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The Daily BeastJun 27, 2019
Mitch McConnell Looms Over First Democratic Debate
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Getty/JimWatsonSlightly more than halfway through the first Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was asked if she had a plan to deal with the very real possibility that her domestic agenda would be held up by Republicans in the Senate. 

She did, she assured the moderators. .

In reality, she didn't. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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The Daily BeastJun 27, 2019
Samantha Bee Torches ‘Dum-Dum' Meghan McCain for Giving Trump a Pass on E. Jean Carroll Rape Allegation
TBSWhile most Americans were watching the first 2020 Democratic primary debate—and most late-night hosts were preparing to cover it live—Samantha Bee was speaking her piece on the latest sexual-assault allegation against President Donald Trump.

"Thank you for tuning in to my show instead of watching the Democratic debate and getting swept away by John Delaney fever," the Full Frontal host joked. "Now, with a looming war with Iran to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border, it has been a week. Somewhere in the middle of all that was the teensy bit of news that our president, who has admitted to sexual assault on tape, was accused for the 22nd time of sexual misconduct."

"I'm sorry, hold on," she said, "I just have to say: This is the 22nd accusation of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. 22. If I had a dollar for every person Trump allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted, I would be doing better than any of his businesses." 

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The Daily BeastJun 27, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Mocks Beto and Booker's ‘Humorous' Spanish Skills at Democratic Debate
CBSRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not ready to make a 2020 endorsement quite yet. But that wasn't going to stop her from sharing her thoughts about the first of two Democratic primary debates with Stephen Colbert. 

As the "AOC!" chants died down, Colbert began by asking the congresswoman what she thought about all of the Spanish being spoken on stage by candidates, including Beto O'Rourke and Cory Booker. 

"I loved it, because, I represent the Bronx and there was a lot of Spanglish in the building," she answered, explaining that she "thought it was humorous, sometimes, at times" because she thought some candidates might start saying "I will not give you an answer to your question" in Spanish. "But it was good," she added. "I thought it was a good gesture to the fact that we are a diverse country." 

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Reuters PoliticsJun 27, 2019
Democrats clash on healthcare, border in scrappy first U.S. presidential debate
Democratic presidential contenders battled over healthcare coverage and border policy on Wednesday during a surprisingly heated first debate that laid bare the party's divisions on whether to abolish private insurance and shift to a Medicare-for-All system.

Drudge ReportJun 27, 2019
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Fox PoliticsJun 27, 2019
O'Rourke, Castro pandered too much with Spanish pronunciations, Fox Nation's David Webb says
Fox Nation host David Webb compared 2020 presidential hopefuls Beto O'Rourke and Julian Castro to Hillary Clinton following Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate, saying they both overemphasized Spanish pronunciations to pander to the nation's Latino population. 

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PoliticoJun 27, 2019
Who spoke the most during the first Democratic debate?
The candidates' speaking time varied, but their focus did not.

PoliticoJun 27, 2019
The Landmine that Just Got Laid for Elizabeth Warren
It passed almost unnoticed, but history suggests we just saw a potent political weapon get pointed at two top candidates, Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Reuters PoliticsJun 27, 2019
Corporations take it on the chin in first Democratic debate
To the Democrats running for president of the United States, corporations charge too much for medicines and other critical goods, do not pay enough in taxes and repay bailouts by taking jobs overseas.

Yahoo PoliticsJun 26, 2019
'BORING!': How the Trump team reacted to the Democratic debate
President Trump, who earlier Wednesday said he wouldn't watch the first round of the first Democratic presidential debate, because he was "off to save the free world," tweeted initially just one word on the event in Miami: "BORING!"


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New York Times PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Photo of Migrants Shocks, but Congress Stalls on Border Aid
A photo of a migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter appeared to crystallize the human tragedy at the border, and it was everywhere — on cable, the internet and on the Senate floor.

