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WHY CENSURE?

It’s not a constitutional power granted explicitly by name to Congress, but lawmakers have slapped a censure on four sitting Presidents.

Pres. Trump makes history as #5.

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What Happened:

  • The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted to censure Pres. Trump for a tweet he wrote about Democrat lawmakers.
  • Critics called the tweet racist; the President denies it.
  • We placed the entire tweet on the source page for you to read in full.
  • The resolution to censure Pres. Trump passed along party lines: 240-187.
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What Happens Now?

Practically: Not much. It’s a public reprimand with no other actionable or legal punishment.

Politically: Democrats can rally together, showing a united front against a Republican president ahead of an election year. President Trump can also use this to rally his base.

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Interesting To Note:

  • Congress can punish lawmakers three ways: expulsion, censure and reprimand.
  • Expulsion is the only punishment mentioned by name in the constitution. 
  • Censure evolved as a punishment starting in 1800s.
  • Other Presidents censured: Presidents Jackson, Lincoln, Taft & Buchanan.
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The first time censure was considered in Congress? In 1798, when one state lawmaker spat on another; ultimately there was no censure vote. Mostly censure has been used for bad behavior: "defamatory or insulting statements."

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What’s The Deal With Deportations?

 

 

ICE raids. Threats of arrests. Heated political debate.

What’s the real deal when it comes to *deportations* in America?

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What To Know

ICE uses 2 deportation categories:

Removals: a person who had been in the U.S. illegally, received a court order of removal (deportation), and is confirmed to have left.

Returns: a person who did not receive a court order of removal but leaves the U.S. – i.e., someone turned away at the border who exits the country.

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Context Matters

How the U.S. handles deportations over the last 20 years changes depending on how you look at these categories.

  • “Removals” peaked during the Obama administration: 432,448
  • “Returns” peaked during the Clinton administration: 1,675,876
  • Since 2013, both removals & returns have declined.
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BIG PICTURE

  • Up to this point, the Trump admin. has deported fewer people than the Obama admin. The Obama admin deported fewer people than the Bush & Clinton administrations.
  • ICE says 1 million+ people have currently received final removal notices. 2,000 were reportedly the focus of this weekend’s raids.
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“The Trump administration would have to increase the pace of interior removals dramatically to reach Obama’s previous peak.  Unless something dramatic changes, that won’t happen…”

The Cato Institute says Obama admin (which focused on illegal immigrants w/criminal records) received more support from local law enforcement than Trump admin (which focuses on the record # of families apprehended crossing the border) when it comes to enforcing immigration laws.
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When focusing on illegal immigration in the "interior" of America (outside of the southern border), less than 1% of the total estimated illegal immigrant population has been removed in recent years.

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NEW BORDER NUMBERS

3 things to know about what happened at the U.S. southern border in June.

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“We are past the breaking point and in a full-blown emergency.”

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan. Apprehensions decreased in June compared to May. But compared to the same period last year (October - June), apprehensions are up 140%. McAleenan went on to say, "This situation should not be acceptable to any of us."
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THE NUMBER

104,344: number of people apprehended for illegally crossing the U.S. southern border (94,897) AND those deemed “inadmissable” (9,447) at the U.S. border.

“Inadmissable” = those seeking lawful entry to U.S. but being denied for any number of reasons – from not having correct documents, criminal past, poor health, etc.

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THOSE APPREHENDED

60% = Family Units.

8% = Unaccompanied Alien Children (those 17-years-old and younger).

32% = Single Adults.

Context: Minors and family units made up 42% of apprehensions last June vs. 66% this year.

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BIG PICTURE

  • Total apprehensions & inadmissables declined from May to June.
  • Nearly 40,000 fewer people were apprehended – a larger percentage decrease than usual but apprehensions are still at record highs.
  • Since 2014, apprehensions have decreased from May to June every year except for one.
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We reached out to Customs and Border Protection to find out why numbers have decreased dramatically. We are awaiting a response.

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RISING THREAT

 

 

 

How one tiny tick may make you severely allergic to your favorite foods.

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“I felt my throat start to close. I don’t normally have allergies…”

26-year-old Matt Faraco was on an international flight from the U.S. to Israel when his health started to deteriorate. A quick-thinking doctor onboard helped administer a dose of epinephrine that likely saved his life. Upon later examination, doctors reportedly believe he was bit by a tick that made him suddenly allergic to red meat.
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LONE STAR TICK

  • “very aggressive tick that bites humans” (CDC)
  • Dark brown with one lone white mark or “star” on its back
  • Found in southeastern/east U.S.
  • Carries pathogens that can make you sick with flu-like symptoms, & can spread alpha-gal syndrome, which triggers an allergic reaction to a sugar in red meat: “The first reaction can be anaphylactic.” 
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BIG PICTURE

The CDC describes ticks as a “growing threat”

Ticks have spread to larger geographic areas in America and carry new diseases

Reported cases of tick-borne disease have increased

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“It appears the range of this tick is expanding…” says Dr. Scott Commins, one of the first docs to connect the tick with this allergy. He says awareness is important. Read more:

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RIPE FOR VIEWING

 

 

 

A rare look tonight at the Strawberry Moon.

