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David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 16, 2019 at 10:30. 24 comments

Instead of Being Horrified By Migrant Detention Centers, Pence Is ‘Inspired’ By CBP

Instead of Being Horrified By Migrant Detention Centers, Pence Is ‘Inspired’ By CBP

Vice President Mike Pence accompanied Lindsey Graham and other Republican senators on a tour of two migrant detention centers in Texas on Friday in an effort to downplay the horrifying conditions that thousands of migrants—including children—are being held in.

At the first center, in Donna, TX, things went mostly according to plan. According to The Washington Post, facilities at that location...

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David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 19:59.

Pro-KKK Georgia Lawmaker Named Chair of State Legislative Committee Ahead of MLK Day

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Legislative Committee<em></em> Ahead of MLK Day<em></em></a>

A Georgia state lawmaker who opposed a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and wants to restore street names to the era before King was assassinated has been named chair of a state House committee just days ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

GA House Speaker David Ralston on Friday named GOP Rep. Tommy Benton to chair the House Retirement Committee, which oversees teachers’ retirement...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 19:54.
David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 19:27.

The FBI Has Contacted Brett Kavanaugh’s 2nd Accuser, Deborah Ramirez [UPDATED]

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Kavanaugh’s 2nd Accuser, Deborah Ramirez [UPDATED]</a>

A day after President Donald Trump asked the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there are indications the probe will extend beyond allegations made by Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford delivered compelling testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a high...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 19:13.

Trump Bumbles His Way Through Domestic Terrorism Aftermath

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Domestic Terrorism Aftermath<em></em></a>

Donald Trump is now being forced to face the consequences of a mess he created by spewing more than two years of hate speech and violent rhetoric. That’s what happens when a wannabe-despot radicalizes his base, two of which committed horrendous acts of domestic terrorism this week.

Trump doesn’t appear to be handling it very well.

First, he tried to call for national unity after one of his...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 18:45.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Vacates 21,587 Tainted Drug Convictions

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Vacates 21,587 Tainted Drug Convictions<em></em></a>

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the decision this week by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to vacate tens of thousands of drug conviction cases is the “largest dismissal of wrongful convictions in U.S. history.”

The ruling comes after years of legal battles over the case of Annie Dookhan, a state lab technician who was convicted in 2013 of tampering with and...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 18:35.

Leaked Chats Show That ASU Republican United Leaders Are Awful Bigots

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Online chats and social media posts leaked to the Phoenix New Times show that the leaders of the College Republicans United (CRU) club at Arizona State University are pretty much some of the worst human beings out there.

According to the newspaper, which received a dossier of the comments from former members of the club, leaders of the group—an offshoot of the university’s College Republicans...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 18:03.

24 Immigrants Have Died in ICE Custody Since Trump Took Office, Report Says

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An NBC News analysis has found that 24 immigrants have died while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Trump administration. That number doesn’t include immigrants who died while in the custody of other federal agencies.

Of the 24, three died in the past three months. And as the number of immigrants ICE detains on a given day exceeded 52,000 earlier this month,...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 17:55.

Bishop Thomas Tobin Can Fuck Right Off

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Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin has shown once again why people are abandoning the Catholic Church in droves.

As LGBTQ Pride Month kicked off on Saturday, the good bishop urged Catholics not to participate in events that “promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals.”

And the kicker: “They are especially harmful for children,” he tweeted.

That tweet...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 17:50.

Macron Realizes Trump Is Impossible to Please on European Security

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You’ve got to hand it to French President Emmanuel Macron—he’s tried to assuage Donald Trump’s hostility toward Europe, whether on security or trade, with a chummy approach aimed at stroking Trump’s narcissistic ego.

The two leaders have dined at the Eiffel Tower. Macron hosted Trump at a flashy military parade in Paris. But nothing seems to be working.

Trump—wounded by the recent midterm...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 17:44.

