Thursday Open Thread | Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds Week

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62 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds Week

  1. Liza says:

    Some very talented artist loves Bernie…

    Incredible PENCIL art done by a member of our community #FeelTheBern Source: https://t.co/qy4XMCOHvH pic.twitter.com/58C2ZhRtYM— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 31, 2017

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  2. eliihass says:

    “…Flight logs show that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, travelled to Aspen, Colorado on the same day as a Russian oligarch with strong ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    As the president’s push for health care reform went down in flames last week, Kushner and his family were reportedly skiing in Aspen. Trump was said to be unhappy about the timing of the vacation.

    Photojournalist Eric Rosenwald examined flight logs from airports in the area and found that Kushner arrived in Aspen on Saturday, March 18 — the same day as Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who has been described as “one of Putin’s closest confidants.” Abramovich is known to own a home in Aspen.

    According to Politico’s Jake Sherman, Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova, attended President Trump’s inauguration as a guest of Ivanka Trump.

    Rosenwald goes on to point out that two days later Abramovich’s plane flew to the Caribbean just as two planes linked to Michael Cohen, special counsel to the president, arrived at nearby airports…”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/jared-kushner-flew-to-aspen-same-day-as-one-of-putins-closest-confidants-whose-wife-is-pals-with-ivanka/

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  9. Marnie’s ok. I heard from her. Pray for all affected.

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  11. Ametia says:

    GOP need to withdraw Neil Gosuch’s name for SCOTUS

    NOW

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  12. Lord Jesus! Marnie lives in Atlanta. Pray, y’all.

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    • eliihass says:

      Paul Ryan is just another shallow, soulless, less than average, unimpressively and painfully mediocre, self-aggrandizing, mealy-mouthed republican coward who’s only North Star is his own greed and the presidential ambition that he’s been told is in his future by those agenda-driven agents and frontmen of the various oligarchs and their GOP “think-tanks” who own him and who’ve misled him into believing his own hype, and have tried to falsely and laughably sell him as some whiz kid..

      Paul Ryan is done. If he’s lucky, his owners will find him a cush spot where he can line his pockets post-congress, like Eric Cantor..

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  15. Liza says:

    Ain’t this the truth. I guess the folks who wanted the first woman president have got one.

    Welp, it has to get worse before it can get better. I'm referring to Ivanka as the shadow president, that's what it all boils down to.— grannystanding4Truth (@granny_st) March 30, 2017

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    • eliihass says:

      That’s actually the plan Liza…they’re actually looking to ‘groom’ her as their future puppet in chief and are already psychologically manipulating the right-wingers for buy-in with carefully spun narratives and visuals – including photos of her in ‘meetings’ with heads of state…and that stark photo of her sitting in the chair behind the desk in the Oval Office, flanked by Justin Trudeau and her buffoon father…

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  16. Ametia says:

    #BlackWomenAtWork know how Maxine Waters and April Ryan feel
    William Cummings , USA TODAY Published 10:37 p.m. ET March 28, 2017 | Updated 9:57 a.m. ET March 29, 2017

    To say Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly and White House press secretary Sean Spicer touched a nerve would be an understatement.

    Both men made comments Tuesday that struck many observers as being disrespectful of two prominent and successful black women. And those comments sparked a viral social media reaction.

    In O’Reilly’s case, he said he couldn’t focus on a word that Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said in a clip shown on Fox & Friends because he was looking at her “James Brown wig.”

    O’Reilly later apologized, saying it was a “dumb” joke and that he respected Waters “for being sincere in her beliefs.”

    Spicer took issue with the questions being asked by American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan during a news conference at the White House. Spicer accused Ryan of having a biased agenda and at one point told her “stop shaking your head.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/28/blackwomenatwork-response-maxine-waters-april-ryan-treatment/99762090/

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    • eliihass says:

      Just ‘black women at work’…nah, black women period…not even those cowards, greedy and self-loathing ones who sell out, are immune…they’re still treated with contempt and condescension even as they’re being used …and then ultimately discarded…cast to the rubbish heap when they are done using them…

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    • rikyrah says:

      White flight followed factory jobs out of Gary, Indiana. Black people didn’t have a choice
      Residents who know the ugliness of racial politics all too well blame automation, not immigrants, for the destruction and despair that Trump promised to fix

      Gary, Indiana, is dying. It’s a city built around a manufacturing industry mostly gone. The death isn’t complete; there are still a few factories and a few neighborhoods with nice, small homes. Other parts are only slightly scarred, with boarded-up or burned-down houses sandwiched tightly between well-kept homes. Some parts are just dead: overgrown streets lined by empty lots and broken buildings.

