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In the United States, black Muslims have to balance multiple identities.

The intersection of these two identities has become more acute thanks to Black Lives Matter and protests against the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration.(Image credit: Erik McGregor/Getty Images) […]

Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

“Really bad dudes.”That’s what President Trump called the undocumented immigrants his administration intends to remove, but so far, his orders have indicated otherwise.Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security issued new rules on which undocumented immigrants should be considered a priority for deportation. The memos include instructions to prioritize undocumented immigrants who are charged, but not necessarily convicted of a crime, as well as those who are said to have “committed” an act that could be charged as a crime. That criteria massively expands the number of undocumented immigrants considered a priority for deportation, including those who may have […]

Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

The White House recently sought to enlist the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to build a case for its controversial and unpopular immigration ban, CNN reported on Thursday. Among intelligence professionals, the request to produce analysis that supports a favored policy—vice producing analysis, and allowing it to inform policy—is called politicization. It is anathema to the training most analysts receive and the values that lie at the heart of the vocation. There is a high cost to putting ideology over informed assessments of political, economic, and military realities.At the Central Intelligence Agency, where I served as director of strategy […]

Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

ATLANTA (Reuters) – After a brutal election loss in November, Democrats will choose a new leader on Saturday to begin the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the political opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

SEOUL (Reuters) – Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

The move blocked reporters from CNN, The New York Times and others from participating and was seen at least in part as retaliation for a Thursday CNN piece on White House-FBI communications.(Image credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. “I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change,” he told colleagues.(Image credit: Lee Jin-man/AP) […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Friday it will accept proposals next month for the design of a wall to be built near the U.S.-Mexican frontier, a first step in picking vendors for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka participates in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24, 2017, in National Harbor, Md.

Sebastian Gorka responded to critical posts on Twitter by threatening to involve White House lawyers. He is fighting questions about his credentials and his views on Islam.(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images) […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – While President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States must expand its nuclear arsenal, many experts say U.S. nuclear forces are unrivaled and will remain so as they undergo a modernization program that could cost more than $1 trillion.

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

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Steak Baby.
Who could forget Steak Baby.
Open thread below….

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Brit shoegazer legends Ride broke up in 1996. Though they have gotten together here and there for a special occasion (including a tour in 2015), it wasn’t really expected that there’d be any new music from the band.
Earlier this week though that thought was dashed when Ride released their first new song in over twenty years.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Pro-Freedom GOP Approve Bill Outlawing Free Speech, Freedom Of Assembly

Arizona’s state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill making it a crime to organize or fcking attend a protest, if rioting is likely to occur. Because Arizona loves liberty and the Founding Fathers never addressed arcane issues such as whether people have the right to speak or assemble freely.
The bill passed on a party-line vote, and Republican state senators cited alleged riots at anti-Trump demonstrations as impetus. However, the statute will also allow the state to crack down on other criminals whom the state has been happy to let get away with assembling people knowing a riot was likely to […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Okay, today Donald Trump said that his administration’s enforcement of its deportation policy is “a military operation.”
That’s not good.
So, Spicer had to jump up and talk real loud hoping that people would forget what Trump said.
Didn’t work with squat.
Spicer tried again.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that President Donald Trump was using the word “military” as an “adjective” to describe deportations carried out under his administration.
“The President was using that as an adjective. It’s happening with precision and in a manner in which it’s being done very, very clearly,” Spicer told reporters at his press briefing.
He claimed Trump […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Politico has gotten its hands on a leaked copy of a Republican health care plan. It’s a discussion draft of a bill that’s a couple of weeks old, but it still provides a good idea of what Republicans are thinking these days. Here’s my summary of Sarah Kliff’s summary:

Good news: Compared to previous plans, it’s better on pre-existing conditions; more generous in its funding of high-risk pools; generally cheaper for young people; and includes bigger tax credits than earlier Republican plans.
Neutral news: Loosens the list of “essential” benefits for all plans. This is generally better for healthy people and worse […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Remember those seven countries that President Trump singled out for a travel ban? He asked the Department of Homeland Security to check them out and explain why they deserved to be on a no-entry list. Here’s what he got:

Oops. “Rarely implicated” means a grand total of six people out of 82. That’s one per year since 2011. And not one terrorist plot per year, either. One “terrorism related offense” per year. In many of these cases, it’s probably a material support charge for sending a hundred bucks to some warlord back home.

