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US-Born Marine Veteran Detained By ICE Was Carrying His US Passport When He Was Arrested

From January-still outrageous.

US-Born Marine Veteran Detained By ICE Was Carrying His US Passport When He Was Arrested

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez also was carrying a driver’s license and military ID, said the ACLU, which wants to know how he ended up in ICE custody for three days.
Hamed Aleaziz BuzzFeed News Reporter

Posted on January 23, 2019, at 5:37 p.m. ET


A US-born Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan had his US passport, a REAL ID driver’s license, a military ID card, and his US Marine Corps dog tags with him when he was arrested by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which held him for three days before his lawyer demanded his release, according to the ACLU of Michigan.

The advocacy group has called for an investigation into how the Grand Rapids Police Department handled the arrest of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, who was born in Grand Rapids, served in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The ACLU is also demanding that ICE explain why it took the veteran into custody and did not review his identification documents during the three days he was being held.

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/us-born-marine-ice-detained-passport?fbclid=IwAR0noV1ZPQy8fZA2DaUU7adJeSzv6_ycW88CLGxxV-l1k20mKE7CyODPOTs
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 17, 2019, 02:20 PM (31 replies)

Graham: KY Kids Would Be Better Off If School Funds Are Diverted To Border Wall



https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/graham-ky-kids-would-be-better-off-if-school-funds-are-diverted-to-border-wall?fbclid=IwAR12eAiE0DNhTmzwTRzunLoIRC1M9FJqYEWVqaxqmUEH4_EDv0UBed9m4tY


Graham: KY Kids Would Be Better Off If School Funds Are Diverted To Border Wall
Screenshot/CBS News
By Matt Shuham
February 17, 2019 1:49 pm


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speculated Sunday that middle schoolers in Kentucky who would otherwise benefit from Defense Department funds for school construction would be better off should that money be used for a border wall instead.

Trump administration officials have said that, because President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, already-appropriated money designated for military construction will be available to build a wall on the southern border instead.

CBS “Face The Nation” host Margaret Brennan asked Graham about the trade-off in an interview Sunday.

“Aren’t you concerned that some of these projects, that were part of legislation that you helped approve in Congress, are now going to be possibly cut out?” she asked.

Graham said the choice of which DOD funds to use was Trump’s, not his, but, should the military middle school construction project get the ax, “I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border.”

“We’ll get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency on our hands,” he added.

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1097163750296178690
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Feb 17, 2019, 02:12 PM (14 replies)

Orrin Hatch Foundation seeking $2 million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor



Orrin Hatch Foundation seeking $2 million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor
By Aris Folley - 02/14/19 08:22 PM EST


The Orrin Hatch Foundation is reportedly asking the Utah Legislature to donate $2 million in taxpayer money to a new center made in the Republican’s honor.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the center is partnering with the University of Utah for the effort, which has been pitched towards being an archive for the former senator in addition to a place of training for future political leaders.

Meg Holbrook, who served as chairwoman of the Utah Democratic Party and is now a top executive at Zions Bank, reportedly pitched the concept to the Legislature’s Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday.

“Its overall goal is to, one, store [Hatch’s] papers, which are invaluable,” she said, according to the local paper.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/430129-orrin-hatch-foundation-seeking-2-million-in-taxpayer-money-to-fund-new-center
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 16, 2019, 09:11 PM (19 replies)

CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery


CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery
By Tal Axelrod - 02/15/19 10:49 PM EST


CNN and MSNBC have both decided to air a commercial for a film about American Nazis that Fox News had previously declined to carry, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The ad, which is for the short film “A Night at the Garden,” will air during CNN's “The Situation Room” and MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Monday, according to The Post. The film is nominated for an Academy Award and shows footage from a 1939 Nazi rally in New York.

“We decided to dig deep and pay for television ads we weren’t planning to buy because we wanted to make the point that Fox News is out of the mainstream,” the movie’s director, Marshall Curry, told the newspaper.

“It says something that some news channels trust their audience to interpret American history while Fox distrusts its audience and doesn’t think it can do that.”

