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Illinois Democrat and ex-ICE chief spar at hearing about child migrants

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Rep. Jesus Garcia and the former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director, Thomas Homan, got into a testy exchange Friday during a House hearing. In it, Garcia, the Illinois Democrat, asked the ex-ICE chief if he didn’t care about migrant children under his watch “because the children don’t look like children that are around you.”

Homan spent much of his testimony before a House Oversight Committee hearing on child separation arguing with Democratic lawmakers who’ve accused Border Patrol agents of mistreating migrant detainees.

“Have you ever held a deceased child in your arms?” Garcia asked Homan.

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“First of all, your comments are disgusting….and yes I have held a 5-year-old boy in my arms and said a prayer for him knowing what his last 30 minutes was like,” Homan replied.

“For you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love for my country and for children … that’s why this whole thing needs to be fixed. And you’re the member of Congress. Fix it,” Homan added.

“We agree on that. But I also disagree with your characterization of immigrants as prone to criminality,” Garcia responded before Chairman Elijah Cummings banged his gavel to restore order.

Several congressional Democrats have blasted the Trump administration and immigration officials over subpar conditions and alleged cruel treatment of migrants in detention facilities across the country. In one notable instance, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., alleged that agents made migrants drink water from toilet bowls. And she compared detention facilities to concentration camps.

For their part, Republicans have brushed those claims aside, saying the toilets have attached sinks and drinking water.

Much of Friday’s hearing focused on the treatment of the migrants who’ve been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by the tens of thousands each month. Republicans members of the panel chided their Democratic colleagues for downplaying what they called a crisis at the southern border.

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Homan pushed back on some of the rhetoric being used by lawmakers, saying agents have been publicly vilified.

“The same people that vilify [the] Border Patrol for detention conditions are the same people that refuse to answer the call for help until it’s too late,” he said, apparently referring to Democrats who refused to back a bill increasing humanitarian funding by $4.5 billion to the border.

A recent report by government inspectors found overcrowding and inadequate conditions across five detention facilities in Texas. The report documented migrants sleeping on floors, being detained for too long and contending with the lack of a change of clothes.

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Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, broke into tears while recalling what she saw at the border. She criticized those that use the term “illegal immigrant.”

“No one is illegal,” she insisted. “That term is derogatory because it dehumanizes people. You can say any other forms of coming in without regulations or so forth, but the use of “illegal” is disrespectful, and I ask my colleagues to try in so many ways not to dehumanize our immigrant neighbors who are trying to come in for a safe haven.”

Fox News reporter Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Honors KKK Grand Wizard With Proclamation

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Despite public outcry, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) re-signed a proclamation Thursday declaring July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in the state, honoring the Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and former Confederate general.

Each year, according to state law, the governor is supposed to sign six such proclamations for days of observation, three of which are in honor of the Confederacy, according to The Tennessean. Though they’re mostly symbolic, the governor says he signs them out of a sense of duty.

“I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law,” Lee told The Tennessean on Thursday.

His decision was roundly panned by the media. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie tweeted: “Very cool that Tennessee has a day honoring a confederate war criminal and founder of America’s oldest and deadliest terrorist group.” 

Forrest is known to history as a bloodthirsty slave trader and the KKK’s very first grand wizard. In 1864, he led Confederate soldiers to commit what’s known as the Fort Pillow Massacre, according to The Washington Post. Three hundred Union soldiers, including 200 black soldiers, were murdered there, often at point-blank range.

Residents have been petitioning to remove two statues of Forrest ― including a bust from the state Capitol ― for years. But Lee defends Confederate monuments and the Ku Klux Klan as “part of our history.”

Earlier this year, Lee told The Tennessean that “The Ku Klux Klan is a part of our history that we’re not proud of in Tennessee, and we need to be reminded of that and make certain that we don’t forget it. So I wouldn’t advocate to remove that.”

At the same time, the governor said he regretted going to “Old South” parties at Auburn University as part of the fraternity Kappa Alpha Order, which reportedly sees Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee as a “spiritual founder.”

The governor’s hands aren’t tied in signing such a proclamation. As The Holler points out, plenty of governors have declined to sign them in the past, especially on proclamations they don’t personally agree with. In January, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) refused to sign a proclamation in honor of the book “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm,” by journalist Ted Genoways, because it contained criticism of President Donald Trump, according to The Hill.

Reached for comment, Gov. Lee’s spokeswoman released a stock statement reiterating that the governor is required to sign the proclamation: 

“Tennessee governors are required by statute to issue a series of proclamations each year, including Nathan Bedford Forrest Day,” said spokeswoman Laine Arnold. “The proclamation that was issued complies with this obligation and is in keeping with prior years.” 

