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  1. The Taliban is still active. They are very specifically whom Russia has been arming, and who they gave the bounties too. Just because the military went after them doesn't mean they're completely destroyed. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/09/supreme-court-trump-tax-records.html I'll admit I was worried about this one, but thankfully, by a 7-2 majority, SCOTUS has ruled that Trump's tax returns must be handed to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance and a grand jury. While this does delay the House's ability to access the same material until the lower court rules, this still leaves Trump vulnerable. Important to note that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch also voted in favor of releasing these records.
  2. I agree that the uniform doesn't inherently make them good. However, the bounties were directly offered to the Taliban. Putin is a tyrant, and I'm not going to respect him because of his "conviction". He is a hostile leader, so I'm not going to suspect that the bounties were put on soldiers because they actually did something wrong. You really want me to believe that Putin seeking aid from the Taliban could be justified because the soldiers may be the real criminals here?
  3. Then that should be decided on a case by case basis. The individual is responsible, so don't try to make DACA itself the problem. https://www.justsecurity.org/71279/trump-pushed-cia-to-give-intelligence-to-kremlin-while-taking-no-action-against-russia-arming-taliban/ Meanwhile, I'm sure you've heard by now that Trump knew about Russian bounties on American soldiers. Turns out that not only was Trump willing to turn a blind eye there, he also pushed the CIA to feed information to the Kremlin. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-trump-finances/u-s-supreme-court-rulings-due-thursday-on-trump-financial-records-cases-idUSKBN2492JH SCOTUS will rule on whether Congress can access Trump's financial records. Note that these regard subpoenas issued to third parties, not to Trump himself.
  4. That seems like an extremely specific example. We already have SNAP eligibility requirements, so I don't see the point in changing the threshold just because one random guy from wherever has a car that starts at $25k. (Seriously, if you want to talk about an expensive car, at least look at how even the more expensive model is still south of $50k.)
  5. I'm not doubting that the cars are expensive. I considered that it was possible that you see it happening on a daily basis, especially when you said you work with immigrants, but unless you have a job that involves confirming that undocumented immigrants are collecting those benefits to pay for multiple fancy cars, it seems unlikely that the problem is as widespread as you're making it out to be. Are the immigrants you work with symptomatic of how broken the system is, or do they seem to be exceptions in any regard? My position is that I think it should be easier for immigrants to gain citizenship. Given a lot of discrimination at the federal level, which has increased throughout the Trump administration, I'm fine with states trying to implement individual improvements. Understand that the immigrants you interact with on a daily basis may not necessarily represent all immigrants. You asked if I would be okay with my taxes going to support people who will never apply for citizenship or residency. It makes an assumption that they will never do that. If I were to say that I would only be okay with my taxes supporting immigrants on the condition that they must apply for citizenship or residency, that would be splitting hairs. I could talk about how the system is rigged against immigrants regardless of whether or not they would apply, but the shorter answer is that I legitimately do not care enough to make that distinction, so it's not really going to inspire any reservations about how my taxes benefit immigrants. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/government-must-release-migrant-children-detention-centers-because-coronavirus-judge-n1232328?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma&fbclid=IwAR3O2EgxZUobmVcaIIWxqxdHNA57ruxf9iHNRK6uhyYy8yEIOU2d8X_DpIY We're finally making some progress. ICE must begin releasing children held in family detention centers for over 20 days.
  6. https://www.vox.com/2019/3/1/18241692/undocumented-immigrants-pay-state-local-taxes Immigrants are also paying their taxes, so they're giving their fair share. Perhaps instead of assuming that these immigrants will never apply for citizenship, you might be better served asking whether it's because they don't want to, or if they do want to apply, but the process is absurdly difficult. https://americasvoice.org/blog/immigration-101-why-immigrants-cant-just-get-legal/ Do you have any evidence that the undocumented immigrants with half a dozen cars are reaping the benefits that my taxes pay for, or are you just making that up? I'm used to these bad faith arguments. Inventing a strawman, then putting words in mouth to pretend that I somehow support that strawman isn't really as effective as you seem to think it is. Lay off the hyperbole, and we might actually have a productive discussion here.
  7. I probably should have worked on a longer response in the intervening time, but I made the wrong assumption about what you were referring to. That said, I simply believe the claims of immigrants "stealing" from the system tend to be exaggerated. https://www.npr.org/2019/07/10/740147546/california-first-state-to-offer-health-benefits-to-adult-undocumented-immigrants I know that California is a popular punching bag, and it's certainly just one example that hardly defeats your point, but I hope it at least serves as an example that when states are choosing to grant benefits to undocumented immigrants, I do not think that is consider stealing. Personally, I would be okay with more states granting similar benefits. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/politics/border-wall-9th-circuit-appeals-court/index.html Meanwhile, a federal appeals court has ruled that Trump has no authority to divert military funds. I imagine that, as usual, the right will throw a fit about this being the 9th Circuit, acting as if its geographical location is somehow the real problem, while failing to address the actual merits of their ruling. Simply put, the 9th Circuit noted that the Appropriations Clause grants the authority to Congress, so the transfer of funds violated that clause.
  8. The absolute absurdity of this case always puts a smile on my face. Can't believe people were actually rooting for something this sad to succeed. https://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/national/article243664982.html

