Trump Tentatively Reverses Border Closure Threat: Mexico Is Stepping Up to Stop Immigrants


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During his speech at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual spring dinner on Tuesday, President Donald Trump seemed to back off his threat of closing the border between the United States and Mexico. The threat comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the capacity to hold migrants is being overwhelmed because of the large number coming to the border. “I really wanted to close it but now Mexico say ‘No, no, no,’ first time in decades we will not let anybody get through and they’ve apprehended over a thousand people today at the southern border, their southern border,” Trump said. “And they bring them back into their country I said, ‘Why the hell didn’t somebody do that in the first place.'” Trump said Democrats do not want the border to be closed because of the economic costs it will have each day it is closed. “I Continue reading "Trump Tentatively Reverses Border Closure Threat: Mexico Is Stepping Up to Stop Immigrants"

Watch: Fox & Friends Claims Trump Cut Aid to ‘3 Mexican Countries’


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How many Mexicos (Mexicoes? Mexicae?) are there, exactly? Depends on who you’re asking. If it’s Fox & Friends, the answer, apparently, is three. On Sunday morning, as Pete Hegseth was talking about his desire that nations south of the border be best, the chyron beneath the hosts had a strange headline. TRUMP CUTS AID TO 3 MEXICAN COUNTRIES. Just a slip of the chyron. The hosts listed which countries the chyron was referring to. Bad chryons happen. Sometimes hilariously. And when it’s Fox, trust that CNN folks and some dedicated tweeters will catch it. Later in the show, co-host Ed Henry corrected the record regarding the number of Mexican countries.

“We apologize for the error, it never should have happened,” said Henry. Watch the clip above, via FOX News Channel.

Trump Threatens to Close Border Next Week ‘If Mexico Doesn’t Immediately Stop All Illegal Immigration’


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President Donald Trump revealed in a late Friday morning tweet storm that unless Mexico immediately and completely end all illegal immigration into the United States, he plans to close down the border, or large sections of the border, next week. While Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends warned of a “Mother of All Caravans” gathering in the coming days, illegal immigration appears to have risen back to the top of the list of issues the White House is eager to talk about. Trump tweeted:

Ari Melber: Trump’s Not Fulfilling Campaign Promise With Shutdown, He’s Breaking It


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight said President Donald Trump getting the shutdown isn’t him fulfilling his campaign promise on the border wall––he’s breaking it. “Donald Trump promised Americans they would never pay for the wall because Mexico would pay,” he said. “And then he failed to get that money from Mexico despite two years when his party actually controlled Washington. So Trump shuts down the government to break his pledge and try to make Americans pay for the wall.” He showed clips of Trump saying multiple times during the campaign that Mexico will pay for the wall, as well as the President’s comments in front of cameras weeks ago saying he would be proud to shut down the government in the name of fighting for border security. The President tweeted this morning that Mexico will be paying for the wall “through the new USMCA Trade Deal”:

Chris Hayes Grills GOP Rep. in Fiery Clash: Wasn’t Mexico Supposed to Pay for the Wall?!


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Last night on MSNBC, Chris Hayes faced off with Congressman Michael Burgess (R- TX) over the government shutdown fight on a wall that President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail would be paid for by Mexico. “I don’t get it,” Hayes asked. “Why are we shutting down our government to get our taxpayer money to pay for the wall that Mexico is going to pay for?” Burgess said this is only the “first step” in the border security push and “the pay-for part may well come later.” Hayes pressed on Trump’s campaign slogan and repeatedly asked Burgess about Mexico paying for it. “You keep asking the American people to pay for something that the president promised…” Hayes started. Burgess countered that he’s “getting distracted.” Hayes responded by saying, “The President said it hundreds of times… Get Mexico to pay for the wall if you want a Continue reading "Chris Hayes Grills GOP Rep. in Fiery Clash: Wasn’t Mexico Supposed to Pay for the Wall?!"

