Ilhan Omar Says Bernie’s Student Debt Bill Isn’t Giveaway to Rich Because Trump’s Kids Aren’t Taking Student Loans


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Rising progressive star and Democratic Michigan Congresswoman Ilhan Omar responded to criticism of a plan she’s introduced — along with Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — to cancel all student debt, without exceptions or income limits, by noting that “The children of Donald Trump aren’t asking or taking out student loans.” On Monday, Omar spoke at a press conference with Sanders and others to introduce a bill that would cancel $1.6 trillion in student debt. “What my bill does is simple as it is revolutionary,” Omar said, name-checking Sanders and adding “It cancels all of 1.6 trillion student loan debt. No exceptions, no questions asked, full cancellation.” “You might ask why full cancellation? What about the people who can pay off their student debt?” Rep. Omar continued. “Well, let me say this. The children of Donald Trump aren’t asking or taking out student loans. Canceling Continue reading "Ilhan Omar Says Bernie’s Student Debt Bill Isn’t Giveaway to Rich Because Trump’s Kids Aren’t Taking Student Loans"

Ilhan Omar Says Bernie’s Student Debt Bill Isn’t Giveaway to Rich Because Trump’s Kids Aren’t Taking Student Loans


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Rising progressive star and Democratic Michigan Congresswoman Ilhan Omar responded to criticism of a plan she’s introduced — along with Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — to cancel all student debt, without exceptions or income limits, by noting that “The children of Donald Trump aren’t asking or taking out student loans.” On Monday, Omar spoke at a press conference with Sanders and others to introduce a bill that would cancel $1.6 trillion in student debt. “What my bill does is simple as it is revolutionary,” Omar said, name-checking Sanders and adding “It cancels all of 1.6 trillion student loan debt. No exceptions, no questions asked, full cancellation.” “You might ask why full cancellation? What about the people who can pay off their student debt?” Rep. Omar continued. “Well, let me say this. The children of Donald Trump aren’t asking or taking out student loans. Canceling Continue reading "Ilhan Omar Says Bernie’s Student Debt Bill Isn’t Giveaway to Rich Because Trump’s Kids Aren’t Taking Student Loans"

Joe Biden Takes Shot at Rivals Like Bernie and Warren: I’m Not Saying ‘Let’s Make Everything Free for Everyone’


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Former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden took a thinly-veiled shot at rivals like Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) when he derided candidates whose approach is “let’s make everything free for everyone all of the time.” This weekend, Biden gave his first cable news interview since entering the race when he sat down with MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton began by asking Biden about his speech before the South Carolina Democratic Convention, noting that “you got into detail about how to deal with the tax code, and how what it would do in terms of money, which means a lot particularly in a state like South Carolina, huge black population, huge population that needs jobs, infrastructure development,” and asked, “Why is this so critical to you, and will this be a main theme in your campaign?” “It’s a gigantic theme,” Biden said, adding Continue reading "Joe Biden Takes Shot at Rivals Like Bernie and Warren: I’m Not Saying ‘Let’s Make Everything Free for Everyone’"

Pelosi Reveals What She Told Trump on Mass Deportation Phone Call: ‘You’re Scaring the Children!’


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revealed the contents of a phone call that caused President Donald Trump to delay scheduled mass deportations, saying that she told Trump, among other things, that, “You’re scaring the children.” During an appearance at a “Speaker in the House” event in New York, Pelosi described lobbying faith-based organizations that support Trump to get them to oppose the mass deportations that had been scheduled for this past weekend. Then, she spoke about the phone call she had with Trump last week, during which she apparently convinced him to postpone the raids. “So when I spoke to the president, I said ‘Look, I’m a mom, I have five kids, …nine grandchildren, and you, children are scared,” Pelosi said. “‘You’re scaring the children of America. Not just those families, but their neighbors and their communities. You’re scaring the children.'” “And I do think that Continue reading "Pelosi Reveals What She Told Trump on Mass Deportation Phone Call: ‘You’re Scaring the Children!’"

