Chief Washington Correspondent CBS News Host Major Garrett said during the most recent broadcast of CBS News’ “Face The Nation” that President Donald Trump’s efforts, and subsequent successes, to improve the lives of minority communities in the United States was the most underreported news story of 2019.
Garrett’s remarks came during a segment where host Margaret Brennan told the panel she wanted to hear their most “undercovered story and your beat and story you wish you could have covered.”
“So sometimes undercovered stories are complicated,” Garrett began, noting that Trump’s rhetoric sometimes does not match his actions. “And this one, I think, falls resolutely in that category.”
“And yet it can be fairly said that this administration, because of President Trump’s quiet prodding, has done quite a bit for funding of historically black colleges and universities,” Garrett said.
“The First Step Act, which was a massive first step toward criminal justice reform. Just a couple of weeks ago, in this newly signed defense bill, there is a law that says if you are seeking work for the federal government or any contractor, you don’t have to be asked and you cannot be asked about your criminal history until right toward the end. That’s a significant change long sought by criminal justice advocates, plus opportunity zones in the tax bill directed at communities of color.”
Garrett noted that Trump’s achievements for minority communities have been so historic that it is a record that “almost any president after three years would want to claim, particularly President Obama.”
“That is a legacy on the agenda side, that almost any president after three years would want to claim, particularly President Obama,” Garrett said. “Many of those things were sought. But you know what? Republicans would not go for it. Quietly, persistently, President Trump has pushed Republicans in this direction. And I think that’s an under-covered story and part of something that neither he nor Republicans really talk about it, but it doesn’t make it any less real.”
The Trump administration also highlighted some of the successes they have secured for minority communities:
THE WASHINGTON POST: For The First Time, Most New Working-Age Hires In The U.S. Are People Of Color
“The surge of minority women getting jobs has helped push the U.S. workforce across a historic threshold. For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color, according to a Washington Post analysis of data the Labor Department began collecting in the 1970s. Minority hires overtook white hires last year. Women are predominantly driving this trend, which is so powerful that even many women who weren’t thinking about working — because they were in school, caring for kids or at home for other reasons — are being lured into employment, according to The Post’s analysis.”
REUTERS: Tight U.S. Labor Market Shrinks Gender And Race Gaps To Record Lows
“A tight U.S. labor market and booming demand in industries with an abundance of female workers is drawing more women back into the workforce, helping to shrink the longstanding gap in the labor participation rate between men and women to the narrowest on record. Other parts of a report released by the Labor Department on Friday showed that the longest economic expansion on record is leading to improvements for workers who are often left on the sidelines. Not only did the unemployment rate for African Americans drop to a record low of 5.5% in August, it narrowed to being 1.62 times the white unemployment rate, the smallest gap ever.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Minority Women Are Winning The Jobs Race In A Record Economic Expansion
“…Hispanic women have emerged as the biggest job market winners in an economy that has now grown for 121 straight months, assuming data released in coming months confirms continued growth. Employment rates for Hispanic women between 25 and 54, prime working years, have jumped by 2.2 percentage points since mid-2007, the eve of the Great Recession. That’s the most of any prime-age working group. Black women came in second, adding 1.6 percentage points.”
WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Black Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low
“The unemployment rate among black Americans hit a record low in August, closing in on the gap in unemployment rates between white and black Americans. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics released their August report Friday, which showed the economy gained 130,000 jobs in August with the overall unemployment rate holding steady at 3.7%. The report also showed that black unemployment fell to 5.5%, which is the lowest rate recorded since the Labor Department started tracking the number in the 1970s.”
THE DAILY CALLER: Black Unemployment Hits Record Low, Spurred By Uptick In Employment For Black Women
“The unemployment rate for black workers fell from 6.0% in July to 5.5 % in August, data from the Department of Labor reveals. These number surpass the record low set in May 2018 of 5.9% for black unemployment. These record low numbers are impacted by unemployment numbers for black women. While July numbers revealed unemployment for black women to be at 5.2%, August numbers saw that figure drop to 4.4%.”
