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Yahoo PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Michelle Obama counters Trump: 'There's a place for us all'
Former First Lady Michelle Obama countered President Trump's attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color by emphasizing the importance of America's diversity.


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2020 Vision: Democratic candidates raise funds off 'Send her back' chant at Trump rally (Yahoo Politics)

PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Watch Ilhan Omar receive lively homecoming welcome


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New York Times PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Why the Democratic Debates Are Starting to Feel Like a Reality Show
The Democratic National Committee has all but encouraged performative breakout moments, and candidates must try to go viral or risk being left behind.

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Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set (CNN Politics)
Factbox: What to watch for at the second U.S. Democratic presidential debate (Reuters Politics)

Reuters PoliticsJul 19, 2019
U.S. intelligence chief creates election security position
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump for assessments that countered his policies, said on Friday he was creating a new position to focus solely on U.S. election security.

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AOC grills acting DHS chief over secret Facebook group (Politico)

New York Times PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Intelligence Chief Names New Election Security Oversight Official
A newly created post will oversee intelligence collection and analysis on foreign influence campaigns and efforts to attack election infrastructure.

New York Times PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Ilhan Omar Returns to Minneapolis for Hero's Welcome
After a week of attacks from President Trump and his supporters, Representative Ilhan Omar returned to her district Thursday night for a hero's welcome.

PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Merkel criticizes Trump attacks on congresswomen


Yahoo PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Trump fumes over Ilhan Omar's ‘welcome home' crowd
After claiming he wasn't happy that his supporters broke into a "send her back" chant at his rally in North Carolina, President Trump on Friday fumed over the media coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar's return to Minnesota.


CNN PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Oversight Chairman Cummings asks if DOJ guidelines kept Trump from being prosecuted
The House Oversight Committee is asking federal prosecutors in New York whether the Justice Department's policy against indicting a sitting President played any role in the decision not to indict President Donald Trump for his role in directing Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments to women alleging affairs during the 2016 campaign.

PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Trump says he doesn't plan to watch Mueller testify


CNN PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Trump campaign and RNC spend more than $600,000 on law firm representing Hope Hicks
President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid more than $600,000 in legal fees to the law firm that represents Hope Hicks, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The Daily BeastJul 19, 2019
Iran Seizes British Oil Tanker, Escalating Tensions With Western Powers
GIUSEPPE CACACEIran's military seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf on Friday, further ratcheting up the tensions between Tehran and Western powers in the Persian Gulf. 

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps announced via state-run news outlets that it had seized the British tanker Stena Impero "for failing to respect international maritime rules."

The seizure comes as an apparent response to Britain's detention of an Iranian tanker off the coast of Gibraltar in early July and comes on the heels of a series of alleged Iranian attacks on Japanese, European, and Middle Eastern tankers in the Gulf of Oman. 

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Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
President calls rally crowd 'incredible patriots,' day after distancing self from 'Send her back!'




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Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
House gears up for Mueller testimony...




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PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Iran says it has seized British oil tanker


Fox PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Delaney denies report of campaign rebellion, says he has ‘no plans' to quit 2020 race
Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney is shooting down a report that members of his campaign asked him to end his long-shot bid for the White House. In an interview Friday with Fox News and in a statement, the former three-term congressman from Maryland emphasized that he had "no plans to drop out of the race." But Delaney did tell Fox News that if he doesn't make the stage for either the third or fourth rounds of presidential primary debates in September or October, it makes continuing his campaign "more challenging."

Fox PoliticsJul 19, 2019
DOJ announces releases of 3,100 inmates as part of criminal reform push
The Department of Justice announced Friday that 3,100 federal inmates are being released as part of the criminal justice reform bill President Trump signed into law last year.

Reuters PoliticsJul 19, 2019
House Democrats to focus Mueller testimony on Trump's conduct
When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead to criminal charges against any other American.

Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
2020 Campaigns Ignore Skyrocketing National Debt...




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Sanders campaign workers demand $15 hourly pay...




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Reuters PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Trump says will not use U.S. debt ceiling to negotiate spending deal with Congress
President Donald Trump said on Friday he could not imagine using the United States' debt ceiling as a tool to negotiate a spending deal with lawmakers in Congress, saying the government's credit rating was sacred.

BBC PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Philip Hammond will 'not exclude' backing no confidence vote to stop no-deal Brexit
The chancellor says he'll do "everything in my power" to stop a no-deal Brexit.

BBC PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Public sector workers 'to get above-inflation pay rise'
Dentists, teachers and police officers are reportedly getting pay increases between 2% and 2.75%.

