1. Migrant children missing.
An additional 1,500 immigrant children are missing after being placed with sponsors.
“In findings that lawmakers described as troubling, Senate investigators said the department could not determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,488 out of 11,254 children the agency had placed with sponsors in 2018, based on follow-up calls from April 1 to June 30.
The inability to track the whereabouts of migrant children after they have been released to sponsors has raised concerns that they could end up with human traffickers or be used as laborers by people posing as relatives.
Caitlin Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, offered a response to the findings on Tuesday night. “As communicated to members of Congress multiple times,” she said, “these children are not ‘lost.’ Their sponsors — who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them — simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made.””
2. Trump’s public war with Jeff Sessions
It is very alarming hearing Trump’s statement on Jeff Sessions, ‘I don’t have an Attorney General,’ and the possible action he may soon make. Even though I am not a fan of Jeff Sessions, the Attorney General is not a pawn used by the President for their political agenda, they are independant law enforcement officials.
“Trump remains angry with Sessions about the Russia investigation, but the president made clear he is frustrated with much more than that.
"I'm not happy at the border, I'm not happy with numerous things, not just this," he said.”
3. Another reason to support Senator Klobuchar’s Secure Elections Act.
“Georgia has used direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines exclusively since 2002. The machines have drawn criticism from various advocacy groups and federal agencies, including U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials who called the systems a “national security concern” in March, according to Totenberg.
“Plaintiffs shine a spotlight on the serious security flaws and vulnerabilities in the state’s DRE system,” Totenberg said in the court order.
A representative from Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. Kemp on Monday said that Georgia’s electronic voting machines are secure and that switching to paper ballots would cause “chaos,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.”
4. Dark Money in political ads
““This is a real victory for transparency,” said Ellen Weintraub, the vice chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission. “As a result, the American people will be better informed about who’s paying for the ads they’re seeing this election season.””
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