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Proposed AUMF gives Trump broad war powers

A bipartisan group of senators have proposed a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). The constitution vests the power to declare war in Congress. With this legislation, Congress would yield its authority and gives President Trump broad un-checked power to take military action at his discretion.

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Trump’s ‘faith initiative’ worries LGBTQ advocates

Trump signed a new executive order that he says will work to protect religious freedom. The executive order works to help faith-based organizations and allow them to exercise their ‘deeply-help beliefs’. While religious freedom is important, the language in this order may allow for discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Parents and children continue to be separated at border

A new report reveals that approximately 700 children have been separated from their parents along the nation’s southern border. Under the Trump administration, families arriving at the border have been routinely separated.

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Latest push to confirm Haspel

The CIA has been selectively declassifying documents this week that look to help Gina Haspel as she tries to get confirmed as CIA director. Haspel was intimately involved with Bush-era torture programs. Haspel’s full record needs to be released so the public can see the extent of her involvement in torture black sites.

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