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President Donald Trump once said he has a “big heart” for DREAMers.Sens Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) at a press conference to announce the DREAM Act bill on July 20, 2017. CREDIT: ScreengrabSen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned his Republican counterparts that they could face a “moment of reckoning” if they fail to help certain undocumented immigrants who came to this country as young children.During a press conference Thursday, Graham and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced an immigration bill to grant eventual legal status and a pathway to citizenship for some so-called DREAMers.“To President Trump, you’re going to have […]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

He served just nine years out of a maximum of 33.Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson enters for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. CREDIT: Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, PoolOn Thursday, O.J. Simpson was granted parole after serving nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. His freedom, unanimously granted by the four-member Nevada Parole Board, came after he completed just the minimum of his potential sentence. (The maximum: 33 years.) Simpson, now 70 years old, could be setting foot outside the Lovelock Correctional Center as soon […]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Justice

What’s different – and what’s the same – in a world where the 2016 election went the other way? Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, 2016 Election
Greetings, citizens of Earth 1! I’m filing this dispatch from Earth 2, where Hillary Clinton got just a few more votes last November than she did in your world. And I really do mean just a few more: On Earth 2, Clinton won an additional 0.5 percent more of the vote each state, and Donald Trump won 0.5 percent less. That was just enough for her to narrowly win three states – Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan […]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Politics

The Donald Trump of judges.John Bush is a lawyer who, for many years, wrote for a conservative blog under a pseudonym. He believes that “the two greatest tragedies in our country” are “slavery and abortion.” And that “public financing of campaigns” is “constitutionally dubious.” He once used an infamous slur against gay people in a speech praising his home town of Louisville.In one blog post, which consisted largely of a single image, he appeared to suggest that deadly force is the appropriate response to Obama supporters who commit minor property crimes.And yet, by the end of Thursday, it is likely […]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Think Progress – LGBT

Immigrant soldiers fill a critical skills gap.CREDIT: PixabayThe Pentagon is reportedly set to end a military program providing an accelerated citizenship process for immigrant recruits with specialized skills. But some military experts are cautioning against the government’s decision.Since 2008, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program has recruited highly qualified immigrants with language or medical skills to serve in both active duty and reserve assignments. Roughly 10,400 immigrants have joined the Army as a result of MAVNI. Now, the Pentagon says that national security concerns are making it too costly to conduct enhanced screening to vet these immigrants. […]

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

Even from citizens who haven’t been charged with a crime.Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during the Justice Department’s National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, in Bethesda, Md., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinPolice officers can now seize property from individuals who have not been charged with a crime, a policy known as asset forfeiture, even in states where asset forfeiture is banned, per a new Department of Justice (DOJ) policy announced Wednesday.“Under the Attorney General’s Order, federal adoption of all types of assets seized lawfully by the state or local law enforcement under their respective […]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Justice

The Salvation Army is among the culprits refusing treatment.CREDIT: AP Photo/Mary AltafferThe New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) announced last week that it was charging four different substance abuse centers, one of which is run by the Salvation Army, with discriminating against transgender patients in violation of city law.The centers found to be discriminating were the Addicts Rehabilitation Center (Manhattan), Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (Brooklyn), Promesa Residential Health Care Facility (Bronx), and the Thomas and Marie White Health Center (Queens). The announcement did not specify which clinics engaged in which discriminatory behaviors, but the violations found included:Refusing […]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Think Progress – LGBT

“I think it’s really blown a lot out of proportion.”CREDIT: WPXI News screen grabThere are wild rumors going around about new residents in the town of California, Pennsylvania — and conservative media is helping spread the fire.About 40 Romanian refugees, who fled persecution in their native Bucharest, have resettled over the past few months in the city of California. Their presence has caused an uproar among some vocal local residents who complain about their lack of assimilation to American culture and have spread uncouth rumors about their hygienic standards, the Pittsburg Post Gazette reported.The Romanian immigrants — many of whom are family members and […]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Think Progress – Immigration

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The margarita is one of those rare iconic cocktails that have a half-dozen recipes that can each lay claim to being the best, which poses some problems for your everyday margarita drinker. If you turn to the internet for help, you’ll find hundreds of recipes, and it can be tough to tell which ones are worth your while. The overabundance of choice means a person can find essentially any permutation of tequila, orange liqueur and lime billing itself as a marg.
We wanted to find the best margarita recipe, so we pulled 78 of the internet’s suggestions — we ignored all […]

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
Source: Five Thirty Eight – Nate Silver Blog

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