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Des Moines Register Runs Don Jr. Article, Fact Checks Him Mid-Column

by Tamar Auber | Aug 31st, 2018, 8:31 pm

On Friday, the Des Moines Register ran an editorial from First Son Donald Trump Jr. The title read, “Democrats’ reaction to Mollie Tibbetts‘ death is heartless, despicable.”

In the article, Trump Jr. claimed Sen. Elizabeth Warren — a frequent target of his POTUS dad’s jabs, “apparently believes that illegal alien parents being separated from their children is a bigger problem than American parents having to bury theirs.”

Here is an excerpt of what Trump Jr. wrote in the op-ed:

The mask is off and the true radical face of the Democrats has been exposed. They are seemingly more concerned with protecting their radical open-borders agenda than the lives of innocent Americans.

When asked about Mollie’s murder, Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who is for some reason considered a leading contender for the Democrats’ 2020 ticket — played down the killing and said the focus should be on the “real problems” of our immigration system, such as the separation of families at our border.

Think about that for a minute. She apparently believes that illegal alien parents being separated from their children is a bigger problem than American parents having to bury theirs.

The editors of the Register, however, did not allow Trump Jr.’s claims to simply go unchecked. Instead, in an unusual move, they interjected this editors’ note, mid-column:

Editors’ note: Here’s what Warren said on CNN: “I’m so sorry for the family here, and I know this is hard not only for her family, but for people in her community, the people throughout Iowa. But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are.” In the same interview, speaking about the separation of children from their parents, she said, “I think we need immigration laws that focus on people who pose a real threat and I don’t think mamas and babies are the place we should be spending our resources.”

The editors likewise fact-checked other claims made by Trump Jr, writing at one point, “Fact check: Here are the facts on immigrants committing crimes in US.”


California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor

Source: Reuters

AUGUST 31, 2018 / 10:47 PM / UPDATED 9 HOURS AGO

Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California lawmakers sent to the governor’s desk for final approval strict “net neutrality” laws on internet providers that would defy sweeping Federal Communications Commission rules seen as a boon for the companies.

The Democrat-controlled California Senate voted 27-12 to pass the bill, known as SB 822, with just hours left in the legislative session. The measure was approved by their colleagues in the state Assembly one day earlier.

Governor Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, has not yet said if he would sign the bill into law. He has 30 days to act but does not typically signal his intentions before legislation lands on his desk.

Members of the California Assembly voted 58-17 to send the bill to their colleagues in the state Senate, who have until midnight to pass so-called SB 822 on the final day of the legislative session or wait until next year.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-net-neutrality/california-lawmakers-send-strict-net-neutrality-laws-to-governor-idUSKCN1LH32N

'Whoever wins South Carolina will be the Democratic nominee'

Presidential prospects rethink primary election strategy for 2020.

By DAVID SIDERS 09/01/2018 06:47 AM EDT

It’s the early state that delivered a decisive victory to Barack Obama in 2008. In 2016, it saved Hillary Clinton.

In the wake of South Carolina’s pivotal role in the past two competitive Democratic presidential contests, top Democrats are beginning to rethink their traditional approach to primary season, and focus their energy on the first Southern state to vote.

It’s a tacit acknowledgment of the essential role African American voters play within the Democratic Party as much as it is a nod to recent primary election results. With the racially diverse Obama coalition increasingly viewed as the key to the party’s future, the two early states that have historically overshadowed South Carolina — Iowa and New Hampshire — are suddenly looking outmoded to many Democrats.

“The primary process in selecting a candidate will now not be determined by the Iowas and New Hampshires,” said former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who ran for president in 2008. “It will be a long, drawn out affair, and the first big test will be South Carolina to see who is strongest among the party’s base, the African American base of the Democratic Party.”

The floodgates are poised to open within weeks. In early jockeying ahead of the 2020 primary, Joe Biden, Deval Patrick and Eric Holder are all expected to travel to South Carolina before November’s midterm elections. Kamala Harris is likely to visit. Eric Garcetti is scheduled to return to the state in late September, and Terry McAuliffe is hosting a fundraiser in Washington for James Smith, South Carolina’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has lent his endorsement not only to Smith, but also to Dick Harpootlian, a former state Democratic Party chairman running for a state Senate seat.


