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Trump’s Racism Hit A New Level As He Told Four Congresswomen To “Go Back” To Their “Broken” Countries

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Tropical Storm Barry brings ‘significant flooding threat’ as officials warn of snakes, alligators in water

After making landfall in Louisiana, Tropical Storm Barry continued making its slow trek northward on Sunday across the region, bringing the threat of flash flooding for the lower Mississippi River valley and warnings by officials to stay out of the water due to what may lurk underneath.

The National Hurricane Center said as of 11 a.m. ET that Barry was located about 80 miles south-southeast of Shreveport, moving north at 6 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, the system weakened to a tropical storm, the NHC said.

“Across the remainder of the Lower Mississippi Valley, total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches,” the NHC said. “This rainfall is expected to lead to dangerous, life-threatening flooding.”

In Mississippi, up to 3 inches of rain had already fallen in the Jackson area before dawn Sunday — and more was on the way. That prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for the captial city of Jackson and some of its suburbs.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY: 3 HURRICANE MYTHS DEBUNKED

President Trump took to Twitter to warn people across the region to be on guard as the day went on.

“A big risk of major flooding in large parts of Louisiana and all across the Gulf Coast,” the president tweeted. “Please be very careful!”

First responders across the region echoed the president’s sentiments and urged people to stay out of floodwaters for a different reason: other creatures that may lurk below.

The St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1 posted pictures to Facebook on Saturday of several snakes that fire crews have come across in Slidell, La.

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Several snakes that fire crews have come across in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Barry. (St. Tammany Fire Prevention District #1)

“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the floodwaters as well,” the agency said.

BARRY MAKES LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA AFTER WEAKENING BACK TO TROPICAL STORM

In Livingston Parish, a family and a dog had a very close encounter with an alligator. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness posted a video to its Twitter account of the close encounter.

“No animals were harmed while this video was recorded,” the agency said.

Late Saturday night, authorities were trying to rescue a family of five who were trapped by high water in the south Louisiana town of Franklin, according to KTBS-TV. The National Guard had to halt its initial rescue mission because waters were too high to safely reach the family’s home. Franklin is about 40 miles southeast of Lafayette.

When officials eventually got to the home, the people living there said they didn’t need to be rescued, officials told the television station.

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As the Atchafalaya River continues to rise due to the rains of Tropical Storm Barry, it becomes harder to see the Morgan City name on the sea wall, Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Morgan City, La. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“We got to a spot where we were starting to float a little bit and I wasn’t comfortable with that so we stopped a bit,” Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office Dep. Steve Dooley told KTBS. “We didn’t have very far to go so we decided to drive the rest of the way. We made it to the house, and they just didn’t want to come out.”

The deputies told KTBS that floodwaters in the area dropped significantly throughout the evening.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY: SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

The storm’s first wave had not inundated New Orleans as feared, with the city experiencing moderate rain Saturday. Forecasters downgraded rainfall estimates for the city through Sunday to between 2 to 4 inches. Earlier forecasts of quadruple that amount had raised concerns that water pumps strengthened after Hurricane Katrina would be overwhelmed.

None of the main levees on the Mississippi River failed or were breached, and they were expected to hold up through the storm, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. But a levee in Terrebonne Parish was overtopped by water for part of the day, officials said. Video also showed water getting over a second levee in Plaquemines Parish, where fingers of land extend deep into the Gulf of Mexico.

“The levees did do really well along the Mississippi River but there’s all those others rivers, it’s a very wet area, there’s a lot of moisture there, a lot of rivers that are going to continue to rise. so we have a long ways to go with this,” Fox News Chief Meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends.”

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In other parts of Louisiana on Saturday, Barry flooded highways, forced people to scramble to rooftops and dumped heavy rain as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans. Downpours also lashed coastal Alabama and Mississippi.

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This photo shows the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Belle Chasse, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

In Mandeville, a city on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans, storm surge and choppy waters sent waves pushing over the seawall and into nearby communities. Elsewhere, Coast Guard helicopters rescued a dozen people and two pets from flooded areas of Terrebonne Parish, south of New Orleans, some of them from rooftops, a spokeswoman said.