    1. Horu Ishayuki

      Horu Ishayuki

      That's hilarious!

  9. I think there's another sentence missing in the middle there. DACA does provide immigrants with benefits, yes, but nothing about that suddenly means that "no one buys the cow if they get the milk for free." Are you referring to the tired old argument that immigrants somehow "steal" jobs from citizens? My understanding is that undocumented immigrants are often willing to take jobs that citizens wouldn't have been willing to perform anyway. It's why Republicans like Trump and Nunes are happy to employ undocumented immigrants. At best, that argument is an example of mimetic desire. The citizens complaining about immigrants taking certain jobs wouldn't have wanted those jobs anyway until after the immigrants started getting employed. At worst, it's a dog whistle that racists need to hide behind to pretend that their prejudice is somehow valid. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/19/politics/southern-district-of-new-york-geoffrey-berman-jay-clayton/index.html Anyway, Barr attempted to outright lie by pretending that US Attorney Geoffrey Berman is stepping down. Notably, Berman's office was responsible for prosecuting Michael Cohen, investigating Rudy Giuliani, and indicting Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Once again, Barr's only role as Attorney General is to be Trump's attack dog.
  10. Weirdly enough, I kind of want Kuriboh and maybe Morphtronics to do well? Though I wouldn't be surprised if Cyber Dragon ends up being one of the two winners.
  11. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-trump-cannot-end-daca-big-win-dreamer-n1115116 SCOTUS continues to slap down Trump. This time they have ruled that he cannot end DACA, citing that the administration failed to provide adequate reasoning for ending the program.
  12. Cool, so you agree that the administration is handling this poorly because of malice.
  13. Your point? They are not mutually exclusive. Corona is still a serious threat, and the administration's willful ignorance and reckless mismanagement deserves to be called out.
  14. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/pence-governors-coronavirus-call_n_5ee83b5cc5b6b735a6483671 Pence pushes governors to lie about coronavirus.
  15. Well damn. Waking up to SCOTUS kicking Trump's ass. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/15/supreme-court-wont-hear-trump-challenge-to-california-sanctuary-law.html The Supreme Court has refused to hear Trump's challenge to California's sanctuary cities law. As a result, the ruling from the federal court remains in place. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-existing-civil-rights-law-protects-gay-lesbian-n1231018 The Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does include sexual orientation, so it is illegal for employers to discriminate on such grounds. The Trump administration argued against expanding the scope of Title VII, so although he was not a party in this particular case, we now have a precedent that completely undermines any similar arguments that administration wants to make. So, remind me why I should give this blatantly bigoted President the "benefit of the doubt" now that we're over three years into the administration?
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