      ……………………………………………..

      Although Gary is only 40 miles from Chicago, it has the feel of an isolated town. Walking the emptier parts, I see only a few solitary signs of life: the rush of a passing police car, a grandmother walking her grandchild to a corner store. As I photograph the rubble of a collapsed building, I am entirely alone until a Drug Enforcement Administration agent rolls up in a huge SUV. We chat for a bit.

      He grew up in Gary, left for the military and then stayed away for work but is now back to care for his mother. He tells me unprompted not to be worried about my safety, that the residents of Gary get a bad rap but that they are hard-working, polite and smart, despite what the town might look like. I agree, not out of politeness but because it is my fourth day in Gary and I have seen the same.

      He explains before leaving: “We used to be the murder capital of the US, but there is hardly anybody left to kill. We used to be the drug capital of the US, but for that you need money, and there aren’t jobs or things to steal here.”

      Gary’s decline from a peak in the 1960s has brought a destruction and despair that I have seen in many de-industrialized towns across the US. Those towns voted heavily for Donald Trump for president, but Gary is different. More than 84% of Gary is African American, and although Gary has experienced more decline than most places, a strong majority voted for Hillary Clinton.

      I find George Young, 88, drinking in the Chops Lounge with a group of longtime Gary residents – all of whom are vocally anti-Trump. George’s story is not uncommon in this town: at 21, he moved to Gary from Louisiana in 1951 “because of jobs. Simple as that. This town was filled with them. I left Louisiana on December 10th, got here the 11th, got a job at the Sheet and Tool company on the 12th, started working on the 13th, and spent the next 42 years and two months here.”

      Although George doesn’t overlook Trump’s policies on race and immigration (“Is Trump a racist? Of course he is”), he also differs from many Trump voters in his assessment of the country’s problems.

      “Trump can’t bring jobs back because the jobs are gone to automation. We used to have 10 men doing cleanup in my job. Now one man operates a machine. We used to have 10 men running the furnaces. Now robots run them.”

      That view is a marked difference from what you hear from people in working-class white towns that voted for Trump, who are quick to assign blame to immigration and jobs moving overseas.

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  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump has seen the enemy and it is the House Freedom Caucus
    03/30/17 11:24 AM
    By Steve Benen
    On Friday morning, before much of the political world was even awake, Donald Trump has already complaining about members of the House Freedom Caucus – a far-right GOP faction in Congress opposed to, among other things, the party’s health care legislation. The presidential pressure, however, didn’t work: later that day, with Freedom Caucus members refusing to budge, Trump’s bill was scrapped.

    In the wake of failure, did the president try to mend fences with his intra-party foes? Actually, he did the opposite, ratcheting up the whining. On Sunday morning, Trump used Twitter to again complain about the House Freedom Caucus, and the president echoed the sentiment on Monday night.

    This morning, apparently unable to let anything go, Trump once again took aim at the Republicans who stubbornly refused to follow his orders:

    “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”

    Here’s what Trump’s allies and supporters should worry about: he seems to have no idea why this strategy is so unwise.

    Look, the arithmetic is easy to understand. There are, as of this morning, 237 Republicans in the House. It takes 218 votes to pass a bill*. There are roughly 40 members of the House Freedom Caucus. With the White House already having pushed away Democrats, and the unpopular president already lacking political capital, you don’t have to be a genius or a mathematician to realize Trump’s legislative agenda will need some House Freedom Caucus support if it’s going to pass.

    And with this dynamic in mind, the president has decided his best move is to publicly complain about Freedom Caucus members – repeatedly – and threaten them in advance of the 2018 midterms. These same members, reluctant to appear weak, will almost certainly respond to Trump’s salvos by sticking to their guns.

