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What if voters examined the candidates for office the way TSA examines us and our luggage?.MA
Martine Powers 12 hrs ago

 

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They came for your laptops. And for your liquids, and your shoes. Now, the Transportation Security Administration is coming for your snacks.
Passengers at airports around the country — including all three of the Washington region’s major airports — are reporting that, increasingly, TSA agents are instructing them to remove their snacks and other food items from their carry-ons and place them in those ubiquitous plastic bins for separate screening. It’s not part of agency’s standard policy, according to TSA spokesman Mike England. It’s simply a recommendation issued by the agency last year to help speed the bag-check process. Screening supervisors at airports have the discretion to decide whether, and when, to demand passengers proffer up their pretzel packs for a solo trip through the X-ray machine.
But the “recommendation” appears to be gaining steam and moving rapidly into the territory of de-facto protocol, according to travelers who have received snack-related notices from their airlines, and who have been informed by rank-and-file TSA screeners that the snack checks are now standard practice.
“He was just like, ‘Sorry. This is a new policy. This is what we’re doing now,’” Anny Gaul, 33, said of her recent interaction with a TSA agent at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Gaul, a frequent traveler, had never heard such instructions before while waiting in an airport security line. But here she was last April, standing near the front of a long TSA line, with a bag screener shouting at the top of his lungs that all passengers would need to remove their food items and place them in a separate bin.
She started rifling through her carry-on to find the candy bar and the plastic baggy of trail mix that she knew were floating around somewhere inside. Other travelers, also visibly bewildered, started scrounging around in their bags for errant packs of Goldfish and squashed energy bars. The line, Gaul said, was moving noticeably slower than normal.
“It definitely caused a delay — not huge, but at least by like 5 or 10 minutes,” the Georgetown University PhD student said. “Mostly it was just bizarre and absurd.”
According to England, the snack removal recommendation is part of an effort to better detect explosives on planes, and to limit the number of bags that are flagged for special searches.
England said the concern is not that people may be hiding explosives or other illicit material inside of food. Rather, it’s that the food itself can look similar to the components of an explosive — therefore making it more likely that bags with snacks would be flagged for a time-consuming manual search. Officials thought it might be more efficient, in some cases, to have passengers remove the snacks from their bags ahead of time.
“Some foods and some organic materials can bear a strong resemblance to explosive materials,” he said.
England said he could not provide specific information on how a pack of pretzels could resemble an explosive. He disputed the idea that the new attention on snacks might be an excessive screening measure.
“There’s a very good reason for everything we do. Nothing is arbitrary,” England said.
He said there are no immediate plans to standardize the practice at every airport across the country, but the procedure is employed at times when supervisors think it might speed things up.
“It’s not a requirement. It’s a recommendation,” England said. “But you might see them recommending a little louder during busy times of the day.”
It remains unclear whether the snack removal protocol is actually effective in reducing wait times — whether the decrease in bags flagged for special screenings makes up for the disruption for passengers as they perform a last-second hunt for the food stuffed in their bags.
England acknowledged that there might be “isolated incidents” where asking passengers to remove food from their bags might slow things down, though he pointed out that, nationally, 96 percent of standard passengers have a wait that is 20 minutes or less.
Christina Saull, spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said that, so far, the new procedure has not led to longer wait times at either Reagan National or Dulles International airports.
That hasn’t stopped the complaints on social media.
“Of all the TSA rules, the arbitrarily enforced ‘dig every snack out of your bags’ is the dumbest,” tweeted Anne Keller, after she encountered the snack screening at National.
And passengers aren’t just noticing in Washington. Travelers have complained about the practice being used at Dallas Love Field, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles International, Newark Liberty, and Hartsfield — Jackson Atlanta International. The recommendation is gaining traction at smaller airports, too — in Boise, Idaho; Greenville, S.C. and Manchester, N.H.
“How bizarre,” tweeted Cindy Armstrong at Redmond Municipal Airport in Oregon.
“Some terrorist is making bombs out of Frito-Lay,” mused a passenger waiting at Orlando International Airport.
“It is a nationwide policy . . . making all parents stand in line longer with kids who have to pee,” quipped a traveler who encountered the practice at San Jose International Airport.
“TSA asked me to take my snacks out of my bag and I feel personally victimized,” tweeted Thea Neal, of Kansas City, Mo.
When Neal, a 29-year-old social media manager for a greeting card company, was asked to remove her snacks, she immediately panicked. Had she missed a memo about new security protocol? And, more importantly, was TSA going to confiscate her food?
“I had a whole bunch of crazy snacks in my bag that I was really excited to eat,” she recalled.
Happily, her snacks were returned after getting X-rayed in their separate bin. Still, she remains uncomfortable with the idea that this may become standard practice for every trip through airport security. The procedure doesn’t make her feel safer — “It seemed, honestly, completely pointless,” she said — and there are sanitary considerations to boot.
“I was lucky that everything I brought was prepackaged. But if it was fruit or something . .. ” she said, shuddering to think about her food items rolling around in a plastic bin. “Those things are pretty disgusting. People put their shoes and their money in there.”
Lauren Rosenberg, a 20-year-old college student from Houston, questions whether the practice will help the security lines proceed any faster. When it happened to her last Monday at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the process of hunting down the granola and Luna bars stuffed in her bag ended up holding up the whole line.
And Rosenberg started asking questions. Why did they need to look at her snacks? Was this a permanent new policy? The TSA agent in her line didn’t know. “I just need you to take out your snacks, your Doritos, and your M&M’s,” she recalled him saying.
Rosenberg said she worries that this is more than just another inconvenience foisted upon travelers. It’s a slippery slope. Rosenberg, a college junior, is young enough that she hardly remembers a time when liquids larger than 3.4 ounces weren’t banned from planes.
“The next thing they’re going to make us take out of our bags is medicine,” she said. “And that would be a real invasion of privacy.”
martine.powers@washpost.com

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This Presidency is different. First we have an entertainer in the Oval office. Aside from being a mediocre business man who made deals by threatening his deal partners and several times making commitments he never kept while allowing his business partners to go bankrupt while he lost nothing (this worked because Trump was selling Donald Trump and his name  while investing nothing). He has taken the same approach to his tenure so far in command. The “conservative” backers of all sorts have seen his election as a way to get what they want and to heck with the rest of us or anyone who has a different opinion. This forebodes bad things for most Americans including his base yet they (his base) are to enthralled with the entertainer to see the real issues and their long term effects. The neer do well Congress is using Trump as a hat to cover their nefarious deeds which again do not bide well for us. The Constitution provides for separation of State and religion but the “Conservative” Evangelists and others want to control the birth rate and other human activities (it seems) according to “their” interpretation of the  Bible (remember the Protestant Era of religious reformation of the 16th century) . This movement affects education, health and sometimes religion (Islam) all because they have a willing dupe in the White House who lives for adoration. The Titular “leader” of America at this time is no more than a pawn but feels he is a King due to the huge amount of smoke he ingests up his rear (possible THC laced?). If anyone of us really want to Make America Great, then we need to remove as many long  sitting Congressional members who validate Trump as we can and avoid the same traps as the strict “Conservatives” which is adoring a small man as if he were a giant. Types of Conservatives: Left leaning, right leaning and centrist, which are you?

