No More Visas for Partners of LGBTQ Diplomats

The Trump administration has announced a new policy denying visas to partners of LGBTQ diplomats and United Nations employees.

Any partner currently in the United States under one of these visas has until December 31 to either change their visa, get married, or leave the country.

The decision, which went into effect Monday, is a reversal of rules established in 2009 under the Obama administration.

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Amber Guyger Fired

The Dallas Police Department has fired Officer Amber Guyger, 30, after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment.

The incident sparked national outrage with protesters demonstrating for more than a week after his death.

There were multiple accounts of how the shooting took place and there were frequent discrepancies in Guyger’s recollection of events, prompting confusion and suspicion from many.

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OPINION: A Societal Problem, Not an Individual One

Republican Representative Ralph Norman has made light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations by making a sexual assault joke about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Did y’all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings? Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln.”  — Norman

This is a classic tactic for dehumanization: diminish the experience of an individual by A) making it into a joke, and B) making it appear less relevant by equating the passage of time to the administration of justice.

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Administration Decimates U.S. Refugee Quota

The Trump administration has cut the total number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. to just 30,000 next year.

The decision will bring refugee allowances in the country to an historic low, and it is expected that even fewer than 30,000 will actually be admitted.

Last year, the U.S. admitted only 45,000 refugees, a figure less than half of the peak admittance rates under the Obama administration.

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Texas Education Reaches New Low

The Texas State Board of Education has chosen to keep Moses’ influence on modern politics in textbooks over Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller.

The jaw dropping vote took place Friday and secured Moses’ place in school textbooks while eliminating mentions of both Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton.

The decision will affect the educational materials and curriculum of some 5.4 million schoolchildren.

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FEMA Lost Funding to Build Immigrant Detention Centers

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has accused the administration of stripping $10 million in funding from FEMA to build immigrant detention centers.

Even as Hurricane Florence prepares to batter the east coast, Trump has not only defended the abysmal emergency response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, but has also been accused of diverting $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to build more immigrant detention centers.

Senator Merkley’s accusations come as 20,000 palettes of undistributed water bottles have been discovered in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, which were meant for distribution to survivors of Hurricane Maria.  Continue reading

U.N. Calls for Genocide Charges Against Myanmar Leaders

The United Nations has called for the leaders of Myanmar to be charged with genocide following the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.

Specifically, the U.N. is calling for the military’s commander-in-chief and five other generals to stand trial on charges of genocide against the Rohingya people.

It is the first time that the U.N. has called for such measures which will likely further isolate the already secluded nation.

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Betsy DeVos Wants Guns in Schools

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is contemplating using federal funds to purchase guns for teachers and faculty in schools.

The New York Times broke the story Wednesday, saying that the plan would allocate funds from the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to pay for the weapons and to provide training to staff and faculty.

However, White House officials are pushing back on the claims, saying that the idea did not “originate” within the Department of Education or from DeVos herself, but rather from the Texas Education Agency, which sent a letter inquiring if it were possible to use the grant money for such a purpose.

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