CNS NEWS: Hispanic Unemployment Rate Ties All-Time Low
“The number of Hispanics and Latinos employed set a record high in August as their national, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate matched its record low of 4.2%, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released Friday show. In August, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.2%, down from 4.5% in July, returning to the record low of 4.2% in April and May – which broke the record low of 4.3% set two months earlier in February.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Unemployment Rate Hits Record Low For Asian Americans
“The unemployment rate for Asian Americans fell to 2.1% in June, its lowest level on records dating to 2003. The result reflects Asian Americans coming off the sidelines to look for work and finding it.”
BREITBART: 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump
“The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president.”
A chastened FBI told a secretive court Friday that it was increasing training and oversight for officials who work on national security wiretap applications in response to problems uncovered by a scathing inspector general report last month about botched surveillance targeting a former Trump campaign adviser.
In a rare unclassified and public filing before the court that oversees wiretapping under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, the FBI also said it would extend its overhaul to requests for orders permitting it to collect logs of its targets’ communications and other business records — not just wiretaps of the contents of phone calls and emails.
“The FBI has the utmost respect for this court and deeply regrets the errors and omission identified by” the inspector general, wrote FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in a statement included with the filing. He called the conduct described by the report “unacceptable and unrepresentative of the FBI as an institution.”
Under FISA — a law for surveillance aimed at monitoring suspected spies and terrorists, as opposed to ordinary criminals — the government must convince a judge that an American is probably an agent of a foreign power. Because the FISA court hears only from the government, and what it says is never shown to defense lawyers, the Justice Department says it has a duty to be candid and tell judges every relevant fact in its possession.
But the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, uncovered that the FBI had cherry-picked and misstated evidence about the Trump adviser, Carter Page, when seeking permission to wiretap him in October 2016 and in 2017 renewal applications. At the same time, Horowitz determined that the opening of the Russia investigation was legal and found no politicized conspiracy against President Donald Trump by high-level FBI officials.
The problems included omitting details that made Page look less suspicious. For example, the court was not told that Page had said to a confidential informant in August 2016 that he had no interactions with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, even though the FBI suspected Page might be a conduit between Russia and Manafort.
The court was also not told that Page had told the CIA about his contacts with Russians over the years, a fact that made that pattern of contacts look less suspicious. The Justice Department, passing on the factual portrait it received from the FBI, had pointed the judges to that pattern as a reason to think that he might be a Russian agent.
Horowitz said he did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that FBI officials responsible for compiling the relevant evidence about Page for the court were politically biased against Trump. But he rejected as unsatisfactory their explanations that they were busy on other aspects of the Russia investigation.
In a response appended to the inspector general report last month, Wray had already announced that he would make changes aimed at ensuring that the bureau put forward a more comprehensive portrait of the facts about targets when preparing wiretap applications.
The new filing, which detailed 12 steps, like enhancing checklists for preparing filings, added granular detail. It came in response to an unusual public order last month. Rosemary M. Collyer, then the presiding judge on FISA court, ordered the FBI to propose fixes to its process by Jan. 10 to ensure the problems would not recur.
“The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable,” Collyer wrote.
On Jan. 1, Judge James E. Boasberg took over Collyer’s role on the FISA court. He will now have to evaluate whether the proposed changes are sufficient to restore the judges’ confidence in the factual affidavits FBI officials submit or if more is necessary.
It is not clear whether Boasberg will take such potential steps as appointing a “friend of the court” to critique the FBI’s proposal before he issues any order.
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said he wants to impose new checks and balances on the FBI’s national security surveillance powers, at least when investigations touch on political campaigns, in legislation his panel may take up after Trump’s impeachment trial.
In his statement with the court filing Friday, Wray called FISA an “indispensable tool for national security investigations” and pledged to work to ensure the accuracy and completeness of FISA applications “in recognition of our duty of candor to the court and our responsibilities to the American people.”
but hey, according to the media and the Democrats, the Trump campaign was not spied on! lol
I do want to correct part of this story - the surveillance of Carter Page was STARTED without political bias it was determined, that doesn't mean it was conducted that way, there were 3 more renewals of that warrant, applied for well AFTER they knew damn good and well that Page wasn't a Russian spy!