Knock, Knock


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With the midterms approaching, Democrats and Republicans are fighting to control the national conversation. This week, On the Media looks at how to assess the predictions about a blue or red wave this November. Republican messaging — especially from the White House — has emphasized the dangers presented by the so-called caravan. How did that caravan begin? And, what is the history behind the documents that regulate international travel? Plus, how transgender rights activists in Massachusetts are deploying a counter-intuitive door-to-door tactic.
  1. Clare Malone [@ClareMalone], senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, on the electoral reporting tropes that dominate midterm coverage. Listen.

  2. Sarah Kinosian [@skinosian], freelance reporter, on the origins of the current Central American caravan. Listen.

  3. John Torpey [@JohnCTorpey], historian at the CUNY Graduate Center, on the history of passports. Listen.

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Trump Calls the Press ‘Loco,’ Explains: I Use the Word Because of the Trade Deal With Mexico


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President Donald Trump’s roller coaster of a presser on Monday had a lot of moments for the press to dissect. One of the briefer exchanges came when Trump referred to the press as “loco” and then explained why he chose that particular word. The question asked of Trump was in reference to his answer to a previous question. Earlier in the presser, Trump said that the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would need to be completely quickly for it to be fair. Citing the hardships endured by the Kavanaugh family, Trump said it is not fair what is happening. “I think it’s fair to do it to me,” Trump said. “I think, for me, it’s like a part of my job description. To handle this crap.” That led to a later follow-up question, where a reporter, in the clip above, asked what exactly Trump meant by Continue reading "Trump Calls the Press ‘Loco,’ Explains: I Use the Word Because of the Trade Deal With Mexico"

AFL-CIO’s Trumka Says NAFTA’s Been ‘Devastating’ to Workers But Unions Will Probably Back Democrats Anyway


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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka appeared on Fox News Sunday on Labor Day weekend and spoke with host Chris Wallace about NAFTA and President Donald Trump‘s renegotiation with Mexico… and possible exclusion of Canada. Trumka had nothing good to say about NAFTA, but he wasn’t too thrilled with Trump either. The first question Wallace brought up with Trumka was the possibility, made all the more stark this weekend with President Trump’s twitter tirade, of Canada being excluded from the new deal, or dealt with separately. “Our economies are integrated. The three countries in North America, the economies are pretty integrated. And it’s pretty hard to see how that would work without having Canada in the deal,” said Trumka. “You said that the Mexican deal is closed– there’s still a lot of work left to be done even on the Mexican deal, Chris, because of the language isn’t drafted, we haven’t Continue reading "AFL-CIO’s Trumka Says NAFTA’s Been ‘Devastating’ to Workers But Unions Will Probably Back Democrats Anyway"

Friendly Fire? WSJ Ridicules Trade Deal with Mexico: ‘Worse’ Than NAFTA Pullout


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The Wall Street Journal‘s op-ed writers can, by and large, be considered friendly to President Donald Trump — at least, more so than those who work for many other outlets. But with friends like these, who needs enemies? On Tuesday, the Journal ripped apart the president’s trade deal with Mexico in a scathing op-ed. “We’ll reserve judgment until we see the fine print,” the editorial read, “but on first inspection this is half a Nafta that contains some improvements but is notably worse in many ways.” The Journal‘s editorial cited several major issues with the pact. Notably, Canada’s exclusion raised eyebrows on the Journal’s editorial board. “The new deal has many problems, however, not least that it excludes Canada,” the editorial read. “U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer used the desire of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to sign a deal before he leaves office to raise Continue reading "Friendly Fire? WSJ Ridicules Trade Deal with Mexico: ‘Worse’ Than NAFTA Pullout"

WATCH: Trump’s Attempt to Use a Speakerphone Goes Comically Awry, Draws Mockery


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When President Donald Trump made the new trade agreement announcement in the Oval Office, he brought in Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto by speakerphone to discuss the details. But in what is hopefully not a harbinger of the efficacy of the agreement itself, the process of actually getting the speakerphone to work was its own international fiasco. You can watch the clip above, which stretched from initially exasperating to eventually comical before finally being resolved. Some found it telling of incompetence, others saw it as a unifying attribute of mankind, but suffice it to say there were a lot of reactions and they ran the gamut. Here are just a few.

