Trump mocks Tlaib's tears, says she 'grandstanded' over grandmother visit
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday mocked Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grief over her decision not to visit her grandmother in the West Bank after initially being barred by Israel, claiming the Democratic congresswoman "grandstanded" when she shed tears Monday.
- Tlaib got tearful as she spoke about visits she had made as a young girl to visit her grandmother in the West Bank.
- The Israeli government barred Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from entry over their support for a boycott of Israel shortly after Trump said the country would be showing "great weakness" by allowing the two Democratic congresswomen to enter.
- Tlaib was planning on staying two extra days to visit her grandmother, Muftiya Tlaib, who lives in the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.
Trump just said Jewish Americans voting for Democrats show 'great disloyalty'
- In making the comments, Trump was criticizing two congresswomen, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who were initially banned by the Israeli government from entering the country on a scheduled trip they planned to take during Congress' August recess.
- Both congresswomen, who are also the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, have sharply criticized what they perceive to be Israeli government's human abuses against Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and have spoken out in support of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
- Omar said that Israel's behavior in banning two elected officials from coming into the country was not appropriate for a US ally, and that the US should substantially cut foreign aid to Israel, a statement Trump discussed at length in his remarks.
Once a GOP hotbed, Orange County now has more registered Democrats than Republicans
- Washington (CNN) - Orange County, California, a historically Republican stronghold that served as the North Star for Ronald Reagan-style conservatism, now has more voters registered as Democrats than Republicans.
- In last fall's midterm elections, Republicans lost their grip on the wealthy enclaves along the coast in northern Orange County that comprise the district held by former 15-term Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
- Republicans also lost the inland Orange County district represented by former GOP Rep. Mimi Walters to Rep. Katie Porter, a progressive Democrat who has made a name for herself in the House through her tough questioning of bank CEOs. The GOP losses also include the the state's 39th District in northern Orange County, which is now held by Rep. Gil Cisneros, who took control of the district from retired Republican Rep. Ed Royce.
Gillibrand releases mental health care plan focused on 'growing crisis' in America
- The plan, which labels mental health a "growing crisis in our country," looks to combat the issue by using federal funds to expand Community Health Centers and behavioral health clinics, expand coverage of non-traditional mental health treatments and enacting federal "safeguards" to ensure that providers was fully reimbursed for treatment.
- Presidential candidates are often asked about it during town halls, and Gillibrand is not the first candidate to release a mental health plan -- candidates like Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton and former Rep. John Delaney, among others, have laid out proposals to tackle the issue.
- In order to expand access to mental health service, Gillibrand's plan relies heavily on what she is calling the "robust and aggressive expansion" of Community Health Centers and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics.
Julián Castro qualifies for September debates with new poll
- In order to make the stage in September, candidates must receive 2% or more in at least four separate polls released between June 28 and August 28 that are conducted by pollsters approved by the Democratic National Committee.
- Candidates must also receive donations from at least 130,000 individual donors distributed across multiple states.
- Ten candidates have now met the qualification for the September debate: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang.
- Billionaire Tom Steyer is still one poll away from qualifying and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has one poll.
- Steyer has met the fundraising threshold while Gillibrand has not.
#MyPalestinianSitty: Feud between Rep. Tlaib and Israel spurs odes to grandmothers
- The dispute over US Rep. Rashida Tlaib's canceled plans to visit her aging Palestinian grandmother has been rife with ugliness.
- Tlaib and her congressional colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, had planned to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories this month, but the Israeli government banned them over their support for boycotting and divesting from the nation.
- Tlaib's supporters cited the move as evidence that Israel feared the world knowing the truth about its occupation of the Palestinian territories.
- The next day, the #MyPalestinianSitty hashtag emerged when Shatha Odeh came to Tlaib's defense, posting old photos of her grandmother.
- Tlaib and Omar also joined in the postings, with Tlaib sharing photos of both of her grandmothers -- Muftiyah Tlaib, who the lawmaker had hoped to visit in the West Bank, and her other grandmother, "one fierce woman" from Beit Hanina who nobody messed with.
Bernie Sanders wants to ban facial recognition use by police
- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants an end to facial recognition software use by police.
- The move comes at a time when lawmakers in states like Michigan and New Jersey are also considering bans, while California lawmakers are considering a ban on use of facial recognition software in police body cameras.
- In recent months, cities like San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts passed facial recognition software bans on police and city department use on the grounds of racial justice, privacy, and fear of misuse.
- Police departments in places Chicago and Detroit are exploring the use of real-time facial recognition with a web of cameras across throughout the city.
- Outside the United States, analysis by University of Essex researchers in July found that facial recognition software use in London inaccurate in 80% of cases, also prompting calls for a ban or moratorium.
Trump unleashes series of tweets aimed at Rashida Tlaib and her decision to not travel to Israel under 'oppressive conditions'
- President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets on Friday night aimed at Rep. Rashida Tlaib and her decision to not travel to Israel to visit her grandmother in the West Bank under what she called "oppressive conditions," after she had initially been banned from visiting the country.
- Trump's tweets were yet another chapter in the days-long international kerfuffle over whether two Democratic congresswomen, Reps.
- Tlaib, of Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, would be allowed to visit Israel.
- Tlaib and Omar are the first two Muslim women to be elected to the US Congress.
- The unprecedented move by Israel, to essentially punish Trump's political foes, was widely criticized, even by the pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).