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‘Made by refugee’: NYC artist puts labels on Bible and other products to change minds on refugee ban

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New York-based photographer Kien Quan and his creative partner Jillian Young launched a project across the city to show people where different products actually come from.

The pair has made the rounds through the city’s five boroughs, adding “Made by Refugee” labels to products from Sriracha sauce, created by Vietnamese refugee David Tranto to books by Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, DNA Info reports. Quan and Young also made sure to add the label to Anne Frank’s diary, as well as the Bible.

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“I just had a thought, ‘If this refugee didn’t come over and create Sriracha, nobody in Brooklyn would be saying ‘This is the newest rage,'” Quan said of his desire to start the project.

He told the outlet his initial motivation to start the project was sparked by President Donald Trump signing a refugee ban in January. He started documenting his and Young’s ventures across the city to remind New Yorkers who is creating their favorite products. What would be even better, for Quan, is if he was able to reach a Trump supporter who may be prompted to change their views on immigration.

“I just felt like something had to be said — at the very minimum, let me see if I can change one person’s perspective or get them to think about the subject a little differently,” he explained. “I have family that were migrants in the past. I’m Vietnamese.”

He added, “Most of my friends are immigrants or are of color, so they all feel very concerned.”

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Watch the Facebook clip of the project below. 

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Minimum wage workers win big union victory in anti-union Texas

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While Donald Trump’s Labor Department works to diminish employee rights, organized workers have scored an important victory deep in the heart of anti-union Texas.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2021 for 8,000 people at the city’s two airports. That’s a 65% increase for workers paid the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. About 8,000 baggage handlers, caterers, wheelchair attendants and others benefit.

The Service Employees International Union organized the Houston workers. Workers in Denver earlier won $15 an hour by 2021. A new ordinance proposed in Minneapolis would require $15 an hour by 2022.

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Here’s how Trump could unleash a horrifying ‘era of authoritarianism’ in his second term

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What happens if President Donald Trump not only survives impeachment, but goes on to win a second term? It's a prospect that chills Democrats to the bone — and for good reason.

On Monday, Politico mapped out a detailed, hypothetical scenario in which Trump wins re-election — similar to their 2016 scenario of what would happen if Trump was elected in the first place — and some of the things that people could expect in the coming years. The result would be, as former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean put it, "an era of authoritarianism."

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GOP lawmakers in revolt against Trump and are avoiding using White House ‘toxic talking points’: WSJ

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Adding to Donald Trump's impeachment worries are reports that Republicans are putting distance between themselves and the embattled president.

According to the Wall Street Journal, support for the president among GOP lawmakers is waning in light of his phone call with the president of Ukraine -- which set in motion the House beginning an impeachment inquiry -- and then his decision to hold next year's G7 conference at one of his golf resorts -- a decision he later abandoned.

According to the Journal, "Mr. Trump’s support within his party will face fresh tests this week, as key witnesses from the State Department and Pentagon are expected to testify in closed hearings before a trio of House committees on the president’s dealings with Ukraine."

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