As Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) singlehandedly and briefly shut down the government for a few hours Thursday evening into Friday morning, actress and comedian Bette Midler, along with some in the media and even one lawmaker, took out their frustration on Paul by “joking” about a violent assault by his neighbor that occurred last year.
Paul was protesting the increased spending and debt caused by the budget deal, but rather than argue against his points Midler and others sent out tweets implying wishes of violence against him.
Update: just before 6am ET on Friday, the House joined the Senate in passing the budget deal that would fund the government through March 23, sending legislation to President Trump that would end a brief shutdown of the government that began at midnight.
The bill passed in a 240-186 vote despite opposition from most Democrats, who had sought a firmer commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that he will bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote that would protect immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. House Democrats just barely made up for the defections on the GOP side. A total of 73 Democrats voted for the legislation, while 67 Republicans voted against it.
As The Hill reports, Democrats tried to make GOP leaders sweat. They held out their votes until the final minutes, until it was clear that a majority of the GOP conference supported it. At first, Republicans were the only ones casting votes as Democrats sat largely in silence. Then the “no” votes ominously began piling up, only for enough Democrats to eventually neutralize the GOP defections.
The number of people packing up and moving out of the Bay Area just hit its highest level in more than a decade.
Carole Dabak spent 40 years living in San Jose and now she’s part of the mass exodus that is showing no signs of slowing down.
The retired engineer’s packing up and calling it quits about to move to the state of Tennessee.
The CEO of News Corp. has admitted that big corporations are pushing for the likes of Google and Facebook to censor alternative media outlets so that News Corp-owned publications can make more money.
The admission is contained in an AFP article about Robert Thompson, CEO of the publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
Thompson accuses Google and Facebook of creating a “dysfunctional” and “debased” online environment by failing to crack down on what he calls “bot-infested badlands,” and that this lack of censorship is making it harder to achieve a “safe space for advertisers”.
Thompson goes on to complain that “misinformation” is being promoted at the expense of media properties such as the Wall Street Journal (which just happens to be owned by News Corp).
“The potential returns for our journalism would be far higher in a less chaotic, less debased digital environment,” asserts Thompson.
In other words, if those pesky alternative media outlets like Infowars were censored and shadow banned by Google and social media giants, News Corp would make a lot more money.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi set a record on the House floor Wednesday – speaking from morning until early evening on immigration and reading letters from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients for more than eight hours – in the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909.
Pelosi, who is 77, began speaking at 10:04 a.m. Wednesday to address the emerging bipartisan federal spending deal in the Senate, pointing to several “Democrat priorities” included in the deal but drawing the line over the lack of a solution for so-called Dreamers whose status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is in jeopardy after March 5.
She yielded the floor at 6:11 p.m., precisely eight hours and seven minutes after she began.
Pelosi announced she and a “large number” of House Democrats will oppose any deal unless Speaker Paul Ryan commits to a future open immigration debate, complaining House Democrats are second-class members of Congress without a commitment from Ryan.
A new proposal being drafted by the Trumpadministration would reportedly allow immigration officials to consider an immigrants’ use of government programmes when deciding whether or not to grant them permanent status.
The draft rule, seen by Reuters, is a sharp departure from current US law, which prevents immigration officials from taking immigrants’ use of public benefits like food assistance and health insurance subsidies into account when reviewing their application. The rule would not apply to permanent residents seeking citizenship, but would affect the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who apply for permanent status in the US each year.
The proposed rules, drafted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), argue that legal immigrants who use public programmes are a burden on the state.
“Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the US government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organisations,” the document states, according to Reuters.
A hair stylist in Miami says he is being deported to his death.
The U.S. government has ordered Ricardo Querales to buy a ticket to his home country of Venezuela in two weeks. But because he is HIV-positive, the 43-year-old gay immigrant, who has been in the United States for 15 years, worries he will have no access to the medication he needs to survive.
“I tell to the officer, immigration officer, when he send me to put my [GPS monitoring] bracelet, I said, ‘That’s not right. You’re sending me to death,’” Querales told ABC News.
Querales’ lawyer, Marcial De Sautu, says, “obviously, his circumstances are compelling for him to stay in the United States.”
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The trailer for the new all-female “Ocean’s 11” reboot was unveiled this week. The Hollywood Reporter called it “the capstone 2017 needed.” Most regular people called it awful and stupid.
What else could it be other than awful and stupid? It’s a reboot of a remake of a remake, which means it already has all the fun and freshness of dried vomit. The feminist twist just gives it an extra touch of preachiness and pandering, like a vomit stain that comes to life and lectures you about the patriarchy.
But I expect it won’t be any worse than the fantastically terrible and pointless female “Ghostbusters” film from a few years ago. That one set the bar for the others, a group that will soon include a female remake of “Lord of the Flies,” and a female remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and a female remake of “The Rocketeer.” There’s also a female remake of some movie called “License to Drive,” originally starring Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. The movie is being described as a “female version of ‘Superbad.'” I was going to joke that they’re even planning a female “Expendables” but then I checked and apparently they really are planning a female “Expendables.”
Former President George W. Bush criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policies during a speech in the Middle East Thursday.
Speaking at a summit in Abu Dhabi, the 43rd US president slammed Trump’s hardline immigration stance without mentioning him by name, claiming illegals should be welcomed because they’re doing jobs Americans won’t.
“America’s their home,” the ex-head of state said. “They’ve got to get it fixed.”
“There are people willing to do jobs that Americans won’t do,” Bush added. “Americans don’t want to pick cotton at 105 degrees (Fahrenheit), but there are people who want to put food on their family’s tables and are willing to do that. We ought to say thank you and welcome them.”