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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project: ASAP clients Suny Rodriguez and her minor son recently settled a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for $125,000. The lawsuit sought monetary damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for the mistreatment that Suny and her son suffered while imprisoned in border detention facilities, including inhumane conditions, threats of family separation, and coercive tactics pressuring them to abandon their legitimate asylum claims. When asked why she decided to file this lawsuit, Suny said, "I decided to bring this lawsuit because I wanted to bring to light the injustices against asylum seekers -- mothers and fathers who bring their children to the United States in search of safety. What happened to my family should never happen to anyone's family. I hope that other families will see my case and no longer be scared to stand up and tell the public the truth about what goes on at the border." read more


John Cassidy: Some weeks the Trump Presidency is a horror show; some weeks it is slapstick. This week it was both. read more


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to buckle to the near constant drumbeat from Democrats -- and some Republicans -- about the need to pass election security legislation in the wake of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller that found Russia interfered in the 2016 election. read more


Kevin Drum: The chart below shows corporate profits before and after the Republican tax cut, compared to corporate tax receipts (through May) before and after the tax cut. As you can see, President Trump signed the tax cut into law on December 22, 2017, and it was a very merry Christmas indeed for his big business pals. read more


Alabama sheriffs who lost reelection in 2018 personally pocketed funds and deleted public records, an investigation by AL.com and ProPublica found. Holes were drilled through government-issued smartphones and leftover rice was poured down the drain, among other things. It's a longstanding tradition that sheriffs aren't typically held accountable for. read more


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