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The Orange Menace


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The ongoing human rights crimes at our border have grown critical


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I’ve written before that Trump’s immigration plans are all about pain, fear, cowardice, and bigotry;  that what’s happening at our borders is an inhumane crime in progress, and that it is all essentially a modern-day holocaust. But it’s now become even worse.

Instead of being a giant deterrent to immigrants streaming out of the death zone that is the Central American Northern Triangle, in this last month the number of people who were stopped while entering through our southern border reached a 13-year high.

The number of people caught illegally crossing the southwest border rose again in May to a 13-year high with increased apprehensions in every sector of Border Patrol except San Diego.

Agents took 132,887 people into custody last month along the U.S.-Mexico border, a 34 percent increase from April and a 229 percent increase from May of last year, according to Customs and Border

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The ongoing human rights crimes at our border have grown critical


This post is by Mark Sumner from Daily Kos


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I’ve written before that Trump’s immigration plans are all about pain, fear, cowardice, and bigotry;  that what’s happening at our borders is an inhumane crime in progress, and that it is all essentially a modern-day holocaust. But it’s now become even worse.

Instead of being a giant deterrent to immigrants streaming out of the death zone that is the Central American Northern Triangle, in this last month the number of people who were stopped while entering through our southern border reached a 13-year high.

The number of people caught illegally crossing the southwest border rose again in May to a 13-year high with increased apprehensions in every sector of Border Patrol except San Diego.

Agents took 132,887 people into custody last month along the U.S.-Mexico border, a 34 percent increase from April and a 229 percent increase from May of last year, according to Customs and Border

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‘Why haven’t you gotten rid of him yet?’: Democrats get a look at the down side of not impeaching


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One thing and one thing only serves as an antidote to political calculations about the risks of taking action—the political backlash from not taking action. And following the oddly game-changing statement from Robert Mueller this week, House Democrats may be getting their first whiff of the possibility that not acting to hold Donald Trump accountable could also carry political costs they had not prioritized. 

Thus far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has mainly obsessed over the possibility that initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump could infuriate his base, turn off independent voters, and boost Trump’s approval ratings and therefore his chances of prevailing in 2020. But after Mueller stepped to the microphone and refocused America on the findings of his report, the sands started to shift with some 50 House members declaring their support for opening an impeachment inquiry. Three of those new signatories included veteran African-American lawmakers Bennie Thompson of Mississippi,

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Virginia Beach: a rundown of Dem officials pushing for gun safety laws while Republicans stay silent


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As you may have already heard, there was another terrible mass shooting. This time a gunman opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach. There are reportedly at least 11 people dead, and six others injured. Elected officials across the country have begun to send out their statements on social media. There will be one side of the gun safety “debate” that will say now (and never) is the time to “politicize,” gun violence. Those people are shitheads. Here are some examples of elected officials tired of gun violence in our country. I had planned on putting their statements for action along side other elected officials thinking and praying the paychecks they get from groups like the NRA. But their words are useless, and right now they are hiding out—afraid of the blowback they will get the moment they stick their impotent heads outside to offer up faux empathy.

Voicemail from Trump’s lawyer to Flynn’s lawyer reads like he’s running an errand for a mob boss


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The court-ordered release of the transcript of a 2017 voicemail left by Donald Trump’s lawyer for the defense attorney representing Michael Flynn dropped on Friday, and it’s clear that something is very, very wrong with it. The impetus for John Dowd’s call to Flynn attorney Rob Kelner was that Flynn, who was previously Trump’s national security adviser, had decided to withdraw from the joint defense agreement that had allowed the attorneys for Trump and Flynn to share information about the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Flynn’s withdrawal was a sure sign that he had begun cooperating with the government, prompting Dowd to leave the following voicemail for Kelner stating that he understands his “situation” and reminding him of Trump’s fond “feelings” for Flynn. Much of the transcript was previously excerpted in the Mueller report, but the halting nature of Dowd’s cryptic inferences are striking, to say that least.

The NRA didn’t report donations to charity where Wayne LaPierre’s wife was once president


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The National Rifle Association’s money woes and suspected self-dealings have put their non-profit tax exempt status in question. In April, New York Attorney General Letitia James opened up an investigation into the NRA’s whether or not the Second Amendment lobbyist non-profit had broken the laws in regards to how they have spent and recorded the spending of their money. Mike Spies has been investigating some of the peculiar filing practices, or lack thereof, by the NRA, for The New Yorker and Trace. His most recent article points out the strange relationship between the gun organization and a Christian charity foundation for children—the Youth for Tomorrow (Y.F.T.).

