Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday reported that there’s been a spike in the number of people apprehended along the southern border, adding to the complexity of the immigration situation that President-elect Donald Trump will inherit.
Johnson said there currently are about 41,000 individuals in our immigration detention facilities, a big jump from the typical 31,000 to 34,000 figure.
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Time For Truth: (Politico) – U.S. sees spike in apprehensions along southern border
US President Barack Obama has said he may speak out after leaving office if he feels his successor Donald Trump is threatening core American values.
By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors.
Mr Obama said he would give Mr Trump time to outline his vision but added that, as a private citizen, he might speak out on certain issues.
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – Trump presidency: Obama says he may comment as citizen
Americans trying to unpick the phenomenon of Donald Trump have turned to a late left-leaning academic, who predicted that old industrialized democracies were heading into a Weimar-like period in which populist movements could overturn constitutional governments.
In 1998, the late Stanford philosopher Richard Rorty published a small volume, Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America, that described a fracturing of the leftwing coalition that rendered the movement so dispirited and cynical that it invited its own collapse.
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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – 'Something will crack': supposed prophecy of Donald Trump goes viral
When you first encounter the word “populism,” you might think it’s a close cousin of democracy, with all the positive connotations that go along with it. And for some, it may well seem a purer form of a process by which politicians harness the will of the majority.
But that’s only part of the picture. Populism—ostensibly a belief in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people—often requires a bogeyman, be it an existing government, the supposed cultural elite, the media, or a particular ethnic, racial, or religious group.
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Time For Truth: (Bloomberg) – Populism Takes Over the World
The Donald Trump win devastated many who wanted America to elect its first female president.
However, some have already cast aside their previous female candidate, Hillary Clinton, and are now endorsing another potential first female president – Michelle Obama.
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Time For Truth: (The Telegraph) – Michelle Obama is the popular choice to run for president in 2020 after the Donald Trump win