Keith Fitzgerald

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Trump Border Wall Prototypes, Despite Their Huge Cost, Are Already A Failure — Check Out Photos! [Opinion]

Trump border wall prototypes are almost ready, but they might already be a failure.<p>One of Donald Trump’s most populist campaign promises, and also …

Donald Trump

Court Blocks Immediate Abortion for Undocumented Teen

A federal appeals court Friday refused to allow an immediate abortion for a 17-year-old who came to the U.S. illegally and is now in detention. But …

San Diego

Border Wall prototypes on display in San Diego

Workers are putting the finishing touches on the border wall prototypes ordered by President Donald Trump.<p>The deadline is a week away, and five of …

California

Nearly 70 per cent of irregular border crossers who had cases reviewed granted refugee status

Nearly 70 per cent of asylum claimants who entered Canada through unauthorized crossings and had their cases reviewed between March and September were granted refugee status, according to newly released government data, which are based on the small fraction of cases that have been processed.<p>More …

Immigration

Border wall prototypes are being constructed outside of San Diego, just so you know

Funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall may be mired in Congress, but along the U.S.-Mexico border, there’s been a little more …

San Diego

Trump may pause U.S. refugee family reunification program: report

The Trump administration is considering changes for various programs used by refugees coming the U.S., including one that allows refugees to reunite …

Immigration

Protestors Seek Protection For Immigrants From Strife-Torn Countries

Bay Area residents from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador rallied on the steps of San Francisco City Hall yesterday to demand the renewal of …

Immigration

Conservative Latino Leader: Build The Wall Now

President Donald Trump’s border wall appears to be making legislative progress on Capitol Hill.<p>Following House passage of border wall funding last …

Republican Party

Federal judge in Hawaii expands block on Trump travel ban

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Hawaii extended his halt of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries.<p>U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who stopped the ban from taking effect this week, on Friday converted his temporary restraining order to a …

Travel Ban

Mexico joins legal fight against Texas' sanctuary city crackdown

WASHINGTON -- The government of Mexico has aligned itself with municipalities suing the state of Texas over a new law that, if implemented, would …

Immigration

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in US

Several tech companies are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants to remain and work in the …

Immigration

R&B singer Miguel headlines concert in Adelanto calling for end of immigrant detention

The R&B singer Miguel on Friday joined activists across the street from the Adelanto Detention Center as they announced a petition urging news outlets to refer to such facilities as “immigrant prisons.”<p>About 1,000 people later attended a free concert at a nearby stadium headlined by the singer, …

Immigration

ICE Arrests a Sexual Abuser and 4 More Illegal Aliens After NYC Refuses to Cooperate

Earlier this week, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in a press release that they arrested five illegal aliens from four different …

Immigration

A detained 17-year-old immigrant wants an abortion. The government went to court to stop her.

The teenager is just one of many unaccompanied immigrant minors affected by a new policy restricting abortion access.<p>At a shelter in South Texas, a teenager is fighting the federal governmentto get an abortion.<p>The 17-year-old, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, came to the US as an …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump Tweets Up A Storm About 'Discredited' Dossier, Facebook Ads

President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon claimed a controversial dossier alleging ties between himself and Russia has been “discredited” (it …

Donald Trump

EPA’s climate website removes resources to fight climate change

Dozens of references to “climate change” are nowhere to be found on the EPA’s new climate website<p>In George Orwell's infamous dystopian novel "1984," the so-called Ministry of Truth was an agency that spewed propaganda and had the power to administer what was true, and perhaps even more importantly, …

Climate

I tried the 10/10/10 Method to make decisions like Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio — and it's completely changed the way I view choices

• <b>Our immediate reactions and emotions affect the decision-making process.</b>• <b><br>Warren Buffett and Ray Dalio are two proponents of using high-level thinking to evaluate the future affects of our decisions.</b>• <b><br>To master high-level thinking, step back from immediacy and use the 10/10/10 Method.</b>• <b><br>Ask yourself: How</b> …

Wealth

Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid

Spain’s government will not give way on Catalonia. The next step may ruin the province or boost the rebel cause<p>For years there were warnings of the impending “train crash” in Catalonia, but nothing was done to prevent it. As a result, horrified Spaniards have now spent three weeks watching a …

Mariano Rajoy

Montana GOPer Says She 'Would Have Shot' Journalist Gianforte Assaulted

A Montana Republican official on Thursday said she “would have shot” the reporter Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) body-slammed a day before he was elected …

Greg Gianforte

The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

Cape Coral was built on total lies. One big storm could wipe it off the map. Oh, and it’s also the fastest-growing city in the United States.<p>CAPE CORAL, Florida—the ads promised paradise, “Legendary Lazy Living” in a “Waterfront Wonderland.” The brochures sold the Florida dream, “an enchanted …

Cities

A Yale psychologist's simple thought experiment temporarily turned conservatives into liberals

• <b>Social scientists say conservative political views can be fueled by fear.</b>• <b><br>A new study suggests that making people feel safe from harm can change their stance on hot-button social issues.</b>• <b><br>The new research gives insight into the role of the unconscious mind in the voting booth.</b><p>Social scientists have …

Psychology

Trump shouldn’t repeat Obama’s mistake in Iraq and Syria

THE FINAL capture of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa this week by U.S.-backed Syrian forces brings the would-be caliphate to the brink of extinction: It has lost 87 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria and probably will soon be driven from the rest. But the …

Syria

Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia

The headlines from Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday focused on his refusal to answer …

Jeff Sessions

Conspiracy theories, attacks on the press, praise for tyrants: The rising authoritarianism of Trump

Timothy L. Hale/ZUMA<p>Is Donald Trump a threat to democracy? From his executive orders targeting immigrants, to his personal attacks on federal judges …

Donald Trump

Russia Update: Trump Campaign Official Under Investigation

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee panel, said that George Papadopoulos is "definitely a person …

Donald Trump

Uninsured rate rises to 12.3 percent

The uninsured rate ticked up to 12.3 percent in the third quarter of the year, part of the first rise in the uninsured since ObamaCare took effect in …

Insurance

ACA enrollment schedule may lock millions into unwanted health plans

Millions of Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration’s schedule for the enrollment season that starts in less than two weeks.<p>The complication arises when people …

ObamaCare

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT):<p>9:30 p.m.<p>The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform."<p>The 51-49 vote sets …

U.S. Congress

Sessions: ‘Dreamers’ Fix Must Drive Down Illegal Immigration

AG has long opposed efforts to grant undocumented childhood immigrants legal status<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators Wednesday they could …

Immigration

Democracy Can Plant the Seeds of Its Own Destruction

Will President Trump’s assault on the norms underpinning constitutional democracy permanently alter American political life?<p>On a daily basis, Trump tests the willingness of the public to accept a president who lies as a matter of routine. So far, Trump has persuaded a large swath of America to …

Democracy