According to Spies, most of the NRA’s charitable spending on youth is clearly Second Amendment related: gun clubs, youth shooting and hunting groups. But the Y.F.T. is different. The North Virginia-based foundation’s mission, started by famed professional football coach Joe Gibbs,

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Trump blindsides lawmakers, Wall Street, farmers—pretty much everyone—with hasty tariff announcement


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was quick to downplay assertions Friday that basically no one under the sun was prepared for Donald Trump’s Thursday night announcement threatening billions of dollars’ worth of new tariffs on America’s third-largest trading partner, Mexico.

“The President didn’t blindside his own party,” Sanders insisted Friday morning, “anyone who’s surprised by this has been living under a rock.”

We take that to mean that anyone who hasn’t noticed Trump is an impulsive, petulant manchild capable of flying off the handle at any given moment has been living under a rock.

Naturally, Trump’s hasty and potentially disastrous announcement came not-so-subtly on the heels of Robert Mueller dropping a bomb into Trump’s conservative media safe space on Wednesday, rejuvenating impeachment talk in Washington. By Thursday morning, Trump had promised a “dramatic” announcement about the border (jingles keys for nativist base). Then Trump rolled out the drama for all

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Former Republican prosecutors release damning video calling for Trump’s prosecution for obstruction


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The Republican Party has been on a pretty steady trajectory toward fascism for a little over 50 years now. The original division between those who believe in a world of humane progress and justice and those who want total control over our country’s abundant resources and wealth was and continues to be predominantly racial. The push toward more fascistic powers of control by conservatives has historically followed the line that people of color, women, and those without money should not be allowed an equal say in the running of our country. That push has never been more overt than it has been in the past decade, when Republicans crystalized their white supremacist agenda, first against President Barack Obama, and subsequently with the support of Donald Trump.

A group of former Republican federal prosectors has combined efforts to push for the further investigation and possible prosecution of Trump for obstruction of justice. Calling itself

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Make no mistake: Trump is freaked about impeachment


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For months, Donald Trump has been practically daring congressional Democrats to impeach him by blocking every single one of their investigatory efforts. At the same time, many journalists have reported that Trump and his White House were all in for impeachment, believing that it would give Trump a political boost in 2020.

Well, that theory was blown to smithereens this week, one day after Robert Mueller’s eight-minute resignation statement urging Americans to take a second look at Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. and Trump’s obstruction of justice. As the number of House members calling for impeachment swelled to 50 by some news accounts, Trump began losing it. Thursday morning, Trump blasted out a tweet admitting that Russia helped him “get elected,” a concession he has rejected at every turn. Minutes later, Trump’s staff sent him out to the TV cameras so he could deny that Russia played any part whatsoever in his election. “You know who

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Colorado man ran for office after his son was murdered. GOP accuses him of ‘politicizing’ the death


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When Tom Sullivan was elected to the Colorado legislature in 2016, it was in no small part due to his strong stance on gun laws and the need for better gun safety. Sullivan lost his son Alex when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012. Since being elected, Rep. Sullivan and his fellow Democratic lawmakers have worked to pass an important gun safety law, called a red flag law. Under the law, a judge could temporarily take away someone’s guns if they are deemed an immediate threat to themselves or others.

These are the kinds of laws that try to save women and children from domestic violence perpetrators and individuals in crisis from harming themselves. But Colorado Republicans are not happy. In fact, Arapahoe GOP Vice Chair Brenda Stokes thinks it’s unfair and wrong that Tom Sullivan ran on a gun safety platform and had the hubris to mention

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Georgia Republican tries to move the goalposts when it comes to whether Trump said the n-word


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“This is not where I expected this conversation to go, Senator,” said a shocked Victor Blackwell after Georgia state senator Michael E. Williams offered a rambling defense of Donald Trump’s rumored use of a racial slur. Williams, whose failed gubernatorial campaign made headlines this spring thanks to his appalling “Deportation Bus,” has long boasted of being the first elected official in Georgia to back Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As such, it’s not particularly surprising to see the malignant millionaire bend over backwards to find a way to make blatant racism acceptable.

