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  • Conflict, climate change choke efforts to cure poverty, inequality: U.N.

    06/20/2018 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2018 | by Ellen Wulfhorst
    UNITED NATIONS - Climate change and conflict are forcing growing numbers of people to go hungry, flee their homes and lose critical access to water, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a look at progress in its global development goals. The number of hungry people has risen for the first time in a decade, and violence and conflict are causing food problems in 18 nations, the U.N. said in its assessment. Member nations of the U.N. adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 in a concerted effort to conquer poverty, inequality and other international woes by a 2030...
  • President Trump Needs To Defund NPR Immediately - Enough Is Enough

    06/20/2018 1:01:14 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/29/18 | Brian Naylor
    "FACT CHECK: Are Democrats Responsible For DHS Separating Children From Their Parents?" "In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep Tuesday, former President Barack Obama's domestic policy director, Cecilia Muñoz, stated unequivocally that separating children from their parents was not a policy the Obama administration followed. "The Obama administration did not do that, no. We did not separate children from their parents," Muñoz said. "This is a new decision, a policy decision put in place by the attorney general," which Muñoz said "puts us in league with the most brutal regimes in the world's history."https://www.npr.org/2018/05/29/615211215/fact-check-are-democrats-responsible-for-dhs-separating-children-from-their-pare
  • Kansas officials told to keep enforcing voter ID law that was ruled unconstitutional

    06/20/2018 12:54:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    Kansas officials are continuing to enforce a proof of citizenship law that a federal judge recently deemed unconstitutional. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday that staff for Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has directed county clerks to continue requiring voters to present documentary proof of citizenship. One county clerk said she was instructed to continue enforcing the policy "as we have been." Danedri Herbert, a spokeswoman for Kobach, told the news outlet that state officials still need time to fully understand the court’s ruling on the law. She argued that the judge did not provide a clear timeline for when...
  • [EO] Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation

    06/20/2018 12:51:07 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 24 replies
    President Donald J. Trump ^ | June 20, 2018 | President Donald J. Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper...
  • American Airlines Asks Government Not to Use Its Flights to Carry Immigrant Children

    06/20/2018 12:21:09 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 67 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | June 20, 2018 | Richard Fausset
    American Airlines asked the federal government on Wednesday to stop using its commercial planes for “transporting children who have been separated from their families due to the current immigration policy.” The announcement, which was posted on American’s website, is the latest fallout from the Trump administration’s decision to separate parents who have arrived at the southern border illegally from their children. Several flight attendants for American, the world’s largest airline, have posted testimony on public and private social media channels in recent days, describing how they have seen groups of unaccompanied Latino children on domestic flights, accompanied not by parents...
  • Today is World Refugee Day (Bing)

    06/20/2018 12:17:22 PM PDT · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Bing - MS ^ | 6-20-18 | Bing
    Today is World Refugee Day In marking World Refugee Day, which is observed on June 20th, the United Nations notes that on any given day thousands of families are fleeing from their homes to escape violence. The map we’re showing represents the movements of these refugees around the globe from 2000 to 2016. Each orange or red dot represents 17 refugees. The UN established World Refugee Day to increase awareness among all people that those fleeing war and oppression are not a burden, but a responsibility for all of us. It’s an occasion to demonstrate support for the millions forced...
  • Did the Obama Administration Place Immigrant Children With Human Traffickers? (True)

    06/20/2018 12:09:58 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 20 replies
    Snopes ^ | 6/20/2018 | Staff Writer
    On 17 June 2018, right-wing blogs published a flurry of stories reporting that the administration of former United States President Barack Obama had handed immigrant children over to human traffickers. The reports were posted in response to the public outcry over a policy enacted by Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, whose administration in April 2018 announced a “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
  • Trump says he will sign executive order to end family separations

    06/20/2018 12:03:51 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/20/18 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump on Wednesday said he will sign an “executive order” intended to end his administration's controversial practice of separating children from their parents who illegally cross the southern border. “We want to keep families together. It’s very important. I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House. Details about the order remain unknown, but Trump said he would be signing the document before leaving for a Wednesday night campaign rally in Duluth, Minn. The move would be a major reversal for Trump...
  • Federal Bureau of Insurrection (Vanity)

    06/20/2018 11:56:28 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 16 replies
    Vanity | 6/20/18 | me
    It is clear to anyone with half a brain that the FBI is a corrupt organization that has been the lead agency in an ongoing attempt to lead an Insurrection against the Constitutionally elected President. It is time to dissolve the FBI and reconstitute a new agency that is much less powerful. Also, no lawyers should be appointed to lead the new agency. Only experienced law enforcement officers and preferably former Sheriffs should be hired to lead the new agency. I am sure that many FBI field agents are not part of this Marxist Subversion, but each and every one...
  • United telling US immigration officials not to fly children separated ...

