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A round up of the day’s news that might be of interest to you.
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President Donald Trump on Sunday called for the US to deport people without judicial proceedings, referred to an invasion by “these people” and railed against standing immigration laws.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents…” Trump tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet, Trump said immigration policy in the US is “laughed at all over the world,” and “is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit.”
A 20-foot-tall inflatable orange baby with the face of President Donald Trump could float over Britain’s parliament next month, one of many acts of protest planned to coincide with Trump’s first visit to the U.K. since taking office.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to march in London, Scotland and elsewhere during his trip, which takes place amid a growing transatlantic trade war and global dismay at the treatment of immigrant families at the U.S. border.
Britain is keen to reinforce its special relationship with Washington as it prepares to leave the European Union, a divorce that will shape the country’s standing in the world.
But Trump’s visit has already been scaled down after months of back-and-forth; the president canceled plans to open the new U.S. Embassy in January and his official state visit — opposed in a petition by at least 1.9 million Brits — appears to be on ice.
The Trump administration knows “where every single child” separated from their family at the border is, GOP Sen. James Lankford said Sunday.
Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press“ whether the Trump administration had been supplying Congress with specific details on children separated at the border resulting from its “zero tolerance” effort, the Oklahoma Republican said: “Let me clarify this. We know where every single child is.”
Lankford said there is an incorrect assumption that the Trump administration “lost track” of the children.
In an emotional interview, Roseanne Barr said she definitely feels remorse for the racist tweet that prompted ABC to cancel the revival of “Roseanne.”
Barr recorded a podcast interview with her longtime friend, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who on Sunday published an edited transcript and recording of the conversation. In the interview, Barr claims she “never would have wittingly called any black person . a monkey.”
Barr spoke through tears for much of the interview, her first since the cancellation of “Roseanne.” She also lamented that some people don’t accept her explanation blaming the sleep drug Ambien for a tweet that likened former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a person created by the Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes.”
Julia Ioffe reports on Donald Trump Jr.’s past and present for GQ, digging up both a new account of the infamous Trump Tower meeting he had with a Russian lawyer and details of his early childhood.
Why it matters: Don Jr. is a favorite of Trump’s base, but, in a quest to help his father’s presidential campaign, has found himself at the center of the investigation regarding possible collusion with Russia. As Ioffe writes, “It’s never been trickier to be the president’s son.”
A Sunday Bonus Note from the “Thank you, Captain Obvious” File
As Washington’s shock over winning the Stanley Cup demonstrates, the nation’s capital isn’t used to being first in anything. As a city, it’s not the oldest, nor the biggest, nor the richest, and its sports teams are notoriously snakebitten. But finally, the capital has a claim to No. 1—and unfortunately, it’s not just in hockey.
Ryan Murphy, an economist at Southern Methodist University, recently published a working paper in which he ranked each of the states by the predominance of—there’s no nice way to put it—psychopaths. The winner? Washington in a walk. In fact, the capital scored higher on Murphy’s scale than the next two runners-up combined.
A Bonus BONUS Note from the “Bard of Tallahassee” File
Donald Trump can’t define or pronounce the word Manichaean, but he knows it when he sees it. For Trump, there are two types of people; Donald Trump, and losers, and the one thing Donald Trump can’t abide is a loser. Donald Trump lost this week on immigration, and across the board. He lost, doubled down, lost again, hocked his cufflinks, lost, tried to flip the table and was finally escorted out of the casino and had his knees broken in the parking lot when he couldn’t pay his marker.
Donald Trump was defeated this week by the two things he hates most: immigrants, and the media.