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Post by annemarie on Mon 15 Apr 2019, 19:17

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[size=48]Why Lori Loughlin's 'Only Choice' Was to Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Loughlin and her husband previously rejected a plea deal from prosecutors, the source tells PEOPLE
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Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband pleaded not guilty Monday to two charges against them in the college admissions cheating scandal — and a legal source close to the couple tells PEOPLE that having rejected an offer for a deal from prosecutors, their plea was “the only choice they’ve got.”
“She probably should have taken the deal, but at the time, she didn’t really realize how serious the charges were,” the source tells PEOPLE.
“More than that, I think she and her lawyers underestimated how motivated the prosecution was. So she didn’t plead, and then they hit her with another charge. Now she’s willing to negotiate, but the prosecution says that the deal is off the table. So the only choice they’ve got is to plead not guilty. That’s all they can do.”
The source confirms to PEOPLE that Loughlin and husband J. Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty to both charges they face: mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
RELATED: Lori Loughlin and Husband Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Cheating Scandal
On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that it had charged 50 people, including Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman, in the cheating scandal. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors and parents were accused of such alleged crimes as falsifying SAT scores and lying about the athletic skills of their children.
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Huffman has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, saying, “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
RELATED: Amid the College Admissions Scandal, Here Are 8 Organizations Helping Disadvantaged Students
Loughlin, meanwhile, allegedly wanted her daughters to get into the University of Southern California so badly that she and Giannulli paid approximately $500,000 in bribes to falsely designate their daughters as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew.
Loughlin and Ginnulli have hired a team of high-profile attorneys to represent them in the case.
“They decided to roll the dice,” the legal source told PEOPLE last week about their decision to reject the plea deal, “and it may have been a bad gamble. Now they’re in worse shape than before.”
“[The prosecutors] are saying that the only way anyone’s going to escape jail time is if they go to trial and are found not guilty,” the source told PEOPLE. “But they’re saying the they have such meticulous evidence that it would be foolish to take that risk.”
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Post by annemarie on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 16:39

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6928237/Trump-slams-crazy-Bernie-touting-universal-healthcare-tax-hikes-Fox-News-town-hall.html

[size=34]Trump slams 'crazy Bernie' Sanders after the Democratic front-runner touted universal healthcare and tax hikes at a Fox News town hall - and claims anchors and cheering audience were being 'nice'[/size]


  • President Trump criticized Bret Baier and the audience at Monday night's town hall for humoring Democratic presidential front-runner 'crazy Bernie' Sanders 

  • This was the first time Trump tweeted about Sanders since he entered the race in February 

  • Fox News' Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum hosted Sanders in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

  •  The audience erupted in cheers when Baier asked if they would prefer a universal healthcare system instead of their employer's health insurance 

  • Sanders explained healthcare isn't  really 'free' and that 'somebody is going to pay'

  • He is leading the crowded field of Democratic candidates vying for the party's nomination 


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:46 EDT, 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:58 EDT, 16 April 2019

     



President Donald Trump took a hit at 'crazy Bernie' Sanders for touting universal healthcare and tax hikes at a Fox News town hall Monday night. 
Trump said the the audience and co-host Bret Baier were humoring the independent senator by being 'smiley and nice' during the town hall. 
'So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on @FoxNews. Not surprisingly, @BretBaier and the 'audience' was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have @donnabrazile?' Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.    
Sanders is the Democratic presidential front-runner, and he engaged in a town hall with two Fox News hosts, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Monday night.

