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Friday, July 20, 2018

A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration will miss its first court-imposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court hearing that federal authorities reunited two families and expect to reunite an additional 59 by Tuesday’s deadline. She said the other cases are more complicated, including parents who have been deported or are in prison facing criminal charges, and would require more time to complete reunions. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who ordered the administration to reunite families separated as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, said he will hold another hearing Tuesday morning to get an update on the remaining cases. He said he was encouraged to see “real progress” in the complicated reunification process after a busy weekend when officials from multiple federal agencies tried to sync up parents and children who are spread across the country. STORY FROM LENDINGTREE Crush your mortgage interest with a 15 yr fixed “Tomorrow is the deadline. I do recognize that there are some groups of parents who are going to fall into a category where it’s impossible to reunite by tomorrow,” he said. “I am very encouraged by the progress. I’m optimistic.” Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who leads a lawsuit against the federal government, sounded more skeptical. When asked by the judge if he believed the government was in full compliance of the court order, Gelernt said there was much more work to be done. “Let me put it this way: I think the government in the last 48 hours has taken significant steps,” he said. “We just don’t know how much effort the government has made to find released parents. I don’t think there’s been full compliance.” U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego. (Photo: U.S. District Court) The difficulty in reuniting the first 100 children shows the challenge that lies ahead as the Trump administration braces for another deadline in two weeks to reunite nearly 3,000 older children – up to age 17 – with their parents. The process is complicated because of all the different situations that emerged over the weekend. The government initially identified 102 children under age 5 who needed to be reunited but removed three children from that list because investigations into their cases revealed that those children came with adults who were not their parents, Fabian said. Twelve parents were found to be in federal and state custody on criminal charges, making a reunification impossible since the government can’t transfer minors to state and local prisons to protect the well-being of the child. Nine parents were deported, and the government established contact with only four of them, Fabian said. Four children had been scheduled to be released from government custody to relatives who weren’t their parents, leading the government to question whether to allow that process to be completed or to redirect the child back to a parent. Gelernt said he understood many of the hurdles but urged the judge to force the government to scrap its time-consuming investigation into every single case and start a 48-hour clock to reunify families that remain separated by Tuesday. Sabraw said he would decide that during Tuesday’s hearing. Fabian said one of the silver linings of the busy weekend is that her office worked closely with its challengers at the ACLU to share information on each child’s case, to ensure that representatives from immigration advocacy groups and volunteer organizations could be present during each reunification. Gelernt said they’re doing that to help the parents, who are often released from custody with no money and nowhere to go. Fabian said that coordination has led to a more formalized process between government agencies and with the immigrants’ lawyers that should make reunifications go more smoothly in the coming weeks. “I think this process over the weekend helped us see what information, and in what form, is the most useful to share,” she said. “I’d like to make that as efficient a process as possible.” -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Trump denies US opposition to WHO breastfeeding resolution -

Monday, July 9, 2018

Havana plane crash leaves more than 100 dead -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr bloc wins Iraq elections -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: ‘We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families’ -

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Donald Trump says he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore -

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump tells FBI: ‘I have your back 100%’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Mueller requests emails from Trump campaign data firm: report -

Friday, December 15, 2017

GOP changes child tax credit in bid to win Rubio’s vote -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Trump Jr. is berated for tweet about ‘Obama’s FCC’ chair, net ‘neutality’ -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on 19 May 2018 -

Friday, December 15, 2017

Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Roy Moore says Alabama election ‘tainted’ by outside groups -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Former British prime minister: Trump attacks on press are ‘dangerous’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Megyn Kelly left Fox News in part due to O’Reilly: report -

Saturday, April 15, 2017

North Korea warns against U.S. ‘hysteria’ as it marks founder’s birth -

Friday, April 14, 2017

British spies were first to spot Trump team’s links with Russia -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brazil’s ousted House speaker flexes muscle, faces ethics panel

Brazil's President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha arrives to make his defense in an ethics committee of the lower house, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 19, 2016.  REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Brazil’s suspended House speaker, Eduardo Cunha, defended himself before an ethics committee on Thursday, a day after the appointment of his ally as leader of the government coalition in the chamber showed the veteran lawmaker’s enduring political sway. The Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Eduardo Cunha this month on charges of obstructing a corruption investigation, just weeks after he orchestrated the approval of impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff in the lower house. The Senate voted last week to suspend Rousseff and put her on trial for breaking budget rules. Yet Cunha’s continued support from an array of minor parties and…

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Susannah Mushatt Jones, last US woman born in 19th Century, dies

