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Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Elijah Cummings Dead at 68

Congressman and Civil Rights Icon Elijah Cummings Dead at 68BALTIMORE — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper’s son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68. Cummings was a formidable orator who advocated for the poor in his black-majority district , which encompasses a large portion of Baltimore and more well-to-do suburbs. As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings led investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, including probes in 2019 relating to Trump’s family members serving in the White House. Trump criticized the Democrat’s district as a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The comments came weeks after Trump drew bipartisan condemnation following his calls for Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the…


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Why I Can’t Get Excited About Impeaching Trump

Why I Can’t Get Excited About Impeaching TrumpThis piece originally appeared on Chicago Reader. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has begun an impeachment inquiry into President Trump for asking Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. I get that there is a strong desire for many Americans to be rid of what they see as the national nightmare of Trump’s presidency. But I urge caution for several reasons. First, this impeachment inquiry will not succeed in getting rid of Trump. To win, a supermajority of the Senate must vote for impeachment. This will not happen. Even if the inquiry clearly shows that Trump withheld military aid to pressure President Zelensky to give him dirt on Joe and Hunter, the inquiry will also expose the sleaziness of the Bidens. Related Articles The Legal Biden Family Corruption Democrats Refuse to Acknowledge by Max…


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ICE Detainee at Troubled For-Profit Jail Dies in Apparent Suicide

ICE Detainee at Troubled For-Profit Jail Dies in Apparent SuicideOn May 18, Roylan Hernández Díaz and his wife, Yarelis Gutierrez, legally entered the United States in El Paso, Texas, to apply for asylum after fleeing Cuba. Two weeks later, after she’d been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Gutierrez expressed her joy and optimism on a Facebook post accompanying a photo of her on a plane. “My first flight in the United States,” wrote Gutierrez, who now lives in Florida. “Thank you, heavenly father—to all my brothers in Christ and friends who were part of this with their prayers.” But when couples come to the border seeking asylum, ICE often keeps the man in detention. That’s what happened to Hernández, who was eventually sent to the Richwood Correctional Center, a jail in rural Louisiana with a well-documented history of abuse. When the couple spoke for the last time on October 9, Hernández…


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Trump Beats His GOP Competitors at Fundraising 194 to 1

Trump Beats His GOP Competitors at Fundraising 194 to 1Here is one way of thinking about President Donald Trump’s massive fundraising advantage over his GOP primary opponents Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford: If you stacked in $1 bills the combined $647,000 third quarter fundraising haul of the “Three Stooges” ($457,400 for Weld, $129,200 for Walsh, $60,400 for Sanford), it would go up to about 230 feet, or 20 stories—the height of the Drop Line in Dollywood. What if you did the same for the combined Trump/Republican National Committee (RNC) third quarter total of $125.7 million? That would be 45,000 feet, more than eight miles high, the absolute upper altitude limit for commercial aircraft. A Mt. Everest and a half, with some extra snow on top. It is a lot more money, is what I am saying. The Trump re-election campaign by itself raised $41 million in the quarter,…


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Score One for Trump’s Trade Policy: Putting Online Speech Protections in Trade Deals...

Score One for Trump’s Trade Policy: Putting Online Speech Protections in Trade Deals…Even as the Trump administration is cheerleading congressional efforts to roll back protections for free speech online, it’s enshrining those same protections in two new trade deals. That has irked members of both parties on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers mull a possible rewrite of longstanding liability protections for online platforms and consider whether to approve President Donald Trump’s new trade deals with Canada and Mexico and with Japan. But this is a situation that inverts the usual relationship between Congress and the current administration when it comes to trade. This time, the White House is doing what’s right. Specifically, members of Congress are upset that the new United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA)—an update of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—as well as the just-announced deal between the U.S. and Japan will include provisions shielding tech companies from…


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Congressional Hearings Conflate Vaping With Smoking, Legal E-Cigarettes With Black-Market ...

Congressional Hearings Conflate Vaping With Smoking, Legal E-Cigarettes With Black-Market …The titles of two congressional hearings held yesterday give you a sense of how serious Democratic legislators are about understanding health issues related to vaping. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee considered “Legislation to Reverse the Youth Tobacco Epidemic,” while a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony about “E-Cigarettes: An Emerging Threat to Public Health.” The first title assumes a “youth tobacco epidemic” that does not exist, while the second conflates black-market cannabis products, which have been implicated in the vast majority of vaping-related lung injuries reported in recent months, with legal e-cigarettes that offer smokers a much less hazardous source of nicotine. Since 2011, according to the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the share of high school students who say they have smoked cigarettes in the past month has fallen from 15.8 percent to…


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