August 11, 2019

Acting Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan wasn't moved by video of a weeping 11-year-old girl, begging for the release of her parents after they were detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Mississippi last week.

"I understand that the girl is upset and I get that," Morgan told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. "But her father committed a crime." On Wednesday, ICE raided seven agricultural plants and arrested 680 people. During an interview with a local news station, the girl cried and pleaded with the government to let her parents go. "My dad didn't do nothing," she said. "He's not a criminal."

Morgan, who told Tapper the girl has since been reunited with her mother, said the interview was "done on purpose to show a picture like that," and insisted that the news should instead talk to people whose identities have been stolen by undocumented immigrants. "It is not just a victimless crime that's going on here," he said.

Tapper also asked Morgan why only employees were rounded up on Wednesday and not the people who hired them, and he responded that investigators are still collecting information under a criminal search warrant. Watch the interview below. Catherine Garcia

August 8, 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud has spent nearly his entire life in Detroit.

Yet amid an uptick in ICE raids, the 41-year-old diabetic man was picked up and deported to Iraq, where he says he couldn't get the insulin he needed and was sleeping on the streets. And after three months out of the U.S., Aldaoud died Tuesday, likely because of his inability to obtain insulin, Politico reports.

On Wednesday, a video of Aldaoud was posted on Facebook showing him crouching on the street in Iraq. "I've been in the United States since six months old," he said in the video. "I don’t understand the language... I've been throwing up, throwing up, sleeping in the street, trying to find something to eat. I've got nothing over here," he added. Aldaoud said in the video it had been two and a half weeks since his deportation, and after three months in Iraq, he died, the ACLU and Aldaoud's family told Politico.

Aldaoud's removal came as the Trump administration moved to deport more than 1,400 Iraqis. That included many people in Aldaoud's community of Chaldean Catholics, a group that has faced persecution and violence in the Middle East. Aldaoud was originally placed in a holy city for Shiites, but the ACLU and his family managed to get him to a small group of Chaldeans in Baghdad, per The Washington Post. Still, the insulin he needed was impossible to find, and as immigration attorney who says he's close to Aldaoud's family wrote on Facebook, Aldaoud's "blood is on the hands of ICE and this administration."

Read more at Politico. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 5, 2019

Gun violence is an entirely American problem, and these newspapers know it.

Over the weekend, a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas left 21 people dead, and another nine were killed in Dayton, Ohio less than a day later. The shootings instantly became national news and, as many papers across the country made clear with their blunt and moving front pages, just two more examples of an undeniably rampant problem in the U.S.

The Tampa Bay Times, which saw last year's Parkland shooting in its state of Florida, used a bold headline to declare the U.S. is "one nation under fire."

The Boston Globe brutally ran side-by-side images of camo-clad officers patrolling El Paso and bystanders caring for a shooting victim in Dayton, writing that "this is what we've become."

The Dallas Morning News, which saw a likely attempt at a shooting at its federal building in June, meanwhile spelled out what many Americans are probably thinking in the wake of the 250th and 251st mass shootings this year: "Again? Yes, again."

Some papers shared outright calls for action, like how the Austin American-Statesman ran its editorial decrying "American carnage" on the front page.

The Chicago Sun-Times was even more straightforward, putting the headline for its "blame the guns" editorial on its front page as well.

The conservative New York Post, owned by Fox News' Rupert Murdoch, also used its Monday edition to call on Trump to "ban assault weapons." Kathryn Krawczyk

July 31, 2019

Authorities in Northern California say that for more than a decade, a woman in the San Francisco Bay Area pretended to be a pharmacist, and ultimately filled more than 745,000 prescriptions at various Walgreens.

The suspect, Kim Thien Le, was arrested and charged on Friday, authorities announced Tuesday. She does not have a pharmacist license, and in order to get hired, she provided license numbers of actual registered pharmacists, The Associated Press reports. She worked at Walgreens locations in Santa Clara and Alameda counties, and was active from late 2006 to 2017.

