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XFL: St. Louis hosts final league showcase; news on team names and draft hopefuls

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ST. LOUIS, MO- Coaching staffs from around the nascent XFL, the spring football venture slated to open play in St. Louis and seven other cities in February, are spending this Monday pouring over player film captured at the league’s last player
'ST. LOUIS, MO- Coaching staffs from around the nascent XFL, the spring football venture slated to open play in St. Louis and seven other cities in February, are spending this Monday pouring over player film captured at the league's last player showcase, held Saturday at the former Rams Park in Earth City. More than 140 players were invited to the event, which looked like what football fans might think of when they hear the word \'combine\', except in this version, the players competed against eachother in some drills in addition to some of the standard agility tests. St. Louis had the largest roster of invitees, which officials attribute to a central location in the Midwest that is easier to drive to than other league sites. League Commissioner Oliver Luck said candidly, participants at showcase events, which included recognizable names like RB Trent Richardson and QB Connor Cook, would form the bottom half of the league talent pool, with the top half coming from NFL roster cuts in September. Richardson, who was a 2012 first round draft pick for the Browns before being traded to Indianapolis and later seeing the field in the CFL and the just recently folded Alliance of American Football team in Birmingham, was clad in Crimson Tide shorts and an AAF skull cap. He just turned 29, and arrived in St. Louis after celebrating his birthday in Puerto Rico. He knows his time is running short, and that any opportunity is important. \'I just love peace and I love happiness, and that means being on the field,\' Richardson said, when asked if he had any potential preference if he lands in the XFL. Cook was a fourth round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2016, and also spent part of last season on the practice squads for the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals, where Jonathan Hayes, St. Louis' XFL Head Coach, was on staff as Tight Ends Coach. The biggest thing many of the attendees without the resumes of players like Cook and Richardson got out of the showcase? Their performance on film, which can be shared, and shared, and shared. That was an important takeaway in the process for former McCluer North/Mizzou DE Jordan Harold, who went viral in May when he was outside the Panthers' stadium holding a sign saying he'd rush the passer for chicken wings . Harold said he thought his performance here was good and that now he's waiting to see what comes of it. A former Mizzou teammate, linebacker Brandon Lee, was also happy about the chance to get film. \'It's hard to get in, but it's even harder to stay in,\' Lee said of what he's learned about pursuing the NFL dream from other Missouri football alums who now find themselves just like him, trying to potentially catch on in the XFL. Lee, who interned in college under former Missouri Quarterback Kent Skornia at Krilogy, a Creve Coeur wealth management firm, graduated early and is already halfway to earning his MBA. Whatever happens with his on-field pursuits, Lee says the experience has reinforced his decision to come to Missouri, first under Gary Pinkel, and finishing with Barry Odom, who often talks with recruits about how a college choice isn't just a four-year decision, but a 40 year decision. \'Yeah, they're preparing you to go to the NFL, but it doesn't always work out that way.\' NEWS AND NOTES The league draft will be held in mid-October, with Luck saying a priority is being put on how to fairly divvy up QB and offensive line talent. Player contracts will allow for those who get NFL opportunities to leave until XFL rosters are set. Eight teams will take the field next February, but the league will also form a roster for a \'ninth team\', which will supply players to league teams in need of injury replacements. It will be based in Dallas. Right or wrong, one reason often cited in the failure of previous leagues, including the AAF, is because they failed to find a way to partner with the NFL. Luck tells FOX2 that he doesn't see the need for a formal relationship in order for the XFL to succeed, noting that NFL staff have observed some of the XFL's training sessions where rule book innovations to back up the new league's \'less stall, more ball\' mantra are being tested. Luck says he knows what teams will be called, but isn't ready for an announcement. Hayes was insistent that he did not yet know. There is nothing official, but Hayes indicated that the franchise would train out of the Earth City complex, now a Lou Fusz youth soccer training center. Hayes has been busy since being named as a head coach for the first time. He's also witnessed the launch of his son's NBA career. Jaxson Hayes, a freshman at the University of Texas, was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Hawks in last month's draft and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. \'I'm very proud of my son, who has represented himself in a great manner,\' Jonathan Hayes said, crediting his wife Kristi. Jaxson Hayes was just named to the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League's second team.'

Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking

Politics The Columbian

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken
'WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. But there’s a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers. An Associated Press analysis has found that like many counties in Pennsylvania, the vast majority of 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines, tally votes and report counts. That’s significant because Windows 7 reaches its “end of life” on Jan. 14, meaning Microsoft stops providing technical support and producing “patches” to fix software vulnerabilities, which hackers can exploit. In a statement to the AP, Microsoft said Friday it would offer continued Windows 7 security updates for a fee through 2023. Critics say the situation is an example of what happens when private companies ultimately determine the security level of election systems with a lack of federal requirements or oversight. Vendors say they have been making consistent improvements in election systems. And many state officials say they are wary of federal involvement in state and local elections. It’s unclear whether the often hefty expense of security updates would be paid by vendors operating on razor-thin profit margins or cash-strapped jurisdictions. It’s also uncertain if a version running on Windows 10, which has more security features, can be certified and rolled out in time for primaries. “That’s a very serious concern,” said J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan professor and renowned election security expert. He said the country risks repeating “mistakes that we made over the last decade or decade-and-a-half when states bought voting machines but didn’t keep the software up-to-date and didn’t have any serious provisions” for doing so. The AP surveyed all 50 states, the District of Columbia and territories, and found multiple battleground states affected by the end of Windows 7 support, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona and North Carolina. Also affected are Michigan, which recently acquired a new system, and Georgia, which will announce its new system soon. “Is this a bad joke?” said Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, an election integrity advocacy organization, upon learning about the Windows 7 issue. Her group sued Georgia to get it to ditch its paperless voting machines and adopt a more secure system. Georgia recently piloted a system running on Windows 7 that was praised by state officials. If Georgia selects a system that runs on Windows 7, Marks said, her group will go to court to block the purchase. State elections spokeswoman Tess Hammock declined to comment because Georgia hasn’t officially selected a vendor. The election technology industry is dominated by three titans : Omaha, Nebraska-based Election Systems and Software LLC; Denver, Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems Inc.; and Austin, Texas-based Hart InterCivic Inc. They make up about 92% of election systems used nationwide, according to a 2017 study . All three have worked to win over states newly infused with federal funds and eager for an update. U.S. officials determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and have warned that Russia, China and other nations are trying to influence the 2020 elections. Of the three companies, only Dominion’s newer systems aren’t touched by upcoming Windows software issues — though it has election systems acquired from no-longer-existing companies that may run on even older operating systems. Hart’s system runs on a Windows version that reaches its end of life on Oct. 13, 2020, weeks before the election. ES&S said it expects by the fall to be able to offer customers an election system running on Microsoft’s current operating system, Windows 10. It’s now being tested by a federally accredited lab. For jurisdictions that have already purchased systems