Trump has not tweeted about Sanders since February 20, when he congratulated him for entering the presidential race in his second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination.  
During the hour-long town hall on Monday, which was held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Sanders faced off with the hosts about who would pay for a universal healthcare system.
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Trump dubbed Sen. Bernie Sanders as 'Crazy Bernie' and slammed the audience from Monday's two hall, saying they were too 'smiley and nice' to the Democratic Socialist
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Baier is a lifelong Democrat and host of Special Report on Fox News Channel. He co-hosted Bernie Sanders' town hall  with Fox News' Martha MacCallum
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The last time Trump tweeted about Sanders was in February when he announced he was entering the Democratic primary race
The rust-belt audience was surprisingly receptive to Sanders' socialist healthcare proposal. 
'Senator, this audience has a lot of Democrats in it. It has Republicans, independents, Democratic Socialists, conservatives. I want to ask the audience a question, if you could raise your hand here, a show of hands of how many people get their insurance from work, private insurance, right now?' Baier asked the audience.
More than half the audience for Fox's town hall raised their hand in the impromptu poll.
'OK. Of those, how many are willing to transition to what the senator says, a government-run system?' Baier asked, which was met with even more hands raising and cheers from the audience.
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Sanders told an audience at a Fox News town hall the U.S. should transition to a universal healthcare system
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The audience erupted in cheers when Fox News host Bret Baier, who co-hosted the town hall with Martha MacCallum, asked the audience if they would prefer a universal healthcare system


DEM HOPEFULS' CASH SO FAR IN 2019


Bernie Sanders: $18.2 million
Kamala Harris: $12 million
Beto O'Rourke: $9.4 million 
Pete Buttigieg: $7 million
Elizabeth Warren: $6 million 
Amy Klobuchar: $5.2 million 
Cory Booker: $5 million 
Kirsten Gillibrand: $3 million 
Jay Inslee: $2.25 million
John Hickenlooper: $2 million 
Tulsi Gabbard: $1.9 million 
Andrew Yang: $1.7 million 
Marianne Williamson: $1.5 million 
Julian Castor: $1.1 million 
John Delaney: $345,000 
Wayne Messam $84,000 
From January 1 to March 31 
 




Sanders, who represents Vermont in the Senate, identifies as a Democratic Socialist and says healthcare is a human right and should be free.
Baier's co-host, Martha MacCallum, asked how Sanders where the money would come from for a government-run healthcare system.
'I think everybody is in agreement that healthcare needs to be fixed in this country,' MacCallum said. 'You're going to pay one way or the other,' MacCallum rebutted. 'Whether it's in your income tax or your payroll tax.'
'Health care is not free,' Sanders conceded.
'Of course not, you just said it's going to be free for everyone.' MacCallum shot back.
'It's going to be free of the point of when you use it, OK? Why are you so shocked by this?' Sanders asked. 'Somebody is going to pay.'
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Even though Sanders touts the switch as a free alternative to healthcare, he admitted that it wasn't completely 'free' and that 'somebody is going to pay'
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Sanders is the 2020 front-runner among the 18 Democratic competing for the party's nomination
'Look, health care costs money,' Sanders continued. 'Every other country, or virtually every country, does it in the same way we do education for our kids. OK, when a kid walks into school, the kid doesn't have to take out a credit card, right? It's paid for out of public funds. That's what most countries do… Are people going to pay more in taxes? Yes. But at the end of the day, the overwhelming majority of people are going to end up paying less for health care because they're not paying premiums, copayments, and deductibles.'
Sanders is the only Democratic candidate that has had a town hall with Fox News in the 2020 cycle so far.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said that during the 2020 election cycle none of the Democratic debates would be hosted by Fox News.
'I believe that a key pathway to victory is to continue to expand our electorate and reach all voters,' Perez said in a statement in March. 'That is why I have made it a priority to talk to a broad array of potential media partners, including Fox News.'


Perez, however, said that recent reporting regarding President Donald Trump and his administration's relationship with Fox News, led him to reconsidering pairing with the network for the debates.
'[T]he network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates,' Perez said at the time. 'Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates.'  
Sanders is leading in polling and fundraising among Democrats vying for the party's nomination.
Among Democratic primary voters, 29 per cent say they support Sanders, and his campaign raised more than $18 million in the first quarter of 2019.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 18:42

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6921483/Students-say-gym-teacher-black-kids-research-slave-games.html

[size=34]Wisconsin gym teacher placed on leave after 'separating students by race and telling black children to research slave games'[/size]


  • An unnamed teacher at Shorewood Intermediate School, Wisconsin, has been placed on indefinite leave after the accusations of inappropriate behavior 

