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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Homeland Security Promoted False Information To Reject Refugees

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was caught issuing orders to distort information, and in some cases outright lie, to say war-torn nations were safer, in an effort to justify refusing refugees as part of the Trump administration’s aggressive efforts against immigrants.

In a lawsuit naming DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her deputy Elaine Duker as defendants, the ACLU retrieved internal messages in which the DHS asked staff to extract “positive gems” about war-torn nations.

The documents obtained by the ACLU outline a plan to justify sending back over 300,000 refugees trying to escape dangerous situations, according to NPR reporting.…

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Funding To Protect Elections — Too Little, Too Late?

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

The Election Assistance Commission, the government agency charged with distributing federal funds to support elections, released a report Tuesday detailing how each state plans to spend a total of $380 million in grants allocated to improve and secure their election systems.

But even as intelligence officials warn of foreign interference in the midterm election, much of the money is not expected to be spent before Election Day. The EAC expects states to spend their allotted money within two to three years and gives them until 2023 to finish spending it.

Election experts have expressed skepticism that the money will be enough to modernize election equipment and secure it against state-sponsored cyber threats.



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Why Manafort’s Next Trial Could Be Even Worse

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 was a very bad day for President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was found guilty of eight felony counts in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia near Washington, DC. After deliberating for four days, a jury determined that Manafort was guilty of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to file a report of foreign bank accounts. And the 69-year-old Manafort—a veteran political consultant who also worked on the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole—is facing another legal battle as well: next month, he will go to trial in Washington, DC for additional felony charges.…

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