running on Windows 7, ES&S said it will be working with Microsoft to provide support until jurisdictions can update. Windows 10 came out in 2015. Hart and Dominion didn’t respond to requests for comment. Microsoft usually releases patches for operating systems monthly, so hackers have learned to target older, unsupported systems. Its systems have been ground zero for crippling cyberattacks, including the WannaCry ransomware attack, which froze systems in 200,000 computers across 150 countries in 2017. For many people, the end of Microsoft 7 support means simply updating. However, for election systems the process is more onerous. ES&S and Hart don’t have federally certified systems on Windows 10, and the road to certification is long and costly, often taking at least a year and costing six figures. ES&S, the nation’s largest vendor, completed its latest certification four months ago, using Windows 7. Hart’s last certification was May 29 on a Windows version that also won’t be supported by November 2020. Though ES&S is testing a new system it’s unclear how long it will take to complete the process — federal and possible state recertification, plus rolling out updates — and if it will be done before primaries begin in February. Election administrators notoriously suffer from insufficient resources. Recently, many jurisdictions splurged on new election systems, some using their portion of $380 million in federal funds provided to states. Counties in South Dakota, South Carolina and Delaware all recently bought election systems, while many others are evaluating purchases. The use of election systems that still run on Windows 7 “is of concern, and it should be of concern,” said U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Christy McCormick. EAC develops election system guidelines. McCormick noted that while election systems aren’t supposed to be connected to the internet, various stages of the election process require transfers of information, which could be points of vulnerability for attackers. She said some election administrators are working to address the problem. Officials in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona say they have discussed the software issue with their vendors. Other states mentioned in this story didn’t respond to AP requests for comment. Pennsylvania elections spokeswoman Wanda Murren said contract language allows such a software upgrade for free. Arizona elections spokeswoman C. Murphy Hebert said ES&S has also assured the state that it will provide support to counties for an upgrade. Susan Greenhalgh, policy director for the advocacy group National Election Defense Coalition, said even the best scenario has election administrators preparing for primaries while trying to upgrade their systems, which is “crazy.” Her group shared its concerns about Windows 7 with AP. Certification, which is voluntary at the federal level but sometimes required by state laws, ensures vendor software runs properly on operating systems they’re tested on. But there is no cybersecurity check and the process often fails to keep up with rapidly changing technology. Kevin Skoglund, chief technologist for Citizens for Better Elections, said county election officials point to EAC and state certifications as “rock-solid proof” their systems are secure, but don’t realize vendors are certifying systems under 2005 standards. Local officials rely on vendors to build secure systems and EAC and the states to enforce high standards, Skoglund said. After the AP began making inquiries, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., wrote McCormick asking what EAC, which has no regulatory power, is doing to address a “looming election cybersecurity crisis” that essentially lays the “red carpet” out to hackers. “Congress must pass legislation giving the federal government the authority to mandate basic cybersecurity for election infrastructure,” Wyden told the AP in a statement.'