More than 140,000 customers in Louisiana and another more than 4,000 customers in Mississippi were without power early Sunday, according to poweroutage.us.

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Barry Williams talks to a friend on his smartphone as he wades through storm surge from Lake Pontchartrain on Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville, La. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Barry was expected to continue weakening and become a tropical depression Sunday, moving over Arkansas on Sunday night and Monday. But forecasts showed the storm on a path toward Chicago that would swell the Mississippi River basin.

Reichmuth said on “FOX & friends” that another thing to keep in mind is that the storm took place at earlier part of the hurricane season as the Mississippi River has been above flood stage for over 200 days due to all the moisture from the winter and spring still traveling downriver. The threat for flooding in the region could still persist when the season ramps up in August and September.

“If we have a storm again, a stronger storm into August or September, we could talk about this same situation,” he said.

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Trump tells congressowomen to 'go back' to the 'crime infested places from which they came'

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President Donald Trump says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made up the story of immigrants drinking out of toilets at U.S. border detention centers. USA TODAY

President Donald Trump was criticized Sunday after he posted tweets his opponents derided as xenophobic and racist for calling on an unspecified group of Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the counties he says they “originally came” from before trying to make legislative changes in the United States. 

“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” the president said in three connected tweets. 

Who are the tweets about? 

Many presumed Trump’s tweets were directed at the four liberal freshman congresswomen known as “the Squad”: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib. Three of those four lawmakers were born in the U.S. Omar came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia more than 20 years ago. 

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley have been frequent targets by some conservative media figures.

Since taking office in January, Omar has sparked anger with her rhetoric criticizing the Trump and administration and U.S. foreign policy, both past and present. Her remarks about Israel and the influence of the pro-Israeli were condemned as anti-Semitic by both Republicans and Democrats. 

Last week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson Omar “living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.” 

Trump’s tweets had echoes of Carlson’s criticisms of Omar, who accused her of not being “grateful” for being welcomed into the U.S. and of instead having “undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people.” 

“I believe as an immigrant, I probably love this country more than anyone that is naturally born,”  Omar said, while speaking at a Netroots Nation event on Saturday. 

Omar said it is because she is “ashamed” that the U.S. continues to “live in its hypocrisy” that she fights to make the U.S. live up to its ideals.

Ryan Saavedra, a reporter for the conservative Daily Wire, also assumed Trump was referring to Omar and took amusement in the president’s tweet. 

“LOL, Trump is telling Ilhan Omar to go back to Somalia,” Saavedra said

The four House members have recently had some public squabbles with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for her support for a bill funding border security measures and comments Pelosi made about their disagreements in a New York Times interview.  

Reaction to Trump’s tweets

Pelosi said Sunday that she rejects Trump’s “xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation” and said they reaffirm that “his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again.” 

“Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she said. 

“Unfortunately, there is an American tradition of telling people to go back where they came from,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“But you don’t expect to hear it from the president of the United States,” said de Blasio, who is one of two dozen Democrats running to unseat Trump in 2020

De Blasio said that rather than trying to “make America great again,” Trump was trying to “make America hate again” and divide the nation for political gain, which he called “the most unpresidential thing possible.” 

The New York mayor tied Trump’s tweets to the deportation raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency expected to begin this weekend, saying that “it is all one political strategy, to keep people divided to the maximum extent possible” and “gin up his base.”  

Pelosi also made a connection between the tweets and Trump’s immigration policies.

More: Donald Trump defends migrant detention centers, says nothing about ICE raids

“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!” she tweeted. 

“That’s a racist tweet,” said Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., when he was informed of the president’s post during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” 

“Telling people to go back where they came from? These are American citizens elected by voters in the United States of America to serve in one of the most distinguished bodies in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Luján said

More: Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson ‘racist fool’ after he says she proves ‘immigration has become dangerous’

Politico reporter Alex Thompson shared a clip of the hosts on “Fox & Friends” laughing in response to Trump tweets, saying Trump was feeling “very comedic today.” 

But many more voices on social media did not find humor in the president’s tweets. 

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Passengers ‘united’ against allegedly ‘crazy racist woman’ who delayed flight, complained about Muslim passengers

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Two women were reportedly removed from an airplane after complaining about the presence of three other passengers were wearing prayer robes.

