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Warren pledges to create commission to investigate ‘crimes committed by the United States against immigrants’

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Forget the laws of the US. The war on terrorism has been ongoing since 2001. From the Geneva Conventions:

Art. 3. In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each Party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following
provisions:

(1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
(a) violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(b) taking of hostages;
(c) outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;
(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

(2) The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

Article 3.1 – Put every single guard at every single one of the DHS facilities who stood by while this shit went on in a courtroom at the Hague, and use their confessions as evidence to hang the head of DHS and any other political officer responsible for this policy, up to and including the POTUS and VP.

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Chess grandmaster allegedly caught cheating in bathroom during tournament

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A Latvian-Czech chess phenom whose legitimacy has long been questioned was allegedly caught cheating inside a bathroom during a tournament in France this week.

Grandmaster Igors Rausis, 58, was suspended from the Strasbourg Open after a photo emerged showing him sitting on a toilet looking at a phone during a break in play, the Daily Telegraph reported.

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“Igor Rausis caught red-handed at a tournament in Strasbourg,” World Chess Federation director Emil Sutovsky posted to Facebook.

Phones are typically banned from chess tournaments because players can use certain apps to analyze their moves in previous games, gaining an unfair advantage. Rausis was suspended after officials found the device in the bathroom and he signed a declaration stating it was his.

“I simply lost my mind yesterday,” Rausis told Chess.com. “I confirmed the fact of using my phone during the game by written [statement]. What could I say more? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me — I played my last game of chess already.”

Rausis has long been suspected of cheating in competition play. He stunned the chess world by racking up victories and progressing from regular grandmaster to “super” grandmaster in a six-year span.

“It’s amazing Rausis wasn’t stopped earlier,” grandmaster Danny Gormally told Deadspin. “Seems naive that people think someone can improve that much in their fifties.”

In a Facebook post that doesn’t mention Rausis by name, Yuri Garrett, the secretary for the Chess Federation’s Fair Play Commission, said a player had been closely followed for months after unusual “excellent statistical insights” had given them away.

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The evidence against Rausis was sent to an ethics committee and the French police will be involved.

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Trump Biographer Warns That the Epstein Investigation Could Ensnare the President

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Biographer: Mr. Trump, here is the first draft.

Trump: Make it biglier.

Biographer: Do you mean longer, or….?

Trump: I want it very bigly, in terms of bigliness.

Biographer: I’m not sure I understand… can you…

Trump: First, I have great brains. Everyone knows this. Now, make it bigly.

Biographer: Are we talking font size here? Because, I could…

Trump: Look, I have many fonts. Some say they are the best fonts in the history of the world. People are saying that, you know?

Biographer: So…

Trump: The nuclear!

Biographer: <please God, make this stop>

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Tropical Storm Barry Live Updates: Inland Cities Brace for Rain and Floods

Here’s what you need to know:

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Barry weakened from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm as it made landfall on Saturday.CreditCreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

After a brief life as a hurricane, Barry is now a tropical storm. Its center is about 20 miles west of Lafayette, La.

The storm is moving northwest at 7 m.p.h., and forecasters predict it will continue through central Louisiana on Saturday night. Maximum sustained wind speeds are now near 65 m.p.h. and tropical-storm-force winds are extending outward up to 175 miles from the center.

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Mandeville, La., along Lake Pontchartrain on Saturday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times

But wind speed is not what is troubling much of the region. Experts predict possible rains of up to 25 inches in parts of southern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi, and the slow-moving storm could create big flooding risks in inland areas like greater Baton Rouge. Officials issued mandatory evacuation orders in communities along the coast, including parts of Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes.

[We’re keeping track of the storm through photographs, too.]

A small levee that overtopped in Terrebonne Parish, southwest of New Orleans, prompted officials there to order a mandatory evacuation for residents in the parish’s lowest reaches on Saturday afternoon. There are an estimated 330 households in the evacuation zone, according to Mart Black, the director of the parish’s coastal restoration department.

A different stretch of earthen levees also overtopped in the parish on Saturday morning. A parish spokesman said the top of the levee had been contained within 20 minutes of overtopping to stop the water flow.

In Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans, officials said earthen levees along cow pastures and Highway 23 had overtopped in spots, sending water into the sparsely populated Myrtle Grove and Point Celeste communities.

Foster Creppel, the owner of Woodland Plantation in nearby West Pointe a la Hache, said he could see water pouring through a gap in a levee under construction around a pumping station. He said the water was flowing unabated.

“If they don’t bring some rocks to close up that opening, it’s going to flood everything down here,” Mr. Creppel said. “It’s pouring in.”

Benny Rouselle, a Plaquemines Parish councilman and formerly the parish president, said contractors had put flood barriers in vulnerable levee spots at two pumping stations, but that those had failed. He said water was filling up the cow pastures on Saturday afternoon and, left unimpeded, could swamp the highway.

Jade Duplessis, a parish spokeswoman, said that contractors were on site to patch the levees. “These areas in which we’re seeing this overtopping, this was anticipated,” Ms. Duplessis said.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell remained confident about the city’s response, but said flooding was still a threat, and warned people to not get comfortable.

“We are not out of the conditions that will cause heavy rainfall for the city of New Orleans,” Ms. Cantrell said at City Hall on Saturday morning.

Officials said the potential for the Mississippi River to overtop levees ringing the New Orleans metropolitan area is no longer a concern. The river is predicted to peak at 17.1 feet on Monday, below the 20-foot levees.

No curfew will be called on Saturday, said New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.

[Read: Katrina on its mind, New Orleans is keeping an eye on its levees and pumps.]

Residents were still waiting to see whether their complex flood protection system would hold in the storm, though fears of wholesale failure seemed to have subsided by Saturday afternoon.

Gwendolyn Adams, a retired elementary school teacher in the Lower Ninth Ward, said she had fled to Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina and returned to find her home in ruins. What worries her now is not so much the rain flooding the streets, but whether the levees will work. Still, she said she was staying put this weekend.

“If something is for me,” Ms. Adams, 67, said, “it’s going to happen no matter where I am. If I’m supposed to flood, and I’m at the top of a mountain, it’s going to get to me.”

In Baton Rouge, which is under a flood warning through Sunday morning, Christopher Tyson and other residents were worried that the expected rain and river surges would undo the city’s work to restore homes that were damaged by severe flooding three years ago.

The 2016 flood killed 13 people and displaced tens of thousands in the area, some of whom have not been able to move back into their houses.

“Just as New Orleans has a pre-Katrina and post-Katrina relationship with hurricanes, Baton Rouge has a pre- and post-flood relationship with these storms,” said Mr. Tyson, the chief executive of Build Baton Rouge, which works with the city to to develop blighted properties. “I think there is a PTSD that many people experience.”

“We certainly are bracing,” Mr. Tyson added.

Jonny Dunnham, a deputy chief at the Baton Rouge Police Department, said he was most concerned about the Comite River, which is north of the city and is expected to rise to more than 34 feet, breaking a record that was set during the 2016 flood. River levels above 30 feet will cause “widespread major flooding” of nearby neighborhoods, the National Weather Service warned.

Smaller rivers like the Amite to the east and the Comite “can’t handle this level” of water, said Kevin Gilmore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

More than 103,000 people were without power in Louisiana as of about 2 p.m. on Saturday, according to the state’s largest energy companies.

Electric crews worked on a downed power line on Saturday morning in Morgan City, La.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

Entergy Louisiana reported that about 76,000 of its customers had been affected by power failures, mostly in the southern parts of the state. Cleco reported that about 23,000 of its 284,000 customers in Lousiana were without power, and Dixie Electric Membership Corporation said about 4,000 of its customers had no power. All flights have been grounded at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, said Kevin Dolliole, the aviation director.

Forecasters had predicted that Barry would run ashore near Morgan City, about 20 miles from the coast. But David Naquin, homeland security director for St. Mary Parish, which includes Morgan City, said the latest reports indicated that the storm had shifted.

“It’s going to push a little bit further west,” he said.

A firefighter walks past a downed tree early Saturday in Morgan City, La.CreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

This did not bring him any relief. “Every time it moves west, it’s actually worse for us,” Mr. Naquin said. “We get the worst side of the storm. It just puts us in the bull’s-eye of all the rain.”

