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Trump’s back on his birthright citizenship BS again.

Reuters: Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship

“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby – congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen. … It’s frankly ridiculous.”
– Donald Trump

I’m a citizen because I was born here. I didn’t have to do anything special or jump through any hoops. I was born in the US and I’m a citizen. That’s how it worked for most of you, too.

Trump’s move here is framed as though he’s targeting illegal immigrants who have “anchor babies,” a favorite boogiemonster of the right. But if you think this won’t end up aimed at the rest of us, you’re nuts.

The appalling hatred of everyone who isn’t a straight, white, rich, conservative, male Christian from the Trump administration is horrifying. If you don’t fit into this narrow slot of “acceptable human,” the Trump administration seeks to wipe you out, erase you, remove your rights, kick you out of the country, oppress you.

This is terrifying and infuriating.

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Washington Post: Trump confirms he’s interested in buying Greenland

“A lot of things can be done,” Trump told reporters in Morristown, N.J., after wrapping up a 10-day vacation at his private golf club. He noted that owning Greenland “would be nice” for the United States from a strategic perspective, but he cautioned: “It’s not number one on the burner, I can tell you that.”

Sure, why not. Let’s just randomly buy another country. We don’t have anything else we could be spending those billions on, like health care, college, the opioid crisis, social security, the SNAP program…

Actually, if you have a minute, you should read this excellent answer on Reddit about why we’d want to buy Greenland: Part One, Part Two. If you really want to dig in, the whole comment thread is full of interesting stuff.

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CNBC: Trump’s tax cut isn’t giving the US economy the boost it needs

Instead, benefits from what President Donald Trump called “the biggest reform of all time” to the tax code have dwindled to a faint breeze just 20 months after its enactment. Half of corporate chief financial officers surveyed by Duke University expect the economy to shrink by the second quarter of 2020. Two-thirds expect a recession by the end of next year.

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you. No one could have predicted this.

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NBC News: Trump urges barring Omar and Tlaib, and Israel agrees

President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday that he had spoken with Israeli officials about the planned visit of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to the country this weekend, just hours after Israel announced they had reversed course and would prohibit the pair from entering the country.

“I don’t want to comment about who I spoke to, but I think my social media statement pretty well speaks for itself,” Trump told reporters as he traveled from his summer getaway in New Jersey to New Hampshire for a campaign rally. “But I did speak to people over there.”

I don’t even know what to say about this. If literally any other modern president had done this, it would have been a wall-to-wall scandal for months. For the Trump administration it’s barely a bump in the road.

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NBC News: Trump administration to make it harder for low-income immigrants to stay

The Trump administration introduced a new rule Monday making it harder for low-income, legal immigrants who receive food stamps or other forms of taxpayer-funded assistance to stay in the country legally.

The rule would require immigrants applying for a change in immigration status (like a green card) or those seeking to come here to prove that they are unlikely to ever need public assistance, and can bar immigrants who had received assistance above a certain threshold from being approved.

Betcha half a dollar Trump wouldn’t be doing this if most of our legal immigrants were white.

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Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore

Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Talking Points Memo: Nadler Says It Out Loud: ‘This Is Formal Impeachment Proceedings’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) admitted in public Thursday evening that his panel is conducting “formal impeachment proceedings” against President Trump.

Washington Post, the Fix: The impeachment inquiry Trump feared is already here

House Democrats have begun impeachment proceedings against President Trump. A key Democrat admitted as much Thursday.

Hold on to your asses. There’s a Trumpertantrum incoming. Nadler’s been quietly poking away at this with various investigations and whatnot for awhile. But now that he’s said the words out loud? We’re in for a rough weekend, Twitter-wise.

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Donald Trump, by Gage Skidmore

Trump Administration dodged going after domestic terrorists for a year.

CNN: Exclusive: White House rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority

White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other sources close to the Trump administration tell CNN.

Donald Trump is racist, white supremacist, and pro-domestic terrorist attacks. Just a general FYI in case you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years.

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