Drudge ReportJun 26, 2019
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PoliticoJun 26, 2019
Elizabeth Warren calls out other Dems on healthcare: 'They just won't fight for it'


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Reuters PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Democrats fight over healthcare in first U.S. presidential debate
Democratic presidential contenders battled over healthcare coverage during their first debate on Wednesday, reflecting the party's divisions on whether to abolish private insurance and shift to a Medicare-for-All system.

CNN PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Analysis: Trump says 'much can be learned' from Australia's immigration policy. Migrants subjected to it have set themselves on fire
United States President Donald Trump has found the one immigration policy more controversial than his own, and endorsed it.

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CNN PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Trump faces trade war negotiations during consequential G20 meetings
Trade wars -- and the prospect of actual war -- will dominate President Donald Trump's agenda when he touches down here in Osaka, Japan, Thursday for a highly consequential meeting of world leaders.

The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Castro Brings Fire and Facts, Pummels Beto on Immigration
Jim Watson/AFP/GettyOf the two dozen Democratic presidential candidates seeking the party's nomination, former cabinet secretary Julián Castro has produced the most detailed platform on how he would shift the course of the nation's immigration policies if elected. On Wednesday night, he demonstrated that no matter how sincere the emotional reaction to the immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border, sure-footed knowledge of the labyrinthine immigration system is potential a winner with a Democratic audience.

The majority of the candidates who were asked what they would do on their first day in office to fix the immigration system leaned into the emotion of the issue, without grounding responses in concrete policy proposals.

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio expressed anger over children in immigration detention "laying in their own snot, in three-week-old diapers that haven't been changed." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to redirect anger over lost jobs from immigrants to "big corporations."

Read more at The Daily Beast.



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Politics - U.S. HouseJun 26, 2019
Cory Booker Deserves a Hearing
Less speechifying and more policy, please.

PoliticoJun 26, 2019
Where the candidates stand on 50 issues
The most comprehensive guide anywhere to the issues shaping the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

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The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Border Patrol Gives Sanitized Tour of Notorious Detention Center Where Migrant Kids Held
Mario Tama/GettyCLINT, Texas—Last week, lawyers from Human Rights Watch toured the Clint Border Patrol station outside of El Paso, Texas. What they reported shocked the nation: migrant children without diapers, toddlers in the care of teenage detainees, and a lack of basic sanitation such as clean clothing and access to showers. 

And after a sanitized tour of the facility for reporters on Wednesday, the lawyers aren't backing away from what they said. 

Border Patrol officials led about a dozen journalists through the facility holding more than 100 children a half-hour outside of El Paso. As many officers flanked the reporters at all times. The press was not allowed to speak with the children. A minder sternly warned if anyone did the tour would be instantly canceled. 

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Sen. Graham: Nancy Pelosi is 'biggest loser' now that Mueller will testify
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" where he talked about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill calling it a "political circus."

PoliticoJun 26, 2019
Watch Beto O'Rourke show off his Spanish at the debates


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Democracy NowJun 26, 2019
Trump Admin. Moves 100 Migrant Kids Back to "Child Jail" Despite Concern Over Inhumane Conditions
The Department of Homeland Security has moved 100 migrant children back to a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, where infants and toddlers have been locked up without adequate food, water, sanitation or medical care, with older children having to care for the younger ones. Around 300 kids were removed from the facility Monday following widespread outrage over the reports, but Customs and Border Protection said some of the children are being sent back, claiming that the facility is no longer overcrowded. Lawyers who recently visited the facility described a scene of chaos and sickness, with children unable to shower or change into clean clothes for weeks on end. We speak with Clara Long, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch. She was part of the monitoring team that visited Border Patrol facilities last week, including Clint.

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Yahoo PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Question on health care highlights divides in the Democratic field
During Wednesday evening's Democratic presidential debate, a question asking which candidates would support eliminating private health insurance marked the first apparent policy difference among the contenders.


