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Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host site

Democrats say they won't cross picket line over union conflict at debate host siteA local union at Loyola Marymount University will picket at the university ahead of Thursday’s debate.



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Buttigieg Says McKinsey Clients Included Blue Cross, Best Buy

Buttigieg Says McKinsey Clients Included Blue Cross, Best Buy(Bloomberg) — Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday released the names of clients that he worked for as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., a list that includes Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan, the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Defense.Buttigieg, who has risen to the top tier of candidates in the Democratic primary, had come under fire from Democratic rivals, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, for not giving voters a full picture of his private sector experience. He made public the names one day after the firm released him from a nondisclosure agreement.In his three years at the firm from 2007 to 2010, Buttigieg also worked for Loblaw Cos., the Canadian grocer, as well as Best Buy Co., the National Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy and the Energy Foundation.“Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “They can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word. Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House. It’s time for that to change.”The detailed information about his time at McKinsey also comes as Buttigieg has opened up his private fundraisers to the press, a response to Warren and other Democratic candidates who had criticized his practice of keeping the events closed. Warren doesn’t hold fundraisers and relies mostly on grassroots contributions.At Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2007, Buttigieg worked for three months on a team focused on overhead expenditures and the project did not involve policies, premiums or benefits, according to the campaign. His work at Loblaw’s in Toronto in 2008 centered on the effects of price cuts. At Best Buy in Chicago in 2008, he focused on opportunities to sell more energy-efficient home products in stores.In 2008-2009, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy-related government departments and nonprofits to research ways to combat climate change through energy efficiency. The work culminated in a published report, titled, “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy.”In 2009, he worked at the Energy Foundation in California and researched renewable energy. He then worked at the Department of Defense, focusing on increasing employment and entrepreneurship in Iraq and Afghanistan. As part of that work, he was based in Washington but traveled to both of those countries. His last project was for the Postal Service, based in Washington, where he worked on finding new sources of revenue.In his statement, Buttigieg also took aim at critics of his private-sector work, saying the attacks on him have pulled away focus on issues such as gun violence and health care.“At the same time, I am also concerned about efforts to demonize and disqualify people who have worked in the private sector for the sake of political purity,” he said. “The majority of Americans have worked in the private sector at some point in their life. Good public servants – including recent Democratic presidents – have worked in the private sector at some point in their lives.”Warren demanded that he release his McKinsey client list as the consulting firm was criticized, including by Buttigieg himself, for its work on opioids and migrant detention.“As somebody who left the firm a decade ago, seeing what certain people in that firm have decided to do is extremely frustrating and extremely disappointing,” Buttigieg told reporters last week.Buttigieg has criticized Warren for failing to release her tax returns covering the years she did work as a bankruptcy lawyer.On Sunday, Warren disclosed that she had made $ 1.9 million as a bankruptcy lawyer. She had previously released the names of the clients and cases she took on during her tenure as a professor at Harvard and other law schools, as well as 11 years of tax returns, back to 2008. The documents released Sunday cover her compensation between 1985 and 2009, but don’t include tax returns.(Michael Bloomberg is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)(Adds Buttigieg comments on Warren in 13th paragraph, Warren response in 14th.)To contact the reporter on this story: Tyler Pager in Washington at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, John Harney, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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New ICE Program Exposes Hundreds of Fraudulent ‘Family Units’ Trying to Cross The Border

New ICE Program Exposes Hundreds of Fraudulent ‘Family Units’ Trying to Cross The BorderU.S. immigration authorities have discovered hundreds of instances at the border of “family unit fraud,” or unrelated individuals posing as families, over the last six months thanks to a new investigative initiative.Authorities exposed 238 fraudulent families presenting 329 false documents, according to the results of an investigation run by Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in El Paso, Texas, the results of which were announced Thursday.More than 350 of those individuals are facing federal prosecution for crimes including human smuggling, making false statements, conspiracy, and illegal re-entry after removal. Authorities have referred 19 children to U.S. Health and Human Services as a result of this investigation. Another 50 migrants fraudulently claimed to be unaccompanied minors."Some of the most disturbing cases identified involve transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) and individuals who are increasingly exploiting innocent children to further their criminal activity," ICE said in a statement.In some cases, criminal organizations made deals with the children's biological parents to transfer children as young as 4 months old to the U.S. and pose as a family unit either for human smuggling purposes or to fraudulently obtain immigration benefits, ICE said.“These are examples of the dark side of this humanitarian crisis that our Border Patrol and HSI agents are working tirelessly to identify,” said El Paso Sector Interim Chief Gloria Chavez. “We will pursue the highest of judicial consequences for those who commit fraud and exploit innocent children.”The Trump administration has attempted to end the "catch and release" policy for migrant family units, which provides migrant families an expedited release into the U.S. as their asylum cases are being processed.Then–acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan said last month that the vast majority of migrant families who enter the country illegally will no longer be eligible for “catch and release” due to the implementation of stricter policies. One such policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires that migrants wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are being adjudicated.



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Mississippi man pleads guilty to cross burning, sentenced to 11 years in federal prison

Mississippi man pleads guilty to cross burning, sentenced to 11 years in federal prisonLouie Revette pleaded guilty in April for his part in burning a cross outside the home of a black family in Seminary, Mississippi.



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Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris cross paths in northern Iowa, where voters say bumping into 2020 candidates is 'normal'

Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris cross paths in northern Iowa, where voters say bumping into 2020 candidates is 'normal'Just as Elizabeth Warren finished up her short speech at the Iowa Wing Ding dinner — “2020 is our chance, we can make this government work for all of America”, she said — a key rival of her’s was leaning down, just a stone’s throw away, and talking to a 10-year-old girl.Swarmed by reporters on the side of the venue in Clear Lake, Iowa, a town with just under 8,000 residents, Kamala Harris took a moment to hear from Eva Shannon, a little girl wearing a bright red t-shirt, who just wanted to meet an idol.“She asked me how old I was, and if I’m old enough to vote,” Eva, who carried around a small notepad with a pen, and had spoken to so many candidates on Friday night that she had lost count, said later. “Then she told me to make sure everyone in my family votes.”It was a sight that in any other context in any other part of the country would have seemed bizarre, but in northern Iowa, two US senators who are leading presidential candidates passing in a dimly-lit concert hall like ships in the night is hardly unusual: Just moments after Ms Warren stepped off the stage, Joe Biden stood up to the same podium. Before those three, some 18 other candidates had also spoken to the crowd.In fact, it’s expected in the organised chaos that comes alongside the Wing Ding dinner — an annual fundraiser — where voters said that meeting the people who may one day become president, one-on-one, is something of a normal occurrence.“I think this is fairly typical,” said Kevin Li, 18, a first time voters who lives in Johnston, Iowa. “It becomes normal to have a bunch of candidates around.”Mr Li had just taken a selfie with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who had himself just given a speech, before hanging out in the lobby with a member of his staff. A few voters approached, but, mostly, the leader of America’s biggest city was left to his own devices.Mr Li continued, noting that many of the candidates actually ask local Democratic groups to host them as they try to build their name recognition: “It gets to the point where, rather than being exciting, it becomes a chore.”During the speeches, the 21 Democrats in the room struck a similar chord, hoping to prove to those voters that they deserve their vote. They trashed Donald Trump, calling him a danger to the United States who had sold the American people on false promises to shake up the status quo in favour of ordinary people.But, they largely refrained from attacking one another. If there was any animosity from the most recent round of debates in Detroit, where CNN moderators repeatedly goaded the candidates to attack one another, they kept it out of Clear Lake.Outside of the event space, though, the competition was palpable. Supporters for Mr Biden lined up on one side, and chanted across the street at supporters for Julian Castro and Cory Booker supporters. Nearby, Ms Warren’s supporters chanted and waved their signs, just across the street from the acolytes for Ms Harris.“It’s a toss up between Kamala and Booker,” Bob Grant, 65, of Mason City, said later. “I like their ideas, and she is, she has so much strength.But, Mr Grant — like the majority of voters at the Wing Ding dinner — said he would be fine with any of the candidates who spoke Friday, so long as they can beat Mr Trump. “I want someone who can build America back,” he said.John Bailey, 79, who said he lives two blocks away from the venue, said he likes Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. But, at the end of the day, again, he’s in it to make sure Mr Trump is denied a second term.“Anybody that’s running would make a better president than stupid.”



