‘Weve become like a family’: innovative groups help refugees settle in US cities

More than 2,500 refugees have settled in Cleveland, Ohio, in the last decade including many fleeing violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo Like many ambitious teenagers, Sabzina Muhibzada is busy getting good grades in her classes, holding leadership positions in clubs and completing internships. But it was just five years ago that the 18-year-old had only ever had home schooling. At the time that was her only option, as conflict raged outside near City Champions project. Nationally, Donald Trumps administration has cut the refugee program to admit the fewest number of people in effectively stopped the program and, in October, not a single refugee was resettled in the US. But, while the administrations drastic cuts to the refugee program …

Elizabeth Warren hits back at Biden ‘angry’ criticism: ‘I am angry and I own it’

Warren retorts in fundraising email after Biden had criticized an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics Hitting back at criticism from Joe Biden that many people said was sexist, Elizabeth Warren told supporters: I am angry and I own it. Warren also sought to put the Biden controversy to good use: her response came in a fundraising email she sent to supporters on Friday. Over and over, Iowa and a national lead. But he insisted his attack on the Massachusetts senator was not sexist. His initial remarks came in working out the former vice-presidents target and on Friday, detailed a $20.5tn Medicare for All proposal, saying it would not require tax rises on middle class Americans. The …

Pelosi hits back over letter and warns Trump: ‘You will be held accountable’

House speaker says Democrats will push ahead with inquiry and efforts to stall investigation will be regarded as further evidence of obstruction The leader of congressional opposition to warning the US president: You are not above the law. Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said Democrats intend to move full speed ahead with their investigation despite the White House declaring it illegitimate, pushing the US towards a constitutional crisis. White House counsel signalling a new strategy to counter the impeachment threat by openly defying Congresss right to investigate the president for high crimes and misdemeanours. The House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, said: President Trump is right to call out this rushed process because Democrats refuse to protect …

Panic Attack review: a wake-up call the woke won’t read

Tagging Robby Soaves book with a Tucker Carlson quote is a mistake he makes a good case for the virtues of free speech When a member of the American Nazi party spoke at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964, he did so at the invitation of a leftwing student group. As a stunt to promote the event part of a series which also featured Malcolm X, the conservative according to the feminist scholar Jo Freeman, and no one tried to stop them speaking. Debates about what the speakers had said, not whether they should have been allowed to say it, dominated student bull sessions for days. Contrast that episode with another recounted by the libertarian journalist American Civil Liberties …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP

CBPs acting commissioner blames rising number of deaths of child migrants in US detention on a lack of federal funding More children may die in the detention of the US government unless Congress passes a $4.6bn emergency fund for immigration services at the At least seven migrant children have died in US custody since late 2018, as a combination of policies spearheaded by Donald Trump as part of his much-vaunted Outcry erupted this week after a migrant teen was found to be nursing her premature baby in a Texas border patrol facility without proper neonatal care. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas criticized Trump for showing disregard for families with children, saying no human being should be held …

‘This is going to be a personality war’: what do Iowans think of 2020?

As more than two dozen Democratic candidates descend on the state that kicks off the race, voters find the political landscape a maze Jan Francks question drew laughter but she was dead serious. Nor did her mood lighten as she listened to the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren give her answer. Electability is everything for me, Franck told the presidential contender, who was giving a town hall at a former post office in Perry, Iowa. So if you are the Democratic nominee and youre in a national televised debate with Donald Trump, what is your strategy for pulling your own? Warren, who was derided as Pocahontas by the president because of her claim of Native American ancestry, offered a throwaway comment …

This all-male council in Texas just voted to ban abortion

Council in Waskom, Texas, made up only of white men, votes to make town a sanctuary city for the unborn The entirely white male council of Waskom in Texas has voted to make the small town a sanctuary city for the unborn. The five men on the towns council voted this week to pass legislation known as an ordinance, which declared Roe v Wade, the landmark supreme court decision which legalized abortion, unconstitutional. The move, which is itself unconstitutional, comes after a raft of abortion bans have passed in states from Missouri to Ohio. Restrictions on abortion disproportionately affect poor women, who are more likely to seek abortions and less likely to have the resources to obtain one out-of-state. Despite …

Muellers inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall

His reluctance to indict the president has only deepened the mystery he was hired to solve, says foreign affairs commentator Simon Tisdall Robert Mueller has a reputation as a straight-shooting, play-it-by-the-book sort of guy. That changed this week. The special counsels stated justifications for not accusing Donald Trump of obstruction of justice appear convoluted and legally dubious. Mueller was a man hired to solve a mystery. His odd decision to take refuge in questionable precedents, and thereby effectively duck the issue, has only compounded it. His two-year investigation was admirable in many ways. Unlike similar exercises in the past, such as Kenneth Starrs 1990s inquiry into Bill Clinton, he kept his counsel, did not leak to the media, and completed …

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebooks 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, let users transfer money using WhatsApp, its encrypted mobile-messaging app. Payments is …

Google changes policy to block misleading ads for anti-abortion groups

A certification process would require organizations to identify themselves as either providing or not providing abortions Google changed its advertising policy this week, after facing scrutiny for the new policy update. The advertisers must get certified by submitting an application that requires basic information about the organization. Depending on how youre certified, Google will automatically generate one of the following in-ad disclosures for your abortion product or service ads: Provides abortions or Does not provide abortions, the new policy reads. The disclosures will show on all search ad formats. This added transparency will help ensure that users have the necessary information to decide which abortion-related ads are most relevant to them. The policy change comes after Obria Group ran ads …

Lunch lady fired for giving student free meal refuses offer to be rehired

Termination led to outpouring of support for New Hampshire cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball, who told student tell mom you need money A school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire who was fired for giving a student lunch for nothing has rejected an offer to be rehired. Bonnie Kimball said she was fired on 28 March by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley regional high school in Canaan, a day after she gave a student lunch even though he couldnt pay for it. Kimball said that when the students account showed no funds, she quietly told him Tell mom you need money, and provided a lunch. A manager asked what was on the boys plate, she said, …