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JUNE 19, 2018
The Three Kinds of Republican Officials. As Republican senators’, representatives’, and executive branch officials’ responses (ranging from deficient to depraved) to the separation of families at our southern border makes clear, there are three kinds of Republicans currently in office: the Failures, the Cowards, and the Bigots. There are overlaps among these categories, of course, but they’re typologically useful nonetheless.
The Failures are the self-proclaimed moderates who occasionally try to do the right thing but back off if it threatens Republican unity. The prime examples here are the Republicans who signed or thought about signing the discharge petition that would have forced the Republican House leadership to hold a vote on legalizing the Dreamers. This had been the marquee cause of a number of these moderates from swing congressional districts, including Florida’s Carlos Curbelo and California’s Jeff Denham, David Valadao, and Steve Knight. They vowed they had the 25 GOP votes that, combined with the votes of all 193 House Democrats, would come to 218—the majority that would have forced Paul Ryan to hold that vote. But they couldn’t get the total number of Republican signatories past 23—two votes short of 218. If Curbelo, Denham, and Co. were truly serious about legalizing the Dreamers, they’d recognize that that won’t happen until the Democrats control Congress, and stand aside to allow their Democratic opponents to win their swing districts this November—since, by the metrics they set for themselves, they’ve failed abjectly and completely.
The Cowards also don’t want to upset Republican unity or offend the GOP base, but though they object to a particular policy, they even don’t go as far as the Failures in proposing a plausible remedy. Exhibit A in this category is Maine Senator Susan Collins, who this weekend described the policy of family separation as being “traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and … contrary to our values in this country.” But Collins went on to say she opposed her Democratic colleague Dianne Feinstein’s bill to ban the policy, calling it “not the answer” because it was too broad. Susan Collins and her ilk don’t dare to eat a peach, lest it offend her pro-Trump voters.
That leaves the Bigots, who are either fine with the policy or call it distasteful but blame it on the Democrats or the cycles of the moon. The higher you go in the administration, the more bigots keep popping up, until you reach the president himself, who has referred to immigrants as “animals.” This is the language of bigots—indeed, it’s a justification for and rhetorical prelude to violence against those the bigot deems to be enemies. That doesn’t make the bigots animals, however. This kind of fear and loathing is peculiar to humans and, apparently, to a growing share of Republican officials. And Republicans generally: In a CNN Poll released Monday afternoon, Americans disapproved of the policy of family separation by a 67 percent to 28 percent margin—but Republicans approved of it by a 58 percent to 34 percent margin. In fairness, that may be what comes of watching Fox News and believing its Goebbelsesque lies.
Which brings me to my own immigration policy. Why don’t we deport Rupert Murdoch? Is there any other immigrant who’s done more to destroy the fabric of American society and life than Old Rupe? And separate him from his kids: They can’t do a worse job of directing Fox News than the old man, and might just do better. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

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Everyone has an opinion about something and everything. Agreement is just one or more having the same opinion or belief about a subject, person or situation. This act of agreeing while the basis of a group activity is not what we need in Judgeships from the Local level to the High Court. Our Federal Judiciary has many vacancies that require filling and our Neer do well Congress has done nothing to help that situation. There have been several times when a radical member of Congress has captured the national attention with an abnormal, even outrageous agenda which eventually proved to false and dangerous. Now it appears we have an administration that is even more dangerous and radical lead by a self promoting entertainer. Our erstwhile Congress has stood by and let it happen while blowing the proverbial smoke at the voting public. It has become the norm to defame or slur an opponent  no matter what the truth is. Are the people running for office who uses these tactics who we want to represent us?  The world is larger than just the U.S. and has been negotiable with discussions rather than arguments, now it appears that the in charge party is reverting to a stand alone vision in a global world. Currently the Right leaning Supreme court majority has and will eliminate the very reason for the high court and that is to serve ALL Americans. However our neer do well Congressional majority has seen fit to pack the courts with less than moderate judges who put their personal feelings above the overall rights of ALL Americans. Judges should and are supposed to operate on the basis of what is the rule of law for all not any party line. The current court being majority Dupublican and conservative has set a path of bias for years to come. Thank you Mr. McConnell.