The incident occurred on a flight from Dalaman, Turkey, to London Gatwick Airport early on Friday morning. Other passengers on the flight claim that one of the women made racist remarks and insulted the flight staff before leaving the plane.

The Thomas Cook Airlines flight was delayed for 70 minutes, The Sun reports. According to witnesses, the woman, who appeared to be in her 30’s, called flight attendants “disgusting” and described the three robed men as “terrorists.”

TURBULENCE REPORTEDLY INJURES 35 PASSENGERS, FORCES PLANE TO DIVERT TO HAWAII: ‘I NEVER HIT THE ROOF SO HARD IN ALL MY LIFE’

Mario Van Poppel claims to have been on the flight during the incident, and tweeted, “a passenger on our Thomas Cook flight MT105 from Dalaman to Gatwick refuses to board the plane because three bearded men in white prayer robes are on board. All passengers are united in anger against this crazy racist woman. It’s 2 a.m.”

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Shanea Kerry spoke with The Independent, claiming that she was also on the flight. She told the outlet that the woman was with another passenger and that they both complained about the robed men. She alleged that “They went to the front of the plane, spoke to the flight attendants & attempted to get the 3 men removed by stating that they are ‘disgusting’ and ‘a threat.’”

Another passenger told the Daily Mirror that woman’s comments “reduced other passengers to tears.”

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A spokesperson for Thomas Cook Airlines confirmed, “Two passengers on flight MT105 from Dalaman to Manchester were removed from the aircraft by police following offensive behavior on board. The safety of our customers and crew is always our first priority and we do not accept this kind of behavior on our aircraft. We are sorry to our customers for the delay this caused to their flight.”

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Russia Launches Telescope Into Space To Map The Cosmos In ‘Outstanding’ Detail

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Russia has successfully launched a new telescope into space, marking a major milestone for the country’s space science program — and potentially paving the way for the mapping of the cosmos at a level of detail never before achieved.

The Spektr-RG telescope, a Russian-German joint venture, was successfully delivered into orbit by a Russian Proton-M rocket, The Associated Press reported. The rocket was launched, following repeated delays, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday evening, local time.

The telescope is en route to its final destination, the L2 Lagrange point, which the craft is expected to reach in about three months

“Lagrange points are unique positions in the solar system where objects can maintain their position relative to the sun and the planets that orbit it,” AP explained. 

L2, located about a million miles from Earth, is a popular “parking place” for observatories as it offers a clear view of deep space. Once there, the telescope’s goal will be to conduct a complete X-ray survey of the sky ― one carried out “with outstanding sensitivity,” according to Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency. 

It would be the first-ever map of the universe in high-energy X-rays, Nature magazine noted.

Such a map “will be essential to solve the core questions of modern cosmology,” Roscosmos said in a press release. “How do dark energy and dark matter affect formation of the large-scale structure of the Universe? What is [the] cosmological evolution of supermassive black holes?”

The agency added that the telescope, which has reportedly taken decades to develop, is expected to find about “100,000 massive clusters of galaxies” and millions of supermassive black holes ― many of them new to science ― over a four-year survey period. 

If Spektr-RG reaches L2, it will be the first Russian spacecraft to venture beyond Earth’s orbit since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As AP noted, the success of the mission would be a huge boon to Russia’s space program, which has suffered from decades of budget cuts and failed projects. 

This mission would put Russia at the “forefront of X-ray astronomy,” said Kirpal Nandra of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, one of Moscow’s collaborators on the Spektr-RG project. 

“It’s a massive opportunity for them,” Nandra said, speaking to the BBC this week.

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The Taco Bell tortilla shortage is finally over: ‘Impacted restaurants should be offering our full menu’

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There’s no need to panic: the great Taco Bell tortilla shortage of 2019 has come to an end.

Taco Bell confirmed to Fox News that they’ve resolved the issues with their suppliers and that the affected restaurants should be able to offer customers the entire menu. This includes all burritos and quesadillas.

