Responding to Trump, L.A. proposes $10-million Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Facing Deportation (Los Angeles Times)

Whether you are pro or against illegal immigration, you can’t be too happy about your tax dollars used on one hand to deport them and on the other hand to defend them. Health, fire, police protection and street repairs in cities and counties in California often have funding problems. They then find ways of increasing taxes. Now, tax dollars are being proposed to defend those who broke the law. Other cities and counties throughout the US are following suit.

Los Angeles city and county leaders on Monday unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing deportation, the region’s boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration by Donald Trump. If approved by lawmakers, Los Angeles’ two top government agencies could find themselves in the position of using public funds to challenge policies sought by the White House and Republican Congress.

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FBI in Agreement with CIA that Russia Aimed to Help Trump Win White House (Washington Post)

I am still not convinced that it was all Russia that hacked Hillary Clinton and the DNC’s emails. The headline of this article says, “in agreement”. That is much less convincing than “has proof”. Indeed, Russia has told Obama to “put up or shut up.” Whoever the hackers were, they did the American people a favor. There are no complaints about the accuracy of the hacks. Americans deserve the truth, especially on a presidential election where their new leader is selected.

FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House, officials disclosed Friday, as President Obama issued a public warning to Moscow that it could face retaliation.

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