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Border Agents Demand ID From Passengers Leaving Domestic Flight At JFK

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 11:54 AM

By Rebecca Shapiro

Customs and Border Protection agents requested identity documents from passengers disembarking a domestic flight at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday.

Passenger Kelley Amadei told New York’s local NBC News station that as Delta flight 1583 was taxiing to the gate around 8:30 p.m, an attendant told travelers to get their identification documents ready for review.

Before passengers even stepped onto the jet bridge, they were met by two agents from CBP.

The incident prompted some passengers on the flight from San Francisco to share images of the ordeal online, amid increased tensions after President Donald Trump‘s administration issued a wide-ranging set of orders instructing all agents to quickly deport undocumented immigrants.

These are customs agents forcibly checking the ID of every passenger deplaning from Delta flight 1583 tonight at JFK. A domestic flight. pic.twitter.com/fHMgyzCjo5

— Britton Taylor (@brittontaylor) February 23, 2017

My flight from SFO to JFK. We were told we couldn’t disembark without showing our “documents.” pic.twitter.com/9ugQspTqeX

— Anne Garrett (@annediego) February 23, 2017

In a statement that New York Times reporter Eli Rosenberg posted on Twitter, CBP said it was assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in locating a person they believed may have been on the flight.

An immigration judge had ordered that person’s removal. The Washington Post reported the person was an undocumented immigrant facing a deportation order.

CBP* says in a statement that the two agents were working on behalf of ICE to assist with a removal order from an immigration judge pic.twitter.com/q0yh6x90hU

— eli m. rosenberg (@emrosenberg) February 23, 2017

A CBP spokesperson told NBC News that they did not have a picture of who they were looking for, just a name. The agency “does this regularly,” the spokesperson added. Many on Twitter did not agree.

America. 2017. Now we have to show IDs to board and get off? To gate agents then ICE officers? Just want to be clear (at least for today). https://t.co/QTxpFTNGlT

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 23, 2017

Have seen CBP doing this when departing US for another country. Never after taking a domestic flight. https://t.co/8soqixspht

— José Díaz-Briseño (@diazbriseno) February 23, 2017

Papers, please. https://t.co/s7pt72PcUH

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 23, 2017

Delta did not return The Huffington Post’s request for comment. However, it responded to some Twitter users demanding to know why passengers were required to show identification when leaving the plane. In a series of tweets, Delta responded with CBP’s above statement that Rosenberg posted.

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Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive?

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

By Katha Pollitt

Katha Pollitt

Yes—but it needs to be popular to become a mass movement.

Via: https://www.thenation.com/article/can-feminism-be-too-inclusive/

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Arkansas Lawmaker Wants To Strip Clinton Name From Airport

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 10:47 AM

By Jade Walker

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) – The largest and busiest airport in Arkansas would no longer be named after the only president and first lady from the state if a bill introduced in the legislature on Thursday succeeds.

The legislation would prohibit public buildings or civil works from being named for anyone living or who served in public office in the 10 years prior to the structure’s completion.

The bill makes no mention of former President Bill Clinton or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for whom the Little Rock airport was re-named four years ago – as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field – but its author does not hesitate to identify its target.

“You have a president who was impeached for having an affair with an intern in the Oval Office and then disbarred,” said state Sen. Jason Rapert, the bill’s author and one of the Arkansas legislature’s most outspoken conservatives.

President Clinton was impeached in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives, which accused him of obstructing justice by lying under oath about a sexual relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton was acquitted in a Senate trial the following year.

Hillary Clinton served as attorney to the city’s airport commission during her husband’s tenure as governor of Arkansas. At the conclusion of her husband’s presidency she won a Senate seat in New York.

She was appointed secretary of state by President Barack Obama, who defeated her for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton won the nomination last year but was defeated by President Donald Trump.

Rapert, whose Senate district does not include Little Rock, said he introduced the legislation after “several Arkansans across the state” had expressed to him their “discomfort” with naming its largest airport after the controversial Clintons.

He conceded his legislation might not win approval.

“But we can prevent this sort of thing in the future,” he said.

