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Federal judge rules key piece of AZ immigration law can go into effect

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the most controversial pieces of Arizona’s signature immigration law can now go into effect, thus clearing the way for the contentious legislation to finally kick in after a protracted legal battle of its implementation.

That measure, dubbed the “show me your papers” provision, allows law enforcement officers to demand identification that proves citizenship or immigration status while questioning suspects. Critics of the provision contend that it institutionalizes racial profiling, saying officers could stop someone for any reason, whether they truly suspect a crime or not, and that legal residents without proper identification on them could then be unjustly arrested.

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The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton , ends a two-year legal battle over the law, known as SB 1070. Back in June, the Supreme Court struck down parts of the law, but allowed some of the more contentious aspect of it, including the papers provision, to stand. Opponents of the law then asked Bolton to block the provision, something she declined to do in her ruling.

Arizona passed the law in 2010, and aspects of the law have been in place since that year. At least five other states, including Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, all subsequently pursued similar legislation.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) was a forceful advocate for the law, saying that her state had to act because the government had failed to do so.

“The bill I’m about to sign into law—Senate Bill 1070—represents another tool for our state to use as we work to solve a crisis we did not create and the federal government has refused to fix: the crisis caused by illegal immigration and Arizona’s porous border,” Brewer said in a statement at the time of the bill’s signing.

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Trump baselessly accuses Democratic lawmaker of ‘violence’?? in insane tweet

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.

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Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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Trump warns media ‘treading in very dangerous territory’ for reporting bad poll numbers

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President Donald Trump hurled new warnings at the news media for reporting damaging stories and negative poll numbers.

The president's approval rating was measured at 43 percent by two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and polls continue to show him losing to various Democratic challengers.

Trump insisted Monday that his "new internal polls" show the strongest support he's had so far, and also complained that unfair media coverage kept his approval ratings low -- and he retweeted those claims with a new threat against the media.

The LameStream Media is far beyond Fake News, they are treading in very dangerous territory! https://t.co/J60JgSFhcx

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