Friday Open Thread

TGIF, Everyone. I’m off for Canada. Be back next week! Stay safe, take care of yourself and loved ones.

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  5. Liza says:

    For God’s sake, why? So many assholes in this country, they keep finding new ways to be assholes.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    National Enquirer consulted Cohen, Trump on 2016 stories: WaPo

    Rachel Maddow shares reporting from the Washington Post that the National Enquirer sent stories about Donald Trump to Michael Cohen for approval before publishing and took suggestions for stories about Hillary Clinton from Trump.


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    Multiple states sue Trump admin to stop family separation policy

    Rachel Maddow reports on a lawsuit filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and joined by several other states to stop Donald Trump’s migrant family separation policy.


  8. rikyrah says:

    Kids removed from parents by Trump policy suffer lasting trauma

    Dr. Marsha Griffin, pediatrician and co-chair of The American Academy of Pediatrics Special Interest Group on Immigrant Health, talks with Rachel Maddow about the lasting developmental damage done to children when they’re taken away from their parents.


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    Senators push back on DoD over JAGs assigned to immigration cases

    Rachel Maddow reports on a letter sent to Defense Secretary Mattis from Senators Gillibrand, Leahy, and Ernst, asking him to reconsider sending JAGs to border states to help the DoJ prosecute immigration cases.


  10. rikyrah says:

    Conscientious objectors to Trump border policy get free legal aid

    Jason Rittereiser, whose law firm has offered free legal representation federal employees who refuse to carry out Donald Trump’s migrant family separation policy, talks with Rachel Maddow about response to the offer both from other lawyers wanting to help and at least five government employees who have reached out for help.


  11. rikyrah says:

    As HHS tent city filled with kids, Azar left for college reunion

    Rachel Maddow reports that HHS Secretary Alex Azar, whose purview includes the facilities housing separated migrant kids whose parents can’t find them, skipped out for his college reunion on the day after his agency build a tent city in Texas to house migrant children taken from their parents.


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    Jeff Sessions Now Says the Administration “Never Really Intended” to Separate Families. Liar Liar Liar!

    JUNE 21, 20185:35 PM

    Attorney general Jeff Sessions tried to do some cleanup on the administration’s unpopular and maybe-disavowed family separation policy in a Thursday interview with Christian broadcaster CBN. Here’s one of the things he said:

    It hasn’t been good and the American people don’t like the idea that we are separating families. We never really intended to do that. What we intended was to make sure that adults who bring children into the country are charged with the crime that they have committed.


    • In March 2017, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked White House chief of staff John Kelly, who was then running the Department of Homeland Security, if DHS was considering a policy that would “separate the children from their moms and dads” at the border. Kelly said that DHS was “considering exactly that” in order to deter other potential undocumented crossings.

    • In May 2018, Kelly was asked during an NPR interview if he supported the now-imminent plan to prosecute all border-crossers in such a way that would separate children from their parents. He answered affirmatively, noting that “the laws are the laws” and “a big name of the game is deterrence.” His interviewer responded that “family separation stands as a pretty tough deterrent,” to which Kelly then said that it would indeed “be a tough deterrent” and would create “a much faster turnaround on asylum seekers.”

    • On a media call in June, a Health and Human Services official reiterated the administration expected and hoped that family separation would result in a deterrence effect.

    And, of course, there was the time on May 7 when attorney general Jeff Sessions literally stood in front of a fence at the California-Mexico border and pretended to talk directly to potential undocumented border-crossers in a speech:

    I have put in place a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.

    Incidentally, according to DHS’ own numbers, groups that include suspected smugglers make up 0.61 percent of the family units apprehended at the border. (The separation policy Sessions was announcing, of course, applied to all family units.)

    In summary, a politician is being dishonest!

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    ICE shutters helpful family management program amid budget cuts
    A successful program helping displaced immigrant families with a fear of returning to their home countries is shut down. The Trump administration has other priorities for the fiscal budget.

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  20. Liza says:

    I was thinking about this too. I was 5 yrs old when I started first grade. My mother was a stay-at-home mom and this was our first separation. She takes me in for my first day of school and I immediately started wailing when she left. Then, to add to my woes, my first grade teacher (a young nun) was losing her mind. Seriously. She tormented us for several months and they finally removed her and sent her away at Christmas break.

    What these kids are going through is much, much worse. Someone better pay for this.


  21. Let it come soon, Lord

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    First time illegal entry into the United States is a misdemeanor.

    Lying on or omitting materially relevant information from your SF86 (as Jared Kushner did multiple times by his own admission) is a felony.

    Guess which one’s getting prosecuted?

    — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 21, 2018


  25. rikyrah says:

    The inescapable truth: Trump, his regime, and much of his base view these brown children and parents only as animals and future gang members. They can’t understand the kerfuffle about the sub-human treatment immigrants are getting.

    — Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 21, 2018


  26. rikyrah says:

    Here’s the story we just published. It’s clear to me that there is no plan to reunify these families.