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    • eliihass says:

      Trump is as much the enemy – of the American people – as is every ‘specialty group’ within the Republican Party, and the Republican Party as a whole…and some Democrats too, like that pos corrupt racist a-hole Joe Manchin..

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  18. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is overshadowed by a cloud of dark money pic.twitter.com/7CU8iAV2Jm

    — The Opposition (@oppstn) March 30, 2017

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  19. Ametia says:

    ZEGK part deux

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Treason in the White House and its Cover-up in Congress: Why We Need a Special Prosecutor

    Spandan Chakrabarti
    March 29, 2017

    For months in the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton warned about Donald Trump’s allegiance to the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, but our venerable media ignored her. Even when Clinton directly confronted Trump at a debate and called him a Russian puppet, our media treated it as little more than colorful campaign theater.

    Partly as a result of that gross negligence, Donald Trump now occupies the Oval Office, and is in possession of the nation’s most sensitive intelligence.

    Trump’s close circle’s connection is so direct to Moscow that even his friends on Capitol Hill cannot pretend it’s not a problem without an investigation. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is not only close business associates with Russian oligarchs close to Putin, but may well have helped launder Russian money.

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    There’s a term for a foreign power colluding to get someone in power in another country: it’s called a coup.

    Whether Putin pulled off a coup with the active cooperation of the Trump campaign is also the subject of investigations in both the House and the Senate. In the House at least, the GOP Chairman Devin Nunes has affirmatively proven himself Donald Trump’s lapdog. A former Trump transition official, Nunes has now breached Intelligence committee protocol, lying and running to the White House to both be brief and to brief Trump. Incidentally, if his claims about having a source brief him about “incidental” surveillance of Trump (meaning Trump was not the target) is even true, Nunes saw no problem with being told by sources at the Trump White House something vaguely reminiscent of the orange bobblehead’s tweets. Ever the drama queen, Nunes now says he won’t tell his colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee about this source.

    Nunes has so drastically compromised himself that his hometown newspaper, The Fresno Bee, has slammed him as Trump’s “errand boy” as it added to John McCain’s call for an independent investigation with the additional demand to appoint a Special Prosecutor in light of the fact that Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his own Russian troubles.

    ………………..

    A Quinnipiac poll finds that two in three Americans now want that independent investigation to find out if Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to create conditions to stage what would be tantamount to a coup of the last election. If such collusion is proven, it would constitute treason – if not in the legal sense then in every other sense – by the sitting president of the United States. It would throw the very legitimacy of Trump’s election and his presidency into deep question.

    That may be why Nunes is frantically moving to cover up and shut down open investigation. He unilaterally canceled a hearing set for Tuesday, March 28, in which former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was to testify. Trump fired Yates in January after she declined to defend Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim travel ban. Yates is thought to have blockbuster testimony that would prove Trump a liar at least when it came to what he knew and when about Michael Flynn, and sure enough, the Washington Post is now reporting that the White House tried to keep Yates from testifying, asserting idiotic versions of the attorney-client privilege. News flash, Donald: the Attorney General is America’s chief prosecutor, not the president’s personal lawyer. What’s more, the same day the White House tried and failed to convince Yates not to testify, Nunes canceled the hearing in which she would have testified.

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  21. rikyrah says:

    In North Carolina, the end of an error?
    03/30/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 03/30/17 09:45 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It was just last year that city officials in Charlotte approved a broad anti-discrimination measure, which included protections that allowed people to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity. With remarkable speed and efficiency, then-Gov. Pat McCrory (R) and the Republican-led state legislature swiftly approved an LGBT state law, HB 2, to undo what Charlotte had done.

    GOP officials were woefully unprepared for the culture-war backlash, which by some estimates, ended up costing the state dearly. It also contributed to Pat McCrory losing his job – the Tar Heel State Republican was the only incumbent governor in either party to lose in 2016.

    The current effort in North Carolina is cleaning up the mess. NBC News confirmed that state policymakers have reached an agreement to repeal the so-called “bathroom bill,” but the solution is not without controversy.

    The proposed reversal – which will be debated and voted on Thursday – has incensed gay-rights activists, who want nothing short of an unconditional repeal of the divisive House Bill 2.