I simply HAD to come say that President Trump's impeachment legal defense team is doing SO well, they are obliterating the Dems' narrative on this whole impeachment thing! lol *tee hee, tee hee!* lol
the Dems have ALREADY said they will keep trying to impeach him for as long as it takes to make something stick!
but they're just gettin' shit all over themselves! lmao
President Trump WILL get re-elected - unless! Republicans and Independents are so SURE of his re-election win, they stay home and don't vote at all!
that is HOW we got the lovely person known as AOC ! (who will NOT even get re-elected in her OWN district, because she ignores her constituents!)
we can NOT take it for granted, we MUST get out and vote both in the primary and the general elections
and I predict, if everybody goes and votes, he will not only win the electoral college, but the popular vote as well! lol *tee hee, tee hee!* lol
btw: the Supreme court has taken up the issue of the constitutionality of changing laws that FORCE every vote in the state to give EVERY electoral college member the mandate to vote as the popular vote declares - talk about suppressing votes ! lol
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration's ongoing separations of families at the U.S.-Mexico border based on parents' criminal history or health exclusions are being carried out with proper discretion.
The ruling, by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, California, on Monday, was a rare victory for the government in a case that has been ongoing since 2018.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) first brought the case over President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all border crossers, which led to the separation of hundreds of families and sparked national outrage. Sabraw had ordered the administration to find and reunite separated families.
Trump officially halted the practice with an executive order on June 20, 2018. But the ACLU claimed in court that since then, the government has continued the practice and separated more than 1,000 families in violation of Sabraw's order.
The government has said it separates families when it suspects the parent has a criminal record, a communicable disease, or when there are questions about the relationship between the adult and the migrant child. It claimed its current practice is no different than prior administrations.
The rights group argued, however, that the administration was taking children from parents when they had only minor infractions like traffic violations or previous illegal border crossings.
Sabraw found government officials were "generally exercising their discretion to separate families at the border" in a manner consistent with migrants' "rights to family integrity and the Court's orders."
The judge added there was no evidence before the court that the government has “returned to systematically separating families at the border.”
Sabraw did say that the government should use its rapid DNA testing technology to confirm parentage and not separate families based on "subjective concerns" alone.
The ACLU highlighted that part of the ruling in a statement: "The court strongly reaffirmed that the Trump administration bears the burden if it attempts to separate families based on an accusation that the adult is not the child's parent," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said.
The group said it was considering its next move in the case.
The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence left their rally in New Hampshire and attended the dignified transfer of Sgt. 1st Class Javier Gutierrez and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rodriguez, who were killed in Afghanistan while conducting combat operations on February 8, at Dover Air Force Base.
Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas and Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died on February 8 as they engaged a gunman in an Afghan Army uniform. Fox News reports six others were wounded during the attack.
Gutierrez and Rodriguez were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Both men were posthumously promoted to Sgt. 1st Class and awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.
"Sgt. 1st Class Gutierrez was a warrior that exemplified selfless service and a commitment to the mission, both values that we embody here in the 7th Special Forces Group. Our priority now is to take care of his family and teammates, we will provide the best possible care possible during these trying times," Col. John W. Sannes, 7th Special Forces Group Commander said about Gutierrez.
"Sgt. 1st Class Rodriguez was selfless and served honorably; he was certainly among the best in our unit," Sannes said about Rodriguez. "Here at the Red Empire, we take care of our own, and Sgt. 1st Class Rodriguez’ family will forever be a part of us, we will assist them in any way we can to help them through these trying times."
Approximately 6.1 million individuals dropped off the food stamp rolls since President Donald Trump’s first full month in office in February 2017, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA data showed that 6,074,074 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) between February 2017— when the president completed his first full month in office— and November 2019.
Household participation in SNAP declined as well, with 2,489,315 households discontinuing SNAP.
There are currently 36,223,717 individuals and 18,448,588 households that are participating in SNAP.
When Trump took office, 42,297,791 individuals and 20,937,903 households were enrolled in SNAP.
Trump recently made it a point in his annual State of the Union address to stress that he helped the poor move off welfare to find jobs with his recent enactment of work requirements.
