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Trump leaves Obama out in the cold in South Africa

(The Citizen) The Mandela 100 commemoration became a mini battlefield in the ongoing US political war this week, as the Trump administration ordered that Barack Obama not be given any assistance other than security arrangements by the American embassy in South Africa.

The high-profile visit by the former president was mainly arranged and coordinated by the Nelson Mandela and Obama foundations, with no assistance from the US embassy in Pretoria – a break from the diplomatic tradition of offering support to any visiting American leader.

None of the US embassy staff had to play any role due to “instructions by Washington” that Obama should not be provided any assistance, according to a highly placed source.

In the past, the US embassy has always provided full support to any visiting American leader regardless of party affiliation.

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Only 364 Migrant Kids Out of 2,500+ Have Been Reunited With Parents

(Daily Beast) Only 364 of more than 2,500 migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border with Mexico have been reunited—just one week away from a court-ordered deadline. In a court filing late Thursday, the Trump administration also revealed that of 1,607 parents eligible to be reunited with their children, 719 have final orders of deportation, meaning they may be removed from the country as soon as they are reunited with their children. Those parents would then face the unimaginable choice between bringing their child back to a potentially dangerous country or leaving them behind in the care of the Trump government. “That’s a pretty horrifying statistic,” said Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, of the 719 figure. “We have had such limited communication with parents it was difficult to know where they were in their case.” She added that number was “way higher than I thought,” and said lawyers would need to make contact with reunited families to advise them on potential legal avenues to stay.

babylonsister

Trump Hats and Flags Held Up at Customs

Business Insider: “Trump-themed flags and hats made in China are reportedly being held up at US customs amid an intensifying trade war.”

“Textile suppliers who export their goods to the US told China’s state-run tabloid Global Times their products have been delayed at US customs, which is affecting their sales.”

DonViejo

John Kerry Shocked Over Trump's Helsinki Remarks: 'I Don't Buy His Walk Back for One Second'

(Mediaite) “I found it shocking,” he told CBS’ Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation during a Thursday interview. “I found it to be one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an American president that anyone has ever witnessed.”

Kerry’s criticism comes just three days after Trump’s summit with Putin, for which he has been bashed by numerous lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and even his friends in the conservative media. Critics say he failed to act from a position of authority, publicly doubting at the conference whether Russian meddling in the 2016 election had even occurred. While he attempted to reverse that remark more than 24 hours later, Kerry doesn’t trust it.

“I don’t buy his walk back for one second,” he said. “And by the way, how can anyone buy walk back after walk back when you take positions here and then you take positions over here and you’re repetitively walking back and changing?”

DonViejo

Rosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors

(The Hill) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday warned of the growing threat from Russian influence operations and other foreign actors, as he unveiled a new report from the Justice Department on cyber threats facing the United States.

During remarks at the Aspen Security Forum, Rosenstein described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as “just one tree in a growing forest” of foreign influence operations. He also said the Trump administration is doing “more now than ever” to combat cyber threats to U.S. citizens and elections.

fleur-de-lisa

Microsoft reveals first known midterm campaign hacking attempts

(politico) As I mentioned on Tuesday, I was very skeptical that President Trump’s stunning performance at Monday’s press conference would lead to any great shift on Capitol Hill or among core Trump voters. I remain skeptical. In fact, we’ve seen evidence from the Hill tending to validate that skepticism. Some Sens and Reps are blaming Trump critics for the last four days. Many more are accepting at face value the President’s wouldn/wouldn’t nonsense or simply saying there’s nothing they can do.

But I think there is some difference, perhaps even a watershed.

We’re not in the habit of thinking the unthinkable. The structure of the words themselves tells us that. Over the last eighteen months most respectable opinion in the US has stood aghast at President Trump’s bizarre and often inexplicable actions while yet interpreting them through series of only marginally and decreasingly plausible prisms.

DonViejo

The Bigs Are Starting to Accept the Unimaginable - By Josh Marshall

(TPM) As I mentioned on Tuesday, I was very skeptical that President Trump’s stunning performance at Monday’s press conference would lead to any great shift on Capitol Hill or among core Trump voters. I remain skeptical. In fact, we’ve seen evidence from the Hill tending to validate that skepticism. Some Sens and Reps are blaming Trump critics for the last four days. Many more are accepting at face value the President’s wouldn/wouldn’t nonsense or simply saying there’s nothing they can do.

But I think there is some difference, perhaps even a watershed.

We’re not in the habit of thinking the unthinkable. The structure of the words themselves tells us that. Over the last eighteen months most respectable opinion in the US has stood aghast at President Trump’s bizarre and often inexplicable actions while yet interpreting them through series of only marginally and decreasingly plausible prisms.

brooklynite

Young voters make up significant portion of new registrations in key states since Parkland shooting

(NBC News) Young voters are flocking to register to vote in key battleground states in the wake of the February school shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school, according to a new analysis from Democratic data firm TargetSmart.

The report, released exclusively to NBC News, shows that young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 years old make up an increasing share of those registering to vote in a handful of key states.

Pennsylvania has seen the sharpest increase—61 percent of new voter registrations come from young voters, compared to 45 percent before the shooting.

highplainsdem

'It borders on treason': Ex-ambassador to China tells CNN Trump 'can't be trusted'

(Raw Story) “He cannot be trusted,” Baucus said bluntly of Trump. “You cannot trust this man. More likely than not, he will transfer classified information to a foreign power — he can’t be trusted.”

Baucus went on to say that Trump’s actions with regard to Russia come very close to outright betraying the United States.

“It borders on virtual treason, quite frankly,” he said.

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