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ICE sued for failing to provide basic health care in detention centers

Rebecca Falconer5 hours ago
ICE sued for failing to provide basic health care in detention centers

A class action lawsuit filed Monday by civil rights groups alleges there's been an "abject failure" by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide basic medical and mental health care to migrants in 158 U.S. detention facilities.

The big picture: The suit, filed against ICE and Trump administration officials in the U.S District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that the defendants are "fully aware of the deplorable conditions" inside the facilities, but they're "deliberately indifferent" to a series of systemic failures inside the centres.

Department of Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan is among the officials named in the suit, filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other immigration advocacy groups on behalf of 15 people detained at 8 ICE facilities.

The other side: ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told CNN the department doesn't comment on pending litigation but comprehensive medical care is provided to everyone in ICE custody. As of August 10, there were 55,530 people detained in ICE custody, per CNN.

Cox told the news outlet that detainees have access to dental care and 24-hour emergency care and that staffing includes registered nurses, licensed mental health providers, physician assistants and a physician.



Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 08:07 AM (1 replies)

"Fool's Errand" To Think You Can Change Fundamentals Of China's Economy With A Few Tariffs


Back to Videos: "Fool's Errand" To Think You Can Change Fundamentals Of China's Economy With A Few Tariffs
Posted By Tim Hains
On Date August 18, 2019

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "both sides will lose" President Trump's trade war with China and that it is "a fool’s errand to think you’re going to be able to get China to change the fundamentals of their economic model by poking them in the eye with some tariffs."

CNN, JAKE TAPPER: You just heard my interview with the president's trade adviser, Peter Navarro. President Trump says taking his tariffs off China now would be -- quote -- "economic surrender," saying the U.S. cannot make a trade deal without dialing up more pressure.

You have vowed to lift those tariffs if you become president. What makes you think China would make a trade deal with you as president without the kind of pressure that President Trump is now exerting with these tariffs?

BUTTIGIEG: Well, we have a lot of different forms of leverage in the relationship. But it's also a fool's errand to think you're going to be able to get China to change the fundamentals of their economic model by poking them in the eye with some tariffs.

And, by the way, despite all -- all of the noise from that previous interview, there are some basic facts here that you can't escape. And one of them is that American farmers are getting killed.

I was just in Iowa in rural parts of the state talking with a lot of farmers, who -- many of whom are Republicans or supported this president, and are now asking the question, how much longer are we supposed to take one for the team?

The president has said repeatedly that he's on the cusp of getting a deal. The president has failed to deliver a deal. And I expect he will continue to do so.

And, in the meantime, we're paying the cost of these tariffs. We're going to see even more in the prices of consumer goods. The president apparently is aware of this, because he said he was going to delay them until Christmas.

What are we supposed to do after Christmas? There is clearly no strategy for dealing with the trade war in a way that will actually lead to results for American farmers or American consumers.

And part of the reason is that this is not what it's going to take to actually guide China into a different direction. This is going to -- this is about a lot more than just some tariffs.

Look, you consider the position that China is in now, and you consider our loss of domestic competitiveness, because we're not even investing at home in education, infrastructure, health, the things that are going to allow us to be a world leader into the 21st century. If we're neglecting that, none of this is going to matter.

Meanwhile, you have got an economy that is not working for most Americans. There's a big debate going on right now over whether we're on the cusp of a recession. I think we probably are.

But the more important thing is, even during an expansion, most Americans haven't been able to get ahead. That is a huge problem. And the president has made it abundantly clear that he doesn't care.

When it comes to rural America, I think, to him, it's just the scenery that he sees out the helicopter window on the way to his golf course. And when it comes to American consumers, he is completely out of touch with the impact it's going to have on the prices we pay for our goods as a result of a trade war in which both sides will lose.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Aug 20, 2019, 06:42 AM (0 replies)

Media Expert Says Reporters Have No Idea What Happens In Trump White House

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Media Expert Says Reporters Have No Idea What Happens In Trump White House
Eric Boehlert August 18, 2019
Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Donald Trump’s new White House press secretary hasn’t given a single press briefing since she was appointed in June, and the odds are she never will. No briefing has been held there in more than 150 days, as Trump moves to drastically cut off the fourth estate’s access. It’s just another example of how reporters are being denied a chance to keep watch over Trump and his team.

