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Appeals court upholds California ‘sanctuary state’ bill

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A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California “sanctuary state” bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities.

The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities.

“SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government’s immigration enforcement efforts,” said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.

“California has the right, pursuant to the anti-commandeering rule, to refrain from assisting with federal efforts,” he added, referring to the 10th amendment of the US constitution, which says that powers not delegated to the federal government are given to the states or the people.

The decision upheld a July 2018 ruling appealed by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

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The richest and most populous US state — a Democratic stronghold where Latinos are the biggest demographic — California is locked in a legal and political battle with the federal government, particularly on immigration and environmental issues.

Trump recently spoke of the possibility of transferring migrants detained after crossing the US-Mexico border to so-called sanctuary cities, such as Los Angeles.

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Mitch McConnell: AOC started Trump’s racist tweets by calling detention centers ‘concentration camps’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday refused to condemn the President of the United States for sending racist tweets in which he told four non-white congresswomen to "go back" to their countries of origin.

McConnell spoke on the matter at a press conference, but he did not explicitly rebuke President Donald Trump.

"There's been a lot of discussion about the events of the last couple days, I'd like to address it myself," McConnell volunteered. "I think there's been a consensus that political rhetoric has really gotten way way overheated all across the political spectrum."

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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aid Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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WATCH: Civil rights icon John Lewis drops the hammer on Trump — and has no qualms about calling his remarks racist

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On Tuesday, the fallout continued from remarks President Trump made telling four freshman congresswomen -- and women of color -- that they should go back to their own countries.

While some prominent Republicans criticized the president, they stopped short of calling his comments racist.

MSNBC reported Tuesday that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) -- a civil rights icon -- deemed Trump's remarks racist.

"This is not any, any way for the president of the United States of America to be attacking to be saying what he's saying about these young women," Lewis said.

"It's just dead wrong. We must use everything in a nonviolent way to say that it's wrong."

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