Jeff Sessions Just Took Balancing Power Away from Judges with New Edict

On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive that ends a common tactic that’s used by federal immigration judges to stop or suspend cases they’re ruling on while waiting for more evidence.

A New York Times report says that Sessions gave a directive stopping the power of all immigration judges to put cases on hold by using administrative cloture, something judges have used before to suspend cases of immigrants waiting for a visa application or possibly the appeal for their criminal conviction.

Jeff Sessions blames the judicial process for letting immigrants who don’t have legal status to stay in the U.S. indefinitely as judges leave cases on pause. Clearly, Sessions is very impatient in his quest to ruin people’s lives.

Immigration judges, Sessions wrote, “do not have the general authority to suspend indefinitely immigration proceedings by administrative closure.”

Putting those cases on hold, according to Sessions, has “effectively resulted in illegal aliens remaining indefinitely in the United States without any formal legal status,” he said.

The move might reopen several hundred thousand cases, but the Times reports that they will likely not reopen cases that are already closed with administrative cloture. Jeff Sessions wrote in his hateful directive that a change like that would overwhelm the Trump administration’s backlogged immigration case system, which slows down Trump’s plans to hurt as many Hispanics as possible by deporting them.

“Requiring recalendaring of all of these cases immediately, however, would likely overwhelm the immigration courts and undercut the efficientadministration of immigration law,” he wrote.

Benjamin Johnson, who is the executive director for the immigration lawyers association, informed the Times that Jeff Sessions’s order would decrease the rights that judges have to make independent decisions.

Due process demands that we maintain an immigration court system with independent judges who have the authority and flexibility to make decisions,” Johnson explained.

Here’s the Big Takeaway from Trump’s Huge Meltdown

It’s always been hard to make a time frame for Donald Trump’s demise, since the political process and the criminal justice process each stick to an unpredictable internal clock. With scandals worsening every day, and his corrupt allies distancing themselves or betraying him, it’s safe to predict that Trump’s doom is inevitable yet not imminent. Today it seemed Trump got sick of slowly losing, and he decided to slam his fist against the chess board to see what might happen. In that process, Trump had his most monstrous meltdown yet.

Here is what Donald Trump tweeted: “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!” Wow. That’s despotic even by his despicable standards. It’s worth mentioning that this tweet is chock full of big words that don’t appear to be part of Trump’s limited vocabulary. This tweet correctly spells “hereby” in spite of Trump’s infamous and chronic inability to spell the word “hereby” or even understand that it’s one word instead of two words. So the chances are that President Trump didn’t even write this tweet. However, he certainly approved it, because he bet his career and freedom on it.

Make no mistake: Trump wants to force the issue. He has decided that whatever might happen, he wants it to take place more quickly. This is certainly, a surprising turn of events, even for Trump, as so far his illegitimate presidency is basically him loudly whining, then doing nothing, while the investigations close in on him. Something has changed today, and Donald Trump decided that he’s tired of his demise being dragged out.

Donald Trump could still revert to his cowardly nature by tomorrow and choose not to attempt to force the DOJ into an investigation its own probe into his crimes. But now even the delusional Donald Trump can’t really think he can win this fight. That means he’s chosen, for the time being, that he wants to hurry things up and lose for good. But Trump is still as flaky as he is cowardly, so yeah, perhaps he will back down tomorrow. Right now the only thing that Trump still has control of is how he will lose.

McCain Rallies Senate to Reject Trump Move

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has come out against Gina Haspel, who is President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, on Wednesday following her Senate confirmation hearing.

In a break with Donald Trump, McCain told his Senate colleagues that they should vote against Haspel, because “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.

McCain said that the pro-torture Haspel in her speeches to the Senate Intelligence Committee did not address his serious concerns about her part in an enhanced interrogation (torture) program in the amoral George W. Bush administration. The sadistic methods used in the program are regarded as torture now.

Haspel can’t afford to lose any more Republican support. McCain is currently recovering from surgery for his brain cancer out in Arizona and he was not expected to be there when the Senate will vote on Haspel’s nomination. With John McCain out and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) against her, Haspel needs support from one Democratic senator at least as well as every single Republican besides Paul and McCain to be confirmed.

“Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked. I know that those who used enhanced interrogation methods and those who approved them wanted to protect Americans from harm. I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty,” McCain stated on Wednesday.

“But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world.”

McCain explained that he still thinks Haspel “is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense.”

“However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying,” he said. “I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.”

McCain himself was tortured multiple times while a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War. McCain had previously expressed skepticism and dissent about Haspel’s nomination.

Gina Haspel’s ties to the “interrogation” (torture) program caused a contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday in which the Senate Democrats focused heavy criticism towards her views on torture. She failed to answer when Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly asked Haspel if she believes the past interrogation techniques are “immoral.”

However, she promised that she would never bring back the torture program, a way of phrasing the issue that falsely implies that America ever stopped torturing people, rather than simply ceasing to officially endorse it. The fact that America continues to use discreetly use torture as an interrogation tactic, especially overseas, makes it especially important to have a CIA director with a moral objection to torture.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) unfortunately said on Wednesday that he supports Haspel’s nomination. Several Republican senators remain undecided.

McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel’s nomination is just the latest instance where the Arizona senator disagreed with Trump.

The president got harsh criticism in the 2016 campaign when he claimed that McCain is not a war hero, insensitively saying that he prefers war heroes “who weren’t captured.” McCain spent six long years in a POW camp during the Vietnam war.

Since Donald Trump’s election, McCain has often spoken out against his rhetoric as well as the “spurious nationalism” that is sweeping the nation, and he wrote critically of Trump within his upcoming book.

Also, McCain cast the decisive vote to prevent an ObamaCare repeal in the Senate last summer.

Senate Report Just Revealed Why Donald Trump Barely Won 4 Key Swing States

The voting results in the 2016 election did not make mathematical and statistical sense. It was possible for Trump to have won the election, but it seemed impossible for Trump to have won the election in the exact way that he won it. One thing that stood out was Trump’s margins of victory in each of the four swing states which decided the election. We finally have real-world insight that comes from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee about why the margin is so mathematically suspect.

Donald Trump not only pulled off upset wins in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, but he won each of them by almost exactly one percent. Natural statistical results would be more like, for example, Trump winning a swing state by one percent, another by 2.3 percent, another by 0.6 percent. If an NFL team won four upset victories consecutively, and each had a 35-31 score, you would scratch your head in confusion, because numbers don’t really work that way, and exceptions to this are incredibly rare. So why would we believe Trump really won all four swing states by the exact same margin? We know now that it’s because the margin was the lowest it could go.

The Senate Intel Committee put out a bipartisan report a few days ago confirming that Russian hackers actually penetrated voter registration data for crucial swing states, and they were able to alter or even delete voter registration data. It wasn’t hackers breaking in for the election night and literally rewriting the vote counts. Instead, the hackers got in beforehand and they sabotaged the registration data of just enough of the targeted voters and kept them from voting successfully when they arrived.

The Russian hackers didn’t know what the vote counts were going to exactly be when they got in and started disqualifying voters in advance. They had access to all the internal polling which the corrupt Republican National Committee had done for the Trump campaign. These internal polls come from far more detailed information about voters and are far more precise than any publicly available polling. Even knowing that information, the hackers would still have needed to allow themselves a margin of error, in case the polls weren’t completely accurate.

The Russian hackers could not just delete enough voter registrations and make Trump win by, let’s say 2,000 votes in each swing state. They didn’t know exactly what the vote counts would be, so they weren’t allowed to cut it too close. That explains why none of the four swing state victories were decided by amounts like 0.1% or 0.6% of the vote, as you might see in a natural distribution for four close wins. The bottom line is this: the Russians ensured that Donald Trump “won” all those states by a minimum of one percent, just in case the polling information they had was slightly off. We’re not just imagining this: the vote totals for the 2016 presidential election were rigged.

GOP Internal Data Now Reveals the Facts About 2016 Election Rigging

Political polls have a bad reputation for accuracy, due to the isolated and misleading manner in which the mass media often reports them. The statistical truth is that when all the final polls are averaged, that average is almost always accurate within the margin of error. It was a huge deal, and an almost impossible one, that the 2016 election polls were so off. Now we are finding out that the internal polls, which are more detailed and even more accurate, were wrong as well.

