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News & Views | Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Trump Finally Admits He's Responsible: "You Have to Take the Children Away"
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
After weeks of evasions and outright lies aimed at avoiding responsibility for the torture he has inflicted upon immigrant families, President Donald Trump finally admitted in an off-the-rails speech on Tuesday that the thousands of family separations that have taken place on his watch are a direct consequence of his administration's decision to prosecute parents who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

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'Outraged, But Frankly Not Surprised': In Defense of Serial Violator Israel, US Ditches UN Human Rights Council
by Jon Queally, staff writer
In what critics framed as Orwellian 'up-is-down, down-is-up' remarks from top Trump administration officials on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from its participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council, claiming the body responsible for upholding international standards for human rights was no longer "worthy of its name."
'Morally Bankrupt': After Tax Cuts for Richest, House GOP Unveils $5.4 Trillion Attack on Nation's Safety Net
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
With the nation's attention rightly fixated on President Donald Trump's horrific treatment of immigrant children, House Republicans on Tuesday quietly unveiled a 2019 budget proposal that calls for $537 billion in cuts to Medicare, $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid, and four billion in cuts to Social Security over the next decade in an effort to pay for their deficit-exploding tax cuts for the wealthy.
The White House Didn't Want You To Hear Stephen Miller's Voice Defend Family Separation (And the NYT Said OK)
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Although far-right activist-turned-White House policy adviser Stephen Miller has been a chief architect of the Trump administration's forcible separation of families, he has remained largely behind the scenes as outrage has grown over the practice—and on Tuesday, the White House displayed its intention to keep it that way.
Elizabeth Warren: Trump Holding "Thousands of Kids Hostage to Try and Get Congress to Pay for His Stupid Wall"
by Jon Queally, staff writer
With national outrage boiling over the Trump administration's cruel and unprecedented policy of separating children from their migrant or asylum-seeking parents, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is calling out the president directly for both creating the crisis in the first place and now doing nothing to end it.
Mass Mobilization Planned for June 30 to Protest Trump's Cruel Separation of Families
by Julia Conley, staff writer
As outrage spreads over the Trump administration's forcible separation of families, human rights groups are calling on Americans to attend mass protests on Saturday, June 30 to speak out against President Donald Trump's immigration policy.
Sessions' Separation of Families Results in Charges of Child Abuse and Immorality From His Own Church
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Bringing charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the church where he's been been a member for many years, more than 600 clergy and lay people of the United Methodist Church wrote a formal complaint this week regarding Sessions' enforcement of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

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"This crew are psychopaths and, as their attempt to blame the Democrats for their own policy shows, unrepentant professional prevaricators." (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) It’s All About the Midterms: Trump Took Those Children Hostage to Stoke His Base
by Juan Cole
Ripping infants out of the arms of their mothers excites Trump’s base.
Leah with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). (Photo : Tim Wilkins / PA / cc) Children Say NO! to Family Separations by ICE
by Tim Wilkins
“Because I am out here, fighting for them to have the right to be with their families, to be happy.”
Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by an Israeli sniper, was featured in an Israel propaganda video claiming she was used as a 'human shield' by Hamas [Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa] The Fallacy of Israel's Human Shields Claims in Gaza
by Neve Gordon, Nicola Perugini
Desperately trying to justify the killing of unarmed protesters, Israel once again uses its 'human shields' mantra.
President Trump and Melania Trump signing a ‘Be Best’ initiative the day after Sen. Senator Jeff Merkley was barred from examining a children’s detention center in Brownsville, Texas. (White House) Cruel and Usual Trump
by Pierre Tristam
The zero-tolerance policy at the border doesn’t enslave children but it achieves the same ends: it dehumanizes parents and children and treats both as surplus merchandise warehoused in prisons, without a say, without rights.
"Authors, teachers, and parents are upset about Scholastic’s President Donald Trump by Joanne Mattern, saying the biography leaves out his racism, misogyny, xenophobia to the point of inaccuracy." (Photo: YES! Magazine) Scholastic Under Fire for Children’s Book Portrayal of Trump
by Lornet Turnbull
Parents and teachers aren’t angry over what the new book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out.
"Americans for Tax Fairness estimates that the Kochs will get $1.4 billion from the Jobs and Tax Cut Act of 2017, money that could be used to pay asbestos victims before they die." (Photo: Wikicommons) ALEC’s Deadly Asbestos Agenda Benefits Koch Industries, Nationwide
by Don Wiener, Mary Bottari
The ALEC bill offered by DeGroot would mean that many victims would not live to see their day in court.

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