Step one: cleanse the skin?
The nation is reeling after Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Funerals were held throughout the week for the 11 victims.
And President Trump’s visit deepened divisions in the grieving city. From The New York Times:
[I]f Mr. Trump’s visit was intended to bring healing, it instead laid bare the nation’s deep divisions. Many protesters in Pittsburgh had no doubt of what one called “the dotted line” between presidential rhetoric and violence, though some people in the city have pushed back on the idea that Mr. Trump had fomented the atmosphere of anger. As the president moved around Pittsburgh, a largely Democratic city, the signs of discord were apparent.
The protesters, some praying in Hebrew, others singing and chanting, moved around Squirrel Hill. Hoodie-wearing college students and Orthodox Jews with black hats and long beards walked alongside demonstrators carrying militant signs and middle-aged parents pushing strollers. Signs read “Words matter” and “President Hate is not welcome in our state.”
Robert Bowers, the man accused of the mass shooting, pled not guilty in his first court appearance on Thursday.
With less than a week to go before the midterms, early voting numbers are at a record high in over a dozen states. Here’s a breakdown of how votes are coming in from several key states like Arizona and Florida, courtesy of CNN.
How close is the battle for control of Congress?
On Monday, President Trump told Axios he will use the executive order to end birthright citizenship for children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born in the U.S.
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years, with all of those benefits,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
Is this move constitutional?
The Department of Defense also announced Monday that it will deploy at least 5,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as the migrant caravan continues to trek north.
Text by Kathryn Fink.
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