    This is because the new plan would not cancel out the legislation entirely but replace it with a new law. The new framework would give the state final say over multi-stall restrooms and ensure “women and girls should not have to share bathrooms with men,” according to its backers.

    Unimpressed, activists alleged the proposal was “simply another version” of the old law, and was merely an attempt by officials to stop the financial hemorrhage sparked by its passing.

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  22. rikyrah says:

    The Republican war on science intensifies in the Trump era
    03/30/17 10:47 AM—UPDATED 03/30/17 10:51 AM
    By Steve Benen
    Meet the new Environmental Protection Agency; it’s quite a bit worse than the most recent iteration of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers.

    The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of his first formal actions as the nation’s top environmental official, rejected a petition filed a decade ago by two environmental groups that had asked that the agency ban all uses of chlorpyrifos. The chemical was banned in 2000 for use in most household settings, but still today is used at about 40,000 farms on about 50 different types of crops, ranging from almonds to apples.

    As the New York Times’ report explained, EPA scientists concluded last year that there are significant health consequences associated with exposure to the chemical. As of late last year, the agency had revised and research and “still concluded that the chemical should be banned.”

    Chlorpyrifos’ maker, however, Dow Chemical, insisted the science is inconclusive – and Donald Trump’s EPA chief, as his wont, sided with the manufacturer.

    Jim Jones, who ran the EPA’s chemical safety unit, told the Times the Trump administration is “ignoring the science that is pretty solid.”

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  23. rikyrah says:

    ICYMI:

    The Pentagon is no longer giving number of US Troops Deployment to Iraq going forward….\

    Where, oh where, are all the war haters that were so present when the Black man was President?

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  24. rikyrah says:

    Republicans take new steps to keep Trump’s tax returns secret
    03/29/17 04:24 PM
    By Steve Benen

    At a White House press briefing last week, Press Secretary Sean Spicer briefly flubbed a line before correcting himself. “I think there’s a huge appetite,” he said, “for tax returns, tax reform.”

    He meant to say the latter, not the former, but in a way, Spicer accidentally told the truth: the public appetite for Donald Trump’s tax returns is real, and despite the ongoing efforts to keep the materials secret, calls for the president to be transparent, as all of his modern predecessors have been, aren’t going away.

    Neither are efforts to force Trump to disclose the materials he doesn’t want the public to see. The Huffington Post reported:

    Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee voted down a measure offered by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) to force President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to the committee.

    In a party-line vote on Tuesday, 24 committee Republicans voted against the measure and 16 Democrats voted for it.

    In case you’re wondering why the GOP-led committee brought up the issue at all, Roll Call reported that it wasn’t by choice: Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had to bring up Bill Pascrell’s bill, which would’ve directed the Treasury Department to provide lawmakers with the tax returns, because Dems forced the issue “under a procedural tool known as a resolution of inquiry.”

    But forcing a vote obviously doesn’t produce a favorable outcome.

    For those keeping score at home, this is the third time Republicans have been forced to vote on the issue, and in each instance, they’ve voted to help shield Trump from scrutiny. That’s not terribly surprising, of course, but some of these GOP lawmakers have told their constituents they actually want Trump to release his returns.

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), for example, held a town-hall event in his conservative Florida district, where he publicly encouraged Trump to release his tax returns. Yesterday, however, Gaetz, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, voted with his party to help keep the tax returns under wrap.

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  25. Tyren M. says:

    Good morning 3Chics,
    I’m digging Face Week! I won’t believe Burr will be any better than Nunes until I see it. I’m not going for calling Comey a hero for doing wtf he’s supposed to be doing. And I certainly don’t believe the police are turning against AG Bull Connor – sanctuary money or not. Too much bs and noise out there. Have a good day all.

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  26. rikyrah says:

    Paul Ryan accidentally tells the truth, rejects bipartisanship
    03/30/17 10:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    The Republicans’ recent health care effort ended in ignominious failure late last week, prompting a variety of GOP leaders to say they’re eager to move on to other issues, most notably tax reform. And yet, many in the party continue to say the health care fight isn’t in their rear-view mirror just yet.