Reuters PoliticsJul 19, 2019
U.S. House Democrats to focus Mueller testimony on Trump's conduct
When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead to criminal charges against any other American.

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Democrats plot new plan to press Mueller on Trump's alleged crimes (CNN Politics)

BBC PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Brexit: MPs call on EU to protect UK citizens in no-deal scenario
A cross-party group warns 1.3 million British citizens living in Europe could lose their rights.

Fox PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders' campaign workers complaining, fleeing over ‘poverty wages': report
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged to American workers that he'll institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he wins the White House in 2020. But unionized workers on Sanders' own campaign say they wish he would start now -- by paying a higher wage to them.

Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
President calls for rapper A$AP ROCKY to be released by Sweden...




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Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
ROUND TWO: Biden to face off against Harris in Detroit debate...




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Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
UK calls 'escalation'...




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Department of Homeland Security NewsJul 19, 2019
Acting Secretary McAleenan Returns to McAllen for Southwest Border Tour with Democrat Senators
On July 19, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to McAllen, TX to meet with a congressional delegation from the U.S. Senate on border security issues.

This trip marks the fourth time Acting Secretary McAleenan has toured the border over the past two weeks, and his third trip to McAllen in that time frame. He will be joined by 15 Senators as he highlights the operational challenges faced in the Rio Grande Valley Sector as a result of the overwhelming surge of migrants to the U.S. border. The delegation will have the opportunity to visit the Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility, a local non-governmental organization, McAllen Border Patrol Station, and the Ursula Central Processing Center.

The tour is part of DHS's effort to be transparent about the challenges at the border and to demonstrate to Congress and the American people the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis. Although migration numbers across the Southwest border saw a decline in June, the Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to see historic volumes of family units and children crossing the border illegally.

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PoliticoJul 19, 2019
President Trump calls for A$AP Rocky's release from Swedish custody


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BBC PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Donald Trump: Boris Johnson 'will do a great job as PM'
"He's a different kind of a guy but they say I'm a different kind of guy too," the US president says.

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Trump says Britain's Johnson would do 'great job' as prime minister (Reuters Politics)

Yahoo PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Trump impeachment 'wishful thinking' by Democrats, Steve Kornacki says
Democrats who think impeachment is a political winner are overinterpreting the lessons of the Clinton impeachment in the late '90s, said a journalist who wrote a book on the era.


Fox PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Debate fight nights: Biden v. Harris, Bernie v. Warren
Ready for a rematch?

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Reuters PoliticsJul 19, 2019
New border city added to program returning migrants to wait for U.S. hearings in Mexico
The U.S. government will start returning migrants to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court hearings in Mexico through Brownsville, Texas on Friday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said.

PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Trump accuses media of siding with Democrats, freshman congresswomen in 'sick partnership'


Democracy NowJul 19, 2019
Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief "America is for White People"
On Thursday, President Trump attempted to distance himself from the racist chant of "send her back" about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at a Trump campaign rally Wednesday in North Carolina. The chants rang across the rally in response to Trump's own verbal attack against the congresswoman. He did nothing to intervene. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a resolution condemning Trump's racist remarks against Congressmembers Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We speak with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University.

CNN PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Angela Merkel in 'solidarity' with congresswomen attacked by Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that US President Donald Trump's racist comments about four Democratic Congresswomen "undermine America's strength" and that she stands in "solidarity" with the women.

Foreign PolicyJul 19, 2019
Cyber Deterrence Needs People, Not Weapons
Mass mobilization might be the best line of defense in a world of online warfare.

Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
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PoliticoJul 19, 2019
Businessman who testified in Mueller probe indicted on child pornography charges
George Nader, 60, made a brief appearance Friday morning in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Drudge ReportJul 19, 2019
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CNN PoliticsJul 19, 2019
Justice Elena Kagan uses Spider-Man to warn of Supreme Court's ''great responsibility'' to follow precedent
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has become a powerful voice of the liberal wing, trying to counteract the conservative majority in the fight over whether to preserve court milestones. She achieved two surprising victories on that front in the recently completed session.

The Daily BeastJul 19, 2019
George Nader, Witness in Mueller Probe, Hit With New Charges of Sex Trafficking
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo GettyGeorge Nader, who was a key witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has been hit with new federal charges of child pornography, sex trafficking, and obscenity, according to a person familiar with the case. 

The charges come on top of separate child-porn charges leveled by the same prosecutors last month. The new indictment is set to be unsealed Friday morning in the Eastern District of Virginia, according to the person.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Nader's attorneys declined to comment. Nader is expected to enter a plea on the charges this morning. 

