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Graham Is Introducing a Bill to Increase Detention of Migrant Children From 20 Days to 100 Days

Senator Lindsey Graham Is Introducing a Bill to Increase Detention of Migrant Children From 20 Days to 100 Days
By Chantal Da Silva On 5/14/19 at 12:59 PM EDT

Senator Lindsey Graham plans to introduce immigration legislation on Wednesday that he said would "stop 90 percent of the illegal immigration from Central America."

Breaking down his plan to deter asylum seekers from crossing the U.S. border outside of designated ports of entry, Graham told Sunday Morning Futures host Maria Bartiromo that he wanted to see the number of days migrant children could be held in detention increased from 20 to 100 days.

"We got a perfect storm now because of broken laws," Graham told Bartiromo in a Sunday interview.

"Word is out on the street in Central America, if you bring a minor child with you to America, we can only hold a minor child for 20 days, where we release everybody, including the adults. They never show up for the hearing because it's three years from now," Graham said.

"You can only hold a minor for 20 days. We're going to go to 100 days," he said.

The South Carolina Republican was referring to the "20-day rule" outlined in the 1997 Flores agreement, which stemmed from a Supreme Court case that set the nation's standards on the treatment of migrant children in federal custody.

The 20-day rule is one that Trump administration officials, including President Donald Trump himself, had repeatedly hit back against.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 07:24 PM (12 replies)

Trump claims he's seen piles of dead bald eagles underneath windmills: 'You see them all over the p


Trump claims he’s seen piles of dead bald eagles underneath windmills: ‘You see them all over the place’
David Edwards
14 May 2019 at 16:08 ET

President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that he had seen dead bald eagles “all over the place” because of energy-producing windmills.

“You are under assault,” Trump told a group of natural gas workers in Connecticut. “And now they talk about the Green New Deal. The Green New Deal. Everybody go home, you just lost your Jobs. The Green New Deal, that’s a hoax like the hoax I just went through.”

“Under that deal, everybody in this room gets fired,” he continued. “All of the thousands of guys and women standing in these buildings get fired, they go because under the Green New Deal, they don’t like clean, beautiful natural gas. They don’t like anything.”

Trump noted that progressive politicians “sort of like wind even though it kills all the birds.”

“You want to see a bird cemetery? Go under a windmill sometime,” the president ranted. “You will see the saddest, you got every type of bird. You know, in California you go to jail for five years if you kill a bald eagle. You go under a windmill, you see them all over the place. Not a good situation.”

“But that’s what they were counting on, wind. When the wind doesn’t blow, you don’t watch television that night,” Trump added.

Watch the video below from Fox Business-at link.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 05:40 PM (42 replies)

No Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US

No Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US
Deputy commander of anti-Isis coalition rebuts White House justification for sending troops
Julian Borger in Washington
Tue 14 May 2019 13.32 EDT

The top British general in the US-led coalition against Isis has said there is no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq or Syria, directly contradicting US assertions used to justify a military buildup in the region.

Maj Gen Christopher Ghika, who is a deputy commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition conducting counter-terrorist operations against Isis in Iraq and Syria, was repeatedly questioned by reporters about the threat from Shia militias in Syria and Iraq, cited by US officials over the past week as justification for speeding up the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Gulf and for sending B-52 Stratofortress bombers and an anti-aircraft battery to the region.

“No – there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” Ghika said in a videolink briefing from Baghdad to the Pentagon. “We’re aware of that presence, clearly. And we monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in. We are monitoring the Shia militia groups. I think you’re referring to carefully and if the threat level seems to go up then we’ll raise our force protection measures accordingly.”

The general’s comments are likely to heighten concerns that fabricated or exaggerated intelligence may be being used by administration hawks led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, to further the case for war against Iran, in a manner reminiscent of the buildup to the Iraq invasion.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 05:17 PM (7 replies)

Rank-and-file House Democrats urge 'second look' at impeachment

Rank-and-file House Democrats urge 'second look' at impeachment
Some members of the House Judiciary Committee think “stronger tools” are needed to force the Trump administration to comply with requests.
May 14, 2019, 2:21 PM EDT
By Heidi Przybyla and Alex Moe

WASHINGTON — Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee have grown increasingly impatient with President Donald Trump’s attempts to block their Russia investigation. And now, some of them are urging the use of “stronger tools,” including impeachment proceedings, in order to strengthen their access to documents and witnesses, according to several lawmakers who spoke with NBC News.

