Homeland Security report: #Obama’s war on #Latinos crushed the hopes of over 400K immigrants

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It’s been a busy year for the US Border Patrol, with total nationwide arrests up 23% from 2015, according to a year-end report issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.

President Obama’s war on Latinos has been one of his administrations most important priorities.

DHS released its annual report on immigration enforcement efforts across various federal agencies, highlighting the prioritization of resources on convicted criminals, threats to national security and those who attempt to cross the border unlawfully.

US Border Patrol reported 415,816 apprehensions nationwide, compared to 337,177 in fiscal year 2015.

Read the whole story from CNN

Labor’s challenge from a Trump administration

What’s at risk? Among other things, the board’s recent “quickie” election rule, which speeds up the calendar for union-recognition campaigns and reduces companies’ ability to fight off the efforts through compulsory meetings and other heavy-handed tactics, including cynical use of legal challenges to delay the process. The NLRB has also been moving to make franchising corporations such as McDonald’s share responsibility for the treatment of workers by franchisees, an effort that seems likely to fade away with a quantum shift in outlook under a Trump NLRB.

But the biggest threat could be to unions themselves. For years, anti-union activists have pushed “right to work” laws — barring compulsory payment of union dues to cover the costs of bargaining and maintaining contracts — at state levels with varying degrees of success. But there’s also a movement at the federal level, which could get enough support within Congress and the Trump administration to pass.

That wouldn’t be a death knell for unions, but it would certainly make an already difficult situation even worse.

Read the entire opinion piece in the LA Times

Need more proof the police are #racist…here you go

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Three rookie Miami police officers fired two days before Christmas joked in a group chat with other cops about using predominantly black neighborhoods for target practice.

“Anyone know of an indoor shooting range in Miami?” one officer asked.“Go to model city they have moving targets,” replied another.“There’s a range in Overtown on 1 and 11. Moving targets and they don’t charge,” added a third.

Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin told an investigator that they were joking.

Yeah, right…just joking, ha ha ha. Enjoy your Police State.

Read the whole disgusting story in the Fresno Bee

Obama punishes Russia for #CIA and #NSA failures

The CIA and NSA read every email and listen to every telephone call in America. Yet according to the White House, the Russians rigged the election anyway.

So President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, closed two rural estates reportedly used by Russian spies, and slapped sanctions on two Russian intelligence organizations and other entities Thursday for their alleged role in what the White House says was a Kremlin-directed effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential race.

Everybody at the CIA and NSA have apparently kept their jobs.

WTF?

Read the full story of America’s latest intelligence failure in the LA Times

Pentagon brass allow child killers to go free, get pensions

The Pentagon has failed to deal with a little-noticed cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Times investigation has found.

Previously unreleased reports by the Army, Navy and Air Force reveal numerous cases where military officials knew or suspected that child abuse or neglect was occurring — but failed to intervene or to alert the Family Advocacy Program or state child welfare agencies, the Los Angeles Times found.

Read the whole distressing story in the LA Times

Reno city hall’s pathetic sexual harassment coverup

For nearly six months, the public was kept in the dark as a slow-moving investigation into misconduct allegations against former City Manager Andrew Clinger proceeded. On Tuesday, the city finally released two heavily redacted reports detailing the complaints and the investigators’ findings. Here is a look at who played a role in the scandal, how council members reacted to the news and who knew what when.

Nice going Reno.

Read the whole story in the Reno Gazette-Journal

Women lawmakers make Nevada a national leader

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Nice work ladies!

Women made impressive gains in capturing public offices in Nevada this year, and now represent 40 percent of the 63-member state Legislature heading into the 2017 session.

That ties Nevada with Colorado and Vermont as the states with the highest percentage of women legislators, according to Emerge Nevada, which encourages and trains Democratic women to run for office.

There are 17 women in the 42-member state Assembly and, with the recent appointment of Yvanna Cancela to the Senate, eight in the 21-member upper legislative chamber.

The total of 25 women is up from 21 in the 2015 session and 18 in the 2013 session.

Women also will soon make up 50 percent of Nevada’s six-member congressional delegation, following the historic election of Catherine Cortez Masto to the U.S. Senate and the victory by Jacky Rosen in the 3rd Congressional District in Las Vegas. They will join returning incumbent Dina Titus in Washington, D.C.

Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal