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Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ‘It’s an Abomination’

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul for Blocking 9/11 Victim Funding: ‘It’s an Abomination’One month ago, former Daily Show host Jon Stewart went on Fox News to shame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to protect 9/11 first responders. Wednesday afternoon, he was back on that network to give his fellow Republican senator from Kentucky a piece of his mind. In an interview with Bret Baier, Stewart immediately took aim at Rand Paul who, along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), blocked a Senate bill that would extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, making the case that it should be offset by other spending cuts.  Responding directly to Paul, Stewart called his objection “absolutely outrageous,” adding, “Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.” Jon Stewart Fires Back at Mitch McConnell on ‘Colbert’: Stop ‘Jacking Around’ 9/11 First RespondersStewart went on to condemn Paul for supporting President Trump’s $ 1.5 trillion tax cut that “added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit” and now trying to “balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.” “Bret, this is about what kind of society we have,” a clearly furious Stewart continued. “At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous.” “He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt,” he said of Paul. “And now he’s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community—the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors—all of a sudden we’ve got to go through this.” Appearing next to Stewart was 9/11 first responder and activist John Feal, who thanked the host and Fox News as a whole for being so “generous” with their time on this issue before calling Senators Paul and Lee “bottom-feeders” who “lack humanity” and “lack leadership.”Stewart said survivors like Feal and others shouldn’t have to “drag themselves back to Washington, put their hats in their hands and beg for something that this country should have done 14 years ago,” adding, “It’s an abomination.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Alexander Acosta: Trump official who helped paedophile Epstein evade prosecution wants to slash funding for fighting child sex trafficking

Alexander Acosta: Trump official who helped paedophile Epstein evade prosecution wants to slash funding for fighting child sex traffickingAlexander Acosta \- who was recently found out to have helped paedophile Jeffery Epstein evade justice – now wants to cut 80 per cent of funding to the government agency that combats child sex trafficking. The US labour secretary plans to reduce the International Labour Affairs Bureau’s (ILAB) funding from $ 68m to $ 18.5m in the Department of Labours' 2020 fiscal year. ​The ILAB works to combat human trafficking and forced labour, particularly with cases of children.Mr Acosta came under fire after it emerged that he had granted Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in 2008 while he was being investigated for his part in a child sex trafficking ring. The reduction of funds has been heavily criticised by congress members, including Katherine Clark, a Massachusetts Democrat who called Mr Acosta’s proposal “reckless” and “immoral”. Speaking to The Guardian, Ms Clark said this funding cut shows a pattern: “Like so many in this administration Mr Acosta chooses the powerful and wealthy over the vulnerable and victims of sexual assault and it is time that he finds another line of work.”“I’m sure this is a very uncomfortable topic for him,” Ms Clark said, “but I don’t think he should be able to hide from it.”Mr Acosta has been facing growing pressure from Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to resign in the wake of the revelation of the 2008 plea deal that he had oversaw, where an FBI investigation concentrating on Mr Epstein’s relationships with over 30 potentially underage girls was shut down. Epstein pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of solicitation in the state, and the children were labelled prostitutes. Epstein served just 13 months in a Florida minimum security prison.Donald Trump has attempted to minimise Mr Acosta’s role in the 2008 deal, saying: “I hear there were a lot of people involved in that decision, not just him.”Mr Trump also noted Mr Acosta was “an excellent secretary of labour” and said: “The rest of it we’ll have to look at very carefully but you are talking about a long time ago.”



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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker Nancy Pelosi attack each other over border funding vote

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker Nancy Pelosi attack each other over border funding voteRepublican strategist Kimberly Klacik and Democratic strategist Kevin Walling weigh in on the divide in the Democratic Party as we head into the 2020 election cycle.



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Trump appeals U.S. judge's border wall funding ruling

Trump appeals U.S. judge's border wall funding rulingU.S. Department of Justice lawyers said in a court filing that they were formally appealing Friday’s ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “[W]e’re immediately appealing it, and we think we’ll win the appeal,” Trump said during a press conference on Saturday at a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Japan. “There was no reason that that should’ve happened,” Trump said.



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Congress to sue to block Trump border wall funding action: Pelosi

Congress to sue to block Trump border wall funding action: PelosiThe U.S. House of Representatives will sue to block President Donald Trump’s transfer of money to pay for a border wall along the border with Mexico, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday. The Republican president in February declared a national emergency at the border to secure the money that Congress refused to give him for the wall. “The President’s action clearly violates the Appropriations Clause by stealing from appropriated funds, an action that was not authorized by constitutional or statutory authority,” Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said in a statement.



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Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?

Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?Some accused congresswoman of antisemitism while others denounced ‘ugly attacks’ on herThe responses to Ilhan Omar about the influence of money from the pro-Israel lobby may back up her point. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesWhen the Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar claimed pro-Israel lobby money influenced American politics, in the way other powerful lobbying groups do, she ignited allegations of antisemitism and sparked a furious debate in her own party. But a look at House Democrats and 2020 presidential candidates’ responses to the resulting row seems to validate her claim.House Democratic leaders who drafted a resolution initially aimed at condemning Omar’s remarks received millions from the pro-Israel lobby throughout their congressional careers. Congressman Eliot Engel, who accused Omar of using “a vile antisemitic slur”, has taken about $ 1.07m throughout his career, or about $ 107,000 per election.Meanwhile, some of her staunchest defenders took little or no money from the lobby. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib received no pro-Israel lobby donations during her 2018 campaign, and tweeted that she was “honored” to serve with Omar, who was enduring “ugly attacks”.Sign up for the US morning briefingSimilarly, federal election records available on the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets website suggest a correlation between pro-Israel lobby campaign contributions and Democratic presidential candidates’ position on the controversy.Those candidates who have taken little money from the lobby defended Omar, while those who received the most money criticized her, or were quiet on the issue.“Money works both ways – donors give to those candidates they view as champions of their issues, but at the same time politicians know where their funding comes from and will likely take into account wishes of their donors when faced with a tough decision,” said Brendan Fischer, a campaign finance expert at the Campaign Legal Center.While there may not be a “quid pro quo”, the American political system is “so reliant on money that there are always questions about the extent to which it influences politicians”, Fischer added.Democratic presidential candidates and senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have received relatively little from the pro-Israel lobby throughout their careers, and in recent days issued statements in support of Omar. Sanders has received about $ 16,000, or $ 1,450 per campaign, while Warren has received around $ 107,000, or $ 53,500 per campaign. Harris is a first-term senator who received $ 41,000 during the 2016 election cycle.In a statement, Sanders wrote he fears “that what’s going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate [about Israel policy]”, while Warren said “branding criticism of Israel as automatically antisemitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse”. Harris stated she feared the “spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk”.Presidential candidates who received significantly more money from the pro-Israel lobby include Senator Cory Booker, who called Omar’s comments “disturbing”. He received $ 445,000 during his only Senate campaign, while Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has received about $ 367,000, or $ 91,750 per campaign, said criticisms of Israel should be made “without employing antisemitic tropes about money or influence”.Those who were quiet on the controversy include Joe Biden, who hasn’t yet announced his candidacy but is expected to run. He has received around $ 476,000, or about $ 95,200 per campaign. Amy Klobuchar has received $ 267,000, or $ 89,000 per campaign.Though there are no federal records available for John Hickenlooper, the former Colorado governor has spoken at a conference for the pro-Israel lobbying group Aipac, and called Israel a “strong ally”.Sanders, Harris and Warren issued their statements in the days leading up to the House’s Thursday vote on a Democratic resolution to condemn antisemitism, Islamophobia and other expressions of bigotry.The Democratic House leadership initially wrote the resolution in response to several Omar comments on the pro-Israel lobby’s influence in American politics. A version drafted earlier this week condemned only antisemitism and appeared to target Omar without explicitly mentioning her.Still, Omar stood by her comments, tweeting a response in line with the statements from Warren, Sanders and Harris.“Being opposed to [Israeli prime minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being antisemitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same,” Omar wrote on Twitter.The party’s younger, more progressive wing also came to Omar’s defense, exposing an ideological rift. They also argued that it isn’t antisemitic to question the pro-Israel lobby’s influence. Progressives and some members of the Black Caucus also contended that critics unfairly targeted Omar because she’s a black Muslim. They noted that the Democratic leadership did not draft a resolution condemning Donald Trump or other white male Republicans over their antisemitic remarks.By Thursday, the resolution evolved and, ultimately, what the House passed appeared designed to quell the intensifying debate more than punish Omar. It broadly condemned bigotry, stating “whether from the political right, center, or left, bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse”.Omar herself voted for it, while 23 Republicans did not.



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Ocasio-Cortez Wants Hearing on Banks Funding Immigrant Prisons

Ocasio-Cortez Wants Hearing on Banks Funding Immigrant PrisonsThe New York congresswoman was named this year to the House Financial Services Committee. Its chair, Maxine Waters, reached out to the biggest U.S. banks about testifying, Bloomberg reported after Democrats took control of the House last month. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., the two biggest U.S. banks, are among lenders to GEO Group Inc. and CoreCivic Inc., which run facilities that have held immigrant families.



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Wary of shutdown, Trump inches toward support for funding deal

Wary of shutdown, Trump inches toward support for funding dealU.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday edged toward backing a deal in Congress on government funding that would not meet his demand for $ 5.7 billion for a wall on the Mexican border but would avert a partial government shutdown. Trump, widely blamed for a five-week shutdown that ended in January, said he did not want to see federal agencies close again because of fighting over funds for the wall, one of his signature campaign promises in the 2016 election. Trump said he would hold off on a decision until he sees actual legislation about the issue.



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New government shutdown looms as negotiators fail to reach deal over Trump border wall funding

New government shutdown looms as negotiators fail to reach deal over Trump border wall fundingA new US government shutdown looks increasingly likely as negotiations reached an impasse on whether to limit the number of undocumented immigrants that can be detained. The two sides also remain separated on how much spending to allocate for president Donald Trump‘s promised border wall. Mr Trump used the dispute to cast the Democrats as being soft on criminals.



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Ocasio-Cortez: ICE Doesn’t ‘Deserve a Dime’ of Funding

Ocasio-Cortez: ICE Doesn’t ‘Deserve a Dime’ of FundingRepresentative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) said Thursday that she would work to deprive the Department of Homeland Security of funding until the agency adopts more permissive immigration-enforcement policies. “This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in America right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a rally outside the Capitol building. Children dying in detention centers should not be a partisan concern.



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