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Stephen Miller was furious Trump’s own officials are taking so long to implement illegal policies

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President Donald Trump’s officials are taking far too long to come up with a way to bar all undocumented immigrants from entering the United States.

According to the New York Times, senior White House aide Stephen Miller is “furious – again,” because administration officials are taking so long to carry out Trump’s demands, which violate the Constitution.

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A New York Times piece last week revealed that Trump’s biggest problem with his Homeland Security leadership was that they would tell him they couldn’t do things because it was against the law. Trump didn’t care; he wanted his demands met.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn said the same thing during an interview with Axios. Trump would fly into a rage when he was told that something was illegal or that he couldn’t do something because the law barred him from it.

“I spent the last couple of years getting yelled at,” McGahn said according to two sources at the Republican lunch. “And you may soon read about some of the more spirited debates I had with the president.”

“A regulation to deny welfare benefits to immigrants — a change Mr. Miller repeatedly predicted would be ‘transformative’ — was still plodding through the approval process after more than two years, he complained,” The Times wrote Sunday. “So were the new rules that would overturn court-ordered protections for migrant children. They were still not finished, he added, berating Ronald D. Vitiello, the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

“You ought to be working on this regulation all day every day,” Miller shouted, according to The Times‘ sources in the meeting. “It should be the first thought you have when you wake up. And it should be the last thought you have before you go to bed. And sometimes you shouldn’t go to bed.”

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Weeks later, everyone at DHS was on their way out, and Miller was being blamed.

“One senior administration official at the White House, who requested anonymity to discuss what he called a sensitive topic, said many of the administration’s core priorities have been ‘either moving too slowly or moving in the wrong direction,'” The Times said.

Other officials, by contrast, claimed that after months of clashes with Miller and those around the president who are demanding “policies that were legally questionable, impractical, unethical or unreasonable.”

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Miller is reportedly seeing a way to get rid of the law that allows asylum seekers, a group that literally founded the United States as we know it today when they landed at Plymouth in 1620.

The end isn’t near, The Times said.

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“And it is not clear that the political bloodletting is over,” it said. Francis Cissna, the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and John Mitnick, the department’s general counsel, are likely next to go.

Read the full report at the New York Times.


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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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New Zealand epidemiologist: ‘We look at Trump’s behavior and we’re horrified’

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To learn how New Zealand has largely eliminated COVID-19, we continue our extended interview with Michael Baker, an epidemiologist who is a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group and advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He describes how the country’s response compares to the government actions in the United States and worldwide.

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.

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Trump White House hammered for covering up their own economic projections as jobs vanish

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The Trump White House has decided against releasing midyear economic projections this summer, breaking precedent at a time when unemployment is expected to top 20 percent.

The Washington Post reports that the administration is not releasing updated economic projections that "would almost certainly codify an administration assessment that the coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn" with massive job losses that have topped 36 million in just two months.

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