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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

Obama executive actions on gun violence are lawful: Holder

U.S. President Obama high-fives child after announcing proposals to counter gun violence during event at the White House in Washington

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that President Barack Obama acted within his legal authority when Obama unveiled a set of executive actions to try to reduce gun violence. The chief U.S. law enforcement official and an Obama appointee, Holder spoke two days after Obama ordered more scientific research into gun violence and other changes. Some Republicans said Obama was improperly bypassing Congress, and at least one said Obama risked impeachment. “Not one of the executive orders – contrary to what a few have said – impinges upon anyone’s Second Amendment rights or is inconsistent…

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Haiti: “Visite de courtoisie” du President et son Premier au Parlement

Haiti

QuestCinq.com 18/01/13 Les dirigeants haitiens voudraient donner une autre image de la politique haitienne. Il y a quelques jours, le Premier Ministre haitien etait dans l’impossibilite de defendre son plan annuel au parlement a cause de l’opposition du groupe minoritaire. L’opposition parlementaire n’entend pas se laisser intimider par les tactics du pouvoir…chose promise, chose due! Elle disait qu’elle allait empecher le Premier qui avait boude beacoup d’invitations afin de fournir d’explications au parlement sur differents dossiers nationaux ne pouvait pas faire sa presentation annuelle. Surprise! Apres les elections des bureaux au parlement le President haitien et son Premier se sont alles…

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Congress on Monday that a refusal to raise the U.S. debtceiling next month would trigger economic chaos. Obama, at a news conference, said the U.S. economy was poised for a good year as long as Washington politics did not interfere. He said a Republican refusal to lift the debt ceiling could lead the United States into a debt default, which would prevent the U.S. government from being able to provide Social Security benefits to some seniors and possibly tip the economy into recession. “It would be a self-inflicted wound on the economy,” Obama said….

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Hilda Solis Resigns: Labor Secretary Announces She’ll Depart Obama Cabinet

Obama Addresses White House Forum On Women And The Economy

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is leaving her position in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, the Associated Press reports. The White House’s confirmed the development in a statement: Over her long career in public service – as an advocate for environmental justice in California, state legislator, member of Congress and Secretary of Labor – Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families. Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle…

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‘Abbas and Meshaal in Cairo for talks’

agreement between Fatah and Hamas  in Cairo, Egypt

The leaders of Fatah and Hamas are meeting in Cairo with the Egyptian president in the latest round of reconciliation talks between their long-divided factions. A spokesman for Mohamed Morsi’s office said the Egyptian leader will mediate Wednesday’s talks between Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority (PA) president, and Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. The two factions signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo in mid-2011, but the main points of the agreement have not been implemented. Officials from Hamas and Fatah said Wednesday’s talks would focus on setting up a unity government, which would pave the way for long-overdue parliamentary and presidential…

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Electoral pact blocks Berlusconi…

Italy

–Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has formed an alliance with the Northern League ahead of next month’s elections, a move that puts an end to his previously stated plan to run for the premiership. League leader Roberto Maroni confirmed the coalition pact on Monday, telling a news conference it “says explicitly that the candidate for prime minister will not be Silvio Berlusconi”. “Silvio Berlusconi accepted the request not to stand as prime minister,” he said. Earlier, in an interview on the Italian radio station RTL, scandal-plagued Berlusconi said he would prefer to be the economy minister The 76-year-old was convicted just months ago of…

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‘Palestine’ to be used in West Bank public documents

Palestinian President Abbas meets with Arab League Secretary-General Elaraby and Egyptian FM Amr upon their arrival in Ramallah

Mahmoud Abbas got a hero’s welcome in the West Bank after winning an upgraded status at the UN Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told West Bank officials to prepare to put the words “State of Palestine” on public documents, official media say. Until now passports, ID cards, driving licences and other documents have been stamped “Palestinian Authority”. In November, Mr Abbas led a successful campaign for the UN to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to that of an observer state. The status was previously that of a “non-member observer entity”. In a decree carried on Sunday by the official Wafa news…

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South Africa to send 400 soldiers to CAR

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Up to 400 armed South African soldiers have been deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) by President Jacob Zuma in a bid to help the country’s army as it faces threats from rebel groups. Zuma’s office issued a statement on Sunday saying the decision to send soldiers to the CAR is part of South Africa’s efforts “to bring about peace and stability in the region”. Several neighbouring countries have sent soldiers to prevent rebels from reaching Bangui, a city of 700,000. Chad has sent hundreds of forces who are fortifying the road to the capital, while Cameroon, Gabon and Republic of Congo have…

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Boehner has been reelected as the speaker of the House!

Boehner

QuestCinq.com  learned that John Boehner has been reelected as the speaker of the House of Representatives. QC notes 20 Women and 20 Latinos in the 113th Congress. The traditional white men politician had gone! –More to come!

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Senate approves bill to avert “fiscal cliff”

Senate

– The U.S. Senate on Tuesday, two hours after a December 31 deadline had lapsed, approved legislation aimed at averting the “fiscal cliff” by stopping most tax hikes and across-the-board spending cuts that were due to begin with the new year. The House of Representatives still must approve the measure, possibly on Tuesday. –More to come   Source: QuestCinq and Agencies

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