Migrants sue Florida governor over Martha’s Vineyard flights
Venezuelan migrants flown from San Antonio to the upscale Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard have sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his transportation secretary for engaging in a “fraudulent and discriminatory scheme” to relocate them.
Texas shooting: Despite help from Kim Kardashian, father loses bid to attend daughter’s funeral
(NCD)UVALDE, Texas — Despite attempts by reality star Kim Kardashian to get him temporary release, the father of a little girl killed in the massacre at Robb Elementary missed his daughter’s funeral. >> Read more trending news10-year-old Eliahana Torres was one of 19 students killed May 24 when a gunman opened fire at her school in Uvalde, Texas. Her father, Eli Torres, is currently in a Kentucky prison for drug trafficking and consipiracy, WTVQ reported. Her family are desperately hoping that her father, who is incarcerated for a non violent drug offense, be granted temporary release so that he can attend her funeral. In the wake of this tragedy, every parent should be able to say goodbye.”I (and others) have repeatedly asked @OfficialFBOP to temporarily release Eli Torres under supervision to attend his daughter’s funeral.wftv.com
Dems: Discovery, AT&T merger will hurt diversity, workers
Led by Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, 33 members of Congress wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday asking it to consider whether the merger will hurt competition, workers and diversity efforts in the entertainment industry. The Democrats, led by Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas, wrote a letter to the Justice Department on Monday asking it to consider whether the merger will hurt competition and workers and diversity efforts in the entertainment industry. Castro has long championed diversity in media, which can include everything from Hollywood movies to book publishers to news organizations. In May, Discovery announced it was absorbing WarnerMedia from AT&T, combining giants like HBO, CNN and HGTV, along with Oprah Winfrey's network. Darnell Hunt, the dean of Social Sciences at UCLA who has spent years researching diversity in Hollywood, said the merger would be particularly troubling for diversity in executive level positions.wftv.com
Dems: Discovery, AT&T merger will hurt diversity, workers
House Democrats are raising concerns that the proposed merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia, a $43 billion effort to conquer the world of streaming, could affect diversity efforts in Hollywood and particularly hurt Latinos, who are already deeply underrepresented.
Latinos vastly underrepresented in media, new report finds
Castro has made the inclusion of Latinos in media a principal issue, imploring Hollywood studio directors, journalism leaders and book publishers to include their perspectives. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, has made the inclusion of Latinos in media a principal issue, imploring Hollywood studio directors, journalism leaders and book publishers to include their perspectives. Castro says the lack of accurate representation, especially in Hollywood, means at the very best that Americans don’t get a full understanding of Latinos and their contributions. “American media, including print journalism, has relied on stereotypes of Latinos. The report also found that the biggest growth among Hispanics in the media industry was in service jobs, while management jobs had the lowest representation.wftv.com
AP source: US encouraging Israel to wind down Gaza offensive
Biden President Joe Biden speaks about distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, May 17, 2021, in Washington. The account shows Biden administration officials going further privately in messaging to Netanyahu than they have previously revealed. “Every Democrat, and I think every Republican, wants to minimize the exposure of both sides in Gaza and in Israel,” Hoyer told reporters. Administration officials are defending Biden's decision to avoid ratcheting up public pressure on Israel for its role in the fighting. Pressure on the White House to do more in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dogged the trip.wftv.com
Democrats step up pressure on Biden on Israel-Hamas battles
Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee weighed — but on Tuesday shelved — writing President Joe Biden to demand that he delay a pending $735 million sale of precision-guided missiles to Israel. Dozens of progressive and mainstream Democratic lawmakers have called for a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas militants, and some Democrats are demanding Biden push harder for an end to fighting. Administration officials are defending Biden's decision to avoid racheting up public pressure on Israel for its role in the fighting. Pressure on the White House to do more in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dogged the trip. Democrats this week scrutinized the latest in what are normally routine arms sales to Israel as the death toll mounted.wftv.com
With ambassador picks, Biden faces donor vs. diversity test
President Joe Biden is facing a fresh challenge to his oft-repeated commitment to diversity in his administration: assembling a diplomatic corps that gives a nod to key political allies and donors while staying true to a campaign pledge to appoint ambassadors who look like America.
Lawmakers take dueling trips to border amid concerns about migrant surge
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro led dueling delegations of lawmakers to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Friday, amid concerns over the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. His takeaway from conversations with state troopers and the Border Patrol is that the system is overburdened. For the most part, journalists have not been permitted to visit Border Patrol facilities to document the conditions. There were approximately 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. federal custody as of Friday morning, according to government figures released this afternoon. The president also said that all migrants should be turned back at the border, except for unaccompanied children.cbsnews.com
Rivals seeking to gain as Biden mulls approach to Syrian war
The Biden administration is mulling over Americas role in Syrias ongoing conflict as the U.S. tries to break away from Middle East wars. AdDealing with Syria's war will test the Biden administration's determination to focus on Asia and not the Middle East. Hence Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's Middle East tour this month. “If this is the security future of the Middle East, we’re all in trouble,” Jeffrey warns. It was the Syrian war that sparked that debate, when President Barack Obama first considered military strikes there, said Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Pelosi says bipartisan panel should investigate Capitol riot
But to ensure Republican support, Pelosi said Democrats sent the proposal to GOP leaders “to see what suggestions they may have because, for this to work, it really has to be strongly bipartisan." It is an open question whether the commission will be authorized to investigate Trump's actions. Still, some Republicans have said they think such a commission is necessary alongside other congressional efforts to investigate the attack. “There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward,” said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “Our country has been wounded,” the former 9/11 commission chairmen said.
