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FOR 10 YEARS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative office has worked to keep its internal handbook out of American courts. The handbook could have been used in court to show how ICE’s push to lead on denaturalization cases stands in contrast to the language of federal law governing the process, an immigration lawyer said. “We could have used it as an exhibit in a motion to dismiss” in previous denaturalization cases, said Philip Smith, an immigration attorney from Portland, Oregon, noting the contrast.

The handbook, which was issued on January 15, 2008, and published Wednesday by the independent media outlet Unicorn Riot, makes clear that the priority for ICE’s investigative division, Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, in denaturalization proceedings is to use the most efficient means possible to fulfill a single-minded goal: leveraging the bureaucratic process to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans.


Meanwhile, we may very well need those immigrants in the very near future.

Bad title alert (I very much doubt Trump has ever really been pro-social security).

Trump needs immigrants: The pro-Social Security Republican represents a big threat to its future

America’s native-born population is aging. Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 4 million a year.

And there just aren’t enough working people to fund their benefits and the benefits of future retirees. If trends hold, the projected population of citizens born to U.S.-born parents will decline by 8% over the next 20 years.

Legal immigration provides what amounts to an emergency blood transfusion into funds that already have unfunded liabilities in the tens of trillions, yes trillions, of dollars.

But Trump would slash it by 40% or more, inflicting near-fatal demographic damage on the payroll-tax funds.


Wikileaks has its own leaks


Still, Twitter messages obtained by The Intercept provide an unfiltered window into WikiLeaks’ political goals before it dove into the white-hot center of the presidential election. The messages also reveal a running theme of sexism and misogyny, contain hints of anti-Semitism, and underline Assange’s well-documented obsession with his public image.

“We believe it would be much better for GOP to win,” he typed into a private Twitter direct message group to an assortment of WikiLeaks’ most loyal supporters on Twitter. “Dems+Media+liberals woudl then form a block to reign in their worst qualities,” he wrote. “With Hillary in charge, GOP will be pushing for her worst qualities., dems+media+neoliberals will be mute.” He paused for two minutes before adding, “She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.”

The direct messages from Assange also include an attack with anti-Semitic undertones against an Associated Press journalist.

In August 2016, AP reporter Raphael Satter tweeted a story he helped write about the harm caused when WikiLeaks publishes private information about individuals. “He’s always ben a rat,” Assange posted in the Twitter group in response. “But he’s jewish and engaged with the ((()))) issue.”

The parentheses refer to a neo-Nazi meme called “echoes,” which identifies Jews online by surrounding their names with three parentheses. In response to the meme, many Jewish people and some allies began to bracket their names on Twitter in a show of solidarity.


Statement from Bernie yesterday evening

The president’s own director of national intelligence has indicated that Russia meddled in 2016, and he worries about 2018. But we have a president who is accepting what Russian President Vladimir Putin told him. Well, I don’t believe Putin. The evidence is overwhelming that the Russians did meddle significantly in 2016, and we have zero reason to believe that they’re not going to do it again in 2018.

There’s no question that we are not prepared, at the state level, at the local level and at the federal level, and the president has got to understand what’s going on and help us address this very, very serious attack on our democracy.


Progressives are truly in a war with establishment Democrats. You’ve got to read this piece. Incredible.

After Annie Rice’s Victory, Democrats Weigh Punishing Her Supporters

Last night, Annie Rice won a resounding victory, with nearly 60 percent of 8th ward voters choosing her to represent them on the city’s Board of Aldermen.

But later this month, the Democratic Central Committee will weigh a bylaw change directly aimed at punishing Rice’s supporters. If members approve the proposed amendments, anyone who “supports or endorses” candidates like Rice “shall be subject to censure.” Committee members who follow in Rice’s footsteps and run for office without the party’s blessing could face removal.

But censure could have real consequences for committee members who supported her. If the proposals are approved, members who backed Rice would be forced to defend themselves at an “administrative hearing.” If found in violation, they could lose the right to vote on the committee or even address it. “The majority vote of the officers will determine the severity and duration of the censure,” the proposed bylaw warns ominously, “but in no case shall the duration exceed six months.”

That committee members — who are, after all, voted in by the Democratic primary voters, not party bosses — must defend themselves against charges of impurity has drawn pushback. Marie Ceselski, the committeewoman for the 7th Ward and a Rice supporter, calls it the “great activist purge.”


Blatant stupid stuff like that will only backfire against the establishment


just shows what they’re made of–the tyrannical, superior attitude that i will not vote for.

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