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Kamala Harris backs Booker’s restorative justice legislation legalizing marijuana

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“By passing this act, it will prevent the United States Department of Justice coming into our states and enforcing laws that we have decided are unjust and unfair,” said Kamala Harris.

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US Administration considers plan to drug test some food stamp recipients

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A plan under review by Donald Trump’s administration would allow states to require a percentage of food stamp recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing, the Associated Press reported.

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Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, busted for hiding gun arms shares, list grows of unethical practices by Trump cabinet

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Washington, DC. Ryan Zinke is sworn-in to testify before the US Senate Committee on Energy and Commerce as it holds a hearing considering confirmation of his appointment to be US Secretary of the Interior. Credit: MediaPunch Inc/Alamy Live News

In the midst of gun reform, investigations expose that Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke hid his ownership of 1,000 shares in a private firearms company.

Zinke owns holdings in PROOF, a Whitefish, Montana firearms research and manufacturing company of rifles, barrels and gun stocks. However, he failed to report his investments in a mandatory disclosure form that he submitted to the Office of Government Ethics in January 2017.

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Disemboweled: Haiti endures decades of foul foreign hostilities and policies

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Perhaps I am more disconcerted at the fact that one day in my high school class, I heard a 16-year-old white male child suggest that the U.S. should just go into Haiti with “guns-a-blazing and take over the country.”

Imagine the initial shock, rage and disbelief I endured in trying not to lose my everlasting mind. I mean, given the circumstances that I am the only Black male educator on staff, I knew that my reaction would be heavily scrutinized by the progenitors of the loyal, supports of Trump. Hey, it was a tight situation.

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Seattle ICE lawyer charged with stealing immigrant IDs

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Raphael A. Sanchez, the chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Seattle has been arrested for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft of multiple immigrants. 

The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section believes that Sanchez deceived seven immigrants going through immigration proceedings in order to defraud banks with taking out multiple credit cards.

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Koch network and Trump are bedfellows again

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David Koch at gala. In 2008, Koch donated $100 million to renovate the New York State Theater, which a portion of the outdoor space was renamed the David H. Koch Plaza in 2014.

A network of donors founded by billionaires CharlesFrancis de Ganahl and David Koch expressed their approval of Donald Trump at a gathering this weekend in Palm Springs, Calif.

With tax cuts staving off $1.5 trillion, the Koch brothers and followers, once reticent of Trump’s ability to influence policy, now welcome his leadership.

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Trump signs MLK proclamation, reporter asks ‘are you a racist?’

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Washington, DC. — One day after dehumanizing remarks made by President Donald Trump, he signed a proclamation for the federal holiday dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.

Reporters questioned his comments prior sordid comments.

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Irish and undocumented: Ireland’s émigrés dodged deportation until the Trump era

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11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. 50,000 of them are Irish.

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U.S. fails to cut the check for refugee agency helping Palestinians

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Lives of thousands of Palestinians sit in a more fragile state as a refugee agency reports that the U.S. did not disperse a $120 million promised payment.

The failed delivery follows a threat issued by Donald Trump and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley that aid would be cut when Palestinians and others denounced the U.S. Administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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U.N. renounces Trump’s Jerusalem decision; Haley throws a ‘friendship’ party

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During a special emergency session on Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution calling for the revocation of President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

Yemen’s Ambassador Khaled Hussein Mohamed Alyemany introduced the U.N. resolution. Alyemany is part of a bloc of Middle-Eastern officials that condemned Trump’s announcement on December 6, which also included plans that the United States would move their headquarters from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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