City officials have defended re-naming the airport, although sometimes tersely.

“I think the name of the airport is appropriate and I support retaining it,” said Meredith Catlett, a member of the terminal’s governing commission.

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Conan O’Brien Hits Mexico City To Raise Cash For Donald Trump’s Border Wall

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 10:46 AM

By Lee Moran

Conan O’Brien is giving President Donald Trump a helping hand in financing his U.S.-Mexico border wall. Kind of.

The late night TV host is relocating his show to Mexico City for a special one-off episode next week. So he decided to use his spare time to (satirically) raise funds for the controversial project.

In a clip posted online Friday, the comedian hit the streets of Mexico’s capital to ask local residents for cash donations — and even offered them incentives in exchange for their money. After all, as the comedian told them, Trump has repeatedly stated that “Mexico will pay for the wall.”

See how successful O’Brien was (not) in raising money in the clip above.

His special ― titled “Conan Without Borders: Made In Mexico” ― is slated to air on TBS on March 1.

All the crew filming the show in front of an all-Mexican audience at a Mexico City studio hail from the country, and it will feature only guests from Mexico.

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‘Late Show’ Animation Expertly Skewers Donald Trump’s Reversal Of Transgender Bathroom Policies

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 10:31 AM

By Lee Moran

Bathroom signs come together to send a message to President Donald Trump in this genius animation.

Following Trump’s reversal of transgender bathroom policies on Wednesday, the “Late Show” imagined just how the “brave souls that point the way to our nation’s bathrooms” are reacting to the news.

Spoiler: They’re not taking it lightly.

Find out how they’re responding in the clip above.

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Stephen Colbert Has An Ingenious Plan To Keep Donald Trump Off Twitter

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 10:21 AM

By Ed Mazza

Stephen Colbert is here to help.

The CBS “Late Show” host cited a Politico report that found President Donald Trump’s staff during the presidential campaign noticed he would tweet whenever he saw criticism of himself.

So to keep him off Twitter, his staff would make sure that he watched news that featured “a steady stream of praise.”

“And, as I’ve said, we do know he likes a steady stream,” Colbert cracked.

So to help keep Trump off Twitter now, Colbert created a special newscast the White House staff can show him anytime he needs that steady stream.

Check it out above.

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Bernie Sanders: GOP Lawmakers Dodging Town Hall Events ‘Shouldn’t Be In Congress’

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 9:46 AM

By Alana Horowitz Satlin

Bernie Sanders: “If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be” in Congress https://t.co/TySrkSyNcT

— CNN (@CNN) February 24, 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has a strong message for lawmakers avoiding meetings with their constituents.

“If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress,” Sanders told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday.

Republican lawmakers have been avoiding town hall events after several recent meetings turned contentious. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) in particular made headlines for facing heated protests over their promises to repeal Obamacare. Republicans have accused angry attendees of being “paid protesters” rather than legitimately concerned citizens. But Sanders says that’s hogwash.

“If you need police at the meetings, that’s fine, have police at the meetings, have security at the meetings,” Sanders said. “But don’t use that as an excuse to run away from your constituents after you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, throwing 20 million people off of health insurance, doing away with preexisting conditions. If you are going to do all those things, answer the questions that your constituents have.”

Watch his response in the video above.

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Transgender Cub Scout Nails Why Donald Trump Is Wrong To Remove Protections For Trans Students

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 9:31 AM

By Alana Horowitz Satlin

A New Jersey boy who made history this year when he became the first transgender Cub Scout says it’s a mistake for President Donald Trump to roll back a key protection for transgender students.

The White House this week said that it was nixing a directive from the previous administration that states let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. But Joe Maldonado, 9, said the decision is “wrong.”

“Some governors will probably say no,” he told MSNBC on Thursday. “And I don’t think any states should be for that rule.”

“What do you want to say to those governors who say maybe, no, little boys should not share bathrooms ― who they believe are little boys should not share bathrooms with little girls or vice versa?,” reporter Katy Tur asked him.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Maldonado, who initially was banned from joining the Cub Scouts. The Boy Scouts of America reversed its decision in January after a public backlash.

