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What’s Wrong with England? (Russ)
Some interesting guests talk to outsider tv host Laura Flanders — and discuss ISIS.
‘Sanctuary Cities’ Bill and ‘Kate’s Law’ to Receive a Vote (Dan)
‘Sanctuary Cities’ — cities that do not allow local law enforcement officials to share information with federal immigration officials — will vote on a bill sponsored by Pat Toomey (R-PA) that overturns the prohibition. Donald Trump, along with Ted Cruz, have been advocates for ‘sanctuary cities’ legislation, specifically ‘Kate’s Law’, which would require mandatory sentences for certain immigrants who repeatedly enter the country. McConnell has promised to bring both to the floor.
Stigmatizing Discharge Papers Plague Military Rape Victims (Trevin)
A recent Human Rights Watch report tells a despairing story of thousands of servicemembers who reported sexual assault being less than honorably discharged, often for “mental illness” directly related to their attacks. “Bad paper” can prevent victims from getting jobs, marking them for life, and causes many to regret stepping forward.
Michael Parenti on Fascism (Russ)
A lecture from 1995, but somehow the subject seems relevant again.
Obama Administration vs Child Migrants (Dan)
A top appeals court is set to hear arguments over whether child migrants — mostly from Central America — have the right to attorney in their deportation trial. In an attempt to seek the larger goal of his immigration plan, Obama and his administration said ‘no’ to defense counsel in the runup to the 2014 elections. Strangely, a Reagan-appointed judge disagrees.