    — Kevin Sieff (@ksieff) June 22, 2018


  27. rikyrah says:

    If only there was some alternative to family detention. Wait: There is one! A successful case management pilot program that the Trump admin shut down.

    Check out this statistic: “99 percent of participants successfully attended their court appearances and ICE check-ins.”

    — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 20, 2018


  28. rikyrah says:

    “The business of housing, transporting and watching over migrant children detained along the southwest border is not a multimillion-dollar business.

    It’s a billion-dollar one.”

    — Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) June 22, 2018


  29. rikyrah says:

    Minh-Ha T. Pham @minh81
    “RAICES needs volunteer translators: “who speak Meso-American indigenous languages (eg, zapotec, nahua, ma’am, quich’e, maya, mixe, mixteco–not Spanish). Don’t need to be in Texas, or even in the US. They can translate remotely.”

    — mary lou (@mlhoffman) June 22, 2018


  30. rikyrah says:

    Texas Judge: “I can’t understand this. If someone at the jail takes your wallet, they give you a receipt. They take your kids, and you get nothing? Not even a slip of paper?”

    — Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) June 21, 2018


  31. #Parkland kids, y’all. This is how you be about it!

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  34. Liza says:

    Actually, it can be a combination of both. And I think that is exactly what it is.

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    Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration effort
    By Doina Chiacu

    29 mins ago

    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, which he hoped would bring more party members into Congress.

    Trump, faced with a public outcry over his policy that separated children from their migrant parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, tried to refocus the immigration debate on Congress in a series of early posts on Twitter.

    Despite Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the party’s slim 51-49 majority in the latter chamber makes some Democratic support necessary to pass most legislation.

    “Elect more Republicans in November and we will pass the finest, fairest and most comprehensive Immigration Bills anywhere in the world,” Trump said on Twitter. “Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!” he said.


  37. rikyrah says:

    The president believes that stories of migrant children being ripped away from their parents are “phony stories of sadness and grief.”

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 22, 2018


  38. rikyrah says:

    When the Russians turned out to have nothing on Hillary, one the Trump Tower meeting participants told me, “The light just went out in his eyes. He was totally disinterested.” My profile of the President’s eldest son and namesake:— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) June 21, 2018


  39. rikyrah says:

    Young Trumpies Hit D.C.… And D.C. hits them right back.

    There’s always tension when administrations change in Washington; a new cast of characters arrives, and an influx of appointees, lobbyists and hangers-on have to stake out their own ground. But the era of Donald Trump is—as in so many respects—different.

    Washington is a hipper city now than it’s ever been, a place where staffers, especially young staffers who want to drink and date and live normal millennial lives, would want to live. The problem is, if you work for Trump, it’s also more hostile territory than it’s ever been. The president campaigned against the very idea of “Washington,” slammed cities as “war zones” and ran a racially charged campaign whose coded messages weren’t lost on the diverse, Democratic-leaning residents of D.C.’s buzzing neighborhoods. The bar-filled areas that became synonymous with young Washington in the Obama era—Columbia Heights, Shaw, U Street, H Street—are full of anti-Trump T-shirts and street art. Even old Republican redoubts like Spring Valley in upper Northwest aren’t very Trump-friendly.

    So, what’s a young Trumpie to do? Many still do live in D.C., and to understand what their lives here are like, we interviewed more than 30 millennial staffers from the Trump White House and across the administration, both current and former (many have already left), as well as a smattering of their friends and outside observers. Nearly all spoke on the condition of anonymity, to talk candidly about their personal lives or because they were not authorized by their bosses to comment. They told us their horror stories about being heckled on the street and their struggles to get a date. Unlike their predecessors, who made their mark on the city’s social scene, they largely keep to themselves, more likely to hop between intimate apartment gatherings than to hit the town. “Instead of folks looking outward,” explains one young White House aide, “more folks look inward.”

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    Yeah, we know…


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  50. Have a great time, Ametia. Stay safe and send me pics. I wanna see what Canada looks like.


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    Have a great trip 🙌🙌


  55. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning Everyone 😄😄 😄


    • Good morning. This the best thing to wake up to….

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    • Liza says:

      Good morning, Rikyrah and Everyone.

      Last night my husband’s older sister told us she had sad news. She is diagnosed with bulbar palsy which I had never heard of, but I now know it is a variant form of ALS. One of their brothers died from ALS in his mid-fifties.

      This is one of the worst diagnoses a person could get, IMO. It is a slow death, from 6 months to 3 yrs based on what I’ve read. She’ll spend whatever time she has left managing the symptoms and getting her affairs in order as they say.

      Just like that, it’s over. I’m feeling so sad, she is a really good person. I thought she would be around for awhile, but that isn’t going to happen.

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  56. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : June 22, 2018

    Notorious play
    adjective noh-TOR-ee-us

    Definition: generally known and talked of; especially : widely and unfavorably known


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