Trump’s new asylum rule is probably doomed. It’s still incredibly dangerous.

President Trump on Monday summarily eliminated almost all asylum protections for Central Americans and other migrants seeking to enter the United States from the Southern border. But the president’s move is legally questionable for a whole host of reasons, the most important being that he is attempting an end-run around Congress and doing by administrative fiat what he couldn’t through normal legislative channels. The rule, which will go into effect immediately, basically says that anyone — men, women, children, even unaccompanied minors — who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border unless they first apply for and be denied asylum in countries… Read More

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How New Orleans’ flooding risks are exacerbated by climate change

We need long-term solutions to Louisiana’s flood problems. As of this writing, Hurricane Barry was expected to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane Saturday, and it appears that New Orleans and the surrounding areas have avoided a worst-case scenario. After an extraordinarily rainy spring season, there was concern Barry’s storm surge would push an already swollen Mississippi River over the city’s levees. That risk has subsided for now, but the area still faces dangerous and damaging flooding, with as much as 30 inches of rainfall expected to test already-stretched systems across the state over the next few days. The whole situation is a vivid illustration of the multiple, overlapping… Read More

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The Jeffrey Epstein case is why people believe in Pizzagate

The arrest of the apparent billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein at a New Jersey airport on Saturday on federal charges for crimes he was accused of during the Bush administration should not be surprising to anyone who has followed the news carefully. He may have escaped in 2008 with a ludicrous one-year stint in a county jail that he was allowed to leave six days a week, but his name has never quite been out of the headlines. Between 2008 and 2015 Epstein reportedly settled more than a dozen lawsuits from Jane Does alleging sexual assault; the youngest of his alleged victims was 14 years old. The only question is why… Read More

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