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My two cents: It is unfortunate the diehard Trump supporters do not understand that what happens to some of us has an effect on all of us. This immigration issue is an attack on vulnerable people and by extension all of us.MA
June 20, 20186:50 PM ET
Heard on All Things Considered
David Folkenflik
This essay isn’t about spin, or splitting hairs, or differing opinions.
This involves a reality check about our expectations of the people who act in our name. About credibility at the highest levels of our government. About people whose words are heard abroad as speaking for our nation. About the public and the media that try, however imperfectly, to serve it.
On Monday, reporters relentlessly confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a news conference held at the White House. They grilled her on the government’s policy of separating young children from parents seeking asylum after crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny asked why that did not constitute child abuse. A second reporter questioned where girls were, noting that photos released by the government largely featured boys. A third reporter challenged President Trump’s compassion, noting his tweets indicated concern for almost anyone other than the families.
Nielsen did not back down, though her defense involved claims lacking much factual support.
“Those who criticize the enforcement of our laws have offered only one countermeasure: open borders, the quick release of all illegal alien families and the decision not to enforce our laws,” Nielsen said from the White House lectern. “This policy would be disastrous.”
To be clear: The claim there’s only the Trump way or anarchy doesn’t have much currency outside the administration and its allies in conservative media. Nor does the idea Trump couldn’t have acted until Congress changed the law.
For days, Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress have said he could erase the practice — one put in place under his presidency — with a wave of the hand. Many of them publicly called upon him to do so.
After signing an executive order Wednesday, the president says he has done just that, inspiring kudos from such outfits as Breitbart News. (Breitbart’s initial headline: “Donald Trump Voices Compassion As He Signs Executive Order to Stop Separating Families.” Later it was changed to: “Donald Trump Signs Executive Order to Stop Separating Families.”)
Back on Monday, Trump’s homeland security secretary embarked on a series of insupportable assertions, none more fundamental than this: “It’s not a policy.”

Analysis
Family Separation Is Trump’s Immigration Policy. Here’s Why He Won’t Own It
But it was. Nielsen herself had said there needed to be a break in how Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush processed people coming across the border. If an intentional shift in the way the government handles people seeking asylum does not constitute a policy, what meaning does the word “policy” have?
Then there was the affront Nielsen said she took to a reporter’s asking whether she intended for parents to be separated from their children, and whether there was an underlying message:
Nielsen: I find that offensive. No. Because why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?
Reporter: Perhaps as a deterrence?
Nielsen: No.
You could call what she said a deception, an evasion or a technical nicety. NPR will not call what Nielsen said a lie because it cannot gauge her intent.
I report about the media for NPR and in so doing, I periodically cover NPR and its policies. I don’t speak for the network. I would say the word “lie” fits here.
Regardless, NPR and other news organizations say Nielsen was dead wrong: There was a policy with a clear underlying rationale.

Politics
Bit by Bit, Trump Is Shredding Credibility of White House Officials
Back in May, White House chief of staff John Kelly spoke with NPR’s John Burnett in an interview that made headlines around the world. Kelly told Burnett that the laws against people entering the country without legal status had to be enforced.
Kelly: The laws are the laws. But a big name of the game is deterrence.
Burnett: So family separation stands as a pretty tough deterrent.
Kelly: It could be a tough deterrent — would be a tough deterrent. A much faster turnaround on asylum-seekers.
Kelly, who is Nielsen’s predecessor at Homeland Security and her mentor, said much the same to CNN when considering the policy back in early 2017. So did U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Fox News Monday night.
So why would Nielsen seek to deceive the public? Cast your mind back to the first week of Trump’s presidency, with spurious claims from the president and his press secretary about record crowds at the inauguration. Trump has issued more than 3,250 false or misleading claims in his first 497 days in office, according to an account by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column in late May. The paper quoted a psychology researcher from the University of California, Santa Barbara who said Trump’s repetition of falsehoods gave them greater credence among his core supporters.
That impulse emerged again on Friday. Trump spoke to a clutch of reporters surrounding him on the White House lawn as he strolled to pop on his favorite morning TV news show, Fox & Friends, which was helpfully camped out on the grounds. Trump deflected questions about the false claims his lawyers made last year on his behalf. The attorneys had denied — untruthfully — that Trump had anything to do with his son Don Jr.’s statements about the purpose of his meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign.
“It’s irrelevant,” President Trump said. “It’s a statement to The New York Times, the phony, failing New York Times.”
Don Jr.’s statements turned out to be untrue. So were the denials of the president’s involvement, who, it turned out, dictated his son’s response to the Times.

