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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stormy Lawyer May Run For President Against Trump

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer known for opposing President Donald Trump in multiple lawsuits, announced Thursday that he’s “exploring a run for the presidency of the United States,” according to a new report from the Des Moines Register.

He made the announcement in — where else? — Iowa.

“I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework,” he told the paper.

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According to the report, Avenatti will be speaking at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser on Friday night.…

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White House Admits Over 500 Migrant Children Still Separated From Families

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Trump’s national disgrace of kidnapping migrant children at the border and ripping families apart remains unresolved.

Today, weeks after a federal judge demanded the children be reunited with their parents, 559 remain separated, according to a new government filing.

“Of the 559 children, 386 remain separated because their family members are not in the U.S.; 51 because contact has yet to be made with family members; 87 because ‘red flags’ came up during the family members’ background checks; 88 because the parents are facing separate prosecution; 163 because family members ‘indicated desire against reunification;’ and 20 because ‘further review’ has shown the government didn’t actually separate them from their parents,” the San Diego Tribune reports.…

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Will Federal Judge Jail Sessions For Contempt In Asylum Case?

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

As the Trump administration has faced public outrage for its policy of holding migrant children ransom in cages to force their parents to self-deport  a policy that has now led to a full-blown humanitarian crisis Attorney General Jeff Sessions has dutifully and enthusiastically helped enforce it. And this week, he was threatened with contempt of court by federal district judge Emmet Sullivan, after trying to deport a woman and her daughter while their lawyers were still arguing their asylum case.

One person who agrees is Paul Schmidt, a retired former immigration judge and general counsel for the now-defunct predecessor of ICE, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.…

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