The Mooch Tries Out New Role As QAnon Troll

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QAnon Troll<em></em></a>

In his ongoing effort to remain relevant, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is dipping his toes into the QAnon conspiracy pool. And it’s really hard to say that with a straight face.

To be fair, The Mooch probably was just stirring up some shit by egging on a couple of “true believers” at the poorly attended, right-wing, pro-Trump American Priority Conference on...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 17:35.

Does this look like a man who’s worried?! 

Does this look like a man who’s worried?! 

Does this look like a man who’s worried?! 

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 17:05.

Australia Bans Milo Yiannopoulos Over Christchurch Massacre Comments 

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Over Christchurch Massacre<em></em> Comments <em></em></a>

The career of Milo Yiannopoulos took another hit on Saturday when the Australian government canceled a visa it had granted just a week ago to the heavily indebted right-wing troll for a speaking tour scheduled later this year.

Australia banned Yiannopoulos over comments he made on Facebook about the Islamophobic terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which killed 50...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:51.

North Carolina Judge Tosses Voter ID Constitutional Amendment

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Voter ID Constitutional Amendment<em></em></a>

A judge in North Carolina has struck down two amendments to the state’s constitution adopted during last November’s elections, including a voter ID requirement, citing an “illegally constituted General Assembly [that] does not represent the people of North Carolina.”

Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins said the extent of gerrymandering in the state means that lawmakers had no...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:44.

Separated Migrant Children Face Tough Rules, Tiring Routines, and Loneliness, Report Says

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By far the toughest part for the child victims of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy is being unable to see their parents and not really knowing if—or when—they ever will.

Next are the imposing rules, such as no physical contact including among siblings, no running, no sitting on the floor, no sharing food, etc. And the tasks are tough, too, such as cleaning the...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:33.

ICE Releases Flight Attendant and DACA Recipient Held for 6 Weeks

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and DACA Recipient Held for 6 Weeks<em></em></a>

For 28-year-old Mesa Airlines flight attendant Selene Saavedra Roman, a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the current chapter of her personal nightmare is over. But her future status in the United States remains a question.

Saavedra Roman, who came to the U.S. with her parents from Peru when she was 3, was detained while working a return flight from Mexico after...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:33.

Jeanine Pirro Returns to Fox Seeking Retribution Against Trump Critics 

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Trump Critics<em></em> </a>

Racist Islamophobe and conspiracy theorist Jeanine Pirro returned to the air Saturday night on Fox News after a two-week hiatus, and let’s just say she’s learned nothing from her time in timeout. In fact, she’s elevated her vitriol a notch.

Pirro’s show, Justice with Judge Jeanine, was pulled earlier this month due to comments she made about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Pirro had said that...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:03.

Questions About BuzzFeed Report Give Team Trump ‘Fake News’ Ammo

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Give Team Trump ‘Fake News’ Ammo<em></em></a>

As quickly as it prompted a media and political firestorm after it was published on Thursday, BuzzFeed’s report accusing President Donald Trump of ordering Michael Cohen to give false testimony regarding a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow is now giving those in Trump’s circle new ammunition to accuse the media of unfairly attacking the president.

In a rare response to the report, Special Counsel...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 16:02.

CBP Leadership ‘Knew for Months’ That Kids Were Kept in Appalling Conditions at Migrant Detention Facilities

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Conditions at a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, were so appalling for the migrant children being detained there that some of those who worked at the site sounded the alarm to superiors. But nothing happened until a group of lawyers and lawmakers began raising hell publicly after visiting Texas border facilities.

An extensive report by The New York Times and The El Paso Times details the...

David Boddiger David Boddiger Jul 15, 2019 at 15:40.

Trump Took Extraordinary Steps to Keep His Conversations With Putin Secret

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to Keep His Conversations With Putin Secret<em></em></a>

Donald Trump apparently doesn’t want anyone, including senior officials from his own administration, to know what he discussed in private on several occasions with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A report by The Washington Post describes a broad “pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own...

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