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Obama Threatens Trump Over DACA Phase Out

Former President Barack Obama criticized the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) in a statment posted to his Facebook page today.

In his statement, Obama did not directly mention President Donald Trump by name but made clear that he disagrees with the administration’s decision to end DACA, which protects young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children from being deported.

Many expected Obama to issue a response to the decision, as he pledged he would speak out during the final press conference of his presidency about any action taken against Dreamers, as DACA recipients are sometimes known.

Obama started his statement today by saying that while people can disagree about how to have an immigration system where “everybody plays by the rules,” that is not what Trump’s decision to end DACA is about.

“This is about young people who grew up in America –- kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper,” Obama wrote.

 

ABC News

Hillary Blames Sanders For 2016 Failure


Hillary Clinton believes the “attacks” Bernie Sanders leveled at her during the 2016 Democratic primary “caused lasting damage,” made it harder to “unify progressives” and paved the way for Donald Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” refrain during the general election.
“I don’t know if that bothered Bernie or not,” Clinton writes in her upcoming campaign memoir, “What Happened,” according to excerpts from advance copies shared online. “He certainly shared my horror at the thought of Donald Trump becoming President, and I appreciated that he campaigned for me in the general election. But he isn’t a Democrat.”
Yahoo

Law Student Investigated For Mocking ISIS


A law student is under investigation by his university after allegedly mocking ISIS on social media and ‘putting minority students at risk and in a state of panic’.
Robbie Travers is being probed by Edinburgh University amid claims he committed a ‘hate crime’, despite no criminal investigation by the police.
The 21-year-old third-year student wrote a Facebook post after the US Air Force bombed an ISIS stronghold in Afghanistan in April.
However his comments sparked a complaint from fellow student Esme Allman, who accused him of ‘blatant Islamaphobia’.
Daily Mail

Hurricane Irma Now Cat 5, Second Storm Forms Behind It

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm and catastrophic damage is possible in the Florida Keys and southern Florida this weekend, as a second storm has formed behind it.

Irma is packing 180 mph winds and gusts up to 220 mph as of 11 a.m. ET Tuesday and is expected to continue churning with deadly hurricane-force winds and a dangerous storm surge across a wide swath of the Caribbean this week before moving toward southern Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Good Morning America

AHS: Cult Plays on Irrational Fears of Trump

In the summer and fall of 2016, America was under clown attack. First in South Carolina, then across the country, residents reported sightings of menacing clowns, in the woods, on the streets and on social media.

It was as if life were offering a unsubtle metaphor for a unsubtle political season. The clown — the funny-haired figure from the entertainment world— had become angry and powerful, conjuring malicious minions from the shadows.

This is the comic-macabre idea that “American Horror Story: Cult,” beginning Tuesday on FX, grabs hold of, shakes up and sprays like bloody seltzer all over its audience. As a first draft of political-cultural history, it’s a cartoonish mess. But in its feverish way, it captures the feeling of living inside a joke that’s gone out of control.

As it begins, Ally (Sarah Paulson) is watching the election returns on MSNBC. When the presidency is called for Donald J. Trump, she howls as if she’s seen a monster. “Merrick Garland,” she wails. “What’s going to happen with Merrick Garland?”

NYT

WWIII With North Korea?

After North Korea successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that the United States is more than capable of “the total annihilation of a country”.  Unfortunately, the North Koreans may have already gotten to the point where they are capable of the same thing.  Just a handful of North Korean nukes could kill millions of people and render the largest cities in South Korea or Japan completely uninhabitable, and so a nuclear war with the North Koreans should be avoided at all costs.  Sadly, global events seem to be relentlessly pulling us in that direction.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake was registered in North Korea at the same time that the North Koreans claim that they conducted a “perfect” test of a hydrogen bomb.  This test was reportedly 10 times more powerful than North Korea’s last nuclear test, and the North Koreans are also claiming that this bomb was small enough to be fitted on an inter-continental ballistic missile.

North Korea should have never been allowed to get to this point.  But the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations just kept kicking the can down the road year after year, and now we are facing a crisis with no good solution.  Because it is absolutely unthinkable for us to allow North Korea to have an entire fleet of nuclear missiles capable of hitting targets in the United States, but it is also absolutely unthinkable to start a war in which potentially tens of millions of people could die.

North Korea is honeycombed with very deep underground tunnels.  Even if we knew exactly how many nukes North Korea has, and even if we knew where they all were, there is still no possible way that we could get them all with a first strike.

But even if we could, North Korea is entirely capable of killing millions in South Korea and Japan with chemical, biological and conventional weapons.  Before he left the White House, Steven Bannon had the following to say about the situation that we are facing on the Korean peninsula…

Economic Collapse

FL Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Irma

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scott said that the state would “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Irma is expected to hit the state around Friday.

The governor tweeted Monday that he urges “all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit FLGetAPlan.com today to get prepared.”

Fox