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The Fight Between The White House And CNN’s Jim Acosta Seems To Be Over

CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House asking the president tough questions. Acosta, a seasoned reporter, recently lost his credentials when he challenged President Trump on his description of the migrant caravan. The sudden revocation of his press pass triggered immediate backlash and a lawsuit against the administration. The lawsuit argued that taking the press pass away violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. A judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass and they agreed leading CNN to drop their lawsuit.

Here’s the questioning that led to Jim Acosta losing his press credentials.

Acosta was at a press conference with the president the day after the midterm elections. Insiders are the White House told media that the president was visibly angery by the Democratic victories securing the House of Representatives. When Acosta confronted the president about his demonization of immigrants, Trump lashed out and the White House would later suspend his press credentials.

Trump’s interactions with media professionals have drawn criticism and backlash in the past. Trump reserves his particularly angry outbursts for women reporters of color, like Abby Phillip. The CNN reporter asked Trump if his decision to appoint Matthew Whittaker was to rein in the Mueller probe. Trumps response: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.”

For now it seems like the freedom of the press and the First Amendment trumped the White House’s desire to freeze out Acosta.

The decision to reinstate Jim Acosta to the press briefings played out on the internet as you’d expect.

People on both sides of the issue came out to share their opinions on the lawsuit and the will he or won’t he matter of restoring Acosta to the press briefings.

A few people threw around the idea of an Acosta only press briefing.

If that were to happen, the White House would probably just cancel the press conference. Meanwhile, millions of Americans would tune in just to see how it all goes down.

Other people believe that the White House will try to make an example out of him.

One of the things the White House stipulated is that reporters can now only ask one question at a time. It’s their way of keeping reporters in line. If they ask more than one question, they face getting their pass revoked.

The fact the White House used resources to go after a journalist has angered many people concerned with the real issues.

It does seem like money that could have been better spent on other issues impacting the lives of Americans domestic and abroad.

People are letting their anger be known on social media.

The current administration has a history of trying to stand up against journalists holding their feet to the fire.

Despite all of the drama, a lot of people are cheering for Acosta and his tough questions.

Keep up the fight for the freedom of the press and the right to question the government, Jim.


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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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