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No, Donald Trump’s separation of immigrant families was not Barack Obama’s policy

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http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2018/jun/19/matt-schlapp/no-donald-trumps-separation-immigrant-families-was/

Politifact compares Trump's immigration policy re: migrants with children to the Obama version.
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Obama Held More Than Double the Number of Children in Shelters Compared to Trump White House

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http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-holding-more-immigrant-children-shelters-ever-949099

>In fiscal year 2013, under the Barack Obama administration, the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) had as many as 25,000 unaccompanied children in its care across 80 shelters, according to a July 2014 article in Mother Jones.
>The number represented a huge jump from 2011, when the ORR had just 53 shelters housing 6,560 kids.
>At the time, the dramatic increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border had "reached a crisis proportion" by June 2014, with a 90 percent surge in arrivals from 2013, according to Migration Policy.
>Comparatively, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families spokesperson Kenneth Wolfe told Newsweek on Wednesday that it had as many as 10,852 undocumented children in its custody—a significant jump from the 8,886 that were in the agency's custody on April 29, according to the Washington Post.

This shit isn't okay now, and it wasn't okay then. The question is- why is this only an issue to Democrats now?
Why were they content to play dumb and let kids sit in detention centers for years, until they could be politically weaponized?
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Inspector General's report into the FBI's handling of Hillary's Email Server

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http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/392257-live-coverage-ig-releases-watchdog-report-on-fbi-clinton-probe

The Department of Justice's (DOJ) inspector general Michael Horowitz will release a report Thursday on its investigation into the FBI and DOJ's handling of a probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and its actions during the 2016 presidential race.

Horowitz found Comey did not speak 'directly and substantively' with Attorney General Loretta Lynch before making major Clinton probe decisions

12:15 p.m.

Horowitz said former FBI Director James Comey failed to properly communicate with Attorney General Loretta Lynch ahead of both his July 2016 press conference on Clinton’s email probe and his subsequent letter to Congress on the matter in October 2016.

“We found it extraordinary that, in advance of two such consequential decisions, the FBI director decided that the best course of conduct was to not speak directly and substantively with the attorney general about how best to navigate those decisions,” according to the report obtained by Bloomberg.

During a July 2016 press conference, Comey made his now highly scrutinized statement that Clinton was “extremely careless” in her handling of classified materials, a step down from the potentially criminal conclusion of “grossly negligent.”

The top Democrats on the House Judiciary and the House Oversight and Government Reform committees said Horowitz’s report proves that the former FBI Director James Comey’s conduct during the campaign helped catapult President Trump into the Oval Office, while derailing Clinton’s campaign.

"The stark conclusion we draw after reviewing this report is that the FBI's actions helped Donald Trump become President,” Oversight’s Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Judiciary’s Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement on Thursday.
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Delaware becomes first US state to ban child marriage

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>Delaware made history in May, becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban any marriage involving children under 18 years old. However, concerns about underage marriage have prompted discussions about why it's still permitted in most states.

Child marriage is still a problem in the US. Often, girls young as 12 years old are married off to older men. While the practice requires parental consent and in some states an exemption by a judge, is often a product of coercion in child marriage. the consent is often coerced.

In 2017, New Jersey was set to become first US state to ban marriage of children. However Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill banning child marriage, following an intense pressure campaign from anti-abortion groups who fear the measure will encourage children to be born out of wedlock when abortion is banned.

>"I was 19 when my family pressured me into marrying a stranger who turned out to be violent," Reiss says. "And then, in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where I was raised, getting out was nearly impossible because I did not have the legal right to divorce my husband. Under religious law only he could divorce me."
>"For a long time, nobody knew the full extent of America's child marriage problem. But we at Unchained At Last recently undertook this groundbreaking research project. We retrieved marriage license data from across the U.S. What we discovered is 12 states, unfortunately, don't even track the data. But in the other 38 U.S. states, in just the decade, 2000 to 2010, more than 167,000 children as young as 12 were married. Almost all of them were girls married to adult men."
- Fraidy Reiss (@FraidyReiss), founder and executive director of the nonprofit Unchained At Last, about child marriage in the U.S. and her own personal experience.

http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/05/24/child-marriage-united-states
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Nipah virus outbreak