“Oh my gosh, it’s just ridiculous,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter of your gender. It matters how you feel.”

His mother, who also appeared on the show, agreed.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Kristie Maldonado said. “I don’t think it should be up to the state because I feel that one transgender is protected and the other state won’t be protected. I think they should all be equal.”

The issue first gained national attention after North Carolina lawmakers passed a bill last year banning people from using the bathroom of their choice, rather than the one corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate.

Watch the video above, courtesy of Media Matters.

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Trump’s Boast About Saving $1 Billion On Air Force One Baffles Military

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 9:19 AM

By Mary S Papenfuss

Donald Trump bragged at his recent Florida rally that after a negotiating session of merely an hour he managed to shave a billion dollars off the price of a new Air Force One. The only problem? The Air Force reportedly has no idea what he’s talking about.

“They were close to signing a $4.2 billion deal to have a new Air Force One,” Trump said Saturday. “Can you believe this? I said, ‘No way.’ I said, ‘I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I refuse.’”

He added: “We got that price down by over $1 billion, and I probably haven’t spoken, to be honest with you, for more than an hour on the project. I got the generals in, who are fantastic. I got Boeing in. But I told Boeing, it’s not good enough. We’re not going to do it. The price is still too high.”

But Air Force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder told Bloomberg: “To my knowledge I have not been told that we have that information.” He suggested a call to the White House, which hasn’t responded.

Trump threatened in December to cancel any contract with Boeing after again mentioning a $4 billion Air force One. “We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money,” he said.

The Air Force plans to replace not one but both of the current two Air Force One jets — each about 26 years old — by 2024. The current modified Boeing 747s would be replaced by modified Boeing 747-8s, which are longer, have a wider wingspan, and are capable of flying 1,000 miles farther without refueling, according to Stars and Stripes. Air Force One is essentially a flying Oval Office from which the president could run the country.

But Ryder said price hasn’t yet been determined; the new jets have yet to be designed. So it’s unclear what Trump might have been negotiating.

Boeing is now operating under an initial $172 million contract to determine basic capabilities and compatibilities of the new aircraft, according to a Boeing statement. Contracts will be awarded as early as June for design. The two unmodified aircraft that will be transformed into Air Force One will be purchased from Boeing in a separate contract, the Air Force Times has reported.

“That will give us a better idea of how much we’ll be looking at for the cost,” Ryder told Stars and Stripes.

The White House Military Office, not the Air Force, determines the Air Force One’s security and communications requirements and accommodation requirements, said Ryder. So Trump could radically reduce his own demands if he’s looking for a cheaper way to fly.

He has talked about having only one, not two, Air Force Ones.

“I don’t want to speak for the White House. But … having two aircraft gives you the flexibility you need to ensure you are able to meet the mission requirements,” Ryder told Stars and Stripes. “Having another aircraft gives you the ability to put one into phased maintenance, for example, or if there are issues with that aircraft you have other options.”

Trump’s Defense Secretary James Mattis in January ordered a review of how to reduce the costs of Air Force One. The budget for the Air Force One program is $1.9 billion through 2019.

Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher told Bloomberg in an email, “We are committed to working [with] the Trump administration and Defense Department on innovative approaches to affordably provide the capabilities America’s military needs.”

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Awesome PSA Shuts Down Anti-Trans Bigots

Article posted February 24, 2017 at 8:39 AM

By Rebecca Shapiro

A PSA released last year is making the rounds again after President Donald Trump‘s decision to rescind protections for transgender students.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that it would lift guidelines put in place by President Barack Obama‘s administration, revoking rules that said schools receiving federal funds must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex.

Created by the team at MAC Cosmetics’ AIDS Fund, the video shuts down people with anti-trans stances pertaining to bathrooms.

“Every year, some fool tries to trick people into thinking this is an issue,” activists said in the video. “And somehow thinks the way to protect privacy and bathrooms is by policing them? The biggest irony is that their solution will create the very thing they’re trying to stop.”

Watch the video above.

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