The New Clash Between Free Speech And Privacy
Analysis: In Trump’s Twitter Feed, A Tale Of Sound And Fury
The president made clear he didn’t care about the deception.
“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” he said. “That’s not a statement to a high tribunal of judges. That’s a statement to the phony New York Times.”
It’s OK, apparently, to deceive the public as long as it’s through the nation’s leading newspaper.
That’s what you might well call a double deception — a lie about a lie.
I sure would call it that.
But what you call it almost doesn’t matter.
More important is that the media and the public register a fundamental fact: Top people speaking for the United States aren’t telling us the truth — starting with the President.

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As it has been clearly illustrated, the current White House Resident has no compunction in pushing anyone in front a moving train, including his current wife. Who thought it was good idea to send FLOTUS to an immigration detention center with a jacket bearing a message that states: I really don’t care, do you? There appears to be no limit to what this administration(?) will do to get press. Aside from poor administration overall, awful choices for cabinet secretaries and worse selections in the Justice department, this administration is a train wreck on a train wreck. Meanwhile the malevolent minions are spoon-feeding TOTUS free style talking points that fire up his base while shoving the rest of us into a deeper national and international hole. As an example of his use of anyone the cartoon below by Jim Carrey illustrates TOTUS’s callousness.

Nothing comforts a federally-abducted refugee child like a photo op with a Slovenian model wearing a coat that says she doesn’t give two craps about your misery.


There was a time when I thought Nikki Haley was an intelligent, thinking person, It appears that I was mistaken. She is merely another Trump hack who cannot look back to understand that current events would have had bad results for her immigrant parents.MA

By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said it was “patently ridiculous” for the international organization to examine the realities of extreme poverty in America.
On Thursday, Haley commented on a recent report by a U.N. expert calling out the alarming rates of poverty and inequality in the U.S., despite the country’s status as one of the richest in the world ― and she dismissed the findings out of hand.
“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America,” Haley wrote of the report, the day before special rapporteur Philip Alston presented his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday. Haley suggested the U.N. instead spend its resources looking into other countries “whose governments knowingly abuse human rights,” naming Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The U.S. pulled out of the U.N. Human Rights Council earlier this week.
Haley’s letter came in response to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other lawmakers, who wrote to her earlier this month of their “deep concern” on the report’s final findings (initial findings had come out in December).
In presenting the report Friday, the poverty expert denounced the Trump administration’s “massive new tax cuts overwhelmingly benefiting the wealthy.”
“The way in which those in the bottom 20 percent exist is in dramatic contrast to the wealth in the country ― and is being further exacerbated by current trends,” Alston said at a press conference in December, following his two-week trip through poor regions of the United States.
“If you want to talk about the American dream, a child born into poverty has almost no chance of getting out of poverty in today’s United States, statistically,” he added.
In her response Thursday, Hayley contended that while “poverty is an issue the Trump administration takes very seriously,” the U.S. currently had a low rate of unemployment and “the best way to help people get out of poverty is to help them get a job.”
It’s worth noting that ― even with low unemployment ― more than 40 million Americans are living in poverty, and more than 40 percent of U.S. adults don’t have $400 in savings to cover an unexpected emergency.
What’s more, as advocates for a $15 minimum wage often note, employment alone does not eliminate poverty, if workers are not making a “living wage.” Nearly half of people on food stamps (44 percent) in 2015 in the U.S. had at least one family member who was employed.
“The U.S. economy is currently booming,” the U.N. expert said Friday. “But the question is who is benefiting.”


