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Denver police arrest 10 activists for building free housing for the homeless in public park

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The Denver Police Department arrested 10 housing advocates and tore down a set of small, single-occupant dwellings they were attempting to build in the city’s Sustainability Park.

According to KMGH Channel 7, the activist group Denver Homeless Out Loud came to the park on Saturday and began to build “tiny homes,” small dwellings intended as free housing for the homeless.

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The group is protesting the sale of the land to a private developer which plans to build an upscale apartment complex.

“Today hundreds of people came out to Sustainability Park in the Curtis Park neighborhood of Denver to build a tiny home village where three urban farms are being displaced to build an apartment development,” the group said in a statement.

“The group, led by Denver Homeless Out Loud and composed of houseless people and supporters, had been constructing tiny homes and trying to find a location for the village for over a year,” the statement explained. “But due to zoning and code constraints they have not been able to find a legal place to put the houses.”

According to activists, the Denver Housing Authority eliminated hundreds of low-income housing units to create the park. For a time, the land was farmed by a group known as the Urban Farming Collective, but now the land is being sold to a developer, which will construct “multifamily housing that will support gentrification in Curtis Park” and drive rents upward and out of reach of current residents.

Saturday evening, police descended on the scene and arrested 10 people for trespassing and tore down the small village of homes the activists had built.

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A homeless Denver man named Kevin Beasley told CBS News that watching police knock down the micro-homes was upsetting.

“People need to have hope that they can do something,” he said. “So to quash something like that in an instant is to rob them of a dream.”

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‘Let’s have Stormy Daniels week’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe urges Dems to call GOP bluff and expose all of Trump’s crimes

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough urged House Democrats to call the Republicans' bluff and expose President Donald Trump's alleged crimes, week after week, in hearing after hearing.

The "Morning Joe" host conceded that limiting the scope of impeachment to the Ukraine scandal had not moved the needle in public opinion, so he suggested expanding the process to include the federal crimes that GOP lawmakers have argued are necessary to impeach.

"As we move through this process, and the Republicans in the House acted in such an abhorrent way," Scarborough said. "It's going to damage them in the long run, they were much better off to say, 'Yes, he did it, but it's not a crime, this is why we're not removing him.' They're not doing that."

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Who is worse: Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell ?

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He’s maybe the most dangerous politician of my lifetime. He’s helped transform the Republican Party into a cult, worshiping at the altar of authoritarianism. He’s damaged our country in ways that may take a generation to undo. The politician I’m talking about, of course, is Mitch McConnell.

Two goals for November 3, 2020: The first and most obvious is to get the worst president in history out of the White House. That’s necessary but not sufficient. We also have to flip the Senate and remove the worst Senate Majority Leader in history.

Like Trump, Mitch McConnell is no garden-variety bad public official. McConnell puts party above America, and Trump above party. Even if Trump is gone, if the Senate remains in Republican hands and McConnell is reelected, America loses because McConnell will still have a chokehold on our democracy.

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Trump administration has a new excuse for delaying Ukraine aid — but CNN’s Elie Honig isn’t buying it

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On Wednesday, the Office of Management and Budget released a memo offering an explanation for the Trump administration’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine earlier this year: OMB needed to make sure the funds weren’t being released “prematurely.” But legal journalist Jerry Lambe, in a December 12 article for Law & Crime, notes that not everyone finds that explanation convincing.

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