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The White House is using the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation. The president threatens tariffs on more Chinese goods. […]

Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Whenever the Trump administration talks about Nazis, it doesn’t go well.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions botched his history Monday night in a bizarre and false statement about the Nazi treatment of the Jewish people on Fox News.Host Laura Ingraham had the attorney general on her show “The Ingraham Angle” to discuss Sessions’ policy of separating children from their parents at the border.”Nazi Germany, concentration camps, human rights violations,” Ingraham said to Sessions, listing the comparisons and condemnations his family separation policy has drawn.”Laura Bush has weighed in, Michelle Obama, Rosalyn Carter — you’ve got all the first ladies going back […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

(Reuters) – A federal judge struck down a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in a decision on Monday that could make voter registration easier in the state in the run-up to November mid-term elections.

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

It doesn’t matter whether what he says is true — only that Republicans want to hear it.

When things are looking bad for President Donald Trump, he always has one key safety valve he can count on: Fox News.And things are looking bad for Trump. White House messaging about the policy of separating immigrant families at the border has been a contradictory mess, and the reality of the moral atrocity of the policy itself is rising the forefront of daily news coverage. Images, video, and audio of the vulnerable children and families affected by this policy are chilling, and the […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he leaves a meeting Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

In the latest move in a nascent trade war, the president announced he wanted to impose a 10 percent tariff on more Chinese products, in addition to the $50 billion announced Friday.(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP) […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: NPR Politics

“We don’t have that authority nor that voice any longer.”

Former Chair of the Republican National Committee Michael Steeled despaired about his party’s disintegrating values on Monday as President Donald Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children and parents at the border cascaded into a full-blown humanitarian crisis.”There’s absolute hypocrisy here,” Steele said on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House.” “This was the party that was pro-family, and we never said in our articulation of that profamily value, ‘Oh, well, we’re only talking about American families. We’re only talking about white families. We’re only talking about Trump families.’ We talked about families.”He added: […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Alternet – Immigration

The Trump administration struggled to contain the fallout as outrage over migrant children being separated from their parents at the border accelerated on Monday.As more and more disturbing stories and images have come out in recent days showing the children’s plight, the administration has been unable to get its story straight on the matter, with different officials offering different, even false, explanations of why the separations are happening and what kind of policy this is. Some White House officials have taken to shifting the blame elsewhere, saying, wrongly, that only Congress can ensure the families are not separated. President Trump, […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats on Monday pressed Justice Department officials about whether some FBI agents may have leaked damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Rudy Giuliani, now an adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, shortly before the 2016 election.

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Reuters Politics

Featured News

Blogosphere

The space-cadet-in-chief wants to create a new branch of the armed services:
President Trump said Monday that he would direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new “Space Force” — an independent sixth branch of the armed forces….Trump said Monday that the branch would be “separate but equal” from the Air Force and that Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would oversee its creation. “It is not enough to have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” Trump said, adding that he didn’t want to see “China […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

“I’ll take 20-something white guy pool stunts for 100, Alex.”
Open thread below…

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Last week a new Spiritualized song dropped on the internet.
It’s their first new song in six years. Rumors are the upcoming album, And Nothing Hurt, will be the last. Prepare to float in space.
What are you listening to tonight?

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Here’s something to cheer you up. A few years ago, Kris Kobach, the odious immigration hardliner who is currently Kansas Secretary of State, shepherded a voter ID bill through the Kansas legislature. Today, a Republican federal judge struck down the law in an opinion so incendiary it’s a wonder Kobach himself didn’t go up in flames. She ruled that the law was unconstitutional; that Kobach produced no real evidence of voter fraud; that Kobach’s “expert witnesses” were cretins; and that the law prevented tens of thousands of legal voters from casting ballots.
But that’s not the best part. Kobach chose to […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

Judge Smacks Down Kris Kobach's Right-Wing Voter Fraud Lies

Let’s take a victory lap for a Big Win against the Voter Fraud forces rampant in the land. Today the court ruled that Kris Kobach’s voter fraud nonsense was just that: Nonsense.
Professor Rick Hasen tells us that not only did Kobach lose, so too did the Great Voter Fraud Machine, including fraudsters Hans Von Spakovsky and ‘Professor’ Jesse Richman:
The judge rejected really questionable evidence put forward by Kansas and its experts about the extent of noncitizen voter registration. Below I have some quotes rejecting the key testimony of charlatan Hans von Spakovsky and Professor Jesse Richman. But the bottom line […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