The D.C. two step is alive and well.MA

JUNE 22, 2018
Kuttner on TAP
Trump’s Full-Blown Trade War. It’s one thing for Trump to demonize Mexicans. Disgracefully, that’s popular with his base, and it also confuses some of the progressive community, because NAFTA really does need to be renegotiated.
It’s quite something else to invite retaliation from China with a tit-for-tat tariff war that could be devastating for American farm exports (in mostly Republican states). The EU, likewise, has now decided to strike back with retaliatory tariffs, which will harm American exporters and of course workers, as well as splitting the Republican coalition.
The strong rate of GDP growth and low unemployment rate have done nothing for workers’ wages, which have actually declined slightly in the past 12 months. But at least the robust economy has given Trump some bragging rights. This success will be at serious risk in a full-blown trade war.
To be sure, the current trading system does not serve American workers. But neither do Trump’s bizarre, tweet-driven policy thunderbolts, raising tariffs and insulting allies helter-skelter.
In that respect, Trump has done a triple public service, however inadvertently. He has demonstrated that we need a different trade strategy for America—and that he is utterly incompetent to bring one about. And he has managed to divide his hard-core base from the Republican corporate and agricultural interests.
Well done! ~ ROBERT KUTTNER

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Ashley Parker 6 hrs ago

No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children
He’s done it on Twitter. He’s done it in the White House driveway. And he’s done it in a speech to a business group.
President Trump — a man already known for trafficking in mistruths and even outright lies — has been outdoing even himself with falsehoods in recent days, repeating and amplifying bogus claims on several of the most pressing controversies facing his presidency. Since Saturday, Trump has tweeted false or misleading information at least seven times on the topic of immigration and at least six times on a Justice Department inspector general report into the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. That’s more than a dozen obfuscations on just two central topics — a figure that does not include falsehoods on other issues, whether in tweets or public remarks.
The false claims come as the president — emboldened by fewer disciplinarians inside the West Wing — indulges in frequent Twitter screeds. A Washington Post analysis found that in June, Trump has been tweeting at the fastest rate of his presidency so far, an average of 11.3 messages per day.
Inside the White House, aides and advisers say they believe the media is unwilling to give Trump a fair shot and is knee-jerk ready to accuse him of lying, even in cases where the facts support his point.
The president often seeks to paint a self-serving and self-affirming alternate reality for himself and his supporters. Disparaging the “fake news” media, Trump offers his own filter through which to view the world — offering a competing reality on issues including relationships forged (or broken) at the Group of Seven summit in Canada, the success of the Singapore summit with the North Koreans, and his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration.
“It’s extraordinary how he is completely indifferent to truth. There’s just no relationship between his statements — anything he utters — and the actual truth of the matter,” said Thomas Murray, president emeritus of the Hastings Center, the founding institution in the field of bioethics. “As far as I can tell, the best way to understand anything he says is what will best serve his interests in the moment. It’s irrespective to any version of the truth.”
According to an analysis by The Post’s Fact Checker through the end of May, Trump had made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days — an average of 6.5 such claims per day of his presidency.
And within the past week, Trump seems to have ramped up both the volume and the intensity of his false statements on two of the most prominent topics currently facing his administration: the hard-line immigration policy that has led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents — which Trump erroneously blames on others — and the 500-page inspector general report that he claims, incorrectly, exonerates him in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Bella DePaulo, a psychology researcher at the University of California at Santa Barbara, said Trump’s use of repetition is a particularly effective technique for convincing his supporters of the veracity of his false claims, in part because most people have a “truth bias,” or an initial inclination to accept what others say as true.
“When liars repeat the same lie over and over again, they can get even more of an advantage, at least among those who want to believe them or are not all that motivated either way,” DePaulo said in an email. “So when people hear the same lies over and over again — especially when they want to believe those lies — a kind of new reality can be created. What they’ve heard starts to seem like it’s just obvious, and not something that needs to be questioned.”