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Reuters PoliticsJul 18, 2019
House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025, a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate.

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Politics - U.S. HouseJul 18, 2019
‘America's Workers Deserve A Raise,' Pelosi Says
Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference Thursday before the House voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

BBC PoliticsJul 18, 2019
Brexit: MPs back bid to block Parliament suspension
The measure aims to stop a future PM bypassing Parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit.

BBC Talking PointJul 18, 2019
Kyoto Animation fire: Arson attack at Japan anime studio kills 33
Dozens are in hospital, some in a critical condition, after the attack on the Kyoto Animation studio.

PoliticoJul 18, 2019
House Dem impeachment support gains new momentum
The spike in public backing for impeaching Trump could cause headaches for Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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The Daily BeastJul 18, 2019
A Crazed Arsonist Just Killed 33 People at a Great Japanese Anime Studio
The Asahi Shimbun/GettyTOKYO-Loved and respected among anime fans world-wide, Kyoto Animation is especially well known for films like A Silent Voice which stressed the importance of choosing life over death. So there is a strange irony in Thursday's deadly arson attack. 

The voices of 33 people were silenced forever by a 41-year-old man who set fire to the three-floor studio.  The Kyoto Police have the man in custody and are expected to book him on arson and other charges in the next few days.  

Kyoto Animation is a gem in the dark universe of Japan's often exploitive animation industry, famous for its thoughtful animated films and for establishing a healthy workplace with job security. 

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CNN PoliticsJul 18, 2019
Trump picks son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as next secretary of labor
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will nominate Gene Scalia, former Justice Antonin Scalia's son, as secretary of labor.

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New York Times PoliticsJul 18, 2019
‘They Are Human Beings': Homeland Security Faulted for Treatment of Migrant Children
Lawmakers grilled the acting homeland security secretary on Thursday over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy and offensive social media posts by border agents.

Yahoo PoliticsJul 18, 2019
‘We're better than that': Leading Democrat rips Homeland Security head over Trump's child separation policy
Democrats blamed the Trump administration, Republicans blamed Democrats, and the Department of Homeland Security blamed Congress for what all parties agreed, at a tense and sometimes contentious hearing on Thursday, was an intractable crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico.


Democracy NowJun 28, 2019
Dem Candidates All Support Healthcare for Undocumented People, Split On Decriminalizing Immigration
Immigration was among the top issues in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debates, with California Senator Kamala Harris saying she would reinstate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that provides a temporary work permit and deportation relief for undocumented youth, on her first day in office. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke of the criminalization of immigration as the basis for family separation, referring to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance "policy as "dead wrong." While most candidates are running on different platforms to address the criminalization of immigration and the separation of refugee families at the border, they all agreed on one thing: providing healthcare to undocumented people living in the U.S. When asked if they agreed, all candidates raised their hand. Prior to the debate night, many of the candidates, including Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, visited the Homestead detention facility, where hundreds of migrant children are currently incarcerated, located just a few minutes from Miami. We speak with Andrea Mercado, executive director of New Florida Majority.

Department of Homeland Security NewsFeb 21, 2019
Secretary Nielsen Announces Historic Steps with Northern Triangle Security Ministers to Confront Irregular Migration, Caravans
On February 20, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met Northern Triangle security ministers in San Salvador, El Salvador to discuss the development of a "regional compact" and action plan aimed at addressing the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis of irregular migration and the formation of migrant caravans.

"Today, we have declared a historic commitment - our mutual intention to crack down on smugglers and traffickers who are profiting from human misery. And we have declared our resolve to bring order where there is chaos…to bring justice to criminals and gangs…and to share information to secure our borders, our people, and our way of life," said Secretary Nielsen. "Criminals show little regard for the welfare of the vulnerable people they exploit. Enough is enough.  We cannot allow children to be used as pawns or women to be sexually assaulted or migrants to become victims of violence on the terrible journey north. We must put an end to this crisis and help vulnerable migrants closer to their point of origin," she added. "I thank my foreign counterparts for their determination to increase cooperation with the United States on stopping the formation and movement of caravans and the networks that facilitate them."

By pairing new initiatives with existing efforts, the Joint Statement seeks to address the "root causes" of irregular migration in order to address the challenges at their source. Specifically, Secretary Nielsen and her Northern Triangle counterpart ministers agreed to a roadmap for action that will result in better information sharing, law enforcement cooperation, and public messaging to deal with the ongoing crisis.

The Joint Statement signed today outlines a clear path toward a formal and first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Cooperation—or "regional compact"—between U.S. and Northern Triangle security ministries.  Secretary Nielsen called for such a "compact" last summer a

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