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9/11’s first responders say House approval of victims’ funding bill is ‘step in the right direction’

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John McClean, a retired New York City firefighter who was among one of the first at the scene on 9/11 and suffers from a multitude of illnesses related to the terrorist attacks, says he’s heartened by Friday’s news that the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to extend the compensation fund for first responders.

Still, this “step in the right direction” does not guarantee funding for more than 40,000 people who have applied for benefits through the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Some remain uneasy, with the fund set to run out of money by 2020 and benefit payments slashed.

More than $5 billion in benefits has been awarded out of the fund, with about 21,000 claims pending.

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“My daughter’s only 12,” said McClean, 54, whose ills include respiratory disease and a past heart attack.  “If I die, my pension dies with me — and that’s who I’m worried about.”

McClean, a veteran firefighter who left his post due to illness in 2018, expected to earn nearly $545,000 in compensation because of his inability to work, but his payout to date has been significantly lower, $15,000, a result of a fund that’s drying up.

The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday estimated that another $10.2 billion would be needed to compensate victims through the next 10 years. The bill survivors are pushing asks for a guarantee for the next 70, and lawmakers are unsure where that money will come from.

“It’s going to be a prolonged thing,” McClean told Fox News on Friday. “It’s not something that’s going to end in 10 years as more and more people are getting sick.”

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said Friday he supported the bill but lamented the fact that funding sources aren’t specified.

“Sadly, this bill comes to the floor without any provision to pay for the program,” Collins said. “No provision at all. This bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will cost $10.2 billion, and that’s just during the first decade of the seven decades this bill extends the program.”

Michael Barasch, a New York attorney who represents 15,000 first responders with claims through the fund, including McClean, told Fox News “it really doesn’t matter” where the money comes from, as long as victims are assured of financial security for their families.

“This is a necessity and it’s a necessity for responders that came from all over the country when they heard the call,” he said, referencing more than 2,000 firefighters, police officers, federal agents and others who have died from 9/11-related diseases. That number is only expected to climb, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s World Trade Center Health Program.

“So many people are coming down with cancer, so many people are dying of cancer,” Barasch said. “How can you put a price tag on that?”

Still, Barasch says the CBO’s estimate is “well reasoned.”

“I just pray that it won’t be more than that, because if it is more than that, [it] would mean we really have a national health crisis.”

The bill, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan House support, still has to pass the Senate, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to “consider this important legislation soon.”

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More than 40,000 people have applied to the fund, intended to apply to illnesses that are potentially related to having been at New York’s Ground Zero, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pa., after the attacks.

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Camila Cabello Says Glowing Words About Shawn Mendes In Recent Interview

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Camila Cabello had some glowing words to say about her friend and collaborator Shawn Mendes in a recent heartfelt interview.

“I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” the “Havana” singer told U.K.’s Clash Magazine in June. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”

The 22-year-old said she trusts Mendes because “no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” Cabello said. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.”

The Cuban-born pop star recently joined Mendes in a sexy new music video for their song “Señorita,” adding even more fuel to the rumors that the pair are in a romantic relationship.

It was “one of the most natural things in the world for he and I to do a song together,” Cabello told Clash. She explained her connection with the 20-year-old.

“I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry — we’ve been in each other’s lives for like four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together,” she said. “It’s actually a really beautiful feeling to know that this person is always going to be in my life, we’re always going to love each other.”

Previously, the duo collaborated on an intimate cover of Ed Sheeran’s song “Kiss Me” and created a hit with 2015′s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” We can’t wait to see what else their “love” and friendship will produce.

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Camila Cabello Says Glowing Words About Shawn Mendes In Recent Interview

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Camila Cabello had some glowing words to say about her friend and collaborator Shawn Mendes in a recent heartfelt interview.

“I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” the “Havana” singer told U.K.’s Clash Magazine in June. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”

The 22-year-old said she trusts Mendes because “no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” Cabello said. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.”

The Cuban-born pop star recently joined Mendes in a sexy new music video for their song “Señorita,” adding even more fuel to the rumors that the pair are in a romantic relationship.

It was “one of the most natural things in the world for he and I to do a song together,” Cabello told Clash. She explained her connection with the 20-year-old.

“I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry — we’ve been in each other’s lives for like four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together,” she said. “It’s actually a really beautiful feeling to know that this person is always going to be in my life, we’re always going to love each other.”

Previously, the duo collaborated on an intimate cover of Ed Sheeran’s song “Kiss Me” and created a hit with 2015′s “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” We can’t wait to see what else their “love” and friendship will produce.

