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Texas-based Southwest Key Programs paid at least $458 million in 2018 to house unaccompanied migrant children; CEO paid $1.5 million

Deep State cheap labor con of the century, funded by US taxpayers: Texas-based Southwest Key Programs paid at least $458 million in 2018 to house unaccompanied migrant children; CEO paid $1.5 million | 22 June 2018 | The federal government's fight against illegal immigration has become a booming business for a non-profit housing at metro-Phoenix and Tucson shelters migrant children separated from their parents. Texas-based Southwest Key Programs was paid at least $458 million in fiscal 2018 to house unaccompanied children, as President Donald Trump's administration has enforced its "zero-tolerance" policy of prosecuting all who cross the border illegally... Southwest Key, which issued a statement Wednesday denouncing family separations, houses about 1,600 kids at 26 shelters in Arizona, California and Texas. Eight of its Arizona shelters house migrant children, according to the [so-called] non-profit, primarily from Guatemala...Now, the government is paying the organization $458 million...As Southwest Key's revenue has grown, so has compensation for Chief Executive Juan Sanchez. Sanchez's compensation has nearly doubled since 2016, according to the organization...The total 2017 package: $1.47 million.


Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades | 22 May 2018 | With cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say DeWayne Johnson probably has just months to live. Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate. On 18 June, Johnson, 46, will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products -- and his case has just received a major boost. Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson's cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.


US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea

US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea | 22 June 2018 | The Pentagon announced Friday that the U.S. would indefinitely suspend two training exercises with South Korea as part of the Trump administration's push to negotiate for the removal of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Pentagon chief spokeswoman Dana White said that the decision reached by Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton would be contingent on future "good faith" negotiations and developments with North Korea and Kim Jong Un's government.


Supreme Court rules law enforcement needs warrant to search cellphone data

Supreme Court rules law enforcement needs warrant to search cellphone data | 22 June 2018 | The Supreme Court ruled Friday that law enforcement in most cases has to obtain a warrant in order to search and seize long-term cell phone records that would show a person's location. In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the Fourth Amendment's protections against an unreasonable search protects people from having the government acquire their cell-site records from wireless providers in run-of-the-mill criminal investigations. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's four liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, to make up the majority. Justice Anthony Kennedy dissented along with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.


Former Kentucky police officer accused of making threats against President Trump

Former Kentucky police officer accused of making threats against President Trump | 21 June 2018 | A Greenbrier man is in custody after allegedly making threats on social media toward President Donald Trump. Andrew Long Ryan, 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday for two counts of making threats against the president. Ryan remains in federal custody after being initially charged in a criminal complaint on June 18. Ryan, who was previously a training officer with the Bowling Green Police Department in Kentucky, allegedly made the threats on social media in May around the time of the president's visit to Nashville.


President Trump Signs Order to End Family Separations at Border

President Trump Signs Order to End Family Separations at Border | 20 June 2018 | President Trump has signed an executive order that ends family separations at the southern border. Family separation has seen a recent uptick due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal entry at the U.S.-Mexico border. Because any illegal border crossing is prosecuted, parents and children are separated during the legal process. The president's action came after a second straight day of meeting with congressional Republicans.


Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance

Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance | 21 June 2018 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions disclosed Thursday that FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance. "Mr. Strzok as I understand has lost his security clearance," Sessions stated during a radio interview on "The Howie Carr Show." Sessions's remark comes after Strzok's attorney confirmed on Tuesday that the counterintelligence agent was escorted from the FBI building amid an internal review of his conduct.


'We're coming for you too, Chloe': Donald Trump Jr's daughter Chloe threatened on Twitter by Canadian TV writer after Peter Fonda faces Secret Service probe over threat to Barron

'We're coming for you too, Chloe': Donald Trump Jr's daughter Chloe threatened on Twitter by Canadian TV writer after Peter Fonda faces Secret Service probe over threat to Barron --A Canadian TV writer threatened Donald Trump Jr's four-year-old daughter | 21 June 2018 | Chloe Trump, the 4-year-old daughter of Donald Trump Jr., is the latest member of the Trump family to be threatened via Twitter. Pat Dussault, a Canadian TV writer, wrote, 'Don't worry, we're coming for Chloe, too' on the social media website. Threats have been more and more visible against the kids in the Trump family as President Donald Trump deals with a firestorm about migrant children that has engulfed his administration. The since-deleted tweet from Dussault has been captured by screen grabs and the Secret Service have reportedly been informed of the post, Yahoo! News reports. The threat to President Trump's grandchild follows a threat actor Peter Fonda made against 12-year-old Barron Trump, the president's youngest child.


Melania Trump visits child migrant detention centre

Melania Trump visits child migrant detention centre | 21 June 2018 | Melania Trump has visited Texas facilities where migrant children separated from their parents are being detained. The first lady met doctors, social workers and those providing medical and educational services to some of the 2,300 children split from their families on the US-Mexico border, amid [the Deep State-engendered (so corporations can continue to use cheap labor and drive down workers' wages across the board)] controversy over the detention of migrant children. At a round table discussion on Thursday, Mrs Trump thanked staff at the Upbring New Hope Children's Center for what she called their "heroic work".