A spokesperson for Taco Bell told Fox News, “We appreciate our burrito-loving customers’ patience. We have worked closely with our suppliers to resolve any shortages, and most, if not all, of our impacted restaurants should be offering our full menu so fans can now enjoy their Taco Bell favorites from the classic Bean Burrito to the new Steak Reaper Ranch Fries burrito.”

Prior to this, the company was going through what many on the internet were calling the “tortillapocalypse.” While it wasn’t clear how widespread it was, customers in the Midwest and along the East Coast claimed that Taco Bell’s had run out of the flour tortillas used for burritos and quesadillas, Nation’s Restaurant News reports.

TACO BELL STRUCK BY TORTILLA SHORTAGE: ‘WE ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO REPLENISH OUR SUPPLY’

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At the time, Taco Bell confirmed to Fox News that certain locations were dealing with ‘supplier shortages.’ A spokesperson said, “While some Taco Bell restaurants are experiencing supplier shortages, we are working diligently to replenish the supply of our tortillas (used for products like quesadillas and burritos) in those restaurants and encourage fans to try the Chalupa Cravings Box in the meantime. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause and appreciate our customers’ patience.”

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If there’s one lesson that everyone should take away from this entire experience, it’s never to take burritos for granted. Cherish your next quesadilla like it’s the last one in the world, because you never know when the next “tortillapocalypse” will strike.

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My editorial cartoon satirizing Trump and the border crisis went viral. Then I lost my job. Trump makes the case for editorial cartoonists pretty much every day. Are we really willing to allow such an important journalistic tradition to die out?

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The real reason why he got fired was for drawing this cartoon. His boss was the Irving family who owns TONS of land in USA. I know they are in the top 10 land owners, probably top 5.

He is a freelancer, but he worked there for 17yrs. Now they wouldn’t publish his trump cartoons, so he just stopped sending them in. The Irving’s also censored any cartoon critical of Blaine Higgs, Premier of N.B. The Irving’s are massive in N.B.

He was preemptively fired, his bosses are the puppet masters of the entire province. He was drawing this on his own time and was fired. The Irving’s also own a large portion of Maine, which has lots of trees on it.

& trump has given them a waiver on the tariffs for the softwood lumber they gut from Maine. That’s why he was fired.

Canadaland #221-Shortcuts-Thats what you get when you draw a political cartoon that doesn’t suck

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Acting immigration chief remains quiet about whether or not ICE raids will separate families

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Acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli kept quiet Sunday on details of the nationwide immigration raids that began Saturday night, including whether or not families would be separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Cuccinelli said he would not discuss any operation details of the raids in order to protect ICE agents from any danger and would not guarantee that families would not be separated in the raids.

“In the same way I wasn’t willing to talk about operation details …. I won’t comment on that,” he said. “There are 1 million people, including families, with removal orders.”

ICE RELEASES REPORT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED CRIMES AFTER COPS IGNORED DETENTION REQUESTS

CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Cuccinelli on how pledging that ICE would not separate families is “operational.”

“I’m not going to say yes or no to anything like that, because then certain people can write themselves off … or play a loophole,” Cuccinelli said.

Cuccinelli also would not confirm that the raids had started, even as a senior administration official told Fox News earlier that the crackdown began late Saturday evening.

ICE resumed its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of undocumented immigrants who’ve been given orders to leave the country, targeting people living in at least 10 cities. The ICE raids began late Saturday and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions,” not just New York City, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News.

Cuccinelli said the main goal of the raid was to apprehend violent criminals, but that “will not be the exclusive limit of any operation.”

One group that will not be targeted in the raids, however, is migrant families evacuating due to Tropical Storm Barry.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news release Thursday night that it is focused on ensuring that people along the Gulf Coast stay safe during the storm.

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Officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not be conducting the immigration operations in places where evacuations or sheltering is occurring, unless there is “a serious public safety threat.”

Immigrant communities have been on edge since President Donald Trump’s administration announced plans for the operation, inflaming the political debate over immigration. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a pre-emptive lawsuit Thursday that aims to protect asylum seekers. Activists held demonstrations and advocates coached immigrants on their rights.

Administration officials have said that the coordinated action will target about 2,000 people with final deportation orders in major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.