This comes via the AP, which got this comment:

Homeland […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Both the National Press Club and the White House Correspondents Association protested a decision by the White House to block reporters from attending an off-camera briefing.
Journalists from BBC, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and POLITICO were not allowed to attend a briefing, which was previously scheduled to be an on-camera briefing with White House press secretary Sean Spicer. However, reporters from conservative media outlets were specifically invited.
The decision to exclude outlets followed reports, particularly by CNN, about White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asking the FBI to help the administration discredit reporting on the alleged […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Wonderful, surprising, and happy things happened all over the world this week. No, really! Take, for example a new migraine-preventing drug that could one day help millions of people. Then there’s the town in Sweden that is considering paying its residents to have sex with their partner (of course it would be in Sweden). Oh, and don’t forget that Nokia is bringing back the 3310, otherwise known as everyone’s favorite, blocky, indestructible cellphone from the year 2000!And that’s not nearly all.Here’s a look at some wonderful things that will make you feel G-R-E-A-T about the world.1. A video surfaced of […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Fans gathered at Austin’s Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas, to kick back and watch the Jayhawks secure their 13th consecutive Big 12 basketball title. But their good mood was interrupted by gunfire. Adam Purinton, 51, allegedly opened fire in the bar Wednesday night, killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer. Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, 24, were severely injured in the attack.
Left to right: Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot. Photos via Facebook.
That night, according to witnesses, Purinton told Kuchibhotla and Madasani “Get out of my country” before being asked to leave the bar. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Marcellus watches people walk right by him every day.He has been homeless, living on the streets of Philadelphia, for about four-five years.
Screenshot via Verizon.
“Being homeless is not easy,” he says. “It’s, like, waking up hungry. Going to sleep hungry.” And people are often hesitant to give money or to help. Like many of us, Andrew Siegel walks past homeless individuals like Marcellus every day. When people would ask Seigel for money, he admits he felt uncomfortable. He wanted to help but felt apprehensive about just handing over cash, which didn’t feel like it was enough to really bring about any […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Upworthy – Blog

Elections News

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Billy Bragg & Wilco — “All You Fascists” […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● North Carolina: It seems that not a week goes by without North Carolina’s Republican legislators concocting new schemes to change election laws to their benefit and usurp power from newly elected Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The GOP’s latest set of proposals would turn local elections into partisan contests for city councils, school boards, and even judges sitting on lower courts. Republicans hope that identify candidates by party will help them win downballot offices from Democrats in locales where the electorate otherwise leans Republican. Indeed, the state House has already approved these changes for judicial races, although the good […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today’s campaign news.

Please note: This is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free zone […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Leading Off

● DE State Senate: It’s been a while, but we have an old fashioned Biden Alert! Former Vice President Joe Biden is campaigning hard in this Saturday’s special election, where control of the Delaware state Senate is at stake. If the Republicans can win the 10th Senate District, which is located just south of Newark, they’ll have an 11-10 majority in the chamber, and be able to block Democratic Gov. John Carney and Democrats in the state House from enacting their agenda. Delaware is one of just six states where Democrats control the state government, and Team Blue can’t […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

Opinions of the Affordable Care Act have improved notably in recent months. Americans are split over how much President Donald Trump has accomplished …
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Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

The early days of public opinion research captured Americans’ response to the first major efforts by the U.S. government to provide health care to i…
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Despite a first month characterized as “a continual series of crises,” Donald Trump’s presidential job approval has been mostly stable in recent…
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

Americans are divided in how much they think Donald Trump has accomplished in the first weeks of his presidency, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, e…
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Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Source: Pollster.com

International News

A militant group says it was behind attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers on two security bases. […]

Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Since the middle of last year, a group of Filipino reporters, photographers, and cameramen have been at the frontline of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. They are a different type of war correspondent, and the drug war, a different type of war.The correspondents work what they call the “night shift,” the unholy hours between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., when the dead bodies are found. They wait at Manila’s main police station and rush from there to the site of the most recent kill. They keep count of the corpses, talk to witnesses and families, interview the police, […]

Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

One of the world’s biggest football clubs, Barcelona is taking its skills to Nigeria. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Syrian artist uses stones to create real-life situations from the conflict in his country […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Middle East

Islamic State militants have warned of more attacks on Egypt’s Christian minority. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

As part of a World Bank pilot programme, smallholders in Lesotho have been offered a stake in a commercial venture. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

German car maker returns to profit and posts record sales in 2016 despite emissions testing furore. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

Could Barcelona FC’s new football training school in Nigeria discover the next Lionel Messi? […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Africa

Magistrate to investigate French presidential candidate Francois Fillon over payments to family. […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: BBC – Europe

My Trip to the DMZ
Christoph Niemann | The New York Times Magazine
“The 60-minute bus ride felt a bit like a school trip. A stern guide lectured us about the Korean War: How the conflict came to an end in 1953 with an armistice establishing a permanent border called the Military Demarcation Line (M.D.L.), from which both armies retreated two kilometers, creating the DMZ. It is largely uninhabited, save for two settlements: Daeseong-dong (or ‘Freedom Village’) is on the southern side. Many of its residents work as rice farmers, and the tour guide claimed that their crop is considered a delicacy […]

Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Source: The Atlantic – International

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