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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

President Trump's overhauled July Fourth celebration cost the D.C. government $1.7 million, an amount that -- combined with police expenses for demonstrations through the weekend -- has bankrupted a special fund used to protect the nation's capital from terrorist threats and provide security at events such as rallies and state funerals. In a letter to the president Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) warned that the fund has now been depleted and is estimated to be running a $6 million deficit by Sept. 30. The mayor also noted that the account was never reimbursed for $7.3 million in expenses from Trump's 2017 inauguration.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet slammed the current state of facilities used by the Trump administration to detain migrants families. "As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of State, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions," Bachelet, a former president of Chile, said in a statement released on Monday. "Detaining a child even for short periods under good conditions can have a serious impact on their health and development -- consider the damage being done every day by allowing this alarming situation to continue." read more

Facial recognition is a powerful surveillance tool, one that is deeply unregulated, unjustly biased, and dangerously abused. And yet, over the last few years, agents from the FBI and ICE have conducted thousands of facial recognition searches on immense state driver's license databases. According to a report from the Washington Post based on internal documents and emails obtained through public records requests, Utah, Vermont, and Washington have all allowed ICE agents to run facial recognition searches on their state DMV databases. Utah also allowed the FBI to prod its photos. The legal foundation of many of these searches is dubious, and new records again call into question the seemingly unfettered expansion of surveillance and tracking technology. Widely available facial recognition tools without proper safeguards against their abuse could lead to unwarranted invasions of privacy.

During a live segment on a cable news network, from a sports bar in France where patrons were celebrating the United States women's World Cup Championship, a profane chant about President Donald Trump broke out. The First Viewer was not pleased. But the object of his ire was not CNN or MSNBC. It was his favorite outlet, Fox News Channel, and the president issued a not-so-veiled threat about the network's programming. Fox News is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there," Trump wrote. While it was not clear what Trump was specifically responding to, he was particularly annoyed by Fox correspondent Greg Palkot's live report from a sports bar in France, where patrons erupted in a "F--- Trump" chant, according to two advisers not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

"Chris" Kobach has registered to run for one of Kansas' seats in the U.S. Senate. One might expect the more well-known Kris Kobach, who failed in his Republican bid for Kansas governor last year, to hop in the race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) And sure enough, an hour after registration for "Chris" popped up on the Federal Election Commissions' website, the campaign amended its candidate's name to Kris Kobach, The Daily Beast reports. The mixup was especially ironic for Kobach, who once headed President Trump's so-called voter fraud commission and dedicated his political career to demanding stricter identification for voters. As part of that fight, Kobach has tried to purge voter rolls of names that don't match registrants' state IDs, which would've included names that were misspelled during registration.


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