#ICYMI: Kids in cages and drowning in the Med, life’s tough for the modern refugee

Many of those fleeing warzones and poverty might argue that quite a lot of the trouble they’re leaving behind is caused by the richer nations of the world dropping bombs and pillaging resources. Strangely, it’s not an argument that wealthy countries are keen to accept when the poor and downtrodden reach their borders.

This week, ICYMI looks at the plight of the modern immigrant seeking refuge.

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WATCH: Tough-On-Crime State Rep. Who Pushed Laws to Benefit Cops, Gets DWI—Despite Begging


Albuquerque, NM — Body camera footage has been released that shows tough-on-crime, pro-law enforcement Republican state Rep. Monica Youngblood, 41, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, crying and pleading with an officer at a DWI checkpoint during her arrest—which subsequently resulted in a review by the state attorney general of the politician using her position in an attempt to get out of arrest.

State Attorney General Balderas launched the probe after the state Democratic Party accused Youngblood of using her political position to get out of her arrest.

“Rep. Youngblood was elected to use her position to help her constituents, not put them in harms way and then attempt to get out of an arrest by citing her legislative actions,” Democrat Marg Elliston, who referred Youngblood for investigation, said in a statement.

After she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Youngblood can be heard crying and pleading with the Albuquerque police officer who had arrested her, telling the officer she is a staunch law enforcement advocate, and noting she had written legislation to protect cops.

So many people tell me that you guys treat people of color like shit and I always stood up for you,” Youngblood can be heard telling officer Joshua Montaño.

I literally fight for you guys,” she told Montaño at one point. The officer replied, “Well, that doesn’t make it OK to drink and drive.”

Footage of the encounter showed Youngblood refusing to take a breath alcohol test after an officer handcuffed her following failed field sobriety tests at a DWI checkpoint. The officer stated in his report that Youngblood smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes. Under the “implied consent” law in New Mexico, drivers can be charged with aggravated DWI for refusal to submit to a breath or blood test if police believe the person to be intoxicated.

During the incident, Youngblood told the officer that she had not been drinking that night but that she had been in an argument with her boyfriend. The legislator voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests, including standing on one leg, counting backward and walking a line.

Officer Montaño told Youngblood that the tests were “not pass-or-fail tests” but were used to check for certain clues of intoxication, and while Youngblood maintained her innocence, the officer told her, “you exhibited quite a bit of those clues.”

While being processed by the office, Youngblood proceeded to tout her support for police as a legislator, specifically mentioning that she had sponsored a bill to reinstate the death penalty for murdering law enforcement officers.

Ironically, Just Police Videos reported that the politician has also sponsored legislation that would toughen the penalties for aggravated drunken drivers and legislation that would not allow those arrested on suspicion of aggravated drunken driving to be released on their own recognizance—which she was after her arrest.

Youngblood was booked on one count of aggravated DWI for declining a breath test and released. She plead not guilty during an arraignment on June 13. If convicted, she faces a mandatory 48 hours in jail.

It never ceases to amaze, how a tough-on-crime politician wants special treatment when faced with the eventuality of their own creation. In many ways, this case is similar to that of Texas Appeals Court Judge Nora Longoria, who was caught going just over the speed limit while traveling drunk in her Lexus late one evening. When she was pulled over by police she immediately flashed her badge and told them that she was a judge.

Longoria had plainly admitted to drinking at least five beers before getting behind the wheel, expecting that her badge would grant her extra rights—specifically the right to drive drunk. It is also important to point out that if she said she had five, then she probably had 12 beers.

She then pleaded with police not to arrest her and was almost charged with resisting arrest because she would not allow them to put handcuffs on her.

“Please let me go home. I live a couple of miles away … you are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today,” she told police.

On November 20, Longoria’s pleas were answered by Judge Rolando Cantu of the Hidalgo County Court, when he dismissed her case, revealing that those that who are in a position of power are not treated in the same manner as the rest of the public.

Later, in a public admonishment, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct condemned Longoria’s attempt to use her position to get out of the ticket—but still chose to give her the lowest punishment offered by the commission.