A fight or a 'fight'? In impeachment, a clash about context
In American political speech — and particularly in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial and the discussions around it — words matter. Fight for your rights, fight for your children, join the fight against breast cancer: Do those always involve fists? Finally, the question of fight or “fight” points, too, to the status of Trump himself — his position as president. Does a president saying “fight” in that situation remove the quote marks like a street brawler tossing aside his jacket? Much of the time, when we fight, we “fight.” On Jan. 6, 2021, outside and inside the U.S. Capitol, some Americans decided to actually fight.
Convict Trump or face dire democracy damage, prosecutors say
Trump is accused of inciting the invasion, which prosecutors said was a predictable culmination of the many public and explicit instructions he gave supporters long before his White House rally that unleashed the Jan. 6 attack. Even out of office, Democrats warned, Trump could whip up a mob of followers for similar damage. Even out of the White House, the former president holds influence over large swaths of voters. The first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office, Trump is also the first to be twice impeached. His lawyers say he cannot be convicted because he is already gone from the White House.
Trial highlights: Harrowing footage, focus on Trump's words
NEW SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGETo reconstruct the siege for senators, Democrats aired never-before-seen security footage from inside the Capitol that showed the attack unfolding. Ad“Vice President Pence had the courage to stand against the president, tell the American public the truth and uphold our Constitution. Many Republicans had been appalled by Trump's treatment of his most loyal soldier during his final days in office. REPUBLICANS HOLD FIRMThere appears little chance enough Republicans will break with Democrats to convict Trump at the end of the trial. AdThe video evidence was “nothing new here, for me, at the end of the day,” said Hawley, who maintains the trial is unconstitutional.
Chilling impeachment trial video: Police beg for help, senators flee
In this image from video, a security video shows Vice President Mike Pence being evacuated as rioters breach the Capitol, as House impeachment manager Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-Virgin Islands, speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Ad“On Jan. 6, President Trump left everyone in this Capitol for dead,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a prosecutor. “Greatly disturbing.”Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached. Trump's second impeachment trial is expected to diverge from the lengthy, complicated affair of a year ago.
What to Watch: Democrats to argue Trump alone incited mob
While the Democrats have appealed to the senators’ emotions, Trump’s lawyers have tried to tap into raw partisan anger. REPUBLICANS TO WATCHSix Republican senators voted with Democrats on Tuesday not to dismiss the trial on constitutional grounds. AdCassidy was the only one who did not side with Democrats in a similar vote two weeks ago. He said after the vote Tuesday that he thought Democrats had a better argument and that Trump’s team had done a “terrible” job. He said he will watch the additional arguments as an impartial juror and then decide whether to convict.
Immigrants in sanctuary in churches hope Biden offers relief
– For over three years, Maria Macario has been too afraid to leave the white steepled First Parish church just outside Boston. AdThose who have taken sanctuary have enlisted lawmakers to ask Biden for relief, pushing to cancel deportation orders and reviving the use of private bills — measures to protect a person or group. The Trump administration was more hardline, taking an Indonesian immigrant into custody on church grounds last year. After all, her family was ordered to leave when Biden was vice president. “My lawyer says I could leave the church today, but I just don’t trust things,” Macario said.