Attorney Who Visited Border Says U.S. Guilty of ‘Torture Abuse and Neglect’ of Children


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Attorney and law professor Warren Binford spoke out about her visit to Border Patrol facilities, describing the conditions as “torture, abuse, and neglect” and saying that the facilities are ” so dirty, so filthy, and so unsanitary that children are literally dying.” Binford was one of the attorneys interviewed for a New Yorker story that brought attention to the conditions at the border, and she spoke out on Monday morning’s edition of CNN Newsroom. Anchor Jim Sciutto played a clip of Vice President Mike Pence’s weekend interview with Jake Tapper, then asked Binford to describe the conditions she had seen at the border. “They were the worst conditions that I’ve ever seen in the United States of America,” Binford said,  describing them as a “Lord of the Flies scenario where there’s no direct adult supervision and they’re having to take care of each other, children described as many Continue reading "Attorney Who Visited Border Says U.S. Guilty of ‘Torture Abuse and Neglect’ of Children"

Attorney Who Visited Border Says U.S. Guilty of ‘Torture Abuse and Neglect’ of Children


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Attorney and law professor Warren Binford spoke out about her visit to Border Patrol facilities, describing the conditions as “torture, abuse, and neglect” and saying that the facilities are ” so dirty, so filthy, and so unsanitary that children are literally dying.” Binford was one of the attorneys interviewed for a New Yorker story that brought attention to the conditions at the border, and she spoke out on Monday morning’s edition of CNN Newsroom. Anchor Jim Sciutto played a clip of Vice President Mike Pence’s weekend interview with Jake Tapper, then asked Binford to describe the conditions she had seen at the border. “They were the worst conditions that I’ve ever seen in the United States of America,” Binford said,  describing them as a “Lord of the Flies scenario where there’s no direct adult supervision and they’re having to take care of each other, children described as many Continue reading "Attorney Who Visited Border Says U.S. Guilty of ‘Torture Abuse and Neglect’ of Children"

WATCH: Mike Pence Snickers As Jake Tapper Repeatedly Asks Why They Won’t Give Kids Soap and Toothpaste


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Vice President Mike Pence let out an awkward laugh as CNN’s Jake Tapper repeatedly pressed him on the Trump administration’s failure to provide migrant children with basic necessities like soap and toothpaste. On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the anchor said that “the Trump administration was actually arguing in court this week that the Trump administration should not be obligated to give soap or toothbrushes or showers to children detained at the border. Tapper then played video of a Trump official telling a judge that things like soap and blankets “may be part of safe and sanitary” conditions. “Aren’t toothbrushes and blanket and medicine, basic conditions for kids, aren’t they a part of how the United States of America, the Trump administration treats children?” Tapper asked. “Well, of course they are, Jake,” Pence said, and when Tapper pointed out that the Continue reading "WATCH: Mike Pence Snickers As Jake Tapper Repeatedly Asks Why They Won’t Give Kids Soap and Toothpaste"

Bernie Sanders Scolds Margaret Brennan for Saying Trump Was ‘Just Doing a Limited Strike’ on Iran: ‘That’s an Act of Warfare’


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders mocked CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan for saying that President Donald Trump was considering “just doing a limited strike” on Iran, and said that such a strike is “an act of warfare.” On Sunday morning’s edition of CBS News’ Face the Nation, Sanders had little patience for Brennan’s characterizations of Trump’s aborted military strike on Iran. “Was President Trump’s decision this week to call off that strike the right one?” Brennan asked. With a derisive chuckle, Sanders replied “See, it’s like somebody setting a fire to a basket full of paper and then putting it out. He helped create the crisis and then he stopped the attacks.” “The idea that we’re looking at the president of the United States who number one, thinks that a war, with Iran is something that might be good for this country…” Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Scolds Margaret Brennan for Saying Trump Was ‘Just Doing a Limited Strike’ on Iran: ‘That’s an Act of Warfare’"

Jake Tapper Laughs Right in Mike Pence’s Face About Climate Change: ‘That’s Not True’


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CNN anchor Jake Tapper laughed right in Vice President Mike Pence’s face after Pence made false claims about the environment, and refused to agree with his own administration’s scientific assessment of the threat from human-caused climate change. Facts were not Pence’s friends on Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. Seconds after being fact-checked live on the air, Pence was faced with another barrage of stubborn data points. Tapper brought up the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era climate policies, and asked “Do you believe think human-induced climate emergency is a threat to the United States?” Pence was evasive, replying “What I will tell you is that we will always follow the science on that in this administration.” “The science says it is,” Tapper noted, the first of several times he would make that point. As Pence continued to rail against former President Barack Continue reading "Jake Tapper Laughs Right in Mike Pence’s Face About Climate Change: ‘That’s Not True’"

Jake Tapper Fact-Checks Mike Pence Immigration Lie During Live Interview


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Vice President Mike Pence was caught in a blatant falsehood when he claimed that “90-plus percent” of asylum seekers fail to show up for their hearings, and CNN’s Jake Tapper corrected him live on the air. On Sunday morning’s edition of State of the Union with Jake Tapper, the anchor referenced Trump’s postponement of mass deportations, and asked Pence “what exactly does the president want to see in a deal that would prevent these deportation?” Pence told Tapper that “we have a crisis on our southern border,” and that “people that are exploiting what are well-known loopholes in our laws that say if you arrive with a minor, that you can only be detained for 20 days, after which you are essentially released into the country.” “Right, because of the Flores decision,” Tapper said. “You know that 90-plus percent of the people that apply for asylum in Continue reading "Jake Tapper Fact-Checks Mike Pence Immigration Lie During Live Interview"