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LATEST OUTBREAK OF NIPAH VIRUS
17 people have died out of 18 known infections in the state of Kerala in Southern India a few weeks ago. Current quarantine of 1400 people in their homes.
WHAT IS NIPAH
A deadly virus, spread to humans from contact with infected bats, pigs, or other people. Eating raw fruit with saliva from contaminated fruit bats is a common infection vector.
COMMON SIGNS
Headaches, fever, drowsiness, disorientation, confusion.
LONG TERM
Survivors may have persistent shaking and personality changes. The virus may remain dormant following exposure, and reactivate years later.
FIRST CASE
Identified 1998-1999 among pig farmers from Kampung Sungai Nipah village in Malaysia. Of those 300 infections, 100 died.
TREATMENT
No vaccine. No treatment protocol.
Unless you're a ferret.

SOURCE
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/deadly-nipah-virus/story?id=55591671
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BREAKING: Civil rights groups urge NFL to reverse rule forcing players to stand for national anthem

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“This policy represses peaceful, non-disruptive protest of police violence against unarmed African Americans and other people of color,” the groups wrote in a letter provided to USA TODAY. “It is disappointing that a league built on grit and competition lacks the constitution to stomach a call for basic equality and fairness.”

"This forceful acquiescence of the League upon players to the hate filled and divisive agenda of Donald Trump should not infringe upon the free speech of said NFL players." said Kristen Clarke
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/18/nfl-urged-reverse-new-policy-and-let-players-kneel-if-they-want/707731002/
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IG REPORT: FBI IGNORED HUMA ABEDIN’S EMAILS DURING HILLARY PROBE

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/06/19/ig-report-questions-why-fbi-did-not-investigate-huma-abedins-emails-during-hillary-probe/

ustice Department’s internal watchdog raised significant questions about why the FBI did not examine the contents of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s private email accounts and did not seek to obtain Abedin’s personal devices to determine whether classified information was exchanged.
The report noted Abedin should have been a point of interest since the FBI obtained from other sources classified email exchanges between Clinton and Abedin that were missing from the 30,490 emails turned over to the State Department by Clinton’s attorneys. Clinton had claimed the remaining emails were not work-related.

Also, the report documented that the FBI did not go after Abedin’s emails or devices even though she was “the only State Department employee, besides Clinton, with an account on the clintonemail.com domain on Clinton’s server.”

The 500-plus page report authored by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General cited witnesses saying they believed “there was a flaw in the culling process, which resulted in the exclusion of most of Abedin’s clintonemail.com emails from the State Department production.”

The report cited FBI General Counsel Jim Baker saying he believed the FBI has probable cause to review all of Abedin’s email accounts.
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GALLUP: TRUMP APPROVAL TIES HIGHEST OF PRESIDENCY

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https://news.gallup.com/poll/203207/trump-job-approval-weekly.aspx

45% Approval
50% Disapproval

Guess that Summit was as much of a "disaster" as the left keeps insisting.
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From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ to ‘Change the Laws!’

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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/i-alone-can-fix-it-change-the-laws-trump-pass-buck-border-separations/563108/?utm_source=feed

Two years ago, Trump insisted he knew the system better than anybody and was the only one who could fix it. Now he's subsiding Congress fix it for him.
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AMERICAN SATISFACTION WITH DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY REACHES 12-YEAR HIGH

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http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/18/american-satisfaction-with-usa-booms/

It has been 12 years since Americans have been so satisfied with the direction of the country, according to Gallup polling.

The poll, released Monday, shows that 38 percent of the country are “satisfied with the way things are going.” That is the highest the number has been sine 2005. Gallup says the trend line is rising for satisfied Americans.

The report says, “The satisfaction rate, which Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year — a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016).”

The Gallup report credits record-breaking economic numbers posted by the administration, Trump tearing up the Iran nuclear deal and easing of tensions with North Korea as factors adding to the positive national outlook.

America now has more job openings than unemployment and the lowest overall unemployment number (3.8 percent) in 17 years.

However, the polling also indicates a strict party line breakdown in approval of the direction of the country. The number of Republicans approving of the direction of the country sat at a staggering 68 percent while only 13 percent of Democrats approved.
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