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‘Republican suicide’: GOP Rep sounds the horn on what ending DACA really means

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While most of the world reacted with horror at the news that President Donald Trump plans to announce a repeal of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) because it means 800,000 Americans could be forced out of the only homeland they’ve ever known, one person was sick with disappointment that the roundups won’t start for six months.

That person is Rep. Steve King (R-IA), according to The Hill, which said King took to Twitter to vent his spleen and proclaim that the six-month delay will be the death of not just the deportation effort, but of the entire Republican Party.

“Ending DACA now gives chance 2 restore Rule of Law. Delaying so R Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide,” King fumed on Twitter.

Given the significant outcry among even Republicans regarding the DACA repeal, there is a chance that Congress could act within the next six months to stop the expulsion of this group of non-native-born Americans.

King — a member of the House of Representatives’ far-right Freedom Caucus — is one of the most viciously nativist Republicans in Congress. In the past he has accused Dreamers of being drug smugglers “with calves the size of cantaloupes” who hike across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the country with giant loads of drugs on their backs.

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In one CNN interview, he grudgingly admitted that his worldview and policies demonstrate a “thinly-veiled anti-Latino bias,” but he then said it’s liberals’ fault for interpreting his “demographic facts” — they are not facts — as racist.

So while there may be precious little to celebrate, let’s at least take a moment to enjoy Steve King’s pain.

Have a pleasant tomorrow.


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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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Republicans will never say that racism is ‘racism’ — basically because they’re racist

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Is there any expression of racism that Republicans will actually admit is racism? It's a question on a lot of progressive minds in the wake of Donald Trump demonizing female congresswomen of color with the "go back" canard that white nationalists and other assorted racists have long used to abuse anyone with heritage they dislike, whether that heritage is Jewish, Irish, Italian, African, Latin American or Muslim. Telling someone to "go back" is, in the ranks of racist statements, right up there with calling a person the N-word or some other rank slur. Yet, there still appears to be resistance among Republicans to admitting that is racism, which leads many on the left to wonder: If this doesn't count, then what could possibly count?

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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