DeVos says she won't block schools from using federal money to buy guns

Source: Politico


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Friday that she would not stand in the way of states that want to use federal grants to purchase guns for schools, emphasizing that it’s a decision for local officials to make.

“I have no intention of taking any action concerning the purchase of firearms or firearms training for school staff under the [Elementary and Secondary Education Act],” DeVos said in a letter to Rep. Bobby Scott, the top Democrat on the House education committee.

DeVos' letter comes as Democrats and some education groups had asked the Trump administration not to allow federal education grants to be used for firearms after The New York Times first reported last week that the Education Department was considering the issue.

Education Department officials said that they believe that states and school districts already have the flexibility to purchase firearms using federal education grants.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/31/devos-schools-guns-federal-grants-806103

Kerry Won't Rule Out White House Bid

August 31, 2018 at 8:03 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard

Former Secretary of State John Kerry would not rule out a 2020 run for president in an interview with CBS News, and said that he plans to stay politically active during President Trump’s administration, The Hill reports.

Said Kerry: “Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018. We need to win back the confidence of the country to move in a better direction and to do it in sensible ways.”

He added: “We are in a moment of crisis for our country. The world is in a moment of crisis.”



Thousands of Vietnamese, including offspring of US troops, could be deported under tough Trump...

Thousands of Vietnamese, including offspring of US troops, could be deported under tough Trump policy

Robert Huynh is the son of an American serviceman, although he never knew his father. His mother is Vietnamese, and he was conceived during the Vietnam War. In 1984, nine years after the last American troops left the country, 14-year-old Huynh moved to Louisville with his mother, half brother, and half sisters under a US government program to bring Amerasians and others to the United States.

Today, at 48, with a son and two young grandsons in Kentucky, he faces the prospect of being sent back to Vietnam, a country he has not visited since he left and where he has no relatives or friends.

Huynh is one of about 8,000 Vietnamese potentially caught up in a tough new immigration policy adopted by the Trump administration, significantly escalating deportation proceedings against immigrants who have green cards but never became US citizens, and who have violated US law.

Huynh, who helps out these days in his family’s nail salons, has had some run-ins with the law. In his 20s, he served nearly three years behind bars for dealing in the recreational drug ecstasy; more recently, he served a year’s probation for driving under the influence and was given another period of probation for running illegal slot-machine ‘‘game rooms’’ with his girlfriend in Texas, where he now lives.


Pence Quotes Bible In Response to New Book

August 31, 2018 at 5:48 pm EDT By Taegan Goddard 143 Comments

Vice President Mike Pence turned to the Bible when asked recently what he makes of a new critical biography, The Shadow President, that calls him a “Christian supremacist,” USA Today reports.

Said Pence: “The Bible says count it all joy when you endure trials of many kinds. Any time I’m criticized for my belief in Jesus Christ, I just breath a prayer of praise.”

Our recent podcast episode with the authors of the book is very good.



Kavanaugh won't commit to recusal from Trump, Mueller-related matters

Source: ABC News

Aug 31, 2018, 5:30 PM ET

At his Senate confirmation hearings next week, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not expected to offer any commitment to recuse himself from cases involving investigations of President Trump, including a possible constitutional fight over a subpoena of the president, sources familiar with Kavanaugh's preparations tell ABC News.

Senate Democrats say they plan to press Kavanaugh over recusal during questioning. "He doesn't believe a sitting president should be investigated or prosecuted -- in other words, is above the law," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday.

"Pledging a decision on a particular matter or case – including the decision whether to hear the case – for political reasons, like obtaining confirmation votes, would violate the bedrock constitutional principle of judicial independence," said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah, who is overseeing the administration’s Kavanaugh confirmation strategy.

Democrats have said they plan to use the confirmation hearings to spotlight Kavanaugh’s potential legal and ethical conflicts should Mueller bring any case involving the president before the high court. As part of that strategy, Democrats announced former White House Counsel John Dean, who helped bring down former President Richard Nixon, will testify as an outside witness.

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/kavanaugh-commit-recusal-trump-mueller-related-matters/story?id=57534501
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