Grassley didn’t ask DHS to prove claim about migrants ‘renting babies’ but helped spread it anyway


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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley reportedly “expressed alarm” at a claim from Department of Homeland Security officials that migrants are supposedly “renting babies” in order to ease their crossing into the U.S., so naturally, as one of the top Republicans in the Senate, he asked for evidence and perhaps more information about the well-being and whereabouts of these children, right? Nah.

“I can’t believe that this actually happened, that the people down there in Central America or Mexico are renting babies to get across the border, then sending the babies back and renting them again to come back across the border,” Grassley told Politico, parroting DHS officials’ claim, and then repeating it in the second half of his sentence for good measure just in case we didn’t get it the first time. 

“Grassley,” Politico continued, “said DHS officials made the claim at the GOP’s weekly Steering Committee lunch. He said he did not request

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Grassley didn’t ask DHS to prove claim about migrants ‘renting babies’ but helped spread it anyway


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Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley reportedly “expressed alarm” at a claim from Department of Homeland Security officials that migrants are supposedly “renting babies” in order to ease their crossing into the U.S., so naturally, as one of the top Republicans in the Senate, he asked for evidence and perhaps more information about the well-being and whereabouts of these children, right? Nah.

“I can’t believe that this actually happened, that the people down there in Central America or Mexico are renting babies to get across the border, then sending the babies back and renting them again to come back across the border,” Grassley told Politico, parroting DHS officials’ claim, and then repeating it in the second half of his sentence for good measure just in case we didn’t get it the first time. 

“Grassley,” Politico continued, “said DHS officials made the claim at the GOP’s weekly Steering Committee lunch. He said he did not request

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National support for impeachment is now even, and the reason is Republican Justin Amash


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The nation is now split cleanly in half over impeachment: 

As you can see, support has been on the upswing since the end of the Mueller investigation, so it would be easy to assume that the Mueller report deserves the credit for the improving numbers. And it does! But not in the way you would think. 

Democratic support for impeachment has always been high (take note, Joe Biden). There’s been improvement there since the release of the report, but there wasn’t a lot of ground to gain. Republicans, of course, are dead set against it. So the real reason for that shift is independents. 

And when did independents break toward impeachment? When Republican Rep. Justin Amash broke with his party and called for impeachment.

Trump picks extremist who compared immigrants to rats to lead immigration agency


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In 2012, anti-immigrant extremist and failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli compared immigrants to rats. Now he’ll be heading an agency that process and oversees immigrants’ naturalization documents. Donald Trump has named Cuccinelli the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, historically a paper-pushing agency that is being radically transformed under the racist policies of this administration.

Under former head Lee Francis Cissna, USCIS removed “a nation of immigrants” from the agency’s mission statement and began shutting down international offices under supposed fiscal responsibility claims. But even that wasn’t enough to spare Cissna from White House aide and white supremacist Stephen Miller’s purge of top administration officials, including former Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen, and Cissna was effectively fired late last month.

Cuccinelli was reportedly in the running to become the new immigration czar, but will now instead become the latest Trump official to serve in an acting capacity,

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Trump blasts ‘sleazebag’ John Dean for testifying to House about presidential obstruction of justice


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Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean appears before the House Judiciary Committee today to describe the progression of events of the Watergate scandal and their (rather obvious) parallels to obstruction of justice efforts by Donald Trump and crew today. In 1973 Dean testified before the Senate about the crimes and cover-up, and Nixon’s involvement; he served four months in prison for his own role in those crimes.

Naturally, Donald Trump is enraged by this. And naturally, that means broadcasting insults on his shipwreck of a Twitter feed.

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House spending bill would block Trump’s border wall money grabs


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House Democrats are laying down a marker: They’re serious about Donald Trump’s wall not getting any more money. Congress and Trump are going to have to agree on spending bills by this fall or risk another damaging government shutdown, and rather than wait for the Senate, the House is moving ahead with a $986.8 billion spending package that has things to say about wall funding.

