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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Trump Team rewrites the Statue of Liberty
Trump's Acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, attempts to rewrite the meaning of the Emma Lazarus poem on the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" into something less welcoming.
The [NPR] interview followed the administration's Monday announcement of a rule that would make it more difficult for low-income, legal immigrants who receive public assistance to remain in the country legally. That rule, set to go into effect in mid-October, would require immigrants who apply for a change in their immigration status or those who seek to come to the U.S. legally to prove that they are unlikely to ever need public assistance. The rule can also prevent immigrants who have already received a certain level of public assistance from having their applications approved.
On CNN Tuesday night, Cuccinelli defended his rewrite of the Emma Lazarus poem, saying the words on the Statute of Liberty are actually referring to "people coming from Europe" and "wretched' didn't really mean "wretched," just that they were commoners and not members of the nobility or gentry.
"This is the American story writ large. Generations after generations... who came here not because we were a race or a single tribe, but because we were a propositional nation-- that if you came here, you can become American...
Ken [Cuccinelli] has adopted the Stephen Miller-Steve Bannon-Donald Trump mode of thinking that immigration should be based... let's be honest about this... this not code for whether they're [immigrants are] coming here with a 401k or not... it's code if people are coming if they're white or not...
This is a disappointing moment.... Traditional conservatism deeply believed in the power of America to create Americans... not a racial or genetic component that people can never have."
Dayton, Ohio police confirm the killer used an assault rifle to shoot 26 people in 32 seconds. Congressman Anthony Brown, an Army veteran says assault rifles "are designed to inflict as much harm and casualties, and death as human possible." Democrats are demanding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vote on House-passed gun control bill. (The Beat)
Stacey Abrams, Georgia politician and voting rights activist, talks with Rachel Maddow about her new project, Fair Fight 2020, which aims to protect voters in 2020 from suppression, intimidation, and other abuses that interfere with a fair election. (Rachel Maddow)
— Former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (Video)
OPINION.Russia's nuclear explosion shows why John Bolton's plan to kill off arms control treaties is scary. Thursday's explosion showed that a paranoid Moscow is proceeding with development of exotic nuclear delivery systems, including hypersonic missiles and nuclear drone torpedoes, that it believes are necessary to circumvent improved American missile defenses. By Sébastien Roblin.
OPINION.Simone Biles' triple-double video went viral for a reason: She's the greatest gymnast of all time. Biles, at least for a moment, was able to shift the paradigm of how we talk about women's sports. She has transcended her chosen sport — evidenced by her name being spoken about in the same breath as the universal greats like Serena Williams in tennis and Michael Phelps in swimming — while also making the conversation about her chosen sport. By Dvora Meyers.
What to watch Wednesday
Senator Michael Bennet will join Morning Joe Wednesday morning, fresh off his weekend campaigning in Iowa.
We'll bring you the latest developments in the investigation into Jeffrey Epstein's death.
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