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Can You Believe?

Can you believe this is the United States of America? With border agents grabbing crying babies from their parents’ arms and putting them in camps? Even though the family separation policy has been revised, thousands of children are now missing in custody, and thousands more have been scarred for life. Every day I think we’ve hit bottom, but it keeps getting lower.

Can you believe that the man (I use the term loosely) who often said “I alone can fix it” claimed he was unable to fix a problem he created? One that everyone knew he could fix with the stroke of a pen? And when he finally did so, his “humanitarian” solution was to allow babies to be jailed with their parents.

Can you believe that nearly every GOP Senator denounced family separation – yet not one signed onto Senator Feinstein’s straightforward bill to end it?

Hits and Misses – the week’s best and worst moves

Hit of the Week: Former First Lady Laura Bush’s brave and moving op-ed denouncing child separation. As Michelle Obama noted, “Sometimes truth transcends party.” Everyone from Pope Francis to Bill O’Reilly came out against his horror, but Laura Bush really helped tip the scales.

Miss of the Week: With so many abhorrent actions and statements on child separation, this is a tough choice. For sheer incompetence, it’s hard to top DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s pathetic press conference, where she stumbled, lied, and reversed course more often than a running back.

Hot Race of the Week

A few weeks ago, the Ohio Senate race was hot in the usual sense: Senator Sherrod Brown was locked in a close contest with GOP Congressman Jim Renacci. Now, however, it’s Ohio Democrats who are hot – as in fired up –  and my friend Sherrod has opened up a big lead, running 17 points ahead in recent Quinnipiac and Suffolk polls. What’s more, Democrat Richard Cordray has moved ahead of Mike DeWine in the governor’s race, which is so crucial as we look ahead to this 2020 battleground. We can never take Ohio for granted (ask John Kerry), but this purple state is looking bright blue right now. 

Fight Back

On this week’s podcast, Nicole and I are joined by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), who has taken the lead in investigating and exposing the horror of Trump’s actions to separate children and their families and house the children in “tent camps.”  He is a real hero of this story and our discussion was really enlightening.  I hope you will take time to listen.