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Priests and nuns arrested for protesting Trump's immigration policies in Washington, D.C. | Daily Mail Online
Catholic activists staged a demonstration at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Thursday
The group were protesting the Trump administration's policy of detaining migrant children at the Southern Border
Priests and nuns were among 70 people arrested for 'crowding, obstructing, incommoding', and several were filmed being led away in handcuffs
It's the second religious demonstration against Trump's immigration policies this week, with 10 Jewish activists arrested outside ICE headquarters on Wednesday
Officials are struggling to cope with overcrowding of detention facilities on the Southern Border with more than 500,000 people apprehended trying to illegally enter the U.S. since January
Shocking video has captured the moment priests and nuns were put into zip-tie handcuffs after being arrested for protesting the Trump administration's detention of migrant children on the U.S. southern border.
The clergy members were among 70 Catholic activists who descended upon the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. on Thursday for the protests.
Activists from more than a dozen Catholic organizations chanted the names of children who have died in detention facilities during Trump's term in office as they railed against 'the immoral and inhumane practice of detaining immigrant children.'
Several of the protesters lay on the floor of the building's rotunda in order to make a human cross before it was dismantled by officers.
70 of the assembled were subsequently arrested for 'unlawfully demonstrating in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building', Roll Call reports. A 90-year-old nun was among those arrested.
Video posted to Twitter by one eyewitness shows officers escorting priests and nuns from the premises.
Several recited the Lord's Prayer as they were led away.
'All were charged with D.C. Code 22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding,' a police officer told Roll Call in an emailed statement.
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How cowardly Republicans isolate the media vis-a-vis Trump’s racism - The Washington Post
Fox News has been diligent in documenting those media figures who’ve used their faculties of deduction to label as “racist” President Trump’s Sunday tweets telling female members of Congress of color — the so-called progressive “Squad” — to “go back” to the “places from which they came.” Democrats have done so, as well. Here’s an illustrative Fox News chyron:
There’ll be no disputing that Fox News chyron.
And what about Republicans? Well, Kevin Schaul and Kevin Uhrmacher of The Post have plotted the party’s collective reaction to Trump’s attacks on Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.). As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, fewer Republicans have condemned the remarks (18) than supported them (29). A mass of 203 Republicans stand between those two poles, either criticizing both parties (42) or not commenting/dodging (161). The Post’s Richard Cohen writes, “The GOP’s silence in the face of all this is not just shameful, it is wrenching. For crying out loud, say something!”
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Trump’s racist tweets are one of the lowest moments of his presidency - The Washington Post
PERHAPS PRESIDENT TRUMP was trying to distract his base from the fact that his promised immigration raids did not occur over the weekend. Maybe he failed to understand that he would only help the Democrats unite around the four congresswomen he attacked, until then a source of party division. Whatever his motivation, Mr. Trump hit one of the lowest moments of his presidency on Sunday, which is saying something, when he tweeted that “ ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
This reference to four left-wing members of Congress — widely understood to mean Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — required an explanation and an apology. Instead, Mr. Trump doubled down on Monday, insisting, essentially, that his critics are the real racists.
If the president had a real press secretary who offered daily briefings, as was the long-established custom, now would be a time for clarification. A few of the questions that might be asked: Which governments was Mr. Trump criticizing? Is it the president’s view that foreign-born Americans should be judged based on their place of origin, rather than their actions? And does he believe that people of color, even if born in the United States, are not true Americans?
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3 days ago by rgl7194
George Conway: Trump is a racist president - The Washington Post
George T. Conway III is a lawyer in New York.
To this day, I can remember almost the precise spot where it happened: a supermarket parking lot in eastern Massachusetts. It was the mid-1970s; I was not yet a teenager, or barely one. I don’t remember exactly what precipitated the woman’s ire. But I will never forget what she said to my mother, who had come to this country from the Philippines decades before. In these words or something close, the woman said, “Go back to your country.”
I remember the incident well, but it never bothered me all that much. Nor did racial slurs, which, thankfully, were rare. None of it was troublesome, to my mind, because most Americans weren’t like that. The woman in the parking lot was just a boor, an ignoramus, an aberration. America promised equality. Its constitution said so. My schoolbooks said so. The country wasn’t perfect, to be sure. But its ideals were. And every day brought us closer to those ideals.
To a young boy, it seemed like long ago that a descendant of slaves had prophesied, five days before I was born, that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We would be there soon enough, if we weren’t there already. I couldn’t understand why colleges required applicants to check boxes for race or ethnicity. I’m also part Irish and Scottish. What box should I check? Should I check one at all? Will that help me or hurt me? Never mind, not to worry, those boxes would someday soon be gone.
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I may not agree with AOC’s squad, but they are better Americans than Trump - The Washington Post
Yet another reason to be angry at President Trump: He is forcing me — and every other American who is not a racist — to defend the most left-wing members of Congress. These are the four newly elected members who make up the so-called Squad: Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.).