And one of the desired effects, as Trump moves to eliminate transparency, is that reporters increasingly seem to have very little idea of what’s happening inside the White House. Permanently stuck in reactive mode as they respond to Trump’s catalog of bizarre and untrue pronouncements, journalists have largely become spectators. Just as importantly, they refuse to concede that a titanic shift has occurred at the White House. Instead, they cling to the illusion that they’re plugged in and have the pulse of the Oval Office.

“Reminder: There is no White House, not in the sense journalists have always used the term,” New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen recently tweeted, hitting on a media critique he has amplified for more than a year. “It’s just Trump—and people who work in the building. The term is still in use because what else are ‘White House’ reporters going to do? But there’s no referent for it. The metonymy broke.”

Rosen’s accurate appraisal pulls back the curtain and reveals that the “White House” that reporters are so busy reporting on and referring to is, at this point, basically a media concoction. It’s a prop that’s being held up because “the White House” is how journalists have always referred to the sprawling West Wing enterprise that powers and supports each American president. Mercurial Trump, though, has basically dismantled that infrastructure (he doesn’t like listening to people who don’t agree with him), yet the press still holds on to preferred tradition. The press keeps pretending “the White House” exists, and keeps presenting a false narrative about what’s happened to our executive branch.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 19, 2019, 08:03 PM (5 replies)

Scaramucci Putting Together Coalition to Stop Trump


Scaramucci Putting Together Coalition to Stop Trump
August 19, 2019 at 8:16 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Anthony Scaramucci told CNN that he is putting together a coalition of former Trump Cabinet officials to denounce the President ahead of the 2020 election.

Said Scaramucci: “I’m in the process of putting together a team of people that feel the exact same way that I do. This is not a ‘Never Trump’ situation. This not just screeching rhetoric. This is — OK, the guy is unstable. Everyone inside knows it, everyone outside knows it. Let’s see if we can find a viable alternative.”

He added: “Moreover, I have to get some former Cabinet officials in unity to speak up about it. They know it’s a crisis.”

Scaramucci did not provide any names of people associated with the coalition he said he is assembling, but predicted that by “middle to late fall” there will be a “trove” of people willing to speak out against Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Aug 19, 2019, 11:40 AM (31 replies)

'Only you know if we did it': Scientists write dire letter to the future about climate change

‘Only you know if we did it’: Scientists write dire letter to the future about climate change
"We know what is happening and know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it."
Joe Romm
Aug 18, 2019, 11:21 am

Scientists are gathering in Iceland Sunday to memorialize Okjökull — the country’s first glacier to be destroyed by global warming.

Okjökull, nicknamed Ok, lost its status as a glacier 2014. The monument being unveiled at the “funeral” is inscribed with an ominous warning, titled “A letter to the future.”

“Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier,” it states in English and Icelandic. “In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and know what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

Only future generations will “know if we did it” — if we melted all of the glaciers, raised sea level tens of feet, destroyed all of our coastal cities, and ruined our livable climate.

But the truth is that human-caused global warming is disintegrating Arctic glaciers and the great ice sheets at such a rapid and accelerating pace that we will all know within a decade whether humanity has acted fast enough to avert catastrophe.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 07:55 PM (1 replies)

Beto O'Rourke Perfectly Explains How Trump Uses Racism And Violence As Distractions


Posted on Sun, Aug 18th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Beto O’Rourke Perfectly Explains How Trump Uses Racism And Violence As Distractions

Beto O’Rourke said that Trump tries to distract people from their daily lives with his racist attacks and threats of violence.

Video @ link:

Transcript via Meet The Press:


I feel like this is a conundrum that faces many of you running for president, which is, on one hand, you see the president, in some ways, as an existential threat to the American story, our culture. So does it seems silly, at times, to be debating whether or not there should be a public option, when you feel as if the president is a bigger threat on other issues? Is that what’s made this campaign sometimes seem, seem tonally off for the entire, for the entire field, at times?


