Cheat sheet for today’s events in Venezuela:
-@jguaido is NOT the opposition leader. He’s the constitutionally-appointed interim president
-Nicolas Maduro is not the president. He’s a self-appointed dictator
-This is NOT a Coup. It’s the restoration of democracy.
By: TDF Staff
This morning, The Daily Wire published an article that looks to be, perhaps unintentionally, an admission of what many have long thought. The Daily Wire has admitted they are bad for the country.
This is a developing story.
The U.S in the age of Trump’s rhetoric now has a new ranking. Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters Without Borders, lowered the U.S. to No. 48 out of 180 on its annual World Press Freedom Index, three spots lower than its place last year.
RSF’s rankings were determined by a multi-language, 87-question survey for media professionals. The responses were then combined with data on abuses against journalists.
There have been 46 journalists attacked in the U.S. since 2017, ten of them this year alone. Trump’s rhetoric was called out in the report, which stated that Trump “exacerbates” the problems press freedom is experiencing with his ramblings about “fake news” among other things.
By: TDF Staff
Here are some key points we have learned from the redacted report. “Total exoneration” is not something one should assume from the report. The full report needs to be released.
By: TDF Staff
Donald Trump was up bright and early this morning tweeting ahead of the release of Robert Mueller’s report. If you think he’s being Presidential and nuanced, you are mistaken and must not know how he conducts himself on social media.
As you may or may not know, Attorney General William Barr has a scheduled press conference at 9:30 A.M. Eastern Time and the report is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill between 11 A.M. and Noon Eastern, with it being posted online sometime after that.
By: TDF Staff
Attorney General William Barr unveiled a new order last night that seeks to once again keep brown people behind bars. Barr’s order Tuesday night would reverse the policy of allowing asylum-seekers to request a bond hearing after they show that they have a legitimate, credible fear of returning to their country of origin. Under the current policy, asylum seekers can be released on bail instead of staying in jail for the much longer process of having their claim decided.
A.G. Barr now says that a migrant caught crossing the border between ports of entry, “after establishing a credible fear of persecution or torture, is ineligible for release on bond.” The order wouldn’t apply to people arriving at ports of entry, and while that is true, the Trump administration is slowing down the process at ports of entry, hindering the process.
The ACLU has already come out to say they will be challenging this order in court.
By: The Daily Flash Editorial Team
As we all know, Robert Mueller released his final conclusion a few weeks back and recommended no more indictments for officials within Trump’s orbit, nor Trump himself. Perhaps we should ask if it was all worth it.
What will the release on Thursday of a partially redacted report bring? Perhaps nothing. It is hard to fathom that there will be anything in the report that will lead to any sort of “check” on the administration, and we can all but guarantee impeachment will not be something it leads to.
The fact is that everyone now has to come to terms with the fact that Trump didn’t win the 2016 election in a treasonous manner. His presidency is not an anomaly, but it is the fairly logical conclusion of social, political, and economic currents that stretch back decades.
The Mueller report should be released. It should be released without much redaction, but whether it shows criminality or malfeasance or nothing it all, we should be aware that its effect on our national political trajectory will be small — if it has any effect at all. We are at the whim of events far larger than the actions of one cartoonish chief executive. It is long past time that we realized this. Let’s do away with any thoughts or feelings that Mueller is our savior. We need to be the ones to save ourselves and 2020 is around the corner. Lets get it done.
By: TDF Editorial Team
President Trump this evening vetoed a bill passed by Congress to end the US military assistance in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Congress had voted for the first time earlier in April to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and halt the US involvement in this foreign conflict. This veto, the second one in Trump’s time as President, was not unexpected. Congress doesn’t have the votes to override the veto.
Congress has shown to be uncomfortable with the close relationship Trump has forged with Saudi Arabia as he tries to keep the isolation of Iran one of his top priorities. The US provides billions of dollars of weaponry to the Saudi-led coalition fighting against rebels backed by Iran in Yemen. Members of Congress are concerned about the thousands of civilian casualties since the conflict began back in 2014, many due to coalition airstrikes. Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, is on the brink of famine due to the medical care shortages due to the fighting.
Trump issued his first veto last month on immigration related legislation. He had declared a national emergency so he could use more money earmarked for other things to construct a border wall. Congress voted to block the emergency declaration and Trump proceeded to veto that measure.