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REVEALED: Trump’s citizenship director founded group that called immigrants ‘invaders’ who spread diseases

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On Saturday, CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski reported that Ken Cuccinelli, President Donald Trump’s acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, helped found a virulently anti-immigrant group called “State Legislators for Legal Immigration” in 2007.

The principle claim of State Legislators for Legal Immigration was that undocumented immigrants effectively were the same thing as an act of war by a foreign country, and should be responded to as such. The group blasted such immigrants as “invaders” responsible for “serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, [and] terrorism.”

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Cuccinelli, who previously served as the attorney general of Virginia and was the GOP nominee for governor in 2013, proudly cited his involvement with this group in his early runs for office, and parroted much of its rhetoric. In a speech in 2014, he suggested that then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry had the constitutional right to forge international treaties and exercise war powers because his state was being occupied by an invading force of immigrants:

Cuccinelli has come under fire for defending the Trump administration’s new policy of barring visas to poor people by rewriting the poem on the Statue of Liberty to only include those “who can stand on their own two feet,” and saying that the original poem about “huddled masses” was really only talking about Europeans.

Trump and his supporters’ use of the term “invasion” to describe migrants and immigrants has been cited as playing a role in a resurgence of hate crimes and white nationalist violence across the country, one of the most recent cases being the deadly shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

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Operation Encore and the Saudi connection: A secret history of the 9/11 investigation

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Behind the scenes, a small team of FBI agents spent years trying to solve a stubborn mystery — whether officials from Saudi Arabia, one of Washington’s closest allies, were involved in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. This is their story.

On the morning of Sept. 11 last year, about two dozen family members of those killed in the terror attacks filed into the White House to visit with President Donald Trump. It was a choreographed, somewhat stiff encounter, in which each family walked to the center of the Blue Room to share a moment of conversation with Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, before having a photograph taken with the first couple. Still, it was an opportunity the visitors were determined not to squander.

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CNN’s Berman goes scorched earth on GOP lawmakers for not doing their ‘freaking job’ during impeachment trial

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In a blunt-talking broadside at the conduct of Republican senators who have been wandering off during the impeachment trial of Donald Trump because it is "boring," CNN's John Berman singled out Kentucky Republican Rand Paul for being spotted secretly doing a crossword puzzle instead of paying attention.

With multiple reports coming in of GOP lawmakers not doing their job and listening as the case against the president is put before them, the CNN host scorched them as he introduced a panel to discuss the trial.

"Welcome to our viewers all around the world and the United States," host Berman began at the beginning of "New Day". "If you are sitting down for this, you're accomplishing something that several U.S. senators apparently could not. Because while the president of the United States is on trial, some U.S. senators despite being required to be in their chairs as the prosecutors present the case, they can't pull it off. They can't sit there and pay attention."

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‘This is bad news for Trump’: Morning Joe drops bombshell on president over blowback from impeachment trial

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Referring to a new poll that shows Donald Trump is losing to virtually every Democrat who is running for their party's presidential nomination, the panel on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" suggested the president may survive impeachment but not the 2020 election.

"Why don't we see what the American people are thinking about these proceeding, because when you listen to Republicans, they will tell you that this has just been -- that Nancy Pelosi mishandled this, Adam Schiff mishandled it," host Scarborough began. "That the American people are angry and this is going to help Donald Trump and help the Republicans so much. Poll after poll after poll shows that to be a lie."

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