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Jobless and nearly homeless, Rachel Dolezal still isn't sorry for posing as black

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s been two years since it was revealed that former NAACP branch leader Rachel Dolezal is actually white. Not only is she on the brink of homelessness, having been unable to find a job, but she’s still maintaining that she did nothing wrong by posing as an African-American woman.

“I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it,” she told the Guardian. “I would just be going back to when I was little and had to be what everybody else told me I should be — to make them happy.”

Dolezal stepped down from her position in 2015 when her parents revealed that she was not actually African-American. While she eventually admitted to being “biologically born white to white parents,” she argued that she identifies as African-American, saying that race is “not coded in your DNA.”

She claims to have applied for more than one hundred jobs, but that no one will hire her, aside from those within the reality television and pornography industries. Even her memoir, “In Full Color,” which is due to be released in March, was turned down by over 30 publishers before one picked up the book. She currently relies on food stamps and help from friends in order to get by. She told the Guardian that she will probably be homeless next month.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/national/jobless-and-nearly-homeless-rachel-dolezal-still-isn-sorry-for-posing-black/X7VdWTL2JrN78CjqsWV0JK/

Girl, 13, wins Supreme Court case regarding service dog

Source: CBS News

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog -- a goldendoodle named Wonder -- to class.

The justices ruled unanimously that federal disability laws might allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court without first having to wade through a lengthy administrative process.

The ruling is a win for advocacy groups that want to make it easier for disabled students to protect their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. School officials had argued that administrative remedies are an easier and less costly way to resolve educational disputes.

Writing for the court, Justice Elena Kagan said exhausting the administrative process is not always required in such cases. But she said further fact-finding is needed to decide whether Fry can pursue her case in court.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/ehlena-fry-wins-supreme-court-case-regarding-service-dog-wonder/

DHS issues sweeping rules for immigration crackdown

Source: The Hill

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday released details on how it will prosecute undocumented immigrants and criminal immigrants under President Trump.

The two memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly expand immigration raids and the definition of criminal aliens, while diminishing sanctuary areas and enlisting local law enforcement to execute federal immigration policy.

The only Obama-era guidances left in place are those relating to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. That program is known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.


Under the memos, immigration agents in the interior of the country will be able to automatically remove any aliens who cannot prove they have been in the country for more than two years. That power was previously restricted to officers near the borders, so they could quickly detain and remove undocumented immigrants as they entered the country.

Read more: http://thehill.com/latino/320420-dhs-releases-new-immigration-rules

This is really unprecedented: ICE detains woman seeking domestic abuse protection at Tex. courthou

Source: Washington Post

This is really unprecedented: ICE detains woman seeking domestic abuse protection at Tex. courthouse

A hearing in El Paso County in Texas went from ordinary to unprecedented last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her.

The woman, a citizen of Mexico who was living in El Paso had been driven to the courthouse by a victims advocate from the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse where she had been living.


It was the first time in her 23 years at the courthouse, Bernal said, that she can remember ICE agents making their presence known during a protective order hearing. The agents had come to stake out the woman, identified by her initials I.E.G., because, Bernal speculates, they likely received a tip from the only other person who knew the time and place of the hearing the womans alleged abuser.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/16/this-is-really-unprecedented-ice-detains-woman-seeking-domestic-abuse-protection-at-texas-courthouse/

Germany wants Greece in euro zone, IMF says no special deals

Source: Reuters

Germany on Monday voiced support for Greece to stay in the euro zone and the European Commission dispatched a senior official to Athens to persuade it to take on further reforms to salvage its bailout accord.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, meanwhile, remained firm that as a lender the IMF could not cut any special deals for the crisis-hit country, which has received three bailouts since 2010.


The IMF is not party to Greece's current bailout, and says it will not partake until it has assurances Greece will be able to extricate itself from a spiral of debt.

"We have been asked to help, but can only help at terms and conditions that are even-handed. In other words, we cannot cut a special sweet deal for a particular country because it is that country," Lagarde, the IMF's managing director, told Reuters in an interview in Dubai.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-greece-idUSKBN15S1KN

NASA Maps Out Possible Lander Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa

Source: Space.com

A potential NASA life-hunting mission to the surface of Jupiter's ocean-harboring moon Europa is really starting to take shape.

The stationary Europa lander would use three different instrument suites to search for signs of alien life in samples collected from just beneath the moon's icy surface, according to a new report by the 21-member "Science Definition Team" (SDT) for the possible mission.


NASA is already developing a flyby mission to Europa, which is scheduled to launch in the 2020s. This solar-powered spacecraft will orbit Jupiter and assess the moon's habitability during the course of 45 close encounters with Europa.

In late 2015, Congress ordered NASA to add a surface component to the Europa mission. The agency is currently studying the best ways to make this happen; the new SDT report is part of that process.

Read more: http://www.space.com/35655-nasa-lander-jupiter-moon-europa.html


After the worst call, the Australian media calls Trump unreliable but smart and tough

Source: Washington Post

U.S. media accounts of President Trump's tense, truncated phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have generally presented the episode as evidence that the new commander in chief lacks diplomatic skills.


But in the Australian media, Trump comes across differently — unreliable, yes, but also smarter and tougher than his Aussie counterpart. The White House could not have hoped for anything better.

“Malcolm Turnbull thought he could outsmart Donald Trump and trap him into taking 1,250 of our boat people,” Andrew Bolt wrote in the Herald Sun of Melbourne. “Huge mistake, and now he's been humiliated.”

Rita Panahi, Bolt's fellow columnist at the Herald Sun, wrote that “you have to admire Donald Trump's powers of perception. It took months for most of the media and much of the public to figure out the P.M. is a dud — Trump did it in just 25 minutes.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/02/after-the-worst-call-the-australian-media-calls-trump-unreliable-but-smart-and-tough/?utm_term=.8b854e0ee4c9

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