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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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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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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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:
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.
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.
And with that, Twitter began celebrating the unknown rogue employee.
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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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.
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.
Flake also announced that he would not seek reelection in 2018. Read an excerpt of Flake’s speech and watch the video below.
Hundreds of thousands of people will find out in just a matter of weeks if they’ll be able to continue to live their lives in the United States, or be torn from their homes or driven underground:
The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to designees whose home countries are recovering from natural disasters or civil wars.
“These are folks that have been in this country for years. Some have been here for almost two decades,” said Armando Carmona, a spokesperson for the National TPS Alliance, which is leading a campaign to maintain the protection. “They work here, they’ve built families here, they have U.S. citizen children.”
Expiration dates for the protection vary by country, with Nicaragua and Honduras facing Jan. 5 expiration dates. DHS decisions on whether they’ll get extensions are expected by Nov. 6.
About 50,000 Haitians have
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While Bob Corker is engaging in a twit-off with Donald Trump, there are other Republicans who are very, very anxious to show that they’ll still march off any cliff on Trump’s command. And they have a leader.
Devin Nunes has a job. That job is to turn the House Intelligence Committee into an extension of Donald Trump’s wildest conspiracy theories, no evidence required. Whether it’s leaping from a car to make a mystery visit to the White House, threatening to jail noted Obama sympathizer Jefferson Sessions, issuing his own subpoenas after he’s recused himself from the investigation, or simply making himself the most ridiculous figure in Washington, Nunes is Trump’s go to guy when he needs someone to prop up his nuttiness.
So when Trump tweets …
More than 22,000 people have signed a petition in support of Melecio Andazola Marquez, an undocumented father who went into a USCIS appointment earlier this month for what he thought was a routine visit, only to be arrested by ICE agents. His daughter, Yale University senior Viviana, spurred to action, organizing an ICE phone banking station that drew hundreds of her classmates.
But while Melecio is not alone in spirit, he remains in detention, separated from his family—including four U.S. citizen kids—and at risk of deportation. “What happened to him is not an appropriate application of the law — it is cruelty,” Viviana writes in her New York Times op-ed. “It’s not just my dad’s story. Under President Trump, every undocumented person living in the United States is a target, a deportation priority”:
My father is undocumented but has lived in the United States since 1998. He has raised four children,
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Sen. Bob Corker continues to do battle with Donald Trump on Twitter and in the press, with Trump hurling a series of insults at Corker, who he persists in calling “liddle’” complete with bizarre and unnecessary apostrophe, while Corker told CNN’s Manu Raju that he wouldn’t support Trump for president again:
Corker, asked in the interview if he should have backed Trump’s presidential campaign, said he “would not do that again.” He also said Trump has “great difficulty with the truth.”
“You wouldn’t support him again?” Raju asked.
“No, no way,” Corker said.
Corker said Trump has “proven himself unable to rise to the occasion.”
Great. Now what are you going to do about it? Words are fun. Votes matter. Getting your fellow senators to take a stand matters. We’re going to need more than words here, Bob.
The two men are supposed to be in
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The White House is gearing up to make an all-out push for that package of tax cuts for rich people that is Republicans’ last chance to end 2017 looking like they have a clue what they’re doing. The problem is, Donald Trump is once again getting in his own way. With Trump about to head to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Republicans, he’s feuding with Sen. Bob Corker—again. Corker went on the Today show Tuesday morning and ever so politely told Trump to butt out of the tax bill-writing process, saying:
“What I hope is going to happen is the president will leave this effort, if you will, to the tax-writing committees, let them do their work and not begin taking things off the table that ought to be debated in these committees at the proper time.”
That was in response to Trump promising no changes to 401(k) accounts.
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It’s not turtles all the way down after all. It’s elephants:
This is entirely perfect yet utterly mindblowing at the same time. John Cornyn is the second highest-ranking Republican in the United States Senate, but he’s so incapable of thinking for himself—and so afraid of Trumpist anger toward anyone who doesn’t declare total fealty to the man in the White House—that all he can do is give up his entire sense of self and pledge undying loyalty to whatever it is Donald Trump says, whatever that may be, whenever he gets around to saying it.
It’s as though Cornyn is a reverse Pinocchio: He doesn’t want to be a real senator—he just wants to be
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It’s been more than three weeks since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing nearly 60 Americans and injuring over 500 others. According to Mother Jones, more than half of all mass shootings since 1982 have been committed by white men. But that fact doesn’t fit in this racist administration’s white supremacist narrative, which is why Reuters reports that the Trump regime is instead considering taking more steps to make it even more difficult for refugees to come to the U.S.
Refugees are already among the most vetted group of individuals entering the U.S., so the administration’s red tape is intentional. “When you put in additional security checks you can basically halt the system,” said Robert Carey, the former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under Obama:
The administration also may expand the use of intensive security checks by multiple federal agencies, called
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