“None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act or any prior appropriation Acts may be used to construct a wall, fence, border barriers, or border security infrastructure along the southern land border of the United States,” the bill reads. That means Trump wouldn’t be able to move military money around to pay for his wall—what Congress appropriated the money for is what it is supposed to be used for.

This move by the House comes after a federal judge rejected

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How Trump’s phony Mexico trade deal duped the press


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Donald Trump lies about everything. So why do newsrooms still assume he’s telling the truth, especially when he unveils grand initiatives? On Friday, Trump claimed he had reached a landmark last-minute immigration deal with Mexico, which meant he no longer had to impose the tariffs he had been threatening, part of his incoherent southern-border policy. And the press, at least for the first 24 hours, went along with the charade, producing White House-friendly headlines that suggested Trump had staved off an economic crisis. But the deal turned out to be a joke. Question: Why do journalists keep making the same egregious mistake of trusting Trump?

The fact that Trump’s grand Mexico announcement fell apart shouldn’t be a surprise, since the president has shown himself to be a committed liar who will falsify all kinds of information. The challenge then becomes: How does the press treat a president who is a habitual

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Trump declares victory on Mexico tariff crisis he created, but how will the details pan out?


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Donald Trump declared victory in his tariff threat to Mexico over the weekend, saying that Mexico would “take strong measures” to stop the flow of migrants from Central America to the United States in order to avoid the threatened 5% tariffs that could have tanked both nations’ economies. Mexico will divert national guard troops from their work fighting crime, instead stationing them in southern Mexico to deter migrants, and will expand a program under which asylum seekers stay in Mexico rather than enter the U.S. to pursue their asylum cases.

The question, as always, is how the Trump administration’s first claims about a deal match up with the details we will later learn. As The New York Times reported over the weekend, Mexico had already agreed to both national guard deployments and the Migrant Protection Protocols months ago, and the latter is under legal challenge already. The Trump administration is

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Trump administration denied requests to fly pride flags. These U.S. embassies are still flying them


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It’s probably no surprise that the Trump administration has tried to stomp out LGBTQ representation yet again. On Friday, reports came from around the world that U.S. embassies were being denied requests to fly the pride flag from flagpoles. They’re permitted to hang them inside of the buildings, which means basically hiding them.

It’s June, which in some parts of the world, including the U.S., is LGBTQ Pride Month. NBC News reported that U.S. embassies in Germany, Latvia, Brazil, and Israel were denied their official requests to fly the pride flag. Mind you, when Barack Obama was president, flying the pride flag was permitted.

Which brings us to some good news: The Washington Post reports that some U.S. embassies are flying the pride flag anyway. Pictures of the flag hung over embassy and consulate buildings in many countries have been posted on social media, while

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Trump administration denied requests to fly pride flags. These U.S. embassies are still flying them


This post is by Mark Sumner from Daily Kos


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It’s probably no surprise that the Trump administration has tried to stomp out LGBTQ representation yet again. On Friday, reports came from around the world that U.S. embassies were being denied requests to fly the pride flag from flagpoles. They’re permitted to hang them inside of the buildings, which means basically hiding them.

It’s June, which in some parts of the world, including the U.S., is LGBTQ Pride Month. NBC News reported that U.S. embassies in Germany, Latvia, Brazil, and Israel were denied their official requests to fly the pride flag. Mind you, when Barack Obama was president, flying the pride flag was permitted.

Which brings us to some good news: The Washington Post reports that some U.S. embassies are flying the pride flag anyway. Pictures of the flag hung over embassy and consulate buildings in many countries have been posted on social media, while

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After pans of Trump’s Mexico deal, Donald again calls press ‘truly The Enemy of the People’


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The good news is that Donald Trump’s staff and/or a bevy of critical Republican lawmakers has convinced Donald, for now, to hold off on his latest promised set of tariffs, this set to be leveled against Mexico for allegedly not doing enough to assist Donald J. Trump in blocking refugee and asylum-seeker access to our southern border. It unfolded in the usual fashion: Outlandish claims, hyper-aggressive threats and, eventually, a deal that does not appear to substantially different from the status quo.