Chuck Todd Confronts Trump About Kids at the Border: ‘They’re Being Held Hostage’


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NBC News anchor Chuck Todd grilled President Donald Trump over the mistreatment of migrant children at the southern border, asking him “Why aren’t you doing something?” Todd’s exclusive interview with Trump aired on Sunday morning’s edition of NBC News’ Meet the Press, and included an exchange about the most recent reporting on deplorable conditions for migrant children at the southern border. While Todd repeatedly pressed Trump about his administration’s failure to care for the children humanely, he also allowed several Trump falsehoods to go unchallenged. “I want to ask what’s going down with the, these, the children in these migrant camps,” Todd said. “The stories are horrible, Mr. President. You have children without their parents. You have kids taking care of kids.” “You’ve, you’ve read these reports,” Todd continued, as Trump agreed, “I know people are coming to you. I know you think this is the Democrats’ Continue reading "Chuck Todd Confronts Trump About Kids at the Border: ‘They’re Being Held Hostage’"

Listen to Sonia Sotomayor Shut Down Clarence Thomas Question in Supreme Court Case on Racist Jury Selection


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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a rare question during oral arguments in a case involving a racist prosecutor that was decided this week, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor quickly shut down what could have been a point in that racist prosecutor’s favor. The Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling on Friday in the case of Flowers v. Mississippi, overturning the conviction of defendant Curtis Flowers because the court found that a lower court erred in ruling that prosecutors were not motivated by discriminatory intent when they struck Carolyn Wright  — a black woman — from the jury. Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s majority opinion summarized the facts of the case, which involved the striking of jurors using “peremptory strikes,” which are at the discretion of the lawyers, but which may not be used in a discriminatory way:
Petitioner Curtis Flowers has been tried six separate times for the murder of Continue reading "Listen to Sonia Sotomayor Shut Down Clarence Thomas Question in Supreme Court Case on Racist Jury Selection"

Biden Compares Trump’s Election to the Assassinations of MLK Jr. and Bobby Kennedy


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Former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden compared the election and administration of President Donald Trump with the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. On Saturday, Biden sat for his first cable news interview since launching his campaign, speaking at length with Rev. Al Sharpton during MSNBC’s coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Convention. During that interview, Biden was speaking about criminal justice reform when he expressed hope that public pressure could help to get things done. “There’s so much we can do, and it’s within our capacity to do it,” Biden said. “That’s the interesting thing.” “I think what’s happening now is, I think that Donald Trump may have reawakened sensibilities in this country to say ‘Whoa, maybe we can do this now, just like our generation was awakened when Dr King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated,” Biden continued. “Our whole Continue reading "Biden Compares Trump’s Election to the Assassinations of MLK Jr. and Bobby Kennedy"

WATCH: Joe Biden Talked Civility With Segregationists While Campaigning for Doug Jones


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Former Vice President and current Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden spoke about his friendship and civility with segregationist former Senator James Eastland while campaigning for Doug Jones in 2017, even recalling how Eastland would call him “son” in a southern drawl. Biden is under fire for recent comments in which he mused about the “civility” he once enjoyed with the likes of Eastland, remarks that were not caught on video. But Biden has hit on this theme before. For example, Biden name-checked Eastland and other segregationists in his farewell Senate speech in 2009, of whom he said, “I never thought I’d develop deep personal relationships with men whose position played an extremely large part in my desire to come to the Senate in the first place to change what they believed in.” During that speech, he also imitated Eastland’s accent and spoke warmly of his friendship with late Senator Continue reading "WATCH: Joe Biden Talked Civility With Segregationists While Campaigning for Doug Jones"

Bernie Sanders Yells at MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Over His Demand for Biden Apology: ‘MA’AM!’ Sorry if You Disagree


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders interrupted MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle when she questioned his position on the recent Joe Biden controversy, shouting “Okay, MA’AM, I’m sorry. If you disagree with me that’s fine. That is my view.” On Thursday’s edition of Velshi & Ruhle, Ruhle asked Sanders about his demand for an apology from Biden over his controversial remarks about a time when Biden maintained “civility” with segregationist senators, and did so with a fairly aggressive defense of Biden. “Some are saying ‘Well, he was applauding or celebrating that,’ that wasn’t what Joe Biden was doing,” Ruhle said. “Joe Biden was trying to make the point that by partisanship is necessary. He’s done so working with the deplorable of the deplorables, that’s why he gave the example of the segregationists.” “So why is it that you believe he has to apologize?” Ruhle asked. Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Yells at MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Over His Demand for Biden Apology: ‘MA’AM!’ Sorry if You Disagree"