Attorney General William Barr has resisted committee demands to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s full and unredacted Russia report to Congress and said he will not appear before the committee, which planned to use staff lawyers to question him.

In the past week, Trump has said he does not want Mueller to testify before the committee, although he said that decision is ultimately up to Barr, and sought to withhold classified portions of the report from Congress by invoking “executive privilege.”

“The obstruction stuff the president’s engaged in now is causing people to give this a second look,” Rep. David Cicilline, a committee Democrat from Rhode Island, said about impeachment.

“Whatever you think about the findings in the report itself, the blanket defiance of lawfully issued subpoenas and refusal to cooperate with constitutionally required oversight is — in and of itself — basis for impeachment,” Cicilline said in an interview.

He also noted that “contempt of Congress” was the third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. A formal impeachment inquiry would strengthen Congress’ hand in the court system, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., who sits on the committee, said.

“The more that the president denies us, the ordinary lawful demands for witnesses and documents, the more unified we are,” Raskin told reporters, calling Trump “the most impeachable president in the history of the United States.”


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 05:05 PM (2 replies)

Trump's resistance to congressional oversight had a very bad day in court

Trump’s resistance to congressional oversight had a very bad day in court
Turns out, there are still some federal judges who care what the law says.
Ian Millhiser
May 14, 2019, 1:41 pm

Judge Amit Mehta is the anti-Scalia. Calm and unfailingly polite. Honest about his concerns and seemingly quite open to the arguments of legal counsel. The hearing Mehta held Tuesday in Trump v. Committee on Oversight and Reform featured none of the posturing that characterizes so many Supreme Court hearings.

If you only paid attention to Judge Mehta’s tone, you’d think he was being nice to Trump’s lawyers.

But the substance of the hearing was a disaster for Trump’s efforts to resist congressional subpoenas digging into his finances. At one point, Mehta warned that, under Trump lawyer William Consovoy’s sweeping legal theory, congressional investigations into Watergate would have been unconstitutional. At another, the judge suggested that Congress might have the inherent power to investigate the president in order to inform the public of potential misconduct.

Judge Mehta did ask probing questions of Doug Letter, the lawyer defending a subpoena from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, but the bulk of those questions seemed to be probing how Mehta would write an opinion ruling against Trump — not who should actually prevail.

Nothing is certain until Mehta releases his opinion (and, even then, that opinion will need to survive appeal). But Judge Mehta appears likely to rule in favor of congressional oversight. More importantly, he seems likely to rule quickly, making it more difficult for Trump to prevent oversight by simply running out the clock.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 04:40 PM (4 replies)

House Panel Investigates Obstruction By Trump Lawyers


House Panel Investigates Obstruction By Trump Lawyers
May 14, 2019 at 3:43 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

“The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether lawyers tied to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the panel’s inquiry into Russian election interference by shaping false testimony,” the New York Times reports.

“The line of inquiry stems from claims made by the president’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, who told Congress earlier this year that the lawyers in question helped edit false testimony that he provided to Congress in 2017 about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Mr. Cohen said they also dangled a potential pardon to try to ensure his loyalty.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 04:25 PM (2 replies)

"Choice 👏🏼 fucking 👏🏼 matters 👏🏼."

Sent to me by my sister...

I had just had our fourth baby. I was at my 6 week checkup when I asked for a referral to have my tubes tied. I was 28 and had 4 kids. The doctor told me no. I was too young. “What if you want kids later on?”

Um. I’m done. “But what if you divorce and want a baby with your new partner?”

Ummmm. I’m 28 with 4 kids- I’M DONE. “Sorry, I just can’t in good conscious let you make such an irrational decision when you are so young.” I remember going home and telling my husband, “that was the strangest appointment I’ve ever been too. He told me I wasn’t able to decide when I was finished having babies?!” I shook it off, not realising the IMPACT that would have on me a mere 20 months later.

Imagine, being in the mentality that you are finished having children, you just attempted to have your tubes tied to be denied, then to find out your pregnant.