  • She was accused of separating students by race, then asking the black children to research 'slave games' 

  • Parent Dr. Reshunda Stephens said a similar incident happened last year when her other daughter was asked if she wanted to be part of the 'colored club'

  • School officials are investigating and have notified parents of the situation 


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and LEAH MCDONALD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:21 EDT, 14 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:18 EDT, 16 April 2019


         
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A Wisconsin gym teacher has been placed on indefinite leave amid claims that she separated students in one class by race and assigned the black children to research games that enslaved children played.
The teacher at Shorewood Intermediate School was instructing seventh-graders about games from around the world on April 1 when she allegedly gave the assignment to the black students.
Shorewood School District Superintendent Bryan Davis sent a letter to parents outlining what happened and said that they were investigating the incident. He didn't name the teacher.




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MaHailey Stephens (pictured) said she was separated from her other classmates and told by her gym teacher, who has been placed on leave, to research games that enslaved children played 
'We take these allegations extremely serious,' Davis wrote. 'Throughout this situation, student safety and well-being have been our top priority.'

One of the African American students, MaHailey Stephens, told Fox6 News that she and her classmates were separated into groups based on race and asked to research games from their cultures.
'I went to my mom, I'm like, "mom, what are slave games?'". 'She told us to all go get into our groups and then she told us that she would help us research slave games,' said Stephens.


Her mother, Dr. Reshunda Stephens, told the station that there was a similar incident involving the same teacher with her other daughter, last year. 
'This child was asked to be part of the colored club. How many more times do people have to feel uncomfortable until change happens?.  
She added: 'We have to work together, have those courageous conversations and provide support not only for the adults but most importantly for our children because it's not fair for our children to have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.'
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MaHailey's mom, Dr. Reshunda Stephens (pictured) said it is unacceptable that children are made to feel uncomfortable and is upset about the incident 
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Reshunda Stephens claimed the same teacher asked her other daughter (pictured)  to be part of the 'colored club' last year
The Milwaukee Independent reported that some students were asked to play dodge ball, while others said they were paired up by race and told to reenact games enslaved children would have played on a Southern plantation before the Civil War.
One student's father told the publication: 'She came home and she told me she had to reconstruct games played during slavery.
'Yeah, I was completely shocked. I knew it was a problem immediately when she said she was uncomfortable,' he added.
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Shorewood School District Superintendent Bryan Davis sent a letter to parents outlining what happened and said that they were investigating the incident
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Fox6 News spoke with several other children in the class off-camera who were placed in some of the other cultural groups who said they heard the comments and felt uncomfortable aswell
The incident happened on April 1 and the superintendent of Shorewood Intermediate school claimed management there were made aware April 3.  
Fox6 News spoke with several other children in the class off-camera who were placed in some of the other cultural groups who said they heard the comments and felt uncomfortable as well.
Davis said the district is committed to providing an environment of inclusion in our schools.'
He added: 'We will continue to assess the situation and ensure that we provide ongoing support to our students as we move forward.' 
The school immediately launched an internal investigation and the teacher has been placed on leave pending the findings of the investigation.
School officials including a counselor and a psychologist are providing support to affected students, according to Davis.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 21:03

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6928199/Trump-campaign-uses-Facebook-target-65-older-voters-anti-immigration-ads.html

[size=34]Trump campaign uses Facebook to target 65 and older voters with anti-immigration ads and is barely spending anything to reach young voters, new figures reveal[/size]


  • President Trump is spending almost half of his Facebook campaign money on targeting elderly

  • He is spending less than 5 per cent on the youngest demographic, 18-35

  • About half the 44 per cent in ads targeting the elderly focus on illegal immigration and use nativist language 

  • Bernie Sanders, 77, is spending 65 per cent of his Facebook advertising money on 18-35 year-olds


By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 12:36 EDT, 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:03 EDT, 16 April 2019

     





