300,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras wait to hear if they can stay in U.S.

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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House Republicans announce a new Russia investigation … about Hillary Clinton

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 Housethreatening 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 …

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‘What happened to him is cruelty’: Yale senior fights for dad’s release from ICE detention

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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‘No, no way’ would GOP Sen. Bob Corker support Trump for president again

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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Can Trump quit hurling insults long enough to unite Republicans around tax cuts for the rich?

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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This one tweet shows everything wrong with Trump, Trumpism, and the entire Republican Party

It’s not turtles all the way down after all. It’s elephants:

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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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‘Disturbing’: Advocates slam report Trump administration may seek even more vetting for refugees

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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Trump is setting the stage for a brutal government shutdown fight

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Are we headed for a Hanukkah government shutdown? If Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill—requiring eight Democratic votes in the Senate—by midnight on December 15, the federal government will shut down. Thanks to Donald Trump, though, the list of legislative priorities that must be resolved just keeps growing: 

Once Obamacare repeal failed, the only major item on Republicans’ agenda for the rest of the year was supposed to be tax reform. But then Trump announced his administration planned to sunset the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, putting upward of 600,000 unauthorized immigrants in limbo; and that it would end the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy payments, a move that will increase premiums for Americans and dig a deeper hole in the national deficit. Trump is forcing Congress’s hand to act, but he hasn’t given a clear or realistic policy directive on immigration or health care.

Congress also keeps putting

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‘We don’t need a warrant’: ICE agents illegally enter Oregon home to arrest man later released

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Carlos Bolanos and his coworker George Cardenas were painting the inside of a Salem, Oregon, home when two ICE agents stepped inside, without their permission and without a warrant, to demand ID from Bolanos, with one saying that “I have reason to believe you’re not in the country legally.” Cardenas began shooting the video when the agents refused to identify themselves and defiantly claimed that “we don’t need a warrant to come in this home. No one lives here”:

One of the agents insisted that there was no one living in the house and, because it was vacant, they didn’t need a warrant. But Cardenas said he never invited any of them inside and continued to ask them to leave. They refused.

“At what point did I say he is here?” Cardenas calmly asked the agents, who are dressed in plainclothes. “At what point did I say

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Trump’s executive order recalls pilots as Air Force returns nuclear bombers to Cold War status

Last week, Donald Trump signed a new executive order that’s being widely interpreted as allowing the Air Force to pull in pilots to fill between 75 and 100 critical open seats. However, the number actually called up could be far larger.

President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.

By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump’s order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror.

1,000 additional pilots may seem like quite an increase, but there are plans in the works that could make even that number far from

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Myeshia Johnson ‘very upset and hurt’ by Trump’s heartless phone call—Trump calls her a liar

Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sargent La David Johnson who was killed in Niger, tells ABC News that she didn’t reply to Donald Trump’s sympathy-free phone call.

Stephanopoulos: What did you say to the president?

Johnson: I didn’t say anything. I just listened.

Stephanopoulos: But you were upset when you got off the phone.

Johnson: Oh, very upset and hurt. Very. It made me cry even worse.

It wasn’t until Trump claimed to have already talked to all the families of the fallen that his regime even put in the effort to learn these people’s names.

The email exchange, which has not been previously reported, shows that senior White House aides were aware on the day the president made the statement that it was not accurate — but that they should try to make it accurate as soon as possible, given the gathering controversy.

Is health insurance cheap if it doesn’t pay your bills? Under Trump, a lot more people will find out

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Thanks to Donald Trump, a lot more Americans will get to explore the question of whether cheap health coverage is really cheap if it doesn’t pay your medical bills. Trump’s recent healthcare executive order includes a push toward association health plans, which in theory allow small businesses to band together to provide cheaper insurance, but in practice have allowed fraud and mismanagement.

Robert Loiseau, who represented fraud victims in Texas, recalled their shock when they tried to receive care. “People bought insurance coverage because it was cheap and seemed to provide them with coverage they needed,” he said. “It had a veneer of legitimacy. But when they went to the doctor, they found out all of a sudden that their insurance company, their perceived insurance company, was in receivership and that they had no coverage.”