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https://thehill.com/homenews/media/430323-cnn-msnbc-to-air-ad-turned-down-by-fox-over-nazi-imagery
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Feb 16, 2019, 07:08 AM (5 replies)

Lacoste Replaced Iconic Crocodile Logo With 10 Endangered Species To Raise Awareness

https://truththeory.com/2019/02/14/lacoste-replaces-logo-with-endangered-species-to-raise-328000-for-conservation/?fbclid=IwAR0cae_v7teUbpgjwg7vVG-GyxQoWgNyqzZ6awzVkjN2rF9Sjzyenbjs6mQ


Lacoste Replaced Iconic Crocodile Logo With 10 Endangered Species To Raise Awareness
Posted on 2019/02/14
Tags: Animal Welfare
By John Vibes / Truth Theory


The sports apparel brand Lacoste, known for their upscale polo shirts that come with the iconic crocodile logo, raised over $328,000 for conservation efforts with a promotional line of shirts that brought attention to endangered species. The now sold-out line of polo shirts replaced that crocodile with various endangered species and were a limited edition item.

Instead of featuring one crocodile, a limited edition collection from the company shipped with ten different logos, each of them depicting a different endangered species. Each design was produced in a limited number, correlating with the estimated population size of each species.

For example, it is estimated that there are only 350 Sumatran Tigers on the planet, so 350 polos were made with the Sumatran Tiger logo.

Other species include the California porpoise, the Burmese turtle, the northern weasel maki, the Java rhino, the eastern black crested gibbon, the kakapo, the California condor, the saola, and the Anegada iguana.

The entire collection immediately sold out, with 1,775 shirts selling for $185 each. All of the profits from the sales were donated to the IUCN conservation, and donations are still rolling in from people who just want to support the cause. According to the numbers that were released, it can be easily calculated that the clothing line was able to raise over $328,275 for conservation efforts.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 09:26 PM (5 replies)

Trump ripped his 'national emergency' move straight from the playbook of a dictator


Trump ripped his 'national emergency' move straight from the playbook of a dictator
By William C. Rempel
Feb 14, 2019 | 3:20 PM


President Trump’s insistence that border security justifies a state of emergency is a tactic ripped from the playbook of another unpopular and frustrated president — the democrat-turned-dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines.

The messianic Marcos, who claimed in his diary to be doing God’s bidding, took things a lot further than Trump has threatened to do. He imposed martial law nearly a half-century ago, thereby crippling the oldest democracy in Southeast Asia.

But his devastating emergency action — installing himself as dictator to fend off an invented insurgency threat — came from the same well of self-serving motivations and ego-driven politics that feeds Trump’s less menacing wall tantrums today.

As fellow narcissists risking constitutional showdowns for personal political advantage, their similarities are alarming enough to justify a closer look.

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https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rempel-trump-marcos-parallels-20190214-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1iQwcSpds0YtTP6MJ-wC5jQsWs9z5FGMg9wIafiMik9lyArqlAftmwvOc
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 06:22 PM (4 replies)

How the GOP Is Stripping Students of Their Voting Rights


February 15, 2019 4:28PM ET
How the GOP Is Stripping Students of Their Voting Rights
“If you stand to be at a disadvantage when more people vote, then the problem isn’t with the voters — the problem is with you,” says 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg
By Tessa Stuart


Young people are more engaged in politics than they have been in decades. But laws introduced by the GOP will make it harder for students to vote.

In November 2016, Republicans in New Hampshire gained complete control of the state government. GOP Representative Michael Moffett was nonetheless displeased with the results. Moffett logged onto Facebook, where he griped that “[m]any out-of-state college students in Durham, Plymouth, Keene, Manchester, Henniker and Hanover registered late and most voted Democrat… [Former GOP Sen. Kelly] Ayotte had her reelection stolen from her by out-of-staters…and Clinton’s razor-thin victory was stolen as well.”

Moffett was not alone in his irritation at these impertinent young people exercising their right to vote. State Sen. William Gannon publicly bemoaned the fact that students who attend school in New Hampshire don’t “really have skin in the game.” His colleague Sen. Dan Innis agreed: “If you’re from Boston and you’re up here eight months out of the year and you’re registered to vote there, you shouldn’t be able to vote here.” All three men would go on to support HB 1264, a measure that passed both chambers of the state legislature last year and was signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu.

The law, set to go into effect this July, would force residents with out-of-state driver’s licenses to obtain a New Hampshire ID and register their car in the state before voting — or else face criminal charges punishable by up to a year in jail. The fees to make the switch can run into the hundreds of dollars, according to the ACLU, which filed suit Wednesday on behalf of two Dartmouth students challenging the law. The civil liberties group is arguing the fees constitute a poll tax on college students, young voters and those new to the state.

