Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

Border apprehensions plunge as Trump administration hails Mexico pact

Immigration officials apprehended just over 64,000migrants at the southern border in August – a dramatic drop that the Trump administration is presenting as a sign its diplomatic engagement with Mexico and other countries is having positive effects on the ground.

House Republicans demand details on Dems' mysterious trips to Mexico

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are calling on their Democratic colleagues to provide more details about a series of trips taken into Mexico while staff were touring border detention facilities – amid reports that at least one Democrat has been involved in “coaching” migrants there on how to exploit U.S.

San Francisco officials brand NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization” and urged the federal government to do the same – the latest escalation in theheated rhetoric from Democrats regarding the NRA inthe wake of several deadly mass shootings.

House Dems to probe Trump’s alleged role in hush-money payments

The House Judiciary Committee plans to launch an investigation this fallintoPresident Trump's alleged role inhush-money payments his former attorney made to two women who claimed to havehad affairs with Trump, adding to a host of Democrat-ledinvestigations into the president’s conduct, Fox News has confirmed.

Gaffes pile up for Biden’s 2020 campaign as Trump team takes aim

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed frontrunner in the Democratic 2020 race, has been hit by a rapid-fire series of gaffes and errors within just a few days – although it’s unclear whether it will damage his future prospects at either the Democratic nomination or the presidency.

Comey memos were leaked to DOJ watchdog by whistleblower, IG report says

The private memos of former FBI Director James Comey were provided to the Department of Justice’s Inspector General by a whistleblowerwho was concerned that the documents were sensitive and should be kept separately for safekeeping, according to the inspector general’s bombshell report published Thursday.

Newest anti-Trump Republican Joe Walsh tries to shed history of incendiary remarks

Former Illinois congressman and radio host Joe Walsh is attracting sudden media attention as he floats a possibleGOP primarychallenge against President Trump – but the Tea Party-aligned Republican could struggle to be taken seriously as he confronts his own historyofconspiracy theories and incendiary remarks.

Trump says he received 'small apology' from Kim Jong Un for missile tests

President Trump said Saturday that he had received a “small apology” from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for testing short-range missiles -- while appearing to side with him on what he called “ridiculous and expensive” joint exercises conducted by the U.S.

Trump administration seeks to break up immigration judges' union

The Trump administration announced Friday that it is petitioning to break up the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) -- a move that, if successful, could allow the administration to have more control over where it sends judges and how many cases they handle.

Trump unloads on Biden: ‘Joe is not playing with a full deck’

President Trump on Friday unloaded into Democratic 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, saying he wouldbe "thrilled" if the former vice president was his opponent next year and mocking him for his most recent gaffes on the campaign trail.

NY bill to make water attacks on cops a felony faces Democratic opposition

A Republican bill that would increase penalties for throwing water on cops, after a series of incidents in which members of New York’s Finest were doused by bucket-wielding mobs, is facing some initial Democratic opposition months before the bill could even be taken up.

Trump visits Dayton, El Paso after mass shootings, while facing protests

President Trump landed in Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday to pay his respects and offer his support on the first part of a trip totwo communities devastated by mass shootings over the weekend that left at least 31 people dead and dozens injured -- but Trump was greeted by protesters attempting to partially blame him for the murders.

Nancy Pelosi backs Elijah Cummings, blasts Trump’s ‘racist’ Twitter attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decried on Saturday what she described as a “racist” attack by President Trump on Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., -- after the president called the chairman of the House Oversight Committee a “brutal bully” and said his district was “more dangerous” than the southern border.

South Bend cops warn of ‘mass exodus,’ as morale tanks over Buttigieg handling of shooting

AsSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg commands national attention with his media-savvy presidential bid, the firestorm back home over an officer-involved shooting shows no sign of settling soon -- with the mayor facing criticism not only from protesters but police who say his handling has crushedmorale and risksa “mass exodus” from the force.

AOC’s top aide admits Green New Deal about the economy, not climate

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff recently admitted that the Green New Deal was not conceived as an effort to deal with climate change,but instead a “how-do-you-change-the-entire economy thing” -- a remark likely to fuel Republican claims that the deal is nothing more than a thinly veiled socialist takeover of the U.S.

Labor Secretary Acosta defends role in Epstein plea deal, faults state prosecutors

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta pushed back Wednesday against calls for him to step down over his past involvement in a plea deal forfinancier Jeffrey Epstein, who was charged in federal court this week with sex trafficking -- saying his office fought for a tougher punishment after state prosecutors were ready to let him "walk free.

House Dems use Obama-era photos to promote ‘kids in cages’ hearing

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee have deleted tweets that promoted an upcoming Wednesday afternoon hearing on “kids in cages” after being called out for using Obama-era images of migrants in detentionto highlight current conditions at the border.

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