The Labor Department filed suit last year against a Florida woman and her company to recover

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue

If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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Want to increase black turnout? Make the fight for voting rights a core campaign issue

If Democrats want to win elections—which is how we’ll be able to make positive changes and make America a more just place—we need to connect the dots. Two articles came out this week about black voters. One looked back to voter suppression in 2016, while the other was about black turnout in upcoming elections this fall. In order to achieve those electoral victories, we need to link these two subjects.

Mother Jones has a terrific piece of journalism by Ari Berman, who has been focused for some time on voter suppression, and who wrote a book on the struggle for voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Act. His article highlights the experience of Andrea Anthony, an African-American woman who should have been able to cast her vote last fall in Milwaukee, but was stymied by that state’s draconian voter ID laws, which were passed by Republicans with the

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Polls: Media offer fake news, but news from Trump seen as phoniest of all

With conclusions that should surprise no one, a new poll reports that most people in the country admit to being duped at one time or another by a false report or conspiracy theory masquerading as news. But the majority of Americans in this poll said the biggest source of fake news is none other than the administration of Donald J. Trump.

A survey of more than 1,000 Americans by the education company StudySoup asked respondents to judge news outlets on whether they were considered trustworthy. The study also asked respondents to evaluate whether they had been taken in by false news stories and whether they believed a list of claims that included several false stories. There was an expected partisan divide on what was judged believable and what was not trusted.

In this project, we set out to reveal which news outlets Americans trust most, and which they consign to the

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An unstable commander in chief: Trump’s ban on transgender troops was result of a tantrum

We already knew that Donald Trump’s new ban against transgendered troops in our nation’s military came as a surprise to military leaders. Now we’re learning that the impetus for the sudden policy change was considerably more crude than even detractors suspected.

The short version? Politico reports that Donald Trump announced a ban on transgendered military members because he was frustrated with the government’s lawyers trying to explain the implications of such policies to him.

President Donald Trump’s White House and Defense Department lawyers had warned him against the transgender military ban for days. They were concerned about the ramifications of the policy, how military officials would respond and what legal backlash it could cause, two West Wing officials familiar with last month’s discussions said. The lawyers thought there would be plenty of time for more discussions and were analyzing arguments.
Frustrated with being “slow-walked,” in the words of one White House

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All the president’s disappearing men

Donald Trump thinks he can fire his way out of his mess.

Perhaps it isn’t much of a shock that the man who presided over 14 seasons of The Apprentice believes the key to his success as president is simply yelling “you’re fired” until his audience is satiated sufficiently to boost his ratings, but this particular management skill is increasingly proving to be the Achilles heel of his beleaguered presidency. A mere six months into his tenure, Trump has presided over not only a historically unpopular administration, but the most rapid turnover of any other executive branch in our nation’s history. Not even 200 days into its first season, the Trump train has already experienced a dozen unscheduled departures, and its lead engineer shows no signs of steering his “fine tuned machine” back onto the tracks.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great

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The timing of Trump’s most white nationalist week yet is no coincidence

The bait and switch: it’s one of the oldest tricks in politics—one of the oldest tricks in life. It’s a fundamentally dishonest ploy, and typically appeals to vulnerable people’s most base instincts in order to get them to, as the term suggests, take the bait. Donald Trump is a master at it.

Trump’s Electoral College victory relied heavily on support from white working-class voters. According to data from the Voter Study Group analyzed by Lee Drutman, Trump won 27 percent of the “populists”—people who are economically left-of-center, i.e. supporters of social spending in general, but conservative on racial and cultural identity issues—who had voted for Barack Obama four years earlier. Furthermore, 14 percent of these Obama-voting populists picked a minor party candidate in 2016. Hillary Clinton won only 59 percent of the populists who went for Obama. On the flip side, Trump held on to 93 percent of the populists who had voted for

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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Donald Trump is showing Americans just how good a president Barack Obama was

For all his hyperventilating bluster, in most ways that matter Donald Trump is no different than most Republican elected officials. He isn’t particularly interested in doing anything that would help the American people.  Nor, despite giving them lip service occasionally, does he care in the least for the real-world interests of his base supporters.

The fact that Trump obviously allows himself to be blithely led around by the nose by the likes of people as morally repugnant as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller shows him to be someone for whom no moral purpose exists, someone wholly preoccupied with himself and himself alone. None of his actions to date evidence the slightest desire to make Americans’ lives any better than they were before he was elected.

Even his calculated and much-hyped gestures to please his core supporters—supporters who are truly “base” in every sense of the word—aren’t designed to do

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