Under these work requirements, which had been enacted at the state level during the Obama years, those between the ages of 18-49 and without children or dependents who receive food stamps for more than three months in a 36-month period must work, go to school, receive job training, or volunteer to receive benefits.
Another way the USDA has been trying to keep enrollment in the food stamp program down is through the use of data-mining practices to identify food stamp fraud.
According to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), computer algorithms went through SNAP purchase data in seven states and matched it up with retailer and eligibility data to see if there was fraud.
In Mississippi, the state reported $2 million in SNAP overpayments since the state started incorporating data-mining into its fraud detection efforts.
But the study was limited, as all seven states said high costs, data limitations, and organizational support affected their ability to use more advanced artificial intelligence-gathering techniques to ferret out fraud.
Other states, however, have done similar things with analytics for different welfare programs at the state level. Utah became one of the first states to modernize its unemployment insurance analytics system in 2006 after spending $14 million to overhaul it. In 2015, the state had one of the lowest fraud rates in the country at 1.3 percent.
President Donald Trump has named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as the next acting director of national intelligence, in a move celebrated by the president’s supporters and slammed by his critics.
Grenell has been an ardent supporter of the president and his policies, and his appointment is historic: He will become the first openly gay Cabinet member selected by a U.S. president.
The diplomat and foreign policy expert will replace current acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
“I am pleased to announce that our highly respected Ambassador to Germany, @RichardGrenell, will become the Acting Director of National Intelligence,” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday night. “Rick has represented our Country exceedingly well and I look forward to working with him,” he continued.
President Trump also praised Maguire, saying, “I would like to thank Joe Maguire for the wonderful job he has done, and we look forward to working with him closely, perhaps in another capacity within the Administration!”
Fox News reported that President Trump’s selection of Grenell “heartened conservatives eager for new leadership as a series of scandals have plagued the intelligence community.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that “Grenell’s appointment is likely to exacerbate tensions between the president and members of the intelligence community, who have been frequent targets of Trump’s ire.”
Ned Price, a former CIA officer who served as a Special Assistant to former President Barack Obama reacted to news of Grenell’s appointment by tweeting, “Another slap in the face to my former intel colleagues. Grenell is a partisan bombthrower whose only skill is defending Trump. Trump’s decision not to nominate a permanent DNI underscores that he has no use for intel and no regard for national security.”
Republican Senate aide John Noonan praised the president’s selection of Grenell while hitting back at critics who claimed the diplomat did not have the qualifications for the role, tweeting, “@RichardGrenell is sharp and competent. Harvard Kennedy School grad, senior UN official, ambassador to one of the most important US partners. Susan Rice went from UN Ambassador to National Security Advisor but Ambassador to Germany to ODNI is somehow out of bounds? Ok.”
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday in favor of a Trump administration rule barring taxpayer-funded family planning organizations from referring women to abortion clinics.
The court’s 7-4 decision reverses the rulings of three judges in Oregon, Washington and California. According to the Trump administration’s policy, family planning clinics in the federal Title X program for low-income women may not refer patients for abortions.
Starting March 4, the policy will also bar Title X clinics that receive federal funding from sharing office space with abortion clinics. Title X clinics provide birth control and reproductive care, along with other services such as breast cancer screenings and HIV testing.
Judge Sandra S. Ikuta in the decision cited the Supreme Court’s 1998 ruling in favor of similar policies put in place by the Reagan administration.
“In light of Supreme Court approval of the 1988 regulations and our broad deference to agencies’ interpretations of the statutes they are charged with implementing, plaintiffs’ legal challenges to the 2019 rule fail,” Ikuta wrote.
In the dissent, Judge Richard Paez wrote that the administration’s policy would allow “a government bureaucrat [to] restrict a medical professional from informing a patient of the full range of health care options available to her.”
“Today’s ruling is a vindication of President Trump’s pro-life policies and a victory for the American people,” read a statement from Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “Abortion is not ‘family planning’ and a strong majority of Americans–including 42 percent of Independents and more than one third of Democrats–oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. President Trump’s Protect Life Rule honors their will.”
