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Day 950

1/ The Trump administration is pulling $155 million from FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund to temporarily pay for court hearing locations for asylum-seekers along the southern border who have been forced to wait in Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security will also lose $116 million previously allocated for Coast Guard operations, aviation security, and more in order to fund nearly 6,800 more beds for immigrant detainees. Combined with existing space, the funding would allow ICE to detain nearly 50,000 immigrants at one time. The Trump administrations sent the allocation changes to Congress as a notification rather than a request. Puerto Rico is currently under a hurricane watch, which Trump complained about as "yet another big storm" before overstating how much money Congress has allocated for recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria in 2017. (NBC News / Washington Post)

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Trump says windmill power isn’t working. His own Energy Secretary disagrees

Wonder why Brazilian farmers aren’t eager to accept fire aid?

Trump’s Trade War Linked To Amazon Rainforest Destruction

As U.S. soybeans sit in silos, Brazilian farmers push to break new ground to satisfy the Chinese market.

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So, update on the e-mail sent to immigration court employees that included a white nationalist blog post directly attacking immigration court justices.

A senior DOJ official claimed that that addition was not approved or reviewed.

This is a lie:

In fact…

Federal Agencies Have Been Sending Employees Articles From White Nationalist And Conspiracy Websites For Months

I particularly note this document that mentions immigrants at the border as a “zerg rush”:

A zerg rush is a suicidal, overwhelming rush attack by the alien Zerg race.


Barr books Trump’s hotel for $30,000 holiday party

Experts say private, 200-person party adds to questions about attorney general’s independence from president.

Wait, there were people who actually thought he wasn’t a full-on Trump stooge?

The Amazon’s burning. So let’s cut down Alaskan forests also, right?

Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

Just in time for hurricane season, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is draining $155 million from FEMA to pay for more immigration detention.


China’s Foreign Ministry Representative ‘Not Aware’ Of Calls To U.S. About Trade Talks

There were “numerous … highest-level calls” from the Chinese, Trump insisted, but when pressed for details later, he said he didn’t want to talk about them.

In other words, they didn’t happen.


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