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India to land rover on Moon in global space race

Taking a giant leap in its space program, India is looking to solidify its place among the world’s space-exploring countries with its second unmanned mission to the Moon, aiming to land a rover near the unexplored lunar south pole.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to a launch a spacecraft using domestic technology on Monday, scheduling to touch down on the Moon Sept. 6 or 7. The $141 million Chandrayaan-2 mission will analyze minerals, map the unexplored south pole’s surface and search for water.

It will “boldly go where no country has ever gone before,” said the ISRO in a statement.

With India growing as the world’s fifth-largest economy, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to show his country’s security and technological prowess on the global stage.

India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite weapon in March, which Modi said demonstrated the country’s capability as a space power alongside the United States, Russia and China. It also plans to send humans into space by 2022, becoming only the fourth nation to do so.

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However, India is not alone in its ambitions as it competes with other nations in the international space race.

The U.S. – which celebrates the 50th anniversary this month of the Apollo 11 mission that made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first humans on the moon – is working to send a manned spacecraft to the planetoid’s south pole by 2024. Israel, additionally, attempted to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon back in April but failed when the first privately funded lunar landing crashed.

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India’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, whose name is Sanskrit for “moon craft,” orbited the Moon in 2008 and helped confirm the presence of water. In 2013-2014, India also sent a satellite into Mars’ orbit in the nation’s first interplanetary mission. The country’s decades-long space research has allowed it to develop satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that solve everyday problems at home, such as forecasting fish migration and predicting weather conditions like storms and floods.

Critics have questioned the expense of the mission in the 1.3-billion-person country plagued by widespread poverty and high child mortality rates. Author and economic commentator Gurcharan Das, however, said the cost of the second lunar mission is small compared with India’s overall budget and that the moonshot could have a multiplier effect on the economy.

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Das urged India to get the country’s private sector more involved in the mission’s research and development, which he said could yield “huge benefits” beyond the realm of space exploration.

Chandrayaan-2 will have a lunar orbiter, lander and a rover. The lander will carry a camera, seismometer, a thermal instrument and a NASA-supplied laser retroreflector to help calculate the distance between the Earth and the moon.

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Many are interested in the lunar south pole because of its largely-shadowed portion, presenting a greater possibility of water. Water is an essential ingredient for life, and finding it is part of science’s greater goal of determining whether there is life elsewhere in our solar system; India’s rover will be the first to look for water at the south pole.

“These days, it has become the place to go,” said space expert Nandivada Rathnasree.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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VIDEO: KFC Obliterated By Explosion In North Carolina

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Police say nobody was injured when a KFC restaurant in Eden, N.C., was destroyed in an overnight explosion.

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About two hours after a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant closed for business on Wednesday night, a massive blast reduced it to rubble within seconds.

The explosion in the small town of Eden, N.C., which happened Thursday just after 12:30 a.m., was captured in dramatic surveillance footage from a neighboring pharmacy.

It shows a quiet building under street lights, when suddenly the frame fills with white from the blast. Smoke and flames erupt from the demolished building, and debris and sparks fall from the sky.

Nobody was injured or killed, Eden’s Deputy Police Chief Clint Simpson tells NPR.

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“We do have some surrounding buildings that sustained damage from the blast,” he said. A pizza restaurant from across the street had its windows knocked out.

The restaurant’s sign, however, survived the explosion. The smiling face of Colonel Sanders stands unscathed next to the ruined restaurant. A sign advertises “New Cheetos Sandwich.”

Simpson says the timing of the blast, late at night when there were few people around, was incredibly lucky. “A couple hours before, you would have had employees and probably patrons in the restaurant,” he said. Authorities have said they think the KFC closed between 10:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

“It’s really close to a major roadway,” he adds. “They were fortunate; the density of the traffic was almost zero passing by that restaurant when it occurred.” Simpson says the road in front of the KFC was riddled with broken glass and bits of wood.

It’s not clear what caused the blast yet, though Simpson says the most likely explanation is a gas explosion. He adds that investigators are “looking at every little thing, they’re looking at, you know, the equipment inside the restaurant, they’re looking at gas lines inside the restaurant. They’re sifting through evidence.”

He said that the police are not aware of any previous reports of gas issues at this restaurant.

A KFC employee told the News & Record that he smelled natural gas while working a shift before the explosion. Christian Jarrett said he had a headache and told the newspaper that he thought his supervisor attempted to turn off the restaurant’s gas supply.

He happened to drive by the restaurant about an hour and a half after it closed, and found it destroyed.

“Knowing that I could have been in there just terrifies me,” Jarrett told the News & Record.

The Eden Police Department says it is receiving assistance from local, state and federal agencies in its investigation.

