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Donald Trump Had a Really Bad Night

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President Donald Trump may have had a great time hosting his BFF, French President Emmnuel Macron, but outside the White House State Dinner bromance, events took a bad turn for Trump.

Let’s take a look.

  1. Yet another federal court ruled against Trump’s attempt to rescind DACA, the Obama-era program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
    “Judge John Bates concluded that the wind-down of DACA was ‘arbitrary and capricious’ because the Department of Homeland Security failed to ‘adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.’ The judge also accused the government of providing ‘meager legal reasoning’ to support its decision,” CNN reports.
    And it gets worse for Trump:
    “Bates called the move ‘particularly egregious’ given the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients, young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, protected under the program over its five years. Given how many people’s lives were built on the protections from DACA, Bates said, ‘its barebones legal interpretation was doubly insufficient.'”
  2. In the Arizona special election to replace the U.S. House seat formerly held by Uber-conservative religious right extremist Rep. Trent Franks, while the GOP helps onto the seat, it was by the skin of their teeth. Trump won the district by more than 20 points. The Republican winner held it by just five points.
    This guy is an editor at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report and a FiveThirtyEight and NBC News contributor. He knows what he’s talking about.

  3. In a New York State Assembly special election voters elected a Democrat to a district Republicans have held for nearly four decades. It’s the 40th statehouse flip to blue this cycle.
  4. In a blow to the Trump administration’s attempt to advance “abstinence only” programs a federal judge in Washington state ruled against the Trump administration and for Planned Parenthood. The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) had tried to cut grants to Planned Parenthood for programs that work to reduce teen pregnancy.
    “The Court finds that HHS arbitrarily and capriciously terminated the TPP Program,” the judge wrote. “The Court determines that the public interest weighs in favor of (Planned Parenthood), as it would prevent harm to the community … and prevent loss of data regarding the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention.”
  5. Trump’s unqualified pick to run the $180 billion U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is being accused by more than 20 current an former staffers of drinking on the job, handing out drugs like candy, and creating a hostile work environment. And he’s refusing to withdraw his nomination.

If all that weren’t enough, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump’s Muslim travel ban today.

Maybe Ivana Trump was right: Donald shouldn’t run for re-election, he should just golf.

 

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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis

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Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”

 

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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

Watch below:

 

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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd

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Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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