POLITICS 06/07/2018 07:31 pm ET You won’t hear Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen call this “deterrence.” By Roque Planas The aim of President Donald Trump’s new policy of splitting kids from their mothers at the border is, in a word, deterrence: The White House wants to discourage more immigrants from trying to enter the United States. Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s secretary of homeland security, is careful not to say this outright — she dodged a direct question on the subject from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at a hearing last month. There’s a reason Nielsen and other administration officials shy away from attaching the word “deterrence” to the new policy: Changing immigrant detention policy as a way to deter undocumented people from coming to the U.S. is illegal, federal courts have repeatedly ruled. So now she and other Trump administration officials find themselves struggling to defend a family … [Read more...] about Trump’s Family Separation Policy Aims To Deter Immigration. That May Make It Illegal.
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CHIEF EU bully Michel Barnier last week spat out the words that should be carved on the hearts of all those fighting to overturn Brexit. “We don’t want to negotiate. We don’t want to compromise,” he confessed to Vice online news. Now we all know. Our grovelling attempt to buy a friendly, friction-free and costly trade deal was doomed from the start. Brussels was never going to let Britain be better off outside. The Commission was determined to punish us for daring to leave. For believers in ever-closer union this an immutable article of faith. Abandoning the True Path is a heresy punishable by economic death. If we make it a success, we put the sacred Project in peril. In fact we should welcome Barnier’s harsh honesty. It provides an urgent wake-up call to dithering Theresa May who seems to favour a deal at any price. The PM’s weakness has made Britain a soft touch for Brussels and renegade Tories. Mrs May, a Remainer, has surrounded herself with a … [Read more...] about Theresa May must swagger into EU talks with a swag bag to make Brexit successful
POLITICS 05/29/2018 09:44 am ET This group has one. By Matt Ferner For decades, the process by which America chose its district attorneys was simple: Top prosecutors piled up convictions and issued harsh sentences, built reputations as “tough on crime,” and, most of the time, won re-election. When they retired, their assistants often replaced them. And prosecutors almost always ran for re-election unopposed. Now all that is changing: Voters fed up with a system that has made the U.S. the world’s leading prison state have swept a wave of reform-minded district attorneys into office. But there’s a problem. Reformers are still a tiny minority among America’s 2,400 prosecutors, and there’s no road map for changing how prosecutors do their job. The old system was simple: When in doubt, throw the book at the accused. The reformers need a way to learn from each other — to share ideas, policies and best practices. Miriam Krinsky, who … [Read more...] about If You Want To Totally Change America’s Criminal Justice System, You Need A Plan
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Europe Stephen K. Bannon, former chief strategist to President Trump, stopped in Prague during his latest swing through Europe. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) by Griff Witte May 22 at 6:05 PM Email the author PRAGUE — Politics hasn’t been going Stephen K. Bannon’s way lately in Alabama, Mississippi or Nevada. But at least the anti-establishment provocateur, a former Goldman Sachs banker, has the Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy. The man who helped mastermind President Trump’s election spread the gospel of working-class revolt in the gilded ballroom of a 19th-century neo-Renaissance palace on an island … [Read more...] about Steve Bannon makes a comeback in Europe — and promises ‘a brave new world’ as populists prepare to govern
0 Have your say SCOTLAND will create its own currency if it votes for independence in a new referendum. The creation of the new money will be at the centre of a new blueprint for independence to be launched by the SNP within daysThe First Minister is expected to unveil the long-awaited Growth Commission paper on Friday, detailing economic building blocks for an independent Scotland.• READ MORE - Video: Why Scottish bank notes are not legal tenderIt is understood the 400-page document will support a gradual move towards a Scottish currency if voters back independence in a second referendum.Observers believe the UK Government’s decision to rule out a currency union after independence damaged the Yes campaign in 2014.The Commission’s plan would see Scotland continue to use the pound on the first day of separation but on an unofficial basis. There would then be a transition period to a new Scottish currency, initially pegged to Sterling.The Commission, led by … [Read more...] about Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote