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Dedicate a song or two to the asshole Trump administration. I'll start:

Trump admin won't give temporary protected status to Bahamians who fled Hurricane Dorian

WASHINGTON — The U.S. will not grant temporary protected status to people from the Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian, an administration official told NBC News.

The status would allow Bahamians to work and live in the U.S. until it is deemed safe to return home. The same status is currently granted to over 300,000 people living in the U.S. from 10 countries, including the victims of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Monday that the Trump administration was considering whether to grant temporary protected status to people fleeing the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated two major islands there.

Bahamians can still come to the U.S. temporarily, if they have the right travel documents, but will not be granted work permits.


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Trump drags John Bolton: "John is known as a tough guy. He's so tough he got us into Iraq.

Something tells me Bolton will not take this lying down (he made even more comments that were not posted in the clip).

Trump Discussed Easing Iran Sanctions, Prompting Bolton Pushback

Source: Bloomberg

President Donald Trump discussed easing sanctions on Iran to help secure a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani later this month, prompting then-National Security Advisor John Bolton to argue forcefully against such a step, according to three people familiar with the matter.

After an Oval Office meeting on Monday when the idea came up, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced his support for the move as a way to restart negotiations with Iran, some of the people said. Later in the day, Trump decided to oust Bolton, whose departure was announced Tuesday.

The White House has started preparations for Trump to meet with Rouhani this month in New York on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly the week of Sept. 23, according to the people. It’s far from clear if the Iranians would agree to talks while tough American sanctions remain in place.

One scenario, shared by two of the people, would be that Trump joins a meeting between Rouhani and French President Emmanuel Macron. The people said they had no indication it would actually happen.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-11/trump-rouhani-meeting-odds-improve-after-john-bolton-s-exit


SHERO of the day goes to Rep. Deb Butler (NC). I WILL NOT YIELD!


In Unexpected Vote, NC House Agrees to Override Budget Veto

Source: U.S. News & World Report/AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans dominating a half-empty North Carolina House chamber have voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state's two-year budget.

The unexpected vote Wednesday morning came without dozens of Democrats on the House floor. Republican leaders tried for months to locate enough votes to meet the threshold for an override, largely through winning over enough Democrats. They finally got what they wanted because Democrats opposed to the budget weren't at their seats.

The override isn't complete — the Senate still must hold a vote on the issue, but Republicans would only need one Democrat there to secure victory.

Wednesday's vote came as lawmakers have focused this week on redrawing legislative maps following a court ruling striking down dozens of districts due to extreme partisan bias.

Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2019-09-11/in-unexpected-vote-nc-house-agrees-to-override-budget-veto


Meet Haji, Alexander & Annie. Their house was destroyed. Alexander pulled them all into a cabinet...

Meet Haji, Alexander & Annie. Their house was destroyed. Alexander pulled them all into a cabinet to keep them safe, and rigged up sofas to cover them “like an armadillo shell.” Dorian felt like it was a beast trying to tear through the shell, but they survived.

They are big into yoga & repeated mantras through the storm. It must have worked. They were offered a place on a plane to Nassau, but gave it up to people who needed it more. They want to stay. They’re living in their car, but remain positive. They have 2 dogs, this one is Misty!


12-year-old Bahamian girl separated from parents, ends up in Miami home for migrant kids

A 12-year-old Bahamian girl was separated from family at a South Florida airport after fleeing the destruction of Hurricane Dorian and was sent by U.S. Customs officials to a Miami Gardens shelter for abused or abandoned children.

Kaytora Paul, 12 — accompanied by her godmother — had flown from Nassau to West Palm Beach Sunday night after being evacuated from the hurricane-ravaged Abaco island. However, when the two landed in Florida, U.S. Customs and Border Protection transferred them over to Miami International Airport and ultimately separated the pair because the woman wasn’t the child’s biological parent, the girl’s mother, Katty Paul, told the Miami Herald Tuesday.

Officials also refused to give the girl’s biological aunt, who had come to pick her up at the airport, custody. The young evacuee is currently being housed at His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens, under the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His House is a facility used by the U.S. government to house unaccompanied migrant children. The girl would be considered an “unaccompanied minor” because she wasn’t physically accompanied by her biological mother or father.

Typically, children under 13 are sent to His House as well as Boystown in Cutler Bay, another South Florida tender-age center. Any kids ages 13 to 17 have been sent to the Homestead detention center.

CBP and HHS did not immediately respond to emails from the Miami Herald on Tuesday. A His House employee told the Herald to contact the U.S. government. Federal sources say cases like Paul’s are expected to rise as more Bahamians continue to seek refuge after the storm.

“I thought losing my house was devastating. Or having to relocate to a different island or country was devastating,” Katty Paul said. “But when I found out that they got her, my baby, I mean, there are no words. It was at that moment that I really lost everything.”

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