The not much different part is the estimation of The New York Times write-up, notably written by reporters who have kept on (cough) generally friendly terms with the administration. Most of the announced deal “consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions,” the Times reports. The most-touted bit, a pledge from Mexico to hold more asylum-seekers in Mexico as the

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After pans of Trump’s Mexico deal, Donald again calls press ‘truly The Enemy of the People’


This post is by Mark Sumner from Daily Kos


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The good news is that Donald Trump’s staff and/or a bevy of critical Republican lawmakers has convinced Donald, for now, to hold off on his latest promised set of tariffs, this set to be leveled against Mexico for allegedly not doing enough to assist Donald J. Trump in blocking refugee and asylum-seeker access to our southern border. It unfolded in the usual fashion: Outlandish claims, hyper-aggressive threats and, eventually, a deal that does not appear to substantially different from the status quo.

The not much different part is the estimation of The New York Times write-up, notably written by reporters who have kept on (cough) generally friendly terms with the administration. Most of the announced deal “consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions,” the Times reports. The most-touted bit, a pledge from Mexico to hold more asylum-seekers in Mexico as the

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Americans are more concerned with ‘fake news’ than racism or terrorism, says new study


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What’s one of the biggest problems Americans believe we’re facing in today’s age? According to a new survey released from the Pew Research Center, a good fraction of Americans believe fake news is a bigger problem than issues like racism (40%), sexism (26%), and terrorism (34%). And while fake news and media literacy are significant issues, these findings are fascinating and complex, in a way that requires some deeper digging.

As a background, this survey included responses from 6,127 adults in the U.S. It was conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019. 

Almost seven out of ten people surveyed believe that fake news greatly impacts American’s confidence in government institutions. A little more than half believe fake news has an impact on how much we believe one another. Of course, given that our president perpetuates seemingly endless amounts of fake news—from racist immigration hysteria, to his

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Americans are more concerned with ‘fake news’ than racism or terrorism, says new study


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What’s one of the biggest problems Americans believe we’re facing in today’s age? According to a new survey released from the Pew Research Center, a good fraction of Americans believe fake news is a bigger problem than issues like racism (40%), sexism (26%), and terrorism (34%). And while fake news and media literacy are significant issues, these findings are fascinating and complex, in a way that requires some deeper digging.

As a background, this survey included responses from 6,127 adults in the U.S. It was conducted between Feb. 19 and March 4, 2019. 

Almost seven out of ten people surveyed believe that fake news greatly impacts American’s confidence in government institutions. A little more than half believe fake news has an impact on how much we believe one another. Of course, given that our president perpetuates seemingly endless amounts of fake news—from racist immigration hysteria, to his

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Limbaugh, Tiger, Obama, and Trump: I’m not talking about a golf foursome


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This isn’t really a post about golf. You are reading Daily Kos, after all. But a golfer does feature prominently, because he has long been a figure of interest for right-wing, race-baiting demagogues like President Individual 1, along with the guy who still—yes, still—has the largest audience of any radio talk show host: Rush Limbaugh.

As for that golfer, namely Tiger Woods, I doubt many of you predicted a few months ago that he’d receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom anytime soon (I didn’t either, believe me). But sure enough, he got one last month from The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote. In fact, the announcement came just one day after Tiger’s amazing comeback culminated in a victory at the Masters. Who needs a selection process that typically unfolds over a number of months and involves careful consideration before awarding such a prestigious medal? Not President Instant Gratification,

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Limbaugh, Tiger, Obama, and Trump: I’m not talking about a golf foursome


This post is by Ian Reifowitz from Daily Kos


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This isn’t really a post about golf. You are reading Daily Kos, after all. But a golfer does feature prominently, because he has long been a figure of interest for right-wing, race-baiting demagogues like President Individual 1, along with the guy who still—yes, still—has the largest audience of any radio talk show host: Rush Limbaugh.

