Gun Control Matters for “Blue Lives”

Preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund indicates a 12% increase in law enforcement deaths in 2018.

And the major culprit is gunfire.

As of the report’s release, 144 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty, an increase from 129 officers who died in 2017.

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President Reveals Special Forces in Iraq via Twitter

Donald Trump tweeted a video of himself with special forces in Iraq that were previously undisclosed during his trip to visit the troops.

The U.S. Navy SEAL team is clearly pictured in the video despite the sensitive nature of their deployment.

It is incredibly rare for a president, or the government in general, to release the identity of a specific team during their deployment, much less to release clearly identifying images.

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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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President Caves Under Pressure, Visits the Troops

After receiving enormous criticism for his decision not to visit the troops this Christmas, Trump decided to pay a visit to those fighting his battles after all.

His decision not to visit the troops this Christmas made him the first president not to do so since 2002.

The president was criticised for the choice on both sides of the aisle, and apparently buckled to the pressure. He and the first lady took a secret flight to Iraq this morning despite his insistence that the war is a costly mistake.

“We’re, right now, the policemen of the world and we’re paying for it. And we can be the policemen of the world, but other countries have to help us.”  — Trump

Immigrant Boy Dies on Christmas Eve

Customs and Border Protection, which had custody of the boy and his father, announced the child’s death Tuesday around midday.

UPDATED 12/27/18 1:00 PM PST

The 8-year-old boy apparently fell ill Monday and died in a New Mexico hospital Tuesday, early on Christmas morning.

His name was Felipe Gómez Alonso, and was reportedly of Guatemalan origin. The government has been notified of his passing.

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Monday Digest

Members of the Iron Triangle Press team are busy celebrating the holidays, so we’ve compiled today’s headlines into one quick Monday Digest — regular content will resume Wednesday.

It’s the holiday season and families around the world are gathered together to celebrate a world’s worth of traditions, but that doesn’t mean the news cycle is taking a break.

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Asylum Ban Blocked by SCOTUS

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the block on the administration’s ban against immigrants who cross the border outside a legal port of entry and their ability to apply for asylum.

It was a narrow 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts again siding with the liberal faction of the court as the deciding vote.

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas all voted in support of the ban.

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Lynching Finally Designated as a Federal Crime

Yesterday, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives.

Americans across the country have been fighting for legislation explicitly criminalizing the act of lynching for the better part of the last century.

On Wednesday, just such a bill — introduced by the Senate’s three black senators — finally passed in the Senate.

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House Buckles to Trump’s Demands

After a tumultuous day of many back-and-forth decisions, the House passed a funding bill with $5 billion allocated for the construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The vote was 217 to 185; funding for multiple government agencies will expire at midnight tonight.

The bill will now return to the Senate where it is widely expected to fail due to extreme opposition to such immense funding.

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