PG&E expects to pay $2.5 billion for costs related to North Bay fires

PG&E expects to pay $2.5 billion for costs related to North Bay fires | 21 June 2018 | PG&E is warning investors it may be on the hook for at least $2.5 billion in costs related to some of the devastating North Bay fires, but the utility giants warns it could get worse. The utility giant says the amount does not cover all the fires. Last month, Cal Fire investigators determined PG&E was involved in causing several of the deadly October wildfires. Its power lines had made contact with trees, sparking the flames.


Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets called for violence against her son

Melania Trump contacted Secret Service after Peter Fonda tweets called for violence against her son | 20 June 21018 | First lady Melania Trump's office contacted the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda went after her 12-year-old son during an early morning Twitter rant on Wednesday. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, said in a statement to The Hill that the Secret Service was notified on Wednesday after Fonda tweeted about Barron Trump. "The tweet is sick and irresponsible," Grisham said. Fonda called for the 12-year-old son of the first lady and President Trump to be ripped from Melania Trump's arms and "put in a cage with pedophiles."


'Aware of its significance' - England fans pay respects at WWII memorial, win friends in Volgograd

'Aware of its significance' - England fans pay respects at WWII memorial, win friends in Volgograd | 18 June 2018 | England fans have been paying their respects in Volgograd at the city's memorial complex dedicated to the victims of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. England open their World Cup campaign against Tunisia at Volgograd Arena on Monday night. Ahead of the kick-off, many supporters took the time to visit the Mamayev Kurgan memorial, which pays testament to the city's tragic past. Formerly named Stalingrad, the city saw more than 1 million people killed, wounded or captured between 1942 to 1943 in the battle between Red Army forces and the Nazis. The Soviet victory was seen as a key turning point in the war, and the tremendous losses suffered means the Battle of Stalingrad has been etched into the Russian psyche ever since.


The Person Doxxing ICE Employees Is a Professor at NYU

The Person Doxxing ICE Employees Is a Professor at NYU | 20 June 2018 | A New York University professor is the person responsible for creating a database of over 1,500 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees' personal information and spreading it to Antifa. Sam Lavigne, a far-left artist and game designer, is an adjunct professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He created a database of 1,595 ICE employees using their LinkedIn profiles and shared it to his 3,600 followers on Twitter Tuesday morning.


The Trump administration has left the United Nations' Human Rights Council

The Trump administration has left the United Nations' Human Rights Council | 20 June 2018 | US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley called it "an organisation that is not worthy of its name", marking the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Ms Haley said the US had given the human rights body "opportunity after opportunity" to make changes. She lambasted the council for "its chronic bias against Israel" and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China...Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing alongside Ms Haley at the State Department, said there was no doubt that the council once had a "noble vision".


IG confirms Comey under investigation over memo handling

IG confirms Comey under investigation over memo handling | 19 June 2018 | Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed publicly Monday that his office is investigating James Comey for his handling of classified information as part of memos he shared documenting discussions with President Trump. The inspector general's comments confirmed reports dating back to April that the ex-FBI director was facing scrutiny, amid revelations that at least two of the memos he shared with his friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, contained information now deemed classified. The confirmation came during Monday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, where Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on the findings in the IG's report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.


North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War

North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members lost in Korean War | 19 June 2018 | The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be American service members who died during the Korean War, three U.S. officials confirmed. Planning is underway to receive the remains from North Korea in the coming days...One official said though it was unclear where the handover of remains could occur, they would ultimately be taken to Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii where the Defense Department has a lab to identify remains of missing U.S. service members from all wars.


FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from FBI building, amid ongoing internal proceedings at the bureau on his conduct

FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from FBI building, amid ongoing internal proceedings at the bureau on his conduct | 19 June 2018 | FBI agent Peter Strzok was escorted from the FBI building Friday as part of the ongoing internal proceedings at the bureau on his conduct, according to a source familiar with the matter. As of Tuesday, the source said, Strzok is still an FBI employee. He had a central role on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information. He later worked on the investigation into connections between Trump campaign associates and Russia and briefly worked for special counsel Robert Mueller before text messages between Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page disparaging President Donald Trump were discovered.


IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe

IG confirms he is reviewing whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias impacted launch of Russia probe | 19 June 2018 | Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed Tuesday that he is investigating whether FBI official Peter Strzok's anti-Trump bias factored into the launch of the bureau’s Russia probe. During a joint hearing before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Horowitz testified that his office was reviewing Strzok's anti-Trump text messages as part of a separate probe related to the Russia investigation. "It clearly shows a biased state of mind," Horowitz said, referring to text messages written as the FBI probe of Hillary Clinton's private email use was wrapping up and the Russia probe was getting underway. The most infamous text, revealed in last week's IG report on the Clinton email case, showed Strzok responding "We'll stop it" when his colleague and lover Lisa Page sought assurances that Trump would not become president.