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Julián Castro on Immigration
Mr. Castro, a former housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, was the first Democratic candidate in the 2020 campaign to release an immigration plan.

Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Trump campaign, RNC fire up war room ahead of Democratic debates
The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee are ramping up an "aggressive" rapid response effort both nationally and locally for the Democratic debates, with a war room locked and loaded with live tweeters, real-time fact-checkers, and new hashtags in an effort to maintain momentum for Trump 2020.

Reuters PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Senate passes border aid bill, sends it to House
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant surge at the border with Mexico, setting up a negotiation with the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump over the funds and how they should be spent.

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Department of Homeland Security NewsJun 26, 2019
Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on CBP's Sanders's Resignation
On June 26, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the follwoing statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leadership:

"This week, Mr. John P. Sanders offered his resignation as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner, effective Friday, July 5. I would like to thank Mr. Sanders for his service and for assuming the highest role at CBP at one of the most tenuous times in the Department's history. His dedication to our nation's security has helped raise the agency's standards of care as well as support for the law enforcement personnel who serve CBP.

"I had the distinct honor to serve with him at CBP where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he worked to identify and address the operational requirements of the agency, and to provide strategic direction and oversight of enterprise services and operational support components. He also led CBP's efforts to form key partnerships with technological innovators and industry stakeholders.

"Prior to joining CBP, Mr. Sanders served as the Transportation Security Administration's Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the development and implementation of risk-based analysis to enhance transportation security. Mr. Sanders's private sector experience includes co-founding Reveal Imaging Technologies and with contraband detection, geospatial intelligence and data analytics solutions.

"On behalf of the entire Department, I want to thank Mr. Sanders for his outstanding service to CBP and to our nation, and I wish him the very best for the future."

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CNN PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Here's a look inside the controversial Clint, Texas, facility where migrant children have been detained
Children were sleeping on cots at a US Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas. Some were playing soccer, and a teenage girl also detained there was calling her family to tell them she was alive.

PoliticoJun 26, 2019
Julián Castro on migrant detention conditions: It should 'piss us all off'


Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Beto O'Rourke gives debate answer in Spanish, while ducking question on 70 percent tax rate
Presidential hopeful Beto O' Rourke sidestepped a question about tax rates on wealthy Americans during Wednesday's Democratic debate in Miami and instead spoke at length in Spanish corporate welfare. 

CNN PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Former staffer says Duncan Hunter groped her at a party in 2014
A former Capitol Hill staffer said Rep. Duncan Hunter grabbed her behind at a party in downtown Washington in 2014, adding a new element of impropriety alleged against the embattled California Republican, who is charged with using campaign funds to pay for vacations and to finance extramarital affairs.

The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Zuckerberg: Lawmakers Want to Break Up Big Tech Just Because It ‘Feels Nice' to Say That
Stephen Lam/ReutersFacebook's chief executive appeared on stage Wednesday to shore up his company's arguments against looming regulatory threats just hours before one of those threats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was due to take the stage with a grab bag of other presidential hopefuls.

In conversation with honorary Harvard professor and former White House regulatory official Cass Sunstein, Zuckerberg outlined Facebook's support for some regulatory proposals while making clear the company's deep disdain at the idea—espoused by Warren in particular—that big tech be broken up. The conversation took place at a festival held by the Aspen Institute, a centrist think tank.

Zuckerberg called Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Honest Ads Act, which would regulate online campaign ads in a bid to weed out disinformation from foreign actors, "a good floor for what should be passed," adding that Facebook is already complying with many of its requirements. "Having a bill like that passed as a floor would be positive," Zuckerberg said. 

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BBC PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt unveil new pledges in leadership race
Boris Johnson wants a points system for immigrants and Jeremy Hunt would scrap some tuition fee debts.