“Younger voters historically have a lower turnout, and I think that politicians start to get nervous when they see, in 2018 for example, that the young people’s turnout was a lot higher,” says Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney for the ACLU. “I think a lot of politicians see that and they get concerned that the dynamics of elections are going to change if young people start voting. I think there is an attempt to suppress the votes of young voters.”


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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/how-republicans-are-stripping-students-of-their-voting-rights-791980/
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 06:13 PM (2 replies)

ACLU suing ...

https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1096496879590883333
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 05:41 PM (4 replies)

Trump Attorneys May Have Lied About Cohen Payments



https://politicalwire.com/2019/02/15/cummings-says-trump-attorneys-lied-about-cohen-payments/

Trump Attorneys May Have Lied About Cohen Payments
February 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm EST By Taegan Goddard


House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said that his panel received new documents showing that two attorneys for President Trump may have lied to government ethics officials about Michael Cohen’s payments to women alleging affairs with the president ahead of the 2016 election, Politico reports.

Said Cummings: “It now appears that President Trump’s other attorneys — at the White House and in private practice — may have provided false information about these payments to federal officials.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 05:28 PM (19 replies)

Charles P. Pierce: Trump's 'National Emergency' Is a Purely Dictatorial Action

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26345673/trumps-national-emergency-is-a-purely-dictatorial-action/?fbclid=IwAR1uXPJeXSoClaLXWeUZM2RHURIJgjxy8K-kRXEm8veA68ec8n1y0meM9cQ


Trump's 'National Emergency' Is a Purely Dictatorial Action
It is an abuse of power. It is an assault on Congress's Article I powers. Mitch McConnell is complicit.
By Charles P. Pierce
Feb 15, 2019

snip//

Between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, most of the Republicans seem to have made a kind of peace with the inevitability of the president*'s behaving like a tinhorn. We should be accustomed to this by now. The president* is going to raid the military. He is going to raid drug interdiction money. He is going to take money appropriated for one purpose and finance his own dark visions. He is lost in his own nightmares, abandoned in his own bigotry. His mind is a writhing ball of snakes. And there is nobody there to stop him. As Starbuck said of Ahab, he is a madman begetting other madmen. His speech was incoherent in thought, contemptuous of intellect, insane with bloodlust, and completely detached from anything that would be recognizable as reality even in Bedlam. Centuries after we ran a mad king off these shores, we now have one of our own.

This is a bill in response to nothing. This is a bill passed in order to address a delusion that the president* has shared with his most fervent supporters. There is no national emergency on the southern border. There isn't going to be a national emergency on the southern border, unless this president* has some other big, beautiful stupid ideas on how to boot brown people out of the country. Everybody voting on this bill knows all of this very well. The entire United States government has been placed in a freight car on the trolley that runs to the Neighborhood of Make Believe.

It can be argued that this precipitous move by the White House is another bit of legerdemain through which the president* can make the Andrew McCabe revelations vanish from the news cycle. That seems less important than usual now that the Senate has decided to share the president*'s delusions and bring us along for the ride.

This is a direct assault by this president* on the Congress's Article I powers. Usually, presidents use these powers to do things like levy sanctions on countries that are slaughtering their own people. What this president* is trying to do is to redirect money already appropriated for a project that Congress already has declined to fund—the last time only a couple of days ago. That is purely a dictatorial action. It is an abuse of power. It cannot be allowed to stand.

The argument being made by some on both the left and the right that, OK, if he can do this, then the next Democratic president can declare a national emergency on gun violence, say, or the climate crisis is sadly beside the point, and Democrats, in particular, should shut up about it. (This means you, Speaker Pelosi.) This is a clear and present danger to the constitutional order. Without the power of the purse, Congress has no power at all.

Mitch McConnell knows this. He even has been warning against this very power grab for a couple of weeks now. But he seems determined to neuter his own institution in order to curry favor with a failed president* and a bunch of idiot pundits from Fox News. He is abandoning his own responsibilities in the hopes that the courts will bail him out. And, again, there is no national emergency to be declared. Not outside of the Oval Office, anyway.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Feb 15, 2019, 05:26 PM (4 replies)
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