Choice 👏🏼 fucking 👏🏼 matters 👏🏼.
Women’s 👏🏼 rights 👏🏼 matter 👏🏼

Do you see the irony here? You can’t have your tubes tied. You can’t have an abortion. You can’t you can’t you can’t you can’t....my choice to have a baby matters. My choice to an abortion matters. My choice to have my tubes tied matters. My choice to give up my baby for adoption matters. My choice to use my body as a sacred vessel for surrogacy matters. My choice is also YOUR choice. When one is removed they all are removed.
So, for all the women who are told they are under 30 and unable to have a tubal ligation, then find themselves pregnant and unable to have a legal abortion- I see you.

To all the women who enjoy sex and get pregnant and are unable to have a legal abortion- I see you too.

To the 16 year old girl who had sex ONE TIME without a condom and got pregnant and doesn’t have access to a legal abortion- I see you too babe.

Choice. Humans rights. Birth rights.
Consent. Respect. It all matters.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 04:02 PM (49 replies)

They did their time. They regained the vote. Florida is taking it away again.

They did their time. They regained the vote. Florida is taking it away again.
“It’s not what the people voted for. It’s not what people supported. It’s heartbreaking.”
Addy Baird
May 14, 2019, 8:00 am

Coral Nichols will be eligible to vote again when she is 188 years old. That’s the estimate, at least, if she pays the state of Florida $100 per month to satisfy her nearly $190,000 debt.

Nichols is one of 1.4 million people with felony convictions in Florida who had their right to vote restored last fall following the passage of Amendment 4, a victory that marked one of the most significant expansions of the right to vote in the United States in the last century.

“It was completely amazing,” Nichols said, recalling when the ballot initiative passed in November. “We had all worked so hard, and we had all believed that the people in the state of Florida believed in second chances.”

Many activists and experts argue that Amendment 4 was self-executing, meaning that once it was passed by voters, the measure would be put into effect, no questions asked.

But Republicans in the state legislature last week passed a new bill making regaining the vote conditional on having first fully repaid any outstanding fines and fees — including ones not related to their felony conviction.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has said he will sign the bill into law in the coming days. When he does, it could keep people like Nichols from the ballot box for the rest of their lives.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 09:09 AM (12 replies)

Satellite Images Show No Visible Damage to 'Sabotaged' Saudi Ships


Satellite Images Show No Visible Damage to ‘Sabotaged’ Saudi Ships
Jamie Ross

Saudi Arabia rang alarm bells this week with claims that two of its oil tankers were “sabotaged” and sustained “significant damage”—but now questions are being asked after satellite images showed the vessels have no major visible damage. Details of the alleged attacks on two Saudi, one Norwegian, and one Emirati oil tankers on Sunday are still hazy. One U.S. official told the AP that the U.S. military believes Iran or Iranian allies used explosives to blow holes in the ships. But the scale of the alleged sabotage is far from clear. Video showed one targeted Saudi tanker still afloat without any apparent damage, and satellite images provided to the AP showed no visible major damage from above. The suspicion that Iran was behind the alleged attacks has already stoked tensions in the Middle East and beyond. Asked at the White House about the incident Monday, President Donald Trump said: “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens.”


Making it up as they go?


Zachary Basu48 mins ago
NYT: Pentagon presented plan to deploy 120,000 troops in case of Iran escalation


The big picture: Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been warning of an unspecified "escalating threat" from Iran in recent weeks, after receiving intelligence from Israel about a possible Iranian plot to attack U.S. interests in the region. Trump told reporters today that he’d been “hearing little stories about Iran,” adding: “If they do anything, they will suffer greatly.”

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced that two Saudi tankers were damaged by an "act of sabotage" over the weekend in the Gulf, without identifying any suspects. Iran’s foreign ministry distanced itself, calling the incident “worrisome” and “regretful."

Later on Monday, AP and other media outlets cited an anonymous U.S. official as saying an "initial assessment is that Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies" were responsible.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 07:40 AM (15 replies)

Trump Tower Is One of NYC's Least Desirable Buildings

womp womp


Trump Tower Is One of NYC’s Least Desirable Buildings
May 14, 2019 at 6:45 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Bloomberg: “For anyone who owns a unit in the tower, the past two years have been brutal. Most condo sales have led to a loss after adjusting for inflation, property records show. Several sold at more than a 20% loss. By contrast, across Manhattan, just 0.23% of homes over the past two years sold at a loss.”

“The commercial portion of the building has been struggling for months to find tenants for more than 42,000 square feet of vacant office space, despite advertising rents well below the area’s average, listings and data from real estate brokers show.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue May 14, 2019, 07:29 AM (8 replies)
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