ICE begins raids to round up undocumented immigrants

Public Protection FOX2now.com

Immigration authorities have begun conducting raids, a senior administration official said Sunday, in an operation expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered by courts to be removed from the country. The raids, which will focus
'Immigration authorities have begun  conducting raids,  a senior administration official said Sunday, in an operation expected to target about 2,000 undocumented immigrants ordered by courts to be removed from the country. The raids, which will focus on recent arrivals to the country, are slated for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco, a senior immigration official said. New Orleans is also on the list, but the city  tweeted last week  that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it would suspend operations through the weekend in areas hit by  Tropical Storm Barry , which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday. As of early Sunday evening, there weren't any confirmed reports of migrants being apprehended in Baltimore, Chicago or New York, immigrant advocacy groups in those cities told CNN. \'For the most part, it's quiet,\' Cara Yi, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights said. \'We've been dispatching rapid response teams out to meet with people who have reported ICE activity over our hotline. None have been confirmed as of yet.\' Most of the reports were about sightings of government vehicles, Yi said, but advocates had confirmed they were not ICE. The American Civil Liberties Union of New York  said earlier on Twitter  that it had received \'some reports of ICE at subway stations, but none have been substantiated.\' Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services director Ken Cuccinelli took issue with referring to the targets of the raids as undocumented. Mayors 'in the dark' on raids \'They're not undocumented. They've got a court order on a piece of paper -- federal order -- that says they've gotten due process, and (there are) over a million people with removal orders. That's the pool that ICE is drawing from,\' he told CNN. ICE will not comment on operational details of the raids, Cuccinelli said, adding that the priority will be apprehending violent criminals and aggravated felons. ICE agents are not \'utilizing\' allegations of crossing the border illegally, a misdemeanor, as cause for arrest in the raids, he said. Explaining the raids Asked if children would be separated from their parents, Cuccinelli said that information constituted an operational detail. But he did say families are among the 1 million people facing removal orders. Immigrants have been hunkering down News of the raids  has left many undocumented immigrants frightened . They've been stocking up on groceries and making plans to stay in their homes with the lights off and the blinds down. Some are staying home from work. Others are posting signs inside their homes reminding them what to do if ICE agents show up. Unsure of where to turn, they're flooding hotlines with calls. In some cities, local governments and advocacy groups were assisting the immigrants. Supporters in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen were posting \'know your rights\' fliers and encouraging residents to post the fliers, which say, \'The family that resides in this home knows their legal rights,\' at their homes. Advocates with the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights in Atlanta on Sunday were at a popular Latino shopping center, handing out fliers that read, \'ICE free zone.\' The fliers also asked immigration authorities to present a signed warrant if they wanted to come inside, adding \'This is OUR Constitutional Right!\' Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas  said Sunday  that immigration law experts would be on hand at her office in Houston to provide legal resources to individuals looking for information regarding the raids, which she called \'draconian.\' In New York City, staff members with the mayor's office of immigrant affairs are also informing immigrants of their legal rights and of city resources that are available in the event they encounter an immigration enforcement official. \'In the face of heartless raids that would tear families apart, we remain steadfast in our commitment to support and defend immigrant communities,\' Bitta Mostofi, the office's commissioner, said in a statement. Cuccinelli characterized the raids as normal ICE business and pointed to statistics showing ICE has deported fewer people under President Donald Trump than it did under President Barack Obama. \'This is their job every day. We've got compassionate, loyal ICE agents who are just doing their job,\' he said. \'It shows you how far we've fallen in that it's become news that they would actually go deport people who have removal orders.\' Raids were postponed from last month ICE had planned to arrest and deport families  with court-ordered removals in late June, according to the senior immigration official, but Trump  delayed the raids  to give Congress time to \'work out a solution\' on what he said were asylum and loophole problems with the country's immigration policy. Mark Morgan, acting commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection who was acting ICE director at the time, said the raids were postponed because operations details had been leaked. Former acting ICE director John Sandweg also expressed concern. \'You never want the target to know you're coming. You want that element of surprise because it keeps you safe,\' he said. \'From an effective perspective, that's why you don't announce these things.\' While Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the impending operation, he hasn't jeopardized officer safety, Cuccinelli said, explaining that the situation in June was different than what is happening now. \'The level of detail in the information that came out publicly (last month) was way beyond these general comments the President is making,\' he said. In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to ICE offices by March. The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, the senior immigration official said. Despite  reports of overcrowding at some ICE detention facilities  along the southern border, Cuccinelli said ICE has made preparations in anticipation of the raids. \'ICE plans these things superbly,\' he said. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics, 256,085 people were deported in fiscal year 2018, up from 226,119 removals in fiscal year 2017.'