As for that golfer, namely Tiger Woods, I doubt many of you predicted a few months ago that he’d receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom anytime soon (I didn’t either, believe me). But sure enough, he got one last month from The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote. In fact, the announcement came just one day after Tiger’s amazing comeback culminated in a victory at the Masters. Who needs a selection process that typically unfolds over a number of months and involves careful consideration before awarding such a prestigious medal? Not President Instant Gratification,

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Fact-checking Democrats in the age of chronic Trump lies


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At the outset of his presidency, several major news outlets eagerly and proudly announced that they were going to fact-check Donald Trump’s every utterance and document all the misinformation he was spreading. To their credit, news organizations set aside considerable resources to dutifully unpack Trump’s “falsehoods,” as the press preferred to call them. The unspoken assumption was that as the detailed fact checks piled up and it became obvious to everyone that Trump so often wasn’t telling the truth, he would feel shame or embarrassment and change his ways, and that members of his own party would likely be unwilling to defend his chronic mendacity.

Boy, that didn’t work out, did it? It didn’t work because, of course, Trump is utterly shameless. As a pathological liar, he doesn’t care if he gets fact-checked, and he doesn’t care if his claims are immediately debunked. He doesn’t care because he wants to

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Fact-checking Democrats in the age of chronic Trump lies


This post is by Eric Boehlert from Daily Kos


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At the outset of his presidency, several major news outlets eagerly and proudly announced that they were going to fact-check Donald Trump’s every utterance and document all the misinformation he was spreading. To their credit, news organizations set aside considerable resources to dutifully unpack Trump’s “falsehoods,” as the press preferred to call them. The unspoken assumption was that as the detailed fact checks piled up and it became obvious to everyone that Trump so often wasn’t telling the truth, he would feel shame or embarrassment and change his ways, and that members of his own party would likely be unwilling to defend his chronic mendacity.

Boy, that didn’t work out, did it? It didn’t work because, of course, Trump is utterly shameless. As a pathological liar, he doesn’t care if he gets fact-checked, and he doesn’t care if his claims are immediately debunked. He doesn’t care because he wants to

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America is in a moral decline


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We have all seen the self-righteous memes in our social media feeds, and the message is always some variation of the following: American morals are going to hell in a handbasket. Yes, our nation is moral decay, according to a 2015 opinion piece from the National Review. Per the author of that piece, we liberals are hellbent on destroying America, what with our divorcing, single-parenting, social justice-backing, non-educating, homosexual-loving, art-hating ways. He was right, back in 2015, about the morals of this nation being in decay. But the issue with moral decay in this country has little to with divorce, non-traditional family units, rock n’ roll, or hip hop. It also has nothing to do with liberals.

The moral decay we are seeing in this country has everything to do with the Republican Party, and the conservative movement as a whole selling itseld out to put Donald J. Trump in the

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Sincere question for Mitt Romney: Why did you bother running for Senate if not to stand up to Trump?


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“Why?” It’s a question I think many of us find rising to our lips—along with a little bile reflux—when pondering the presidency of Donald Trump. And I’m not even talking about the question of why our electoral system declares someone the victor after losing by 3 million votes. Today I want to explore the question of why—other than Rep. Justin Amash of Wisconsin Michigan, who deserves great credit for his call to impeach the president—Republicans in Congress have remained publicly in lockstep with Individual 1 on the Mueller report.

I’d like to focus on one Republican who has been particularly disappointing: former Republican presidential nominee and now Sen. Mitt Romney. Romney has a tortured history with Mr. 46% of the Popular Vote (one percent fewer than Romney won four years earlier, which you know irks him to no end). Romney asked Trump to endorse him in 2012 (Trump claims there

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