Trump Shutdown: Day 20

The president literally walked out of a meeting with legislators discussing the shutdown, his favorite agency is suing him, and no one is making sure our food is safe anymore.

The consequences of the prolonged government shutdown are beginning to impact even the president, who is being sued by his favorite agency for forcing them to work without pay.

Trump walked out of a meeting with Democratic lawmakers who held firm against providing additional funding for the border wall, saying it was a “waste of time,” thereby prolonging the shutdown even further.

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Voting in Florida

In the midterm elections, Florida voters passed an amendment re-enfranchising former felons with an overwhelming majority. Today, they can finally register.

The amendment to re-enfranchise former felons who have paid their debt to society received 64.5% approval from current voters, enabling as many as 1.4 million Floridians to regain their right to vote.

This widely bipartisan issue faced derailment at the hands of Florida’s new Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, and the state’s conservative legislature, who insisted that another bill needed to be passed in order to officially implement the amendment.

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Court Upholds Transgender Military Ban

In a devastating blow, a U.S. court ruled in favor Friday of the administration’s ban against transgender individuals serving in the military.

The controversial ruling overturned a previous decision made by a D.C. federal judge which blocked the ban on grounds of unconstitutionality.

While other injunctions against the case remain in effect, the administration has requested that the Supreme Court hear the case.

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Wesley Bell Fires Prosecutor From Michael Brown Case

Newly elected St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell made firing assistant prosecutor Kathi Alizadeh his first priority after entering office.

Alizadeh served the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office for 30 years with a six-figure salary.

She failed to get an indictment against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson over his killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in an encounter that not only went viral, but sparked massive protests.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Decimate Amazon Rainforest

Only days into his administration, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is already planning to hand over vast areas of the rainforest to the agribusiness sector.

In order to do so, Bolsonaro has already transferred decision-making power over the regulation and creation of indigenous land claims from the Justice Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry.

His decision to put profit before people will endanger indigenous groups living in Brazil; the population currently occupies some 13% of Brazilian land.

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Hope Dims for Shutdown Resolution

The president has said that he will accept nothing less than $2.5 billion in funding for his border wall, adding that the shutdown could continue for “a long time.”

Trump tried to justify his demand by saying that the government spends “in Afghanistan more in one month than what we’re talking about for the wall.”

He also said that he had hoped “that maybe somebody would come back and negotiate” during the Christmas holiday, “but they didn’t do that.”

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Government Shutdown to Continue

The president is digging his heels in (free of bone-spurs, by the way) around border-wall funding, increasing the length of the government shutdown.

The president tweeted early this morning that his administration would “be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats” refuse to give him the $5 billion he has demanded to build a slatted spike wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

All this after repeated campaign promises that Mexico would pay for the wall.

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The Shutdown Continues

Federal workers are beginning to feel the weight of an extend shutdown, and there doesn’t appear to be any relief in sight.

The worst part? There is reportedly zero discussion currently taking place on the issue, meaning no progress is being made.

With the president visiting troops in Iraq and the House set to switch to Democratic control January 3, fears are mounting that the shutdown could continue into next month.

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Statue of Liberty Protester Found Guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou, the woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 in protest of immigrant detention, has been found guilty of multiple federal crimes.

Okoumou famously climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s separation and detention of immigrant children.

While her lawyers argued that the moral imperative compelling her to take action against the detention of children should outweigh the illegality of her actions, the court decided otherwise.

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COP24 “Rulebook” Won’t Cut It Against Climate Change

World leaders finally agreed on how to measure countries’ climate commitments at the COP24 climate conference, but have no strategy to fight climate change itself.

As has happened so many times before, the desire for profit — however short-term it may be — has outweighed the truly existential threat of climate change.

World leaders in Katowice, Poland have decided on a system to measure individual countries’ progress toward their commitment made in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord but have not outlined a global economic strategy for combating climate change itself.

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