Trump’s Anti-Immigration Regime Takes Shape

While in office, Obama deported more than 2.5 million people — a far greater number than any other president in US history.

President Trump, however, seems to have his sights set higher, declaring eligible for deportation any undocumented immigrant who has committed a crime, including minor offenses. In the latter years of the Obama administration, the department prioritized only those who were convicted of serious crimes, or repeat offenders.

Trump also departs from his predecessor by clearing away most restrictions on expedited deportations.

Prior to Kelly’s directive, immediate removal was only doled out to individuals captured within 100 miles of the border, less than 14 days after entering the country. Current policy now expands expedited actions to those apprehended anywhere in the US who have been in the country fewer than two years.

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2015 Nissan Leaf: one year later, owner offers pros and cons

Sometimes being a revolutionary requires a lot of personal sacrifice, and sometimes it doesn’t.

After one year of driving of a 2015 Nissan Leaf electric car, I was surprised to find that daily driving with a gasoline car requires more sacrifice than with my electric.

Like most people, before buying the Leaf, I had concerns about owning an electric car: battery range, charging, the impact of hot and cold weather, vehicle cost, depreciation, rebates and incentives, and more.

After a year of owning one, I’m no longer concerned about any of these.

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Constituents erupt as Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst flees town hall after only a handful of questions

Iowa is fed up with Donald Trump and the Paul Ryan agenda. First Sen. Chuck Grassley took it on the chin at a town hall today, and now Sen. Joni Ernst is on video fleeing a town hall after only a handful of questions. The crowd erupted in anger chanting “Do your job!” as she fled through a side door. The Iowa Starting Line blog was there to capture the moment:

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Sean Spicer: Trump respects the press, and is unifying the country, and his cabinet is diverse …

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer began his tenure by lying outright about crowd sizes. From there he’s settled into a now-familiar routine: every day(-ish), he walks out from the burning garbage fire that is the Donald Trump White House, steps up to the podium, and loudly declares that whatever you think happened during the previous day didn’t actually happen.

Today’s efforts were grand. Here’s Sean Spicer, after being asked about Trump tweeting that a list of major American media outlets were the “enemy of the American people.”

He has deep respect for the 1st Amendment, for the role of the press. I’ve addressed this multiple times in the past. There’s a healthy respect for the press, but I think that it’s a two-way street […]
He was asked about the upsurge of anti-Semitism, and what the current White House resident was going to do about that. The answer: He’s a uniter!

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Meet the 23 Republicans blocking Congress from seeing Trump’s tax returns. Is your rep on the list? Daily Kos

Regardless of party affiliation, an astonishing 74 percent of Americans want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns. It makes sense considering Donald Trump has business all over the world and we really don’t know who his business comrades are, how much he owes, how much they pay him. These are relevant in the interest of government transparency, but more importantly in the interest of national security. Last week, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), said he intended to use a 1924 tax law that allowed members of the House Ways and Means Committee to privately examine tax returns to determine if there are conflicts of interest or Constitutional violations:

After privately examining returns — Pascrell is seeking 10 years’ worth — the committee could decide to share them with the full House, which would in effect make them public. The 1924 law gives congressional committees that set tax policy the power to examine tax returns. It was used in 1974 when Congress looked at President Richard Nixon’s returns, and in 2014 when the Ways and Means Committee released confidential tax information as part of its investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s handling of applications for nonprofit status.

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12 Clear Signs You’re Avoiding Your Soul Work & Holding Yourself Back

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By Natalie Kent, Collective Evolution

For the last week I have been frustrated beyond belief. Why? I had no idea.

Until I realized that the frustration I was feeling was due to NOT using my full potential in my life and work; to side-stepping my true capacity to create what only I can create.

Let’s take a step back for a minute.

Why do humans create? Buildings, families, businesses, communities… Why do we do it?

Somewhere inside us we feel the pulse of creation, the creative force of the universe that is constantly evolving our reality.

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100+ Gravestones Damaged In Jewish Cemetery, Muslim Community Helps Raise Funds Within Hours

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By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

Hundreds of headstones have been broken and toppled at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in a wave of anti-Semitic terrorism.

A severe case of vandalism is being investigated in University City, Missouri. Over 180 gravestones were intentionally damaged at the Jewish Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. The headstones were toppled over and many were broken. Police are currently reviewing surveillance videos from the cemetery and nearby businesses, and have yet to name any suspects. On the same day, 11 Jewish community centers received bomb threats— reportedly the fourth in a wave of threats since the New Year.

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Politicians Feign Concern About ‘Dangers’ of Cannabis; Silent About Pain Medications That Kill Thousands

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painBy Jonathon Benson, Natural News, June 1, 2015

(NaturalNews) Popular over-the-counter painkiller medications from the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) class, which includes ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), have been found in a new large-scale international study to significantly increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found that people who regularly take ibuprofen or aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, Excedrin) have about a 33% increased risk of suffering a major cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, compared to people who don’t use these drugs. Based on their dangers, NSAIDs are now considered to be as “equally hazardous,” say researchers, as COX-2 inhibitor drugs like Vioxx, which was pulled off the market in 2004 after killing thousands of users.

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The Problem with Painkillers

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By Linda Woolven & Ted Snider, Green Med Info

Use of over-the-counter painkillers is staggeringly common. At least 175 million adults in the United States take OTC painkillers. That makes evaluating their effectiveness and safety crucial. But, it has been a very bad few years in painkiller research. Important recent studies have cast serious doubt on their effectiveness and their safety.

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