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Dems bring migrant kids to House floor to protest family separation — but are shouted down by GOP for ‘decorum breach’

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After House Democrats brought immigrant children to the chamber’s floor in protest of the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy, the Republican presiding over the day’s hearings blasted them for a “breach of decorum” — and called for recess.

The House Hispanic Caucus brought the children to the floor in an effort to end the policy that the White House claims only Congress can fix, and in her statement, Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) said she and her colleagues traveled to the US-Mexico border to witness firsthand the families being “terrorized by the most anti-immigrant, xenophobic and racist administration” of her lifetime.

“I‘m here with two children today to call on this administration to stop this cruel, inhumane practice that betrays who we are as a country,” Grisham said. “The president could make the decision to end this practice right now and do the right thing. Failing that, Congress must act.”

She gave the rest of her time to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who gave an impassioned speech about the ordeals and struggles the children had gone through and the policies of President Donald Trump.

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“It is about the president of the United States who has chosen to take this democracy to its very bottom,” Jaypal said. “This is the bottom. This is abuse. It is a human rights violation, and we must end it. He must end it.”

She yielded her time to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), who gave a similar speech — only to be interrupted by Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was presiding over the floor.

“The gentlemen’s time has expired,” Cheney said, cutting off Gutiérrez as he continued discussing the children.

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“The gentleman is no longer recognized,” she said before invoking a rule that allows the presiding chairperson to shut down members of Congress who exhibit a “breach of decorum.” She then banged her gavel and called for a recess.

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Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism

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Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz  of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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9/11 first responder goes on Fox and destroys Rand Paul’s phony fiscal conservatism: It’s insulting to our intelligence

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During a Fox News interview on Tuesday, a 9/11 first responder blasted Republican senators who raised concerns about a bill to help compensate those who were injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and its aftermath.

The Senate is expected to pass legislation that would fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, despite Republican senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) stalling the bill after raising concerns about the cost.

"[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell has been nothing but gracious. He kept his word. When we had that meeting with, I can tell you he is keeping his word. While we don’t always agree on everything, he has kept his word, and he helped us get here today," said John Feal, a demolition specialist whose foot was crushed during the 9/11 recovery effort.

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