Trump digs in against Dem congresswomen; they’re firing back

Politics WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to..
'WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don’t like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his “xenophobic bigoted remarks” and said it was time for impeachment. Late Monday, after Trump defended his calling for the lawmakers to go back to their “broken and crime infested” countries , Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said Trump “does not know how to defend his policies and so what he does is attack us personally.” Trump said condemnation of his comments, including belatedly from some Republicans, “doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.” “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four “progressives,” but now they are forced to embrace them,” Trump boasted. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!” The president responded to questions at the White House after his Sunday tweet assailing the lawmakers, all of whom are U.S. citizens and three of whom were born here. He has been roundly criticized by Democrats who labeled his remarks racist and divisive. A smattering of Republicans also have objected, though most leading Republicans have been silent. Trump, resurrecting language not prevalent in the U.S. for decades, said Monday that if the lawmakers “hate our country,” they “can leave” it. “If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, you can leave, you can leave right now,” he said. The lawmakers’ criticism has been largely aimed at Trump and his administration’s policies and actions. It was yet another sign that Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 in part by energizing disaffected voters with incendiary racial rhetoric, has no intention of backing away from that strategy going in 2020. Trump has faced few consequences for such attacks, which typically earn him cycles of front-page media attention. Earlier Monday, Trump made clear he had no intention of backing down, asking on Twitter when “the Radical Left Congresswomen” would “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said.” “So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!” he wrote. Asked whether Trump’s comments were racist, Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, defended Trump, telling reporters he had been responding to “very specific” comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who was born in Somalia, and was not making a “universal statement.” But Trump didn’t make that distinction in his tweets. He cited “Congresswomen” — an almost-certain reference to a group of women who have labeled themselves “the squad” that includes Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. At a news conference late Monday, Pressley said Americans should “not take the bait” from Trump and should instead focus on their own agenda, even as the lawmakers called for Democrats to take up impeachment proceedings against the president. Defending Trump, Short, Pence’s chief of staff, pointed to the president’s choice of Elaine Chao, who was born outside the country, as his transportation secretary. Chao is one of the few minorities working among the largely white and male aides in high-profile roles in Trump’s administration. She is the wife of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who declined to make any comment on Trump’s attacks. Omar ignited a bipartisan uproar in Washington several months ago when she suggested that some members of Congress support Israel because of money, while Tlaib riled up a supportive crowd by calling the president a profane name and predicting he would be removed from office. Trump on Monday singled out Omar, in particular, accusing her of having “hatred” for Israel, and expressing “love” for “enemies like al-Qaida.” “These are people that, in my opinion, hate our country,” he said. Omar, in an interview, once laughed about how a college professor had spoken of al-Qaida with an intensity she said was not used to describe “America,” ”England” or “The Army.” Following a familiar script, Republicans remained largely silent after Trump’s Sunday morning broadsides that caused Democrats to set aside their internal rifts to rise up in a united chorus against him. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump wants to “make America white again,” while Ocasio-Cortez said Trump “can’t conceive of an America that includes us.” “Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States,” she tweeted, adding that, “You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.” Omar also addressed herself directly to Trump in a tweet, writing: “You are stoking white nationalism (because) you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.” Pelosi announced Monday that the House would be holding a vote on a resolution condemning Trump’s comments. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close ally of the president who golfed with him over the weekend, advised him to “aim higher” during an appearance on “Fox and Friends,” even as he accused the members in question of being “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American.” “Don’t get personal. Don’t take the bait,” said Graham. He said Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues “are American citizens” who were “duly elected,” while adding: “We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country.” Trump inserted himself further into a rift between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez, just two days after he offered an unsolicited defense of the Democratic speaker. Pelosi has been seeking to minimize Ocasio-Cortez’s influence in the House Democratic caucus in recent days, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to accuse Pelosi of trying to marginalize women of color. Trump’s words may have been meant to widen the divides within the Democrat caucus, which has been riven by internal debate over how far left to go in countering him and over whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings against the president. Instead, the president’s tweets, which evoked the trope of telling black people to go back to Africa, brought Democrats together. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential front-runner, tweeted Sunday that Trump “continues to spew hateful rhetoric, sow division, and stoke racial tensions for his own political gain.” “Let’s be clear about what this vile comment is: A racist and xenophobic attack on Democratic congresswomen,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate. Among the few GOP lawmakers commenting, Rep. Pete Olson of Texas said Trump’s Sunday tweet was “not reflective of the values of the 1,000,000+ people” in his district. “We are proud to be the most diverse Congressional district in America. I urge our President immediately disavow his comments,” he wrote. It was far from the first time that Trump has been accused of holding racist views. In his campaign kickoff in June 2015, Trump deemed many Mexican immigrants “rapists.” In 2017, he said there good people on “both sides” of the clash in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and anti-racist demonstrators that left one counter-protester dead. Last year, during a private White House meeting on immigration, Trump wondered why the United States was admitting so many immigrants from “shithole countries” like African nations. Repeatedly, Trump has painted arriving immigrants as an “infestation” and he has been slow in condemning acts of violence committed by white supremacists. And he launched his political career with false claims that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Fearful of his Twitter account and sweeping popularity among many Republican voters, GOP lawmakers have largely tried to ignore the provocative statements.'

‘His plan to pit us against one another:’ Progressive ‘squad’ responds to Trump attacks

Politics Roll Call

The “squad,” as four progressive Democratic freshman minority women call themselves, responded Monday to President Donald Trump’s repeated calls for them to leave the country by calling it a “distraction” — even as they repeated calls that the House
'The “squad,” as four progressive Democratic freshman minority women call themselves, responded Monday to President Donald Trump’s repeated calls for them to leave the country by calling it a “distraction” — even as they repeated calls that the House should impeach him. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York,  Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and  Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said they will not let Trump’s attacks — “a continuation of his racist, xenophobic playbook” as Omar called it — distract them from Democrats’ agenda.“This is the agenda of white nationalists. .. This is his plan to pit us against one another,” Omar said. But the squad, speaking together at a press conference Monday evening, also presented a mixed message about the appropriate way to move forward.Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez honed in on things Democrats want to accomplish legislatively, like improving conditions for migrants at the border and expanding education and health care access. “We are more than four people. We ran on a mandate to advocate for and to represent those who [felt] left out and left behind,” Pressley said. “Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world. And that is the work we want to get back to.” “We’ll stay focused on our agenda and we won’t get caught slipping  because all of this is a distraction. It’s a distraction from what’s most important,” Ocasio-Cortez added.Omar and Tlaib, however, used the press event as an opportunity to appeal for Trump’s impeachment. “I have not made impeachment central to my election or my career,” Omar qualified before saying, “It is time for us to stop allowing him to make a mockery out of this Constitution. It’s time for us to impeach this president.”Tlaib urged House leadership and her colleagues to hold Trump accountable by supporting an impeachment inquiry. She has introduced a resolution to open one that is cosponsored by the three other members of the squad as well as 13 other Democrats.Despite the low number of members who have signed onto Tlaib’s resolution, at least 87 Democrats publicly saying they support an impeachment inquiry, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis. Texas Rep. Al Greensaid Monday he plans to file new articles of impeachment as a privileged resolution to force a vote on the matter by the end of the month.Trump first criticized the squad in Twitter thread Sunday in which he questioned their on running the country and said, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he tweeted.The president did not name the lawmakers he was attacking but he was widely understood to be targeting Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Omar and Tlaib.His claims about their countries of origin were largely false, however, as the only squad member not originally from the United States is Omar. She was born in Somalia but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.Ocasio-Cortez said Trump is attacking her and her colleagues personally because he doesn’t know how to defend his policies. “He can’t look a child in the face and he can’t look all Americans in the face and justify why his country is throwing them in cages,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So instead he tells us that I should go back to the great borough of the Bronx and make it better. And that’s what I am here to do.“ Trump continued to attack the squad on Monday in remarks to the press as well as tweets. He even fired off a tweet as the four progressive freshmen were addressing the press. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!” Trump wrote.The president is correct in that Democrats have coalesced around the squad. Pressley opened their press conference by thanking her colleagues and others around the country for their solidarity. In a show of that solidarity, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that caucus members were drafting a resolution to condemn Trump’s remarks. It is likely the House will vote on that this week. The resolution, as well as Trump’s continued criticisms, will only serve to extend the cycle of the narrative that Pressley sought to quell with her remarks at the news conference Monday evening.“I encourage the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take the bait,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “This is a disruptive distraction from the issues up here [and] in turn in consequence to the American people.”Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone.'