No. Because I’ll tell you, if we don’t deliver on universal, guaranteed, high-quality healthcare, on a minimum wage that’s a living wage, on paid family leave, on those issues that restore dignity to the lives of our fellow Americans, then we have not only failed them, we have provided fertile ground for the kind of demagogue that Donald Trump is, who will channel that anger and frustration at our government’s dysfunction, in our ability to get something done, against immigrants, as he’s done, warning of invasions and infestations and animals and predators, having somebody, at one of his rallies, say, “We should shoot them.” And the crowd roars their assent. And Donald Trump smiles because he doesn’t want you to focus on the fact that you’re working two or three jobs right now just to make ends meet, or that you live in the wealthiest country on the face of the planet, but you can’t afford to take care of your diabetes. Yes, Democrats have to address those issues and deliver on those issues. But we also have to call out the existential threat, to use the word that you just employed, that Donald Trump represents right now. Not only are we going to lose more lives, I’m confident that we will lose this country and our democracy, the longer he stays in office. So that is the urgency behind what I’m talking about.

It is a balancing act for Democrats, who have to both provide the moral leadership that Trump lacks and the policy solutions for the people that Trump has abused or neglected as president.
It is important to highlight Trump’s racism and calls for violence, but that’s not the only thing for Democrats to do. They must also lay out a vision for healthcare, jobs, the economy, ending the trade war, and rebuilding America’s foreign policy strength.

Trump doesn’t want voters to think about how he has made their lives worse. The president wants voters to blame immigrants or Democrats for their problems. Voters were not fooled in 2018, and if they stay focused on 2020, they’ll get their country back.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 05:13 PM (7 replies)

Pete Buttigieg Makes GOP Nightmares Real By Equating A Vote For Trump To Racism


Posted on Sun, Aug 18th, 2019 by Jason Easley
Pete Buttigieg Makes GOP Nightmares Real By Equating A Vote For Trump To Racism
Pete Buttigieg made a clear argument that people who vote for Trump are looking the other way on racism.

Pete Buttigieg: A Vote For Trump Is Looking The Other Way On Racism


Transcript via CNN State Of The Union:
TAPPER: You told me on the show two weeks ago that you believe President Trump is a white nationalist.

Given that, do you think that it’s a racist act to cast a vote for President Trump in 2020?

BUTTIGIEG: Well, at best, it means looking the other way on racism.

But I think a lot of people are wondering what kind of deal even that is supposed to be.

You know you look at what he said in that rally, “You have got no choice but to vote for me.”

And if you look at the numbers, basically, what he’s saying is, all right, I want you to look the other way on the racism, tolerate the negativity, accept the instability of my administration, because I am going to deliver for you job growth almost as good as the Obama years.

That’s what his argument amounts to right now. And it’s part of the reason why he’s unpopular.

The argument that Buttigieg made is the one that keeps Republican strategists awake at night. Trump has no chance of winning votes outside of his base of support if a vote for Trump means a vote for turning a blind eye to racism.

Buttigieg didn’t call Trump supporters racists. He attached a meaning to a vote for Trump and by extension the Republican Party that Republicans don’t want to have in the minds of voters. Trump’s supporters are going to stick with him no matter what, but it is suburban Republicans in swing and red states that Republicans have to have who are going to be swayed by the argument that voting for Trump equals a vote to enable racism.

A vote for Trump is giving the country four more years of racism is the last thing that Republicans want voters to think as they cast their ballots in 2020.
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 12:44 PM (33 replies)

When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers

This is a year old, I know, but no less interesting or relevant.


When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers

August 23, 2018
10:41 AM ET
Gustavo Arellano

Randy Carter is a member of the Director's Guild of America and has notched some significant credits during his Hollywood career. Administrative assistant on The Conversation. Part of the casting department for Apocalypse Now. Longtime first assistant director on Seinfeld. Work on The Blues Brothers, The Godfather II and more.

But the one project that Carter regrets never working on is a script he wrote that got optioned twice but was never produced. It's about the summer a then-17-year-old Carter and thousands of American teenage boys heeded the call of the federal government ... to work on farms.


"These [high school students] had the words and whiteness to say what they were feeling and could act out in a way that Mexican-Americans who had been living this way for decades simply didn't have the power or space for the American public to listen to them," she says. "The students dropped out because the conditions were so atrocious, and the growers weren't able to mask that up."

She says the A-TEAM "reveals a very important reality: It's not about work ethic [for undocumented workers]. It's about [the fact] that this labor is not meant to be done under such bad conditions and bad wages."