    06/20/2018 11:54:31 AM PDT · by JME_FAN · 64 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6-20-2018 | Benjamin Zhang
    United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement on Wednesday that the airline has told the United States government not to fly children separated from their families by immigration officials on its planes.
  • Manhunt Underway For Central Pa. Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill President Trump [...]

    06/20/2018 11:45:07 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 80 replies
    CBS PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ^ | 20JUN 18 | staff
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — U.S. Marshals are searching for a Central Pennsylvania man accused of threatening President Trump and other officials. WNEP reports that Marshals are looking for 26-year-old Shawn Christy of McAdoo, Pennsylvania. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
  • Occupy Wall Street promotes killing ICE agents in gory, step-by-step cartoon

    06/20/2018 11:43:17 AM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 56 replies
    fox news ^ | 06/20/2018 | Katherine Lam
    Occupy Wall Street received backlash after it promoted killing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a graphic and gory cartoon providing step-by-step instructions. In the since-deleted cartoon tweeted Monday, an undocumented immigrant is seen with a child and a cage. The image, sent out from Occupy Wall Street New York City Twitter account, was in reference to the practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border.
  • Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States

    06/20/2018 11:32:56 AM PDT · by rxsid · 87 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | June 20, 2018 | Sabrina Tavernise
    Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. StatesSabrina Tavernise June 20, 2018WASHINGTON — Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country, demographers have found, signaling what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the American population....“It’s happening a lot faster than we thought,” said Rogelio Sáenz, a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a co-author of the report. It examines the period from 1999 to 2016 using data from the National Center for Health Statistics,...
  • Activists who crashed Kirstjen Nielsen’s dinner vow no 'peace' for deportation 'profiteers'

    06/20/2018 11:20:42 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 20, 2018
    Activists who protested Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she dined Tuesday at a Mexican restaurant say others involved in enforcing tough immigration policies should take notice of the incident, though dinner disruptions won't necessarily be a recurring form of activism. ... DSA member Allison Hrabar, one of those who protested Nielsen on Tuesday, said that after intense coverage of suspected illegal immigrants being separated from their children, “it feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible, which is what we have a unique opportunity to do in D.C.” Hrabar works at the Justice Department as a paralegal...
  • ABC News Apologizes After Banner Falsely Claims Paul Manafort Killed Five People

    06/20/2018 11:16:35 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 58 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 20 June 2018 | Alex Griswold
    ABC News issued an apology Wednesday after a banner during a live report claimed that former Donald Trump aide Paul Manafort had admitted to killing five people. The network covered President Donald Trump's afternoon meeting live in anticipation of his announcement that he was issuing a directive to end the practice of separating parents and children caught crossing the border illegally. During the ABC broadcast, the banner briefly displayed the chyron "Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter." While the former Trump campaign manager is in jail after his bail was revoked, he has not pleaded guilty to any...
  • Senate rejects Trump plan to clawback spending [vote fails 48-50]

    06/20/2018 11:13:45 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/20/2018 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Trump's plan to clawback roughly $15 billion in spending approved by Congress earlier this year. In a 48-50 vote, senators failed to discharge the measure from committee. A majority vote was needed. GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined 48 members of the Democratic caucus in voting against bringing up the bill. "My belief ... is that it's the job of Congress to comb through these accounts and that's what we do on the appropriations committee," Collins said. The vote is a blow to conservatives and the White House, who...
  • Donald Trump Previews Executive Action to Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together

    06/20/2018 11:07:24 AM PDT · by davikkm · 46 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would sign a “preemptive” effort to keep illegal immigrant families together, previewing executive action on the issue. “We have compassion, we want to keep families together. It’s very important,” Trump said. “I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that and the people in this room want to do that and they’re working on various pieces of legislation to get it done.” Trump spoke about his plans during a White House meeting with Republican members of Congress about trade and immigration enforcement. His tone was markedly different from comments...
  • Obama: Are we a nation that rips families apart?

    06/20/2018 10:54:06 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | Justin Wise - 06/20/18 | Justin Wise - 06/20/18
    Former President Barack Obama is calling out President Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that separates families at the border, asking "are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" "If you've been fortunate enough to have been born in America, imagine for a moment if circumstance had placed you somewhere else," Obama said in a statement on Facebook to commemorate World Refugee Day. "Imagine if you'd been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually...
  • Smoking rate in U.S. hits all-time low, CDC says

    06/20/2018 10:27:43 AM PDT · by Drango · 43 replies
    CBS ^ | June 19 '18
    <p>About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show.</p> <p>There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.</p>
  • The End of All That's Good and Pure About the Internet (EU)

    06/20/2018 10:27:29 AM PDT · by Johnny Diamond · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | June 19 | Rhett Jones
    We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. On Wednesday, the EU’s Legislative Committee voted to adopt sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. By the time Americans woke up on Wednesday, the Legislative Committee had voted on the final form of the EU Copyright Directive—the first major update to European copyright law since 2001. Much of what’s in the legislation has been met with approval, but...