But despite strong winds and increasing rain, Mayor Frank Grizzaffi of Morgan City was cautiously optimistic late Saturday morning. “Things are pretty good here,” he said. “For the most part, we’re holding up.” The city’s biggest concern for the moment was a near-citywide power outage caused by intensifying winds that left streets and yards littered with shattered tree limbs. There have been no reports of injuries, the mayor said.

Mr. Grizzaffi had issued a voluntary evacuation order before the storm but most of Morgan City’s 12,000 residents were opting to stay put. “I would have to say that 90 percent of our population is still here,” he said.

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Expected rainfall and path for a storm that threatens Louisiana.

The United States Coast Guard rescued 13 people by helicopter early Saturday from a coastal island in southeastern Louisiana outside the area’s flood protection system, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Only about two dozen people live on Isle de Jean Charles, said Mart Black, the parish’s coastal restoration director. The lone road into the island flooded, trapping the residents who had stayed there. A voluntary evacuation order had been issued earlier for Isle de Jean Charles, as well as other areas unprotected by the levee system.

Mr. Black said he was uncertain if other residents remained on the island but believed that all “who wanted to be rescued” were taken away by helicopter. He did not know whether anyone had to be hospitalized.

Isle de Jean Charles, populated in part by Native American tribes whose families have been there for generations, has often been written about as a harbinger to climate change’s impact on coastal communities. The island has lost 98 percent of its land over the last 60 years. It sits about two miles south of the 14-foot levee that protects most of the parish.

The rescue effort remains active, said Petty Officer Lexie Preston, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, and more calls for help are coming.

A team of researchers (plus a reporter and a photographer) flew this week into the heart of Hurricane Barry, then a tropical storm, to study its formation over the Gulf of Mexico.

The planes that NOAA uses are sophisticated flying research labs that launch probes and collect real-time data that is crucial to understanding hurricanes across the globe.CreditChang W. Lee/The New York Times

Called hurricane hunters, the researchers and their crew launch probes and collect real-time data that is crucial to understanding hurricanes across the globe. It is especially important to gather data from weather systems like Barry that defy predictions: The weirdest storms can sometimes produce the best science.

Flying these planes is not for the faint of heart. Everyone aboard is encouraged to keep a blue plastic sick bag at the ready. Violent turbulence can strike at any time.

[Read the full story here.]

Three years of crushing natural disasters have dwindled the ranks of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, potentially straining its ability to help victims of the storm.

Federal, state and local officials monitor Hurricane Barry at the State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Fewer than a quarter of the 13,654 people in FEMA’s trained disaster work force are available to assist with Barry or indeed any other emergency, agency documents show, because the rest are deployed elsewhere or otherwise unavailable. That is down from the 34 percent who were available at this point in 2018, and from 55 percent two years ago.

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Rising ocean temperatures have fueled some of the most devastating storms in recent years. Kendra Pierre-Louis, a reporter on The New York Times’s climate team, explains how.

Reporting was contributed by Richard Fausset, Emily Lane and Beau Evans from New Orleans; Dave Montgomery from Morgan City, La.; Christopher Flavelle from Washington; and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and John Schwartz from New York.

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Ex-Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris leaves country amid fraud allegations, lawsuits

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Attorney Jynell Berkshire says her clients feel they were scammed by former “Fox & Friends” host Clayton Morris. Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar

INDIANAPOLIS – Ex-Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris has left the country amid more than two dozen lawsuits from investors who say he defrauded them in real estate deals involving properties in Indianapolis. 

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, has moved with his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, according to a Facebook post made by his wife. 

In an email to IndyStar, Morris’s wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, said they plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad. They have denied responsibility for investor losses, instead blaming their Indianapolis business partner Bert Whalen and his company, Oceanpointe.

“We have and continued to take responsibility for all of our legal challenges that came from our relationship with Oceanpointe. We have answered all of our attorney general requests in all states. We have answered all lawsuits,” Natali Morris said. 

“We have not run from anything,” she added. “We continue to show up for this until the last lawsuit is dismissed and it is clear that we neither had the money from Oceanpointe investors nor did we defraud anyone.”