The mental gymnastics required to preemptively forgive Trump’s rumored hate speech are, indeed, baffling, but are consistent with today’s Republican branding. GOP politicians and pundits have been actively working to lower the standards of acceptable behavior for the entirety of Trump’s stolen presidency, it seems—especially when it comes to the Russia investigation.

The hypocrisy Williams displays, however, is still startling; Blackwell is

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Trump speaks out to defend hate speech, violence, and lies


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Donald Trump generally has less executive time on weekends—tee times come earlier than the start of Trump’s ‘business’ day—but Trump started early on Saturday by whining that social media sites are “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” This follows the removal of hate-site InfoWars and its founder, Alex Jones, from most sites, and a temporary suspension from Twitter. It’s not the first time that Trump has made claims that social media sites filter more right-leaning posts, despite consistent evidence that shows this isn’t true. In fact many sites, including Facebook, are much more likely to promote conservative news sites over more progressive information.

But Trump didn’t stop with whining. He also stated that “Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let [the supposed discrimination] happen.” Which would seem to imply that Trump intends to press for some sort of law or regulation that would prevent sites for blocking hate

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Any port in a storm: Trump and McConnell (em)brace for the midterms


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It started out a tad rocky between the tempestuous rager in the Oval Office and the calculating grayscaler from the stony halls of Congress. As the AP writes of the Donald Trump/Mitch McConnell saga:

This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader on Twitter after the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law. McConnell said Trump had “excessive expectations” for what was possible. The phone lines between them went quiet for days.

And publicly, Trump barked, “Mitch, get to work,” while on golf holiday at his club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Things got so testy, the two even held an awkward truce summit in the Rose Garden last fall.

But two pivotal moments likely tamed Trump. First, Trump got shamed last year after he placed his bets on serial sexual predator Roy Moore, the preferred

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Only the best: Judge says Trump campaign mangled wording of confidentiality agreements


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The little-known case of a former Trump campaign staffer could have big implications for the legal battle taking shape between Donald Trump and former Trump aide-turned-wrecking ball, Omarosa Manigault Newman. On Thursday, a Manhattan judge, citing flaws in the Trump campaign employment agreement, denied a motion by the campaign’s lawyers to force the complaint of a former staffer into private arbitration. Jessica Denson filed the “harassment and sexual discrimination” complaint against the campaign last fall and, similar to the situation with Manigault Newman, Trump’s lawyers tried to keep the dispute from the public spectacle of open court by using the arbitration clause. But Judge Arlene Bluth of New York State Supreme Court found the wording of the agreement—ya know, the technical stuff that lawyers are paid to handle—failed to legally compel the action Trump’s lawyers were asking the court to take. Yahoo News writes:

Bluth’s ruling noted flaws in the agreement Denson was required to

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Impeachment: Some Republicans brace for it, others invite it, all are obsessed with it


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Impeachment has become such an important topic on the right that competing theories are emerging. One line of magical thinking holds that a House Democratic majority and Donald Trump’s eventual impeachment by it (potentially doomed in the Senate) would be a boon for Republicans and Trump in 2020.

“If they take the House, he wins big,” Barry Bennett, former senior adviser to the Trump campaign, told Politico. “The market always overcorrects.”

The other “big idea” being pushed by former Trump campaign aide Steve Bannon is a midterm campaign to “Save Trump” from impeachment by a Democratic majority. In other words, if Democrats win the House this fall, all will be lost.

What both of those conflicting strategies have in common is an obsession with impeachment, something Democrats have taken pains not to talk about. It’s like Republicans are desperately groping around trying to find a way to spin Trump’s moral,

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Trump’s $12 mil military ‘parade’ to cost almost $100 mil according to U.S. Department of Defense


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In order to feel a little more adequate, Donald Trump’s planned military parade needs to be bigly. Like really, really bigly. After early promises of keeping the costs of this fascistic display below $15 million, the early estimates were no less than twice that. Trump’s White House released estimates that put the number down to $12 million just this past month. Well, it’s looking like it might cost tax payers just a teeny weeny bit more to make Donald Trump believe he is a big boy like his buddies Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Sources inside of the Department of Defense told CNBC that there are some newly revised “estimates.”

The parade, slated for Nov. 10, is estimated to cost $92 million, the official said. The figure includes $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. An initial estimate

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Cartoon: Trump’s new Space Force: Pigs in Space!


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