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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Congresswomen respond to Trump's racist tweets with press conference

  • Mark Esper nominated as Secretary of Defense

  • Trump administration moves to block Central Americans from seeking asylum

  • Trump directs Conway not to testify before House committee

  • Game of Thrones, Veep expected to dominate Emmy nominations

The four Democratic congresswomen — Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — who were the subjects of President Trump's racist tweets over the weekend, held a press conference on Monday in response to the attacks. Trump said the congresswomen should go back to fix the "totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," and on Monday stood by his comments, insisting they were not racist, saying the women "hate our country" and "can leave." All four lawmakers criticized the president's words while emphasizing that they remain focused on their jobs and holding Trump accountable. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that the House will consider a resolution condemning Trump's tweets.

Source: NBC News, The Week

The White House on Monday formally nominated Mark Esper as the next defense secretary. Esper is currently serving as acting secretary of defense; he stepped into the role last month after Patrick Shanahan departed amid reports of domestic violence within his family. The Trump administration previously announced plans to nominate Esper for the role, which has not been permanently filled since former Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in December. Esper, a West Point graduate and Gulf War veteran, has served as a top civilian Pentagon official, a lobbyist for defense contractor Raytheon, and an adviser to Republican lawmakers. The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold an expedited confirmation hearing for Esper on Tuesday.

Source: USA Today

The Trump administration on Monday published a new rule in the Federal Register declaring asylum seekers who pass through another country first ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, which is expected to go into effect on Tuesday, would end asylum protections for most migrants from Central America. It also applies to children who have crossed the border alone. There are some exceptions to the rule, including human trafficking, denied asylum elsewhere, or if the country the migrant passed through did not sign one of the major international treaties that govern the management of refugees. The policy is expected to face a legal challenge.

Source: The Associated Press, Department of Homeland Security

President Trump has directed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway to defy a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote in a letter on Monday. The decision was done "in order to protect the prerogatives of the Office of the President," citing constitutional immunity. Conway had been asked to testify before the committee after a government watchdog found that she broke the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity during work hours or on the job, dozens of times.

Source: The Washington Post

Game of Thrones and Veep are expected to be top contenders in Tuesday's Emmy nominations announcement. The two HBO series that ended in recent months are already favorites to win in the top categories of Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series respectively at September's show. Other shows like Killing Eve, Pose, Succession, and This Is Us are likely to join Game of Thrones in the drama category, while the comedy category should be rounded out by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Barry, Fleabag, GLOW, and The Good Place. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is thought to have a shot at a lead actress in a comedy series nod, although Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a shoo-in to win.

Source: Gold Derby
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