Prosecutors say that of the 745,000 prescriptions she allegedly dispensed, 100,000 were for highly addictive opioids like fentanyl. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2019

Harsher words have never been tweeted.

On Tuesday, a very confusing thread popped up on the account of U.K. Independent MP Jared O'Hara. It was seemingly written in the third person, calling "Jared" the "most disgustingly morally bankrupt person I have ever had the displeasure of working with." And that was far from the most incendiary comment in the thread.

The thread goes on to accuse O'Mara of having a "vile, inexcusable contempt for the people who voted you in" and relays the authors' fears that O'Mara will close down his whole office "once again" after this thread. The tweet's author then finally reveals himself as Gareth Arnold, whose Twitter bio says he "used to work for an MP."

O'Mara has had a troubled two years in Parliament, quickly coming under fire for misogynist and homophobic comments he made online long before his election. He soon resigned from the Labour party and became an independent. In April, he temporarily shut down his office after most of his staffers quit or were fired — something Arnold referenced in his tweets.

The thread stayed up for more than an hour, likely because of this reason Arnold tweeted from his own account.

Journalist Yashar Ali soon noted that Arnold is known for trolling right-wing politicians with massive online campaigns.

July 18, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday it will not ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide associated with health problems in children.

During the Obama administration, the EPA produced scientific studies showing chlorpyrifos could damage brain development in children and prohibited its use, but in 2017, Scott Pruitt, then the agency's administrator, reversed course. This led to a legal battle, and in April, a federal appeals court told the EPA it had to make a final decision on the ban by July. In a statement, the agency said there is not enough data to show that an unsafe amount of pesticide residue is left in or on treated foods.

Sold under the name Lorsban, chlorpyrifos cannot be used in homes, but can be used by farmers, who spray it on more than 50 nut, fruit, vegetable, and cereal crops, The New York Times reports. Since the legal battle began, several states, including California and New York, have announced they are looking into banning chlorpyrifos. Catherine Garcia

June 21, 2019

E. Jean Carroll's New York Magazine account of an alleged sexual assault by President Trump is stunning enough. Her outfit choice on the cover only adds to it.

In a first-person account published Friday in New York Magazine's The Cut, the longtime Elle columnist recounts a list of "hideous men" she says assaulted her during her life. Among them, Carroll alleges, is Trump, who she says raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman's dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Sometime in 1995 or 1996, Carroll says that she encountered Trump at the store and they went to a dressing room together. Once inside, Carroll writes he opened the overcoat she was wearing, "unzips his pants, and, forcing his fingers around my private area, thrusts his penis halfway — or completely, I'm not certain — inside me." The "coatdress still hangs on the back of my closet door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening," Carroll continued — something that changed when she donned it for this New York Magazine cover.

In a Friday statement, the White House said "this is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the president look bad." Read Carroll's whole piece at New York Magazine. Kathryn Krawczyk

June 20, 2019

A ban on government-funded abortions seems to have seriously affected the number of Louisiana women who receive them.

Of 269 women surveyed from 2015-2017 in Southern Louisiana during a first prenatal visit, 28 percent said they'd considered having an abortion. And of them, 29 percent said if their Medicaid coverage funded abortion, they would've gotten one, a study published Wednesday in the journal BMC Women's Health found.

Estimates currently suggest that 10 percent of pregnancies in Louisiana end in abortion, the study writes. But those statistics revolve around the fact that the Hyde Amendment has prevented federal Medicaid funds from being used to obtain an abortion for more than 40 years. If Medicaid did cover the procedure, an estimated 14 percent of Louisiana pregnancies would end in abortion, the study concluded.

The Hyde Amendment has existed in some form or another since 1977, tacked onto appropriations bills every year to prevent government health care funding from being used to cover abortions. Former Vice President Joe Biden recently came under fire for his continued support of the Hyde Amendment, but he rescinded that support after a wave of 2020 Democrats declared their opposition to it.

All of the study's findings were reported to 95 percent confidence level, and were gathered via "self-administered iPad surveys and structured interviews." Find the whole study here. Kathryn Krawczyk

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