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Trump signs order temporarily ending his own family separation policy — after days of falsely blaming Democrats

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily ending his controversial family separation policy.

“I didn’t like the sight or feeling” of children being separated from their parents, Trump said at the White House.

His administration ordered the separation of children from their parents at the border as a result of their zero-tolerance prosecutions of immigrants seeking refuge in the U.S.

But Trump said the zero-tolerance policy would continue.

Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen drafted the order Wednesday, and Trump signed it a short time later.

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The president had hoped to use the detained children as leverage to force Democrats to agree to legislation funding a border wall and other Republican anti-immigration measures.

Trump’s executive order will try to get around a 1997 consent decree that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigrant detention, even with their parents, for more than 20 days.

That will almost certainly trigger a court challenge.

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It’s not clear at this point what will happen to the children detained in camps near the border or sent to social service agencies in other states.


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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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