 President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign is spending almost half its Facebook advertising budget to target voters over 65 years old.
While his campaign is focusing 44 per cent of its budget on targeting elderly voters, the top 12 Democratic candidates of the 18 already running are only spending 27 per cent on the same demographic, according to data collected by Bully Pulpit Interactive.
Only 4 per cent of Trump’s Facebook budget is being allotted to targeting 18-35 year-olds.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is the front-runner in the Democratic primary field and the oldest person running for president in 2020, is only spending 9 per cent of his Facebook budget on voters 65 and older.
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President Trump isn't even spending 5 per cent of his Facebook advertising money on 18-35 year olds
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Instead, Trump's 2020 reelection campaign is focusing 44 per cent of its advertising budget on the elderly, aged 65 and older. The average of the top 12 Democrats running in 2020 are spending only 27 per cent of their budget on that demographic
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Bernie Sanders, who is the oldest candidates running in 2020, is spending 65 per cent of his Facebook advertising budget on the youngest demographic





DEM HOPEFULS' CASH SO FAR IN 2019


Bernie Sanders: $18.2 million
Kamala Harris: $12 million
Beto O'Rourke: $9.4 million 
Pete Buttigieg: $7 million
Elizabeth Warren: $6 million 
Amy Klobuchar: $5.2 million 
Cory Booker: $5 million 
Kirsten Gillibrand: $3 million 
Jay Inslee: $2.25 million
John Hickenlooper: $2 million 
Tulsi Gabbard: $1.9 million 
Andrew Yang: $1.7 million 
Marianne Williamson: $1.5 million 
Julian Castor: $1.1 million 
John Delaney: $345,000 
Wayne Messam $84,000 
From January 1 to March 31 
 





Sanders, 77, is spending 65 per cent of the budget on the youngest demographic.
Both Democrats and Trump are spending roughly the same amount of ad money on the middle-aged demographics of 34-65.
Of the ads Trump’s reelection campaign is putting out to target elderly Facebook users, many focus on immigration.
Recently Trump has upped his rhetoric against illegal immigration, claiming that he would begin directing the Department of Homeland Security to bus illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.
There is nativist language – wording that relates to supporting policies that protect native-born U.S. citizens – in 54 per cent of the ads Trump put out regarding immigration, the study reveals.
BPI was able to analyze the data after Facebook opened up its advertising archive application programming interface for the first time in March. This gives insights to campaigns’ targeting ad strategies.
Trump is far ahead of the curve in fundraising compared to Democratic candidates. He raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019.
Sanders was the highest earner among Democratic candidates with more than $20 million in the first quarter of this year, and Warren in second with $16.5 million.
Several Democratic contenders earned way below par with between $1 and $2 million.

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Post by annemarie on Tue 16 Apr 2019, 22:47

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6929097/Trump-launches-new-attack-Omar-Pelosi-says-using-9-11-political-tool.html

[size=34]Trump accuses Ilham Omar of having 'a way about her that's very, very bad for our country' in ANOTHER attack on controversial Democrat, as Nancy Pelosi says he is using '9/11 as a political tool'[/size]


  • President Donald Trump said he would not apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar for the criticism he's heaped on her after her 9/11 comments 

  • 'She's been very disrespectful to this country. She's been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel,' he told a local Minnesota TV station

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terror attacks as a 'political tool' 

  • 'I criticized the president for using video of 9/11 as a political tool. I think he was wrong to do that,' she told CNN 

  • Rep. Omar has been a subject of grief for Democrats and a target for Republicans after a series of controversies 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 14:50 EDT, 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:40 EDT, 16 April 2019

     



President Donald Trump said he would not apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar for the criticism he's heaped on her after her 9/11 comments, saying she's 'been very disrespectful to this country,' as Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terror attacks as a 'political tool.'
'No not at all,' the president said when asked if he had any second thoughts about a video he tweeted that the Minnesota Democrat claimed increased death threats on her life. 
'Look, she's been very disrespectful to this country. She's been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn't really understand life. Real life, what it's all about,' he told KSTP, a Minneapolis TV station, during his visit to Minnesota on Monday. 
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President Donald Trump said he would not apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar for the criticism he's heaped on her after her 9/11 comments
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of using the terror attacks as a 'political tool'



'It's unfortunate. She's got a way about her that's very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she's extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country,' he added. 
Pelosi, meanwhile, doubled down on her criticism of Trump on Tuesday, charging him with playing politics with a national tragedy.
'I criticized the president for using video of 9/11 as a political tool. I think he was wrong to do that,' she told CNN. 'What the president did was not right.'
Omar, a 36-year-old freshman Democrat and mother of three, has been a subject of grief for Democrats and a target for Republicans after a series of controversies. First there were her statements that were taken as anti-Semitic and then there was her description of the September 11 terrorist attacks as 'some people did something.' 
She charged the president's tweets with increasing death threats on her life, specifically a video he sent out on Friday.
'Since the president's tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase in direct threats on my life – many directly referencing or replying to the President's video,' Omar said in a statement Sunday.
'Violent rhetoric and all forms of hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country's Commander in Chief. We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop,' she said.


The video in question was pinned to the top of Trump's Twitter page but is now just in its regular spot in his feed. 
'WE WILL NEVER FORGET' he tweeted on Friday night, accompanied by a 43 second video that showed Omar's comment during a speech to the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), interspersed with footage from September 11, 2001. 
In her full speech to CAIR last month - the footage surfaced last week - Omar said: 'Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and frankly, I'm tired of it and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it.
'CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something, and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.'
Since the controversial comments resurfaced, Omar has defended what she said, using an example of George W. Bush making similar remarks in the wake of the tragedy and marking the difference in reaction.
Omar has said the furor surrounding the comments - which she believes were taken out of context - stem from the fact that she is Muslim, and not white.
'Was Bush downplaying the terrorist attack? What if he was a Muslim,' she asked on Twitter.  
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Rep. Omar has been a subject of grief for Democrats and a target for Republicans after a series of controversies
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Trump tweeted 'WE WILL NEVER FORGET' with a video that showed Omar's 'some people did something' 9/11 speech intersected with video of the disaster

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Democrats rushed to defend the freshman lawmaker, who made history last year when Minnesotans elected her to Congress. She is one of two Muslim women serving in the legislative body. 
But some liberals have questioned whether or not Pelosi has done enough to defend Omar.
'They put us in photos when they want to show our party is diverse. However, when we ask to be at the table, or speak up about issues that impact who we are, what we fight for & why we ran in the first place, we are ignored. To truly honor our diversity is to never silence us,' freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the only other Muslim woman in Congress, tweeted on Saturday, in reference to another tweet complaining the party leadership was not supportive. 
Pelosi told CNN she has not had a chance to talk to Omar because she's traveling. She's on a visit to the United Kingdom with other lawmakers.
'I haven't had a chance to speak with her I'm traveling,' she said.  
The speaker on Sunday called on President Trump to remove the video criticizing Omar from his Twitter feed.
'The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video,' Pelosi said in a statement from London.
She also said she's asked Capitol Police to investigate any threats to the freshman Democrat from Minnesota.   
'Following the President's tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces,' Pelosi said. 
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Rep. Ilhan Omar (right) with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (left), who is one of the liberal left questioning if enough was done to protect the freshman lawmaker 
Omar divided Democrats during her last controversy starting with her claim, later retracted, that moneyed Jews buy the support of U.S. lawmakers with a strategy that's 'all about the Benjamins baby.' 
Then she reignited the controversy again when she said supporters of Israel were pushing for U.S. politicians to declare 'allegiance' to that nation. 
A battle broke out between the older, powerful, more moderate Jewish members of Congress who accused Omar of anti-Semitism and the younger, progressive members who have stormed the House floor after the 2018 election and defended Omar's right to speak. 
But all Omar's controversies have had one thing in common: they have brought the wrath of Republicans on to the Democrats.  
Pelosi's call came after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday President Trump wishes 'no ill will' against Omar but added he is right to call out her comments on the September 11th attacks. 
'Certainly the president is wishing no ill will, and certainly not violence towards anyone but the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments,' Sanders said on ABC's 'This Week.'  
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[size=34]Trump's Attorney General Barr BLOCKS ruling allowing asylum seekers to ask for bond: Move means thousands of immigrants could face YEARS in detention before their cases are heard[/size]