Trump Nixes NAFTA (and Canada), Announces New ‘United States-Mexico Trade Agreement’


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On Monday, the Trump administration announced a new, bilateral agreement between the United States and Mexico to rework portions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as part of the President’s ongoing changes to American trade policy. the President announced that the new “understanding”, one that does not involve Canada, shouldn’t be referred to as NAFTA, but instead ‘The United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.’ “We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA, has a bad connotation because the United States was hurt very badly by NAFTA for many years, and now it’s a really good deal for both countries, and we look very much forward to it,” he said. President Donald Trump made the announcement in the Oval Office, with the outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a somewhat haphazardly arranged speakerphone conference. President Nieto’s remarks:

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Authorities Respond to Plane Crash in Mexico


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A plane crashed in Mexico earlier today and Aeromexico has confirmed the accident on Twitter. Per the AP, the plane fell “in a field near the airport for the state capital.” There are preliminary reports on people injured, but the governor has tweeted there have been no confirmed fatalities:

As The New York Times extends its reach across countries (and languages and cultures), it looks to locals for guidance


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These are numbers that shout opportunity, seized. The New York Times now has around 2.33 million paid digital-only news subscribers (not counting subscribers to Crosswords and Cooking). 15 percent of those subscribers are from outside the United States. The New York-based, East-Coast-centric news organization is now seeing higher growth rates outside the U.S. than within it. Canada was the biggest market for the Times outside the U.S., even before the Times began officially devoting more resources to growing its reporting and subscriber base in the country. Now Canadian subscribers make up around 27 percent of the Times international subscriber base, according to a Canadaland interview with Times Canada bureau chief Catherine Porter this past spring; that works out to something like 94,000 subscribers. (2,330,000 × .15 × .27 = 94,365.) By some estimates, that’s more paying Canadian digital subscribers than any Canadian news organization can
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Americans may appreciate knowing when a news story is suspect, but more than a third will share that story anyway


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“Each new election is a test.” The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin took a peek at Facebook’s fact-checking efforts ahead of the Mexican election. (Another big problem in Mexico around the election: Fake news on WhatsApp.) In this case, the most problematic posts are not coming from outside the country but from within it. “The hardest part is where to draw the line between a legitimate political campaign and domestic information operations,” Facebook security executive Guy Rosen said. “It’s a balance we need to figure out how to strike.”
In a talk for security experts in May, Facebook security chief Alex Stamos called such domestic disinformation operations the “biggest growth category” for election-related threats that the company is confronting. These groups, he said, are copying Russian operatives’ tactics to “manipulate their own political sphere, often for the benefit of the ruling party.” This area is also the
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WhatsApp is a black box for fake news. Verificado 2018 is making real progress fixing that.


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The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

Fact-checking the Mexican election on WhatsApp. Fake news on WhatsApp is a really hard problem to solve. News is spread in closed exchanges and messages are encrypted, making it impossible to know how what’s being spread or how many people are seeing it. False information doesn’t just come as text, but as images and memes. WhatsApp is also by far the most popular social platform in many countries — including Mexico, which holds its general election July 1 (with more than 10,000 candidates running for general and local office). Verificado 2018, a collaborative election reporting and fact-checking initiative led by Animal Político, AJ+ Español, and Pop-Up Newsroom, is trying to intervene

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Fact Checking #WhereAreTheChildren


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We talk a lot about right wing news outlets picking up out-of-context facts and amplifying them in their outrage machine, so as to infuriate and validate their angry audiences. But this phenomenon is not solely the province of the political right, as we saw last week when two separate stories about immigration policy in the Trump era morphed into one outrage-inspiring tale. Paige Austin is an immigration lawyer for the New York Civil Liberties Union. She explains to Bob how liberals came to believe that the Trump administration had torn nearly 1,500 children from their parents' arms, and then lost them — and how this conflation presents potential dangers for the very population that she hopes to defend.