Women Are Dropping Domestic Abuse Cases Out of Fear They’ll Be Deported

A new NPR report reveals that under President Donald Trump abused undocumented immigrants face a tough choice. According to Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson, four women have not pursued cases related to violent physical assaults out of fear related to Trump’s tough talk and action on immigration. She told NPR this:
We had pending cases that we were prosecuting on their behalf and since January 25, the date of the president’s executive order [on immigration], those four women have let our office know they were not willing to proceed with the case for fear that they would be spotted in the courthouse and deported.
That fear and “distrust [of] the court system” is reportedly the result of a video released last month that shows ICE officers waiting outside of a Denver courthouse. Bronson has asked ICE to search for the violent criminals they’re after elsewhere so the immigrant community in Denver Continue reading "Women Are Dropping Domestic Abuse Cases Out of Fear They’ll Be Deported"

WSJ Editorial: Trump Has a Credibility Problem, Most Americans ‘May Conclude He’s a Fake President’

donald-trump-1-1 The Wall Street Journal has an editorial out tonight with serious criticisms of President Trump for his “seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods.” The crux of the editorial concerns the president’s wiretapping claim that has been refuted by a number of intelligence officials and the heads of the House and Senate Intel Committees. Yet, in the words of the Journal, Trump “clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle.” And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, because the editorial calls Trump “his own worst political enemy” and says his falsehoods and credibility issues will continue to hurt him:
If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him? Would the rest of the world? We’re not sure, which speaks to the damage that Mr. Continue reading "WSJ Editorial: Trump Has a Credibility Problem, Most Americans ‘May Conclude He’s a Fake President’"

Mediaite Is Now Hiring a Full-Time Writer

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Mediaite is looking for an ambitious, energetic newshound to analyze the names, the brands, the gossip, the digerati of news, politics, and entertainment. You would be writing opinion pieces and news stories using any and all of the tools of digital storytelling: Words, video, pictures, social interactions, book excerpts, you name it. But in the end, you are a media critic. If you think you have what it takes and want to impact the news cycle then we want to talk to you. Requirements:
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15-Year-Old Chicago Girl Apparently the Victim of Facebook Live Gang Rape

A spokesman for the Chicago police chief states that a previously missing 15-year-old girl was found safe after it was discovered that she was apparently sexually assaulted by several boys and the rape was broadcast on Facebook Live. According to investigators, none of the roughly 40 people who watched the video called authorities.
“What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911,” [police superintendent Eddie] Johnson told WGN. “That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and try to bring it to a successful resolution.”
The girl’s mother was told by an uncle that her daughter looked to be the subject of a gang rape video on Facebook. The video has since been taken down by Facebook. Screen images provided to the press were deemed Continue reading "15-Year-Old Chicago Girl Apparently the Victim of Facebook Live Gang Rape"

Three Suspended After Independent Journal Review Pushes Conspiracy Theory About Obama

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 2.45.22 PM Three suspensions at the Independent Journal Review have robbed the publication of what should have been a great week for it. Only one member of the press accompanied Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Asia recently and she was from IJR. Her big moment has been overshadowed, however, by the suspension of three of her colleagues: writer Kyle Becker, content editor Becca Lower, and Chief Content Officer Benny Johnson. (You know Johnson’s name because he got fired at Buzzfeed for plagiarism.) The post that caused the suspensions came after a Hawaiian judge blocked portions of Donald Trump‘s second travel ban. With no evidence, the IJR post insinuated that a coincidentally timely visit to Hawaii by Barack Obama was somehow responsible for the federal judge’s actions. Business Insider‘s Oliver Darcy, who broke the story of the suspensions, offered up this statement from IJR founder Alex Skatell:
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Making Sense of the Tomi Lahren Situation

Screen-Shot-2016-12-06-at-2.53.19-PM-650x355 For those media personalities who have decided that sucking up to Donald Trump is a good career move, these are the very best of times. ‘Conservative’ talk radio has been saved (probably only temporarily) by this wholesale sell-out, and Fox News’s ratings, as a result, are as strong as ever. However, as with any situation where a large group has a strong wind at their back, some have gotten swept up in the desire to please the King and their careers have suffered collateral damage as a result of their proximity to the warpath that Hurricane Donald inevitably leaves in his path. For them, however, this has been the worst of times. For very different reasons — and under vastly differing circumstances — you could put Billy Bush, Milo Yiannopoulos, and (maybe) Judge Andrew Napolitano in this latter category. You can also argue that rising star Tomi Lahren, Continue reading "Making Sense of the Tomi Lahren Situation"

To Protest Abortion-Restricting Bills, Texas Women Wore Handmaid’s Tale Costumes to the Senate

A group of Texas women made a Margaret Atwood-inspired statement yesterday. Right now, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is having a major moment. Not only is the classic dystopian novel about women who are forced breeders in a hyper-religious society being made into a show for Hulu, but the stars of the show and others, like feminist icon Gloria Steinem, have been speaking out about their concerns that America is teetering on the brink of making the events in the story reality. Activists and voters in Texas took those fears to the next level when they dressed in the uniform of the breeders or “handmaids” and took to the Senate while abortion-restricting bills were being considered. One of those bills, Senate Bill 415, has been branded the “dismemberment Continue reading "To Protest Abortion-Restricting Bills, Texas Women Wore Handmaid’s Tale Costumes to the Senate"