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‘Terrifying and illegal’: Refugee advocate sounds alarm over Trump’s new blanket refugee ban

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The Trump administration appears as though it’s trying to find a way around the restrictions the Supreme Court placed on its proposed travel ban.

BuzzFeed reports that the American government “plans to temporarily not issue any refugees the travel documents needed to come to the US after July 12 — even if those refugees meet the Supreme Court’s requirement that they have ‘bona fide relationship’ with someone in the US to enter.”

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This would seem to violate the Supreme Court’s order that revived a portion of the Trump travel ban, but made exceptions for people from six Muslim majority countries who have bona fide ties with people or entities within the United States.

“The State Department’s guidance says that the government will not issue any new Advanced Booking Notices — the documents that agencies say are required for all refugees to enter the US — ‘for cases with or without the required bona fide relationship to a person or entity in the United States’ until they ‘clarify verification procedures’ in the ‘very near future,'” BuzzFeed notes.

Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told the publication that she found the administration’s latest move alarming.

“That seems like a pretty blatant violation of the SCOTUS order to me,” she said. “That’s a full ban… It guts the waiver process which is a big deal I think… I find it really upsetting, terrifying and illegal.”

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‘Insane and inane’: Devin Nunes’ closing remarks dismantled by Bloomberg columnist

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) ignored all the evidence presented in the impeachment hearings and instead asked viewers to accept an implausible counter-narrative about the whistleblower complaint that prompted the inquiry.

The House Intelligence Committee's ranking Republican gave a closing statement Thursday that laid out a timeline that he argued proved the complaint was made after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation failed to result in impeachment, reported Bloomberg's Jonathan Bernstein.

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‘The Senate’s in play’: Reeling GOP faces collapse into minority status as Trump drags party down

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According to a report in Rolling Stone, there is a very good chance that the Democrats could take control of the Senate after the 2020 election as the impeachment of Donald Trump casts a cloud over the Republican Party.

The report -- by longtime political observer Tim Dickinson -- states, "the fight to wrest the Senate from Republican control — and oust Mitch McConnell as majority leader — is arguably just as important" as the battle to force Trump from office.

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Mar-a-Lago to host event for conspiracy nuts who believed Obama was a secret Muslim

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President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club is hosting an event for a far-right organization that once spread bogus conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama being a secret Muslim.

The Washington Post reports that Trump's prized Florida resort on Saturday night will play host to the Center for Security Policy, a group that believes "mainstream Muslim organizations in the United States are secretly agents of anti-American jihad."

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