In the past I have been quite critical of Omar for her blatant anti-Semitism (a charge that has also been leveled at Tlaib) and of Ocasio-Cortez for her cavalier attitude toward the facts. I am no fan of the Green New Deal, which, as Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, just admitted, isn’t really a “climate thing” but a “how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing,” i.e., just what Republican critics have been claiming. I am concerned that the willingness of Ocasio-Cortez and other firebrands to embrace the “socialist” label and to call for shutting down (rather than reforming) Immigration and Customs Enforcement plays right into Trump’s hands.
Their readiness to imply that anyone who disagrees with them is a tool of corporate interests or even a racist is name-calling that has no place in our politics: Ocasio-Cortez complained that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is “singling out … newly elected women of color,” and Chakrabarti (who acts like a member of Congress, not a congressional staffer), even more outrageously, compared moderate Democrats to Southern segregationists from the 1940s. The Squad’s opposition to legislation that would allow better care for asylum seekers flooding across the southern border — they were the only four Democratic no votes on an emergency $4.5 billion border funding bill passed by the House — shows they are more interested in making a statement than making a difference.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
We are all ‘the Squad’ now - The Washington Post
President Trump has forced us all to take a position on what kind of America this is going to be — in essence, to define again what American “nationalism” means. Is it a white Christian nationalism (or if you’re Jewish and think you can wriggle yourself inside the Trumpian nationalist tent, you can call it Judeo-Christian), in which immigrants of color or other religions are not really Americans and can be told by the president to “go back” to their ancestral lands? Or is it the universalist nationalism of the Declaration of Independence, based on the liberal Enlightenment principles of equality before the law, the inviolable rights of the individual against the state and the conviction that all citizens — regardless of religion, ethnicity or ancestral roots and the timing of their arrival — are equally American?
This is hardly the first time that Americans have been presented with this question, needless to say, and they have often answered equivocally. The popular willingness to denounce and even persecute the “hyphenated” Americans of German and Irish descent during and after World War I, a frenzy spurred by leaders of both political parties; the imprisonment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during World War II, upheld by the Supreme Court; and of course the unending horrific treatment of African Americans — these are more than sad episodes in our history. They are as much a part of who we are as the civil rights movement and other triumphs of individual liberties. White nationalism was never just a fringe phenomenon, and it isn’t today. The South was a bastion of the white-nationalist idea for almost two centuries and with support in the last half of the 20th century from conservative thinkers such as Russell Kirk and William F. Buckley Jr. Today, the American conservative movement proudly nurtures a new nationalism, whose intellectual authors openly call on Americans to reject the universal liberal principles of the Declaration of Independence in favor of a nationhood grounded in religion and culture. It is a growth industry.
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‘The Squad’ hates Trump’s policies. That doesn’t mean they hate America. - The Washington Post
IN THE days since he tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen should “go back” to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, President Trump has not apologized. Instead, he has shifted the terms of his slander — and in the process gained the support of many Republicans who dared not echo his original racist assault.
The women of color in question, Mr. Trump now maintains, “HATE our Country.” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) had the idea: While conceding, unlike Mr. Trump, that the women “are American citizens” who “won an election,” Mr. Graham charged that they “are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country.” Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) said, “In America, if you hate our country, you are free to leave.” Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) tweeted that he stood with Mr. Trump because “Montanans are sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals.”
These charges are nominally founded on some of the outspoken statements for which this quartet of Democratic House members — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — has become famous, including one in which Ms. Ocasio-Cortez characterized migrant detention facilities as “concentration camps.” This is not evidence that she or the others hate the United States, just that they strongly dislike some government policies. It is, by the way, almost surreal to hear Republicans call fellow members of Congress communists — without evidence — after Mr. Trump has spent months cozying up to a real-life Stalinist, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Am I an American? - The Atlantic
President Trump’s tirade against four minority congresswomen prompts the question: Whom does he consider to be American?
I live in envy. I envy the people who know their nationality. All the people whose nationality has never been a question in their mind.
I can imagine the woman staring at her reflection in the Volta River who knows she’s Ghanaian, like her ancestors who liberated their people in 1957 and chose the mighty pre-colonial Ghana as the name of their new nation. I can imagine the woman flying into Frankfurt who knows she’s German, who knows she’s arriving back home. I can imagine the man working on his antique car outside his home in Biloxi, forehead covered by the prized blood-red baseball cap he purchased at a rally back in November, a man who has never been told, “Go back to your country!” If somehow someone did tell him, it would confuse him as much as it would the Ghanaian or German woman. It would be like someone driving by his house and shouting at him, “Go back to your home!”
