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5 things to know for October 4: Kavanaugh, police ambush, immigration, Saudi Arabia

(CNN)If you want to sip (or gulp) a drink at the London watering hole just recognized as the world’s best bar, you’d better hurry. It’sclosing soon — for good. 1. Brett Kavanaugh Senators who will decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will start reading the report from the FBI’s investigation of him this morning. It comes as Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a procedural vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for tomorrow. If that’s successful, a final vote could come Saturday. Democrats and others are still grumbling…

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Lewandowski on Girl With Down Syndrome Separated From Mother: Womp Womp

Former Trump campaign chief Corey Lewandowski dismissed the story of a disabled girl separated from her mother as a result of the Trump administrations family-separation policy at the souther border. Womp womp, Lewandowski said on Fox News in response to Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas mentioned that a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome was taken from her mother. How dare you. How absolutely dare you, sir, Petkanas said in response. Lewandowski justified the policy by saying it was the necessary result of illegal border crossings. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/lewandowski-on-girl-with-down-syndrome-separated-from-mother-womp-womp

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Dont You Have Any Empathy?: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Confronted Over Families Separated at Border

It started with a question from justification put forward by Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier in the day during a meeting with religious leaders in Indiana for the administrations policy of How is it a moral policy to take children away from their parents? Acosta demanded. Can you imagine the horror these children must be going through, when they come across the border and theyre with their parents and then suddenly they're pulled away from their parents? Why is government doing this? Sanders insisted that following the law is moral…

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This Was the Week That Finally Broke Trumps Spell

Donald Trump cant define or pronounce the word Manichaean, but he knows it when he sees it. For Trump, there are two types of people; Donald Trump, and losers, and the one thing Donald Trump cant abide is a loser. Donald Trump images of crying children torn from their mothers. His seemingly magical ability to change the subject vanished, and the arsenal of his weapons of mass distraction were duds. Everyone in Washington noticed. One House member spoke to me on background Wednesday night and said, This mistake broke the…

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Ann Coulter Smears Immigrant Children as Child Actors

Ann Coulter has immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. During a Sunday night Fox News panel show that also included Donald Trump Jr.s new girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and former Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Coulter speculated that Coulter may have been referring to a Instead of attempting to fact-check Coulters outlandish assertion, Hilton simply said, Thank you for getting that off your chest and moved right along. UPDATE: The author of story that Coulter was apparently referencing on Fox spoke out against her reading of it on Monday afternoon.…

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Michael Bloomberg: Why Im Supporting Democrats in 2018

I’ve never much liked political parties. I’ve always believed that we should put country before party. Too many politicians practice the reverse, with terrible consequences for the American people. But although I don’t believe in partisanship, I very much believe in the importance of politics and elections. That’s how we make change and progress in a democracy. Over the years, I have supported candidates in both parties who were willing to break with partisanship and the special interests and seek common ground around solutions to make America better. I’ve focused…

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TrumpsHomeland Security Secretary Defends His Family Separation Policy

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called on Congress to change laws she said force the government to separate immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. border unlawfully and called Democrats who say the Trump administration is using the controversy for political leverage “very cowardly.” Nielsen both defended President Donald Trump’s family separation policy at a White House briefing on Monday and maintained that it wasn’t his creation, but rather a consequence of the government’s prosecution of immigrants apprehended illegally crossing the border. “Parents who entered illegally are, by definition,…

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Defense Contractors Cashing In On Immigrant Kids Detention

seeks a compliance coordinator to help in San Antonio with the rapid deployment of an Emergency Influx Shelter for unaccompanied children. As billed, the coordinator would ensure the childrens shelter met policies and procedures set by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. MVM posted the job on its website this week. MVM appears to believe its business is growing. Justice Department zero-tolerance policy toward people entering the country illegally, parents caught bringing their children to the United Statesincluding those seeking asylumare automatically arrested and detained…

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Senator Calls Trumps Denial of Shithole Comment Not True

A key Democratic senator who was at the Oval Office meeting on immigration said President Donald Trump’s denial that he called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” is “not true” and that Trump made the “vile and racist” comments. “He said things which were hate-filled, vile and racist,” Senator Dick Durbin, of Illinois, who was at the meeting, told reporters Friday morning. “I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that oval office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president…

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Facebook to Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed

request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook’s online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, “How can I see if I’ve liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?” That’s the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed,…

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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Bloomberg reports that both companies worked with conservative nonprofit Secure America Now, which spent millions on ads on the platforms during the 2016 election. SAN’s ads, as far as they related to immigration and refugees, were execrable scaremongering, invoking the…

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How a Tokyo-Born Outsider Became the Face of Czech Nationalism

Tomio Okamura’s background is about as multicultural as you can get. The son of a Czech mother and a Japanese-Korean father, he suffered racist bullying in Japan and the Czech Republic that was so severe he developed a stutter and wet his bed until the age of 14. Which may or may not help explain why his Czech political party is adamantly opposed to immigration, wants the country to leave the European Union and compares Islam to “Hitler-style Nazism.” The message is resonating: Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy may become the fourth-strongest…

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Trump Hands Democrats an Opportunity on Immigration

President Donald Trump’s renewed demands for a border wall and dramatic changes to immigration laws in exchange for deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants may help Democrats by keeping the issue alive in the 2018 election year. Polls show voters side with Democrats on shielding the immigrants, known as Dreamers. By adopting a hard line, Trump is setting the stage for a prolonged fight in Congress that could help Democrats gain seats in the House and Senate. The White House on Sunday demanded “complete construction” of a U.S.-Mexico border wall…

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Trumps Empty Crackdown on Overseas Coders Doesnt Fix Tech Visas

Tech leaders found yet another reason to denounce President Trump today after federal immigration officials released seemingly stricter guidelines for the country’s high-skilled H-1B worker visa program. The backlash quickly built on social media as claims circulated that the Trump administration was preparing to limit the number of visas for computer programmers. But the threat doesn’t seem likely to live up to the hype. Both critics and supporters of the H-1B program say these reports are overblown. In fact, they say, panicking about the putative changes plays right into the…

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