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Strawberry Moon

  • The “lowest” full moon of the year.
  • The moon’s shallow path, in a low arc along the sky, allows us to see it more closely to the horizon (instead of up in the sky). The earth’s atmosphere gives it a rose-y, orange, yellowish glow.
  • “Strawberry Moon” may have also come from a Native American tribe as the full moon signaled time to harvest strawberries.
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The Strawberry moon is also known as the Honey Moon or Rose Moon, but the color may vary depending on where you view it. The lowest pass of the moon signals we are close to summer which "officially" begins this Friday.

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Father’s Day

“To have a father—to be a father—is to come very near the heart of life itself.”

A beloved Civil War Veteran & single dad inspired it – a President made it official.

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BACKSTORY

  • William Jackson Smart: Civil War Vet. His wife died & he raised 6 children alone.
  • His daughter, Sonora, inspired to honor him after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon.
  • First Father’s Day: Spokane, Washington, June 19, 1910 – William’s birthday was June 5th but reportedly the mayor wanted more time to prep for celebration.
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It’s Official

“Our identity in name and nature, our roots in home and family, our very standard of manhood—all this and more is the heritage our fathers share with us. It is a rich patrimony, one for which adequate thanks can hardly be offered in a lifetime, let alone a single day.”

Pres. Nixon made it a federal holiday in 1972 with the above proclamation.
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Flowers For Fathers?

Original Fathers Day Gift

In 1910, children gifted red roses to living fathers; white roses honored deceased.

We’re expected to spend about $139 on average on Father’s Day (up from last year’s record of $133), & compared to $195 est. spent on Mother’s Day).

 

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One survey found that nearly half of consumers will gift their dad an experience or an outing, over an item. Read More:

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132,887

The amount of people apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. Southern border in May.

It’s the highest monthly number in more than 13 years.

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Behind The Number:

  • We’ve seen numbers like this before (early 2000s), but this time is different because of the high number of family units & large groups (100+ ppl).
  • Families or unaccompanied children (17-yrs-old & younger) = 70%+ of apprehensions.
  • In 2018, 13 large groups were apprehended. This year: 180 large groups (so far).
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Why This Matters:

  • The Trend: More people are illegally crossing the border, not less.
  • Most (90%) are from “the Northern Triangle” (Honduras, Guatemala, & El Salvador) & Mexico.
  • This is why the White House held talks with Mexico, threatening tariffs, to get much-need help stopping the flow of travelers through Mexico to the U.S. border.
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Something To Consider:

  • Majority of those detained stay in America. They are released shortly after arrest, with the responsibility to follow up on their “status” wherever they settle.
  • Minors who can’t be released without a “sponsor” (family member) are placed temporarily in detention centers, until gov’t can find suitable guardian (about 2 months).
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Detention centers holding a record number of minors are also running unprecedented programs (classes/sports) & will run out of funding at the end of this month. WH requested $$ in a recent disaster bill. Congress could not agree on amount & stripped it out.

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ROBOCALL…KILLER?

“If there is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans & Democrats, liberals & conservatives, socialists & libertarians, vegetarians & carnivores, Ohio State & Michigan fans, it is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls…”

IS CHANGE COMING?
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BACKSTORY:

  • Problem: Approx. half of the calls you get this year will be robocalls.
  • Why? Technology allows creeps to call you even if you’re on the “Do Not Call” list. Using the internet, they can automatically dial thousands – millions of numbers each day. All they need is a small number to answer to make the scam worthwhile.
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A Change?

  • Thursday: FCC voted to allow carriers like AT&T or Verizon to proactively block suspicious calls from their customers. Think of this similar to the way your email siphons out “junk.”
  • Warning: Some worry legit calls from places like banks that use robocall systems might not reach you. We also don’t know how quickly phone companies will act.
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What can you do in the meantime? 

“The best approach is to protect your phone number the way you do your Social Security and credit card numbers. Don’t give your phone number to strangers, businesses or websites unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Univ. of Maryland professor & computer scientist, Raymond Huahong Tu, who has researched robocall technology.
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Lingering question & concern by some FCC commissioners: Will phone companies charge you for "sifting out" robocalls to your phone? FCC says they can; will they? & would you pay?