Mike Pence Doesn’t Care About Migrant Children, Kids Generally

Health care Fatherly

The Vice President's indifference to the suffering of migrant children is in keeping with his longstanding indifference to the wellbeing of young people.
'On Friday of last week, Vice President Mike Pence visited two migrant detention centers in Texas near McAllen, Texas.On Twitter, he posted photos of himself interacting with staffers and looking empathetically at interned migrants who were shown unable to sit due to overcrowding, without beds or a place to sleep.He went on to call out CNN for focusing on “one side of the story” — namely the side on which 24 migrants have perished under the care of United States officials.The backlash to the Pence media tour was swift.Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro pointed out that the situation at the border is in part a product of the Trump administration slashing aid to Central America and refusing to observe norms around the asylum process.Senator Ed Markey called the detention facilities a national disgrace.But the most trenchant critique of Pence’s strategic naïveté takes the form of statements of fact about the treatment of children.Government officials separated 18 infants under the age of two from their parents.Those same infants were kept from their parents from 20 days to six months.Some 700 kids were kept from their parents for 36 to 75 days.Many kids were separated from their parents even when their parents weren’t prosecuted for crossing the border.Pence is, as he likes to remind people, a father and a big reader of a book that contains the following sentence: “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.” Still, anyone who is surprised by the callous convenience of the Vice President’s take on the border crisis has not been paying attention.As a congressman, as Governor of Indiana, and as Vice President of the United States, Pence has always prioritized conservative ideology over the well-being of kids.He has supported policies known to have adverse effects on children in the name of both religion and in service of his own career.The VP’s visit to the border seems less farcical and incendiary when it is placed in the context of the man’s record.Mike Pence has always been willing to inflict pain and distress on children for political ends.This is nothing new.Here is just a brief history of Mike Pence advocating against the health and wellness of children.Mike Pence Tries To Shame Mothers Out of the Workforce In 1997 , Pence wrote a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis Star.In it, he took issue with working mothers.Misreading a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study that found that children with babysitters and nannies were less affectionate towards their moms, Pence claimed that working mothers were harming their children.In actuality, having an empowered working mother has been demonstrated to have tremendous benefits for kids — and many working mothers (and fathers) are forced into office life due to economic need.Given his passion for the subject, one would surmise that Pence spent the next decade working hard to eliminate work requirements from welfare programs.That did not happen.Pence supports a work requirement for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs and other welfare programs that overwhelmingly benefit single moms.This means that even by his own highly questionable logic, he’s advocating against the wellbeing of children.Mike Pence Ignores the Department of Child Services Mike Pence was governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.The year before Pence took office , only 34 children in Indiana died of abuse or neglect.When Pence was elected, he appointed Mary Beth Bonaventura as the DCS director and made cuts.In 2013, 49 children died, in 2014, 66.Bonaventura resigned from her position in 2017 and blasted Pence for cutting her budget and the services to needy kids in the midst of the opioid crisis.Pence responded by blaming the opioid crisis — no, following the logic there isn’t possible — until he was finally convinced to restore some funding during his last year in office.Low and behold, the number of dead children went down.Unfortunately, the children that died while Pence bragged about lower the budget remain dead.Mike Pence Supports Conversion Therapy Mike Pence has long signaled support for “conversion therapy” in the state of Indiana.Conversion therapy , a scam that turns the bullying of homosexual children into a business, does not work and constitutes abuse (those who have been in conversion therapy are five times more likely to attempt suicide than those who have not). The American Medical Association condemns conversion therapy as a practice “that has been rejected by all the major mental health professions.” Still, in 2000 , addressing a federal law that funds assistance to HIV positive and AIDs patients in the United States, Mike Pence wrote: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” That’s a dog-whistle.Today, conversion therapy remains legal in Indiana.Mike Pence Rallies Against Sexual Education The Trump administration devoted $277 million in the 2018 federal budget to programs that prioritize “abstinence education and personal responsibility education.” That is money that could have otherwise gone to actual education if not comprehensive sexual education, which has actually been shown to decrease rates of STDs and pregnancy for young teens.Countless studies have confirmed that abstinence education is associated with high teen pregnancy rates, but Pence doesn’t care about facts.In 2002, he said that condoms are a “ poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases .” Condoms are 98 percent effective at protecting against most STIs and STDs.Mike Pence Stand By His Wife, Who Works at a Bigoted School Karen “Mother” Pence teaches at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia.The school bans both LGBTQ+ parents and students from attendance.Even employees cannot be lesbian or gay.A term of employment requires that employees understand that the only correct definition of marriage is that which is between a man and a woman.The 2013 application states: “Homosexual acts and lifestyles are… reprehensible in the sight of God.” When confronted with these facts, Mike Pence said he was offended that people were accusing his wife of being homophobic.Homosexual children are six times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual children.Suicide is the second leading cause of death among minors.So, should we be surprised that Mike Pence thought the children housed in detention facilities were doing just fine?Nope.Mike Pence is the guy that ignores the suffering of children or exacerbates it in service of his own ideological ends.Anyone surprised by the Vice President’s callousness just hasn’t been paying enough attention.Related Articles: Scientists Discover Some Cartoons Are Better for Kids Than Others Mike Pence Doesn't Care About Migrant Children, Kids Generally I've Never Had a Smartphone And Am a Better Dad For It This 5-Minute Bodyweight Workout Will Get You Fit Fast . 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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: All About That Base