While it looks like Youngblood will not get the same treatment as Longoria, both cases explicitly highlight just how the power-elite—whether on a local or national level—seem to believe themselves to simply be above the law.

Youngblood is up for re-election in November.

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George W. Bush: U.S. should be tough on Russia — 'not belligerent, but forceful'

Former President George W. Bush said on Monday that he has “always felt” the United States should be tough in countering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

“He’s a very smart tactician,” Bush said in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “The problem is, his whole attitude on most issues is, ’I’m going to win and U.S. is going to lose.’”

“He is a very aggressive person who wants to reinstate Soviet influence,” Bush continued. “And therefore I always felt it was very important for the United States to be very forceful in dealing with Putin — not belligerent, but forceful.”

Bush’s comments come as President Trump is reportedly weighing new sanctions on Russia to respond to Moscow’s ongoing support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government’s chemical weapons attacks against the Syrian people. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the administration was poised to impose fresh sanctions on Russia — which drew the ire of Trump, according to the New York Times.

Trump has long been criticized for his reluctance to publicly denounce Putin, fueling speculation, mostly among Democrats, that the Kremlin may have compromising information about him.

Bush refused to criticize Trump when asked whether he felt the United States is “being forceful enough” on Putin.

“I don’t know,” the former president said. “I’ve made it a point not to second-guess my successors. You know, we’ll just have to see.”

Bush did not always talk tough about Putin. In 2001, he praised the Russian leader after a meeting with him.

“I looked the man in the eye,” Bush said at the time. “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. We had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul — a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”

On Wednesday, he elaborated on those remarks.

“When I looked in his eyes and saw his soul, Russia was broke,” Bush said. “Short-term broke. And the price of oil goes up and then Putin changed.”

Bush was also asked to weigh in on global threats, including ISIS-inspired attacks on the United States.

“People are forgetting the lessons of 9/11,” Bush said. “And one of the major lessons of 9/11 is the human condition elsewhere matters to our national security.”

“It’s in our nation’s interests for women to be successful in the Middle East, for example, or for civil society to take hold,” he added. “Because it’s with civil society and people having a say in the future of their governments that the foundation for peace is laid.”

The live interview was conducted from the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas a day after the death of his mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, at her home in Houston. She was 92.

Bush said he visited his mother in the hospital on April 7, when he was able to say goodbye.

“We had a wonderful visit,” Bush said. “She was strong, lucid, funny. She and I were needling each other. The doctor came in, and she turned to the doctor and said, ‘You want to know why George W. is the way he is?’ And the doctor looked somewhat surprised, and she said, ‘Because I drank and smoked when I was pregnant with him.’”

“She had great faith,” he added. “She truly believes that there is an afterlife, that she will be wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God, and therefore did not fear death. As result of her soul being comforted on the deathbed, my soul is comforted.”

(Cover tile photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Brandon Wade/AP, Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool via Reuters)

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Trump backs off vow to get tough on guns

Less than a month after the Parkland massacre, the President appears to be bending to the NRA — despite denials from the White House.

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Not a ‘Public Square’: New York Times Promotes a Tough New Regime of Twitter Discipline

Twitter should begin to think of itself, and its users, as a community, and it should look to the community for determining the rights of people on the platform…The better you used the service — where ‘better’ is determined, as much as possible, based on how others react to your account — the more status you’d earn, and the more you’d be allowed to do.

It ought to consider a radical, top-to-bottom change like this: Instead of awarding blue checks to people who achieve some arbitrary level of real-world renown, the company should issue badges of status or of shame based on signals about how people actually use, or abuse, Twitter. In other words, Twitter should begin to think of itself, and its users, as a community, and it should look to the community for determining the rights of people on the platform.

Is someone making a positive contribution to the service, for example by posting well-liked content and engaging in meaningful conversations? Is an account repeatedly spreading misinformation? Is it promoting or participating in online mobs, especially mobs directed at people with fewer followers? Did it just sign up two days ago? Is it acting more like a bot than a human? Are most of its tweets anti-Semitic memes? Can the account be validated with other markers of online reputation — a Facebook account or a LinkedIn profile, for instance? And on and on.