Yesterday, Politico put out a lengthy piece showing that Paul Ryan is telling his friends that he’s considering resigning from Congress. Deeply buried, more than 20 paragraphs into the story, we find the explosive revelation that even the GOP’s own internal polling predicted that Trump would lose miserably and that Republicans would lose 20 seats in the House. Political parties can frame their polls based on detailed voter data, and so tend to be very accurate.

So not only were the internal RNC polls incorrect about the presidential election, the polls were wrong all across the board. The Trump campaign cheated with Russian government hackers to rig the election, which makes it clear that the polls weren’t really wrong. Instead, the Russian hackers didn’t just steal voter data and hand it over to the evil Trump campaign. The hackers changed the voting totals.

That idea may be instinctively unbelievable for many Americans since it would mean a cartoonish act of sociopathic treason by Trump and his criminal goons. But there’s evidence that Trump-Russia really was a treasonous conspiracy. The Russian hackers would not have gone so far all year, just to stop short of rigging the vote totals on election day. The GOP’s own internal polls show that Russia changed the vote totals of not only the 2016 presidential election but also the congressional races. No wonder Republicans are so scared of the evils that the Trump-Russia treason investigation is turning up.

REPORT: Governor Of New York Wants FREE Tuition For College!

Maybe this type of thinking will begin to cascade across the USA.  With the opportunity for young people and minorities at all-time lows, the government must do creative things like this to spur on growth and increase the chance that young people or others re-entering the workforce will be able to compete.

Students whose families earn $125,000 or less would pay nothing for tuition at two- and four-year public colleges under the governor’s plan.

It’s similar to what Hillary Clinton proposed for public colleges across the country during her presidential campaign.

Cuomo announced his proposal in Queens on Tuesday, alongside Senator Bernie Sanders who first advocated for free tuition during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“In this economy, you need a college education if you’re going to compete,” Cuomo said in front of a crowd at LaGuardia Community College.

“It’s incredibly hard and getting harder to get a college education today. It’s incredibly expensive and debt is so high it’s like starting a race with an anchor tied to your leg,” he said.

Tuition at New York’s state-operated colleges, which includes 64 SUNY campuses, is $6,470 at four-year schools and $4,350 at community colleges for the 2016-2017 school year. The City University of New York’s 18 campuses have similar tuition costs and would also be included under Cuomo’s plan. (Students would still be on the hook for additional fees, as well as room and board costs.)

About 59% of students at New York’s four-year colleges graduate with debt, according to The Institute for College Access and Success. On average, they are carrying $29,320 of debt.

Cuomo said his proposed program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, would start this year, and roll out over the next three. It would begin by making families who earn up to $100,000 a year eligible in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and eventually reaching $125,000 in 2019.

But first, the New York State Legislature would need to vote on the program, and its prospects are uncertain.

“Governor Cuomo isn’t providing ‘free’ tuition, he’s simply telling New York taxpayers to write a bigger check,” said New York State Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb, in a statement emailed to CNN. “At the end of the day someone has to pay the bill, and once again his political ambitions will be subsidized by the highest-taxed people in America.”

Based on enrollment projections, the plan will cost approximately $163 million annually once fully phased in, according to a statement from the governor’s office. It estimates that 940,000 New York households have college-aged children who would be eligible for the program.

The state would not be covering the entire tuition bill for each student because many already receive some kind of financial aid. New York spends about $10 billion a year on higher education.

“I urge New York legislators to pass this enormously important proposal, and become a model for the rest of the nation,” said Sanders.

If Cuomo succeeds, New York could be the first state to make tuition free at all public colleges and universities. Though other states, like Tennessee, have made community colleges tuition-free after President Obama made a push for a similar nationwide program in 2015.

Cuomo for President!!  Seriously, he needs to take it on in four or eight years and lead this nation back to the progressive ideals that have always made it GREAT.  NOw if we can only get Donald Trump to pall all of his taxes…..that might go a long way toward a lot of students’ college expenses.