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President Trump rejected that his tweets—aimed at several congresswomen of color, telling them to go back to the countries “from which they came”—were racist. Plus: a 2020 sleeper issue.
'Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list. What We’re Following Today It’s Monday, July 15. ‣ The Trump administration issued a new rule that would significantly limit asylum protections for most Central American migrants. It’s almost certain to face a legal challenge. Here’s what else we’re watching: (Elizabeth Frantz / Reuters) ‘She Would Throw Herself in Front of a Bus for Us’: Over the weekend, roughly 4,000 people descended on Philadelphia for Netroots Nation, an annual conference for progressive activists. They already know which candidate they want for president. And they’ve got a surprising second choice. All About That Base: President Donald Trump rejected during a press conference today the idea that his tweets over the weekend about several congresswomen were racist, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will move to formally reject Trump’s comments by passing a resolution. What if Trump took his own advice to “help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which [he] came?” asks Yoni Appelbaum. ( Back to Queens, that is. ) The Future of the ACA: The outcome of an ongoing Texas lawsuit may blow up the Affordable Care Act as we know it. The core argument here hinges on the removal of a tax penalty for not having health insurance. One law professor contends that these judges who may end up deciding the future of health coverage in America profess “judicial modesty,” but “are activists to the core.” Democracy vs. Authoritarianism: The 2020 Democrats have found their battle cry against Trump, writes Uri Friedman: “The defining struggle of our time is between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism, they say, and the leader of the land of the free has strayed into enemy territory.” A Big Sleeper Issue: One might think a problem that affects so many people across the country— the lack of affordable long-term personal care for older people —would become a major political issue. So far, though, it hasn’t. (Paul Spella / Katie Martin / The Atlantic ) In The Atlantic ’s August cover story, the contributing editor Barbara Bradley Hagerty explores new research about sexual predators and why police are often unable to locate crucial evidence. “This is the question that haunts every advocate, researcher, and enlightened detective or prosecutor I spoke with: How many rapes could have been prevented if the police had believed the first victim, launched a thorough investigation, and caught the rapist? How many women would have been spared a brutal assault?” → Read the rest — Elaine Godfrey Ideas From The Atlantic Trump Tells America What Kind of Nationalist He Is (Adam Serwer) “If these women could all trace their family lines back to 1776, it would not make them more American than Trump, a descendant of German immigrants whose ancestors arrived relatively recently, because he is white and they are not.” → Read on Trump Is Baiting Democrats (David Frum) “Trump is determined to make it impossible for Democrats to act on Pelosi’s knowledge—to break the discipline Pelosi has imposed on her party and to empower the Democrats who want to win Twitter today, rather than win the White House in 2020.” → Read on Joe Biden Stops Playing It Safe (Peter Beinart) “For the first time, he looked like a candidate willing to make a direct and substantive case that his centrist instincts are preferable to the party’s recent leftward tilt.” → Read on What Else We’re Reading ‣ Their family bought land one generation after slavery. The Reels brothers spent eight years in jail for refusing to leave it. (Lizzie Presser, ProPublica) ‣ Huge turnout is expected in 2020. So which party would benefit? (Nate Cohn, The New York Times) (🔒 Paywall) About us: This newsletter is a daily effort from The Atlantic ’s politics writer Elaine Godfrey. It’s edited by Shan Wang. Were you forwarded this email? Sign yourself up here. We have many other free email newsletters on a variety of other topics. Browse the full list.'