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GOP lawmakers have ‘serious concerns’ that House Democrats are investigating voter suppression in Republican states

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On Monday, the Huffington Post reported that Republican lawmakers are increasingly upset about the attention Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are devoting to state-level voter suppression.

“We have serious concerns that your letters appear to be an attempt to insert the Committee into particular state election proceedings, for which we do not see a legitimate legislative purpose,” said ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) in a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). “By seeking voluminous records relating to election administration of sovereign states, your investigation offends state-federal comity. In fact, the respective states are already working to resolve any issues with their election administration.”

Jordan is referring to letters that Cummings and Raskin sent to officials in Republican-controlled states earlier this year, demanding information on election policy broadly considered to be deliberate voter suppression.

Specifically, the letters inquired about problems voters faced casting ballots in Georgia; the decision by Kansas officials to move a polling place in majority-Hispanic Dodge City to a place inaccessible to public transit; and a recent investigation of “noncitizens” on voter rolls in Texas that ensnared thousands of legal voters.

Voter suppression has kicked into high gear in recent years following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a major portion of the Voting Rights Act that kept some of the worst offender states under preclearance.

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‘It can be a very rough river!’ Trump dismisses concerns about immigrants who drowned in Rio Grande

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday brushed aside questions about whether Americans should be concerned about an immigrant man who drowned along with his child while trying to cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States.

"It can be a very rough river," Trump said in explaining the immigrants' deaths.

He then went on to blame Democrats for the drowned immigrants on the grounds that changing asylum laws would purportedly deter people fleeing violence in their home countries from trying to enter the United States.

"That father, who probably was this wonderful guy with his daughter, things like that probably wouldn't happen [with different asylum laws]," he said.

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Google employees push San Francisco’s Pride Parade to exclude tech giant to protest hate speech online

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Nearly 100 Google employees asked the organizer's of the San Francisco Pride parade to ban the tech giant over its handling of hate speech online.

An online petition asked that Google be excluded from this weekend's event and removed as a sponsor of the parade, and employees sent a letter to event organizers explaining their frustration, reported Bloomberg.

“Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,’” employees told the parade's board of directors. “But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait."

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Trump blames Dems for heartbreaking photo of dead migrants: ‘If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested Democrats were at fault after a photo of two dead migrants was published.

After returning from the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference, Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn about the photo of a father and daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

"If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that," Trump reportedly quipped. "If we had the right laws that the democrats are not letting us have those people wouldn’t be coming up."

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