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Venezuela: Red Cross brokers Maduro-Guaidó deal to allow aid delivery

Venezuela: Red Cross brokers Maduro-Guaidó deal to allow aid deliveryFirst shipment for 650,000 could reach Venezuela in two weeksRed Cross says aid must be ‘neutral, impartial and unhindered’ Tthe Tienditas bridge, which links Venezuela and Colombia, was blocked off with containers earlier this month. Photograph: Juan Pablo Bayona/AFP/Getty Images The Red Cross has brokered a deal with representatives of Venezuela’s embattled leader Nicolás Maduro and his rival Juan Guaidó to allow humanitarian aid into the country, indicating a seldom-seen middle ground between the two men that contest the presidency. The first shipment of aid for about 650,000 vulnerable people could reach Venezuela in two weeks, Francesco Rocca, the president of the International Federation of the Red Cross told a press conference on Friday. “This is an operation similar to what’s going in Syria, in terms of the amount of people that will be attended,” Rocca said. “This obviously will not resolve the problems in Venezuela – and nobody should assume this is a complete solution.” The shipment will include medical equipment, surgical kits and power generators – which are desperately needed as Venezuela grapples with devastating blackouts. The operation once again puts humanitarian aid at the centre of the battle for power in Venezuela, following Guaidó’s failed attempt to unilaterally bring US-supported aid into the country last month. Venezuela has been mired in an economic, political, and humanitarian crisis for five years. Shortages and hyperinflation – set to reach 10 million percent this year – have made medicines and even basic foodstuff hard to obtain for most people. The average Venezuelan has lost 10kg in weight, according to Caritas, a Catholic humanitarian organisation, while 3 million people have fled. Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolás Maduro has long denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and on 23 February blocked an effort led by Guaidó to bring aid into the country. That day, violence erupted on Venezuela’s borders with Brazil and Colombia. Opposition supporters clashed with security forces, while some of the trucks carrying the food and medical supplies were burned in circumstances that remain unclear. Most of the trucks were turned around and little aid entered Venezuela. Maduro portrayed the aid as a prelude to a foreign intervention, while his vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez, described the packages as “cancerous”. The new effort seems more likely to succeed in large part because of the involvement of the Red Cross, which had distanced itself from the previous attempt to shift the aid into Venezuela. “Today’s Red Cross development is clear evidence that independent shuttle diplomacy and separate negotiations with Maduro and the opposition can pay off in Venezuela,” tweeted Geoff Ramsey, a Venezuela analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America. Rocca stressed that the delivery of aid must remain “independent, neutral, impartial and unhindered”. Guaidó, speaking in a video posted to Twitter on Friday morning, was quick to seize the announcement as a win, claiming a “great victory in our struggle”. Maduro has not yet made an announcement on the new aid delivery.



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Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher forces student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A teacher in the predominantly Mormon state of Utah was placed on administrative leave after she forced a Catholic student to wash off the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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Utah teacher forces boy to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off his forehead

Utah teacher forces boy to wipe Ash Wednesday cross off his foreheadAn elementary school teacher may face disciplinary action after she allegedlymade a young student wipe a religious symbol off his head in front of hisclass



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Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday cross

Utah teacher on leave after forcing student to wash off Ash Wednesday crossA Utah school district has placed a teacher on administrative leave for forcing a student to remove the Ash Wednesday cross from his forehead.



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