    There’s been quite a bit of chatter this week about Republicans quietly renewing negotiations over health care, looking to salvage the GOP initiative. Indeed, Wall Street watchers noticed yesterday that hospital stocks saw a sharp decline, late in the afternoon, following a report that House Republicans might vote on a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, possibly as early as next week.

    I’m skeptical anything will come of this – the intra-party divisions that existed last week haven’t gone away – but House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) offered some insights as to why he and his members are still trying to push this boulder uphill.

    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said he does not want President Donald Trump to work with Democrats on new legislation for revamping the country’s health insurance system, commonly called Obamacare.

    In an interview with “CBS This Morning” that will air on Thursday, Ryan said he fears the Republican Party, which failed last week to come together and agree on a healthcare overhaul, is pushing the president to the other side of the aisle so he can make good on campaign promises to redo Obamacare.

    Referring to Trump’s newfound willingness to talk to Democrats about possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, Ryan told CBS, “I don’t want that to happen.” The Speaker added that if the White House were to pursue bipartisan policymaking, “that’s hardly a conservative thing.”

    This has all the makings of a Michael Kinsley Moment: a politician making a mistake by accidentally telling the truth.

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    • Liza says:

      Let Paul Ryan keep digging his hole. Let the Ayn Rand fan boy show how crazy he really is and how unfit he is to be a representative of reasonable people.

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    • eliihass says:

      It was not ‘accidental’ fam…

      As dysfunctional as their symbiotic ‘relationship’ is, and as disparate as their pet agenda appear…Ryan and cohorts of the buffoon are still very much coordinating to dupe the American people, and only to achieve some much desired goals on behalf of their shared and most important wealthy constituency…

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  27. rikyrah says:

    March/April/May 2017
    The Alt-Right Doesn’t Care About the Constitution
    An emergent bloc of Republican voters, with unprecedented access to the new president’s administration, openly despises our founding document’s historic ideals. If left to fester, this poison will destroy the conservative movement.

    by John Ehrett

    What does the alt-right believe about the Constitution?

    Though plenty of ink has already been spilled about the controversial movement, steeped in xenophobia and racism, that zealously backed Donald Trump’s campaign, this question has gone virtually unexplored.

    In part, this is due to the difficulty of defining exactly what the alt-right stands for beyond explicit white supremacy. Some prominent “intellectuals” of the alt-right include Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute and proponent of “peaceful ethnic cleansing”; Kevin MacDonald, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, known for his characterization of Judaism as a “group evolutionary strategy” deployed to out-compete other social groups for scarce resources; and Jared Taylor, a writer who argued in 2005 that black people cannot sustain Western civilization. Today’s alt-right is an internet-adept mélange of these white-identity activists alongside politically nihilistic pot stirrers.

    While many differences exist within alt-right circles—for instance, some members are overtly anti-Semitic, some not—the alt-right rank and file seems to broadly embrace two general positions, both of which were once politically toxic: opposition to globalist economic policies, and opposition to multiculturalism. Neither of these positions is explicitly “constitutional” in character, and, indeed, talk of “restoring constitutional values” is nearly nonexistent in alt-right online forums. An amorphous idea of national identity—one that seems to have nothing to do with the Constitution—undergirds the alt-right’s affinity for Trumpist politics.

    In fact, some prominent members of the alt-right go beyond neglect for the Constitution into outright hostility.

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  28. rikyrah says:

    Countering the Lies of White Nationalists
    by Nancy LeTourneau March 30, 2017 8:00 AM

    As I have noted before, white nationalists like Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller want to flip the script on how we view immigrants and refugees in this country. They want us to stop us considering their plight and start being afraid of what immigrants and refugees will do to this country.