Previously reported: Investors say ex-‘Fox & Friends’ host turned them into unwitting slumlords

But investors and their attorneys expressed concern about the move. They worry it could make it more difficult to serve Morris with legal notices and could complicate efforts to retrieve any damages if a judge finds in their favor. 

“In my clients’ opinion, innocent people don’t flee the country,” said Jynell Berkshire, an Indianapolis real estate attorney who is representing several investors. 

No criminal charges have been brought against Morris or Whalen. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Indiana and New Jersey declined to confirm or deny any investigation.

In a lengthy post Thursday on her website, Natali Morris said the legal problems, animosity from investors and negative news coverage drove the family’s decision to leave the country.

“I am not one of those who rejects America,” she wrote. “We had a good life there. But my husband and I have had a hard few years in our business and this collective soul challenge forced us to question everything.”

She said her husband was unfairly blamed because of his “residual ‘fame’ from his former career as a news anchor.”

“But America is polarized and if you can write a headline about a Fox News guy doing something wrong, it will get clicked on in order to reinforce people’s conviction bias, one way or another,” she wrote.

She said her husband has taken accusations and media coverage particularly hard. 

“Watching him endure this has felt like what I would imagine it is like to watch him endure chemotherapy,” she said. “I wish I could take it from him. I wish I could fix it. I wish it were me instead. I carry a pain with me knowing that he is in pain and it is with me always. His health began to suffer. He began to withdraw emotionally and it was hard on our family. We both knew that we had to make a change if we wanted to survive.”

IndyStar reported in March that investors were accusing Morris of running a Ponzi scheme with Whalen’s help. Together they sold at least 700 homes in some of Indianapolis’s most troubled neighborhoods.

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Investors suing Morris — mostly out-of-state real estate novices — claim he sold them houses with a promise to rehab them, find tenants and manage the properties. All they had to do, according to a video on his popular YouTube channel, was sit back and collect the rent checks.

But those rehabs didn’t happen or were superficial, the investors claim. They accuse Morris and Whalen of covering their tracks by providing fake leases and sending rent checks even though the properties were vacant. Many of the investors say they only discovered the truth when they began receiving code violations and condemnation notices from the city.

Some investors say the scheme turned them into unwitting slumlords. An IndyStar investigation published last month found tenants who said they suffered through dangerous and disgusting conditions in properties bought, sold or managed by Whalen’s companies.

Morris has denied the fraud allegations, saying he merely referred investors to Whalen. He claimed he was not responsible for managing the properties and has said he was sickened to learn of tenants living in abject conditions.

Whalen has also denied any wrongdoing.

Jennifer Drobac, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, said moving out of the U.S. does not absolve a defendant in a lawsuit of their legal responsibility.

But it also is true that Morris does not have to return to the country to defend himself if he has an attorney here representing him.

However, if he simply tried to ignore a lawsuit and not engage local counsel, she said the plaintiff could win a default judgment against him.

And because these are civil cases, rather than criminal, a court would not take action to extradite a defendant to bring them to trial.

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Camila Cabello gushes about Shawn Mendes: ‘I just trust him’

Singer Camila Cabello has opened up about her bond with fellow musician Shawn Mendes, telling an interviewer that “I just trust him.”

Speaking to U.K.’s Clash magazine about her and Mendes’ collaboration released last month — “Senorita” — the Cuban-born “Havana” singer, 22, took a moment to gush about Mendes, 20.

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“I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” she said. “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.”

“I just trust him, and 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,” she continued. “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.”

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Cabello also said collaborating with Mendes on “Senorita” was “one of the most natural things in the world.”

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“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.”

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The pair sparked relationship rumors after they released a steamy music video for “Senorita,” which marked their second collaboration. (The two previously joined forces in 2015 for the hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”) Though the rumors have yet to be confirmed, the two fueled them further when they were reportedly spotted kissing on Saturday, per Us Weekly. 

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Mike Pence ‘Can’t Account For’ Photo Of Dismal Migrant Detention Conditions

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Confronted on Friday with evidence of cramped conditions in a migrant detention facility, Vice President Mike Pence said he “can’t account for that.”

During a CNN interview following his tour of a detention center in McAllen, Texas, Pence applauded Customs and Border Protection for “doing their level best in an overcrowded environment and a difficult environment,” calling out “slander against” the agency.

