Category Archives: News

Trump proposes a law that’s existed for 20 years

Source: USA Today

“President Trump called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. But neither Trump nor nearly 6,000 of his die-hard supporters seemed to realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years. Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect ‘very shortly.’ … ‘I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,’ Trump told the crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As The Hill reported, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. The law prevents immigrants from receiving federal benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security for five years after entering the country. There are some exceptions, however, for children and pregnant women, refugees, and active duty military or veterans. It’s possible Trump could introduce tougher limitations and regulations on top of the existing law.” (06/22/17)

SCOTUS limits regime’s power to revoke citizenship

Source: The Hill

“The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a naturalized immigrant can’t be stripped of their citizenship for making false statements during the naturalization process that are irrelevant to an immigration official’s decision to grant or deny citizenship. A unanimous court said the government must establish that an immigrant’s illegal act during the naturalization process played some role in acquiring citizenship. When the underlying illegal act is a false statement, the justices said a jury must decide whether the false statements altered the naturalization process and influenced the immigration official’s decision.” (06/22/17)

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake recorded off Guatemalan coast

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off Guatemala’s Pacific coast Thursday, shaking much of the country and neighboring El Salvador. Officials said four people were injured and only minor damage was reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6:31 a.m. quake was centered about 24 miles southwest of Puerto San Jose and 6 miles below the surface. People in El Salvador fled into the streets. The spokesman for Guatemala’s national disaster agency, Julio Sanchez, said there were four reported injuries and some damage to infrastructure.” (06/22/17)

Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians

Source: CNN

“Two of the nation’s top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and Senate investigators, in separate meetings last week, that President Donald Trump suggested they say publicly there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians, according to multiple sources. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers described their interactions with the President about the Russia investigation as odd and uncomfortable, but said they did not believe the President gave them orders to interfere, according to multiple sources familiar with their accounts. Sources say both men went further than they did in June 7 public hearings, when they provided little detail about the interactions.” (06/22/17)

CA: Court suspends 14 of 15 charges against Planned Parenthood whistleblowers

Source: The Federalist

“On Wednesday the San Francisco Superior Court tossed for lack of evidence 14 of 15 criminal charges against journalists who recorded high-level Planned Parenthood employees discussing trafficking the body parts of aborted babies, reports LifeSiteNews. California’s Department of Justice says it will re-file the charges within the ten-day deadline for providing more evidence. Beginning in 2015, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a series of undercover videos. They show, among other things, Planned Parenthood employees bartering for human body parts and discussing killing and harvesting babies born alive during an abortion …. Rather than prosecuting suspected human organ traffickers, in March the office of California’s attorney general charged their whistleblowers with 15 felonies for the recordings, one for each person recorded, alleging that by recording conversations in public places they had violated privacy laws.” [editor’s note: All the mainstream media accounts of the hearing seem to omit the suspension of the charges; despite The Federalist’s clear bias, it seemed to be the most informative version of the story – TLK] (06/22/17)

NY: Cuomo pardons former 9/11 worker fighting deportation

Source: Fox News

“A former ground zero worker fighting deportation to Colombia for a 1990 drug conviction received a pardon from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday and will use it to challenge his removal from the country. Cuomo, a Democrat, said that if Carlos Cardona is deported he might not be able to receive adequate health treatments for ailments he suffers after working in the Sept. 11, 2001, recovery effort. … Cardona, who lives in Queens, has been detained since February after appearing for a routine ICE appointment, Cuomo said. He has been held in Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, New Jersey. Cardona entered the U.S. illegally in 1986 from Santiago de Cali, Colombia. He was convicted in 1990, when he was 21, of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. He has lived crime-free since then, and the pardon should allow him to fight deportation, Cuomo said.” (06/22/17)

Iraq: Iconic mosque where Islamic State leader declared caliphate destroyed

Source: CBS News

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. The mosque — also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque — is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the city was overrun by the militants and was seen as a key symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city. The minaret that leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa stood for more than 840 years. In a statement posted online after the Ministry of Defense statement, ISIS claimed an airstrike carried out by the United States destroyed the mosque and minaret.” (06/21/17)

MA: House OKs bill to undo voters’ instructions on cannabis

Source: Boston Globe

“A bill that would repeal and replace the recreational marijuana law approved by the state’s voters in November cleared the House late Wednesday. Critics who lashed out at the proposal accused lawmakers of ignoring the will of the electorate and taking a hostile approach to the legal cannabis industry. The Senate was poised to take up its own version of the bill, one calling for more modest revisions in the current law, on Thursday, setting the stage for negotiations between the chambers over a final version lawmakers hope to send to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker by July 1. The House bill, approved on a 126-28 vote, would raise the tax on retail marijuana sales from 12 percent to 28 percent. Other provisions include stringent background checks and fingerprinting for all people who own or work in licensed marijuana-related businesses.” (06/21/17)

Afghanistan: 29 dead, 50 injured in suicide car bombing outside Kabul bank

Source: Firstpost [India]

“A local police chief in Afghanistan says a suicide car bombing targeted Afghan soldiers lining up outside a bank in southern Helmand province, killing at least 29 people. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said more than 50 have been wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place. Provincial police chief general Agha Noor Kentoz says the attacker struck on Thursday in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. People likely had gathered there to collect salaries ahead of the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Fitr.” (06/22/17)

Belgium: Police arrest four “contacts” of Brussels station attacker

Source: Politico

“Belgian authorities made four arrests late Wednesday in the investigation into the terrorist attack in Brussels’ Central Station, local media reported. Those arrested are thought to be ‘regular contacts’ of suspect Oussama Zariouh, a 36-year-old Moroccan national who lived in the Molenbeek district of Brussels and was shot dead by soldiers Tuesday after he detonated explosives in an attempted attack at one of the busiest train stations in Brussels.” (06/22/17)