On immigration, Trump and many top administration officials have said that existing U.S. laws and court rulings have given them no choice but to separate families trying to cross illegally into the United States. But it is the administration’s decision, announced in April, to prosecute all southern border crossings that has led to the separation of families.
That hasn’t stopped the president from blaming Democrats for his administration’s decisions. “Democrats are the problem,” Trump wrote in one tweet. In another, he was even more blunt: “The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda,” he wrote.
While Congress could pass a legislative fix, Republicans control both the House and the Senate — making it disingenuous at best to finger the opposing party, as the president has repeatedly done.
Speaking to the National Federation of Independent Business on Tuesday, Trump again falsely painted the humanitarian crisis as a binary choice. “We can either release all illegal immigrant families and minors who show up at the border from Central America, or we can arrest the adults for the federal crime of illegal entry,” he said. “Those are the only two options.”
On Twitter, the president twice in the past four days has singled out Germany as facing an increase in crime. “Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted,” Trump wrote. “Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!”
In fact, the opposite is true. Reported crime in Germany was actually down by 10 percent last year and, according to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the country’s reported crime rate last year was actually at its lowest point in three decades.
The president has also falsely claimed that the inspector general report “exonerated” him from Mueller’s probe, when the report did not delve into the Russia investigation. When he made this argument Friday during an impromptu press gaggle in the White House driveway, a reporter pressed him on the falsehood.
“Sir, that has nothing to do with collusion,” the reporter said. “Why are you lying about it, sir?”
Trump’s messaging on the family separation issue has faced pushback even from members of his own party, who have publicly and privately urged him to fix the problem. And the discordant noise from members of his administration, who are contradicting him and one another, has further eroded his credibility on the issue.
On a conference call Tuesday morning, for instance, a senior Health and Human Services official said the new policy was focused on deterrence and was working — contradicting the public comments of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who has publicly said that family separation is not a policy, is not new and is not about deterrence.
Brian Fallon, a press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid, said he thinks the past week may mark an “inflection point” in how both the media and the public treat Trump’s mistruths.
“The lies have been so bald and discernibly false, I think people have felt license to challenge him and use the word ‘lie’ more freely than they have in the past,” Fallon said.
The topic of family separation, Fallon added, is especially stark.
“I think the sort of visceral nature of this particular issue, in terms of the sympathy that these young kids have evoked, has caused a splintering within his own party,” Fallon said. “Once you have a critical mass of defections among your own side, at that point, it becomes unsustainable even for somebody who has patented this approach to lying like Trump has.”
ashley.parker@washpost.com

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The current Resident of the Oval Office is pushing the blame for his policy of separating families (like the Nazis did in the concentration camps) on the Democrats. This is a push to garner votes for the Republican candidates. This is a guy who ran on immigration reform and by extension Religious bias. The in charge Republican party save a few has just stood by and let it happen. The TIC has had meetings with Republicans only (no invites to Democrats) to set policy and the Republican leadership has allowed it. This brings up the subject of the responsibility of being in power. Apparently the Republicans after 8 years of denying and denigrating President Obama they have done nothing good or of consequence while having the power to accomplish much more than they have for the public good. The suspect tax reform and gutting of the healthcare system were two main drivers of their administration with the supposed “good” results still to surface for the citizenry of the United States. The labels many have assumed are often no more than ways to garner votes for people who if we (voters) were smart would never elect. WE the people need to gain control over government by pushing for some new rules for serving along with definite time limits on that service. I consider myself a Conservative (most of us are)  who is left of center (not extreme left).  The point is that as voters we need to stop the election of poor representatives and do not accept the rallying cries of either majority party as a banner to follow blindly. In my opinion we currently have the worst (save a few) group of Congressional representatives in many years. We (voters) have the power of change in our hands if we ignore the hype and chase the truth.

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