“I think what we saw today was a very fair representation of how families are being treated,” he told the cable outlet’s Pamela Brown.

With that, Brown showed Pence a photo of migrants sitting practically shoulder to shoulder. The image was included in a May alert from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, which sounded the alarm on “dangerous overcrowding.”

“When you look at that, what do you see?” she asked.

“Well, I can’t account for that,” Pence replied, shifting the focus back to the McAllen facility.

“What I can account for … is the facility that you saw today represents the level and the standard of care that we are working to bring to all those caught up in this crisis,” he said.

Continuing, Pence said it was only last month that “Congress finally acknowledged the crisis” with its decision to pass a bill for humanitarian aid and funding for security at the border.

“We’re going to continue to improve, we’re going to continue to provide care at the standard the American people expect,” he added.

However, media coverage of the vice president’s visit to the McAllen center described unsanitary conditions, shouting migrants and a lack of basic supplies.

According to The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, there were “384 men sleeping inside fences, on concrete” without mats or pillows, and the “stench was overwhelming.”

On Friday night, Pence spoke out against CNN in a tweet, blasting the outlet as “so dishonest” and stating that he was told families at the border “were being treated well.”

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Anti-migrant detention protests lead to 16 arrests in Phoenix

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Police in Phoenix, Ariz., arrested 16 people Friday night during a protest of planned sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Authorities said a group of protesters blocked a downtown street and disrupted light rail traffic outside the local ICE office. KSAZ reported that a small number of people did not clear the roadway and the light rail tracks when they were asked, prompting the arrests.

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In all, 14 people were accused of unlawful assembly and obstructing a public thoroughfare, while two were charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

No injuries were reported and the protesters dispersed around 11:00 p.m.

The Phoenix protest was one of a number of demonstrations ahead of Sunday’s planned immigration operations. Earlier Friday, protesters demonstrating outside an ICE facility in Aurora, Colo. pulled down the American flag and raised the flag of Mexico in its place

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On Saturday, several thousand protesters marched through downtown Chicago, many of them carrying  placards with messages including “No kids in cages” and “Abolish ICE.” Some also belted chants critical of Trump.

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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the protest was peaceful and that there were no arrests. He says there were an estimated 5,000 protesters at its peak.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Anthony Davis found out about Lakers trade on Instagram

It’s a perfectly millennial tale.

Anthony Davis, sitting in a hotel room in Malibu on a Saturday afternoon in June, was laying in bed watching a movie when his agent, Rich Paul, called him. Davis, still a New Orleans Pelican as far as he knew, let the call go to voicemail. He wanted to keep watching the flick, even though he doesn’t remember the name of it.

“Some sailor movie or something like that. I don’t know why it was on, but it was pretty interesting,” Davis said. “I was like ‘Ah, I’ll call him later.'” 

Paul rang again. This time, Davis not only didn’t answer, he sent it straight to voicemail. 

But then it hit the 26-year-old superstar. After all, his name had only been in trade discussions for months. 

“Now I’m blowing up (Paul’s) phone,” he said. 

So, when he couldn’t reach Paul, Davis popped open Instagram. That’s when he found out he’d been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers and would be teaming up with LeBron James. 

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On Saturday, the Lakers introduced Davis in his No. 3 jersey to the media. General manager Rob Pelinka declared him as “the most dominant young basketball player in the world.” 

“This is really a history-shifting day for the Los Angeles Lakers,” Pelinka said. 

Pelinka reached inside his sports jacket pocket and pulled out a notecard and praised everyone from Lakers ownership to the Pelicans front office to the players Los Angeles traded away – Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart.

The expectations, understandably, are high heading into the 2019-20 season. No longer does the distraction of uncertainty weigh on Davis’ shoulders. He’s exactly where he wants to be.

“And that’s the biggest thing for me,” he said, “the relief of not knowing the unknown anymore and not knowing where I was going to be next season.”

“We want a decade of dominance out of him,” Pelinka said. 

Despite missing out on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, Davis believes Los Angeles’ roster can best any team in the league, especially in a balanced Western Conference. 

