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Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kids

Lawmakers decry perilous federal lockups for migrant kidsLawmakers on Friday were calling for swift change after reports this week of more than 250 infants, children and teens being held inside a windowless Border Patrol station, struggling to care for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation. It’s a scene that is being repeated at other immigration facilities overwhelmed with too many migrant children and nowhere to put them. “This facility wasn’t even on our radar before we came down here,” said law professor Warren Binford, a member of the team that interviewed dozens of children this week detained in Clint, about a half-hour drive from El Paso.



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Oregon Statehouse Shut Down After Lawmakers Team Up With Right-Wing Militias

Oregon Statehouse Shut Down After Lawmakers Team Up With Right-Wing MilitiasREUTERSOregon’s statehouse shut down for safety concerns on Saturday. But the threats weren’t coming from anonymous trolls or foreign fighters—they were coming from the state’s Republican senators, who have teamed up with right-wing militias to threaten violence over a climate change bill.Eleven of Oregon’s Senate Republicans fled the state this week to avoid a vote on a bill that would cap greenhouse emissions. The group, believed to be hiding in Idaho, left the state senate with too few lawmakers to hold a vote. But the move is more than a legislative maneuver. The missing senators have partnered with right-wing paramilitary groups to threaten violence, should they be brought back to Oregon.The state senate had scheduled sessions on Saturday, but cancelled them after reports of several militias’ two-day “Rally to Take the Capitol” this weekend.“Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat,” a spokesperson for the senate president told the Associated Press on Friday night.The trouble started this month, when state Senate Democrats advanced plans for a bill that would cut carbon emissions. Modeled after a similar policy in California, Oregon’s proposed cap and trade bill would restrict fossil fuel emissions, particularly for the industries that create the most pollution. The bill’s proponents say it’s part of a plan to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050. (Climate scientists and the European Union call for effectively eliminating carbon emissions by 2050, in order to prevent out-of-control climate change.)But Oregon’s state Republicans weren’t on board, citing increased expenses for Oregon residents and businesses. This week, every Republican in the state senate walked out, rather than vote on the bill.Armed Militias Pledge to Fight for Fugitive Oregon GOP Lawmakers ‘At Any Cost’Walkouts are not unique to Republicans. Democrat lawmakers fled their states in 2003 and 2011 to prevent votes on redistricting and curbing union rights, The Daily Beast previously reported. Oregon has a long history of senate walkouts, including a four-day walkout in May, when Republicans refused to vote on a tax package that would fund schools. They returned to session with the agreement that they would not walk out again.But this walkout also came with violent threats. Multiple senators are believed to have fled to Idaho, with right-wing militias flocking to their aid. While leaving the statehouse before the walkout, Republican Sen. Brian Boquist implied that police officers who pursued them should be ready to die. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist warned police in a televised interview shortly before his walkout. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”State police said they were aware of Boquist's remarks, but were not commenting on them. Boquist and his colleagues are supported by several right-wing militias that made more explicit threats.After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on state troopers to return the lawmakers to the capital, the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers suggested violence against her. “Gov. Brown, you want a civil war, because this is how you get a civil war,” the Oath Keepers wrote on their public Facebook page. Beneath the post, Oath Keeper fans suggesting hanging, arresting, or taking up arms against Brown.Idaho militia insiders previously told The Daily Beast that paramilitary members in Oregon and Idaho had “mobilized” in defense of the Republican lawmakers, and that they were willing to die for the legislators. One leader compared the situation to the 2014 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, in which members of a right-wing militia led an armed standoff inside a wildlife sanctuary building. The standoff ended with the death of a militia member.But on Twitter, Oregon’s Republican party criticized state Democrats for cancelling Saturday sessions over the militias’ planned protests, tweeting, “Oregon senate Democrats canceled their weekend session citing a fear that Republican voters may show up.”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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Hong Kong lawmakers grill security chief over protest violence

Hong Kong lawmakers grill security chief over protest violenceMembers of Hong Kong’s legislature met Wednesday for the first time since the largest anti-government protest in the city’s history, with many opposition lawmakers slamming the pro-Beijing administration’s handling of the crisis. Hong Kong has been shaken by a series of massive demonstrations against a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, and the city’s police force has been criticised for using excessive force to disperse protesters. Videos of police beating unarmed protesters went viral and sparked public anger, and the tactics were widely condemned.



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UPDATE 1-Iran lawmakers authorize firm action against US "terrorist" acts

UPDATE 1-Iran lawmakers authorize firm action against US "terrorist" actsIran’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday requiring the government take firm steps to respond to “terrorist actions” by U.S. forces, state TV reported, retaliating against Washington’s blacklisting of the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards. President Donald Trump on April 8 designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist group, in an unprecedented step that drew Iranian condemnation and raised concerns about retaliatory attacks on U.S. forces. Tehran reacted to the designation, which took effect on April 15, by naming the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) a terrorist organization and the U.S. government a sponsor of terrorism.



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U.K. Risks Brexit Purgatory as Lawmakers Question May's Strategy

U.K. Risks Brexit Purgatory as Lawmakers Question May's StrategyA long but flexible extension to the Brexit process proposed by the European Union was denounced as “like purgatory” by a leading U.K. lawmaker, as Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to build support for a compromise departure plan. The government needs to move forward with leaving the trading bloc as soon as possible, the Conservative Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss told BBC radio on Sunday. While May will meet EU leaders Wednesday to make her case for a short extension to June 30, European Council President Donald Tusk is pushing for a delay of as long as a year to allow time to forge a new consensus, with an option to leave earlier once the withdrawal agreement is ratified by parliament.



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DOJ defends AG Barr's handling of Trump, Russia conclusions; lawmakers expect Mueller to testify

DOJ defends AG Barr's handling of Trump, Russia conclusions; lawmakers expect Mueller to testifyThe Justice Department said none of special counsel Robert Mueller's could not be released immediately because of its reliance on grand jury material.



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Trump tells Republican lawmakers to be more 'paranoid' about how votes are counted in 2020

Trump tells Republican lawmakers to be more 'paranoid' about how votes are counted in 2020"We have to be a little bit careful, because I don't like the way the votes are being tallied. I don't like it and you don't like either," Trump said.



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UK lawmakers discuss halting Brexit after petition hits 6 million

UK lawmakers discuss halting Brexit after petition hits 6 millionBritish lawmakers debated halting Brexit on Monday after a record six million people signed a petition to revoke the process that set Britain on course to leave the European Union. Britons voted to leave the European Union by 52 percent to 48 percent in 2016, and the following year British Prime Minister Theresa May gave notice of the intent to leave the bloc on March 29, 2019 under Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. The online petition to revoke Article 50 took off after a speech when May said that she was on the side of the British public over Brexit.



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Lawmakers call for as much transparency as possible with the Mueller report

Lawmakers call for as much transparency as possible with the Mueller reportAttorney General Barr may send Congress a summary of findings from Mueller report this weekend; reaction from Utah Congressman Chris Stewart, Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee.



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Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakers

Biggest obstacle to passage of Green New Deal? Democratic lawmakersDemocrats agree that climate change needs to be addressed. Pronto. But they're divided on if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal is the answer.



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