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NY judge strikes down policy tying federal funds to immigration compliance

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The Trump administration cannot compel states and cities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities as a condition for receiving millions of dollars in federal law enforcement funds, a New York federal judge ruled on Friday.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan is a victory for New York City and the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, which had sued the administration over the conditions in July. Ramos is at least the fourth federal judge to rule against U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on the issue.

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Ramos ordered the administration to award the funds without conditions.

“Today’s decision is a major win for New Yorkers’ public safety,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement.

The U.S. Department of Justice could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuits concern the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, which provide federal funds for state and local law enforcement.

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The Trump administration announced last year that to receive funding, state and local governments must give federal immigration authorities access to their jails and advance notice of immigrants’ release from custody.

The six states, which received grants totaling $25 million in the last fiscal year, said in their lawsuit they were given an Aug. 10 deadline to decide whether to accept funds with conditions.

New York City, in a separate lawsuit, said it was entitled to $4 million but that the Justice Department has refused to release it.

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Federal judges in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois have already ruled against the policy. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Illinois ruling, finding that Congress, and not the administration, has the authority to decide how the funds are spent.

Ramos said on Friday that he agreed with that decision, and that legal limits on executive authority were “a check on tyranny and the concentration of power.”


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‘He looks like a florescent green helium balloon’: CNN panel breaks into hysterics at Sean Spicer on #DWTS

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A CNN panel couldn't stop laughing as Republican Scott Jennings rushed to the side of former press secretary Sean Spicer, who debuted on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night dressed in a bright-green ruffled shirt and dancing the Salsa.

"No way. What the Hell?" Rye asked the second she saw the video of Spicer.

"So, you’ve seen it," Lemon asked Jennings. "So, is this the guy you remember?"

But Rye, blindsided by the chartreuse, cut in.

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‘Not a single Republican reached out to ask what can we do’: Trump’s ‘my African-American’ fan blasts GOP

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President Donald Trump once called Gregory Cheadle "My African-American" during a California campaign rally in 2016, but now Trump's champion is out and he says it's due to the GOP's white supremacy.

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Cheadle asked how any person of color could be part of a party that doesn't want them.

"Well, he and the party have just shown that they have no interest in any of group but white," said Cheadle. "Whites are the primary group. Everyone else may get crumbs. But his agenda is targeted towards benefitting whites. For the GOP as well. The GOP is they want to slash Social Security. They want to slash welfare. They don't say diddly-squat about cutting subsidies, loan guarantees, government contracts and whatever else for the wealthy. So they're all about themselves."

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The real reason Trump is so jealous of Obama is that he might win an Emmy: Trump biographer

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A CNN panel broke out into laughter talking about President Donald Trump's pathetic jealousy of his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

Obama's new book is slated to score major profits, so he was given a substantial advance for the book. Former first lady Michelle Obama has already enjoyed considerable success from the release of her book and tour. The couple has since made a production deal with Netflix for their company that will focus on fiction and non-fiction stories with a positive social message. Meanwhile, Trump is struggling to win reelection.

"Why is this president so fixated on the former president?" wondered Lemon. "Whether it is North Korea, federal judges, a racist birther lie about the former president not being born here, that’s the one that got him into the political scene. It seems like this president has an obsession with former President Obama. What’s going on?"

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