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Israel arrests Gaza fishermen for being over three miles offshore

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The Israeli navy on Sunday stopped a Palestinian fishing boat off the Gaza coast and arrested those on board, sources on both sides said.

“A Palestinian fishing boat was found outside the limits of Gaza’s fishing zone and the navy took it to (the southern Israeli port of) Ashdod where the crew will be interrogated,” an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

She said the navy had fired warning shots towards the boat but that nobody had been injured.

A spokesman for the Gaza-based Fishermen’s Syndicate confirmed five fishermen had been detained — four of them Palestinians from the same family, and an Egyptian national.

“They were arrested this morning while at sea, and they were taken to Ashdod,” he said.

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Under the 1993 Oslo Accords, Gaza was granted a fishing zone of 20 nautical miles, but following the outbreak of a second Palestinian uprising in 2000, Israel cut back on fishermen’s access to the Mediterranean, according to OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency.

When Israel launched a devastating 22-day assault in the Gaza Strip at the end of December 2008, the military imposed a ban on any fishing outside a limit of three nautical miles that remains in place until now.

According to Gaza’s Department of Fisheries, almost 3,100 fishermen are registered in the coastal strip, down from approximately 10,000 in the year 2000.

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Elsewhere in Gaza, the army arrested two men overnight who were caught trying to sneak across the border into southern Israel, the spokeswoman said, indicating they were both unarmed.

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Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.

Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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