Category: Daily Kos

Pennsylvania judge was supposed to marry couple, but she called ICE on the groom instead

Elizabeth Beckley is a magisterial district judge who apparently thinks she’s an immigration judge. The Pennsylvania Republican’s job was to marry high school sweethearts Alexander Parker and Krisha Schmick, but she instead called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the groom: When the constable announced he would be detaining Parker for ICE, the couple was stunned. Though born in Guatemala, Parker, …

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A whole flock of Trump wannabes are running for office, because this is the Republican Party in 2018

Nope, there’s no separating the Republican Party from Donald Trump. It’s the party that nominated and elected him. It’s the party whose congressional leaders have stood with Trump time and time again on policy and on protecting him from investigation. And it’s the party running a slew of candidates vying to sound like Trump: “We don’t need …

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Open thread for night owls: China to track ‘social credit score’ of all 1.4 billion citizens

CBS News: By 2020, China plans to give all its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score based on how they behave. Some with low scores are already being punished if they want to travel. Nearly 11 million Chinese are not allowed to fly and 4 million are barred from trains. Next week, the program will …

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A slowdown in ocean circulation seems to be happening, and it could signal a coming disaster

The Day After Tomorrow is an awful movie in almost every way. Not only is it filled with over-the-top acting and editing that values noise over story, the underlying narrative is based on climate change causing sudden horrific events around the world including bowling-ball sized hailstones and ice-tornadoes. Also, wolves.  But behind the cheesy effects …

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LePage thwarting the will of Maine voters, still refusing to expand Medicaid

Last year, Maine became the first state to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative, following Gov. Paul LePage’s multiple vetos of the legislature’s efforts to accept the Affordable Care Act’s expansion. LePage, however, won’t give up and is rejecting the will of 60 percent of Maine’s voters. “That we have had to fight this battle time …

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GOP tax law serves up $17 billion break to millionaires this year

Campaign Action Sorry, middle-class America—you were always just an afterthought in the Republicans’ trillion-dollar tax scheme. A new report from Joint Committee on Taxation shows the nation’s wealthiest stand to gain the most from the GOP’s tax deduction for “pass-through” businesses, Donald Trump included. Vox writes: The committee estimates that the owners of pass-through entities — companies organized …

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Trump’s VA nominee improperly dispensed drugs, drank on the job, and horribly mismanaged his unit

This is the type of thing the White House would have discovered if they had vetted Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs nominee before he hit a road block in the Senate: A 2012 watchdog report found Dr. Ronny Jackson was at least partially responsible for running what was described by one staffer as the “worst command ever.” The toxic work …

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ICE has ‘become the most brutal kind of national police force’

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) isn’t just federal immigration agency, it’s become a political arm of the federal government. Candidate Donald Trump made plenty of promises and has broken plenty of them, but one he’s kept as president is to make life for America’s immigrant families as miserable as possible—and he’s done it with the weight of an …

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This Afghanistan vet spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, but only because he was deported there

U.S. military veteran Miguel Perez, Jr. spent his 40th birthday in Mexico, not because it was a trip of his own choosing, but because he was deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last month. Perez had been detained since 2016, after getting his green card revoked over a nonviolent drug conviction. Perez “said that what he saw and experienced …

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Trump blames Democrats for his disastrous unvetted Veterans Affairs nominee

Now that Donald Trump’s seat-of-the-pants nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson as Veterans Affairs chief has hit a bipartisan speed bump, Trump knows just who to blame. “The Democrats have become obstructionists,” Trump groused Tuesday, during a bilateral news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. “That’s all they’re good at. They’re not good at anything else. …

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