GOP Congresswoman on voting to impeach Trump: "I felt like I had to"
asked Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Washington State, was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach President Donald Trump. "I don't know," Herrera Beutler replied. Watch: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler describe her experience as the Capitol was under attack:Ahead on #CBSSunday Pres. But whatever happens to President Trump, there is still the question of healing the rift in a deeply-divided country.cbsnews.com
Pelosi's nine impeachment managers hope to 'finish the job'
WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped nine of her most trusted allies in the House to argue the case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Pelosi hasn’t yet said when she will send the article of impeachment to the Senate. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette, another manager, says the nine prosecutors plan to present a serious case and “finish the job” that the House started. REP. TED LIEU, CALIFORNIALieu, who authored the article of impeachment with Cicilline and Raskin, is on the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs panels. She is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and is a former lawyer and member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Headstones bearing swastikas removed from veterans cemetery in Texas
Two German WWII graves bearing Nazi swastikas have been removed from Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery and replaced with new headstones. KENS-TVAfter learning about the gravestones last May, the foundation demanded that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilke order them removed. The group also wanted Wilke to make "an immediate and heartfelt apology to all United States veterans and their families." But members of Congress, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Reps. Will Hurd of San Antonio and Kay Granger of Fort Worth, responded by demanding the removal of the gravestones. It's unclear if a third headstone that also bears Nazi symbols in Fort Douglas Post Cemetery in Utah has also been removed.cbsnews.com
Watch live: New York Gov. Cuomo holds a press briefing as state prepares to distribute Covid vaccine
Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to hold a press briefing Friday on the coronavirus pandemic as the state prepares to receive a Covid-19 vaccine that could be authorized and delivered in the coming days. Cuomo will be joined by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM). New York could receive the doses as soon as this weekend, Cuomo's office said in a press release Wednesday. Meanwhile, New York is weighing whether to impose restrictions on indoor dining if the state's hospitals continue to be overrun with Covid-19 patients. Cuomo said on Monday that if New York City's hospitalizations don't stabilize in five days, the state could close indoor dining in the city as soon as next week.cnbc.com
Biden weighs pick for agriculture chief from diverse slate
Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are in the running for the Cabinet position. (House Television via AP)WASHINGTON – One leading candidate for agriculture secretary hails from Cleveland, has the backing of progressives and has worked for years to boost food stamp programs. Tom Vilsack, who served as Obama’s agriculture secretary for eight years, is also being considered. Biden has said he wants a diverse Cabinet, and some Black leaders have said he needs to do more to achieve that. “You won't find a better person thant Heidi Heitkamp,” Manchin said in a statement, adding that she would make a “tremendous” agriculture secretary.
Mexico, Brazil leaders silent as world congratulates Biden
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, sometimes dubbed “the Trump of the Tropics” for his populist, off-the-cuff style, has kept silent on Trump’s loss. And Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador refused to congratulate Biden at this point, saying he would wait until the legal challenges over the vote were resolved. On Saturday, López Obrador was one of the few world leaders still willing to heap praise on Trump. But a Biden administration that only quietly presses Mexico to limit migrant crossings could leave López Obrador in a more uncomfortable position. “Donald Trump will be president for two more months, but Joe Biden will be president for four more years!
Judge urges US to help find parents deported without kids
Most of the parents were deported to their Central American homelands, and their children were placed with sponsors in the U.S., often relatives. But it was later discovered an additional 1,556 children were taken from their parents going back to summer 2017, including the 545 kids who are still separated. The administration’s foot-dragging has made it even tougher to find the parents because of how much time has passed, he said. The judge called for an update on Dec. 2 and set another hearing for Dec. 4 to discuss the progress. Just nine parents separated from their children were allowed back in January.
Defying precedent and possibly law, Pompeo dives into race
Indeed, Pompeo himself had reminded State Department staffers of those restrictions only last month. Pompeo delivered standard recitations of GOP claims about the successes of Trumps America First foreign policy against Russia, China and Iran. In fact, Pompeos convention speech was relatively mild in comparison with previous comments he has made taking Democrats to task for failed policies. They are more safe, and their freedoms more secure, because President Trump has put his America First vision into action. The president moved the U.S. Embassy to this very city of God, Jerusalem, the rightful capital of the Jewish homeland, Pompeo said.
AP Q&A: Who cares about the Hatch Act?
____WHAT IS THE HATCH ACT? Theres so much chatter about the Hatch Act that retired Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted Wednesday, Friends, I am not in charge of the Hatch Act please stop calling.Former Sen. Carl Hatch, D-N.M., wrote the legislation in 1939 to limit partisan activity by federal employees to ensure the government functions fairly and effectively. ___SHOULD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CARE ABOUT THE HATCH ACT? If youre trying to silence me through the Hatch Act, its not going to work, she said in May 2019. What you see now is President Trump behaving more and more like an authoritarian leader, not a democratically elected leader.
ICE rounds up hundreds of undocumented workers in immigration sweeps in Mississippi
U.S. immigration authorities on Wednesday rounded up hundreds of undocumented workers in food processing plants during a sprawling operation in Mississippi that officials touted as the largest immigration enforcement sweep in a single state in U.S. history. By targeting workplaces across six different cities in southern Mississippi, Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents, with the help of the local district attorney's office, apprehended approximately 680 undocumented immigrants. At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst said the large-scale raids collectively represented "the largest single state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history." On Wednesday afternoon, Magdalena Gomez Gregorio tearfully pleaded for the return of her dad, one of hundreds of undocumented immigrants rounded up Wednesday by ICE. Peco Foods, a poultry processing and packaging company, confirmed that ICE conducted operations at three of its facilities in southern Mississippi.cbsnews.com
Democrats blast Trump's migrant detention centers as inhumane
U.S. lawmakers and civil rights activists who have visited migrant detention centers along the border have described nightmarish conditions marked by overcrowding and inadequate access to food, water and other basic needs. Senator Kamala Harris of California, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday. The horrid conditions CBP has subjected children and families to at the border are nothing short of inhumane and downright inexcusable, Schumer said. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey would virtually eliminate immigration detention if he wins the White House, his campaign said on Tuesday. Trump, meanwhile, looked to stir up support for his policies, promising immigration raids after the July 4 U.S.feeds.reuters.com