That he is at home, that he is in his country, is as much a fact of his existence as the tool clenched in his hand, as the sunrays shooting past the Mississippi trees hovering above his sweaty hat and its four beaming white words.
Nothing is more certain to him than that he is an American—and that I am not. My living here, being born here, and being a citizen here—none of those fine details matter. To him, to millions like him, to their white-nationalist father in the White House, I am not an American. They want me to prove, like all the Barack Obamas, that I’m really an American.
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House votes 420-0 for Mueller report to be made public | US news | The Guardian
Democratic-backed resolution comes as the special counsel appears to be nearing an end to his investigation
The House has unanimously voted for a resolution calling for any final report in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to be made public. The symbolic action was designed to pressure the attorney general, William Barr, to release as much information as possible when the inquiry ends.
The Democratic-backed resolution, which passed 420-0, comes as Mueller appears to be nearing an end to his investigation. Lawmakers in both parties have maintained there will have to be some sort of public discussion when the report is done – and privately hope that a report shows conclusions that are favorable to their own side.
The resolution is unlikely to be passed in the Senate, where the Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, tried to bring it up hours after House passage. He was rebuffed when the Senate judiciary committee chairman, Lindsey Graham, objected. But the House vote shows that lawmakers from both parties are eager to view Mueller’s findings after almost two years of speculation about what they might reveal.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Mueller Might Not Be Done With Manafort Over Kilimnik Ties - The Atlantic
The disgraced operative still needs to answer for his ties to a suspected Russian spy.
Seventeen months, two trials, and one voided plea deal later, the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has finally learned his fate: He’ll spend about seven years in federal prison for crimes he committed over more than a decade, marking one of the biggest prosecutorial victories for Special Counsel Robert Mueller since he launched his investigation nearly two years ago.
Nevertheless, Mueller might not be quite done with Manafort yet, former prosecutors tell me. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of Manafort’s plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after the 69-year-old on matters that go directly to the question of a conspiracy with Russia, rather than the financial crimes and violations of foreign-agent laws that he’s been charged with to date.
Manafort pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine. But he “intentionally made multiple false statements” to the FBI, the special counsel’s office, and the grand jury “concerning matters that were material to the investigation: his interactions and communications” with the suspected Russian intelligence officer Konstantin Kilimnik, D.C. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled last month. As such, questions remain about Manafort’s interactions with Russians during the campaign—questions that go to the main focus of the Mueller investigation into a potential election conspiracy.
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In the Middle of His Official Business, Trump Took the Time to Send Checks to Michael Cohen - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — On a busy day at the White House, President Trump hosted senators to talk about tax cuts, accused a Democratic congresswoman of distorting his condolence call to a soldier’s widow and suffered another court defeat for his travel ban targeting Muslim countries.
And at some point on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, Mr. Trump took the time to sign a $35,000 check to his lawyer, who had made hush payments to prevent alleged sexual misconduct from being exposed before the 2016 presidential election. It was one of 11 occasions that Mr. Trump or his trust cut such checks, six of which were provided this week to The New York Times.
At the heart of last week’s congressional testimony by Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, was the sensational accusation that the sitting president of the United States financed an illegal cover-up from inside the White House. The dates on the newly available checks shed light on the parallel lives Mr. Trump was living by this account — at once managing affairs of state while quietly paying the price of keeping his personal secrets out of the public eye.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Trump says he joked about wanting Russian help in 2016. The facts tell a different story. - CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump recently claimed he was joking when he asked the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's emails during the 2016 campaign. But court filings and public comments show some members of Trump's team were quite serious about accepting help from the Russians in 2016.
In the heat of the presidential campaign in July 2016, Trump publicly encouraged Russia to hack Clinton's private server and release her emails. His comments, at a news conference in Miami, have come back to haunt him as he fights the Russian collusion investigation.
He revisited that controversial call Saturday during his wide-ranging speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, suggesting it was all a joke to rouse an audience.
"If you tell a joke, if you're sarcastic, if you're having fun with the audience, if you're on live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena," Trump said, before re-enacting his 2016 comments. "If you say something like, 'Russia, please, if you can, get us Hillary Clinton's emails. Please, Russia, please. Please get us the emails. Please!' "
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3 days ago by rgl7194
James Comey just destroyed Trump's "Get out of jail free" card in new op-ed
Former FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Trump defenders who are hoping that newly inducted Attorney General William Barr will keep as much of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing his team’s findings as possible from ever reaching the eyes of the general public when it is completed.
Comey is so annoyed that he took to the op-ed page of The Washington Post to explain to the public that the prior practices of the Justice Department indicate that Attorney General Barr can make a much broader disclosure of Mueller’s final report than they may realize if he truly wants to be as “transparent as possible” with the report as he told Congress during his confirmation hearings.
Add your name to the millions demanding accountability of the president. Tell Speaker Pelosi and the House: Launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump!