“All the players teaming up and spreading that talent throughout the league, it’s going to be a fun season,” said Davis, who will now live in California year-round instead of only during the offseason. “I like our roster. I like every player that we have, from one through 14. I’m excited about it. I would put our roster against anybody. I think that in a seven-game series we would come out victorious.”

That doesn’t mean Davis didn’t do everything in his power to help the Lakers land Leonard, a two-time Finals MVP. Davis explained that he waived his $4-million trade kicker for good reason.  

“Any time you’re able to able to acquire a player like Kawhi, you have to do almost everything to get a guy like that,” he said. “Obviously, it didn’t work out for us but I still wanted to do everything I could to help the team. That $4 million was to add more money to a player’s contract or get another guy and by all means I was willing to do that.”

Pelinka revealed that the front office and the Lakers’ two stars were in constant communication during the free agency process. They saw two routes toward building a winner: adding a third star (Leonard) or through a series of depth moves, which became the Lakers’ reality. 

“He and I and LeBron talked so much about ‘How do we want to optimize that space?’” Pelinka said.

Davis said they were talking every day, almost hourly.

The Lakers have already allowed their second superstar into the inner-circle. Now there’s another important aspect of the newfound partnership to tackle. 

“Forget winning,” Davis said. “Winning championships. And that’s the only goal.”

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Ira Mehlman: Democrats commit political suicide on immigration

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Amidst a border crisis that has morphed into a national security and a humanitarian crisis, leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination have all but endorsed open borders.

During the first of the candidate debates, the Democrats expressed broad support for decriminalizing illegal immigration.

The candidates also expressed unanimous opposition to removing any illegal immigrant who is not also a violent felon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the same position.

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With the possible exception of former Vice President Joe Biden (whose momentary hesitation will no doubt result in another abject apology in the near future), the Democratic presidential hopefuls committed to lavish social benefits for illegal immigrants, including publicly funded health care coverage.

The first of many debates may have delighted the Democratic Party’s most animated supporters, but it is alarming many of the party’s more sober ones.

In the space of just a few days, left-leaning journalists, constitutional scholars, and even President Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson penned opinion pieces warning that the party’s increasingly radical stances on immigration pose – for them – a nightmare scenario: Donald Trump taking the oath of office again on Jan. 20, 2021.

One might logically think that the reverse would also be true – that the Republican response to Democrats driving themselves off a cliff would be to help them do just that.

The American public – particularly those who live in swing states and congressional districts that will determine not just control of the White House, but also Congress – is alarmed about what is happening at the border.

Polls consistently show that immigration now tops the list of voter concerns and that there is strong support for securing the border, ending asylum abuse, and ending catch-and-release policies.

Republicans are in control of the Senate, where bills that would do all of those things are teed up and ready to go. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., just needs to schedule a floor debate and a vote – something he has inexplicably refrained from doing.

Getting this legislation over the 60-vote hurdle necessary to bring bills to the floor for a final vote is no easy task in the current hyperpartisan climate in Washington.

But McConnell and the Republicans are in a no-lose situation. If they can peel away a handful of purple state Democrats, they can claim credit for addressing a top-of-the-mind concern for American voters. In essence, they would force their political rivals to make a difficult choice. Do they side with concerns of the vast majority of Americans, or do they side with radicals?

Pelosi rules the House by virtue of some two-dozen members from “purple” districts. Many replaced Republican members by very slim margins.

Do these freshmen Democrats really want to go into the next election having blocked asylum reform and border security, while having increased and improved detention facilities for families and minors?

Do they want to do so with someone at the head of their party’s ticket who calls for decriminalizing illegal immigration and giving everyone who shows up government-funded health insurance?

The humanitarian crisis at the border is real. The volume of illegal border crossers is overwhelming the system and creating conditions that appall Americans across the political spectrum.

Democrats, led by their most radical wing, have offered solutions that have little public support and are setting off alarm bells among thoughtful party stalwarts.

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By contrast, Republicans have solutions to the immigration crisis that do enjoy broad public support, and congressional leadership that refuses to play its strong hand.

The ever-worsening immigration crisis dictates that it is time for congressional Republicans to move decisively on sensible border enforcement and asylum reform. Democrats have opened the door for them if they are willing to act on behalf of the American people and common sense.

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