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‘I am heartbroken’: Read Malala Yousafzai’s powerful statement urging Trump to welcome refugees

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After President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday that would enact the “extreme vetting” of Muslim refugees in an effort “to keep radical Islamic terrorists out,” Malala Yousafzai issued a powerful statement.

Trump’s order promised to give special priority to Christian refugees, and his order has been criticized by the Intercept as a policy of “If we bombed you, we ban you.”

Yousafzai, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize wrote in a statement, “I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war.” 

“I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination,” she continued. Pulling from the personal experience of her friend Zaynab, who Yousafzai explained had “fled wars in three countries … before she was even 17,” she wrote that she was heartbroken for girls in particular.

Yousafzai urged the president to rethink his stance toward Muslim refugees, writing, “In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families.”

You can read the statement in full here.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Washington Post drops the hammer on the ‘breathtaking arrogance’ of Kelleyanne Conway in brutal editorial

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Addressing a report from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recommending White House counsel Kellyanne Conway should be fired for flagrant violations of the Hatch Act, the Washington Post editorial board hammered President Donald Trump's confidante over her smirking response.

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‘Be ashamed’: Anthony Scaramucci’s wife deletes tweet after Soledad O’Brien opens a can of whoop ass on her

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN anchor, clashed with the wife of Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci over the weekend.

In a tweet on Friday, O'Brien complained that cable new networks were continuing to book the former White house communications director even though he has little of substance to add to the discussions.

"Why do you guys put this crap on tv?" O'Brien wrote after seeing an interview with Scaramucci. "Seriously it’s an insult to your viewers. And also absurd. Is there no one else in the whole world to book but this mediocre dude?"

Scaramucci's wife, Deidre, was moved to criticize O'Brien.

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