Gohmert Worries More Migrant Kids Will Come Because We Treat Them So Well

Rep. Louis Gohmert spent a few minutes at the Texas Republican Convention sharing his sincere concerns about immigrants, and immigrant children in particular with The Undercurrent’s Lauren Windsor.
After repeating the usual talking points about how it’s just terrible that they’re such lawbreaking little things, and how they’re just following some twisted Biblical mandate, Gohmert got right to the heart of things.
“And by the way, there is none of this mistreatment of the children,” he insisted. “They’re being treated extremely well. Better than, I mean the food they’re getting, the education, the exposure.”
Isn’t that nice? We feed them in their cages […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Crooks and Liars – Blog

While a Saudi Arabia coalition enabled by the United States military bombs the city of Hodeida, Yemen, which is the main entry for shipments of food, senators demand the Pentagon end its secrecy around the scope of involvement by U.S. forces.
The New York Times reported in May that a “team of about a dozen Green Berets” are helping to “locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities”—a revelation that contradicts Pentagon claims that U.S. military assistance is “limited to aircraft refueling, logistics, and general intelligence sharing.”
Senators […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

I had a window seat on my flight back to Orange County on Saturday, and during our final approach I snapped this lovely picture of our old blimp hangars. I got lucky with the dramatic sky and the sun peeping through at just the right place, and then, for some reason, I decided I wanted to make the picture look like a 40s-era Kodachrome slide from when the hangars were built. I didn’t quite get there, but I think I got close.
June 16, 2018 — Southwest Flight 4079 above Tustin, California […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

There’s very little evidence that the FBI was biased in any way against Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. The sole piece of evidence that Trump relies on for this allegation is a series of private texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, but there’s no evidence at all that their private views ever affected any of their actions.
Just the opposite is true for the FBI’s New York office, which obviously harbored considerable animus toward Hillary Clinton and just as obviously took concrete steps to help Trump. Here’s a short version of the evidence:
1. The Nunes Revelation
A few days ago, […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Mother Jones – Kevin Drum

There is no denying President Donald Trump’s immigration policy is far more menacing in presentation than his predecessor, President Barack Obama. But how much is this a difference in style versus a difference in substance?
The material outcomes of Obama and Trump’s deportation approaches, and the reaction among Democrats to both, tell us a lot about the circumstances in which incontrovertible violence is deemed acceptable in America.
For Trump, immigration is part of the culture war, and he does not hide the ways in which his policy decisions are motivated by animus toward immigrants. Trump has demonized immigrants for years, […]

Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Source: Fire Dog Lake – Blog

Elections News

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decisions in two major lawsuits arguin that electoral maps in Maryland and Wisconsin represented partisan gerrymanders that violated the Constitution, but in both cases, the justices declined to rule on the merits and instead sent both cases back to the lower courts on procedural grounds.

In the Maryland case, Benisek v. Lamone, the court let a Republican-backed challenge to the state’s 6th Congressional district proceed in federal district court without adjudicating the substance of plaintiffs’ claims that Maryland’s map, which was created by Democrats, violates the 1st Amendment.

Meanwhile, in Gill v. Whitford, the […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you’d like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

Sign up here to receive the Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest in your inbox each weekday.

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Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

Leading Off

● NY-11: The nasty June 26 GOP primary between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Mike Grimm for New York’s 11th Congressional District somehow got even nastier at a debate this week. Grimm, who spent seven months in prison on 2015 after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges and resigning from this Staten Island-based seat, leveled the astounding charge that Donovan had offered to seek […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

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Stephen Wolf — “Me Want It (But Me Wait)” […]

Fri, Jun 15, 2018
Source: Daily Kos – Elections

International News

Several others were wounded in the attack a short distance from a police station. […]

Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

For the first time ever graduates from Patrick Vieira’s Diambars academy will play at a World Cup, as Senegal begin their 2018 campaign in Russia. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

A battery-powered plane is Norway’s latest part of the country’s plan to combat climate change. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The French president was meeting young people when one student called him something he didn’t like. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

The World Cup is a showcase for a footballer’s skills, but it is also a chance to show off new hairstyles. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Neither the Iranian nor Dutch authorities are commenting on claims that Iran could have been behind the 2015 killing near Amsterdam. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Europe

For Alice Jim, $100 is almost as much as she earns in a month as a housemaid in Zimbabwe. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

The Islamic State group banned girls from attending school, but these friends found a way to study. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Middle East

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is described as one of the world’s best players by his Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on the eve of their first World Cup since 2002. […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: BBC – Africa

Asylum applications are sharply down in Germany. So is crime. Yet Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hold on power is again under threat over the issue of migration—one which has upended politics throughout Europe and across the Atlantic.On Friday, Merkel clashed with her political allies in the Christian Social Union in Bavaria, and appeared on the verge of losing her coalition and potentially stepping down. Horst Seehofer, her CSU interior minister and critic of her policy welcoming refugees, had proposed unilateral border controls to stem what many Germans see as uncontrolled migration into their country. Then, on Monday, Seehofer said he would […]

Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Source: The Atlantic – International

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