Pelosi Defends Biden on Segregationist Controversy: ‘Authenticity’ is Most Important ‘And Joe Biden is Authentic’


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended former Vice President Joe Biden over his controversial remarks about a time when he maintained “civility” with segregationist senators, telling reporters that “authenticity” is the most important quality in a candidate, that “Joe Biden is authentic,” and that he “seems to have tremendous support in the African American community.” At the Weekly Speaker’s Briefing Thursday morning, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell asked Pelosi about the controversy, and its possible political effects. O’Donnell referenced the “back and forth between Vice President Biden and some of the candidates,” and asked “Do you think that is helpful to the party to sort of fight that fight over who best represents the party when it comes to sensitivities about race, do you think that there are apologies owed, or should be extended, and is this helpful to the Democrats at this time?” “I think that Continue reading "Pelosi Defends Biden on Segregationist Controversy: ‘Authenticity’ is Most Important ‘And Joe Biden is Authentic’"

Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Catching Up to Him Because People ‘Would Like To See A Woman Elected’


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Independent Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders pegged Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s rise in the primary polls to, among other things, the idea that there are “a certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected.” On Wednesday night’s edition of CNN’s Cuomo PrimeTime, anchor Chris Cuomo described recent polling showing Warren catchingand even surpassing, in some cases — Sanders in the polls, and asked him “What do you think the reason is that Elizabeth Warren is catching up to you in polls? Do you believe that people see her as the more electable version of Bernie Sanders?” “Well, I think we are running against a lot of problems,” Sanders said, and then described two of those “problems.” “I think that there are certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected, and I understand Continue reading "Bernie Sanders Says Elizabeth Warren Catching Up to Him Because People ‘Would Like To See A Woman Elected’"

Witness at Slavery Reparations Hearing Calls Republicans ‘The Devil’


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Author, economist, and political commentator Julianne Malveaux responded to attacks on Democrats at a congressional hearing on slavery reparations by noting that Democrats were “the devil once upon a time,” but that “Republicans took that over, and they became the devil.” The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing Wednesday entitled “H.R. 40 and the Path to Restorative Justice,” at which witnesses testified about reparations for slavery. HR 40 is a bill which proposes a commission to study reparations. Earlier, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) used part of his time to trash the Democratic Party of 50 to 150 years ago, outlining the party’s past alignment with racist causes. The theme came up elsewhere in the hearing, and eventually, Malveaux addressed the critique head-on. “People want to talk ugly about Democrats, people change their ideology,” Malveaux said. “So the Democrats were Continue reading "Witness at Slavery Reparations Hearing Calls Republicans ‘The Devil’"

Pastor Tells Rally Crowd ‘Demonic Networks’ Are Working Against Trump, He Will Overcome ‘Every Strategy From Hell’


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Trump spiritual adviser Pastor Paula White delivered something resembling a political exorcism at President Donald Trump‘s campaign kickoff rally, railing against “every demonic network” aligned against Trump, and declaring that he will “overcome every strategy from Hell.” Hours before Trump took the stage in Orlando, Florida Tuesday night for his official campaign kickoff rally (and 60th rally of his presidency), White told the crowd to “Just grab that sweaty hand that you’ve been holding” and join her in prayer. White thanked God for Trump, and asked that his “favor causes his horn, his power, to be exalted,” then cited a scripture that posed Trump as God’s “anointed,” asking “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain, the kings of the Earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying ‘Let us break their chains and throw out their Continue reading "Pastor Tells Rally Crowd ‘Demonic Networks’ Are Working Against Trump, He Will Overcome ‘Every Strategy From Hell’"

Trump Tells April Ryan He Won’t Apologize to Exonerated Central Park Five: ‘They Admitted Their Guilt’


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AURN White House correspondent April Ryan confronted President Donald Trump over the exonerated Central Park Five, but Trump refused to apologize for his past demands that they be executed, claiming that “They admitted their guilt.” During a brief pool spray as Trump departed for Orlando, Florida Tuesday afternoon, Ryan asked Trump “Mr. President, will you apologize to the Central Park Five?” and added “They’ve been exonerated, there have been videos shown about the case, when you came out with a full page ad saying that they should die, that they deserved the death penalty.” “Why do you bring that question up now?” Trump asked. “It’s an interesting time to bring it up.” “You have people on both sides of that,” Trump continued. “They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the Continue reading "Trump Tells April Ryan He Won’t Apologize to Exonerated Central Park Five: ‘They Admitted Their Guilt’"