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Federal Trade Commission Approves $5 Billion Fine For Facebook: Report

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

Facebook declined to comment; the FTC did not immediately respond to messages for comment. The Journal said the 3-2 vote broke along party lines, with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition to the fine.

The FTC report has been moved to the Justice Department for review, per the report. It is not clear how long it will take to finalize.

The fine would be the largest the FTC has levied on a tech company. But it won’t make much of a dent for Facebook, which had nearly $56 billion in revenue last year. The report did not say what else the settlement includes beyond the fine, though it is expected to include limits on how Facebook treats user privacy.

Since the Cambridge Analytica debacle erupted more than a year ago and prompted the FTC investigation, Facebook has vowed to do a better job corralling its users’ data. Nevertheless, its controls have remained leaky. For example, It also acknowledged giving big tech companies like Amazon and Yahoo extensive access to users’ personal data, in effect exempting them from its usual privacy rules. And it collected call and text logs from phones running Google’s Android system in 2015.

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Pence visits migrant detention center near southern border to ‘see firsthand the humanitarian crisis’

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Vice President Mike Pence visited a migrant detention center in Texas on Friday to “see firsthand the humanitarian crisis” at the southern border.

Pence — he was joined by lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee — visited the Donna Holding Facility amid concerns about the migrant surge and poor conditions at detention centers. The centers include people who have crossed into the U.S. illegally, and those claiming asylum from Central America.

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During the visit, Pence approached a small group of children and asked them in English – a handler translated to Spanish – if they were comfortable and being taken care of. The children nodded yes.

“God bless you,” Pence said before walking away, according to a pool report.

Earlier, the vice president called for securing the border to stop illegal immigration, calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

“.@SecondLady and I are traveling down to Texas where we will see firsthand the humanitarian crisis at the border. We MUST secure our border for the safety of the American people and the victims of dangerous human trafficking cartels,” Pence tweeted Friday.

Later Friday, Pence participated in a roundtable briefing with Border Patrol agents at the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas.

The visit came as progressive Democrats testified on Capitol Hill, ripping into the Trump administration over the detention centers.

At the hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Corte. D-N.Y., said, “This is a manufactured crisis because the cruelty is manufactured.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, shed tears as she recalled what she saw at the border, and she scolded Trump and others for using the phrase “illegal immigrants.”

“No one is illegal,” she said. “That term is derogatory because it dehumanizes people. You can say any other forms of coming in without regulations or so forth but the use of illegal is disrespectful, and I ask my colleagues to try in so many ways not to dehumanize our immigrant neighbors who are trying to come in for a safe haven.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

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The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

The agency approved the settlement in a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, with the two Democrats voting against it, said the people, who would speak only the condition of anonymity.

The deal still needs final approval from the Justice Department, which rarely rejects settlements reached by the agency. If approved, it would be the biggest fine by far levied by the federal government against a technology company, easily eclipsing the $22 million imposed on Google in 2012. The size of the penalty underscored the rising frustration among Washington officials with how Silicon Valley giants collect, store and use people’s information.

In addition to the fine, Facebook agreed to more comprehensive oversight of how it handles user data, according to the people. But none of the conditions in the settlement will restrict Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties. And that decision appeared to split the five-member commission. The two Democrats who voted against the deal sought stricter limits on the company, the people said.

The settlement with Facebook would be one of the most aggressive regulatory actions by the Trump administration, and a sign of its willingness to punish one of the country’s biggest and most powerful companies. President Trump has dialed back regulations in many industries, but the Facebook settlement sets a new bar for privacy enforcement by American officials, who have brought few cases against large Silicon Valley companies.

Until now, the biggest fines and restrictions against the companies have come from Europe. Officials there have imposed several charges of antitrust and privacy laws against Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Last year, the European Union fined Google $5.1 billion for abusing its large market share in the mobile phone industry.

But in recent weeks, American regulators and lawmakers of both parties have taken a more combative stance toward the tech giants. Congress started an antitrust investigation into how the biggest tech companies have harmed consumers and impeded competition. The Justice Department and the F.T.C. divvied up responsibility for potential antitrust investigations into several of the companies.

On Thursday, President Trump took shots at Facebook and other social media companies, accusing them of being biased against conservatives. He also took to Twitter to criticize Facebook’s latest initiative into cryptocurrency — a project called Libra, which is still in its early stages — saying that Facebook’s proposed coin would never usurp the dollar. David Marcus, the Facebook executive in charge of Libra, is scheduled to appear before Congress next week to explain and defend the initiative.

Peter Kaplan, a spokesman for the F.T.C., declined to comment.

Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, also declined to comment.

Shares of Facebook surged to $205.27 — the stock’s highest price in the past year — in after-hours trading on Friday after news of the vote became public.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported on the vote by the commission.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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