Comey acknowledges that while the privacy rights of individuals subject to an investigation in which they are never charged with a crime are extremely important, the Justice Department must also consider the larger public interest at hand in matters of national importance.
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Democrats' and Republicans' Response to Michael Cohen - The Atlantic
The response to his appearance on the Hill could offer a preview of the Mueller report’s aftermath if the findings are anything less than earthshaking.
It helps to put it in plain terms: Donald Trump’s longtime fixer Michael Cohen offered crucial evidence on Wednesday that the president was kept in the loop on conversations with WikiLeaks about releasing emails related to Hillary Clinton. He also told lawmakers that, as president, Trump reimbursed him for hush-money payments made to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels, producing a copy of a check.
On the whole, Cohen’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee contained some of the most explosive details yet in the investigation of potential crimes committed on the part of Trump or his presidential campaign. But both Republicans and Democrats say his appearance won’t change their political strategies going forward, nor do they believe it will have major consequences for the president himself.  
“Cohen’s hearing was good TV, but I don’t know that it necessarily changes the ball game in any way,” said an aide to a senior House Democratic leader, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the press. “He’s not credible,” said a source close to the Trump campaign, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for the same reason. “This will sizzle today and then cool off.”
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Michael Cohen's Testimony Shed Light on Trump's Racism - The Atlantic
The president’s former lawyer called him “a con man” and “a racist.” As Obama’s White House counsel, I had to deal with the consequences.
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen appeared before the House Oversight Committee under the heavy expectation that he would reveal more about the president’s potential crimes. He had some to add to the list. He supplied detail on campaign-finance violations, “collusion,” the misuse of the Trump Foundation, and fraudulent financial practices. But he was there less as a fact witness than as a character witness; he had a story to tell about Trump as a “con man,” “cheat,” and “racist.” And this piece of his testimony was extraordinary, enough that, with so much attention to any evidence he might offer of crimes, it may have slipped too far out of focus.
Among the exhibits that Cohen submitted along with his written testimony was a news article (Exhibit 7) reflecting Trump’s years of championing the “birther” claim against President Barack Obama. Trump repeatedly hawked the lies that Obama was born in Kenya, had hidden his real birth certificate, and had manufactured the one he publicly presented. And if there was any chance that this was not true—and Trump left little room for that possibility—he questioned whether Obama had traded on his race to gain admission to elite educational institutions. With this one, ugly political stunt, Trump managed to display both of the ugly character traits that his former lawyer singled out for the House: the conning (i.e., chronic lying) and the racism.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
The Process of Holding Trump Accountable Has Finally Begun | The Nation
House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler has moved “to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power.”
Presidents are held to account according to a process defined by a Constitution that establishes a system of checks and balances. If there is a Congress that disregards the Constitution, as the United States suffered with during the desultory tenure of House Speaker Paul Ryan, accountability is off the table. If the United States has a Congress that takes its duties to the Constitution and the American people seriously, as it now does with the Democratic majority that voters empowered in November, the checking and balancing will proceed at a pace appropriate to the threat posed by a commander in chief who can no longer be allowed to govern with impunity.
This is not the only way in which a president can be sanctioned, as the remarkable testimony of Michael Cohen to the House Oversight and Reform Committee reminded Americans just last week. A president and his associates can be the subject of an inquiry by a special counsel, such as Robert Mueller, or by the able federal investigators and prosecutors of the Southern District of New York. If half of the inquiries that Cohen discussed come to fruition, there is every reason to believe the Donald Trump will face many days of reckoning.
But the accountability process that is managed by Congress remains the essential one when we are discussing the actions of a sitting president. Once this process has been initiated, the prospect of accountability becomes dramatically more real. Indeed, if this remains a constitutional republic governed by rules and not men, then the congressional processes hold out the possibility that a necessary level of accountability will be achieved during the course of a presidency—not after it is finished.
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With Sweeping Document Request, Democrats Launch Broad Trump Corruption Inquiry - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee delivered a flurry of demands for documents from the executive branch and the broader Trump world on Monday that detailed the breadth and ambition of a new investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Trump and his administration.
In the two months since they took control of the House, Democrats on several committees have begun scrutinizing members of the president’s cabinet, his businesses, his campaign and his inaugural committee, as well as his ties to key foreign powers, including Russia, which tried to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. They have also laid the groundwork to try to obtain Mr. Trump’s tax returns.
But the newest requests from Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Judiciary Committee chairman, opened perhaps the most perilous front to date for Mr. Trump — an inquiry that takes aim at the heart of his norm-bending presidency and could conceivably form the basis of a future impeachment proceeding.
Mr. Nadler was explicit on Monday in saying that the House was no longer content to await the findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and would delve into many of the same issues, but with a different standard of evidence not wedded to a criminal indictment.
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