Carter and his classmates still talk about their A-TEAM days at every class reunion. "We went through something that you can't explain to anyone, unless you were out there in that friggin' heat," the 70-year-old says. "It could only be lived."

But he says the experience also taught them empathy toward immigrant workers that Carter says the rest of the country should learn, especially during these times.

"There's nothing you can say to us that [migrant laborers] are rapists or they're lazy," he says. "We know the work they do. And they do it all their lives, not just one summer for a couple of months. And they raise their families on it. Anyone ever talks bad on them, I always think, 'Keep talking, buddy, because I know what the real deal is.' "
Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 08:48 AM (0 replies)

...Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors

Jeffrey Epstein ‘Friend’ Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors
The late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime companion and alleged procurer comes from a clan with a penchant for sex, intrigue, science, and illusions.
Dana Kennedy
Published 08.18.19 4:59AM ET

MEYREUIL, France—Ghislaine Maxwell, 57, comes from a family by turns brilliant and accomplished, deceptive and doomed. Her backstory is full of sex and science, money and magical illusions. And today she is the world’s most wanted woman—at least by the media and Jeffrey Epstein’s victims.

She is the youngest child of the notorious and disgraced British media mogul Robert Maxwell, rumored after his mysterious death in 1991 to have been an Israeli spy. She was the alleged paramour-turned-pimp for Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire pedophile who reportedly committed suicide in his cell on August 10.

But there are no known criminal charges against her, only allegations in a civil suit. Indeed, there is speculation she may be cooperating with federal prosecutors. And while she might have decided to hide out here in Provence at her sister’s house in the shadow of Cézanne’s favorite mountain, she was spotted Thursday in California eating a burger while reading a book about CIA heroes.

Ghislaine Maxwell, in short, is a survivor.

“In moments of greatest adversity, that’s where they’re the coolest; it’s bred into the family,” an executive with one of Robert Maxwell’s media companies said after his drowning upended his media empire and forced his wife and children to clean up the mess. “Maxwell’s whole life was ‘Never panic.’”

As we looked for her in France in recent days, she was, of course, nowhere to be seen. But we did discover enough skeletons in the family closet (including those of her in-laws and their families) to fill a house of horrors.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Aug 18, 2019, 06:51 AM (7 replies)

Republicans Block The FEC From Calling The FBI About NRA Russian Money Laundering For Trump

Republicans Block The FEC From Calling The FBI About NRA Russian Money Laundering For Trump

Republicans on the Federal Election Commission wouldn’t allow the Commission to make a single phone call to the FBI about a potential investigation into NRA Russian money laundering for Trump.
Republicans blocked the FEC from calling the FBI about NRA Russian money laundering for Trump

Weintraub said, “The complaint was based on that article which said the FBI was investigating. So I said to my colleagues, well, let’s at least call the FBI and ask them. And then we’ll know whether the article was well-founded or not. We’ll have that basic question answered, are they investigating or aren’t they. If they are they might have interesting information for us. In any event, we would know whether the article was based on real information or not. And this really was dumbfounding to me. I could not get agreement from my colleagues for our staff to make a single phone call over to the FBI, a sister agency, a law enforcement agency. Wouldn’t have bothered a citizen. Or in any way impaired first amendment rights. All we needed to do was call another government employee and say are you or are you not investigating this issue. Couldn’t get the votes. Couldn’t do it.”

The Russian infiltration of the Republican Party is epidemic. Republicans on the Federal Election Commission are using the same obstruction tactics that the White House uses, and Mitch McConnel uses in the Senate to obstruct any investigation of Trump and Russia. The Republican elephant has been replaced with a Russian bear. The levers of government are being used to protect a president may be owned and compromised by a hostile foreign power.

The FBI could still be investigating NRA Russian money laundering.[We don’t know, and even the FEC was too paralyzed by GOP obstruction to find out.

Even if Democrats rid the nation of Trump and McConnell in 2020, it is going to take years to clean up the toxic corruption and damage that Republicans and their Russian handlers have done.

Chair Weintraub has a much more detailed statement on Republican obstruction that is worth your time to read:


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Aug 17, 2019, 06:20 PM (17 replies)
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