 


Vigil for the health of Julian Assange to take place in London

Vigil for the health of Julian Assange to take place in London --The vigil coincides with the sixth anniversary of the WikiLeaks founder's self-imposed exile in London's Ecuadorian Embassy. | 19 June 2018 | A vigil will take place Tuesday evening outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the health of its longstanding resident Julian Assange. The vigil will be held between 6 and 8 p.m. local time. Tuesday marks six years since WikiLeaks founder Assange first entered the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault charges. The charges have since been dropped, but Assange is still wanted in the UK for skipping bail in 2012. He is concerned that if he leaves the embassy the US may also seek to extradite him on espionage charges.


Lawyer for texting FBI official who told lover they could 'stop' Trump's election says he's willing to testify to Congress without pleading the Fifth

Lawyer for texting FBI official who told lover they could 'stop' Trump's election says he's willing to testify to Congress without pleading the Fifth --FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok infamously texted his lover that the two of them could 'stop' Donald Trump from becoming president --House Judiciary Committee chairman was preparing to subpoena him | 17 June 2018 | A senior FBI agent who remains employed by the Bureau despite telling his lover in 2016 that they could together 'stop' Donald Trump from becoming president is willing to testify before Congress, his lawyer said Sunday. For supporters of the president, Peter Strzok's name has become synonymous with institutional bias at the Justice Department and a 'deep state' of anti-Trump collaborators whose influence runs through the agency's highest levels. But attorney Aitan Goelman told The Washington Post that Strzok 'wants the chance to clear his name and tell his story.' Goelman promised the Post that Strzok would answer questions without invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, a tantalizing guarantee for Republicans who have already been drafting a subpoena to drag him to Capitol Hill.


Republican pressure intensifies to end family separations at border

Republican pressure intensifies to end family separations at border | 19 June 2018 | The Trump administration is facing mounting pressure from fellow Republicans and other allies to end the practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border, as backlash over the enforcement policy quickly escalates into a political crisis. Some GOP lawmakers want the administration to stop the policy on its own, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others are proposing emergency legislation. Meanwhile, GOP governors are pulling their state's National Guard troops from the border in protest. All this comes as President Trump and top Cabinet officials put the blame on Congress, in the run-up to a meeting late Tuesday between the president and House Republicans -- where discussion of the family-separation backlash will likely dominate.


House GOP 2019 budget calls for deep Medicare, Medicaid spending cuts

House GOP 2019 budget calls for deep Medicare, Medicaid spending cuts | 19 June 2018 | The House GOP budget proposal released Tuesday calls for a $5.4 trillion decrease in mandatory spending over a decade, including $537 billion in reductions to Medicare and $1.5 trillion in reductions to Medicaid and other health programs. Another $2.6 trillion in reductions would come from other mandatory spending programs that include welfare and anti-poverty programs...The budget also calls for a precipitous drop in non-defense spending over the next decade, even as defense spending rises.


Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing

Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing | 19 June 2018 | House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy scorched James Comey in a blistering opening statement at a high-profile congressional hearing on Tuesday, declaring "we can't survive with a justice system we don't trust." Gowdy kicked off the hearing featuring testimony from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his review of the Hillary Clinton email case. The top DOJ watchdog is on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row to discuss the explosive report. But Gowdy launched into Tuesday's session -- a joint hearing held by the House oversight and judiciary panels -- with a fiery condemnation of the former FBI director and certain agents in the bureau he led.


Julian Assange health fears: UK forcing Wikileaks chief to 'make impossible choice'

Julian Assange health fears: UK forcing Wikileaks chief to 'make impossible choice' | 19 June 2018 | Julian Assange's lawyers hit out at the UK and the WikiLeaks founder is being forced to make an "impossible choice" between his health and his safety...Mr Assange's team of lawyers claimed doctors have confirmed his protracted confinement in the Ecuador's London embassy is having a severe impact on the journalist’s physical and mental health. Calling for the intervention of the UN's Human Rights Council, they argued the UK is forcing Mr Assange, 46, to make an "impossible" choice. Human rights barrister Jennifer Robinson of Doughty Street Chambers, representing the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, said: "The UK shows a deliberate disregard for his medical needs by forcing him to choose between his human right to asylum and his human right to medical treatment."


Wind-down of 'irritating' war games: US and South Korea suspend military drill planned for August

Wind-down of 'irritating' war games: US and South Korea suspend military drill planned for August | 18 June 2018 | US President Donald Trump seems to be delivering on his promise to scale down military exercises with South Korea, which he made after meeting North Korea's Kim Jong-un. A drill scheduled for August has been suspended. Washington and Seoul have agreed to suspend their preparations for the exercise code-named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the South Korean defense ministry said on Tuesday. "The South and the U.S. plan to continue consultations over additional measures," the ministry’s text message to the media said, as cited by Yonhap news agency.