Trump administration defends Ice raids and says timing was ‘unfortunate’

Acting head of homeland security admits raids in Mississippi were badly timed after El Paso attacks targeting Mexicans Trump administration officials are defending last weeks mass immigration raids in Mississippi, including emotional footage of a girl pleading with authorities to let her father go. Acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner Mark Morgan acknowledged that video of the 11-year-old sobbing was emotional but says the girl was quickly reunited with her mother. He said Sunday on CNN: I understand that the girl is upset. And I get that. But her father committed a crime. Meanwhile, acting homeland security secretary Kevin McAleenan acknowledged the timing of the raids was unfortunate, coming hours before Donald Trump visited El Paso, Texas, where a man …

‘Insulin is our oxygen’: Bernie Sanders rides another campaign bus to Canada

Accompanying Americans seeking affordable medicine, the Democratic candidate lambasted US pharmaceutical giants When Hunter Sego realized the insulin he needed to manage his type 1 diabetes cost more than $1,400, he called his mother in a panic. His family had insurance. He did not believe it was possible a one-month supply of life-saving medication could cost so much. The price tag was correct. Sego, then a student and football player at DePauw University, began to ration his insulin, using a quarter of what had been prescribed. He lost weight. His grades dropped. He struggled on the field. Fortunately, his mother found out and stopped him from rationing his insulin a practice that is one in four American diabetics ration their …

Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency

Exclusive: Democrats to introduce resolution in House on Tuesday in recognition of extreme threat from global heating A group of US lawmakers including the 2020 Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders are proposing to declare the climate crisis an official emergency a significant recognition of the threat taken after considerable pressure from environment groups. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congresswoman from New York, and Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon, plan to introduce the same resolution in the House on Tuesday, their offices confirmed. A Sanders spokesperson said: President Trump has routinely declared phony national emergencies to advance his deeply unpopular agenda, like selling Saudi Arabia bombs that Congress had blocked. On the existential threat of climate change, Trump insists on …

‘White supremacy’: popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump

Administrators take action to ensure site is inclusive of all One of the biggest knitting websites in the world, which claims to have more than 8 million members, has announced that it will ban users from expressing support for Donald Trump, saying that to do so constitutes white supremacy. On Sunday, administrators for Ravelry, a site for knitters, crocheters, designers and anyone dabbling in the fibre arts, said that they were making any expression of support for Trump and his administration in forum posts, patterns, on their personal profile pages or elsewhere permanently off limits. We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably …

All I have done, no credit! Enraged Trump defends US-Mexico migrant deal

President tweets ire at New York Times and opponents as agreement to avoid tariffs comes under scrutiny The Trump administration was forced to defend its immigration agreement with Mexico on Sunday, bringing the highest number of monthly apprehensions made by US authorities in the past 13 years. In the deal announced with in the joint declaration during secretive negotiations over the past six months. On Sunday, the president fired off a series of enraged tweets as he headed for a second day of golf at his course in Sterling, Virginia. Lamenting what he called another false report in the Failing New York Times, he wrote: If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and …

‘You don’t run for second place’: Stacey Abrams on a possible 2020 bid

Abrams could be a game-changer as a Democratic candidate for president, but she is carefully weighing her options You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dont run for president. With some two dozen Democrats officially in the race for 2020, Stacey Abrams is the only one by the starting line unsure if shell compete. Indecision is a label most politicians will go to great lengths to avoid. George W Bush declared himself the decider, while the former White House spokesman Sean Spicer memorably characterized his old boss as unbelievably decisive. But Abrams is leaning into her indecision, seeing it as an opportunity to more fully and intelligently explore her possible paths forward after her dramatic …

Epic floods and trade wars the US farmers battered by politics and climate

The weather is wild, the tariffs are rising, and as frustration ripples through the Iowa corn fields, rural America is ready to confront its 2020 candidates Aaron Heley Lehman listened to the rain tap his window pane in the machine shed for two weeks, wondering when he would ever finish planting corn on his central Iowa farm, and watched the markets tank as Donald Trump blustered on in his trade war with China. Five inches of rain fell. Just one day in two weeks without rain. Another weeks worth might be on the way. And soybeans are down $2.50 per bushel since the farmers friend in the red MAGA cap assumed the presidency, at least a buck-per-bushel below break-even for …

Bernie Sanders v the Democratic establishment: what the battle is really about | Zaid Jilani

Sanders is sparking a debate within the Democratic party about whether courting big dollars is the only way to stay competitive In a crowded Democratic presidential primary field, there is one candidate who has drawn sustained opposition from party elites: Vermonts Senator Bernie Sanders. The New York Times maintained high national favorability ratings, and is was once punched or shoved, depending on whose story you believe, by the then Hillary Clinton aide Neera Tanden during a dispute in 2008. Tanden is a known longtime critic of Sanders and the president of the Center for American Progress (Cap), a liberal thinktank make up its donor rolls frequently pressured it to adopt certain stances. As one example, I reported for the Intercept …

Bernie Sanders booed as Democratic hopefuls try to woo women of color

Seven leading Democratic 2020 contenders spoke at the inaugural She the People event focusing on female voters of color White House candidate Bernie Sanders got a rocky reception when he gave a halting performance at an event this week focusing on female voters of color, while Kamala Harris was given a standing ovation but was vigorously challenged in the popularity stakes by rivals Elizabeth Warren and Beto ORourke. Women from 28 states descended on Houston, Texas, on Wednesday to hear from the eight leading Democratic 2020 contenders at an inaugural event called She the People presidential forum a day before Joe Biden jumped into the race. Women of color are such a powerful voting bloc in America that they are …