BBC

The oldest known person in the world has died in New York aged 116. Born on an Alabama farm in July 1899, Susannah Mushatt Jones was also the last living American born in the 19th Century. She lived in three centuries, through two world wars and 20 US presidencies. An Italian woman, Emma Morano, now takes on the title of oldest person in the world, and is thought to be the last living person to have been born in the 1890s. Ms Jones was one of 11 children. Her grandparents were slaves, her parents crop pickers. She attended a special…

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Désaccord entre la Police et le RNDDH

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Un profond désaccord existe entre le commandement de la Police et le réseau National de défense des Droits Humains (RNDDH) en ce qui a trait à certains membres de la 26 eme promotion de la PNH. L’une des responsables du RNDDH, Marie Yolene Gilles, avait révélé que les autorités policières n’avaient pas tenu compte des remarques sur les antécédents criminels de certains aspirants policiers. Elle avait expliqué que 84 aspirants policiers étaient des homonymes de criminels recherchés par la justice. D’après M. Gilles les autorités policières devraient, avant la cérémonie d graduation de la 26 eme promotion, diligenter une enquête…

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Saudi officials were ‘supporting’ 9/11 hijackers, commission member says

The Guardian

In their joint statement last month, the chairman and vice-chairman of the commission suggested they agreed that there might be danger in releasing the full 28 pages of the congressional report. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said Wednesday he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack. The comments by John F Lehman, an…

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Poll: Senate races tight in three swing states

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Senate races in three battleground states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — are nearly deadlocked, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. In Ohio, incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) has 42 percent support, trailing Democratic opponent Ted Strickland, who has 43 percent. The poll sampled 1,042 Ohio voters and has a margin of error of 3 points. In Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey (R) has a 1-point edge over Democrat Katie McGinty, 45 percent to 44 percent. The poll sampled 1,077 Pennsylvania voters and has a margin of error of three points. In Florida, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) leads all…

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L’ancien Ministre Yves Germain révèle l’existence de contrats douteux

Metropole

L’ex ministre de la planification et de la coopération externe, Yves Germain Joseph, a révélé des transactions illicites dans les contrats entre l’état haïtien et des firmes de construction. M. Joseph, qui fut ministre entre janvier 2015 et avril 2016 sous le gouvernement d’Evans Paul, a révélé aux membres de la commission éthique et anti corruption du Sénat haïtien, l’existence de deux contrats pour un même projet. Lors de son audition hier, l’ex ministre Joseph a révélé que la firme GTC a bénéficié de deux contrats pour la construction du tronçon de route entre Fermathe et frères totalisant 18 kilomètres….

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Black West Point cadets will not be punished for raised-fists photo

AP

Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture will not be punished for the gesture. The US Military Academy said on Tuesday it concluded the group photo did not violate any Department of Defense rules limiting political activity. West Point said in a statement an internal inquiry found the picture of the 16 female cadets captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride. The seniors will graduate on 21 May. Some observers outside the academy had suggested the cadets violated the military policy by posing with clenched fists held head high. A…

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Obama to visit Hiroshima, won’t apologize for World War II bombing

Doves fly over the Peace Memorial Park with the Atomic Bomb Dome in the background, at a ceremony in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Doves fly over the Peace Memorial Park with the Atomic Bomb Dome in the background, at a ceremony in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city. REUTERS/TORU HANAI Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima in Japan later this month, but he will not apologize for the United States’ dropping of an atomic bomb on the city in World War Two, the White House said on Tuesday. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize early in his presidency in 2009 in part for his commitment to nuclear nonproliferation,…

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Brazilian president’s impeachment process back on track as speaker backtracks

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s looming suspension from office was back on track on Tuesday after the speaker of the lower house of Congress withdrew his controversial decision to annul an impeachment vote against her. The Senate will vote on Wednesday whether to put Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. If, as is widely expected, a simple majority agrees to hold the trial, she will be automatically suspended from office for up to six months. Vice President Michel Temer would take over as president, and if Rousseff were convicted and removed definitively, he would stay in the post until elections…

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Le ministre de l’intérieur appelle à la vigilance

Metrople

Le ministre de l’intérieur, Anick Francois Joseph, lance un appel à la vigilance pour éviter des pertes en vie humaines lors des intempéries. Il a exhorté les citoyens notamment ceux vivant dans les régions vulnérables à adopter des dispositions sécuritaires. Les autorités gouvernementales mettent en garde notamment contre des tentatives pour traverser des rivières en crues. Annonçant la poursuite des averses, le ministre Joseph a mis l’accent sur la nécessité de respecter les consignes des organismes spécialisés tels le Centre National de météorologie (CNM), la Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC), le Service National de Navigation Maritime (Semanah) et la…

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