Fox News Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday weighed in on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: He suggested that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. His message was immediately seized upon by Democrats, who called it a racist trope.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

He added: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

Broadly, Mr. Trump’s attack was meant for members of the so-called squad, a group engaged in an existential and generational war of words with Ms. Pelosi: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

“These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Only one of the women, Ms. Omar, who is from Somalia, was born outside the United States. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent. Ms. Pressley, who is black, was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. And Ms. Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants.

Mr. Trump’s attack came after days of Fox News coverage that centered on Ms. Omar. During her tenure in Congress, Ms. Omar has rattled fellow Democrats and provided ammunition to Republicans for her repeated criticisms of Israel, including a comment that pro-Israel activists were pushing “for allegiance to a foreign country.”

And she has been vocal about her life as a refugee who fled her native country and eventually settled in America, only to be disappointed with the country she found. More than any of the others in her freshman group, Ms. Omar — one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ms. Tlaib — has forcefully used her personal story to make the argument that loving America does not require an acceptance of its shortcomings.

“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all,” Ms. Omar recently said. “So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”

Comments like these have inflamed Fox News personalities like Tucker Carlson, who used his television program to lash out at Ms. Omar.

“Our country rescued Ilhan Omar,” Mr. Carlson said in a broadcast last week. “We didn’t do it to get rich; in fact it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people. How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us, and called us names, she showered us with contempt.”

Privately, some Democrats predicted the tweets could have a silver lining, giving both sides of the Democrats’ intraparty dispute something to unify around after days of taking shots at one another. Publicly, they chided Mr. Trump for what they called a racially motivated message.

Ms. Pelosi quickly condemned Mr. Trump’s remarks as “xenophobic” in a pair of tweets of her own, turning them around to criticize at Mr. Trump’s immigration policies and project Democratic unity. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she wrote of Democrats.

“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” she wrote in another tweet. “Stop the raids,” she said of the arrests targeting thousands of members of undocumented families that were to begin this weekend.

Representative Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the No. 4 House Democrat, said Mr. Trump would do better to spend his time on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and to address other pressing national concerns like prescription drug costs than attacking members of Congress.

“That is a racist tweet,” Mr. Luján said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Telling people to go back where they came from — these are American citizens elected by voters in the United States of America to serve in one of the distinguished bodies in the U.S. House of Representatives. I think that’s wrong.”

Representative Brendan F. Boyle, Democrat of Pennsylvania, made the point that he is from an immigrant family, but had never come under racially charged criticism from the president. He is white.

“Like some of my Democratic colleagues, I’m young, from an immigrant family, also very critical of Trump,” Mr. Boyle wrote on Twitter. “Funny thing though, he never tells me to ‘go back where I come from.’ Hmm I wonder why?”

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Power is restored in New York City after massive blackout, but many questions remain

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New York City tried to regain its footing Sunday after the restoration of power from a massive blackout late into Saturday night amid questions of how the outage happened. 

Utility company Con Edison said in a statement the final impacted customers from the outage – which affected more than 72,000 customers along 30 blocks from Times Square to the Upper West Side – had their power restored just before midnight after blackouts that began around 7 p.m. Saturday.  

“With all customers back in service, the company will focus on investigating the cause of the equipment failures and on getting the electrical-delivery system back to its normal level of reliability,” the company said in a statement. 

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The outage, which came 42 years to the day after The Great Blackout of 1977 dimmed most of Manhattan, shut down Broadway shows and a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden, gridlocked streets as drivers attempted to navigate without traffic lights and left stunned tourists and residents wandering darkened sidewalks.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who deployed New York state troopers Saturday evening, has directed an investigation into the cause of the outage.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said police confirmed there was no foul play involved and that the outage was caused by a “mechanical issue.” 

“You just can’t have a power outage of this magnitude in this city” Cuomo said, calling the outage “unacceptable.”  

“It is too dangerous, the potential for public safety risk and chaos is too high, we just can’t have a system that does that, it’s that simple at the end of the day,” he said.

 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the outage caused “extensive delays on many subway lines.”

“Thank you all for sticking with us tonight,” the subway service tweeted Saturday. “Thank you to the thousands of public servants across New York City who worked hard to get everything back the way it should be for everyone. Have a good night and take care.” 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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