ICE Detaining Record Number of Immigrants

The Daily Beast reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently holding a record-setting 44,000 individuals in detention.

The figure is a full 4,000 more people than ICE has the funding to support.

Neither ICE nor the Department of Homeland Security have offered an explanation for where the additional funds were coming from, though in the past cuts have been made to programs like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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Trump Weighs in on Florida Elections

The president has declared that “an honest vote count is no longer possible” in Florida and that as such, the election should be given to the Republicans.

Trump tried to cast blame on missing or forged ballots, saying that “large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere.”

Instead of counting those ballots, the president prefers to simply hand the election over to the Republicans.

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OPINION: The Curious Case of Hillary Clinton

A former aide to Hillary Clinton has said that she will run for the presidency in 2020 — again.

Mark Penn, once an advisor to Clinton, believes that the former Secretary of State is unwilling to let her loss in the 2016 election be the final chapter in her storied political career.

Penn co-wrote a Sunday op-ed along with former Manhattan borough president Andrew Stein for The Wall Street Journal in which the pair both argue that the curtain hasn’t closed on Clinton’s career.

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Sessions’ Last Stand

Just hours before his dismissal Wednesday, Jeff Sessions signed into law a last-minute order restricting the use of consent decrees.

A consent decree is an agreement between two parties that settles a dispute without assigning guilt or liability to either party.

Sessions’ order will limit the ability of law enforcement officers to take advantage of these types of agreements between the Justice Department and local police departments to force through change in instances where the police department has been accused of civil rights violations.

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Some Midterm Races Still Undecided

The Florida Senate and gubernatorial races are both headed for a recount as are the Arizona and Mississippi Senate races.

Neither Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith nor Democratic candidate Mike Espy were able to capture 50% of the vote in Mississippi, while the gap between Arizona Senate candidates Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R) continues to narrow as hundreds of thousands of votes are yet to be counted.

Vote recounts for both the Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida are already underway, and in Orange County, California, 15-term Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher has been officially unseated by Democratic opponent Harley Rouda.

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Administration Can’t Kill DACA

In yet another ruling against the administration, a California appeals court upheld an earlier decision stating that the administration can’t kill DACA.

The ruling will prevent the Trump administration from immediately terminating the program, which would affect the immigration status of nearly 700,000 formerly undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

This decision increases the chances that this issue will go to the Supreme Court in 2019.

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Keystone XL Temporarily Halted

A Montana federal judge has temporarily stayed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in a decision made Thursday.

The court is requiring the Trump administration to further research and document the pipeline’s impact on the surrounding environment and on climate change in general.

If constructed, the pipeline would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico, which has already been terribly polluted by a number of oil spills over the years, including a 14-year-old spill that continues to leak into the Gulf to this day.

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Abortion Hot Topic in Midterms

Abortion was on the ballot in a number of states in this year’s midterms, and the outcomes varied widely.

In Alabama and West Virginia, women’s rights and access to reproductive healthcare services were severely curtailed as religion seeped into the Alabama state constitution with the approval of a drastic amendment.

On the other end of the spectrum, Oregon voters managed to reject similar attempts at implementing so-called “trigger laws” that will go into effect if and when the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as many conservatives hope.

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Jeff Sessions, Matthew Whitaker, and the Mueller Probe

In a reactionary post-midterm move, the president forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and appointed Matthew Whitaker in his place.

Sessions and the president have butted heads for months, and the president actually received the green light to dismiss him months ago but apparently chose to hold off until after the midterm elections.

He announced Sessions’ “resignation” via Twitter yesterday morning and quickly followed up with an additional tweet naming Whitaker as his replacement.  Read more

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