Democrats Think They Can Flip Three Districts in California’s Heartland. But Will Latino Voters Get to the Polls?

October 13, 2018

Pedro Ramirez, a get-out-the-vote organizer in California’s Central Valley, has a grudge. And his anger is part of a potent force that could bounce as many as three Trump-aligned Republicans from the US House during next month’s midterm elections—if it can overcome the region’s deep political inertia. Ramirez’s beef started just over a decade ago, when he was a high school senior in Tulare County. In 2007, he was invited…

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An Old Anti-Irish Law Is at the Heart of Trump’s Plan to Reshape Legal Immigration

September 9, 2018

Boston’s 1845 census grouped the home countries of the city’s indigent into three buckets: the United States, Ireland, and everywhere else. Massachusetts Protestants attacked Irish immigrants for draining public resources. The state’s solution was to turn back and deport people it considered likely to become “public charges.” That same strategy is now at the center of the Trump administration’s attempt to reshape legal immigration in the United States. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that…

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A new wave of progressive candidates is changing how we talk about environmental justice

September 2, 2018

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district, she did so while running on a progressive platform centering on a host of issues including a deep-seated commitment to environmental justice. On her website, the 28-year-old calls climate change “the single biggest national security threat for the United States and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization” in a…

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Meet the gringo who wants to abolish ICE, establish Medicare For All, and represent Little Havana

August 27, 2018

MIAMI, FLORIDA —In a strip mall two blocks from Calle Ocho in Little Havana, a gringo is preparing to flip a seat held by a Republican for nearly 30 years. David Richardson has represented parts of the district since 2012, when he made history by becoming the first elected openly gay member to serve in the state legislature. In Florida’s Aug. 28th primary, he is running for a seat in the…

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Sarah Palin Claims ‘Evil’ Sacha Baron Cohen Duped Her into an Interview by Posing as a Disabled Vet

July 17, 2018

Sarah Palin claims she was unwittingly interviewed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his upcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?, after he “duped” her into believing he was a disabled U.S. veteran. In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote, “Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim…

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Trump: soft Brexit will ‘kill’ UK’s chances of US trade deal

July 13, 2018

President praises Boris Johnson and says that May ignored his advice on Brexit negotiations in extraordinary interview Theresa May will come under intense pressure to secure a future trade deal with the United States as she sits down with Donald Trump just hours after he warned that her soft Brexit blueprint would kill Britains chances. In an extraordinary interview that threatened to undermine her new Brexit strategy, painfully thrashed out…

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Government never had specific plan to reunify families, court testimony shows

July 2, 2018

Washington (CNN)In recent weeks, the government has stumbled trying to explain its plan for reunifying families in the wake of its much-criticized family separations policy at the border. In fact, one of the women in an ongoing lawsuit over family separations was apparently one of the first separations that took place during a quiet pilot of the policy last year. The pilot program has been previously reported, but took on…

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People Are Harassing Government MPs With Hilarious Apple iMessages

June 12, 2018

MPs are linking their work emails to Apple devices. UPDATE: attorney general George Brandis de-links email from work account. Software engineer Justin Simon discovered that it was possible to send an iMessage to Australia’s attorney general George Brandis on Sunday. brandis has iMessage — wordsonaplatfrm (@justin s) Simon appeared to enter in Brandis’ publicly available work email, ‘senator.brandis@aph.gov.au’, in the iMessage app and discovered he had linked it to his…

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10 ‘Facts’ The Vice Presidential Candidates Got Wrong During Last Night’s Debate

May 25, 2018

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); The first Vice Presidential Debate of the 2016 election cycle was held on Tuesday, October 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. And as is the case for most debates, facts did not always reign supreme when Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) started talking. Although human error is inevitable, it’s always useful to parse out where our leaders fall short during debates…

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The United Kingdom May Leave The EU, But What Does That Mean For The Rest Of Us?

April 4, 2017

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum to decide whether or not it will remain in the European Union. There have been rumblings of such a referendum for quite some time now, but Prime Minister David Cameron, under extreme pressure from conservative politicians across the U.K., has officially announced that they will begin work to decide whether or not they should keep their place in the…

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