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GOP leaders are livid after Trump ‘turned the Republican Party into the Party of Family Separation’: report

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are furious with the White House for perceived image damage caused by President Donald Trump’s policy of family separation along the southern border.

“It is very clear, if you look at statements from members of Congress, both the Senate and particularly vulnerable House Republicans, they understand this looks terrible,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted, live from McAllen, Texas.

“The reality is that particularly for these vulnerable Republicans, many of which are from states that have high immigrant populations, the images that we have seen, all the reporting, the audio of children screaming who have been separated from their parents, that’s something voters really relate to,” explained Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff. “This story is something that’s really urgent and really pressing for voters, particularly for independent and for swing voters.”

“So people on the Hill, especially House Republicans who are worried that their chamber is going to flip, are probably more concerned than they have been in recent weeks about the impact of this news cycle on their ability to keep the House under control,” she continued. “And they blame the White House for that.”

“They see this very much as the responsibility of the White House, the responsibility of the Justice Department, essentially taking the Republican Party and turning it into the Party of Family Separation,” Woodruff revealed.

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Another MSNBC contributor, Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker, wondered if GOP leaders should have been surprised by Trump’s actions.

“This is who Donald Trump is, this is what he ran on, this is what he believes,” Parker reminded. “This is what he has been saying for decades before he got into politics.”

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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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