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Albuquerque Just Made it Harder to Deport Illegal Immigrants

The lawmakers in Albuquerque, N.M. apparently have no interest in the rule of law. In a 6-3 vote, the city council barred immigration officials who do not have a warrant from going into city-operated areas to detain illegal immigrants.

Albuquerque’s majority-Democratic council voted 6-3 in favor of a measure to prevent federal immigration officials from entering city-operated areas, including a prisoner transport center, without a warrant.

In a televised meeting, the council also barred city workers, including police, from collecting information on peoples’ immigration status and prohibited local tax dollars from being spent on federal immigration law enforcement. (Reuters)

These measures are underlined by a Pew Research study showing New Mexico has one of the highest levels of illegal immigrants in the country, Reuters reports.

The Trump administration and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have been confronted by city and state officials across the country refusing to cooperate. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed to sue the Department of Justice for announcing they'd strip grant money from any jurisdictions acting as sanctuary cities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was part of an effort to prepare schools to resist ICE if they show up at their doors. 

Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the rebellion has been in California. Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, infamously warned the illegal immigrants in her community about an upcoming raid in the area in the next 24 hours, allowing hundreds of individuals to flee - and, in a few cases, commit more crimes. The DOJ is currently considering what legal action to take against her.

The most recent politician to try and stall Trump's anti-illegal immigration agenda is Gov. Jerry Brown, who announced his intention to place limits on Trump's order to send the National Guard to the border.

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Identity Of Michael Cohen’s ‘Mystery’ Client Revealed As Sean Hannity

Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed Monday to be one of Michael Cohen's recent clients.

Trump’s personal lawyer once represented the Fox News host, according to Cohen’s lawyer.

ichael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has also represented Fox News’ Sean Hannity, a court hearing revealed Monday.

Cohen’s lawyers exposed the identity of Cohen’s previously unnamed client in a courtroom in New York after a federal judge ordered them to do so.

Cohen appeared in court Monday as part of a federal investigation into his business and financial dealings. The FBI raided his office last week, seizing documents related to payments he made to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, and another woman Trump has been accused of having a sexual relationship with in the past. 

Clifford sat in on Cohen’s hearing with her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Monday.

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Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, arrives at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney.

In a court filing Monday morning, Cohen’s lawyers argued that Cohen should not be required to identify his clients. Cohen had at least 10 clients between 2017 and 2018, Reuters reported, and he did “traditional legal tasks” for three of them, including Trump, former Republican National Committee official Elliott Broidy, and a third who asked not to be named.

“The client is a publicly prominent individual,” Steve Ryan, one of Cohen’s lawyers, said before the identity was revealed.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan said Cohen’s lawyers did not meet “the standard for an exception that client identity or even fee arrangements must be revealed,” reported the New York Daily News.

Hannity addressed the news on his radio show Monday, saying he had never officially retained Cohen as his attorney.

“Let me be very clear to the media,” Hannity said. “Michael never represented me in any matter. I never retained him in the traditional sense. ... I never received an invoice from Michael. I never paid legal fees to Michael.”

The radio host clarified that he had on occasion consulted with Cohen and asked for the lawyer’s opinion “about legal matters,” during which conversations he assumed there would be attorney-client confidentiality.

“I might have handed him 10 bucks, [to say] I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this, something like that,” Hannity said. 

Hannity continued to downplay his relationship with Cohen on Twitter.

Billionaire GOP Donor: I’m Using My Tax-Cut Money To Help Elect Democrats

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“For the good of the country, the Democrats must take back one or both houses of Congress.”

A major GOP donor is jumping ship and now he’s contributing to Democratic candidates in hopes of flipping the House of Representatives and/or the Senate in this year’s midterm elections

Seth Klarman, the billionaire CEO of the Baupost Group who the Economist once dubbed “The Oracle of Boston,” called out Republicans for failing to keep President Donald Trump in check. 

“The Republicans in Congress have failed to hold the president accountable and have abandoned their historic beliefs and values,” Klarman told the Boston Globe. “For the good of the country, the Democrats must take back one or both houses of Congress.”

Klarman, an independent who donated more than $7 million to GOP candidates during the presidency of Barack Obama, has now cut checks to Democrats in 56 House races and 22 Senate elections, the newspaper reported.

“I received a tax cut I neither need nor want. I’m choosing to invest it to fight the administration’s flawed policies and to elect Democrats to the Senate and House of Representatives,” Klarman said.

Klarman also donated $2 million to nonprofits backing core Democratic issues, including gun control and the environment, the Globe reported.

While Klarman contributed far more to Republicans in 2016, he actually backed Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, calling Trump “completely unqualified for the highest office in the land,” according to Reuters. 

His views have not changed since the election.

Last year, Klarman described Trump as a “threat to democracy,” per audio obtained by New York magazine. He also warned against Trump’s protectionist agenda in a letter to his investors, saying such policies “not only don’t work, they actually leave society worse off,” The New York Times reported. 

In the same letter, he sounded the alarm about the Trump-backed tax cuts that were ultimately enacted by the Republican-led Congress. 

“The Trump tax cuts could drive government deficits considerably higher,” Klarman wrote, noting that cuts in 2001 under President George W. Bush “fueled income inequality while triggering huge federal budget deficits.”

Now, he’s putting his money where his mouth is, donating his own proceeds from those cuts to work against the Republicans who enacted them.  

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