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John Cynn Wins the World Series of Poker

Occasionally you just need to take a step away from the daily grind of political writing and watch the grind of people trying to win a bunch of money doing something a lot of us have done. Play poker. In an epic showdown Saturday night, Sunday morning in Las Vegas John Cynn of Indianapolis bested Tony Miles of Lake Mary, Florida to win the Main Event of The World Series of Poker. The match was ...
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The Left Fights Itself in the Struggle Against Trump-Ordained Kavanaugh

    How far do you go to fight Lucifer’s — aka Donald Trump’s — sinister Supreme Court nominee? Democrats are trying to determine just that. And at the moment, they’re a bit split. Radicals in the streets want to announce the end of civilization. Just as they did with regard to family detention (as covered here). And family separation (shown here, here, and most especially here). And the trip to North Korea (the lack ...
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Water Cooler 7/14/2018 – Open Thread – Quick Hits

The World Cup comes to a close this weekend. I’m not sure there has ever been a more unpredictable tournament. We are headed where England already is A doctor who served the NHS more than a quarter century will never get a government job again – because he says his Christian beliefs don’t include clients claiming a new gender on the fly. Getting rid of plastic – by using even more plastic In progressive SF, ...
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You Won’t Believe How Many Times This CA Man Who Attacked His Wife With a Chainsaw Has Previously Been Deported

In a shocking and brazen attack on Wednesday, 32-year-old Alejandro Alvarez of Whittier, CA  took a chainsaw to his wife’s arm in front of their three children.Police believe Alejandro Alvarez, 32, tried to kill his wife at their home before driving off Wednesday afternoon. From NBC4 in Los Angeles: The drama unfolded Wednesday when Whittier police were sent to the 7700 block of Milton Avenue on a report of “an attempted murder stemming from a ...
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Salvadoran mom gets her daughter back after almost two months apart

Mercedes (right), a Salvadoran asylum seeker, is reunited with her daughter, Maria, in Corpus Christi on July 13, 2018. The two were separated by U.S. authorities after crossing the Texas-Mexico border in mid-May. Eddie Seal for The Texas Tribune After fleeing El Salvador to protect her daughter — only to get separated from her for almost two months under the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy — Mercedes was finally reunited with 16-year-old Maria at Bokenkamp Children’s ...
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Brazilian asylum-seeker released after 11 months in detention and will soon see her grandson

EL PASO — A Brazilian woman who was detained and separated from her disabled grandson after they sought asylum at a port of entry last year was released from federal custody Thursday, her attorney confirmed. Maria Vandelice de Bastos and her grandson Matheus da Silva Bastos first sought refuge in August after she said an off-duty police officer threatened her and her grandson after she went to the press to decry the horrible conditions in ...
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Trump’s SCOTUS Pick: Elizabeth Warren, the Left, and the Tired Jokes of Outrage and Fear

    On the evening of July 9th, after Donald Trump announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, there was a …brace yourself… protest over his choice. If Trump had designated a different candidate than Brett Kavanaugh, would there have been a backlash? The answer is: there’s no time to consider that, because this is the worst thing that’s ever happened! Elizabeth Warren appeared on MSNBC with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about the spooky, ...
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Texas schools that want to arm their employees have two choices

Mock weapons used to train educators in Harrold, Texas. The North Texas school district was the first to allow educators to carry guns on school grounds in 2007. Marjorie Kamys Cotera Following a deadly mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, Gov. Greg Abbott rolled out a 40-page plan to keep schools safe. Proposals ranged from beefing up existing mental health screening programs to encouraging voluntary use of gun locks at home, but one component ...
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Analysis: Completing reunifications without putting families back together

Left to right: Director of the Annunciation House Ruben Garcia, Roger (only first names given), Pablo Ortiz and his 3-year-old son Andres (off frame) and 4-year-old Roger Jr. speak to the media during a press conference at the Annunciation House in El Paso on July 11, 2018. The fathers and sons were released the previous night by ICE. Ivan Pierre Aguirre Editor's note: If you'd like an email notice whenever we publish Ross Ramsey's column, ...
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Ask the candidates: What questions do you want answered before the November 2018 election?

Jacob Villanueva for The Texas Tribune Picture this: It’s Election Day. You’re about to walk into the voting booth. You know whether you’re voting for Ted Cruz or Beto O’Rourke (you’ve been following that race for months). But then you see a ballot with a lot of other candidates you know nothing about. Now what? You do your best to stay on top of the news, and you know voting is important. But there’s a ...
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Trump Tells Theresa May, No Soft Exit on Breixt

I said GET OUT of The E.U. With friends like these…. President Donald Trump in his first visit to England as President dropped a bombshell with the British newspaper The Sun. He told Prime Minister Theresa May that Britain needed to go full withdrawal from the E.U. and honor the vote of Great Britain from two years ago. From the Interview… In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump said ...
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Federal judge wants to know if Mexican reporter and son were needlessly targeted by ICE

EL PASO — A Mexican reporter and his son who have been detained since last year won a small victory Tuesday when a federal judge set a hearing to determine whether the government has been holding the two in violation of the First Amendment. Emilio Gutiérrez Soto and his son Oscar have been in an immigration detention center here since they were nearly deported back to Mexico in December. They fled the border state of Chihuahua ...
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