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Parents of 303 migrant children separated at border under Trump have still not been found, court filing says
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Parents of 303 migrant children separated at border under Trump have still not been found, court filing says

Attorneys are still trying to reach the parents of 303 migrant children who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration, down from 337 in August, according to a federal court filing Wednesday. The filing from the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union is part of an effort to identify and…MORE

Border Patrol sought extra resources in Del Rio as far back as June, union emails show
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Border Patrol sought extra resources in Del Rio as far back as June, union emails show

As far back as June, Border Patrol agents in Del Rio, Texas, began asking management for additional resources to more rapidly process migrants, but their calls for increased resources appear to have gone unmet until recent days when thousands and thousands of migrants were forced to wait under a bridge near the US-Mexico border. Agents…MORE

Law professor tells Cruz Texas’ voter ID law is racist in fiery hearing exchange

Law professor tells Cruz Texas’ voter ID law is racist in fiery hearing exchange

A law professor told GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday that Texas’ voter ID law is racist in a tense exchange during a Senate hearing on voting rights. Cruz had asked Franita Tolson, the vice dean for faculty and academic affairs and a law professor at the University of Southern California, if she found voter…MORE

These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling
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These government benefits would be at risk if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling

The battle over raising the debt ceiling may seem like political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, but it has real-life implications for tens of millions of Americans. Social Security payments could be delayed. The next monthly child tax credit installment might not be sent on time. Food stamp recipients could be left waiting for funds. That’s…MORE

Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered
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Lawmakers storm out of classified Afghanistan briefing after questions go unanswered

Multiple lawmakers angrily stormed out of a classified briefing with members of the Biden administration on Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, according to three sources familiar with the briefing. The Republican and Democratic lawmakers grew frustrated after State Department, Pentagon, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the Director of National Security officials failed to answer…MORE

Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law
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Restrictive abortion bill introduced in Florida mirrors controversial Texas law

A Republican Florida state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced a bill that is modeled after a strict Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks, drawing condemnation from supporters of abortion rights who fear such legislation might soon be introduced in other states. House Bill 167 was filed by Florida state Rep. Webster Barnaby. The bill, like…MORE

Bipartisan lawmakers dedicated to getting new global war on terrorism monument built on National Mall
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Bipartisan lawmakers dedicated to getting new global war on terrorism monument built on National Mall

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is dedicated to getting a new memorial to honor military veterans of the global war on terrorism built in a place of prominence: the National Mall in Washington, DC. Sen. Joni Ernst, a war on terror veteran who served in Iraq, is leading the effort in the Senate. The Iowa…MORE

Biden criticizes Senate Republicans after police reform negotiations end without a deal
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Biden criticizes Senate Republicans after police reform negotiations end without a deal

President Joe Biden on Wednesday criticized Senate Republicans after the bipartisan talks around overhauling policing laws broke down without a deal, critiquing the GOP for rejecting even modest reforms. In a statement, Biden thanked Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Rep. Karen Bass of California for their work on the bill, and heaped…MORE

Democrats quietly limit House GOP effort to press for probes into Biden administration
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Democrats quietly limit House GOP effort to press for probes into Biden administration

House Democrats have quietly moved to restrict the GOP’s ability to use its limited power in the minority to press for investigations, an effort that has Republicans crying foul as they seek to pressure their foes over the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan. According to publicly available documents reviewed by CNN, Democrats in March began…MORE

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Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…