Donald Trump’s Rose Garden immigration speech, explained

Donald Trump’s Rose Garden immigration speech, explained

In advance! Donald Trump is, once again, trying to use the bully pulpit to get Congress to take up immigration. His Thursday afternoon speech in the Rose Garden is being spun by his advisors as an opportunity for Trump to set the record straight about what he really believes about immigration — and to launch a push for Congress to pass a plan for “merit-based” legal immigration. In reality, it’s accomplishing half of one of…

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America’s long, rich history of pretending systemic racism doesn’t exist

America’s long, rich history of pretending systemic racism doesn’t exist

Even in the face of undeniable evidence. White-on-black violence is everywhere recently, but also nowhere. On the one hand, white nationalist groups have been marching publicly; seemingly every month brings a new report of a police shooting of an unarmed black man; and white terrorists like the Charleston church shooter are armed and emboldened. Just last week, cellphone footage was released of the 2015 traffic stop that led to the arrest of Sandra Bland, a…

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