  • Previous decision had allowed some immigrants to ask for bond from a judge

  • Barr's ruling now means they could be in detention for months or years 

  • Trump's new AG's first ruling on immigration is in line with the administration

  • White House has moved to clamp down on the asylum process for thousands 


By REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 22:16 EDT, 16 April 2019 | UPDATED: 03:17 EDT, 17 April 2019

     


The U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard.
The first immigration court ruling from President Donald Trump's newly appointed Attorney General William Barr is in keeping with the administration's moves to clamp down on the asylum process as tens of thousands of mostly Central Americans cross into the United States asking for refuge. 
U.S. immigration courts are overseen by the Justice Department and the Attorney General can rule in cases to set legal precedent.
Barr's ruling is the latest instance of the Trump administration taking a hard line on immigration. This year the administration implemented a policy to return some asylum seekers to Mexico while their cases work their way through backlogged courts, a policy which has been challenged with a lawsuit. 
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr has struck down a decision that had allowed some asylum seekers to ask for bond in front of an immigration judge, in a ruling that expands indefinite detention for some migrants who must wait months or years for their cases to be heard
Several top officials at the Department of Homeland Security were forced out this month over Trump's frustrations with an influx of migrants seeking refuge at the U.S. southern border.

Barr's decision applies to migrants who crossed illegally into the United States.
Typically, those migrants are placed in 'expedited removal' proceedings - a faster form of deportation reserved for people who illegally entered the country within the last two weeks and are detained within 100 miles (160 km) of a land border. Migrants who present themselves at ports of entry and ask for asylum are not eligible for bond.


But before Barr's ruling, those who had crossed the border between official entry points and asked for asylum were eligible for bond, once they had proven to asylum officers they had a credible fear of persecution.
'I conclude that such aliens remain ineligible for bond, whether they are arriving at the border or are apprehended in the United States,' Barr wrote.
Barr said such people can be held in immigration detention until their cases conclude, or if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decides to release them by granting them 'parole.' DHS has the discretion to parole people who are not eligible for bond and frequently does so due to insufficient detention space or other humanitarian reasons.
Barr said he was delaying the effective date by 90 days 'so that DHS may conduct the necessary operational planning for additional detention and parole decisions.'
The decision's full impact is not yet clear, because it will in large part depend on DHS' ability to expand detention, said Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas.
'The number of asylum seekers who will remain in potentially indefinite detention pending disposition of their cases will be almost entirely a question of DHS's detention capacity, and not whether the individual circumstances of individual cases warrant release or detention,' Vladeck said.
DHS officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision. The agency had written in a brief in the case arguing that eliminating bond hearings for the asylum seekers would have 'an immediate and significant impact on...detention operations.'


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Barr's ruling is the latest instance of the Trump administration taking a hard line on immigration. A migrant from Honduras is seen in January passing a child over the border fence
In early March, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the DHS agency responsible for detaining and deporting immigrants in the country illegally, said the average daily population of immigrants in detention topped 46,000 for the 2019 fiscal year, the highest level since the agency was created in 2003. 
Last year, Reuters reported that ICE had modified a tool officers have been using since 2013 when deciding whether an immigrant should be detained or released on bond, making the process more restrictive.
The decision will have no impact on unaccompanied migrant children, who are exempt from expedited removal. Most families are also paroled because of a lack of facilities to hold parents and children together.
Michael Tan, from the American Civil Liberties Union, said the rights group intended to sue the Trump administration over the decision, and immigrant advocates decried the decision.
Barr's decision came after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to review the case in October. Sessions resigned from his position in November, leaving the case to Barr to decide.
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Before Barr's ruling, those who had crossed the border between official entry points and asked for asylum were eligible for bond, once they had proven to asylum officers they had a credible fear of persecution.

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