Monday, July 22, 2019

MixedTimes - Adam Shaw

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.

Pelosi reverses on border bill, plans vote on Senate version after GOP pressure

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly backed down Thursday from her push to include restrictions on immigration enforcement in a must-pass border funding bill,moving instead to bring abipartisan Senate version for a vote following intense pressure from Republicans and moderates in her own party.

AOC-endorsed democratic socialist declares victory in Queens DA primary

A democratic socialist candidate endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed victory Tuesday night in the Democratic primary for the Queens district attorney race -- touting far-left policies including halting certain prosecutionsand closing jails.

Congress scrambles to agree on emergency border bill as White House, liberal Dems clash

A bill to provide $4.5billion in emergency fundingfor the escalating humanitarian crisis at the border was on the rocks Tuesday as the White House threatened to veto over restrictions that would "hamstring" immigration enforcement -- and liberal Democrats complained the bill did not go far enough to rein in the administration's efforts on that front.

Trump unveils new red, white and blue Air Force One paint job

President Trump, in an interview aired Thursday, unveiled the new red, white and blue paint job for the new Air Force One -- and promised that the jet would also be much bigger than the existing presidential plane.

Trump defends deal with Mexico to stem migrant flows, prevent tariffs

President Trump on Saturday defended his agreement with Mexico that sees the country take tougher measures on illegal immigration in exchange for the U.S. dropping plans to impose tariffs on importants -- promising that Mexico “will try very hard” and place as many as 6,000 troops at their southern border.

Trump administration ends NIH funding for fetal tissue research

The Trump administration is notifying the University of California that a federally funded research contract that uses fetuses from elective abortions will not be renewed -- the latest pro-life push by the administration.

John Bolton says North Korean missile tests violate UN resolutions

National Security Adviser John Bolton on Saturday said that there is “no doubt” that recent short-range missile launches by North Korea are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions -- suggesting that the White House may be looking at putting a sharper edge on their diplomatic relations with dictatorship.

Barr says DOJ has ‘multiple criminal leak’ probes underway

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday told lawmakers that the Department of Justice has “multiple criminal leak investigations” underway in response to unauthorized media contact by department officials during the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation.

'Medicare-for-all' battle kicks off with tense and emotional House hearing

Liberal Democrats’ ambitious plan to transfer Americans to a government-run “Medicare-for-all” system took a step forward Tuesday as the House held an emotionalfirst hearing for the proposal -- and Republicans vigorously pushed back, warning the program would offer inferior health care at tremendous cost.

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