    ………………………

    Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? So I decided to do a little fact-checking. Here is what I found:

    Instead of citing anything from the Census Bureau (as the title suggests), the article attributes the claim to Steven Camarota at the Center for Immigration Studies — “a conservative non-profit research organization ‘that favors far lower immigration numbers and produces research to further those views.’”
    None of the links provided by the Washington Examiner go to actual studies conducted by Camarota or CIS.
    Camarota did publish an article at CIS in June 2013 which made these claims about an immigrant surge. It was titled “Foreign-Born Share Would Hit Historic High in Seven Years Under S.744.” He was referring to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill crafted by the so-called “gang of eight” that passed the Senate but was never brought to a vote in the House.
    For some actual data, we can turn to the Migration Policy Institute, “an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.” There we find the following:

    The U.S. immigrant population stood at more than 43.3 million, or 13.5 percent, of the total U.S. population of 321.4 million in 2015, according to American Community Survey (ACS) data. Between 2014 and 2015, the foreign-born population increased by 899,000, or 2.1 percent, a slower growth rate compared to 2.5 percent between 2013 and 2014.

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  29. rikyrah says:

    What Some Colleges are Quietly Doing to Help Undocumented Students
    With sanctuary promises untested, institutions offer other long-sought help

    by Timothy Pratt
    March 29, 2017 11:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION

    As on other campuses, students at the University of Utah have been calling for the school to declare itself a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, including those enrolled there.

    There have been marches, a walkout and a rally at the administration building, where protesters taped copies of their demands to the president’s door. One was that the university refuse to work with, or provide students’ immigration status to, government authorities.

    So far, administrators — as on some other campuses — have said no.

    They were concerned about losing federal money,” said Marisol Perez Gonzalez, a senior sociology major who along with other students took part in meetings with administrators about these issues, and who herself has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status after being brought by her family from Mexico to Salt Lake City when she was 10.

    But while the fate of undocumented students is still up in the air, and the effectiveness of promises at other universities to provide them sanctuary still untested, the attention to the issue in Utah and elsewhere has resulted in something much less widely noticed that could also have a big impact: Long-sought additional support is finally being added on campuses to help these students succeed in college.

    The University of Utah has quietly agreed to create a resource center for undocumented students, and has hired a coordinator to run it. Similar supports have been put in place by Georgetown, Harvard, Western Washington University, San Diego State, San Francisco State and the California Polytechnic campuses at San Luis Obispo and Pomona.

    Meng So, director of the undocumented-student resource center at UC Berkeley since it became the first in the nation in 2012, said he’s gotten dozens of how-to inquiries from other schools. “We’ve seen a surge in the number of universities reaching out to us,” So said.

    Observers of the protests, and of the new support services for undocumented students, say pressure and attention from the first have led to the second.

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  30. rikyrah says:

    Ryan Lizza doesn’t pull any punches.

    The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been frozen,” Jim Himes, a Democratic representative from Connecticut who is a member of the Committee, said.

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  31. rikyrah says:

    Quick Takes: Cops Turn on Sessions
    by Nancy LeTourneau March 29, 2017 6:24 PM

    * During the presidential campaign, rather than try to bridge the divide between the police and BlackLivesMatter, Trump took sides and promised to further empower the police. In response, the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed him. Now they’re not so happy with his Attorney General.

    Leaders of the largest police union in the United States have warned President Donald Trump that he could endanger public safety if he follows through with cuts in federal grants to immigrant “sanctuary cities,” the union’s director told Reuters after a White House meeting.

    In a move that concerned the Fraternal Order of Police, one of Trump’s biggest supporters in the 2016 election campaign, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department would restrict grants to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities…

    The Justice Department plans to restrict sanctuary cities from using grants from the department’s Office of Justice Programs and Community Oriented Policing Services, both of which send grant money to local and state police departments.

    Pasco said the union does not support the policies of sanctuary cities, but its executives are concerned that cuts in funding could hurt police departments in those areas.

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    • eliihass says:

      Be careful courting the devil…be even more careful giving the devil a ride in your new car and letting him test drive it on the way to harassing your mutual enemy…

      Because sooner or later, the devil will show his true color, and not content with being the passenger or simply test-driving your car, will push you out on the highway and take off with it..

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  32. rikyrah says:

    A President being under FBI investigation is stronger basis to wait than a President being in 8th year of his termhttps://t.co/Tk8HMzwj7y— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) March 29, 2017

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  33. rikyrah says:

    I’m still in my feelings about last night’s Underground. I still don’t know how to deal with it. This show really should be used as a teaching curriculum about slavery.

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  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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