A federal court on Wednesday ruled that the Trump administration could withhold grants to New York City, as well as seven states, due to their refusal to cooperate with the federal immigration enforcement efforts.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the federal government could withhold funds from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island, over the states’ “sanctuary” laws. The states currently contain a number of cities, including New York City, with laws preventing local authorities from notifying Immigration and Customs Enforcement when an illegal immigrant is about to be released from jail.
The seven states and New York City sued the Trump administration in 2017 after federal immigration authorities demanded access to jails and the creation of a system to notify agents of the impending release of an illegal immigrant. The 2nd Circuit court’s decision reverses lower court rulings in favor of the states.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” then-attorney general Jeff Sessions said in 2017 when the suit was filed.
Earlier this month current Attorney General William Barr announced the Justice Department would initiate a series of lawsuits against localities with “sanctuary” laws.
“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” Barr said at an event in Washington, D.C. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”
I fully expect another win in the Supreme Court over DACA they're supposed to rule by June
President Trump wants the DACA kids to remain in America, just like most Americans do
but he wants to negotiate with the Dems to get our broken immigration system FINALLY fixed! and they're not about to give him a win, so they're going to have the rug pulled out from underneath them ... yet again!
On Wednesday, reality star Kim Kardashian took matters into her own hands and posted stories of three women whose sentences were commuted by President Donald Trump, since, as noted by Kardashian, she didn’t “hear much about it in the news.”
“President Trump commuted the sentences of three really deserving women,” she wrote, starting off a series of tweets. “I didn’t hear much about it in the news so I wanted to share with you their stores!”
“I have the pleasure of spending the day with these women today along with [Alice Marie Johnson] who helped to pick these women,” said Kardashian. Johnson had her sentence commuted last year by President Trump, after Kardashian, now a student of law, brought the case to the attention of the White House.
“Crystal Munoz was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to posses & distribute marijuana,” Kardashian explained. “She left behind a five month old baby & was pregnant. Crystal was shackled by prison guards during the birth of her second daughter. Her case was highlighted in the First Step Act.”
The celebrity noted, “Crystal[‘s] case was highlighted in the First Step Act which banned the degrading and inhumane treatment of shackling female prisoners during childbirth.”
“Judith Negron was sentenced to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud,” she continued. “After trial she received the longest sentence ever given to a female for a white collar crime. A mother, she left behind two young sons. This was Judith’s first ever offense.”
“Wardens and staff alike spoke glowingly of the incredible contributions Judith made to the prison while incarcerated,” noted Kardashian.
Kardashian then highlighted the case of Tynice Hall. “Hall was sentenced to 35 years in prison for a first time non violent drug conspiracy,” she wrote. “Her boyfriend at the time used her house for his illegal drug activities. She was only 22 years old when she went to prison and left behind a 3 year old son.”
“Tynice rehabilitated herself and prepared for a future outside of prison by completing numerous classes and becoming certified in various trades,” the 39-year-old added.
The women highlighted by Kardashian made their way to the White House on Wednesday.
“Meet Judith Negron, Crystal Munoz and Tynice Nichole Hall. At the recommendation of [Alice Marie Johnson], [Kim Kardashian], and the [#Cut50] team, these 3 mothers were granted clemency by [Donald Trump] last month and are already using their second chance to pay it forward!” White House advisor and First Daughter Ivanka Trump captioned a photo of the group, which included herself and husband Jared Kushner.
As noted by The Daily Wire in May, Kardashian is funding a legal team that got 17 people out of jail in 90 days, showcasing her seriousness in her new role as a criminal justice reform advocate.
“TMZ reports that Kardashian is helping to bankroll a project called ’90 Days of Freedom,’ a legal team that uses provisions outlined in last year’s major criminal justice reform initiative, the First Step Act, to free inmates serving outrageously long prison sentences for minor drug crimes,” The Daily Wire noted. “So far, the program has helped 17 people go free, including “Jamelle Carraway (who served 11 years of a life sentence on a cocaine charge), Eric Balcom (who got life without parole for a drug charge at age 29), and Terrence Byrd (who spent half his life behind bars on drug possession charges),’ Complex reports.”