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Day 923


(Matt Kiser) #1

1/ The Trump administration separated more than 900 migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border after a judge ordered the government to stop the practice in June 2018 except in cases where a parent is unfit or presents a danger to the child. One man lost his daughter because a Border Patrol agent claimed he had failed to change the girl's diaper and another had his child taken from him because of a property damage conviction allegedly worth $5. Another man who has a speech impediment had his 4-year-old son taken from him because he couldn't clearly answer Border Patrol agent's questions. Attorneys for the ACLU asked a federal judge to block the Trump administration from continuing to separate migrant children from their parents. (Washington Post / CNN / NBC News)


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#2

Senate approved Kelly Kraft to UN…She is getting this because she is a big donor. She did not filfill her responsibilities as Ambassador to Canada

The Senate has officially confirmed Kelly Knight Craft, the former US ambassador to Canada, to the high-profile diplomatic post that has been vacant since Nikki Haley stepped down at the end of 2018.


#3

Just keep putting it out there…please.

Senate Democrats introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday to undo the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

A group of Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and progressive activists rallied outside the Supreme Court to unveil the amendment, which faces an unlikely path to being ratified.


#4

2nd night of debates - during Cory Booker’s 1 minute presentation…there was screaming going on. Here is what was said.


2020 General Election
#5

:pushpin: This was totally worth mentioning at the time…


#6

Senate Intelligence’s request to review Security Clearances - for Jared and Invanka was rebuffed. Link on to the article to see letter back from Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the intelligence community…:anguished:

The Trump administration’s intelligence watchdog rejected Senate Democrats’ request to investigate the White House’s handling of security clearances for employees including senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, a letter obtained by NBC News Wednesday shows.

Details: In the July 22 letter, Michael Atkinson, inspector general of the intelligence community, told the Democrats he could only investigate the issue if the president asked him to. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, and 3 other top Democrats sent President Trump a letter Wednesday, asking him to order a probe.

Why it matters: A White House security adviser told the House Oversight Committee in April that 25 denials for security clearance applications were overridden by the Trump administration.

  • Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has had his security clearance come into question before as a result of his numerous foreign contacts and reports that he’s used WhatsApp to communicate with foreign leaders.

What they’re saying: Congress would take a more direct role in legislating and overseeing White House security clearances unless such a review was conducted, warned the letter — signed by Warner and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee; Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and ranking member on the Foreign Relations Committee; and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member on Armed Services.

“Over the last two years, public reporting has raised serious concerns about irregularities and questionable decisions related to eligibility determinations for (White House) personnel access to classified information.”
— Excerpt from the Democrats’ letter to Trump

The other side: Kushner told Fox News when asked about the issue in April, “I can’t comment for the White House’s process, but what I can say is that over the last two years that I’ve been here, I’ve been accused of all different types of things, and all of those things have turned out to be false.”


(David Bythewood) #7

Trump just issued new China tariffs that are threatening to crash the market.






In related news, China has a new deal with Russia that means they can break free from worrying about having to buy wheat and soy from us:



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