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Cub Scout Ousted From Den After Asking Politician Tough Questions

A cub scout in Colorado has been cast out of his den after he asked a state legislator pointed questions about racially charged comments she made about African-Americans in 2013 and a gun bill she co-sponsored.

Ames Mayfield, 11, and other members of his den in Broomfield had a question-and-answer session with state Sen. Vicki Marble (R) at an Oct. 9 meeting. Topics raised by the scouts  included the border wall, fossil fuels, and former President Barack Obama, according to The Denver Post.

Mayfield queried Marble about comments she made during a 2013 hearing on poverty suggesting that mortality rates among blacks were tied to their consumption of barbecue ribs and fried chicken.

“I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat,” Ames asked, according to ABC News.

Marble responded, “I didn’t; that was made up by the media.” She added, “So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”

The complete exchange can be seen here: 

For the sake of accuracy, the Denver newspaper reprinted Marble’s original comments:

“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it.

“Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

Mayfield also asked the senator about her co-sponsorship of a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun, phrasing it bluntly.

“Why on earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?” he said.

The boy’s den leader cut him off and he was kicked out of the group a few days later, according to Denver station KMGH-TV.

His mother, Lori Mayfield, told the station that her son had no clue he did anything wrong.

“He is heartbroken his den leader kicked him out. What does that teach scouts (about asking challenging questions)?” she said.

Ames Mayfield of Broomfield, Colorado.Ames Mayfield of Broomfield, Colorado.

Marble is steering clear of the controversy.

“Decisions about who is in or out of a den are internal organizational matters that I won’t second guess,” Marble told the Denver Post by email. “I don’t blame the boy for asking the questions, since I believe there was an element of manipulation involved, and it wasn’t much different from the questions I normally field in other meetings.”

Lori Mayfield told the paper that her son spent a lot of time researching Marble before the den meeting.

“The only coaching I gave him was to be respectful,” she said. “Don’t be argumentative, preface things ‘with all due respect.’ I felt my son followed directions. He asked hard questions, but he was not disrespectful.” 

Now she and her son are looking for a new den.

The Denver area council of the Boy Scouts told KMGH that a scout’s eligibility is ”up to the chartered organization, but it is working to help Ames find another den “so that he may continue to participate in the scouting program.”  

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Iran may equate US forces to ISIS if tough new sanctions confirmed – Revolutionary Guard chief

The possible designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, among other measures against Tehran, was reported by the Financial Times, citing a source “briefed on the matter.” 

US President Donald Trump also accused Iran of supporting terrorism and vowed to “put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

Revolutionary Guard chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said that if these reports of the United States’ “stupidity” are true, it will equate US troops, especially in the Middle East, to IS terrorists.

“If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East,” Jafari said on Sunday, according to a Revolutionary Guard statement.

Jafari also said that Washington is on “the wrong route” in attempting to pressure Iran into negotiations on regional issues, and said that new sanctions would only “eliminate the chance” for talks.

“As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” the Revolutionary Guard chief warned.

On Thursday, Trump accused Tehran of violating the “spirit” of the landmark nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limiting Iran’s nuclear program for fifteen years in exchange for easing pre-existing sanctions. He also included the Islamic Republic in a list of “challenges we should’ve taken care of a long time ago,” which features North Korea, Afghanistan, and IS.

Trump has until October 15 to recertify the deal. If he chooses not to, it will go to Congress, which will have to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, thus effectively putting an end to the agreement. Trump has called the agreement the “worst deal ever negotiated,” and pledged to “dismantle” it.

Iran has repeatedly warned against violating and pulling out of the deal, as it would be harmful primarily to Washington’s own interests and jeopardize the security of the whole region.

The EU has also voiced concerns over removing the nuclear agreement, which “serves the interests of all parties,” according to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. She also stressed that the achievement in striking the long-negotiated agreement belongs to the international community, not just the US.

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