trying to blame Obama or Hillary or anyone else but themselves.

“Conspiracy against the United States” sounds like a pretty serious charge, one that a guy who was paid handsomely to organize rock-throwing protests against our own troops overseas surely deserves. And here’s hoping George Papadopoulos is truly a “proactive co-operator” who will help reel in

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Kamala Harris: ‘I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill’ unless Dreamers are protected

During a press conference in support of the bipartisan DREAM Act, California Sen. Kamala Harris said she’s prepared to not back a key spending bill if it doesn’t include a congressional fix protecting undocumented immigrant youth stripped of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections by the Trump administration:

“I will not vote for an end-of-year spending bill until we are clear about what we are going to do to protect and take care of our DACA young people in this country,” Harris said. “Each day in the life of these young people is a very long time, and we’ve got to stop playing politics with their lives.”

No other state stands to feel DACA’s rescission like California, where one-quarter of the nation’s 800,000 DACA recipients live, work, and go to school. And they’re afraid. Sen. Harris said she’s heard first-hand from these young immigrants, who approach her in public “to talk

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Trump claims he was ‘extremely respectful’ to widow … while basically calling her a liar

Donald Trump returned yet again to defend his conduct in his condolence call to Myeshia Johnson—and in so doing, call Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow a liar. “I can only say this: I was really nice to her,” Trump insisted, before going on to predictably undermine himself.

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I respect her, I respect her family, I certainly respect La David. Who I by the way called La David right from the beginning. Just so you understand, they put a chart in front: “La David.” Says “La David Johnson.” So right from the beginning, there’s no hesitation, one of the great memories of all time, there was no hesitation.

I think she’s a fantastic woman, I was extremely nice to her, extremely respectful.

In short, “Everything she said about the conversation

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Steele Dossier was funded first by Trump’s GOP opponents then by Democrats—which we knew all along

On Tuesday, the Washington Post “broke” the story that sources connected to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party had taken over funding for Christopher Steele’s Trump–Russia compilation after Trump’s Republican opponents were knocked out of the race.

Marc E. Elias, a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained Fusion GPS, a Washington firm, to conduct the research. …

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, retained the company in April 2016 on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Before that agreement, Fusion GPS’s research into Trump was funded by an unknown Republican client during the GOP primary.

So, a lawyer with Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion GPS for opposition research—likely because they knew that Fusion had already been hired by at least one of Trump’s Republican opponents. Fusion, in turn, hired Steele’s firm. Only … this isn’t exactly breaking news. Here’s the Guardian story on the dossier

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Donald Trump is not ‘untrustworthy’ or ‘inconsistent.’ Donald Trump is a liar, and incompetent

The efforts to tiptoe around the plain evidence that Donald Trump is a racist, lying, possibly dementia-riddled sack of shit continue.

President Trump campaigned as one of the world’s greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, lawmakers in both parties increasingly consider him an untrustworthy, chronically inconsistent and easily distracted negotiator.

Because he is. He just is—there is no consider involved here. He is transparently unaware of the details of even his own would-be priorities. He lies extensively and about everything. He contradicts his own prior statements with such regularity that he genuinely appears to have no ability to distinguish between reality and fiction. There was a point at which we could charitably have considered him a mere incompetent; that point has long past.

The president’s propensity to create diversions and follow tangents has kept him from focusing on his legislative agenda and forced lawmakers who might

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Jeff Flake’s speech should be a watershed moment for Republicans … but it’s not

In announcing that he won’t be running for another term in the Senate, Arizona Sen.  Jeff Flake gave a powerful speech. It wasn’t just well-written and well-delivered, Flake poured his soul into the speech, calling out the Republican Party in a voice quivering with emotion. 

It’s easy to argue that Flake’s words were diminished because, like Bob Corker, he was delivering this words while packing his bags. But it’s not Flake who lost standing. It’s the Republican Party.

Flake may be the one who is surrendering his seat, but he’s doing so because the rest of the GOP has surrendered already. He’s not leaving the Senate because he and his fellow senators have been waging the good fight against Donald Trump’s “regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals,” he’s leaving because they’re not fighting. He’s leaving because the United States Senate has already become not just

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Republican Sen. Jeff Flake rails against Trump: ‘I will not be complicit or silent’

Saying that he has “children and grandchildren to answer to” for his actions in this perilous political moment, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake declared that he would not stand by and say nothing while Donald Trump takes this country down.

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Quoting President Teddy Roosevelt, Flake called it “morally treasonable” that “we should say or do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavioral” as Trump has displayed.

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Flake also announced that he would not seek reelection in 2018. Read an excerpt of Flake’s speech and watch the video below.