PoliticoJun 26, 2019
DHS chief under fire amid rolling immigration purges


Foreign PolicyJun 26, 2019
U.S. Stopped Vital Foreign Aid Programs in the Name of Counter-Trafficking
Money that could have been used to curtail the Ebola outbreak in Central Africa or support demining programs in Southeast Asia was held up over human trafficking complaints.

The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Hundreds of Wayfair Workers Walk Out Over Furniture Sales to Detention Camp
Scott Eisen/GettyBOSTON—Hundreds of employees of home-goods delivery giant Wayfair took to the streets in Boston on Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell furniture to a government contractor that would be used for children detained at the border.

The workers had already signed a petition demanding that Wayfair halt the sale and change company policy to prevent such sales in the future. But at 1:30 p.m., they streamed out of the company's office for a public walkout in Copley Square.

Kayla Smith, a Wayfair engineer who has been with the company for a year, said it was the right thing to do. 

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The Daily BeastJun 26, 2019
Ex-GOP House Staffer Rory Riley-Topping: Duncan Hunter Groped Me in 2014
Reuters/RTA former House Republican staffer on Wednesday alleged that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sexually assaulted her during a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner in 2014. 

In an exclusive interview with Kremlin-owned news network RT, conservative commentator Rory Riley-Topping alleged that the Republican congressman grabbed her from behind at the event while she was a staffer for the House veterans committee.

"Duncan Hunter had clearly appeared intoxicated and came up to me and said he wanted to speak to me about Agent Orange, which was an issue the committee was dealing with at the time," Riley-Topping recalled to RT host Manila Chan. "He leaned into me very closely and said, ‘No, I want to talk to you,' and I felt very uncomfortable and tried to back up and he reached around and put his hand on my behind and said, ‘Let me give you my cell phone number.'"

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New York Times PoliticsJun 26, 2019
How 21 Democratic Candidates Answered Our Questions Before the Debates
Which candidates believe the next president can stop climate change? How do they see the future of health care, handguns, the Supreme Court and other issues? Here's a quick look at their answers.

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Reuters PoliticsJun 26, 2019
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The White House will hold a summit on social media next month amid growing criticism from President Donald Trump and some in Congress.

New York Times PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Trump Lashes Out After Mueller Agrees to Testify to Congress
Mr. Trump repeated false accusations that the special counsel had destroyed text messages by F.B.I. officials critical of the president.

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BBC PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Liberal Democrat leadership: Contenders make pitches
Jo Swinson and Ed Davey talk Brexit, austerity and the party's future at a hustings with journalists.

Democracy NowJun 26, 2019
DHS Whistleblower Who Spoke Out Against Obama-Era Immigration Jails Condemns Conditions on Border
Immigration jails along the southern border are facing heightened scrutiny following horrific reports of dirty and unhygienic conditions at a detention center in Clint, Texas, and other facilities. We speak with government whistleblower Dr. Scott Allen, who was hired in 2014 to inspect facilities where immigrant families are incarcerated, who says degrading conditions for jailed migrants date back to Obama's presidency. He is calling for more government transparency about conditions in immigration facilities, saying, "I think most Americans, if they were confronted with the humanity of what we are doing here, would be outraged and would not tolerate it." Allen is still on contract with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He and fellow whistleblower Dr. Pamela McPherson were recently awarded the 2019 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and are represented by the non-profit Government Accountability Project.

BBC PoliticsJun 26, 2019
PMQs: Ian Blackford criticises Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson
In a noisy Commons, the SNP's Ian Blackford shouts his criticism of the two men competing to take over from Theresa May.

BBC PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Brexit: Force new EU poll on next PM, says Mark Drakeford
The first minister urges MPs to act to ensure the new prime minister holds a further referendum.

Fox PoliticsJun 26, 2019
Trump hits back at Mueller hearing plans, as analysts warn subpoena could backfire: 'It never ends'
Key Democrat lawmakers who triumphantly announced that Robert Mueller will testify under subpoena next month about his report on alleged Russian collusion may have played right into Republican hands, several legal and political experts told Fox News.
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