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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: Sully

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: Shake Your Collusion

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Grijalva Calls for Interior Sec. Zinke's Resignation; Zinke Calls Grijalva a Drunk

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Congressman Raul Grijalva: "Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior."
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva: "Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior."
Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva today called for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to resign to avoid the scrutiny he will face when Grijalva takes over as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee when the House shifts to Democratic control in January.

From Grijalva's USA Today op-ed:
Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior.

I take no pleasure in calling for this step, and I have resisted it even as questions have grown about Mr. Zinke’s ethical and managerial failings. Unfortunately, his conduct in office and President Donald Trump’s neglect in setting ethical standards for his own cabinet have made it unavoidable.

While the secretary continues to project confidence, questions have grown since the election about his future plans, and the White House reportedly fears that he would be unable to withstand scrutiny on Capitol Hill. Those fears are justified. Mr. Zinke has never even tried to offer an explanation for the sheer scope of his well-documented scandals.

This silence is insulting to the American people, and given the Nov. 6 election results it is unsustainable. Continuing in office as though nothing has changed only shows how little Mr. Zinke has learned over the past year and a half. He holds his job as a public trust, not as a stepping stone to his further personal ambitions. He has abused that trust and damaged the Interior Department in the process. The least he can do is step down and give his successor a chance to begin reversing that damage.
Zinke responded on Twitter by calling Grijalva a drunk. Grijalva response to Zinke's tweet:

The American people know who I’m here to serve, and they know in whose interests I’m acting. They don’t know the same about Secretary Zinke.

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Claytoon of the Day: Mueller Christmas

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 9:20 AM

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: Cheaters Gonna Cheat

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Claytoon of the Day: A Climate For Hoaxes

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Families Are Still Being Separated at the Border, Months After “Zero Tolerance” Was Reversed

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 6:43 PM

Tucsonans protest Trump's family separation policy, in June. - DANYELLE KHMARA
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  • Tucsonans protest Trump's family separation policy, in June.
The Trump administration has quietly resumed separating immigrant families at the border, in some cases using vague or unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing or minor violations against the parents, including charges of illegally re-entering the country, as justification.

Over the last three months, lawyers at Catholic Charities, which provides legal services to immigrant children in government custody in New York, have discovered at least 16 new separation cases. They say they have come across such instances by chance and via their own sleuthing after children were put into temporary foster care and shelters with little or no indication that they arrived at the border with their parents.

ProPublica stumbled upon one more case late last month after receiving a call from a distraught Salvadoran father who had been detained in South Texas, and whose 4-year-old son, Brayan, had literally been yanked from his grasp by a Customs and Border Protection agent after they crossed the border and asked for asylum. Julio, the father, asked to be identified only by his first name because he was fleeing gang violence and worried about the safety of relatives back home.

“I failed him,” said Julio, 27, sobbing uncontrollably. “Everything I had done to be a good father was destroyed in an instant.” Get Our Top Investigations Subscribe to the Big Story newsletter.

ProPublica tracked down Brayan, who has reddish-blond hair and an endearing lisp, at a temporary foster care agency in New York City, and reached out to the lawyer who represents him. Until that phone call, the lawyer, Jodi Ziesemer, a supervising attorney at Catholic Charities, had no idea that Brayan had been separated from his father. The chaos, she said, felt disturbingly like zero tolerance all over again.

“It’s so disheartening,” Ziesemer said “This was supposed to be a policy that ended.”

Officially it has. On June 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order retreating from his so-called zero-tolerance immigration enforcement policy, which called on authorities to criminally prosecute adults caught illegally crossing the border and separate them from any children they brought with them. A week later, a federal judge, Dana M. Sabraw, issued an injunction against the separations and ordered the government to put the thousands of affected families back together.

Sabraw, however, exempted cases in which the safety of the child was at risk, and crucially, imposed no standards or oversight over those decisions. As a result, attorneys say, immigration officials — taking their cues from an administration that has made it clear it still believes family separations are an effective deterrent — are using whatever justification they can find, with or without substantiation, to deem immigrant parents unfit or unsafe.

“If the authorities have even the most specious evidence that a parent was a gang member, or had some kind of blemish on their record,” said Neha Desai, a senior attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, “anything they can come up with to say that the separation is for the health and welfare of the child, then they’ll separate them.”

In an email, a senior CBP official acknowledged that immigrant families are still being separated, but said the separations had “nothing to do with zero tolerance.” The official added that “this administration continues to comply with the law and separates adults and children when required for the safety and security of the child.” The official declined to say how many children have been taken from their parents for what was said to be their own protection.

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Claytoon of the Day: A Gas For Liberty

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 9:34 AM

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