Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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U.S. Immigration Officials Round Up Dozens of Illegal Immigrants in Southern California, Many of Them Violent Felons, In Largest Sweep of the Year

U.S. Immigration Officials Round Up Dozens of Illegal Immigrants in Southern California, Many of Them Violent Felons, In Largest Sweep of the Year

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers took a total of 212 people into custody during a five-day immigration sweep at business sites in southern California this week.  In all, ICE officers inspected 122 businesses in a worksite enforcement operation around Los Angeles conducted from last Sunday to Thursday. Of the 212 immigrants taken into custody, 195 of them were convicted criminals that had been issued final orders of removal and failed to leave the country, or had been previously removed…

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Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Congressman Schiff: Contempt of Congress “Likely” for Steve Bannon

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said Friday that it is likely at this point that former top White House adviser Steve Bannon will face contempt of Congress charges for refusing to answer their questions.  The Committee has been engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Bannon and his legal team for weeks about questions the Committee is trying to get him to answer. The body is interested in information Bannon has as part of, first, the Trump…

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Mueller Indictment Reveals Sophisticated Russian Social Media Disinformation Campaign, Complete with Shifts of Workers, Budgets and Reports

Mueller Indictment Reveals Sophisticated Russian Social Media Disinformation Campaign, Complete with Shifts of Workers, Budgets and Reports

The Mueller indictment lays out a sophisticated line of attack by Russian operatives using U.S. social media platforms to foment discord, disunity, and ultimately, distrust in the U.S. political system.  Operatives, according to the indictment, were directed to create “political intensity through supporting radical groups, users dissatisfied with [the] social and economic situation and oppositional social movements.” “Specialists,” as they were sometimes referred to, created hundreds of social media accounts that appeared to be operated by real Americans, with the…

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Sales of Bulletproof School Bags Jump in Wake of Parkland Shooting

Sales of Bulletproof School Bags Jump in Wake of Parkland Shooting

A Massachusetts company that sales bullet-proof backpacks has seen a spike in sales in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting this week.  The company, Bullet Blocker, sells backpacks that are lined with Kevlar an are capable of withstanding a gunshot it says. Bullet Blocker says it sold 500 bags on Thursday this week alone, a 30% increase in regular sales.  The bags cost between $200 and $500 and weigh 4 ½ lbs.  Most of the sales of the…

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Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

White House Chief of Staff Jon Kelly announced new measures aimed at improving the White House’s security clearance process this week.  The move comes in the wake of intense scrutiny the White House has received over the way it handled domestic abuse allegations leveled against a senior member of the team. Revelations were made public in recent weeks that both of former White House Staff Secretary’s Rob Porter’s ex-wives had come forward with allegations that he had physically, emotionally and…

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U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now “incontrovertible.”  McMaster was speaking at a security conference in Munich on Saturday. Responding to a question from a Russian delegate, McMaster said that “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible.”  He was speaking of Russian interference.  McMaster was referring to the announcement yesterday by the FBI’s special counsel Robert Mueller, that thirteen Russian citizens have been indicted for…

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India and Iran Vow to Work Together on Afghanistan, Other Issues

India and Iran Vow to Work Together on Afghanistan, Other Issues

India and Iran have agreed to forge closer ties with the goal of restoring peace and stability to Afghanistan the two countries announced today.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks in New Delhi this week. The two countries announced they will increase cooperation in areas such as terrorism and drug trafficking.  They also agreed take steps to develop energy security and regional connectivity to Afghanistan, a landlocked country, through infrastructure projects like road and…

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Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Senate’s Failure to Act Leaves Hundreds of Thousands of DREAMers in Limbo

Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children are left in limbo as immigration reform once again failed to pass in the Congress this week.  The fate of DREAMers is up in the air as Congress enters a week-long recess and a March 5th deadline for the DACA program, which protects those immigrants from deportation, looms. Republicans in the Senate put forth a plan last week that would have granted nearly 2 million…

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SEC Blocks Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Company

SEC Blocks Sale of Chicago Stock Exchange to Chinese Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission has blocked a proposed deal to sell the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group of Chinese investors.  The proposal had caused consternation on Capitol Hill. The SEC, in rejecting the deal, said key parts of the offer were flawed and that those concerns were significant enough that the body didn’t even need to consider fears about foreign investment, and possible foreign interference, in U.S. markets. “We have concluded that the Exchange has not met its…

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