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THE TRIP & THE TIMING

President Trump begins a formal State Visit to the UK hosted by the Queen as her country attempts to chart a new course.

Why the timing of this trip matters.

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What To Know:

  • June 3rd: Pres. Trump begins State Visit.
  • June 4th: Pres. Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
  • June 5th: Pres. Trump concludes visit.
  • June 7th: PM May will resign.
  • June 10th: Campaign for May’s successor “officially” begins.
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Why It Matters:

  • Special Relationship” = term used to describe unique history & alliance between U.S. & England.
  • Pres. Trump is only the third U.S. president hosted for a formal State Visit by Queen Elizabeth II (Pres. G.W. Bush & Pres. Obama)
  • While some British politicians have criticized the visit by the U.S. president, Britain itself is in the midst of major political turmoil.
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What’s Going On:

  • Nearly 3 years ago, 52% of the UK voted to exit the EU.
  • Since then the UK Parliament failed to approve an exit deal three separate times; this is why PM May is resigning.
  • High Stakes: England’s future with or without EU hangs in balance; relationship w/U.S. important either way (for security & trade).
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BIG PICTURE

  • This is the first time ANY EU country has chosen to separate in the history of the bloc.
  • Pres. Trump, with other leaders, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy this Thurs. – underscoring the importance of diplomatic ties with allies who share common values (esp. during a time of an emboldened Russian).
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We call it "Brexit" but the plan covers all of the UK (Wales, England, Scotland, & Northern Ireland - not Republic of Ireland) exiting the EU. A variety of reports accuse Russia of "meddling" in Brexit vote, hoping to see the dissolution of the European Union.

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HISTORY-MAKING

“the largest group ever”

More than 1,000 people illegally crossed the U.S. Southern Border together on Wednesday – a record for Border Patrol.

The President promises a solution as a judge blocks portions of a border wall from being built.

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Backstory

  • 1,036 ppl illegally crossed the border Wednesday.
  • More than twice the amount of the last “largest group ever.”
  • Mostly “family members” (934) & unaccompanied children (63).
  • Big Picture: Large groups from Central America (adults traveling with children) continue to flood the border; This is unique in American history.
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Why It Matters

Southern Border apprehensions have dramatically increased in recent months due to family units.

“The apprehension of 1,036 individuals in a single group…demonstrates the severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border.”

U.S. Customs & Border Protection
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What You Should Know:

  • Current Policy: Those who Illegally cross the border are processed & released in America, likely within 2-3 days; rarely detained.
  • Border Wall:  Last Friday a federal judge blocked *some* portions of the border wall from being built. Pres. declared nat’l emergency in Feb. to divert federal funds for project; WH appealing ruling.
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As Pres. Trump promises to deliver his "biggest statement" on the border, you can watch the largest group in history crossing in El Paso where Border Patrol uses both border barriers and surveillance cameras. See it on our source page.

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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

 

 

 

 

New study suggests this “technique” may actually work.

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Backstory

  • New study published in Journal of Personality & Social Psychology.
  • Researchers examined social class and the “Social Advantage of Miscalibrated Individuals” – aka those with overconfidence.
  • Combined four separate studies with more than 150,000 people.
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“Advantages beget advantages.”

Researchers say overconfidence (confidence beyond one's knowledge or an actual skill set) tends to be an attribute of those assuming higher status roles in society. Overconfidence is also often misinterpreted as competence, only further insulating those in the upper class in their social position, whether or not it's deserved.
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The study's authors say their research provides insight into one reason (not the only reason) why those in the upper class tend to stay in the upper class for generations. What do you think?

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The history of Memorial Day is a story few ever know.

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It Wasn’t Always
Memorial Day…

  • Tradition dates back to Civil War.
  • Leader of veterans group proclaimed May 30th – Decoration Day – a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers.
  • May 30th chosen reportedly because flowers bloomed nationwide.
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About 25 Cities Claim Ties To First Memorial Day…

incl. Columbus, Miss., April 1866.

According to lore, a group of women visiting a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers, saw neglected graves of Union soldiers and decided to place flowers on ALL the graves despite the war ending a year earlier.

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  • The first “Memorial Day” at Arlington spearheaded by Gen. Logan (Civil War vet who led a veterans group).
  • Fmr. Union General & soon-to-be-elected President Ulysess S. Grant attended.
  • About 5,000 people gathered & put small American flags on graves ~ About the same # of people attend in modern times and do exactly the same thing.
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Federal Holiday: 1971
Last Monday of May

MEMORIAL DAY: “a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

VETERANS DAY (Nov 11):  “largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service…”

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“We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance...Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

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